Find Family Thrills at Chicagoland’s Outdoor Amusement Parks

Summer is (FINALLY!) upon us, and outdoor amusement parks are a great way to get the family together to create some magical memories! Whether a seasoned thrill-seeker or enjoying rides for the first time, your child will love a day spent on roller coasters, bumper cars, and more. Here is a list of all the Chicagoland outdoor amusement parks. Please check their websites for special events, pricing, and hours.

Chicagoland Outdoor Amusement Parks

Onesti’s Wild West Town
8512 South Union Road
Union, IL 60180
(815) 923-9000
The park is open through October. Check the homepage for hours and operating schedule.

This park is just like walking into an old West town! Kids will experience panning for gold, pony rides, archery, lazy canoes, roping, hand carts, a small roller coaster, practicing with sling shots, a stunt show, and more! The park is geared for children ages 3-12. Click here for admission rates and to purchase tickets online. Read our review of Onesti’s Wild West Town (formerly called Donley’s Wild West Town) for more details and photos.

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Haunted Trails Burbank
7759 Harlem Avenue
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 598-8580
The outdoor park is open daily, with slightly longer hours in the summer months. Click here for hours and special events.

Haunted Trails is a not-so-scary Halloween themed park with as much to do outside as there is inside! The outdoor park offers mini-golf, go-karts, jr. karts, batting cages, and a few other small rides. Inside is an arcade arena with plenty of ways to win prizes. Admission and parking are free, but all attractions are pay-as-you-play.

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Haunted Trails Joliet
1423 N. Broadway Street (Route 53)
Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 722-7800
The outdoor park is open daily, with slightly longer hours in the summer months. Click here for hours and special events.

The Joliet location offers similar attractions to the Burbank location, with the addition of a speedway, tornado ride, second mini-arcade, and laser tag. Admission and parking are free, but all attractions are pay-as-you-play.

Hollywood Park
5051 Cal Sag Road
Crestwood, IL 60445
(708) 389-7275
Outdoor attractions hours vary by season. Check here for daily hours.

This park offers as much fun outside as it does inside! The outdoor attractions include a mini-golf course, a giant slide, thunder drop, a go-kart track. Indoors there is a two-story arcade, mini-bowling, and bumper cars. Guests 13 and over can take a turn at axe throwing. Admission and parking are free. Attractions are pay-as-you-play.

0S. 480 Route 83
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 530-1313
Check the home page for daily hours and schedule.

This family-friendly spot features go-karts, batting cages, mini-golf, and water balloon launching game. All attractions are pay-as-you-play.

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Odyssey Fun World
19111 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 429-3800
Outdoor attractions run Memorial Day through Labor Day only. Check the home page for hours, special events and pricing.

In addition to an indoor arcade, laser tag, and roller coaster, the Tinley Park location offers outdoor fun including zip lines, bumper boats, bumper cars, batting cages, mini-golf, go-karts, inflatables and more. Click here for pricing information.

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Pirates’ Cove
901 Leicester Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 439-2683
This park opens Memorial Day weekend through September 8.  Click here for hours and special events.

Specially designed for children ages one through nine, this park is a perfect way to introduce your child to amusement parks with a manageable layout and design. Pirate’s Cove offers pirate themed paddle boats, carousel, Castle of Camelot playground, a bounce house, a giant slide, 20-foot climbing wall, a pirate ship ride, and the Safari Express train. All attractions are included with admission.

Santa’s Village Azoosment Park
601 Dundee Avenue
East Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 426-6751
The park is open May through October. Click here for hours, operating schedule, and special events.

This is a huge park which offers more than two dozen rides specifically geared for the under 10 crowd, lots of animals and animal encounters throughout the park, and of course, SANTA! All attractions and shows are included with admission. New for 2019 is a Dining Pass for season passholders. Check Groupon for discounted admission.

Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 249-1776
The water park is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Click here for daily hours and operating schedule for the amusement park.

Six Flags is a huge park, and with the water park could easily be a weekend getaway for the family. The park boasts more than a dozen roller coasters, children’s area, parades, shows, and sometimes fireworks. Check here for admission prices as well as information on annual passes if you plan to go frequently.

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Sugar Grove Family Fun Center
9S. 825 State Route 47
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 466-3866
Check the homepage for daily hours and operating schedule.

This amusement park’s attractions include two go-kart tracks, mini-golf, bumper boats, water wars, an indoor game room, a lighted golf range, and more. Click here for attraction pricing.

Which of these is your family’s favorite? Comment below! Planning a day at one of the parks listed? Please tag us in your Facebook and Instagram photos with #mykidlist so we can join in on your family fun! Then, find more ideas for outdoor family fun.

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her 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.

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