10 Best Parks and Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs

We have amazing parks in the western suburbs! Thank you all who answered the parks question on the survey, your suggestions and comments were wonderful. We went to all of the top parks to check them out, take pictures and get the scoop. It was so much fun… you’re going to want to do a park tour this summer after scrolling through this one! The slideshow for each park highlights all of its features. Enjoy!


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Harvester Park • 15W400 Harvester Drive • Burr Ridge, IL

The design of Harvester Park makes it first on the list. 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.


ty warner park sand area

Ty Warner Park • 700 Blackhawk Drive • Westmont, IL

Ty Warner Park is very popular because of the splash pad and huge sand area combination. A sheltered area in the middle keeps you cool in the shade. There are also beautiful paths to walk along and a concession stand.


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Rehm Park • 515 Garfield Street • Oak Park, IL

Hand powered trains make this park unique. Starting June 8 (through August 17) this year the trains are out Tuesday through Sunday and children can propel themselves around the park on the track. There is also a variety of playground equipment to enjoy and a sizable sand area. The Oak Park Conservatory is across the street. Besides beautiful flowers and paths, there are talking parrots!


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Veterans Memorial Park • 55 E Richmond Street • Westmont, IL

Veterans Memorial Park is a very creative play space with two levels. There is a large ship to play in, sand area, swings and other equipment on the first level and another playground, set of swings and zip line on the upper level. You will find something for every age group.


berens park playground

Berens Park • 493 N Oaklawn Avenue • Elmhurst, IL

There are two sections to this large park. The first has a playground, splash pad and you can get snacks at The Hub concession building. There is also a miniature golf course and sledding hill close by. On the other side of the tennis courts is another playground with more equipment and a sand area.


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Spring Rock Park • 4400 Central Avenue • Western Springs, IL

Spring Rock Park has different sections for various ages to enjoy. 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 an old-fashioned tall metal slide that makes this park unique as well as a secondary playground area between the baseball fields and roller hockey rink.


katherine legge playground

Katherine Legge Memorial Park • 5901 S County Line Road • Hinsdale, IL

Katherine Legge has a tire swing that kids really enjoy, as well as a seesaw and music making chimes. This park is on a large piece of land with buildings that you can rent for a special occassion. There are also many green, natural spaces to run and play.


northside park playground

Northside Park • 1300 N West Street • Wheaton, IL

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.


maryknoll park playground equipment

Maryknoll Park • 845 Pershing Avenue • Glen Ellyn, IL

Maryknoll Park has a playground, sand area, huge rock to climb, zip line on as well as two rope structures to explore. It also has a miniature golf course and splash pad.


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Wilder Park • 175 S Prospect Avenue • Elmhurst, IL

Besides having a great playground, Wilder Park is centrally located next to the Wilder Park Conservatory, Elmhurst Public Library, Elmhurst Art Museum, Lizzadro Museum and the Wilder Mansion.

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

2 Comments on "10 Best Parks and Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs"

  1. Great information on parks. Beautiful photographs!

  2. Thanks for this! Patriots Park in Downers Grove? Possibly our fav because of the pond, frog findings and the woods right near the two playgrounds.

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