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







Only 32 days till SPRING!!!

Queen of Hearts

Additional Queen information available below!

This Sunday: Bingo Party at the Manteno Veterans Home – PLEASE HELP

ATTENTION:  Post 1977 Members, SAL, Auxiliary, Riders and Supporters: The Post is hosting a Bingo Party for the Manteno Veterans February 17, 2019 from 1:15 – 4:00 pm at the Manteno Veterans Home (1 Veterans Dr. Manteno, Il. 60950). Volunteers are needed to push wheel chairs, serve pizza, and help them play the game.  Please join us for an afternoon of sharing laughs and smiles with our Veterans. Please arrive at the Volunteers entrance on the north side of the complex. If you can, please wear a Post 1977 cap or T-shirt so we can “show our colors”.

Save The Date!!!

SAVE THE DATE and get ready for the 11th Annual Wounded Warriors in Action Luncheon for our Purple Heart Veterans on March 9, 2019!  This important event will be held at the Thomas E. Hartung American Legion Post 1977 located at 14414 Ford Drive in New Lenox, IL.  All proceeds from this event will go to the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation which serves our nation’s combat-wounded Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities as a means to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.

The luncheon will start at noon in our main hall and the presentation will begin at approximately 2:00 pm.  Our guests will include Purple Heart Veterans from across the Country and some of our locals too!  You don’t want to miss your chance to be a part of this event.  We will have incredible raffles throughout the day and drawn right after the presentation. $20 at the door.

Save The Date!!!

Come out to Buffalo Wild Wings on February 18th, 20th and 22nd and support our Wounded Warriors! (Must present certificate at time of purchase – 414 Nelson Road, New Lenox location only) Click picture and then print it off to get the certificate.

American Legion Riders

If you are a Member in good standing of the American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, or a Sons of the American Legion Squadron 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. in the War Room just off the Canteen.

Applications are on the credenza in the north hallway leading to the Banquet Hall or you can use our CONTACT page (use “Other”) to get in touch. SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! ARE YOU READY TO RIDE?

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 the “beer” part right though. LOL!.) Stop in some time. We are “Open to the Public” seven days a week.

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!

 Dog Tag Drink Specials Every Tuesday

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

 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.

Throwback Thursdays

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

Queen of Hearts Raffle and Karaoke with Chad on Fridays

The search continues for the elusive Queen of Hearts every Friday Night at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale all week during business hours. Then stick around for Karaoke with Chad from 7:00 pm till midnight.



Patriotic Music/Videos by Veterans – OVER 125,000 VIEWS!

Our very own Thomas E. Hartung Patriotic Music Videos now have 125,310 YouTube views. These music videos were created by United States Armed Forces Veterans and active duty personnel. These are  rapid-fire,  get-your-popcorn-BEFORE-you-hit-PLAY  videos and our way of saying:



Click on some Thomas E. Hartung Patriotic Music Videos on YouTube: (#views)

Caissons Go Rolling Along, (6,602) 

Anchors Aweigh, (5,490) 

The U.S. Air Force Hymn, (1,669)

The Marine Hymn, (4,747)  

Good Morning Vietnam, (103,383) 

God Bless America, (734)

The Battle Hymn of the Republic, (294) 

An American Trilogy,  (308) 

You Got What It Takes, (589) (LADIES: “THIS ONE’S FOR YOU!”) 

The Star Spangled Banner,  (607) and

God Bless the USA. (887)

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]. All donations can be placed in the foot locker conveniently located at the North entrance of the Canteen. Thank You!!!

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

YOU would be a great addition to our membership!! When you support our Auxiliary, you support our Veterans.  The Auxiliary holds two fundraisers per year allowing us to help Veterans acquire service dogs along with free training through K9s for Veterans.  Other successes include raising funds to help support Wreaths Across America, Manteno Veterans Home, Wounded Warriors In Action, and the New Lenox Fire Protection District Foundation among others.  In addition, our members enjoy hours spent at Veteran events, getting to know our Nation’s heroes having quality time and conversations that are unforgettable.  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?


Sons of the American Legion Award $10,000 In Scholarships

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 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.

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.

 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.

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!