One of our favorite recipes for fun includes plenty of wide open spaces, a dash of wind, lots of sunshine, and of course, kids! Throw in a couple of kites and you’ve got the makings for a perfect day. From sandy stretches to awesome green spaces, flip through the album below to discover our picks for best places to throw caution to the wind.

Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park – Chicago, Il

Where is the best place to fly a kite in the Windy City? Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, of course! You can almost always see people pulling strings there, and the scenic lookout is home to the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival. When everyone is done, head for nearby Montrose Beach to cool off and have a picnic lunch.

Online: chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/lincolnpark

photo: Don Harder via flickr

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—Gabby Cullen