Blackhawk Park

  • 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60639 [View Map]
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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.

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 Saturday, March 4, 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 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Blackhawk 175835OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Blackhawk 199308InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 18:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Blackhawk 192786OpenSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Blackhawk 177235InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
Basketball Skills at Blackhawk 177237InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 21:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$14.00
Dodgeball at Blackhawk 177384OpenSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/04/11 21:00From April 11, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$6.00
Dodgeball at Blackhawk 177388OpenSports - DodgeballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$6.00
Family Swim at Blackhawk 175798OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/08 00:00From April 7, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
$0
Karate Partnership at Blackhawk 198292PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Kickball League at Blackhawk 192794Team_LeagueSports - Kickball18 and upCoed2017/04/19 00:00From April 18, 2017 to June 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$125.00
Kiddie College at Blackhawk 176457InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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 193572InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 175685InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 175689InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 175693InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 20:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 175691InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 175690InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 175686InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 175687InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 17:45From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$30.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Blackhawk 176378InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/04/03 19:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$15.00
Open Swim at Blackhawk 193574OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/03 19:15From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 4:45pm
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 199309OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/04/05 18:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Play School at Blackhawk 176348InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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 176349InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 176785InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2017/04/04 21:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 176793InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 192783InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:15From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$13.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 League at Blackhawk 177621Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/22 15:00From April 22, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$26.00
Soccer League at Blackhawk 177620Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$26.00
Soccer League at Blackhawk 192789Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2017/04/19 23:30From April 19, 2017 to June 14, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$125.00
Soccer League at Blackhawk 192787Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/04/22 16:00From April 22, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$26.00
Social Club (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Blackhawk 200195InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Friday from 4pm to 5pm on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th weeks of each month
$0
Spring Break Camp at Blackhawk 197922CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/10 14:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$30.00
T-Ball at Blackhawk 192796InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/19 21:15From April 19, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$21.00
T-Ball at Blackhawk 192797InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/04/19 22:30From April 19, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$21.00
TEAM Sports at Blackhawk 175854InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 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 176521InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:15From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Teen Club at Blackhawk 192785OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Blackhawk 193576InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 4Coed2017/04/07 20:45From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Blackhawk 193577InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 4Coed2017/04/08 15:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 175639InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 20:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 175640InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 20:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 175641InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 16:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Blackhawk 176788InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Volleyball (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Blackhawk 200051InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Friday from 5pm to 7pm on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th weeks of each month
$0
Young Scientist at Blackhawk 192784InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/04/06 23:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Youth Swim at Blackhawk 175788OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 19:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0

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Description

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.