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.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Basketball at Blackhawk 89560InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Basketball at Blackhawk 89561InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Basketball at Blackhawk 89562InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 8pm
$10.00
Dodgeball at Blackhawk 89875InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Dodgeball at Blackhawk 89876InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Kiddie College at Blackhawk 90355InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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 90439InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 90445InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 90446InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 90440InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 90441InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 90447InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 90442InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 90443InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Blackhawk 90444InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$22.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Blackhawk 90658InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$15.00
Play School at Blackhawk 91556InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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 91557InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 90948InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Blackhawk 90949InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 10 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Blackhawk 91021InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at Blackhawk 91022InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Blackhawk 91187Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:15pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Blackhawk 91384InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 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 91401InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 91476InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 23, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 91475InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Blackhawk 91477InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Blackhawk 91512InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$10.00

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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.