Urban myth: All playgrounds are created equal. Not true! Chicago and the ‘burbs have some that really go over the top to show you and your crew a good time. We’re talking unbelievable themes and play structures, plus cool add-ons like rope bridges, tire mazes and even faux Viking boats. Click through our album to discover local playgrounds that will stop you in your tracks.

Edwin C. “Bill” Berry Playground

At this playground, you can pretend to be an astronaut and climb great to heights. The curved metal structure and tall climbing wall (with 3 options for different levels) will make kids, and adults, feel as though they are climbing as high as skyscrapers, with great views of Lake Michigan. Hidden water features, access to bathrooms and a beach, make this a playtime imagination destination.

31st Street & Lakeshore Dr.
South Loop
No website available (it's that much of a hidden gem!)

Photo: Playground Pointers

What is your favorite playground in Chicago? Let us know in the Comments!

— Mistie Lucht

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Photos: courtesy of Playground Pointers; Adventure Playground photo courtesy of the Fox Valley Park District