Lawler Park

  • 5210 W. 64th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Nancy Ursetta
  • Park Phone: (773) 284-7328

Located in the Clearing Community, Lawler Park totals 6.20 acres and features a multi-purpose room. Outside, the park offers two baseball diamonds, playground, and basketball courts.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, preschool and playschool activities, and arts & crafts. The Park Kids after school program is offered throughout the school year, and during the summer youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Lawler Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

History

Chicago's Clearing community remained sparsely populated until the 1940s, when industrial development on the southwest side and in nearby suburbs brought a surge of residential construction to the area. Among the new developments was the Lawler Park subdivision, established in 1944. In 1947, the City of Chicago began creating a 6.2-acre park in the new subdivision. By 1950, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation had improved the site with a sand box and playground equipment. Clearing's population again increased significantly during the following decade. To meet the needs of the rapidly-growing community, the bureau began extensive improvements in 1958, upgrading the playground equipment and adding basketball and volleyball courts, as well as a brick recreation building. The city transferred Lawler Park to the Chicago Park District the following year. In 1985, after obtaining a $100,000 appropriation from the State of Illinois, the park district thoroughly rehabilitated the athletic field and the playground area. Further planting and playground improvements were made during the 1990s. Originally known as Leamington Park for the street to the west, by 1958, the park had been give the name of the surrounding subdivision. The park, the subdivision, and nearby Lawler Avenue all honor the memory of Union General Michael K. Lawler (1814-1882). Born in Kildare, Ireland, Lawler emigrated to the United States, fought in the Mexican War, and was made a general by Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

Parking/Directions

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

Lawler Softball Field

Lawler Softball Field

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

Lawler Basketball

Lawler Basketball

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

Lawler Fieldhouse

Lawler Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

Hours: ,

Lawler Football/Soccer

Lawler Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

Lawler Horseshoe Pit

Lawler Horseshoe Pit

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

Lawler Clubroom

Lawler Clubroom

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

Lawler Playground

Lawler Playground

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

Lawler Volleyball

Lawler Volleyball

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

Lawler Spray Feature

Lawler Spray Feature

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 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
Bitty Basketball at Lawler 102775InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/04/01 20:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$7.00
Floor Hockey at Lawler 103049InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 20:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$7.00
Kiddie College at Lawler 103320InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$82.00
Soccer at Lawler 103736InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 18:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
T-Ball at Lawler 104311InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
Teen Club at Lawler 104400OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Walking Club at Lawler 104684OpenWellness - WalkingAnyCoed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Lawler 116219CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$240.00
Play Camp at Lawler 117523CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$92.00
Recreational Tumbling at Lawler 117553InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/08/10 17:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$6.00
Walking Club at Lawler 117859OpenWellness - WalkingAnyCoed2015/06/29 23:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 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
$0

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Located in the Clearing Community, Lawler Park totals 6.20 acres and features a multi-purpose room. Outside, the park offers two baseball diamonds, playground, and basketball courts.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, preschool and playschool activities, and arts & crafts. The Park Kids after school program is offered throughout the school year, and during the summer youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Lawler Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

Chicago's Clearing community remained sparsely populated until the 1940s, when industrial development on the southwest side and in nearby suburbs brought a surge of residential construction to the area. Among the new developments was the Lawler Park subdivision, established in 1944. In 1947, the City of Chicago began creating a 6.2-acre park in the new subdivision. By 1950, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation had improved the site with a sand box and playground equipment. Clearing's population again increased significantly during the following decade. To meet the needs of the rapidly-growing community, the bureau began extensive improvements in 1958, upgrading the playground equipment and adding basketball and volleyball courts, as well as a brick recreation building. The city transferred Lawler Park to the Chicago Park District the following year. In 1985, after obtaining a $100,000 appropriation from the State of Illinois, the park district thoroughly rehabilitated the athletic field and the playground area. Further planting and playground improvements were made during the 1990s. Originally known as Leamington Park for the street to the west, by 1958, the park had been give the name of the surrounding subdivision. The park, the subdivision, and nearby Lawler Avenue all honor the memory of Union General Michael K. Lawler (1814-1882). Born in Kildare, Ireland, Lawler emigrated to the United States, fought in the Mexican War, and was made a general by Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

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