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 great shade: Lawson Park

This tree-dappled paradise lies just north of Northwestern University’s campus. It's best known for harboring the colorful Noah’s Playground, a handicapped accessible play area designed for children with disabilities. Sprawl on the lawn or head to the picnic area in the southeast corner. The park is also adjacent to Lighthouse Beach if you want time to wiggle little toes in the sand. 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston (847-448-4311 or online at

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— Tabitha Green

Photos: Courtesy of Walter P on Yelp; Evanston Park District, Chicago Park District, Lawrence Y on Yelp, Illinois Office Tourism