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

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

Notes: M-F, 8:30-8:30pm; Sa & Su, 10-4:30pm. Sign up for a membership

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.

Foater Park Playground

Foater Park Playground

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

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

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 Foster 94110Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$75.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Foster 100632OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 98500InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/12 15:00From January 12, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 98501InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 113490InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 98503InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 15:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 98502InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 113491InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 98499InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 113481InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 98577InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 98578InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 98580InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 98579InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 98576InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 98814OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 98816OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$33.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 98815OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$33.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 98817OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 4:30pm
$20.00
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 99196InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 99197InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 16:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 99198InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 16:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 10:45am
$0
Chair Exercise at Foster 99235InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 16:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:15am
$0
Family Swim at Foster 99508OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Foster 113882InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Foster 113883InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$12.00
Fun and Games at Foster 99664InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Lap Swim at Foster 112360OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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 100176InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 100182InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 100179InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 100184InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 100177InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 100183InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 100180InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 100173InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 100174InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 100175InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 100181InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$22.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Foster 100917InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$25.00
Sewing at Foster 101381InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$15.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 101418InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 19:00From January 7, 2015 to February 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 113880InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/18 19:00From February 18, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 101420InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/20 19:00From February 20, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 101419InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2015 to February 6, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 113881InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 101571InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
TEAM Sports at Foster 101637InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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 6pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Foster 101890InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Volleyball - Open at Foster 102115OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Walking Club at Foster 102191OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 11:45am
$0
Woodcraft at Foster 102228InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2:30pm
$10.00
Woodcraft at Foster 102229InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:15pm
$25.00
Youth Swim at Foster 100646OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$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.