Do you love the thrill of discovery? You’ll experience it — plus swings, slides and screams of delight — at hidden playlots in Chicago and beyond. There are so many secret gems tucked between buildings and nestled in quiet neighborhood pockets. It’s up to you to find them! We’re here to help. Flip through our album for secret places where your kiddos will run wild.

Park No. 399 – West Town

You know a park is a good secret when it just has a number, not a name! This gem is slightly south of North Avenue and west of Western Avenue. In fact, it's mere blocks from Humboldt Park ... but definitely not as busy. We like that it's small and newly renovated, with a slide and even a water sprayer for hot days.

1420 N. Artesian Ave.
West Town

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— Maria Chambers & Mistie Lucht


photos: courtesy of Playground Pointers