Chicagoland Outdoor Amusement Parks Open for Summer 2021

Oh yes, summer is finally upon us, and there’s no better time to hang out in the sun with the family to create some magical memories at one of Chicagoland’s outdoor amusement parks! Whether they’re 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. Be sure to check the park website before you go for special events, pricing, and hours.

Outdoor Amusement Parks in Chicagoland

Haunted Trails Burbank
7759 Harlem Avenue
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 598-8580

Hailed as the year round “Halloween experience”, Haunted Trails is a not-so-scary themed park. The outdoor park offers mini-golf, go-karts, jr. karts, batting cages, and a few other small rides. Inside is an arcade arena with over 100 games, Admission and parking are free, but all attractions are pay-as-you-play.

Tip: On Wednesdays, all games are half-priced. Check their website for hours and special events.

Haunted Trails Joliet
1423 N. Broadway Street (Route 53)
Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 722-7800

14 acres of family fun. The outdoor park is open daily, with slightly longer hours in the summer months. 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.

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Tip: On Wednesdays, all games are half-priced after 3pm. Check their website for hours and special events.

In The Game Hollywood Park
5051 Cal Sag Road
Crestwood, IL 60445
(708) 389-7275

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+ can take a turn at axe throwing.

Admission and parking are free. Attractions are pay-as-you-play. Outdoor attractions hours vary by season.

Odyssey Fun World
19111 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 429-3800

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. Outdoor attractions run Memorial Day through Labor Day only.

Check the home page for hours, special events, and pricing information. As of May 2021, the jungle jam/obstacle course is still closed, so call for more information if you’re interested in that.

Pirates’ Cove
901 Leicester Road
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 439-2683

This park, which is recommended for ages 1-9, is open June through August. Check the website for hours and special events.

This park is a perfect way to introduce your child to amusement parks with a manageable layout and design and without the typical Disneyland Lines! 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.

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Santa’s Village Azoosment Park
601 Dundee Avenue
East Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 426-6751

The park is open May through October. Check the website 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.

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. Check the website for daily hours and operating schedule for the amusement park.

Six Flags is the biggest outdoor amusement park in Illinois with 45 rides and 17 roller coasters, 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 admission prices, as well as information on annual passes if you plan to go frequently.

Grady’s Family Fun Park
1501 Morrissey Dr.
Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 662-3332

This amusement park is family owned and operated.  The park offers a wide range of attractions for all ages from 10 kiddie rides, five adult rides, 16 bumper boats with water blasters, 16 bumper cars with laser tag, and one of the most popular attractions, NASCAR-themed go-karts.

Tip: Children must be 3 and above to be able to sit on rides.

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Sugar Grove Family Fun Center
9S. 825 State Route 47
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
(630) 466-3866

This amusement park in Kane County include two go-kart tracks, mini-golf, bumper boats, water wars, an indoor game room, a lighted golf range, and more. Check the website 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.

About the Author

Rita Barry
Rita cannot imagine a life without being on the go with her three year old twin boys. Living like tomorrow is your last day is what makes her passionate about creating fun memories with her family. She is always on the go and loves seeking out new places and adventures that are family friendly. She currently lives in Darien however grew up in Singapore and went to school in Australia. When it is cold, you will find Rita and her boys in various indoor playgrounds and when summer hits, they spend as much time outdoors at local playgrounds, events, parks and more. When she isn’t with her kids, Rita is busy juggling a full time job in the tech space and doing community work in pushing advocacy for women in tech.

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