Inside Info on “Playgrounds Near Me”: Your Guide to Parks and Playgrounds in the Chicago Suburbs

We love helping parents, grandparents, and caregivers find the answer to their search… Where are the best playgrounds near me?!

Nothing beats spending some time outside! And there definitely isn’t a shortage of parks and playgrounds in our area. No matter what age your kids are, you are sure to find great playgrounds for them to enjoy in our guides to the best parks and playgrounds.

Click on any of the category titles to get more info and see the full list.

Playgrounds are super fun and free, but if you want to check out everything there is to do around here, head to our Big Map of Things to Do with Kids.

part of Lester Community Park in Downers Grove, one of the playgrounds near me

All-Around Best Parks and Playgrounds Near Me

Kidlist readers came up with the best of the west! Our kids had a wonderful time checking out all of the parks, took photographs, and played around to try everything out.

New Playgrounds

Stay up to date with what’s going on and enjoy a brand-new playground in our area.

Best Parks for Toddlers

Get the inside info on the best playgrounds built for toddlers in the western suburbs.

Fenced-In Parks for Toddlers

Take your little ones to play without worrying about them taking off or running into the street before you can catch them.

Ninja Parks

These ninja challenge courses are great ways to test your strength, have fun, and get in a really good workout.

Skateboard Parks

This list makes it easy for you to venture to a city nearby or find a hometown spot to ride, slide or maybe even ollie.

Inclusive Playgrounds

ADA accessible swings, wheelchair access, equipment at ground level, and more! Kids of all ages and abilities can play together and have plenty to enjoy at these parks.

Best Mulch-Free Playgrounds

You are going to love these colorful, mulch-free playgrounds! Check out the fun rubbery and soft surfaces in our area.

Best Parks with Paved Walking Paths

Take a walk on these paved paths and stop to play at the playground. Photographs and descriptions of the parks are included in this one.

Walking Playground Tour in Oak Brook

Visit three different playgrounds as you walk along a peaceful, winding path. This article has a map and photos of each play area to enjoy.

Parks with Sand

Kids love sand. So whether you are seeking out parks with sand to please the kiddos and let their imagination run wild, or avoiding sand like the plague, you are going to want to check out this list.

Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas

Find out where you can bring your dog to let them off of their leash and dog parks to socialize your furry friend.

Playground Profiles

Click on the playgrounds below to get all the details, including photos, what you will find there, tips, the bathroom and parking situation, and more!

If you are interested in more ideas for outdoor activities, check out Outdoor Activities for Kids in the Western Suburbs. We also have guides for each age group and you might enjoy our Guide to Splash Pads and Spray Parks.

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