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

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Fosco Fieldhouse

Fosco Fieldhouse

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Fosco Fitness Center

Fosco Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1312 S. Racine Ave

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

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Adaptive Fitness (Special Recreation) at Fosco 91847InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Free
Adaptive Swimming (Special Recreation) at Fosco 91848InstructionAquatics - LessonsAnyCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fosco 91858InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 91896InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 17, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 91895InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 91891InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 91894InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 91893InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 91892InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fosco 91897InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Free
Badminton at Fosco 92094InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom October 13, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Fosco 92266OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$2.00
Basketball at Fosco 92265InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Free
Basketball League at Fosco 92368Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 14CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Fosco 92404InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
$30.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Fosco 92564InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Free
Circuit Training at Fosco 92592InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$9.00
Circuit Training at Fosco 92593InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$9.00
Cross Country at Fosco 92646InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 15CoedFrom August 26, 2014 to October 9, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Free
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 92843InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$9.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 94693InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$9.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 92844InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$9.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fosco 94694InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$9.00
Flag Football at Fosco 92878InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to October 29, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Free
Floor Hockey at Fosco 92926InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom October 3, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Floor Hockey at Fosco 92927InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom October 3, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Fosco 93422InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom August 12, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Free
Kickboxing at Fosco 93444InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$9.00
Kickboxing at Fosco 93445InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$9.00
Kiddie College at Fosco 93486InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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 93487InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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 93576InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 93575InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 93579InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 93574InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 93577InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 93573InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fosco 93578InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Line Dance at Fosco 93707InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Free
Line Dance at Fosco 93706InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Music at Fosco Cancelled93917InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Music at Fosco Cancelled93918InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Park Kids - Fall Session at Fosco 94048InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Fosco 94109Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom 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
Recreational Tumbling at Fosco 94269InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 29, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Fosco 94491OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
Free
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 94520InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to October 20, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 94521InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom October 27, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 94523InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom October 29, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Fosco 94522InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to October 22, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$25.00
TEAM Sports at Fosco 94799InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
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
Teen Club at Fosco 94842OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Free
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 95113InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 95114InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 95115InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 95116InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fosco 95112InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 95149InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 95150InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 95151InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 95152InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fosco 95148InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Fosco 95221InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$30.00
Volleyball at Fosco 95387InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Free
Winter Break Camp at Fosco 95488CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom 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
Yoga at Fosco 95539InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$30.00
Yoga at Fosco 95540InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Free

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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.