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 doggone fun: Coliseum Park

If there's a four-legged friend in your house, head to this South Loop winner. In the fenced-off leash area, your pup can wag his tail with new canine friends. Meanwhile, you and baby can frolic on the large padded play area complete with a train and car to work on those gross motor skills. Or stroll along the walkway and take in the view of the park's large archway columns. 1466 S. Wabash Ave. (312-328-0821 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