Blackhawk Park

  • 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60639 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Tom Versen
  • 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.

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Blackhawk Football/Soccer

Blackhawk Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

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 Playground

Location Notes: 2318 N. Lavergne Ave.

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

View our winter program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of January 5 through the week of March 16.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Spring Programs

Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1.
View programs online beginning Monday, February 9.  Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

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
Adult Swim at Blackhawk 97255OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10:45am
$0
Arts & Crafts at Blackhawk 95884InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 19 but less than 60Coed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Blackhawk 95885InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Blackhawk 95886InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Basketball at Blackhawk 113506InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$5.00
Basketball at Blackhawk 113507InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$5.00
Basketball League at Blackhawk 96135Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:15pm
$20.00
Dodgeball at Blackhawk 113504InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Dodgeball at Blackhawk 113505InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Family Swim at Blackhawk 96455OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm
$0
Kiddie College at Blackhawk 96876InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 96972InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 96978InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 96979InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 21:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 96973InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 96974InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 96980InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 96975InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 96976InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 96977InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 18:15From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$22.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Blackhawk 97165InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/05 20:15From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$10.00
Play School at Blackhawk 98168InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 18:15From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 2pm
$15.00
Play School at Blackhawk 98169InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 97584InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 97585InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Soccer League at Blackhawk 97856Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Blackhawk 98019InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Team Tumbling at Blackhawk 98032InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 98097InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 21:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 98096InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 98098InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 21:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Blackhawk 98133InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 18:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$10.00
Youth Swim at Blackhawk 97262OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 21:45From January 5, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
$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.