Playgrounds in Chicago

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Playgrounds in Chicago

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  • cancunbabe
    Cancun, Mexico138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The playground is very nice, it has something for all ages. My 10 and 13 year old boys had a fun break after a long walk to get to the park.
    Across the street you can see the lake, qe rented bikes and rode around the lake. It was very misty that day but I imagine on a clear day could be very nice.
    We went 2 separate times to do ice skating. One at 11 am and one in the last shift at 8 pm. The morning one was much better because at night the ice was very bumpy.
    Some of the skates they rent are very bad and go imwards or outwards, making it impossible to skate
    We changed them a few times and then had a lovely time skating and having hot chocolate afterwards.
    Written 17 January 2024
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  • psudino
    Weehawken, NJ4,301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This park is surrounded by highrises and is located just North of Millennium Park. I was walking back to my hotel and decided to take a detour through this park. The first thing that I noticed was how quiet it was. I suppose the tall buildings blocked the sounds of Lakeshore and Columbus, and effects were very peaceful.

    The lawns and paths were exceptionally well maintained. The buildings surrounding the area are clean and colorful and the Radisson is especially interesting. This can be a very peaceful place in the middle of the city.

    Since I was walking towards the DuSable Bridge I walked northwest in the park. To my surprise there was an intriguing staircase to get you to the main level. You can see in my picture that there is a garden in the center of a rather large circular staircase in which aesthetics was clearly on the mind of the designer.

    Overall, a very nice experience.
    Written 13 June 2022
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  • Lincoln D
    Pearl, MS59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I grew up in Chicago until I was 12 years. I left the West Rogers Park neighborhood in 1974, when my family moved to Southern California. I have very fond memories of Indian Boundary Park. We would go there all the time as children, since it was only 4 or 5 blocks from our house. We would see the animals that were there. Feed the ducks and the deer. Run around the park with our friends. Ride our bikes there. I visited there recently on a business trip to Chicago. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories. What great parks Chicago has. Indian Boundary Park has a lot of memories. My dad passed away in 1997 at the age of 84. He lived in this neighborhood for a majority of his life. His family moved up to Rogers Park from the South Side when he was a small child. I remember him telling me that he fell thru the ice on the pond at Indian Boundary Park ice skating as a child and almost drowned until someone pulled him out. Like a said, a lot of memories.
    Written 18 September 2018
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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL27,191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were looking for something to do in the afternoon, before we took my 4 year old granddaughter home. She had scraped her knee and didn't want to do some of the bouncey or trampoline places, so, we came upon Mini City on 21. It is not warehouse-size huge, but there is plenty of room for play areas, a couple of party rooms, The play area consists of several pretend businesses, i.e. vet, cafe, fire house, store and more. There i s a medium-sized tube slide, a ball pit and even a toddler-sized climbing wall. There are two party rooms and they also have snacks. The play area is secure and fenced off. Parents or guardians are permitted in the play area to observe the tots, but you have to remove your shoes, and you must have socks. If you don't have socks, they have pairs for $2.00. But you can sit outside the play area and you will have a pretty clear and unobstructed view of the play area. The have party packages and have classes for art and more. The charge is only $10 for an unlimited time for the child and there is no charge for the parent or guardian to sit and watch. The staff was very friendly and personable. For us, this could be our go-to place if we run out of adventures for the kids.
    Written 6 December 2019
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  • Diane K
    Venice, FL4,459 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walk by and through this park on our way to breakfast. It has nice paths through it where you can observe the peaceful greenery. It also has a play area for kids.
    Written 12 January 2020
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  • Andrews_Mommy
    Arlington, VA223 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're visiting Chicago with young children this is a MUST VISIT. Kids can run around and play in this play place and parents can relax. We discovered this place by accident while visiting and ended up spending at least 3 hours there every day of our 5 day visit. Staff very friendly. Really a great place for kids to play and parents to play with them or unwind. The staff even gave us take out menus and we had dinner delivered a few times from places in the neighborhood and ate in their "eating area." They have several large indoor slides, a kitchen, a dress up area and many more things to do. Can't remember it all. My son keeps asking when we're going back.
    Written 26 January 2012
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  • beachcruizer77
    Stoughton, WI412 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice clean little park in the middle of the neighborhood with well kept grounds. I'm not sure If go out of my way to come here but if your in the neighborhood, stop by
    Written 18 October 2019
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  • Monash196
    Melbourne, Australia107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited whilst on vacation from Australia. The temperature difference between Chicago and home was around 110°F so our 18 month old definitely felt the cold whilst outside. After being stuck inside for so long it was wonderful to be able to let him play for a few hours at this great centre. The staff were very polite and helpful. $12 for single day entry to stay as long as you want. There are two floors of play equipment including a toy kitchen, slide, and jumping castle, amongst many other things. Change and bathroom facilities were clean. Our son had a fantastic time and we would definitely return.
    Written 20 January 2016
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  • franc
    2 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes, the Douglas Park is a pretty dangerous park to visit. There are too many gang members dealing drugs on the streets and feral teens prowling around the park. If you decide to visit the park, make sure you go early in the morning and with a group of friends. It’s never a good idea to venture into the Douglas Park alone. Just saying, you know.
    Written 8 November 2020
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  • Annaline
    Park Ridge, IL7,186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited this park during my lunch. I was surprised how nice it was and how deserted it was. It was a very hot day (about 80 degree) and there was 5 people in the park. Or maybe 5 cars and 10 people (including only one small child). I wonder why it was so deserted? Because it is very nice. It is like a lagoon with several bridges crossing it to get to the sport fields on the central island. A lot of trees and shadows. Very large swimming pool! Tennis courts, Running truck. Basketball courts. Also A field house. There is also a library located on the south side of it. I will come back here for sure. I only hope they clean it more often because (especially the island) it is kind of filthy in some areas.
    This park was especially important to Burnham (the architect) because it was named for his father-in-law, John B. Sherman, the founder of Chicago's Union Stock Yards.
    Written 16 June 2016
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