5 Playgrounds Picks & Features to Explore (Get Wet!)

Written by: Mistie Lucht

Temps are heating up and the water features are calling your little ones!  Are you ready to explore & play outside?  There is no better way to kick off spring than a "trip" to a new Chicago Playground.  NOTE: Depending on your child, the weather, and your mood - these playgrounds do NOT have a water features to fenagle.

5 Get-Wet Summer Play(ground) Picks - the perfect way to play(ground) out even the hottest days!  

#1. Commercial Club Playground (1845 W. Rice St. (just north of Chicago and east of Damen))

Check out the…:  Large serpent that winds up and down through the playground and the many, newer climbing structures.  There is also a fieldhouse with a bathroom accessible and a water sprayer for hot days.

#2. Weisman Playground (901 W. Oakdale Ave.  (1 block east of Sheffield and 3 blocks north of Diversey))

Check out: Water sprayers in the summer, perfect for little ones.  The water spurts gently from a mosaic wall and from a worm like form that  reaches up from the ground.  This playground offers plenty of shade for that picnic lunch or break from the sun.  A separate toddler area offers safe play away from the bigger kids.

#3. Skinner Playground (1331 W Monroe St. (Adams west of Racine))

Check out:  Dragon climbing sculpture made out of fruits and vegetables, the many multi-age climbing structures, the beautiful blooming trees in the spring, the water sprayer, and the sandbox.  Add in beautiful gardens, green space, baseball and basketball, and you can spend a day here.

#4. River Playground (5100 N. Francisco Ave. (between Lawrence and Foster, just west of California))

Check out:  Unique play structures as well as the awesome water spray area for younger kids, next to the pool.  A dog park, tennis, baseball and wooded paths complete your park experience.

#5. Buttercup Playground (4901 N Sheridan Rd (Between Lawrence and Foster, a few blocks west of Lake Shore Drive))

Check out:  Brand new structures for all ages, as well as the grassy and soft surface mounds for climbing and pretending you are a turtle, just like the stone sculpture in the playground.  There is also a water sprayer for staying cool.

Explore these playgrounds and hundreds more with the Playground Pointers iPhone/ iPad searchable app database.  With over 700playgrounds and 3,500 photos (and growing) you can find just the perfect playground for your outdoor play needs and wants this spring!

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM