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 all-around fun: Hamlin Park

This is the place to be if you want to cover a lot of ground. Start at the large field to practice tummy time. Meander to the playground next to the baseball diamond for the bucket swings. End at the field house, where you can sign up for one of the park's many parent-and-tot classes. If you’re looking for a cool-down, check out the outdoor swimming pool during designated family swimming hours. 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. (312-742-7785 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