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.

Descriptors: Grass

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 PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Lawler Volleyball

Lawler Volleyball

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

Lawler Spray Feature

Lawler Spray Feature

Location Notes: 5210 W. 64th St.

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 view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
Basketball at Lawler 202422InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2017 to November 10, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Homework Time at Lawler 203119InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/26 20:30From September 26, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Kiddie College at Lawler 203234InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/21 16:00From September 21, 2017 to December 8, 2017
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
$88.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lawler 203488InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/25 22:30From September 25, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$7.00
Recreational Tumbling at Lawler 203058InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/27 21:30From September 27, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Lawler 203936InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Soccer at Lawler 204068InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/22 18:00From September 22, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00
Soccer at Lawler 204069InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Lawler 204452InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00

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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.