Fosco Park

  • 1312 S. Racine Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60608 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • 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.

Imagining the Possibilities

Imagining the Possibilities (1)

Location Notes: Exterior gymnasium wall facing children's water play park

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Fosco Fieldhouse

Fosco Fieldhouse

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Fosco Fitness Center

Fosco Fitness Center

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Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Fosco Gymnasium

Fosco Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave.

Fosco Clubrooms

Fosco Clubrooms

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Fosco Playground - E

Fosco Playground - EAccessible

Location: 1344 S. Racine Ave

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Fosco Playground - W

Fosco Playground - WAccessible

Location: 1313 S. Throop St.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Fosco Water Playground

Fosco Water Playground

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 155980InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 155981InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/21 14:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 155983InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/22 14:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 155982InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/23 14:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 155979InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/24 14:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Circuit Training at Fosco 156303InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$11.00
Day Camp at Fosco 156409CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$252.00
Early Bird Camp at Fosco 156529CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$87.00
Extended Camp at Fosco 156618CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$87.00
Family Swim at Fosco 156697OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:15pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 159531InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 156747InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 00:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 159532InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 00:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 156748InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/17 00:00From June 16, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$11.00
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Fosco 156935InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to November 4, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm
From August 20, 2016 to November 5, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 4pm
$0
Lap Swim at Fosco 156977OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/25 14:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 157127InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 157128InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 157126InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Fosco 157409OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Senior Swim at Fosco 158141OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/06/20 13:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 159534InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/25 22:00From July 25, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 158159InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/27 01:00From July 26, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 159536InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/27 22:00From July 25, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 158161InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/29 01:00From July 28, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$27.00
Sports Camp at Fosco 158222CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 5pm
Each Friday from 10am to 5pm
$82.00
TEAM Sports at Fosco 158312InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/13 22:00From June 13, 2016 to September 12, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$28.00
Teen Fit Box at Fosco 159527InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Fosco 158367InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 23:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Fosco 159528InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/23 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Teen Fit Box Camp at Fosco 184123CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/08/15 16:00From August 15, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Fosco 158381Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2016/07/12 21:30From July 12, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Fosco 158380Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/13 21:30From July 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Teen Swim Female at Fosco 158770OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0
Teen Swim Male at Fosco 158778OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Fosco 159529InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$11.00
Yoga/Pilates at Fosco 159530InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$11.00
Youth Swim at Fosco 158750OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Youth Swim at Fosco 158750OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$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.