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 Pool

Foster Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1440 W. 84th St.

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Phone: (312)747-7612

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Lift

Notice Valid From: 3/13/2017 - 4/3/2017

4/3 - 6/11 Foster Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 3/27/2017 - 6/12/2017

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.

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 Monday, March 6, 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 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Foster 178172OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
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 11am
$0
American Sign Language at Foster Cancelled178185InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2017/04/10 23:30From April 10, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$55.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 178231InstructionAquatics - 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 Foster 178232InstructionAquatics - 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 Foster 178230InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 178233InstructionAquatics - 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 Foster 178234InstructionAquatics - 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 Foster 178236InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 178235InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 14:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 178237InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 178323InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 178319InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 178320InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 178321InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 178322InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Foster 178476InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/05/03 21:00From May 3, 2017 to May 31, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Foster 178556OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Foster 178558OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/08 14:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 178555OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$32.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 178557OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 19:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball at Foster 178657InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$24.00
Boot Camp at Foster 179250InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 17:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$16.00
Boot Camp at Foster 179249InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 17:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$16.00
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 178885InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 10:45am
$0
Chair Exercise at Foster 178918InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 15:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:15am
$0
Family Swim at Foster 179200OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Lap Swim at Foster 179827OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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 179904InstructionAquatics - 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 Foster 179908InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 179902InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 179905InstructionAquatics - 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 Foster 179906InstructionAquatics - 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 Foster 179903InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 179907InstructionAquatics - 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 Foster 179910InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 179909InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 19:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Foster 180244OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/08 20:00From April 8, 2017 to June 3, 2017
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Foster 180366InstructionOut 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
$27.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Foster 180838InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Sewing at Foster 180936InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$12.00
Sewing at Foster 198311InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$12.00
Sewing at Foster 198312InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$12.00
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 181231InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 15:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 197957InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 18:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$19.00
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 181230InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 15:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 197958InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 18:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$19.00
TEAM Sports at Foster 181344InstructionAquatics - 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 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Foster 181380OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Foster 181653InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$34.00
Volleyball at Foster 181981InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/04/12 23:30From April 12, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Walking Club at Foster 182024OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Woodcraft at Foster 182060InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2017/04/07 17:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 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
$14.00
Woodcraft at Foster 182061InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
$29.00
Youth Swim at Foster 182181OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 4pm 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.