LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community

  • 5120 W. 44th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • 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.

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 Football/Soccer Field

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Gymnasium

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Meeting Room

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Meeting Room

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

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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 Playground

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Tennis Courts

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 5120 W. 44th St.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 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
Basketball Camp at LeClaire-Hearst 116059CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Male2015/06/08 22:00From June 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:45pm
$6.00
Day Camp at LeClaire-Hearst 116220CampsCamps - 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
$120.00
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at LeClaire-Hearst 116615Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/06/09 20:30From June 9, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at LeClaire-Hearst 116624Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/09 19:00From June 9, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at LeClaire-Hearst 122377InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at LeClaire-Hearst 122556InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Chair Exercise at LeClaire-Hearst 147614InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/15 17:30From September 14, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at LeClaire-Hearst 123723InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Modern at LeClaire-Hearst 147613InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Drop-in at LeClaire-Hearst 122890InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to December 18, 2015
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
Inner City Flag Football at LeClaire-Hearst 123291InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Music and Movement at LeClaire-Hearst 123722InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 25, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at LeClaire-Hearst 123749Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to November 6, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at LeClaire-Hearst 123750Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to November 6, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 124140InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 124141InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at LeClaire-Hearst 124216OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3pm
$0
Teen Club at LeClaire-Hearst 124504OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$6.00
Walking Club at LeClaire-Hearst 124806OpenWellness - Walking21 and upCoed2015/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0

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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.