Strohacker Park

  • 4347 W. 54th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60632 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Martin Rejniak
  • 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

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

Strohacker Fieldhouse

Strohacker Fieldhouse

Hours: ,

Strohacker Park Playground

Strohacker Park Playground

Location Notes: 4347 W. 54th St.

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
Seasonal Sports at Strohacker 121760InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Soccer at Strohacker 121756InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2015/04/07 20:45From April 7, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Soccer at Strohacker 121759InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/07 21:45From April 7, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
T-Ball at Strohacker 121754InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2015/04/06 20:45From April 6, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Volleyball League at Strohacker 121761Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/05/12 23:00From May 12, 2015 to July 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$40.00
Volleyball League at Strohacker 121762Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upFemale2015/05/14 23:00From May 14, 2015 to July 23, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$40.00

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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.