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LeClaire Courts
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

LeClaire Courts Overview

Leclaire Courts is a part of Garfield Ridge.

LeClaire Courts is a large complex of row homes and townhouse-style public housing apartments that was constructed in 1950. A group from the Chicago Housing Authority began talks in March 2006 to discuss what the future might hold for LeClaire Courts, which is destined to be razed for a beautiful new development of mixed-income family homes. An elementary school and small park with a baseball diamond and indoor gym share the land with LeClaire Courts. 

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Though no timetable has been set, the Chicago Housing Authority has announced plans for a complete overhaul and facelift for the housing projects in LeClaire Courts. The current suggestions also call for a significant expansion of LeClaire Courts from the current 270 units to 900, with properties ranging from heavily subsidized homes for low-income families to market rate condos. At the same time, a private developer has proposed to lead the way by erecting a condominium complex on the opposite side of Cicero Avenue in what is now a scrap yard. The whole development would cost upwards of $35 million and it would serve as a catalyst for the CHA to go forward with the proposed mixed-income housing complex.

There’s reason to believe that the overhaul of LeClaire Courts neighborhood is indicative of a wider change in the southwest side of Chicago near Midway Airport. While on the north side and closer to the city center land for building is growing increasingly scarce and existing properties are becoming more expensive, the area surrounding LeClaire Courts continues to be relatively cheap and ripe for development, and chances are, it will be in much higher demand in the coming years.

LeClaire Courts History

LeClaire Courts were named after Antoine LeClaire, a prominent fur trader and revolutionary activist and fighter in the early 19th century. LeClaire was an Indian interpreter who reportedly spoke close to a dozen native tongues as well as French, Spanish and English. LeClaire reportedly came to Chicago in 1809 and conducted business with John Kinzie, the first permanent white settler of Chicago. The story of the LeClaire Courts has little in common with Antoine LeClaire though, as there is little evidence that he ever even ventured to this far southwest neighborhood.

Soon after the end of World War II, the Chicago Housing Authority purchased land in the southwest portion of Garfield Ridge and began planning a public housing project that would provide affordable homes for both low-income residents and war veterans. The LeClaire Courts Housing Project opened in 1950 as the city’s first attempt at fully integrated low-rise public housing. Initially, the government subsidized residential development was a success; so much so that the Chicago Housing Authority decided to add to the complex. In 1954, federal funds were allocated for the construction of the 300-unit expansion which would nearly double the size of the existing complex. This section was referred to as the LeClaire Courts Extension.

The Housing Authority announced demolition plans for the LeClaire Courts housing projects in 2007, which would include the LeClaire Courts, the LeClaire Courts Extension, as well as a daycare center and the Hearst Elementary School—in effect, the entire neighborhood. The CHA has designs to replace the low-income housing projects with brand new mixed-income units (much like the strategy for the Cabrini Green neighborhood on Chicago’s north side), but a final development proposal has not yet been selected. All of the drafted plans, though, include demolishing the existing units, replacing them with 547 housing units, and replacing the housing along Cicero Avenue with retail storefronts.

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Schools In The LeClaire Courts Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the LeClaire Courts area.

School Type Grade Rating

Twain Elementary School

5134 South Lotus Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
8

Drexel Elementary School

5407 West 36th St - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-6
3

St Richard Elementary School

5025 South Kenneth Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Jane De Chantal School

5201 South McVicker Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Our Lady of Charity School

3620 S 57th Ct - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

World Language High School

3120 South Kostner Ave - public

High 9-12
7

J S Morton Hsd 201 School District

5041 West 31st St -

High 9-12
NR

Edwards Elementary School

4815 South Karlov Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Woodbine Elementary School

3003 South 50th Ct - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-3
NR

Charles J Sahs Elementary School

5001 South Long Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Our Lady of the Snows School

4810 South Leamington Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Gloria Dei Lutheran School

5259 South Major Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

School Of Social Justice High School

3120 South Kostner Ave - public

High 9-12
3

Kid'z Colony

6287 South Archer Avenue - private

Elementary K
NR

Dcn Christian Academy

3205 South Austin Boulevard - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Edison Elementary School

4100 Scoville Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-5
5

Hearst Elementary School

4640 South Lamon Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
2

Abe Lincoln Elementary School

3545 South 61st Ave - public

Preschool - Elementary PK-6
5

Infinity Math Science & Tech High School

3120 South Kostner Ave - public

High 9-12
5

Multicultural Arts High School

3120 South Kostner Ave - public

High 9-12
2

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

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