Thanks so much for voting for your favorite playgrounds! Everyone came up with an amazing list of the best parks and playgrounds- there are maybe even some on this list that you haven’t visited before. Here’s an idea: Do a playground tour of the playgrounds on this list! Your kids will have a blast. These picks are fairly spread across the western suburbs so you can check out each area, the cute downtowns, and even stop along our ice cream trail!
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Harvester Park, Burr Ridge
15W400 Harvester Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Harvester Park made the top of the list again! There have been updates to this popular spot recently, so be sure to check it out again if you haven’t already. A small splash pad along with a treehouse, playground equipment and creative sand area in the front of the park are perfect for younger children. After crossing the bridge (or walking under it) you will find equipment for older children to play, along with a zip line. There are also close bathrooms and covered picnic area to sit while your little ones play.
Central Park, Oak Brook
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
There are three playgrounds on the Oak Brook Park District grounds (Central Park)! The surface of the playground at Central Park West is astroturf that bounces back when you walk on it. There’s a pond with fish and a little waterfall too! The Sandlot is a universal playground with wide ramps, modified swings, music stations, and all kinds of climbing equipment and slides. Fun for everyone! Click here to read more about the Sandlot universal playground. There is also a huge playground by Splash Island and the main park district building. Doing a walking playground tour of these three is so much fun that we wrote about it two summers ago. Click here to read about doing a walking tour of the Oak Brook Park District Playgrounds.
Sensory Garden Playground, Lisle
Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
The Sensory Garden Playground is a horse stable-themed 2-to-5-year-old playground, sound and fragrance gardens, and central gathering area tucked in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Danada South Area located just northeast of Naperville and Navistar roads. It is also referred to as the DuPage Sensory Playground. They recently added an accessible tree house with big slides (pictured in the background)!
Northside Park, Wheaton
1300 N West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Northside Park is amidst a beautiful setting with Lincoln Marsh Waterway coming through the park. You can walk over the bridge, go fishing or sit out and enjoy the wildlife. The play equipment for younger children was a huge hit when we were there. The playground is large and includes a zip line and fun tire swing. There is also a huge sledding hill that is fun to roll down on a warm day.
Darien Community Park, Darien
Darien Community Park
7100 Clarendon Hills Road
Darien, IL 60561
Darien Community Park, located along Plainfield Road and near Indian Prairie Library, was just finished last summer. It features a soft, rubbery surface. It is completely fenced in with an area with climbing equipment and another section with interactive play houses and music. There is also a large sand area that children can enjoy as well as places children and parents alike can sit and have snacks. Click here to read our full park profile for Darien Community Park with additional photographs.
Ty Warner Park, Westmont
Ty Warner Park
700 Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559
Ty Warner Park is very popular because of the splash pad, huge sand area, and separate areas for older and younger kids. A sheltered area in the middle keeps you cool in the shade. There are also beautiful paths to walk along and a concession stand. The Kidlist Park Playdate Series kicks off at Ty Warner Park on June 26! Click here to get all the details.
Owen’s Playground at Hillcrest Elementary, Downers Grove
1435 Jefferson Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60516
This inclusive playground has such a variety of equipment! It’s rare to see all age groups fully enjoying the space at the same time, but this one does it successfully. The playground in large enough that each age group has their own area. There is plenty to explore with colorful playground equipment, music area, toddler, area, and more.
Please note that the school said it is preferred that the community not use the playground during school hours because various grades have recess throughout the day, but their school day ends at 2:55pm and will not be in session over the summer.
Spring Rock Park, Western Springs
Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs , IL 60558
Spring Rock Park now includes two zip lines, rock structures to climb, pyramid with webbing, slides, toddler area, and climbing tower. The park also spans over a large area of land with paved paths throughout, which makes it not feel crowded even when many are there to play. There is also a secondary playground area between the baseball fields and roller hockey rink. You can look forward to a new free splash pad this summer too!
McCollum Park, Downers Grove
6801 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
McCollum Park has two large playgrounds- one designed for toddlers, the other for elementary school-aged kids. This park is the flagship park of Downers Grove Park District and at 50 acres, it has been the largest recreational park for over 30 years. There is also an 18-hole miniature golf course next to the playground called Miner Mike’s Adventure Golf. Click here to read more about McCollum Park and see additional photographs.
95th Street Community Plaza, Naperville
95th Street Community Plaza
3109 Cedar Glade Drive
Naperville, IL 60564
The new playground at 95th Street Community Plaza opened on July 1 and is right next to the 95th Street library- it shares a parking lot. There is tons of equipment, a splash pad, and shaded picnic tables.
Discovery Playground, Lisle
Lisle Community Park
1825 Short Street
Lisle, IL 60532
This universally accessible playground includes a club house, double-wide ramps, two ziplines, musical instruments, and more.
Salt Creek Park, Elmhurst
Salt Creek Park
574 W. 2nd Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126
On a sunny day light streams through the colorful sculptures, which is pretty cool. We love the all the climbing structures, cute little playhouse along the fence and a friendship swing.
Cantigny Park, Wheaton
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
Cantigny Park is a great destination with beautiful gardens and winding paths. The playground is a fun bonus and the whimsical structures make it fun!
Wilder Park, Elmhurst
175 S Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Wilder Park, surrounded by Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst Public Library, and Wilder Park Conservatory, has a lot of different equipment and plenty of room to play.
Maryknoll Park, Glen Ellyn
845 Pershing Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Maryknoll Park has just about everything, including this great playground with sand and water features, a miniature golf course, and splash pad.
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