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




The American Legion Post 1977 will reopen on May 29th.

Seating will be limited to the outdoor pavilion. Hours for Friday, May 29th are 1pm-close.

Starting at 7pm DJ Chad will be performing for your enjoyment.


Hours of Operation for Pavillion Only Seating

Fridays and Saturdays:  1pm – Close

Sundays:  1pm-7pm

Monday-Thursday:  2pm – 8pm


Thank you for your continued support of Post 1977. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Berkot’s Fundraiser for Veterans!! (New Lenox Location only) May 18th through May 31st

Throughout the month of May we remember our Veterans’ sacrifices, collecting Poppy Day donations to help our Veterans and their families throughout the year. If you shop at Berkot’s in New Lenox on Laraway Road, please consider making a Poppy donation to the New Lenox American Legion Auxiliary Post 1977 (donations accepted at the checkout registers).

100% of your donation helps the Auxiliary support the following and more:

Wreaths Across America

Wounded Warriors in Action

Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall

Illinois State Veterans Homes in Manteno and LaSalle

Prince Home in Manteno

Fisher House

K9s for Veterans

The Forgotten Warrior Memorial Wall


Children’s Miracle Network

Special Olympics

National Poppy Day is May 22, 2020. The poppy is the internationally known and recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain. On September 27, 1920, the Poppy became the official flower of The American Legion Family.  We thank you for your continued support!!

If you don’t shop Berkot’s New Lenox, please consider mailing in a donation to

American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary

14414 W. Ford Drive

New Lenox, IL 60451

Due to the Governor’s Announcement the SAL’s Golf Outing Scheduled for June Has been Cancelled



Saturday, July 11th, 2020: 3rd Annual S.A.L. Rib Cook Off

Free admission. 100% of the proceeds go the Illinois Home for Veterans, Manteno, Illinois!

Click Here to see details on how to be a Contestant or a Sponsor.

Click here to view a 3 minute video of last year’s event. “Stars and Stripes Forever” cover.

As we are experiencing these uncertain times, we just want to touch base with you in regards to the plans for this year’s Rib Cookoff. It has been inspiring to watch our military and medical personnel address this crisis almost seamlessly. Very impressive to see them build fully functional hospitals within days.  It is examples of this that have us inspired to proceed with the plans to host this year’s Rib Cook off at the American Legion in New Lenox. We understand the uncertainty of upcoming days, weeks and even months.  But we are going to do everything possible to host this event as best we can in whatever capacity that may be. Keep Saturday July 11th on your calendars as we see no reason to cancel until State or Federal Officials order it.

Also, we recently contacted our beneficiary, Illinois Home for Veterans – Manteno and are happy to report that there are no cases of the Covid-19 virus at the home.  The goal of taking care of our Veterans at the Manteno Home will always be at the forefront.  We look forward to seeing everybody at this year’s event and thank you as always for your support.

Saturday, August 22, 2020: 2nd Annual Purple Heart Charity Run

Click here for the latest updates or follow us on our ALR Facebook page.

Click here  to view a 4 minute video of last year’s run. “Some Gave All” cover.

Post 1977 Patriotic Video Tops 1,000,000 YouTube Views

Post 1977’s YouTube Channel contains over 30 videos. Some are Post-specific such as picnics and ceremonies. Others are patriotic in nature. One such patriotic video,

Good Morning VIETNAM“, 

has now received over 1,000,000 YouTube views. This is a “first” for ANY American Legion Post!  – Tommy Hartung, THIS ONE’S FOR YOU!!!



A big shout out to our visitors from Seneca, Illinois! Thanks for stopping by the website!

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Queen of Hearts – Friday  TBD @7 pm

The search WILL continue for that elusive Queen of Hearts. She’s in there somewhere. The question is: “WHERE?”

We are Open to the Public

Stop in some time.  No secret handshake required. We are “Open to the Public” seven days a week. The ambiance in The Canteen is military, family friendly, and down right neighborly. Everything on OUR walls is authentic so please be respectful.  Quench your thirst and try your luck with some Pull Tabs or Video Poker. The Canteen opens at 11 AM.

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 menu!

 Dog Tag Drink Specials Every Tuesday

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

Throwback Thursdays

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

Queen of Hearts Raffle and Karaoke on Fridays

The search continues for the elusive Queen of Hearts on Friday Nights at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale all week during business hours. Then stick around for Karaoke from 7:00 pm till 11:00 pm.


Illinois Veterans Home Manteno

Illinois Veterans Home-Mateno is home to approximately 400 elderly Veterans. Many of these Veterans have no living relatives,  so WE are their only family. They proudly served in the United States Armed Forces. They love knowing that YOU appreciate their service.  Please continue to donate new, unopened items and food products [from the list provided]. All donations can be placed in the footlocker conveniently located at the North entrance of the Canteen.  Thank You!!!

 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.

Walk of Honor Memorial Bricks – Please pardon our mess while construction is on going.

Our Memorial Walk leading up to and surrounding our flags and “Snarley”, our 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.


 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.

Legion Act Signed!

Eligibility/Membership Requirements Have Changed! The LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act) immediately opens the door for approximately 6 million Veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible. Please check out our General Information Page for details on how this may effect YOU! Stop by the Canteen and pick up a form TODAY!

Thank You For Visiting Our Website! Stop Back Soon!

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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!