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 Shade & Serenity: Sedgwick Playground

This playground is so secret that it's not even on the Chicago Park District website or map! In fact, we couldn't even find an official name for it, so we coined it Sedgwick Playground. Kick it here on a hot summer day -- it's a great, shady escape when your usual hangout is too crowded. Older kids can tackle the advanced-level climbing structures, while younger ones like to romp on the faux rocks. Adjacent to the playground are two large metal horse statues; kids like to "feed" them leaves and sticks.

1800 N. Sedgwick, north of North between Menomonee and Wisconsin in Lincoln Park

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— Mistie Lucht
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Photos: Playground Pointers & Chicago Park District