Lincoln Park and Lakeview are always hopping. And swinging. And sliding. And climbing. You get the idea — they have great playgrounds! If you live in the area or are looking for a great place to park-crawl for the day, these are the ones you really want to check out. Click through for the 411 on splash pads, spraygrounds, playlots and more.

Oz Park

Calling all munchkins: Follow the yellow brick road to Dorothy’s Playlot. It’s located on the west side of the park, near the Dorothy statue. The mostly wooden playground –– with slides, bridges and climbing –– is a shady oasis from the summer sun. The park is a delight for “Wizard of Oz” fans, with statues of the movie’s main characters spread throughout.

2021 N. Burling St. (312-742-7898 or

What is YOUR favorite playground in Lincoln Park or Lakeview? Let us know in the Comments!

— Kelly Aiglon, with additional reporting by Mistie Lucht & Selena Kohng