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 stroller strolls: Ping Tom Memorial Park

Pull up a seat underneath the large pagoda-style archway. The eye-catching structure not only offers shade, but is the perfect place to see the comings and goings of a Chicago Water Taxi. The playground will keep older siblings busy. Wind down a visit with a walk on the extra-wide path along the Chicago River, from which you get an unobstructed southern view of the city skyline. 300 W. 19th St. (312-747-6515 or online at

What is your favorite park to take your baby to? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Tabitha Green

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