Looking for a new playground stomping ground? Go north! Chicago’s North Shore has lots of options for sliding, swinging, climbing and running like the dickens. Whether you live “up north” or are looking for a day trip, flip through our album to discover the ultimate playgrounds. You’ll go bananas at everything from mega splash pads to all-natural wood gems.

Crestwood Park – Northbrook

With all-new playground equipment in 2013, this oasis is in sparkling shape. (Fun fact: The Northbrook Park District donated its old playground structures to the non-profit Kids Around the World, which shipped it to Uganda for needful children to enjoy.) While Mom and Dad get their blood pumping on the new exercise equipment -- a chest press, leg press and elliptical trainer -- kiddos have a heyday on three slides, a lookout tower, lily pad stools and an adaptive swing. There's a smaller playground set for toddlers, plus plenty of picnic space.

1824 Milton Ave.
Northbrook
847-291-2960
Online: nbparks.org

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— Kelly Aiglon