The Best Places to Go Sledding (with tips from local parents!)

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The western suburbs have an amazing variety of sledding hills, and we’re here to help you find one just right for your family. (Need a guaranteed nap later? Any parent of young children can tell you that there is no scene more serene than kids after a long sledding session outside in the elements. I’m just saying.) Most locations will be open with at least two inches of snow accumulation, and some spots have lighting for evening sledding. Pour yourself a tumbler of hot chocolate, throw the sleds in the car, and let’s go!

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Map of the Best Sledding Hills Near Chicago

Where To Go Sledding in the Western Suburbs

Aurora Sledding Hills

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.

Phillips Park Zoo
1000 Ray Moses Drive
Aurora, IL 60505
All animal lovers report to the Phillips Park Zoo and enjoy a side of sledding fun!

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. Needs 4″ of snowfall to operate.

Bloomingdale Sledding Hill

Westlake Park
307 Edgewater Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Bolingbrook Sledding hills

There’s a big sledding hill across from Rocket Ice Arena. Kidlist reader 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.” Thanks, Carla!

The hill behind Town Center (click here for details) is suggested for older children, while smaller/younger sledders should head to Bulldog Park (351 Blair Lane) which is across from Town Center.

Burr Ridge Sledding Hill

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

Carol Stream Sledding Hills

Armstrong Park
391 Illini Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Weeks Park
1N170 Morse Street
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Clarendon Hills Sledding 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 Sledding Hill

Mark DeLay School
6801 Wilmette Avenue
Darien, IL 60561
Behind the school, next to the circle drive and parking lot, there are small hills good for little ones.

Downers Grove Sledding Hills

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

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

Elmhurst Sledding Hills

Elmhurst has three sledding hills with lights that turn on around 4:00 pm and off at 11:00 pm. General sledding information can be found here, but you can also access each park at the specific links below.

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 Sledding Hill

Fabyan Forest Preserve Windmill Hill
1500 Crissey Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134
The windmill sits up on a hill that is great for sledding and picturesque.

Glen Ellyn Sledding Hills

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

Hinsdale Sledding Hill

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 Sledding Hill

Memorial Park
132 Oak Avenue
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Lisle Sledding Hills

Community Park Sled Hill
1800 Short Street (adjacent to Lisle High School)
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.” The Lisle Park District website notes that this hill has a softer slope than the hill near the high school.

Lombard Sledding Hills

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

Sunset Knoll Park
820 S. Finley Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Four Seasons Park
Finley Road and 16th Street
Lombard, IL 60148

Naperville Sledding Hills

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

Wolf’s Crossing Community Park
3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road
Naperville, IL 60564
Click here to read Katie’s review about this fun park that opened in 2020!

North Riverside Sledding Hill

Commons Park
2401 DesPlaines Avenue
North Riverside, IL 60546
Behind the Village Commons building

Oak Brook Sledding Hill

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Sledding hill next to Oak Brook Library

600 Oak Brook Road (next to the Oak Brook Library)
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Fun sledding hill! Depending on the snow quality, you’ll want to be careful your kids don’t slide across a side road that goes in front of the library.

Sledding Hill at Oak Brook Park District

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 in addition to an ice skating rink if you want to bring your skates too. The hill is pretty steep, which is great for elementary school-age kids and up, and has a rope to help you climb to the top.

Oak Park Sledding Hill

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

River Forest Sledding Hill

Keystone Park West
500 Park Avenue
River Forest, IL 6030

St. Charles Sledding Hills

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

Timber Trails Park
North End of 17th Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Villa Park Sledding Hills

North Elementary School Park
700 N. Harvard
Villa ParkIL60181

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

Westchester Sledding Hill

Westchester Woods Sledding Hill
Westchester Woods Sledding Hill

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.

Western Springs Sledding Hill

Sledding at Spring Rock Park in 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.

Westmont Sledding Hill

Sledding Hill at Ty Warner Park

Ty Warner Park
800 North Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559
This local favorite is fast and fun with plenty of sidewalk area at the “foot” of the hill for parents to observe. On busy days, this is probably a better hill for kids above age 8 as it tends to ice over quickly and ramp/jump building is unmonitored.

Wheaton Sledding Hill

Northside Park
1300 North West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

Willow Springs Sledding Hill

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Pioneer Woods Sledding Hill in 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.

Winfield Sledding Hill

Wynwood Fields
0S060 Wynwood Rd
Winfield, IL

Woodridge Sledding Hill

Town Centre
A new sled hill is coming just west of Jefferson Jr. High School. Construction began in summer 2019, and is now complete!

Slightly Further Away but Worth Mentioning . . .

Swallow Cliff Woods North
South La Grange Rd, South of 119th St near Palos Park
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.

Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve
41W600 Hughes Road in Elburn
Locals describe this hill as “awesome,” and “worth the extra few minute drive.” I know where MY family is headed this winter!

Oswegoland Park District
Oswego has a surprisingly large offering when it comes to sledding. We would love to hear from anyone who visits!

Tubing Hills

Villa Olivia (Bartlett)
Tickets are sold as first come first served, by availability, and are time stamped for two hours. Due to its popularity, Snow Tubing may have a wait or it can possibly sell out for the day.  Call 630-289-1000 before you head out to see if there will be a wait as the wait time can change very quickly.

Blackwell Forest Preserve
North side of Butterfield Road, 0.25 mile west of Winfield Road in Warrenville
An incredible tubing experience is right around the corner, at this county-run park with so much to enjoy!
Click here for more information on this adventurous alternative to sledding, including facility photos and “day of” tips and tricks.

Looking for more snow tubing and tobogganing options? Head to our article: Where to Snow Tube and Toboggan in Chicagoland.


As you have winter adventures, let us know what you tried and enjoyed! We love to hear feedback in the comments. Not a fan of downhill speed and snow up your sleeves and down your back? We got you! There’s more suburban outdoor fun just waiting for you.

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

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  • Harris Forest Preserve in Yorkville has a huge hill, but it’s a bit rowdy for the little kids. For them in Oswego, you can park by the Home Depot and sled on the little hill right next door at the gold course. Not sure if the golf course is ok with that, but people take toddlers there to sled lol.

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