Banquet Hall, War Room, and Outdoor Pavilion are all available for rent.

Video Gaming • 8 Big Screen TVs • Surround Sound • Hi Tech Juke Box

Welcome to the The New Lenox American Legion – Thomas E. Hartung Post 1977

The New Lenox American Legion is a service organization for veterans and committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship programs in New Lenox and surrounding communities. The Legion is located at 14414 W. Ford Drive in New Lenox, Illinois.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. Our New Lenox organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

We offer many different services and opportunities to New Lenox and the surrounding communities

News & Events at the New Lenox American Legion







Queen of Hearts

We have launched a new version of the game where EVERY card is a winner! Click here to see the Friday 9-21-18 Queen of Hearts Payout Schedule.

Our Queen of Hearts game pays out 100%, minus taxes. This week that means $6,200 minus the Gov’s cut. Drawing is at 7 PM on Friday. Plus, don’t miss out on our 50/50 raffle. Someone wins each week. Are you feeling lucky?

Open to the Public

Many otherwise-well-informed citizens think “American Legion? That’s just a place for old Veterans to sit around and trade war stories over a beer.” While that may be the case elsewhere, NOT HERE. Check out our Post Videos Page and see all the fun they are missing out on. (They do have “beer” part right though. LOL!.) Stop in some time. We are “Open to the Public“.

Our Kitchen is OPEN Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 4 pm till 9 pm

Our kitchen is OPEN from 4 pm till 9 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays! The Teardrop Cafe and the Post hope you will stop in and enjoy the absolutely best home cooking in New Lenox. ((OMG is that food good!!!)) Check out our new menu!

 Free N’ Fun Bar Bingo on Wednesdays!

FREE N’ FUN BAR BINGO in the Canteen!  Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Great nightly prizes plus a chance to win the CASH JACKPOT of between $3,000 AND $10,000. It’s free to play! Come early, have a delicious dinner, and enjoy some beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic available at the bar.

 DJ on Saturday Nights!

Trying to figure out what to do on Saturday night? Stop by the American Legion and enjoy Jammin Jimmie T from 8 pm to 1 am.

Operation FOOTLOCKER: New Items Needed

Operation: FOOTLOCKER continues.  The New Lenox American Legion Post 1977 wishes to thank everyone who has participated in this effort. We will continue to collect personal items for the Illinois Veterans Home-Manteno. Many of these elderly Veterans have no living relatives so we are their only family. They proudly served in the United States Armed Forces. Now, they need our help.

Please donate new, unopened items and food products [from the list provided].  Needed most now however are ice pops (which help keep them hydrated) and Napkleen bibs (for  use during their outings),  large magnifying glasses, sunglasses that fit over regular glasses, small cheap transistor radios and size large sweatpants.  All donations can be placed in the foot locker conveniently located at the North entrance of the Canteen. Thank You!!!

$10,000 In Scholarships Awarded

On Saturday August 11, the “Jeff Maertin Memorial Scholarship Fund” run by the “Sons of the American Legion” awarded $10,000 in scholarships during our Annual Legion Picnic. Five young adult college students were winners of our essay contest run and received Scholarship funds.

Each college student who received scholarships had to meet basic requirements and be an active member’s son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter of one of our entities: The American Legion, The Sons of The American Legion or our Woman’s Auxiliary. One of the requirements is that each participant complete 10 hours of voluntary work at a veteran organization such as the Manteno Veterans Home.
The essay’s theme, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, asked our student participants to look at themselves and describe their patriotic actions and goals as they transition into adulthood.

The “Jeff Maertin Memorial Scholarship Fund” is funded by our Annual “Jeff Maertin Memorial Golf Outing” held in June of each year. If you would like to sponsor a hole or participate in this fun event in 2019, call Tim Craft (312) 848-8301 or Tim Corcoran (727)798-3578.


Over 630 Million YouTube Views!

As our way of saying “Thank You” to everyone supporting the United States Armed Forces and its Veterans, we have assembled 38 of our favorite patriotic music videos (e.g., Anchors Aweigh, God Bless the USA…) on this website’s PATRIOTIC VIDEOS PAGE  Nick named “The Jukebox”, it’s free to use and has over two hours of commercial-free Red, White, & Blue patriotic music videos. The 10 Thomas E. Hartung Patriotic Music Videos now have over 17,700 views and were created by United States Armed Forces Veterans and active duty personnel. They are rapid-fire, get-your-drink-before-you-hit-PLAY videos and their way of saying:

THANK YOU for your support and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

WARNING: Elvis Presley’s American Trilogy – extremely powerful – VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED

As of 9/1/2018: these videos had been viewed  630,211,514 times on YouTube

The American Legion Riders Chapter 1977 Update

If you are an active Member of the Post, the Ladies Auxiliary, or the Sons of the American Legion and own and ride a motorcycle you are encouraged to join our chapter of the ALR. Meetings are the second Sunday of the month at 11 AM. There is a sign up sheet on the main bulletin board in the hallway behind the bar or use our CONTACT page (use “Other”) to get in touch.

Walk of Honor Memorial Bricks

Our Memorial Walk leading up to and surrounding our flags and “Snarley”, our WWII tank, is a great way to honor loved ones. They do NOT need to be Veterans. Etched Memorial Bricks can be purchased for only $50 and you have the option of choosing where it will be placed.  Please visit our foyer for more information and order forms. There are already over 400 etched bricks along this walk honoring individuals from a Civil War Veteran to our current Mayor of New Lenox.  Please visit our Memorial Walk, please be respectful, and as always, thank you for your support.

Unit Patch Display

We have mounted Unit Patch Display cases in the main hallway. Honor those you’ve served with and display your past unit or ship patches. If you’d like to have your patch displayed please place it in an envelope and turn it in at the canteen.

 The New Lenox American Legion Post 1977 Ladies Auxiliary JOIN OUR AUXILIARY TODAY!

When you support our Auxiliary, you support our Veterans.  The Auxiliary fundraiser “Paws for Patriots Pub Crawl” in November 2017 allowed us to help Veterans like Donnie acquire his service dog, Harlan, along with free training through K9s for Veterans.  Raising over $2,300 for K9s for Veterans allows this program to reach many more Veterans and their Service Dog needs.  Another success in May, our Cinco DeMayo Party raised funds to help support Wreaths Across America, Manteno Veterans Home, Wounded Warriors In Action, and the New Lenox Fire Protection District Foundation among others.  We cannot continue without your help.  Please join the Auxiliary today (applications are at the Post).  Our meetings are every second Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the New Lenox American Legion.  Will you help us help our Veterans?

 Will County Veterans Assistance Program

Post members who require assistance with emergency financial aid; Department of Veteran’s Affairs claim work; and Advocacy for Veterans can contact the Will County Veterans Assistance Commision at 815-740-8389 or visit their web page.

Thousands Pre-Enroll for VA National Cemetery Interment:

Since first announced last December, more than 10,000 eligible veterans have taken advantage of a new VA benefit that allows them to pre-enroll for interment in a VA national cemetery, which means less paperwork that survivors will have to complete following their loved one’s death. Interested veterans can submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office by toll-free fax at 1-855-840-8299; email to; or by regular mail to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, PO Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151. Learn more about eligibility determinations.

Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox and Cubs in High Definition!

We have 8 big high definition LED TVs to put you where your favorite team is playing. If you are a Nascar fan, nothing can beat a race on a large screen TV. Ask the bartender to watch your preferred programming.

Queen of Hearts Raffle

Every Friday Night at 7:00 pm. Tickets on sale during business hours.

Karaoke with Chad

Every Friday from 7:00pm to midnight.

Dog Tag Drink Specials

Veterans, show your dog tags and get .50¢ off any drink on Tuesdays.

Throwback Thursdays

.25¢ off on beer, .50¢ off on mixed drinks.

The New Lenox American Legion offers a beautiful banquet hall facility for the following communities: New Lenox, Mokena, Orland Park, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Tinley Park, Joliet, Lockport, Crest Hill, Lemont, Romeoville, Shorewood, as well as other areas. Host your Wedding Banquet, Corporate Banquet, Awards Banquet, Bridal Shower, Anniversary Party, Baby Shower, Birthday Party, Business Meeting, Holiday Party, Family Reunion, Funeral Banquet, Retirement Party, or any Special Event at the New Lenox American Legion!  Click here to learn more about our facilities.


Please bring your worn and tattered American flags to the New Lenox American Legion for proper and honorable disposal. (View “2018 Flag Retirement Ceremony” on our Post VIDEOS page.) New 3×5 American flags are available for purchase at the American Legion for $20. Simply stop by the Canteen and ask the bartender. Click here for more items available for purchase.

Thank You For Your Support!