Playgrounds in Chicago

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Playgrounds in Chicago

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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,015 contributions
    You can't visit Chicago's Millennium Park without taking an obligatory side trip to Maggie Daley Park, one of the largest and busiest playgrounds in the city. Located at 337 East Randolph Street, bounded by Randolph, Monroe, Columbus and Lake Shore Drive, connected to Millennium Park by the BP Pedestrian Bridge, it is a 25-acre public park in Chicago's Loop. Opened in 2014 and named after the former first lady of the city who died of cancer in 2011, the $60 million venue is situated on land where Daley Bicentennial Plaza previously stood. It was almost entirely remade with multiple new features, including a new field house, a quarter-mile-long ice skating ribbon, rock climbing walls, a dozen tennis courts, picnic groves, three open lawn areas, landscaped gardens and children's playground. Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, the three-acre Play Garden is perhaps the most popular attraction in the park. Available for children ages 12 and under, it contains six different play areas--The Wave Lawn, The Harbor, The Watering Hole, The Slide Crater, The Enchanted Forest and The Sea. The Sea is an 8,500-square-foot "play loop" that features a large metal play ship. The Enchanted Forest is a 3,590-square-foot network of pathways that also includes a Kaleidoscope or mirror maze. The 12,000-square-foot Slide Center that features two slides. The 1,200-square-foot Watering Hole is an animal-themed play space that features several plastic animals, including a whale. The 2,000-square-foot Harbor features three full-sized play boats. The 16,530-square-foot Wave Lawn cuts a swath through the center of the Play Garden.
    Written 27 November 2022
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  • psudino
    Weehawken, NJ3,744 contributions
    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, MS60 contributions
    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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  • Diane K
    Venice, FL3,789 contributions
    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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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL29,714 contributions
    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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  • Andrews_Mommy
    Arlington, VA236 contributions
    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, WI373 contributions
    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, Australia111 contributions
    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
    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, IL7,031 contributions
    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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