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 and 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. Parents especially love the beach-like gradual entry to the pool.

505 N. Springinsguth Rd.
Admission: $5/resident youth, $7/non-resident youth, $7/resident adult, $9/non-resident adult

Last year, we shared with you that Key Lime Cove in Gurnee was a great option to take a dive while the weather outside is frightful. Bad news is they closed this past Spring. Good news is Great Wolf Lodge, famous around these parts for their Wisconsin Dells location, took over the space and will be announcing their opening in 2018. So, keep your eyes glued to their website for updates.

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

— Maria Chambers and Amy Bizzari