A water park is an economical way to spend the day with the kids and enjoy the great outdoors.The best water slides are in Chicago and kids love to enjoy the water fun in the summer.  Here are the 5 best water slides in Chicago. There is a great time had by all!

(Photo Credit: Splash Station Waterpark's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Splash Station Waterpark’s Facebook)

Joliet Splash Station
2780 Channahon Rd.
Joliet, IL 60436
(815) 741-7275 x403

This train-themed water park has one of the only six-person slides in the Midwest, making it a must visit location for water fun this summer. The Tunnel and Gauntlet provide an adventure of water mazes that thrill and excite. Rattler and Hot Shot Slide take passengers on a series of turns and twists in open or enclosed body slides. Not only does Joliet Splash Station offer water slides that are pure fun, but they also have a train-themed café, an excellent sandy play area, a zero depth pool and a lazy river.

Hurricane Harbor/Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Pkwy.
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 249-1776

Hurricane Harbor has something for everyone. Dive Bomber is a high altitude slide which emulates a five story-free fall drop. The 40 mile per hour ride is not for the faint of heart and being courageous is mandatory on this exciting water slide. Hammerhead and Barracuda are water slides for the thrill seeker. Some areas of the water slides are enclosed while others are open. This five story experience is only for those who are ready to handle steep drops and treacherous turns.

(Photo Credit: Magic Waters Waterpark's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Magic Waters Waterpark’s Facebook)

Magic Waters Waterpark
7820 Cherryvale N Blvd.
Cherry Valley, IL 61016
(815) 966-2442

Magic Waters Waterpark offers 9 different water features and each are rated by thrill level. Water slides at Magic Waters are in abundance: The Abyss, Double Dare Drop, Paradise Pipelines and Tropical Twisters are just some of the examples of water slides that will make the riders heart race. The park offers season passes so water slide fun can be had every day of the summer for a discounted rate.

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Bensenville Water Park And Splash Pad
1100 W Wood St.
Bensenville, IL 60106
(630) 766-7946

The 155 foot water slide is one of the highlights at this family friendly water park, and it is perfect for both older kids and younger kids alike. The play area, grassy area and shaded area of the water park make it an excellent all-around great place to visit when both fun and relaxation are on the day’s agenda. 

Itasca Caribbean Water Park
100 Catalpa Ave.

Itasca, IL  60143
(630) 773-1213

The tropical theme of Itasca Caribbean Water Park makes visitors feel like they are on a beach island of fun. There are swimming pools with slides for individuals of all ages. The interactive family pool offers features that will keep the kids entertained all day.  There are even water park birthday packages available, so be sure to check out the website for details.

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