Perfect Pairing: Local Coffee Shops with Parks Nearby

There are few things I love more than a great local coffee shop. I love the ambiance, the aroma of brewing coffee, and… oh yeah, the coffee. My toddler enjoys a good coffee shop visit, too! He’s more interested in the pastries than the java—and he’s good for about 10 minutes before he starts getting rowdy and catching side-eye from the laptop crowd. So I grab my cup and we head out to play! This article is sponsored by Café On The Park, a great café with an award winning library attached!

Whether young or young at heart, we make things you can delight in. Virtually everything at Café On The Park is made on site and from ingredients we select. Choose items ranging from 100% Fruit Smoothies to scratch-baked cinnamon rolls, scones, and cookies. We make donuts fresh on-site every morning and serve every style of coffee drink you’d expect. We are proud to serve Steep It Real tea and coffee roasted by I Have a Bean, Wheaton’s renowned local roaster.

Our outdoor patio is right on Adam’s Park, inviting young and old alike to explore the paths, play at the fountain, relax in the gazebos or just run around the wooded knolls. The café is also part of the Wheaton Public Library that offers books, play areas and story times geared for many ages.

Café On The Park
225 N. Cross Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Inside the Wheaton Public Library

Website: www.cafeontheparkwheaton.com

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Local Coffee Shops with Nearby Parks

Cafe on the Park + Adams Park (Wheaton)

Cafe on the Park is located just inside the Wheaton Public Library. Treats like scones, donuts, and even the syrups for the coffee are all made from scratch. Go during the first hour they are open and mention the “early bird special” to get half off your order!

As the name suggests, the cafe is right next to a park. Adams Park is a lovely, shady park with benches, a gazebo, and a fountain. There’s no playground, but you’ll have plenty of space to throw a ball or Frisbee around! Plus, you’re right downtown if you’d like to take a walk or see the shops. (For more information, look at their full description and photo above!)

Brewpoint Coffee + Wilder Park (Elmhurst)

Brewpoint is not just a coffee shop, but a community space—complete with cozy seating, board games to play, and books to grab off the shelf. The shop is about a five-minute walk from Wilder Park in Elmhurst. The park itself is home to a ton of different things to do: the Elmhurst Art and Lizzadro museums, the Wilder Mansion, the Wilder Park Conservatory, a great playground, and the library—which is home to its own Brewpoint outpost, the Lexicon Cafe. When the library cafe is open, it’s the perfect place to stop and get a treat before playing!

Brewed Awakening + Veterans Memorial Park (Westmont)

Brewed Awakening has been an anchor of downtown Westmont for more than 20 years. It’ll take you just over five minutes to walk to the playground at Veterans Memorial Park. It’s a fantastic place to play, with two different spaces for little kids and older kids. We call it the “pirate ship park” because of the huge ship-shaped play structure for younger kids! There are a few different play surfaces, including mulch, rubber, and sand. You’ll find bathrooms at the picnic shelter, too.

The Craftsman + Centennial Park Playground (Naperville)

The Craftsman includes a market cafe on the ground floor, an upscale restaurant on the second floor, and a third-floor cocktail bar with its own rooftop deck. There are a few parks you can walk to from downtown Naperville, but my favorite is the Centennial Park playground, which is right behind Centennial Beach off the Riverwalk. This big playground has a rubbery surface, areas for big and little kids, lots of swings, and a small sand pit (love it or hate it). There’s a pavilion nearby where you can polish off your pastries or visit the bathroom.

The Corner House + Lilacia Park (Lombard)

The Corner House has that laid-back coffee shop shop vibe in spades. From there, it takes about five minutes to walk to Lilacia Park, which blooms in the spring with hundreds of lilacs and thousands of tulips. There are walking paths and benches along the way. It’s also right by the Helen Plum Library, which has a children’s play area.

Blackberry Market + Main Street Recreation Center Playground (Glen Ellyn)

Blackberry Market’s cafe serves gourmet foods made by hand, including a $5 kids’ menu of meals served with fresh fruit and carrot dippers. It’s a popular spot, so expect it to be a bit crowded, but the space is big. Stroll down Main Street together to the recreation center playground. It’s got ramps, slides, monkey bars, bridges, a glider, and more. There’s also a basketball court, a baseball field, and a huge open play space outside.

Addis Cafe + Wenonah Tot Lot (Oak Park)

I’ve never been to the Addis Cafe in Oak Park, but I discovered it while researching this article. There are a few parks nearby, but if you have a younger kid, your destination will be the Wenonah Tot Lot, a small playground with low equipment, a rubbery surface, and that Holy Grail of toddler park amenities: a fence. (You’ll probably see us there next week, now that I’ve discovered it.)


What’s your favorite coffee shop/playground combo? Let us know in the comments! Then, check out more outdoor activities for kids.

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a writer and mom of two boys who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a toddler and baby in tow. Rachel loves cooking, playing board games, and regularly raiding the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.

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