5 Playgrounds Picks & Features to Explore (no H2O)

Written by: Mistie Lucht

Chicago - Are you ready to explore & play outside?  There is no better way to kick off spring than a "trip" to a new Chicago Playground.  NOTE: Depending on your child, the weather, and your mood - these playgrounds do NOT have a water features to fenagle.

5 Spring Play(ground) Picks - the perfect way to play(ground) out those rainy day blues!  

#1. Portage Park Playground (4100 N Long Ave. (Central and W. Irving Park))

Check out: Canoe structures, “Kids Only” clubhouse and ample new climbing equipment for all ages.  Gardens, a pool, running/ walking paths, baseball diamonds and basketball courts make this a great spring or summer destination.

#2. Mary Bartelme Playground (115 S. Sangamon St (at Adams west of Halsted))

Check out: The MOST unique, amazing climbing structures in the city.  Enough said.

#3. Kosciuszko Playground (2732 N. Avers Ave. (at Pulaski and Diversey))

Check out: Beautiful playground and ample green space, as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball diamonds and walking and running paths.

#4. Cotton Tail Playground (Address:  44 W 15th St. (2 blocks south of Roosevelt and just west of State St.))

Check out:  View of the skyline from a southern angle, while your kids play on the all ages climbing structures, a pirate ship and in the huge sandbox.  Ample green space adds more outdoor playtime fun.

#5. Margate Playground (4921 N. Marine Drive (between Lawrence and Foster, just west of Lake Shore Drive))

Check out: Pretend “dock” with stone water creatures waiting on lily pads.  This spacious playground may possibly have the most climbing structures (for all ages) I have seen yet.  In additional there is a fieldhouse with a bathroom and ample green space to get all that pent up rainy day energy out.

Explore these playgrounds and hundreds more with the Playground Pointers iPhone/ iPad searchable app database.  With over 700 playgrounds and 3,500 photos (and growing) you can find just the perfect playground for your outdoor play needs and wants this spring!

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM