Babies might not old enough to monkey around — but that doesn’t mean they can’t get near the monkey bars. Parks across Chicago are meant for all ages to enjoy, and some are particularly equipped for infants. If you’re itching to enjoy fresh air and nature with your little bundle, flip through our photo album to discover the best baby-friendly parks in the city and beyond. Each offers something different, from shaded areas to stimulating colors to grassy slopes perfect for tummy time.
For tummy time: Millennium Park
Unfold your blanket and park it in the center of Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. The metal beams overhead provide limited shade, but this grassy area is a great place for your babe-in-arms to practice tummy time while listening to a sound check for the evening's performance. Also stroll through Lurie Garden, a tranquil slice of nature in the middle of the city; or cool down by Crown Fountain while hearing the lilt of laughter as kids play in the shallow water. Bonus: There are plenty of large, clean restrooms around. 201 E. Randolph St. (312-742-1168 or online at www.cityofchicago.org)
What is your favorite park to take your baby to? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Tabitha Green