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

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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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

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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
Adaptive Fitness (Special Recreation) at Fosco 204829InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 19, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Adaptive Swimming at Fosco 204832InstructionAquatics - Lessons13 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 19, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Lap Swim at Fosco 206501OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 12:00From September 11, 2017 to January 6, 2018
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Fosco 208776Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$390.00
TEAM Sports at Fosco 207936InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
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
$35.00
Winter Break Camp at Fosco 208555CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 15:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$88.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adaptive Fitness at Fosco Cancelled211253InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Adaptive Fitness at Fosco 228354InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$5.00
Adaptive Fitness at Fosco 228354InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$5.00
Adaptive Swimming at Fosco Cancelled211255InstructionAquatics - Lessons13 and upCoed2018/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fosco 211291InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 211332InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 211331InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 211330InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 211329InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 15:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 211333InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/12 15:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Basketball - Open at Fosco 211630OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$3.00
Basketball - Open at Fosco 226258OpenSports - Basketball60 and upCoed2018/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Fosco 226259OpenSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Basketball at Fosco 211761InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 20:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$8.00
Basketball League at Fosco 211736Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2018/01/10 00:45From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
$0
Basketball League at Fosco 211837Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2018/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Fosco 211735Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2018/01/12 00:45From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Fosco 211925InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$35.00
Boot Camp at Fosco 227063InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$12.00
Cheerleading - Competitive at Fosco 212107InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Cheerleading - Competitive at Fosco 212108InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Cheerleading - Competitive at Fosco 212109InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Circuit Training at Fosco 227064InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$12.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Fosco 212232InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Fosco 212233InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Fosco 212234InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Family Swim at Fosco 212390OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:15pm
$0
FFW Preview - Boot Camp at Fosco 228757InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 01:00January 11, 2018
Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$0
FFW Preview - Circuit Training at Fosco 228792InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:00January 11, 2018
Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
FFW Preview - Fitness Center at Fosco 228562OpenWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/08 13:00From January 8, 2018 to January 13, 2018
Each Monday from 7am to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm
$0
FFW Preview - Lap Swim at Fosco 228939OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 13:00From January 8, 2018 to January 13, 2018
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
FFW Preview - Strength & Conditioning at Fosco 229172InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2018/01/11 23:00January 11, 2018
Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Fosco 212708Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 27, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Fosco 212709Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2018/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:45pm
$0
Lap Swim at Fosco 212819OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 13:00From January 8, 2018 to March 31, 2018
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 212889InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 212888InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 212885InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 212887InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 212892InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 212890InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 212886InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 212891InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Line Dance at Fosco 213014InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2018/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Open Swim at Fosco 213257OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Fosco 213339InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$124.00
Pickleball at Fosco 213420InstructionSports - Pickleball60 and upCoed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fosco 213584InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/11 00:45From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Fosco 213739OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2018/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Senior Swim at Fosco 213769OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2018/01/08 14:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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 227065InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 02:00From January 11, 2018 to February 8, 2018
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$28.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 227066InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/02/16 02:00From February 15, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$28.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Fosco 213812InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Female2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Fosco 213811InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Female2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Fosco 226256InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Male2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Fosco 226257InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13Male2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Fosco 213990InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Fosco 226260InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Team Gymnastics at Fosco 214068InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Team Gymnastics at Fosco 214067InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Fosco 214082InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
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
$35.00
Teen Club at Fosco 214119OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 214252InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 214253InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 214254InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 214255InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 214251InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 214292InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 214293InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 214294InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 214295InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 214291InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Fosco 214374InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$35.00
Volleyball at Fosco 214478InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2018/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball at Fosco 214477InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Volleyball at Fosco 226255InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Wrestling at Fosco 214600InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 1:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Fosco 219266InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$124.00

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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.