Inside the gym at the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest is just one of many events we organize every year to raise money for the park.

FOHP Advisory Council – February

Welcome and a big thank you to new and returning FOHP Advisory Council members. We’re looking forward to a rewarding and productive year! At the February 17th meeting we voted in the new Friends of Holstein Park Council members for 2015.

President: Maria Mariottini
Secretary: Michelle Maher
Treasurer: Caroline Graciano

Council Members:
Stacy Fleming (Communications), Scott Jacobs (Renovations), Lucy Jacobs (Renovations), Justin Jahnke, Linda Kanoski (Renovations), Kathy Rice (Special Events), Fred Schein (Pool).

Family Dance: Sock Hop Recap

A great time was had by all at the Family Dance: Sock Hop. Thanks to our sponsor, Super Dog Walking the event provided food, fun, crafts, and dancing for all.

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Additionally, our arts partner, Zephyr Dance, provided supercool authentic 50s dance lessons.

We also must thank the wonderful volunteers who helped with setup and cleanup. We couldn’t do it without you!

We had so much fun we can’t wait for next year! If you ever need someone to watch your beloved dog (or cat or bird…) contact Super Dog Walking!


Sailing Apprenticeship for Teens

Presented by Chicago Park District, After School Matters, Navy Pier and Sports 37™

The Chicago Park District is offering a Sailing Apprenticeship this spring for High School Students ages 15-18 that have an interest in learning more about sailing.

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Sailing is a unique, lifelong sport with many benefits.

Colleges are excited to see it on resumes and it is in high demand for summer employment across the country, including opportunities in the marine industry. The Sailing Apprenticeship is a great gateway to this amazing lifelong sport.


Apprenticeship information:

  • Runs March 16 – May 22, 2015
  • Up to $100 as a Completion Award
  • Must be a Chicago resident
  • Upon completion, possible summer employment with the Chicago Park District.
  • Apply today at Click on ‘apply for a Spring 2015 program’ and ‘start new application’. Fill out your information. Enter ‘Sailing’ into program keyword search field.
  • Judd Goldman Sailing Center, 1362 S Linn White Dr., Chicago, IL 60605

For more information please contact:

Joseph Pittman (312) 287-2042 or

Michael Anderson (773) 691-4215.

Register for Spring Classes

Spring Online Registration takes place on Tuesday, February 24th at 9:00 a.m., but don’t wait until then to visit the Chicago Park District website. You can view available programs and set up a wish list starting on Monday, February 9th. If you haven’t yet set up or updated your account on the new registration system, this would be a great time to do it. Programs fill up fast, and updating your account now means you won’t be delayed when you’re trying to register.

Friends of Holstein Park: Advisory Council

Looking to get more involved in your neighborhood? Join us at the Advisory Council meeting of the Friends of Holstein Park on February 17th. At the January 20th meeting, attendees heard a presentation from a representative of the Chicago Park District about our upcoming Field House renovation. Construction is expected to begin after Labor Day and the main renovation components include updated locker rooms, a family bathroom, 2 new program rooms, a new roof, and pool filter replacement. More information will be available in March.

At our monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, we discuss and plan events that we would love for our community to enjoy. Come, join us and learn how you can get involved! For our Apple Pie Contest and Circus in the Parks to continue this year, we need Chairs/Co-Chairs to lead those community events. Please contact us if you are interested!

CPD Wins the Gold Medal

Did you hear about the phenomenal honor the Chicago Park District just won?

Watch it here.