LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community

  • 5120 W. 44th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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. The playground at LeClaire-Hearst Park was renovated in Fall 2015 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports or participate in recreation programs at the facility. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. LeClaire also offers an early childhood program 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 celebrations 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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
Drop-in at LeClaire-Hearst 162701InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at LeClaire-Hearst 169352InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at LeClaire-Hearst 169508InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/01/13 23:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at LeClaire-Hearst 169717InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Fun and Games at LeClaire-Hearst 169860InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Fun With Food at LeClaire-Hearst 187944InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$5.00
Gymnastics at LeClaire-Hearst 187932InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at LeClaire-Hearst 170231Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Kiddie College at LeClaire-Hearst 170303InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$16.00
Music and Movement at LeClaire-Hearst 170568InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at LeClaire-Hearst 170520InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 170887InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at LeClaire-Hearst 170958OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Soccer - 5 on 5 at LeClaire-Hearst 171023InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/16 23:00From January 16, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Club at LeClaire-Hearst 171282OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/01/14 00:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Tot Spot at LeClaire-Hearst 171567OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2y 5m but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Zumba at LeClaire-Hearst 187914InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$11.00

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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. The playground at LeClaire-Hearst Park was renovated in Fall 2015 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports or participate in recreation programs at the facility. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. LeClaire also offers an early childhood program 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 celebrations 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.