Strohacker Park

  • 4347 W. 54th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60632 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Delwin Butler
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6723

History

Strohacker Park is one of three Chicago parks named in honor of a group of firemen who perished in a disastrous fire on March 1, 1957. Battalion Chief Howard J. Strohacker (1909-1957), along with fellow firefighters George L. Donovan (1916-1957) and Sylvester L. Pietrowski (1920-1957), died when the factory of the Lawrence Corporation, a shortening manufacturer, exploded, burying the three in debris. At the time of his death, Strohacker was serving as Acting Marshall of the Chicago Fire Department's 4th Division. Strohacker Park lies a mile north and 1.5 miles west of the battalion chief's former home at 6129 South Artesian. Originally known as 55th Street Playfield and Kostner Park for two boundary streets, the park was established on Board of Education property around 1945. The City of Chicago's Bureau of Parks and Recreation managed the park, with its outdoor athletic facilities and small fieldhouse, until 1959, when it was transferred to the Chicago Park District. The park district assumed ownership of the site in 1991.

Parking/Directions

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Strohacker Fieldhouse

Strohacker Fieldhouse

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Strohacker Park Playground

Strohacker Park PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Homework Time at Strohacker 186985InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Park Kids at Strohacker 189643InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Play School at Strohacker 186984InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$9.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Strohacker 186983InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Club at Strohacker 186981OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0

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Strohacker Park is one of three Chicago parks named in honor of a group of firemen who perished in a disastrous fire on March 1, 1957. Battalion Chief Howard J. Strohacker (1909-1957), along with fellow firefighters George L. Donovan (1916-1957) and Sylvester L. Pietrowski (1920-1957), died when the factory of the Lawrence Corporation, a shortening manufacturer, exploded, burying the three in debris. At the time of his death, Strohacker was serving as Acting Marshall of the Chicago Fire Department's 4th Division. Strohacker Park lies a mile north and 1.5 miles west of the battalion chief's former home at 6129 South Artesian. Originally known as 55th Street Playfield and Kostner Park for two boundary streets, the park was established on Board of Education property around 1945. The City of Chicago's Bureau of Parks and Recreation managed the park, with its outdoor athletic facilities and small fieldhouse, until 1959, when it was transferred to the Chicago Park District. The park district assumed ownership of the site in 1991.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.