Before you start your day at the park with your kids, fuel up with a caffeine fix at these local coffee shops with playgrounds nearby. Delicious pastries for the kids and a boost of energy for parents and caregivers, topped off by running around at a nearby park and playground . . . what a perfect match! Or, take the kids to the playground first, then head to the coffee shop for a drink or snack.
Coffee Shops with Parks and Playgrounds Nearby
Westmont: Brewed Awakening + Veterans Memorial Park (2-minute drive)
Warm hospitality, smiles and fresh coffee is what you can expect at Brewed Awakening in downtown Westmont. 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 with the impressive pirate ship that welcomes you at the entrance. There are a few different play surfaces, including mulch, rubber, and sand. You’ll find bathrooms at the picnic shelter, too.
La Grange: Owl & Lark + Gordon Park (3-minute drive)
Owl & Lark features specialty coffee drinks and wholesome food. Their avocado toast is delicious! Wheelys Coffee Lounge is also a new one to check out down the street. Gordon Park, along Ogden Avenue, has a great playground and fenced-in splash pad to enjoy. If you’d rather go with a quieter, neighborhood park, we suggest Elm Park along Brainard Avenue by LT North Campus.
Lombard: The Corner House + Lilacia Park (2-minute drive )
The Corner House has that laid-back coffee shop shop vibe in spades. Cozy vibes and lots of art supporting local artists fills up their walls. 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. Lilacia Park features over 700 lilacs and 35,000 tulips annually. A must visit with kids.
Oak Park – Addis Cafe + Wenonah Tot Lot (2-minute drive) or Veterans Park (5-minute drive)
Fantastic Dark roast, light roast, lattes and more will greet you at Addis Cafe in Oak Park. 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 is gated! Other close by options include Veterans Park and the Playround at the park district of Forest Park.
Lisle: Caffe di Moda + Prairiewalk Pond/Dragonfly Landing (3-minute drive)
Think Italian cafe experience but right here in our Western Suburbs. Great seasonal drinks and coffee along with a wide variety of pastries. My personal favorite is their chocolate croissant, however I have read they serve amazing nutella bomoloni. After, enjoy a peaceful stroll to along Praireiewalk pond and make your way to the dragonfly landing where you will find a playground and a splashpad.
Naperville: Sparrow Coffee + Centennial Park Playground (4-minute drive)
One of my favorite places to hang on early on a Sunday morning for a latte, this beautifully designed coffee house serves up latte art, pastries, and craft coffees that the roastery also supplies to Michelin-starred chefs. (Keep an eye out for the hand-lettered art by Rachel’s brother throughout the store!) All the extra energy from the amazing array of macaroons your kids will be consuming is great for walking around the Naperville Riverwalk to a couple of great playgrounds.
Glen Ellyn: Blackberry Market + Main Street Recreation Center Playground (4-minute drive)
Blackberry Market’s cafe serves gourmet foods made by hand, including a $5 munchkins menu of meals served with fresh fruit and carrot dippers. (They also have another location in La Grange). 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.
Wheaton: My Half of the Sky + Northside Park (4-minute drive)
My Half of the Sky sells coffee, baked goods, and ethically produced accessories to support its mission of alleviating poverty and empowering refugees and human trafficking survivors. A wheelchair lift offers better accessibility into the shop, which is in the heart of downtown Wheaton. From there, you’re a short drive from Northside Park, set amidst the Lincoln Marsh Waterway and featuring a zipline, tree house playground, and more. It’s one of our picks for best Chicago playgrounds!
Elmhurst: Brewpoint Coffee + Wilder Park (6-minute drive)
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!
Downers Grove: Mud and Char + Owen’s Playground (6-minute drive)
Serving great photos for your next Instagram shot of a coffee house, Mud and Char, fairly new to Downers Grove, serves made to order coffees, power bowls to keep you going and more. A short drive will bring you to one of my favorite playgrounds in the area: Owen’s playground for kids of all abilities. Read on to learn why this playground was created, bring your kids, and let them shine!
Oak Brook: Steam Coffee Co + The Sandlot (6-minute drive)
According to the owners, Steam Coffee’s theme is 1920-30’s industrial, a nod to the City of Big Shoulders. The honey cinnamon latte is a personal favorite! A short drive will take you to the Sandlot. I love this gated playground with the spongy surface, slides , zip lines, sensory panels and lots of shaded areas. Definitely in my top 10 of playgrounds in Chicagoland.
This is an extensive list to get you started, but if there’s one thing Chicago suburbs surprises us with, it’s the continuous pop up of new businesses! Share the new spots you love with us.
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