Holstein Park's field house turns 100 with beer, bands and food trucks

Holstein Park isn't one of Chicago's largest parks. At a mere 3 acres, it wouldn't meet the minimum lot size requirement in many a Chicago subdivision.

Holstein Park packs a lot of recreation into its small size, hosting a field house with two gyms, an assembly hall, club rooms, a swimming pool and a wading pool, baseball and softball fields and basketball courts, and a playground. When the weather's decent, it also packs in a lot of people, and has to rank high on anyone's list of the city's most popular neighborhood parks.

Holstein Park is also a popular venue for local events. You'll have to wait a while for the Bucktown Arts Festival (August 25 and 26) and the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest (October 14), but you can catch the Holstein 100 celebration in the park this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The park's been around since the 1850s and the anniversary in question is the building of the field house in 1912.

Neighborhood events are a great way to get a feel for what it's like to live in a neighborhood. You'll find a dozen homes and condos for sale within two short blocks of Holstein Park – ranging upwards from the $300s.

I visited a 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath single-family home just south of the park several months ago and shot the following sponsored video. The home, at 2060 N Oakley, was about to hit the MLS at that time and was priced at $1.3M. It's had a price reduction in the interim, to $1,199M.

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