Fosco Park

  • 1312 S. Racine Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60608 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Obi Allmon
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5086

Located in the Near West Community, Fosco Park totals .98 acres and features an indoor Olympic-sized zero-depth swimming pool, a fitness center, meeting rooms and a kitchen. Outdoors, the park offers an interactive water spray feature and playgrounds.

Young park-goers can play table games, enjoy arts & crafts activities and participate in after school programs at the facility. In the summer, youth attend the Park District's popular day camp or participate in one of the fitness partnerships offered at the park.

Adults enjoy a range of activities at Fosco Park, including the park's popular swimming programs. Parents also gather at Fosco Park with their preschoolers for Moms, Pops and Tots classes.

In addition to programs, Fosco Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, including holiday activities, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks events.

 

History

The Near West Side, one of Chicago's most fashionable neighborhoods in the mid-nineteenth century, had experienced significant decline by the Depression Era. Soon after the founding of the Chicago Housing Authority in 1937, it began replacing deteriorated buildings in the neighborhood with new multi-unit public housing developments. Built between 1938 and 1961, the area's four large housing complexes, known jointly as ABLA, include: the Jane Addams Houses, Robert H. Brooks Homes and Extension, Loomis Courts, and Grace Abbott Homes. In 1945, the City's Bureau of Parks and Recreation created Fosco Park on Board of Education property to serve the growing population. The two-acre park included a playing field and a small brick recreation building. The city named the park for Peter Fosco (1894--1975), president of the Laborer's International Union of North America and former Cook County Board commissioner.

In 1959, the Chicago Park District assumed management of Fosco Park. The following year, the park district also began leasing an adjoining 1/2-acre housing authority property which included the Robert H. Brooks Homes Community Center. The Board of Education transferred ownership of its two acres to the park district in 1991.

At the turn of the 21st century, Fosco Park and its surrounding neighborhood experienced significant changes. Some of the existing ABLA housing units were rehabilitated, while others were replaced with new low-rise residences. Fosco Park's small brick recreation building and the adjacent community center were razed and a new state-of-the-art facility was erected at 1312 S. Racine. The 80,000-square-foot Community Center opened in summer 2005 and is jointly programmed by the Chicago Park District and Marcy Newberry

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Imagining the Possibilities

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Location Notes: Exterior gymnasium wall facing children's water play park

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Fosco Fieldhouse

Fosco Fieldhouse

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Fosco Fitness Center

Fosco Fitness Center

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Fosco Gymnasium

Fosco Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave.

Fosco Clubrooms

Fosco Clubrooms

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Fosco Playground - E

Fosco Playground - EAccessible

Location: 1344 S. Racine Ave

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Fosco Playground - W

Fosco Playground - WAccessible

Location: 1313 S. Throop St.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Fosco Water Playground

Fosco Water Playground

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave

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 Tuesday, February 28, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Fosco 167351Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 23, 2017$372.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Lap Swim at Fosco 173473OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/09 13:00From January 9, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
TEAM Sports at Fosco 174741InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$35.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
12" Fast Pitch Softball at Fosco 178123InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 11 but less than 16Female2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Adaptive Fitness at Fosco 178165InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Adaptive Sports One Day Camp at Fosco 178891CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 18Coed2017/04/11 15:00April 11, 2017
Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Adaptive Swimming at Fosco 178166InstructionAquatics - LessonsAnyCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fosco 178201InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 178225InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 178226InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 14:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 178228InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 14:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 178227InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 14:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 178224InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 14:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Basketball - Open at Fosco 178554OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Basketball at Fosco 178656InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 16:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$8.00
Basketball League at Fosco 178716Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball League at Fosco 178717Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 23:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Fosco 178769InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$33.00
Boot Camp at Fosco 179247InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Boot Camp at Fosco 179246InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Boot Camp at Fosco 179248InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 00:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Cheerleading - Competitive at Fosco 178928InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Cheerleading - Competitive at Fosco 178929InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Cheerleading - Competitive at Fosco 193161InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Circuit Training at Fosco 178971InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Circuit Training at Fosco 198078InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$13.00
Circuit Training at Fosco 178972InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Conditioning at Fosco 178989InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 17:15From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Fosco 179067InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Fosco 179065InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Fosco 179066InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Family Swim at Fosco 179199OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Football Camp at Fosco 179292CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$0
Fun With Food at Fosco 198079InstructionWellness - NutritionAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Kickball at Fosco 198010InstructionSports - KickballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Lap Swim at Fosco 179826OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 12:00From April 3, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 179897InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 179899InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 193366InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 179898InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 179900InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 179894InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 179896InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 179895InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Line Dance at Fosco 180024InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Open Swim at Fosco 180243OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Fosco 180365InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$124.00
Pickleball at Fosco 193160InstructionSports - Pickleball60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Pilates at Fosco 182157InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports at Fosco 180743InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Female2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fosco 180744InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:50pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Fosco 180900OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/07 16:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Senior Swim at Fosco 180925OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/04/03 13:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 180961InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/05/10 01:00From May 9, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 180960InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 01:00From April 4, 2017 to May 2, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 180962InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 01:00From April 6, 2017 to May 4, 2017
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 180963InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/05/12 01:00From May 11, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Fosco 180980InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to May 19, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Fosco 180981InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to May 19, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Soccer at Fosco 181020InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 14:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$32.00
Spring Break Camp at Fosco 181164CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/10 14:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$54.00
Table Tennis at Fosco 181301InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to May 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Fosco 181343InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Fosco 181379OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 23:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Fosco 198073InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Fosco 181415InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 11 but less than 17Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 181609InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 181611InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 181610InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 181612InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 181608InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 181650InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 19:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 181652InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 19:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 181651InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 19:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 181648InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 19:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 181649InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$34.00
Track & Field at Fosco 181798InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:45pm
$0
Volleyball - Open at Fosco 193162OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Weightlifting at Fosco 182041InstructionSports - Weightlifting18 and upCoed2017/04/05 18:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00
Yoga at Fosco 182102InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$16.00
Yoga at Fosco 182103InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Yoga at Fosco 198076InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/06 14:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$16.00
Yoga at Fosco 198077InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/04/06 16:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0

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Located in the Near West Community, Fosco Park totals .98 acres and features an indoor Olympic-sized zero-depth swimming pool, a fitness center, meeting rooms and a kitchen. Outdoors, the park offers an interactive water spray feature and playgrounds.

Young park-goers can play table games, enjoy arts & crafts activities and participate in after school programs at the facility. In the summer, youth attend the Park District's popular day camp or participate in one of the fitness partnerships offered at the park.

Adults enjoy a range of activities at Fosco Park, including the park's popular swimming programs. Parents also gather at Fosco Park with their preschoolers for Moms, Pops and Tots classes.

In addition to programs, Fosco Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, including holiday activities, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks events.

 

The Near West Side, one of Chicago's most fashionable neighborhoods in the mid-nineteenth century, had experienced significant decline by the Depression Era. Soon after the founding of the Chicago Housing Authority in 1937, it began replacing deteriorated buildings in the neighborhood with new multi-unit public housing developments. Built between 1938 and 1961, the area's four large housing complexes, known jointly as ABLA, include: the Jane Addams Houses, Robert H. Brooks Homes and Extension, Loomis Courts, and Grace Abbott Homes. In 1945, the City's Bureau of Parks and Recreation created Fosco Park on Board of Education property to serve the growing population. The two-acre park included a playing field and a small brick recreation building. The city named the park for Peter Fosco (1894--1975), president of the Laborer's International Union of North America and former Cook County Board commissioner.

In 1959, the Chicago Park District assumed management of Fosco Park. The following year, the park district also began leasing an adjoining 1/2-acre housing authority property which included the Robert H. Brooks Homes Community Center. The Board of Education transferred ownership of its two acres to the park district in 1991.

At the turn of the 21st century, Fosco Park and its surrounding neighborhood experienced significant changes. Some of the existing ABLA housing units were rehabilitated, while others were replaced with new low-rise residences. Fosco Park's small brick recreation building and the adjacent community center were razed and a new state-of-the-art facility was erected at 1312 S. Racine. The 80,000-square-foot Community Center opened in summer 2005 and is jointly programmed by the Chicago Park District and Marcy Newberry

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.