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.

What We Did in 2015

Friends of Holstein park had a great 2015. Here’s some of the things we did:

  • organized a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt
  • threw the Family Dance Party
  • hosted three indoor Movies in the Park for neighborhood families
  • served over 600 pieces of pie at the Bucktown Apple Pie Party
  • purchased lane markers and furniture for the pool area
  • celebrated the holidays with volunteers and friends at the Corner Bar

Thank you again to all the volunteers who made these events happen! Please sign up to help us out in 2016! Coming up in January are our Advisory Council Elections.

Friends of Holstein Park: Advisory Council Elections

Looking to get more involved in your neighborhood? Join us on the Advisory Council of the Friends of Holstein Park.

What does the Advisory Council do? We plan events that we would love for our community to enjoy, while supporting the staff at Holstein Park however we can.

In the past year we’ve provided funds for new pool lane markers and deck chairs, supported the lifeguards with end of summer gifts, gave thank you gifts to the volunteer soccer referees, and more.

We will be holding elections at our January 19th Board Meeting and we have plenty of spots for interested neighbors. The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. at the Holstein Park Field House. Want to get involved and cannot make the meeting? Please send an email to us at here along with your area of interest. We’ll be sure to include you.

Areas of interest may include:

  • Bucktown Apple Pie Party/Contest
  • Dog Event
  • Easter Event
  • Family Movie Nights
  • And whatever else you can dream up for our community!

Help us keep our events going strong in 2016!

Friends of Holstein Park’s Holiday Party

Join us as we celebrate our Holstein Park Community at the 2015 Friends of Holstein Park Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 15th from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Corner Bar, 2224 North Leavitt Street.

Volunteered this year? Join us! Want to meet some new neighbors? Join us! Interested in getting involved? Join us and learn what we did in 2015 and what we hope to do in 2016.

Free Cocktails, Snacks, and a Raffle
Be a be part of a group making your neighborhood
a better place for you and your kids.

Thank you to all of our neighbors for supporting us in 2015!

RSVP by December 11th on Facebook or email us at

There is no charge to attend this event.

Indoor Family Movie Night: December 18

Family Movie Nights are back! October 16th was the first movie this winter – “Frankenweenie.” Friends of Holstein Park will host 2 more family movies this winter at the Holstein Park Field House. Mark your calendar for Friday, December 18th at 6:00 p.m. for the next movie. The movies are all FREE and popcorn will be available. We’ll send more specific information about the movie closer to the movie date. Hope to see you there!

Chicago Park District: Winter Program Registration

Starting November 16th, Winter Program schedules will be on the Chicago Park District website. Make your wish lists so you are ready for online registration, starting Monday November 30th @ 9am for parks located West of California Ave. and Tuesday December 1st @ 9am for parks located East of California Ave. (Holstein Park). Winter activities will start the week of January 4th, 2016. Program information will be available here following November 16th.

Bucktown Apple Pie Party in the News

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

CPD Wins the Gold Medal

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

Watch it here.