Chicago is a high traffic and congested city with many neighborhoods having limited backyard space. Chicago parents are no strangers to having to check out their local parks to allow their child outdoor playtime. While going to the nearest park or local elementary school yard is the norm for regular play, there are some playgrounds in Chicago that are worth taking the extra drive to go see. Whether you’re looking for an extraordinary park or unaware of the many different playgrounds your neighborhood has to offer, take advantage of what the city has to offer you and your child.
Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
This playground is located in the West Rogers Park area and has a unique look to go with its unique features. There is a walk-through zoo path to view animals, large duck pond and even some sprinklers for those extra hot Chicago summer days. However, the main attraction is definitely the playground area. Instead of the same old plastic construction, there is a wooden playground that is so large, you have to see it to believe it. Your children’s imagination will run wild, whether it’s their very own fort or the perfect place to play hide-and-seek.
Mt. Greenwood Park Playground
3724 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
This is a completely renovated and updated playground that is massive in size. There is a play structure geared towards two- to five-year-olds and a separate structure for five- to 12-year-olds. There is also a spray fountain and giant musical instrument sculptures for an added bonus in the play area. The ground is constructed from shock-absorbent material, which is a great alternative to the wood chip flooring used at so many other playgrounds around Chicago. The entire area is fenced with only a single swing door to make for an ultra safe and fun place to take the kids.
A. Montgomery Ward Park
630 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60606
In the middle of River North, nestled around high rises and big city living is this oasis for families. This is a 6,900-square-foot playground with shock-absorbent flooring and safety fences. Right by the Chicago River, this is not the only water feature. The fountain/sprinkler feature is great for sunny days and splashing around and a large dog area adjacent to the park for families with small children and pets is available.
6205 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
This is a park that is situated on the north side with a great view of Lake Michigan. There are four buildings that were once mansions and are now converted to service the area. The playground features toddler swings and big kid swings, as well as different sized slides to suit all ages. The surface is shock absorbent so you don’t have to worry about trips and spills. The actual playground fixtures are unique enough to suit the amazing water views and kids and parents alike will love listening to the crashing waves.
Adams Playground Park
1919 N. Seminary Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
This playground is located in the Lincoln Park area. There is a water playground to beat the heat and a shaded playground area. The playground features numerous slides and an outdoor sprinkler system that is a great addition for the kids to splash around in. There is an ultra large sandbox that is very well maintained, secured gates for freedom to let the kids roam and a park district house with bathrooms. This is an all-encompassing park that will quickly become your go-to playground.
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