LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community

  • 5120 W. 44th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Cheryl Hill-Beverly
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6438

Located in the Garfield Ridge community, LeClaire-Hearst Park totals 12.33 acres and features a gymnasium, kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers, basketball courts, baseball fields, an athletic field for football or soccer, a playground and tennis courts. LeClaire also has a community garden.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports & recreation programs at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Le Claire is also the site for early childhood programs offered through a partnership with the Hull House.

In addition to programs, LeClaire Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday and Black History month activities.

History

The Chicago Park District planned and developed LeClaire-Hearst Park in conjunction with the Chicago Housing Authority's construction of the nearby LeClaire Courts public housing project. The park district first purchased land for the park in 1948, and acquired additional property from C.H.A. in 1968 and from the Board of Education in 1991. In 1974, the park was officially designated LeClaire Courts - Hearst Community Park for the neighboring communities. The park district expanded the park with Board of Education land in 1991. LeClaire Courts, which opened in 1950, was Chicago's first attempt at integrated, lowrise public housing. The complex takes its name from Antoine Le Claire, a fur trader and government interpreter who came to Chicago with John Kinzie (1763-1828) in 1809. LeClaire Street, which terminates at the south edge of the park, also bears his name. Hearst is the single-family residential community south of 45th Street. Its name derives from that of philanthropist Phoebe Apperson Hearst (1842-191), mother of newspaper publisher and businessman William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951).

Parking/Directions

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

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Baseball Fields

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Baseball Fields

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Outdoor Basketball Courts

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Outdoor Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Meeting Room

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Meeting Room

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

Hours: ,

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Football/Soccer Field

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

Descriptors: Grass

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Gymnasium

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Path/Trail

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Path/Trail

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Playground

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Tennis Courts

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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 Camp at LeClaire-Hearst 154474CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/06/13 22:00From June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$10.00
Day Camp at LeClaire-Hearst 154642CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$126.00
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at LeClaire-Hearst 154881Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2016/06/14 20:00From June 14, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Sr. at LeClaire-Hearst 159166Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 16 but less than 18Male2016/06/17 20:00From June 17, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at LeClaire-Hearst 154889Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/13 19:00From June 13, 2016 to August 17, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Play Camp at LeClaire-Hearst Cancelled159165CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 15:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
$61.00

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Description

Located in the Garfield Ridge community, LeClaire-Hearst Park totals 12.33 acres and features a gymnasium, kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers, basketball courts, baseball fields, an athletic field for football or soccer, a playground and tennis courts. LeClaire also has a community garden.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports & recreation programs at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Le Claire is also the site for early childhood programs offered through a partnership with the Hull House.

In addition to programs, LeClaire Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday and Black History month activities.

The Chicago Park District planned and developed LeClaire-Hearst Park in conjunction with the Chicago Housing Authority's construction of the nearby LeClaire Courts public housing project. The park district first purchased land for the park in 1948, and acquired additional property from C.H.A. in 1968 and from the Board of Education in 1991. In 1974, the park was officially designated LeClaire Courts - Hearst Community Park for the neighboring communities. The park district expanded the park with Board of Education land in 1991. LeClaire Courts, which opened in 1950, was Chicago's first attempt at integrated, lowrise public housing. The complex takes its name from Antoine Le Claire, a fur trader and government interpreter who came to Chicago with John Kinzie (1763-1828) in 1809. LeClaire Street, which terminates at the south edge of the park, also bears his name. Hearst is the single-family residential community south of 45th Street. Its name derives from that of philanthropist Phoebe Apperson Hearst (1842-191), mother of newspaper publisher and businessman William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951).
For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.