You have your favorite neighborhood playground. It’s close to home, the monkey bars are marked with your kiddo’s handprints, and the tube slide practically calls you by name. But did you know there are more than 500 playgrounds in Chicago? Just imagine what else there is to explore. Go beyond the norm and click through our album of hidden gem spots for new-to-you, non-stop fun.

For Big Bugs & Biking: Julia de Burgos Playground

Lovely and quiet, this oasis feels very removed from the city and the clamor that goes along with it. There are multiple climbing structures, all with a nature theme (imagine a giant spider web, spider and butterfly). The pretty mosaic bench is the perfect place for Mom or Dad to perch. You'll find it located adjacent to the Bloomingdale Trail, “Chicago’s next great park and trail system” according to the606.org.

1805 N. Albany St., at Bloomingdale (on the north side of the elevated track), one block east of Kedzie and between North and Armitage in the Logan Square neighborhood. Get info on this park online at chicagoparkdistrict.com.

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

— Mistie Lucht
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Photos: Playground Pointers & Chicago Park District