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.

Fosco Fieldhouse

Fosco Fieldhouse

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Fosco Fitness Center

Fosco Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave

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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 Water Playground

Fosco Water Playground

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 117948InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/15 14:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 117949InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/16 14:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 117951InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/17 14:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 117950InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/18 14:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 117947InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/19 14:00From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Circuit Training at Fosco 118279InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Day Camp at Fosco 118379CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Early Bird Camp at Fosco 118503CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 12:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 10am
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 10am
Each Friday from 7:30am to 10am
$105.00
Extended Camp at Fosco 118587CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$85.00
Family Swim at Fosco 118739OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/15 23:00From June 15, 2015 to August 22, 2015
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 Noon to 12:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 119001InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 00:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 119002InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/12 00:00From June 11, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Fosco 119212InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/15 21:00From June 15, 2015 to August 28, 2015
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
$0
Lap Swim at Fosco 119307OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 119551InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 119552InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/18 22:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 119550InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 15:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$28.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Fosco 120769OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
POST Adult Swim at Fosco 147868OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 17:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Fosco 130912OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 23:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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 Noon to 12:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Lap Swim at Fosco 130913OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/29 14:00From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
POST Parent and Tot Swim at Fosco 130916OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/29 16:00From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Senior Swim at Fosco 132308OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/08/24 13:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
POST Senior Swim at Fosco 130920OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/08/24 14:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Teen Swim at Fosco 130921OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Teen Swim at Fosco 131311OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/08/24 21:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
Each Saturday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Youth Swim at Fosco 131940OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 15:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
POST Youth Swim at Fosco 130922OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 19:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Senior Swim at Fosco 132307OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/06/08 13:00From June 8, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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 120994InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/22 01:00From July 21, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 120993InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 01:00From June 16, 2015 to July 14, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 120995InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/19 01:00From June 18, 2015 to July 16, 2015
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 120996InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/24 01:00From July 23, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$26.00
Sports Camp at Fosco 132067CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$80.00
TEAM Sports at Fosco 121197InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/08 22:00From June 8, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$28.00
Teen Fit Box at Fosco 132421InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Fosco 121237Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/07/07 21:30From July 7, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Fosco 147772Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2015/07/08 21:30From July 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Teen Swim Female at Fosco 120029OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/06/15 20:00From June 15, 2015 to August 22, 2015
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
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Teen Swim Male at Fosco 120036OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/06/15 21:00From June 15, 2015 to August 22, 2015
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
Each Saturday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Youth Swim at Fosco 120028OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/15 19:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
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
$0
Youth Swim Female at Fosco 120043OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Youth Swim Male at Fosco 120044OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Male2015/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$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.