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.

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 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 195116OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10:45am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 195188InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/19 13:00From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 195186InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/20 13:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 195189InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/21 13:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 195187InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/22 13:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 195190InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/23 13:00From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 195257InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 195255InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 23:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 195256InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 195355OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to 12:30pm
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 195353OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 18:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Foster 195356OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 195354OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 19:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$33.00
Basketball at Foster 199923InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Boot Camp at Foster 195957InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/23 22:15From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Day Camp at Foster 195627CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$225.00
Early Bird Camp at Foster 195748CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$61.00
Extended Camp at Foster 195836CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Family Swim at Foster 195912OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Lap Swim at Foster 196325OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 12:00From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 196480InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 21:00From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 196481InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 196482InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 196483InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 21:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 196484InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 21:00From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 196485InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 17:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 197001InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/23 21:00From June 23, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 197002InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/07/28 21:00From July 28, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Foster 197160InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to September 1, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Youth Swim Female at Foster 197718OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/06/19 18:00From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Foster 197723OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2017/06/19 19:30From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:15pm
$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.