Blackhawk Park

  • 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60639 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Sean Ortiz
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5014

Located in the Belmont-Cragin Community (just south of Fullerton Avenue, between Cicero and Laramie avenues), Blackhawk Park’s fieldhouse sits on a little more than six acres, and features an indoor pool, a gymnasium, several meeting rooms, plus a kitchen.

Outdoors, the park offers a quarter-mile walking path, two junior baseball fields, a softball field, a combination football/soccer field, five tennis courts, a basketball court, plus a playground with a spray pool.

Blackhawk Park offers both fitness classes and aquatic programs for patrons of all ages. Teens can also enjoy basketball. Men can also join volleyball and basketball leagues.

Depending on age and season, a large variety of programs are offered for youth/pre-teens: soccer, football, cheerleading, basketball, wrestling, tumbling, T-ball & Little League baseball.Our signature programs are available at Blackhawk Park, such as: the Park Kids after school program, Spring- & Winter-Break Camps, as well as our 6-week fun-filled affordable Day Camp (and Extended Camp).In August, we offer a 2-week Gymnastics’ Camp.

Parents gather at Blackhawk Park with their preschoolers for classes such as: Art & ABC’s, Play Group, Preschool, and Storytime.

We invite you to stop by and check out the offerings at Blackhawk Park!

History

Located in Chicago's Cragin neighborhood, Blackhawk Park was created by the Northwest Park District, one of 22 park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. The Northwest Park District first began acquiring land for Blackhawk Park in 1916. Five years later, renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen, designer of much of the West Park system, developed a plan for the park. Early improvements to Blackhawk Park included a wading pool, a playground, tennis courts, and electric lighting. In the summer of 1923, the Northwest Park District dedicated the park to honor a World War I Army unit known as the Blackhawk Division of the Allied Expeditionary Force. Composed of volunteers and draftees from Illinois, the Division took its name from the Sac chief Black Hawk (1767-1838). In 1832, Black Hawk led a group of Sac, Fox, and Kickapoo Indians west across the Mississippi into Illinois in a futile attempt to reclaim their ancestral lands, from which they had been forced in the 1820s. Though his forces were beaten back and fell to final defeat on August 2, 1832, Chief Black Hawk has long been revered for his bravery and perseverance. Jacob Dickinson Jr., a WWI veteran and son of the secretary of war under President Taft, gave a speech at the dedication ceremonies. A Chicago Tribune article reported that Dickinson Jr. asserted that naming the park for Chief Blackhawk served as “a protest against all intolerance as exemplified by the white hoods, the black shirts, and the red flags.” (This refers to various forms of fascism that were happening throughout the world at this time.) In 1926, a small brick field house with a gambrel roof was built in the park. Architect Albert A. Schwartz designed the building. Altogether, he produced six field houses for the Northwest and Old Portage Park Districts. Two years after the completion of the original field house, architect Walter W. Alschlager designed a major addition to the building that included an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, locker rooms, offices, and a board room. In September of 1926, shortly after the construction of the original field house in Blackhawk Park, the American Legion sponsored an “Indian Pageant and Festival” there. Dozens of members of the Sac and Fox tribes camped in the park during the festival. They presented Indian dances in costume and staged an outdoor production of the play “Hiawatha.”

Parking/Directions

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

Blackhawk Diamond - Softball

Blackhawk Diamond - Softball

Location Notes: 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

Blackhawk Fieldhouse

Blackhawk Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

Hours: , ,

Blackhawk Football/Soccer

Blackhawk Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Blackhawk Gymnasium

Blackhawk Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

Blackhawk Auditorium & Clubrooms

Blackhawk Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

Blackhawk Playground

Blackhawk PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Spring 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Blackhawk Tennis Courts

Blackhawk Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

Blackhawk Spray Pool

Blackhawk Spray Pool

Location Notes: 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

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 Saturday, December 10, 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
Sports Camp at Blackhawk 184966CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/03 16:00From January 3, 2017 to January 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Blackhawk 164298InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Winter Break Camp at Blackhawk 184967CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/12/27 16:00From December 27, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$20.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Blackhawk 169219OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Blackhawk 187489InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/12 19:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Blackhawk 188602OpenSports - Basketball18 and upFemale2017/01/17 17:00From January 17, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$2.00
Basketball League at Blackhawk 187181Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 11, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$15.00
Basketball League at Blackhawk 187183Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 11, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$15.00
Basketball League at Blackhawk 187184Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 18:15From January 14, 2017 to March 11, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$15.00
Dodgeball at Blackhawk 169822InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$4.00
Drop-in Camp at Blackhawk 188603CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/02/03 16:00February 3, 2017
Friday from 10am to 3pm
$10.00
Family Swim at Blackhawk 169883OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/14 21:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm
$0
Kickball at Blackhawk 187178InstructionSports - KickballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Kiddie College at Blackhawk 170277InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$35.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 187485InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 170373InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 170368InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 170374InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 21:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 170369InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 170370InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 170375InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 21:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 187486InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/14 16:15From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 170372InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 18:45From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$30.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Blackhawk 170525InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/09 20:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$15.00
Open Swim at Blackhawk 187491OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/09 20:15From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Blackhawk 187488OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Play School at Blackhawk 170745InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$20.00
Play School at Blackhawk 170746InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 170812InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2017/01/10 22:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 170813InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 23:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Blackhawk 187173InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Blackhawk 187179InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Blackhawk 171247InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$35.00
Team Tumbling at Blackhawk 171265InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Blackhawk 187487InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/13 23:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Blackhawk 187490InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/14 17:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 171341InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 21:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 171342InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 21:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Blackhawk 171387InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Youth Swim at Blackhawk 171669OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 20:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0

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Located in the Belmont-Cragin Community (just south of Fullerton Avenue, between Cicero and Laramie avenues), Blackhawk Park’s fieldhouse sits on a little more than six acres, and features an indoor pool, a gymnasium, several meeting rooms, plus a kitchen.

Outdoors, the park offers a quarter-mile walking path, two junior baseball fields, a softball field, a combination football/soccer field, five tennis courts, a basketball court, plus a playground with a spray pool.

Blackhawk Park offers both fitness classes and aquatic programs for patrons of all ages. Teens can also enjoy basketball. Men can also join volleyball and basketball leagues.

Depending on age and season, a large variety of programs are offered for youth/pre-teens: soccer, football, cheerleading, basketball, wrestling, tumbling, T-ball & Little League baseball.Our signature programs are available at Blackhawk Park, such as: the Park Kids after school program, Spring- & Winter-Break Camps, as well as our 6-week fun-filled affordable Day Camp (and Extended Camp).In August, we offer a 2-week Gymnastics’ Camp.

Parents gather at Blackhawk Park with their preschoolers for classes such as: Art & ABC’s, Play Group, Preschool, and Storytime.

We invite you to stop by and check out the offerings at Blackhawk Park!

Located in Chicago's Cragin neighborhood, Blackhawk Park was created by the Northwest Park District, one of 22 park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. The Northwest Park District first began acquiring land for Blackhawk Park in 1916. Five years later, renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen, designer of much of the West Park system, developed a plan for the park. Early improvements to Blackhawk Park included a wading pool, a playground, tennis courts, and electric lighting. In the summer of 1923, the Northwest Park District dedicated the park to honor a World War I Army unit known as the Blackhawk Division of the Allied Expeditionary Force. Composed of volunteers and draftees from Illinois, the Division took its name from the Sac chief Black Hawk (1767-1838). In 1832, Black Hawk led a group of Sac, Fox, and Kickapoo Indians west across the Mississippi into Illinois in a futile attempt to reclaim their ancestral lands, from which they had been forced in the 1820s. Though his forces were beaten back and fell to final defeat on August 2, 1832, Chief Black Hawk has long been revered for his bravery and perseverance. Jacob Dickinson Jr., a WWI veteran and son of the secretary of war under President Taft, gave a speech at the dedication ceremonies. A Chicago Tribune article reported that Dickinson Jr. asserted that naming the park for Chief Blackhawk served as “a protest against all intolerance as exemplified by the white hoods, the black shirts, and the red flags.” (This refers to various forms of fascism that were happening throughout the world at this time.) In 1926, a small brick field house with a gambrel roof was built in the park. Architect Albert A. Schwartz designed the building. Altogether, he produced six field houses for the Northwest and Old Portage Park Districts. Two years after the completion of the original field house, architect Walter W. Alschlager designed a major addition to the building that included an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, locker rooms, offices, and a board room. In September of 1926, shortly after the construction of the original field house in Blackhawk Park, the American Legion sponsored an “Indian Pageant and Festival” there. Dozens of members of the Sac and Fox tribes camped in the park during the festival. They presented Indian dances in costume and staged an outdoor production of the play “Hiawatha.”

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