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

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

Strohacker Fieldhouse

Strohacker Fieldhouse

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Strohacker Park Playground

Strohacker Park PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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
Flag Football at Strohacker 192314InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/04/04 21:45From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$11.00
Running Club at Strohacker 192316OpenWellness - WalkingAnyCoed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Strohacker 197977InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Soccer at Strohacker 192311InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Soccer at Strohacker 192312InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Teen Club at Strohacker 192310OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Track & Field at Strohacker 192313InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/04/06 21:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$9.00
Volleyball League at Strohacker 192317Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$33.00
Walking Club at Strohacker 192315OpenWellness - WalkingAnyCoed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$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.