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 Real & Pretend Trains: Rutherford Sayre Playground

Choo-choo! All aboard this playground known for its train-shaped climbing structure with a view of the nearby Metra, making it a must for any train enthusiasts. There are two traditional climbing structures suitable for all ages, plentiful swings and a water sprayer. Don't miss the pavement loop around the larger park, perfect for bike and scooter riding.

6871 W. Belden Ave., just south of W. Grand Ave. and west of N. Oak Park Ave. in the Montclare neighborhood. Get park info online at

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— Mistie Lucht

Photos: Playground Pointers & Chicago Park District