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.

Bucktown Apple Pie Party: Continuing the Pie Love


No Contest…No Rules…Just Apple Pie
Sunday, September 20th, from 2 to 5:00 p.m.

Senior Citizens Memorial Park, 2238 N. Oakley Avenue

Enjoy fresh, homemade apple pie at the Bucktown Apple Pie Party! Neighborhood donors will be baking pies for everyone to enjoy, with only 1 rule: they must be apple. All proceeds from the sales of pie will support the Friends of Holstein Park’s events for the community throughout the year.

In addition to slices of delicious apple pie, join us for:

  • Live Music from Dan Whitaker and the Shinebenders
  • Magician Sean Masterson
  • Balloon Creations by ChiTwist
  • Kids Activities
  • And much more!


To register to donate a pie,  Click Here

Interested in volunteering for the event? Email us at

Due to a scheduled major overhaul of the Holstein Park Field House this year, the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest was not planned for this year. It will be back in 2016!

Thank you to our partners and sponsors:

Easel Art, American Eagle Bank, Ipsento, Bucktown Arts Fest, Building Blocks, Purple Monkey Playroom, and our Alderman Scott Waguespack!

Bucktown Apple Pie Party in the News

Message from the FOHP Advisory Council

We are happy to announce that the Holstein Park Field is back open! We are thrilled everyone gets to utilize the beautiful field before the summer is over. When you are enjoying the pool this summer, keep in mind that the Friends of Holstein Park provided the new lane markers in the pool. See below to find out how you can help us continue to make improvements in the park.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Bucktown Apple Pie Party on Sunday, September 20th. We will need lots of volunteers to provide this event for the community.

To sign up for a two hour volunteer shift, Email us at!
To register to donate a pie, click here.
Thanks again to you, our supporters, for helping us keep our park beautiful and safe!


Let’s Keep the Pool Cool!

Pool season is here! Due to neighbors who support us, Friends of Holstein Park is purchasing new lane markers for the pool and umbrellas for the lifeguards. Thank you!!!

Last year we used your donations to purchase new deck chairs for the pool. Please consider making a donation this summer to help us continue to make our park better for everyone in the community.  We’ll see you at the park this summer!

Click below to make a donation or stop by the pool!

Click Here to Donate

Pool Opens: June 12

The pool will be open June 12th! Due to neighbors who support Friends of Holstein Park, we were able to purchase new lane markers for the pool. Thank you!!! Know that your donations and attendance at our events only make our park better!

Zephyr Dance Performing Arts Camp

Registration for Zephyr Dance’s Performing Arts Camp for boys and girls ages 6-13 is open.  Camp runs Monday throughFriday August 10-21st from 9am-2pm and campers present an original dance theatre performance for parents and friends at the end of the 2-weeks.

To register visit

For questions or more information,

email: or

call 773-489-5069.

Space is limited.

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.

CPD Wins the Gold Medal

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

Watch it here.