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.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 89442InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at LeClaire-Hearst 89603InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2014/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Drop-in at LeClaire-Hearst 89928InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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 90302InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2014/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Mighty Fit Family at LeClaire-Hearst 89945InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2014/09/17 00:00From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$5.00
Mighty Fit Kids at LeClaire-Hearst 90569InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Music and Movement at LeClaire-Hearst 90696InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Music and Movement at LeClaire-Hearst 90697InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2014/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Nutrition at LeClaire-Hearst 90745InstructionWellness - NutritionAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 91061InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 91062InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2014/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at LeClaire-Hearst 91113OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2014/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3pm
$0
Teen Club at LeClaire-Hearst 91432OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$5.00
Walking Club at LeClaire-Hearst 91724OpenWellness - Walking21 and upCoed2014/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at LeClaire-Hearst 95866InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$5.00
Arts & Crafts at LeClaire-Hearst 95914InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at LeClaire-Hearst 96087InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Chair Exercise at LeClaire-Hearst 96263InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Drop-in at LeClaire-Hearst 96431InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Fun with Food at LeClaire-Hearst 96648InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at LeClaire-Hearst 97070InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Music and Movement at LeClaire-Hearst 97210InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Music and Movement at LeClaire-Hearst 97211InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 97691InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 97692InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at LeClaire-Hearst 97774OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3pm
$0
Teen Club at LeClaire-Hearst 98059OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$5.00
Walking Club at LeClaire-Hearst 98323OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2015/01/05 16:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0

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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.