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.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 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 193437InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at LeClaire-Hearst 177191InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Basketball Skills at LeClaire-Hearst 177240InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at LeClaire-Hearst 177265InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at LeClaire-Hearst 193438InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Cooking Club at LeClaire-Hearst 198211OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/04/14 21:00From April 14, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Dodgeball at LeClaire-Hearst 198206InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at LeClaire-Hearst 177111Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Sr. at LeClaire-Hearst 177151Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 20:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at LeClaire-Hearst 177153Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Kiddie College at LeClaire-Hearst 176483InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at LeClaire-Hearst 193440InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 177597InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/13 20:00From April 13, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at LeClaire-Hearst 177596InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/13 22:00From April 13, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at LeClaire-Hearst 176920OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Soccer - 5 on 5 at LeClaire-Hearst 177724InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Teen Club at LeClaire-Hearst 176893OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/14 23:00From April 14, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at LeClaire-Hearst 193439InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$7.00
Track & Field at LeClaire-Hearst 198209InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Volleyball at LeClaire-Hearst 177859InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Zumba at LeClaire-Hearst 178012InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$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. 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.