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Passport to Wellness: Your Guide to Free Events in West Humboldt Park

Let's get healthy together! Join us this spring for the Passport to Wellness Program. Passport to Wellness is a free 6 week program where we help you reach your health goals. This free program starts on March 13 and runs until April 23rd.

Don't Hibernate, Stay Active This Winter!

There are so many great ways to stay active this winter! Check out our calendar of events for information on FREE cooking classes and fitness classes, volunteer opportunities, and community meetings. Come meet your neighbors, socialize, and beat those winter blues!

Get Healthy, Get Fit, Get Involved!

The West Humboldt Park Development Council just released the Fall calendar of FREE events.

The events are held all throughout West Humboldt Park and are completely free. There are healthy activities for all ages!

Hillshire Brands Foundation Supports the Healthy Community Initiative

In November 2014, The West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) received a grant award from Hillshire Brands Foundation to support the Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy You Program as part of the West Humboldt Park Healthy Community Initiative (HCI). The grant award of $50,000 will provide financial support for the WHPDC to sustain Humboldt Park's Free Healthy Cooking and Exercise Program.

FREE Spring Events for the Whole Family

Spring is here! It's time to forget about winter and enjoy this beautiful weather. The West Humboldt Park Development Council and our wonderful partners have free events for the whole family! Whether you are looking to jump start your health, learn new cooking skills, join your block club, or volunteer. We have something for you! 

Summer PlayStreets Events & Block Club Parties in West Humboldt Park

The West Humboldt Park Development Council organized three PlayStreets events in partnership with Gads Hill Center and Block Club Network members for the West Humboldt Park community during the summer of 2014. Also, over the course of the summer, over 40 block club parties took place in WHP.

FREE Health and Wellness Events

Cooking Classes for Adults and Families. Wellness Parties to celebrate health. Fitness Classes. Farmer's Markets.Hot Meals. Support Groups. And they are all absolutely FREE! Find out how you can get involved and take control of your health.

West Humboldt Park: PlayStreets Events 2014

The West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) will organize 3 PlayStreets events in the West Humboldt Park Community on the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 2 – 900 Block of North Springfield
  • Saturday, August 30 – 3600 Block of West Ohio
  • Saturday, September 6 – 700 Block of North Sawyer

PlayStreets 2014 is a citywide initiative, which focuses on providing families and youth with open, safe play spaces to come together and engage in physical activities. This initiative will address obesity and diabetes related health disparities. Events are reoccurring and take place in communities that lack safe outdoor play spaces. Community based organizations, stakeholders and community members are encouraged to work together to organize PlayStreets events during the summer season.

Free Summer Events!

Be active this summer. Come out to these free health and wellness events. We have everything from cooking classes to fitness classes and they are all free! 

West Humboldt Park Free Winter Wellness Events

Don’t let the winter weather keep you cooped up! The West Humboldt Park Development Council and partners have plenty of winter wellness events to keep you and your family entertained this winter. We have events for everyone. Whether you are looking to kick start your physical fitness by taking an exercise class, hone your cooking skills in a cooking class, or just learn about your overall wellness inside and out.

Summer Fun at West Humboldt Park Playstreets Events

The West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) organized 4 Summer PlayStreets events in the West Humboldt Park Community on the following dates and locations:

  • August 5 - 3800 Block of West Ohio Street
  • August 17 – 800 Block of North Hamlin Avenue
  • August 31 – 3500 Block of West Ohio Street
  • September 7 – 900 Block of North Springfield

Summer PlayStreets 2013 is a citywide initiative, which focuses on providing families and youth with open, safe play spaces to come together and engage in physical activities to address obesity, diabetes and other health disparities. Events are reoccurring and take place in communities that lack safe outdoor play spaces. Community based organizations, stakeholders and community members are encouraged to work together to organize PlayStreets events during the summer season.

Community partners joined the WHPDC to assist with facilitating games and activities during the events. Families and youth enjoyed old school games such as ‘Red Light, Green Light,’ Tug of War and Four Square.

Outdoor bowling, tumbling demonstrations, basketball, relay races, jump rope and hoola hoop competitions were participants’ favorites. Partners included Tumbling for Success, Zenith Dance Company, Fit to Be A Mom, Inc, Chicago Childrens Museum, Catholic Charities, Junior Urban League of Chicago, Fierce   Fitness and many more. Cameron Elementary School and Kelly Hall YMCA lended sports equipment for the events. This initiative is supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, The Chicago Department of Public Health, LISC Chicago, Active Transportation Alliance and World Sport Chicago.