The tropics have come to Chicago! Well, kinda. If you’re looking for humid temperatures, palm trees, beach chairs and water play, head to one of the region’s indoor waterparks. There are great options located a short drive from the city and many offer day passes. Click through our album to see which ones you should visit when you need an escape.

The Water Works – Schaumburg

Main Attraction: An aquatic playground in every sense of the word, Water Works is a great pit stop for families that don't want to trek out further for the big waterpark resorts. You can get a piece of everything here, from a kiddie area with tube slides and water chutes, to a diving pool, to a rapid water channel.

Thrill Factor: Climb to the top of a castle, where a red slide sends you on a plunge-tastic drop into the blue. It's steep -- but nothing a strong swimmer can't handle.

Family Appeal: The water playground is shallow, bubbly fun. Little ones won't be able to tear themselves away from the fountains that form a gurgling ridge on one side.

505 N. Springinsguth Rd.
Schaumburg
847-490-2505
Online: parkfun.com
Admission: youth/$5 for residents and $7 for non-residents; adult/$7 for residents and $9 for non-residents

  • The Water Works - Schaumburg
  • Grizzy Jack's Resort Grand Bear Falls Waterpark - Utica
  • Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park - Bolingbrook
  • Key Lime Cove - Gurnee
  • Arctic Splash - Wheeling
  • Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark - Lake Geneva

What is YOUR favorite indoor waterpark? Shout about it in the Comments!

— Amy Bizzari