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

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

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

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Foster 127404Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/01 20:00From September 1, 2015 to June 10, 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
$78.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Foster 136223OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/01/04 17:00From January 4, 2016 to March 12, 2016
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 136285InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 136283InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 136286InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 136288InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 136282InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 136287InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/07 15:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 136284InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 136281InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 136366InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 136367InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 136369InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 136368InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 136365InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 136580OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/05 01:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 136582OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$34.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 136581OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$34.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 136583OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 4:30pm
$21.00
Boot Camp at Foster 137402InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 136983InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/05 16:15From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 136984InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/07 16:15From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 10:45am
$0
Chair Exercise at Foster 137018InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/07 16:45From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:15am
$0
Family Swim at Foster 137287OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2016 to March 11, 2016
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 137328InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$13.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Foster 137329InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$13.00
Lap Swim at Foster 137855OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2016 to March 25, 2016
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 137926InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 137931InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 137933InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 137927InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 137928InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/01/07 17:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 137932InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 137929InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 137924InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 137925InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 137930InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Foster 138377InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 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
$26.00
Sewing at Foster 138824InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 138861InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/02/10 19:00From February 10, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 138860InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/02/12 19:00From February 12, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$26.00
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 139033InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 139032InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/08 16:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
TEAM Sports at Foster 139114InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 25, 2016
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 139382InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$32.00
Volleyball at Foster 136982InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:30From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Walking Club at Foster 139681OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:30am
$0
Woodcraft at Foster 139724InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2016/01/04 18:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$11.00
Woodcraft at Foster 139725InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
$26.00
Youth Swim at Foster 139842OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Foster 142537OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/03/28 16:00From March 28, 2016 to June 4, 2016
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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 142584InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/28 14:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 142585InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 14:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 142568InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 15:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 142586InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 142587InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 142589InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 142588InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/04/01 14:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Foster 142590InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 142664InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/28 23:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 142660InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 142661InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 142662InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Foster 142663InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Foster 142817InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/27 21:00From April 27, 2016 to May 25, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Foster 142898OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/30 00:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Foster 142900OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/04/02 14:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 142897OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Foster 142899OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball at Foster 143002InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/03/29 00:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$22.00
Cardio Line Dance at Foster 143210InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 15:15From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 10:45am
$0
Chair Exercise at Foster 143250InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/31 15:45From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:15am
$0
Family Swim at Foster 143519OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/03/29 00:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Foster 143562InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$14.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Foster 143561InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/01 17:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$14.00
Lap Swim at Foster 144055OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/03/28 18:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
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 144127InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 144131InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/03/30 00:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 144125InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 144128InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 144129InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 144126InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Foster 144130InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 144134InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Foster 144133InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Foster 144492OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2016 to May 28, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Foster 144594InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 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
$26.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Foster 145074InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 20:00From March 29, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Sewing at Foster 145179InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles13 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$17.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 145212InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2016 to April 27, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 145213InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/05/04 18:00From May 4, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 145210InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/05/06 18:00From May 6, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Foster 145211InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/01 18:00From April 1, 2016 to April 29, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$27.00
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 145475InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/30 15:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Foster 145474InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/04/01 15:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
TEAM Sports at Foster 145593InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
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
Teen Club at Foster 145629OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Foster 145865InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$34.00
Volleyball at Foster 146133InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/04/06 23:30From April 6, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Walking Club at Foster 146174OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/03/29 16:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Woodcraft at Foster 146219InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2016/04/01 17:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Woodcraft at Foster 146220InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/03/28 23:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
$27.00
Youth Swim at Foster 146339OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
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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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.

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