Chicago "spray" grounds! Get wet & cool down!
Written by: Mistie Lucht
Spraygrounds!!! It's time to get wet! Here are some great “spray” grounds in Chicago where all ages will enjoy a little cooling off.
Where: 1919 North Seminary Avenue, just south of Armitage
The water details: Adams has a very fun (but very slippery!) water playground area. There is a slide, sprayers, and other fun water play, and Adams supplies water toys (and you can bring your own) for play. Benches surround the water area for observing and there is usually shade available for getting out of the sun.
Bonus: Bathrooms on sight! Also an amazing playground for all ages, and everything is fenced in.
Tips: Be aware that summer camps will use the water area for play and it is closed to the public. Check out this link for a full open water play schedule.
Also, Adams can get pretty crowded, so I would plan an early dinner Friday nights then head to Adams about 6:pm. We would stay and play until the water shut off and many times had the entire water area to ourselves!
Where: 1419 W. Blackhawk St., just west of 90/94 and between North and Division
The water details: Think Adams, but sunk in 2 feet of water with a zero depth entry. And a large pool with a 3’ shallow end – great for smaller kids to feel like a big kid in the big pool.
Bonus: Bathrooms on sight, although they are not the nicest.
Tips: Bring snacks for poolside breaks, especially for waiting out the safety swim breaks. A few bucks will buy some ice cream from the ice cream man usually hovering close by.
Where: 901 W. Oakdale Ave.; 3 blocks north of Diversey between Sheffield and Halsted
The water details: The usual large, tall sprayer, but also smaller sprayers add fun for smaller kids. A mural wall spouts water as well as a worm like structure going in and out of the ground. Fill up a bucket and make the nearby twisty slide into a water slide!
Bonus: Beautifully renovated large playground, usually with some shade, great for all ages. There are no bathrooms here so bring your portable potty.
Tips: Pack a picnic lunch or leave and have lunch nearby along Sheffield.
Where: 5100 N. Francisco Ave. at Foster and California
The water details: Amazing, large fenced water sprayer area – one of the biggest I have found! Adjacent pool allows for some real swimming.
Bonus: Bathrooms and a fun, unique playground adjacent to the spray area.
Tips: Make a day of it and pack a lunch, outdoor toys such as balls, kites, etc. It can get crowded to prepare to deal with lots of kids.
Where: 450 E. Benton Place; just east of Michigan and north of Randolph
The water details: A hidden gem just off Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park, this fenced in playground with warm water sprayers sits amid towering apartment buildings in an oasis in the city. Beware the surprise sprayer!
Bonus: No bathrooms but Mariano’s adjacent to the park. And plenty of green space to spread out a blanket for a picnic or nap.
Tips: Spend the morning at Millennium Park in Crown Fountain and the Family Activity Tent. Then leave the crowds for this quiet play area. Be sure to check out the fountains lining the edge of the park.
Others to check out:
- Broncho Billy Playground - 4437 N. Magnolia Ave., just north of Montrose between Clark and Broadway
- Portage Park Playground - 4100 N. Long Ave., Irving Park Road and N. Central Ave
- Lucy Ella Gonzales Playground - 4716 W. Belmont, just east of Cicero
- Rutherford-Sayer Playground - 6871 W. Belden Ave.; Grand and N. Park Ave.
- Athletic Field Playground - 3546 W. Addison St., west of Kimball adjacent to 90/ 94
- Fellger Playground - 2000 W Belmont Ave at Damen
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