Fosco Park

  • 1312 S. Racine Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60608 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Obi Allmon
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5086

Located in the Near West Community, Fosco Park totals .98 acres and features an indoor Olympic sized zero depth swimming pool, fitness center, meeting rooms and a kitchen. Outdoors the park offers an interactive water spray feature.

Young park-goers can play table games and enjoy Arts & Crafts at the facility. as well as after school programs. In the summer, youth attend day camp. Or participate in one of the fitness partnerships offered at the park.

Adults participate in a range of activities, including swimming programs. Parents gather at Fosco Park with their preschoolers for moms, pops and tots.

In addition to programs, Fosco Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, Halloween, Easter activities and Valentine events.

 

History

The Near West Side, one of Chicago's most fashionable neighborhoods in the mid-nineteenth century, had experienced significant decline by the Depression Era. Soon after the founding of the Chicago Housing Authority in 1937, it began replacing deteriorated buildings in the neighborhood with new multi-unit public housing developments. Built between 1938 and 1961, the area's four large housing complexes, known jointly as ABLA, include: the Jane Addams Houses, Robert H. Brooks Homes and Extension, Loomis Courts, and Grace Abbott Homes. In 1945, the City's Bureau of Parks and Recreation created Fosco Park on Board of Education property to serve the growing population. The two-acre park included a playing field and a small brick recreation building. The city named the park for Peter Fosco (1894--1975), president of the Laborer's International Union of North America and former Cook County Board commissioner.

In 1959, the Chicago Park District assumed management of Fosco Park. The following year, the park district also began leasing an adjoining 1/2-acre housing authority property which included the Robert H. Brooks Homes Community Center. The Board of Education transferred ownership of its two acres to the park district in 1991.

At the turn of the 21st century, Fosco Park and its surrounding neighborhood experienced significant changes. Some of the existing ABLA housing units were rehabilitated, while others were replaced with new low-rise residences. Fosco Park's small brick recreation building and the adjacent community center were razed and a new state-of-the-art facility was erected at 1312 S. Racine. The 80,000-square-foot Community Center opened in summer 2005 and is jointly programmed by the Chicago Park District and Marcy Newberry

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Fosco Fieldhouse

Fosco Fieldhouse

Hours: , ,

Fosco Fitness Center

Fosco Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave

Hours: , ,

Notes: M-F 7am-8:30pm sat 9-4:30pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Fosco Gymnasium

Fosco Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave.

Fosco Clubrooms

Fosco Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave.

Fosco Playground

Fosco PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave

Fosco Park Pool

Fosco Park Pool Accessible (1)

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)743-0135

Fosco Park Pool closed for maintenance on December 23, 2014 and will reopen December 24, 2014.

Notice Valid From: 12/22/2014 - 12/24/2014

Fosco Water Playground

Fosco Water Playground

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave

Events

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 Fosco 94109Activity_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
$360.00
TEAM Sports at Fosco 94799InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm 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
Windy City Hoops Basketball at Fosco 113244Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/08/29 23:00From August 29, 2014 to December 27, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at Fosco 95488CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/12/22 15:00From December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$80.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adaptive Fitness (Special Recreation) at Fosco 98455InstructionWellness - Fitness13 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Adaptive Swimming (Special Recreation) at Fosco 98456InstructionAquatics - Lessons13 and upCoed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fosco 98463InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 98497InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 98496InstructionAquatics - 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 Fosco 98495InstructionAquatics - 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 Fosco 98494InstructionAquatics - 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 Fosco 98498InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Basketball - Open at Fosco 98813OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$2.00
Basketball at Fosco 98919InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball at Fosco 99013InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$5.00
Basketball League at Fosco 98921Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/02/04 22:00From February 4, 2015 to March 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Fosco 99074InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:15am
$30.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Fosco 99250InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Circuit Training at Fosco 99281InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Circuit Training at Fosco 99282InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 99586InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/14 01:00From January 13, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 99585InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 99587InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Gymnastics at Fosco 99753InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Fosco 100004Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/02/03 22:00From February 3, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Loyola 100007Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to April 17, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Kickboxing at Fosco 100043InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Kickboxing at Fosco 100044InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Kiddie College at Fosco 100075InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1pm
$40.00
Kiddie College at Fosco 100076InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 112464InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 100169InstructionAquatics - 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 Fosco 100168InstructionAquatics - 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 Fosco 100172InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 100167InstructionAquatics - 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 Fosco 101636InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 100170InstructionAquatics - 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 Fosco 100166InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 100171InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Fosco 100916InstructionOut 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
$120.00
Senior Citizens Club at Fosco 101349OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 101410InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to February 2, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 101411InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/16 23:00From February 16, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 101415InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/18 02:00From February 17, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 101414InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 02:00From January 6, 2015 to February 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 101412InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to February 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 101413InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/18 23:00From February 18, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 101417InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/20 02:00From February 19, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 101416InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 02:00From January 8, 2015 to February 5, 2015
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$25.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Fosco 101451InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/03/04 23:00From March 4, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Fosco 101635InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 27, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$28.00
Teen Club at Fosco 101674OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Fosco 99584InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 101849InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 101850InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 101851InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 101852InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 101848InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 101886InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 101887InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 101888InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 101889InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 101885InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Fosco 114869InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2015 to March 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$30.00
Volleyball at Fosco 102132InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 11, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$0
Volleyball at Fosco 102131InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fosco 115940Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/01/02 23:00From January 2, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Wrestling at Fosco 102253InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$0
Yoga at Fosco 102271InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$30.00
Yoga at Fosco 102272InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:15From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$0

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Located in the Near West Community, Fosco Park totals .98 acres and features an indoor Olympic sized zero depth swimming pool, fitness center, meeting rooms and a kitchen. Outdoors the park offers an interactive water spray feature.

Young park-goers can play table games and enjoy Arts & Crafts at the facility. as well as after school programs. In the summer, youth attend day camp. Or participate in one of the fitness partnerships offered at the park.

Adults participate in a range of activities, including swimming programs. Parents gather at Fosco Park with their preschoolers for moms, pops and tots.

In addition to programs, Fosco Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, Halloween, Easter activities and Valentine events.

 

The Near West Side, one of Chicago's most fashionable neighborhoods in the mid-nineteenth century, had experienced significant decline by the Depression Era. Soon after the founding of the Chicago Housing Authority in 1937, it began replacing deteriorated buildings in the neighborhood with new multi-unit public housing developments. Built between 1938 and 1961, the area's four large housing complexes, known jointly as ABLA, include: the Jane Addams Houses, Robert H. Brooks Homes and Extension, Loomis Courts, and Grace Abbott Homes. In 1945, the City's Bureau of Parks and Recreation created Fosco Park on Board of Education property to serve the growing population. The two-acre park included a playing field and a small brick recreation building. The city named the park for Peter Fosco (1894--1975), president of the Laborer's International Union of North America and former Cook County Board commissioner.

In 1959, the Chicago Park District assumed management of Fosco Park. The following year, the park district also began leasing an adjoining 1/2-acre housing authority property which included the Robert H. Brooks Homes Community Center. The Board of Education transferred ownership of its two acres to the park district in 1991.

At the turn of the 21st century, Fosco Park and its surrounding neighborhood experienced significant changes. Some of the existing ABLA housing units were rehabilitated, while others were replaced with new low-rise residences. Fosco Park's small brick recreation building and the adjacent community center were razed and a new state-of-the-art facility was erected at 1312 S. Racine. The 80,000-square-foot Community Center opened in summer 2005 and is jointly programmed by the Chicago Park District and Marcy Newberry

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.