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, a fitness center, meeting rooms and a kitchen. Outdoors, the park offers an interactive water spray feature and playgrounds.

Young park-goers can play table games, enjoy arts & crafts activities and participate in after school programs at the facility. In the summer, youth attend the Park District's popular day camp or participate in one of the fitness partnerships offered at the park.

Adults enjoy a range of activities at Fosco Park, including the park's popular swimming programs. Parents also gather at Fosco Park with their preschoolers for Moms, Pops and Tots classes.

In addition to programs, Fosco Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, including holiday activities, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks 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

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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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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

Events

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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 Saturday, April 29, 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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 195182InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/19 14:00From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 195183InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 195185InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/21 14:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 195184InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/22 14:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 195181InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/23 14:00From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 30, 2017
$0
Boot Camp at Fosco 195953InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$13.00
Boot Camp at Fosco 195956InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 23:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Boot Camp at Fosco 195954InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/23 00:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Circuit Training at Fosco 197672InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$13.00
Circuit Training at Fosco 199155InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$13.00
Circuit Training at Fosco 195509InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Day Camp at Fosco 195626CampsCamps - 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
$265.00
Early Bird Camp at Fosco 195747CampsCamps - 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
$91.00
Extended Camp at Fosco 195835CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$91.00
Family Swim at Fosco 195911OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Fosco 196281InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/12 21:00From June 12, 2017 to October 27, 2017
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 12, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Fosco 196281InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/12 21:00From June 12, 2017 to October 27, 2017
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 12, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Fosco 196281InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/12 21:00From June 12, 2017 to October 27, 2017
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 12, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
$0
Lap Swim at Fosco 196324OpenAquatics - 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 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 196478InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 196479InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 196477InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 15:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 1, 2017
$30.00
Open Swim at Fosco 200955OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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
From August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
Open Swim at Fosco 200955OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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
From August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
Parent and Tot Swim at Fosco 196753OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/19 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 1, 2017
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
From August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Fosco 196753OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/19 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 1, 2017
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
From August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Fosco 196753OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/19 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 1, 2017
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
From August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Pilates at Fosco 197673InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 00:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Senior Swim at Fosco 196970OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/06/19 13:00From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 30, 2017
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 196995InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/07/26 01:00From July 25, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 196994InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 01:00From June 20, 2017 to July 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 196997InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/23 01:00From June 22, 2017 to July 20, 2017
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 196996InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/07/28 01:00From July 27, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$30.00
Sports Camp at Fosco 197065CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$86.00
TEAM Sports at Fosco 197159InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 30, 2017
$35.00
Teen Fit Box at Fosco 197215InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$0
Teen Fit Box at Fosco 197217InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Teen Fit Box Camp at Fosco Cancelled197223CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/08/07 16:00From August 7, 2017 to August 16, 2017
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 Fit Box Camp at Fosco 221005CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/08/28 22:00From August 28, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Fosco 197241Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2017/07/06 23:00From July 6, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Fosco 197240Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/07/05 23:00From July 5, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$0
Teen Swim Female at Fosco 197292OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 30, 2017
$0
Teen Swim Male at Fosco 197300OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/06/19 21:00From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 30, 2017
$0
Youth Swim at Fosco 197694OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 19:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 30, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017
$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, a fitness center, meeting rooms and a kitchen. Outdoors, the park offers an interactive water spray feature and playgrounds.

Young park-goers can play table games, enjoy arts & crafts activities and participate in after school programs at the facility. In the summer, youth attend the Park District's popular day camp or participate in one of the fitness partnerships offered at the park.

Adults enjoy a range of activities at Fosco Park, including the park's popular swimming programs. Parents also gather at Fosco Park with their preschoolers for Moms, Pops and Tots classes.

In addition to programs, Fosco Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, including holiday activities, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks 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.