Grab Your Sled and Find the Best Place to Go Sledding in the Western Suburbs

The first snowfall of the season (on Halloween!) got us excited for winter fun, and what’s more exciting than sledding? My 6- and 4-year-olds have never been sledding, and they’re excited to give it a try this year. Grab your snow gear and head to one of these local sledding hills. Most locations will be open with at least two inches of snow accumulation, and some spots have lighting, so the fun doesn’t have to stop at sunset.

Try a new sledding hill and let us know what ages you think it’s good for! We would love to add your comments.

Where To Go Sledding in the Western Suburbs

Aurora

Lincoln Park
259 S. Russell Avenue
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Slower hill, which makes it better for younger children.

McCullough Park
501 N Lake Street
Aurora, IL 60506
Sled right along the Fox River.

Waubonsie Lake Park
9S080 Kautz Road
Aurora, IL 60504
Moderate hill for those beginners who are up for a challenge!

Oakhurst Forest Preserve
1680 5th Avenue
Aurora, IL 60504
The steepest of the hills in Aurora.

Bloomingdale

Westlake Park
307 Edgewater Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Bolingbrook

There’s a big sledding hill across from Rocket Ice Arena. Kidlist read, Carla K recommends this hill for ages 8 years and up. “It’s super fast and when you get to the bottom you need to run.”

Burr Ridge

Trinity Lutheran School
11503 German Church Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Carol Stream

Armstrong Park
391 Illini Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Weeks Park
1N170 Morse Street
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Clarendon Hills

Park Avenue Park
421 Park Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

Prospect Park
Behind Clarendon Hills Park District
315 Chicago Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

Darien

Mark DeLay School
7414 S Cass Avenue
Darien, IL 60561

Downers Grove

Concord Square Park
Springside and Concord Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60516

Ebersold Park
5923 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516

Gilbert Park
1500 Gilbert Road
Downers Grove, IL 60516

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O’Brien Park
6909 S. Dunham Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60516

Elmhurst

Elmhurst has three sledding hills with lights that turn on around 4:00 pm:

Berens Park
493 Oak Lawn Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Crestview Park
245 E. Crestview Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Eldridge Park
363 Commonwealth Lane
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Elmhurst also has an accessible, junior hill located at:

Ben Allison Park
444 S. West Avenue
ElmhurstIL 60126

Geneva

Fabyan Forest Preserve
1925 S Batavia Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134
Sled hill is open until 9:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays.

Glen Ellyn

Newton Park
707 Fairview Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Sledding is unsupervised, and only allowed during daylight hours.

Hinsdale

Katherine Legge Memorial Park
5901 S. County Line Road
Hinsdale, IL 60521

You can also sled behind Madison School (601 S. Madison Street). It’s a little steep, but great because there aren’t any obstructions on the way down and it is completely clear at the bottom so you don’t have to worry about running into anything.

La Grange Park

Memorial Park
132 Oak Avenue
La Grange Park, IL 60526
Both a Toboggan slide and sledding hill!

Lisle

Lisle High School
1800 Short Street
Lisle, IL 60532
Larger and steeper of the two hills in Lisle.

Kingston Park
5601 Kingston Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532
Kidlist reader, Carol C. recommends this hill for ages 4 and up. “Not crowded.”

Sunset Knoll, Lombard | photo courtesy of Jason Unger, local parent

Lombard

Sunset Knoll Park
820 S. Finley Road
Lombard, IL 60148
Stay up-to-date on the park district’s Rainout line to see when sledding hills are open!

Naperville

Arrowhead Park
711 Iroquois Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563

Brook Crossings
1015 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564

Country Lakes Park
1835 North Aurora Road
Naperville, IL 60563

Gartner Park
524 W. Gartner Road
Naperville, IL 60540

May Watts Park
804 S. Whispering Hills Drive
Naperville, IL 60540

Riverwalk Sled Hill at Rotary Hill
440 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Lighted sled hill with Riverwalk Cafe open during select hours. The hill closes at 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Sledding hill next to Oak Brook Library

Oak Brook

Next to the Oak Brook Library
600 Oak Brook Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Fun sledding hill! Depending on the snow quality it’s possible that your kids could slide across a side road that goes in front of the library, so be cautious.

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Oak Brook Park District
1450 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Located in Central Park West, this sledding hill was renovated in 2018 and has ample parking nearby.

Oak Park

Barrie Park
1011 S Lombard Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304
Stairs to get to the top.

Taylor Park
400 W Division Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Orland Park

Centennial Park
15600 West Avenue & Fun Drive
Orland Park, IL 60462
Free sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing throughout the winter months. There is also a warming shelter and weekly bonfires.

Marley Creek Park
18100 Marley Creek Blvd
Orland Park, IL 60467

Schussler Park
14609 Poplar Road
Orland Park, IL 60462

Century Junior High School
10801 West 159th Street
Orland Park, IL

River Forest

Keystone Park West
500 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
This unsupervised sled hill is open from sunrise to sunset.

St. Charles

Langum Park
7th Avenue and Madison Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174

Timber Trails Park
North End of 17th Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Sled hills are open until 9:00 pm, but there are no lights at either hill.

Villa Park

North Elementary School Park
700 N. Harvard
Villa ParkIL60181

Jackson Middle School Fields
301 West Jackson Street
Villa Park, IL 60181

Westchester Woods Sledding Hill
Westchester Woods Sledding Hill

Westchester

Westchester Woods
10159 Cermak Road
Westchester, IL 60154
There is a small parking area near the overpass and the sledding hill features a walking path up the side. Great hill for multiple age groups. There is a path for walking up the hill to the side of the sledding area for safety. The hill is pretty long with bales of hay at the end for extra safety. There is a small gravel parking area under the bridge at the base of the hill.

Sledding at Spring Rock Park in Western Springs

Western Springs

Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
This park has two areas that are good for sledding, a gradual hill good for first time sledders right next to the parking lot (pictured above) and a short, steeper hill between an equipment building and the soccer fields, south of the parking lot.

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Westmont

Ty Warner Park
800 North Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559

Wheaton

Northside Park
1300 North West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

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Pioneer Woods Sledding Hill in Willow Springs

Willow Springs

Pioneer Woods
Flavin Road/Willow Springs Road between 95th and 107th Street
Willow Springs, IL 60480
This hill is long and gradual. It’s a nice ride down and a moderate walk up.

Woodridge

Town Centre
A new sled hill is coming just west of Jefferson Jr. High School. Construction began in summer 2019, and was slated to be completed this fall. Official opening of the sled hill is set for the 2020-2021 winter season.

Sledding hills a little further, but worth mentioning…

Swallow Cliff Woods North
Calumet Sag Rd/Route 83, west of LaGrange Road in Palos Park
(708) 839-5617
A popular sledding spot because it has a steep hill with stairs on the side that are used for exercise during the warmer months. The hill has lighting is open for sledding when there is 6 or more inches of snow. They recommend you call ahead.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 7:30 pm; Friday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm

Tubing Hill

Mount Hoy (Warrenville)
Blackwell Forest Preserve
Click here for more information on this adventurous alternative to sledding, including age requirements, hours, tube rental, and tips.


We would love to hear your comments and recommendations about the sledding hills above! Any insights to make a trip more fun? Don’t see your favorite spot listed? Share in the comments below. Or, find more outdoor fun throughout Chicagoland.

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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, her husband, and their 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.

1 Comment on "Grab Your Sled and Find the Best Place to Go Sledding in the Western Suburbs"

  1. Tubing Hill @ Villa Olivia in Barrington
    Any sledding hills in Batavia?
    TIA

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