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 field house with a gymnasium, a kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers basketball courts, baseball fields, an athletic field for football or soccer, a playground, tennis courts and 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. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. LeClaire-Hearst Park also offers an early childhood program through a partnership with the Hull House.

In addition to programs, LeClaire-Hearst Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday celebrations, Black History month activities and other Night Out in the Parks events.

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, acquiring 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

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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 Monday, August 14, 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
Arts & Crafts at LeClaire-Hearst 202259InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Ballet - Beginner at LeClaire-Hearst 202618InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at LeClaire-Hearst 221391InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball at LeClaire-Hearst 202423InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Cooking Club at LeClaire-Hearst 204643InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Cross Country at LeClaire-Hearst 203893InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/09/13 22:30From September 13, 2017 to October 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at LeClaire-Hearst 224169InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Floor Hockey at LeClaire-Hearst 221390InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/09/11 22:30From September 11, 2017 to October 23, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Inner City Flag Football at LeClaire-Hearst 203146InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Kiddie College at LeClaire-Hearst 203235InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$18.00
Recreational Tumbling at LeClaire-Hearst 203799InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 203894InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at LeClaire-Hearst 203959OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
$0
Teen Club at LeClaire-Hearst 204321OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at LeClaire-Hearst 204453InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:30From September 12, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$6.00
Zumba at LeClaire-Hearst 204807InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 14:00From September 12, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$15.00

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Description

Located in the Garfield Ridge community, LeClaire-Hearst Park totals 12.33 acres and features a field house with a gymnasium, a kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers basketball courts, baseball fields, an athletic field for football or soccer, a playground, tennis courts and 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. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. LeClaire-Hearst Park also offers an early childhood program through a partnership with the Hull House.

In addition to programs, LeClaire-Hearst Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday celebrations, Black History month activities and other Night Out in the Parks events.

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, acquiring 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.