LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community

  • 5120 W. 44th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Cheryl Hill-Beverly
  • 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: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Outdoor Basketball Courts

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Outdoor Basketball Courts

Location: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Football/Soccer Field

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Football/Soccer Field

Location: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Gymnasium

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Gymnasium

Location: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Meeting Room

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Meeting Room

Location: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Path/Trail

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Path/Trail

Location: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Playground

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Playground

Location: 5120 W. 44th St.

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Tennis Courts

LeClaire Courts/Hearst Community Tennis Courts

Location: 5120 W. 44th St.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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 12CoedFrom 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
Free
Basketball at LeClaire-Hearst 89603InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom 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
Free
Drop-in at LeClaire-Hearst 89928InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom 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
Free
Inner City Flag Football at LeClaire-Hearst 90302InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13MaleFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
Free
Mighty Fit Family at LeClaire-Hearst 89945InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoedFrom 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 13CoedFrom 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 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Music and Movement at LeClaire-Hearst 90697InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Nutrition at LeClaire-Hearst 90745InstructionWellness - NutritionAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom 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 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 91062InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at LeClaire-Hearst 91113OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3pm
Free
Teen Club at LeClaire-Hearst 91432OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom 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
Free

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 5120 W. 44th St. 1
Basketball Court - Outdoor 5120 W. 44th St. 1
Football / Soccer 5120 W. 44th St. 1
Gymnasiums 5120 W. 44th St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 5120 W. 44th St. 0
Paths and Trails 5120 W. 44th St. 1
Playgrounds 5120 W. 44th St. 1
Tennis Courts 5120 W. 44th St. 1
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.