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

Hours: ,

Notes:

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 Tennis Courts

Foster Park Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

Foster Park Woodshop

Foster Park Woodshop

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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
Adult Swim at Foster 204840OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 2, 2017
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 204922InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 204923InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 14:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 204926InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 204925InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 204924InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 204921InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 204920InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 204997InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 204996InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 204998InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 204995InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 205210OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$23.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 205212OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$36.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 205211OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$36.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 205213OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 4:30pm
$36.00
Basketball League at Foster 205398Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/11/11 18:30From November 11, 2017 to March 10, 2018
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm
$89.00
Boot Camp at Foster 206003InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 17:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$15.00
Boot Camp at Foster 206002InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$15.00
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 205592InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:15From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 10:45am
$0
Chair Exercise at Foster 205628InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 15:45From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:15am
$0
Family Swim at Foster 205960OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/12 00:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Fun and Games at Foster 223925InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$5.00
Lap Swim at Foster 206502OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
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
Lifeguard Boot Camp at Foster 206711CampsAquatics - SpecializedAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/12/26 16:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Foster 207082InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to December 8, 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
$28.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Foster 207145Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to June 8, 2018$84.00
Seasonal Sports at Foster 207400InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
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
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 207852InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 15:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 223926InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$17.00
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 207853InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 223928InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$17.00
TEAM Sports at Foster 207937InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
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
$35.00
Teen Club at Foster 207981OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball - Open at Foster 224103OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Walking Club at Foster 208497OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Youth Swim at Foster 208733OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 2, 2017
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Foster 213340InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Foster 219267InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$28.00

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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.