Foster Park

  • 1440 W. 84th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60620 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Anita Gueringer
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6135

Located in the Auburn Gresham community, Foster Park totals 23.20 acres and features a fitness center, swimming pool, two gymnasiums, a youth wellness center, woodshop, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, interactive water park, tennis courts, basketball courts, walking/running track, baseball diamonds, and softball diamonds. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose rooms and fields.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, jewelry making, sewing, walking club, woodcraft and double-dutch club. On the cultural side, Foster Park offers dance. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Special Recreation Camp.

In addition to programs, Foster Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday themed events.

History

Foster Park honors J. Frank Foster (1852-1926), long-time South Park System superintendent and a leader in park management throughout the United States. Having begun as engineer in the 1870s, Foster became superintendent in 1891 when the South Park Commission was preparing for the World's Columbian Exposition to open in Jackson Park two years later. Besides assisting with the fair and transforming its site back into parkland, Foster is credited with developing the nation's first neighborhood parks. Conceived as lovely green "breathing spaces" to provide recreation and social services in the city's most congested tenement districts, the first ten new south side parks opened in 1905. The revolutionary parks included the nation's first fieldhouses and offered public bathing; the city's earliest branch libraries; English lessons and other classes; inexpensive hot meals; health care; and a variety of recreational programs. Foster's concept was so successful that President Theodore Roosevelt declared it "the most important civic achievement in any American city." Shortly after Foster's death in 1926, the South Park Commission decided to name one of its newest projects in his honor. Located in the growing Auburn Gresham community, the site was envisioned as an impressive 30-acre park with many of the features originated by Foster. Unfortunately, the commissioners had to make 50 separate land purchases, and the park developed very slowly. By the early 1930s, Foster Park consisted only of an athletic field, tennis courts, and a comfort station. In 1934, the Great Depression necessitated the consolidation of the city's 22 individual park commissions. The newly-formed Chicago Park District improved Foster Park's landscape and constructed a small recreation building there. Over the years, demands for additional indoor facilities continued. In 1950 the park district constructed an attractive Art Moderne-style fieldhouse, which was designed by the prominent Chicago architectural firm Shaw, Metz & Dolio.

Parking/Directions

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

Foster Park Baseball/Softball Fields

Foster Park Baseball/Softball Fields

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

Foster Park Basketball Court

Foster Park Basketball Court

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

Foster Park Youth Fitness Arcade

Foster Park Youth Fitness Arcade

Location Notes: Foster Park, 1440 W. 84th St.

Foster Park Fitness Center

Foster Park Fitness Center

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Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Foster Park Gymnasium

Foster Park Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

Foster Park Meeting/Event Space

Foster Park Meeting/Event Space

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

Foster Park Playground

Foster Park PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Foster Park Pool

Foster Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

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Phone: (312)747-7612

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Lift

Foster Park Tennis Courts

Foster Park Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

Foster Park Woodshop

Foster Park Woodshop

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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
Adult Swim at Foster 164815OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 164877InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 164878InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 164881InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/10/25 15:00From October 25, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 164880InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 164879InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 14:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 164876InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 14:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 164875InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 164955InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 164954InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 164956InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 164953InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 165159OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 165161OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$36.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 165160OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$36.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 165162OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 4:30pm
$36.00
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 165505InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:15From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 10:45am
$0
Chair Exercise at Foster 165537InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:45From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:15am
$0
Family Swim at Foster 165859OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Foster 165905InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 17:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$14.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Foster 166961InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Foster 165904InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 17:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$14.00
Lap Swim at Foster 166704OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8:45am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 166777InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 166782InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 166780InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 166784InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 166779InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 166783InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 166775InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 166776InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 166778InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 166781InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 19:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Park Kids - Fall at Foster 167283InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to December 16, 2016
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
$27.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Foster 167352Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$81.00
Seasonal Sports at Foster 167746InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Sewing at Foster 184003InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Sewing at Foster 184006InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Sewing at Foster 167954InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 167982InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 167981InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/10/26 18:00From October 26, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 167979InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/10/28 18:00From October 28, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 167980InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$27.00
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 168171InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 168172InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
TEAM Sports at Foster 168246InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$28.00
Teen Club at Foster 168285OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Foster 168622InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 18:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$34.00
Walking Club at Foster 168993OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Woodcraft at Foster 169063InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$13.00
Woodcraft at Foster 169064InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
$27.00
Youth Swim at Foster 169189OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0

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Description

Located in the Auburn Gresham community, Foster Park totals 23.20 acres and features a fitness center, swimming pool, two gymnasiums, a youth wellness center, woodshop, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, interactive water park, tennis courts, basketball courts, walking/running track, baseball diamonds, and softball diamonds. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose rooms and fields.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, jewelry making, sewing, walking club, woodcraft and double-dutch club. On the cultural side, Foster Park offers dance. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Special Recreation Camp.

In addition to programs, Foster Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday themed events.

Foster Park honors J. Frank Foster (1852-1926), long-time South Park System superintendent and a leader in park management throughout the United States. Having begun as engineer in the 1870s, Foster became superintendent in 1891 when the South Park Commission was preparing for the World's Columbian Exposition to open in Jackson Park two years later. Besides assisting with the fair and transforming its site back into parkland, Foster is credited with developing the nation's first neighborhood parks. Conceived as lovely green "breathing spaces" to provide recreation and social services in the city's most congested tenement districts, the first ten new south side parks opened in 1905. The revolutionary parks included the nation's first fieldhouses and offered public bathing; the city's earliest branch libraries; English lessons and other classes; inexpensive hot meals; health care; and a variety of recreational programs. Foster's concept was so successful that President Theodore Roosevelt declared it "the most important civic achievement in any American city." Shortly after Foster's death in 1926, the South Park Commission decided to name one of its newest projects in his honor. Located in the growing Auburn Gresham community, the site was envisioned as an impressive 30-acre park with many of the features originated by Foster. Unfortunately, the commissioners had to make 50 separate land purchases, and the park developed very slowly. By the early 1930s, Foster Park consisted only of an athletic field, tennis courts, and a comfort station. In 1934, the Great Depression necessitated the consolidation of the city's 22 individual park commissions. The newly-formed Chicago Park District improved Foster Park's landscape and constructed a small recreation building there. Over the years, demands for additional indoor facilities continued. In 1950 the park district constructed an attractive Art Moderne-style fieldhouse, which was designed by the prominent Chicago architectural firm Shaw, Metz & Dolio.

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