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

The Holstein Park field house was scheduled for a major overhaul this year, which prevented us from planning the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest for 2015. Current political and budget realities have put that project on hold, but we do know that our beloved neighborhood tradition, The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, must continue. The Friends of Holstein Park is continuing the pie love by throwing a pie party on Sunday, September 20th, from 2-5pm.

At the party, you can still have your fresh, homemade apple pie! Past contestants and new donors will be going wild, providing pies with only 1 rule: they must be apple. No double crust. No restriction on ingredients. No entrance fee. If it looks like a pie, we will gratefully accept your donation (we’d be even more grateful if you can do more than one!).


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

–        Live Music

–        Magician Show

–        Balloon Creations

–        Kids Activities

–        And much more!


To register to donate a pie,  Email us at

Interested in volunteering for the event? Email us at

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

Special Notice

The Holstein Park Field is officially closed until further notice. In order to beautify the grassy area, the Chicago Park District is re-sodding the field and working to bring back the beautiful grass we all enjoy. Past events and regular wear and tear contributed to the need for this work. Please respect this work and avoid the field.

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!

Message from the FOHP Advisory Council

This Fall, the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest will not be taking place due to uncertainty with the planned renovation of the field house. Instead, mark your calendars for Sunday, September 20th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. for the Bucktown Apple Pie Party. More details will be provided, but this event will include fun for everyone, including a live band, activities for the kids, pie sale, and more.

If you are interesting in helping plan or volunteer at this year’s event, please email us at

If you are interested in getting involved in your community, please come to our next meeting on June 16th at 7 pm in the Field House (always the 3rd Tuesday or each month).


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.