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 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
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
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 League at Foster 189841Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/11/19 18:30From November 19, 2016 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm
$85.00
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
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
Lifeguard Boot Camp at Foster 190619CampsAquatics - SpecializedAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/12/27 16:00From December 27, 2016 to January 6, 2017
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 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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Foster 171705OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 171769InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 171767InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 171770InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 171772InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 15:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 171766InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 171771InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/12 15:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 171768InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 171765InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 171844InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 171845InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 171847InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 171846InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 171843InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 172058OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$23.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 172060OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$36.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 172059OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$36.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 172061OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 4:30pm
$23.00
Boot Camp at Foster 172390InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 172478InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 16:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 172479InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/12 16:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 10:45am
$0
Chair Exercise at Foster 172512InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/12 16:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:15am
$0
Family Swim at Foster 172821OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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 172863InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 18:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$15.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Foster 172864InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$15.00
Lap Swim at Foster 173474OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 31, 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 173540InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 173545InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 173547InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 173541InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 173542InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 173546InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 173543InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 173538InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 173539InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 173544InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 20:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Park Kids - Winter at Foster 174001InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 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
$27.00
Sewing at Foster 174435InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$11.00
Sewing at Foster 187167InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$11.00
Sewing at Foster 187168InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$11.00
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 174653InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 189369InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$18.00
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 174652InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 189370InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$18.00
TEAM Sports at Foster 174742InstructionAquatics - 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 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Foster 175021InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 19:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$34.00
Volleyball at Foster 175338InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Walking Club at Foster 175387OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:30am
$0
Woodcraft at Foster 175415InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2017/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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 175416InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
$28.00
Youth Swim at Foster 175544OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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
$0

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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.