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 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 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
TEAM Sports at Blackhawk 204278InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
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
Winter Break Camp at Blackhawk 204666CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/12/26 16:00From December 26, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 5pm
Each Friday from 10am to 5pm
$40.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
2-Ball Basketball Tournament at Blackhawk 227022TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2018/02/19 16:00February 19, 2018
Monday from 10am to 4pm
$0
Adult Swim at Blackhawk 208884OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/22 18:00From January 22, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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 208950InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/25 19:15From January 25, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Blackhawk 227033OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2018/01/12 01:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Blackhawk 209085OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2018/01/20 18:00From January 20, 2018 to February 10, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$2.00
Basketball at Blackhawk 226295InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Basketball at Blackhawk 226298InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Basketball League at Blackhawk 226311Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$15.00
Basketball League at Blackhawk 226312Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2018/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$15.00
Basketball Tournament at Blackhawk 227021TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2018/02/02 16:00February 2, 2018
Friday from 10am to 4pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Blackhawk 226316InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2018/02/12 23:00From February 12, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Dodgeball at Blackhawk 209474InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$6.00
Family Swim at Blackhawk 209537OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/27 21:00From January 27, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm
$0
Karate Partnership at Blackhawk 227028PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 23:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$0
Karate Partnership at Blackhawk 227029PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Kiddie College at Blackhawk 209892InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$37.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 209978InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/23 01:00From January 22, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 209974InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/23 23:00From January 23, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 209979InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/24 21:45From January 24, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 209975InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/24 23:00From January 24, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 209976InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/25 23:00From January 25, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 209980InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/26 21:45From January 26, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 209977InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/27 18:45From January 27, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$30.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Blackhawk 210148InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2018/01/12 20:15From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$16.00
Music and Movement at Blackhawk 226289InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$5.00
Open Swim at Blackhawk 210223OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/22 20:15From January 22, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
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
Play School at Blackhawk 210350InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$21.00
Play School at Blackhawk 210351InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 210417InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2018/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 210418InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 23:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 226290InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:15From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Soccer League at Blackhawk 226301Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$20.00
Soccer League at Blackhawk 227010Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2018/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00
Soccer League at Blackhawk 227011Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to February 10, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$10.00
Soccer League at Blackhawk 226315Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to February 10, 2018
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$10.00
Soccer Tournament at Blackhawk 227013TournamentSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2018/01/15 16:00January 15, 2018
Monday from 10am to 4pm
$0
Sport Art & Dart at Blackhawk 226293InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$5.00
Table Tennis at Blackhawk 227025InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$2.00
TEAM Sports at Blackhawk 210846InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/23 00:00From January 22, 2018 to March 29, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$35.00
Team Tumbling at Blackhawk 210861InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
$20.00
Teen Club at Blackhawk 227024OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 10 but less than 17Coed2018/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2018 to February 12, 2018
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Club at Blackhawk 226294OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Blackhawk 227023InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 10 but less than 17Coed2018/02/13 00:00From February 12, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club (Deaf & HOH) at Blackhawk 226762InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 15 but less than 19Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$5.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Blackhawk 210930InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/24 19:15From January 24, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Blackhawk 210931InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/27 16:15From January 27, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 210952InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/23 21:45From January 23, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 210953InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/25 21:45From January 25, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 225927InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/27 17:30From January 27, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Blackhawk 210999InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$16.00
Volleyball at Blackhawk 226292InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 17Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Young Scientist at Blackhawk 226288InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
$10.00
Young Scientist at Blackhawk 226291InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Youth Swim at Blackhawk 211227OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/27 20:00From January 27, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Zumba Partnership at Blackhawk 227032PartnershipGroupWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2018/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$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.