Playgrounds in Chicago

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Playgrounds in Chicago

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  • Deidre P
    37 contributions
    Love the park, has a wonderful time walking through it and seeing all of what Chicago has to offer as I walked the loop and enjoyed the places I saw along the way.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • Irina
    United States9,939 contributions
    Lake Shore East Park is beautiful -- from its vast, green center lawn and cozy shaded alleys with benches and unpretentious-looking fountains to beautiful trees and flowers and tall, slim skyscrapers around it. The park is public, dog-friendly (there's even a separate fenced dog park in this area), excellently maintained, and overall, has a very modern, charming, friendly feel about it.

    Master-planned as the part of the Lakeshore East urban development on about 5 acres of land, the park opened in 2005. The park is actually an inseparable part of this residential area, and it is surrounded by the buildings, that are either luxury condominium skyscrapers, or high-end apartment high-rises, or fascinating townhouses. Some of the skyscrapers are a combination of residencies, businesses and hotels, as for instance, Aqua Tower (also Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel) and St. Regis Chicago Hotel (also a condominium building).

    Lake Shore East Park is so perfectly located in this big city, that it is only several minutes walk from it to many other attractions in the area -- Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Lake Michigan, Lake Shore Drive and Lake Shore Trail, Navy Pier, Chicago River and Chicago River Walk, Magnificent Mile.

    I've been to Lake Shore East Park many times -- and plan to be back any time soon.

    It is a gorgeous, beautiful city park to visit and to relax.
    Written 11 August 2021
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  • Lincoln D
    Pearl, MS60 contributions
    I grew up in Chicago until I was 12 years. I left the West Rogers Park neighborhood in 1974, when my family moved to Southern California. I have very fond memories of Indian Boundary Park. We would go there all the time as children, since it was only 4 or 5 blocks from our house. We would see the animals that were there. Feed the ducks and the deer. Run around the park with our friends. Ride our bikes there. I visited there recently on a business trip to Chicago. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories. What great parks Chicago has. Indian Boundary Park has a lot of memories. My dad passed away in 1997 at the age of 84. He lived in this neighborhood for a majority of his life. His family moved up to Rogers Park from the South Side when he was a small child. I remember him telling me that he fell thru the ice on the pond at Indian Boundary Park ice skating as a child and almost drowned until someone pulled him out. Like a said, a lot of memories.
    Written 18 September 2018
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  • franc
    2 contributions
    Yes, the Douglas Park is a pretty dangerous park to visit. There are too many gang members dealing drugs on the streets and feral teens prowling around the park. If you decide to visit the park, make sure you go early in the morning and with a group of friends. It’s never a good idea to venture into the Douglas Park alone. Just saying, you know.
    Written 8 November 2020
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  • Diane K
    Venice, FL3,692 contributions
    We walk by and through this park on our way to breakfast. It has nice paths through it where you can observe the peaceful greenery. It also has a play area for kids.
    Written 12 January 2020
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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL29,714 contributions
    We were looking for something to do in the afternoon, before we took my 4 year old granddaughter home. She had scraped her knee and didn't want to do some of the bouncey or trampoline places, so, we came upon Mini City on 21. It is not warehouse-size huge, but there is plenty of room for play areas, a couple of party rooms, The play area consists of several pretend businesses, i.e. vet, cafe, fire house, store and more. There i s a medium-sized tube slide, a ball pit and even a toddler-sized climbing wall. There are two party rooms and they also have snacks. The play area is secure and fenced off. Parents or guardians are permitted in the play area to observe the tots, but you have to remove your shoes, and you must have socks. If you don't have socks, they have pairs for $2.00. But you can sit outside the play area and you will have a pretty clear and unobstructed view of the play area. The have party packages and have classes for art and more. The charge is only $10 for an unlimited time for the child and there is no charge for the parent or guardian to sit and watch. The staff was very friendly and personable. For us, this could be our go-to place if we run out of adventures for the kids.
    Written 6 December 2019
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  • Annaline
    Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
    I visited this park during my lunch. I was surprised how nice it was and how deserted it was. It was a very hot day (about 80 degree) and there was 5 people in the park. Or maybe 5 cars and 10 people (including only one small child). I wonder why it was so deserted? Because it is very nice. It is like a lagoon with several bridges crossing it to get to the sport fields on the central island. A lot of trees and shadows. Very large swimming pool! Tennis courts, Running truck. Basketball courts. Also A field house. There is also a library located on the south side of it. I will come back here for sure. I only hope they clean it more often because (especially the island) it is kind of filthy in some areas.
    This park was especially important to Burnham (the architect) because it was named for his father-in-law, John B. Sherman, the founder of Chicago's Union Stock Yards.
    Written 16 June 2016
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  • beachcruizer77
    Stoughton, WI367 contributions
    A nice clean little park in the middle of the neighborhood with well kept grounds. I'm not sure If go out of my way to come here but if your in the neighborhood, stop by
    Written 18 October 2019
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  • Andrews_Mommy
    Arlington, VA236 contributions
    If you're visiting Chicago with young children this is a MUST VISIT. Kids can run around and play in this play place and parents can relax. We discovered this place by accident while visiting and ended up spending at least 3 hours there every day of our 5 day visit. Staff very friendly. Really a great place for kids to play and parents to play with them or unwind. The staff even gave us take out menus and we had dinner delivered a few times from places in the neighborhood and ate in their "eating area." They have several large indoor slides, a kitchen, a dress up area and many more things to do. Can't remember it all. My son keeps asking when we're going back.
    Written 26 January 2012
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  • Monash196
    Melbourne, Australia110 contributions
    We visited whilst on vacation from Australia. The temperature difference between Chicago and home was around 110°F so our 18 month old definitely felt the cold whilst outside. After being stuck inside for so long it was wonderful to be able to let him play for a few hours at this great centre. The staff were very polite and helpful. $12 for single day entry to stay as long as you want. There are two floors of play equipment including a toy kitchen, slide, and jumping castle, amongst many other things. Change and bathroom facilities were clean. Our son had a fantastic time and we would definitely return.
    Written 20 January 2016
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