With the promise of hot temperatures just around the corner, you might be wondering where you and the kids can cool off in the Chicago area this summer. Instead of trying to befriend the only family with a swimming pool on your block, consider heading to a public swimming pool instead. If you plan to spend most of the summer poolside, then you may want to look into purchasing a season pass to a pool near your home. To find one near you, consider checking out the following five outdoor public swimming pools in the Chicago area. For an additional list of public swimming pools, check out this article.
6258 W. 62nd St.
Chicago IL 60638
For parents with small children, a trip to Hale Park in the Chicago Park District is in order. The park, located in Chicago's Clearing neighborhood, features a water spray area complete with a small slide, tire swing and splash zones. Older children will enjoy playing in Hale Park's outdoor swimming pool, and you can sign up your child for swimming lessons. The swimming pool has a lift to allow accessibility. The park also has picnic groves, a baseball field and tennis courts, so you can plan a full day outdoors with your family and friends.
Hidden Creek AquaPark
1220 Fredrickson Place
Highland Park, IL 60035
What thrill seeker doesn't enjoy winding down a water slide? At Hidden Creek AquaPark at the Park District of Highland Park, swimmers can zip down two water slides and impress their friends with dives off the diving board. If swimming laps is more your style, check out Hidden Creek's pool with six lanes. Little kids will also enjoy the water playground and sand area at the pool. The pool has a zero-depth entry, making it easier for parents to enter the pool with a small child. You and your family can also relax in between laps on the lounge chairs. After a long afternoon in the pool, grab some snacks at the concession stand.
958 N. Sacramento Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Splash and slide in style at the pool in the Chicago Park District's Humboldt Park. The pool features a water slide so you can make a splash. The outdoor pool also has an ADA lift. Does your child need to learn how to swim? You can contact the Chicago Park District for more information on swimming lessons. You and your family can have a snack after a day of swimming from the nearby concession stand. After a dip in the pool, make time to explore Humboldt Park's other amenities, including the beach, garden, fitness center and lagoon. The pool will reopen in June 2014.
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5801 N. Natoma Ave.
Chicago IL 60631
Located in the city's northwest side, Norwood Park in the Chicago Park District has just what you need for a fun day at the pool with friends and family. The outdoor pool features a fun water slide that will delight children of all ages, and a lap swimming pool for those who want to squeeze in an aquatic workout. Don't forget to sign up your little one for swimming lessons. Norwood Park offers other activities beyond the swimming pool, including a soccer field, an outdoor gravel track and a spot for inline skating.
515 Garfield St.
Oak Park, IL 60304
If you're in the Oak Park area, consider cooling off this summer at Rehm Pool at the Park District of Oak Park. Whether you want to swim laps or play with your kids at the spray play area, the park has numerous features for fun this summer. You can also practice your dive off the pool's diving tower, and go for a trip down the drop slides. Rehm Pool also has zero-depth entry and an ADA lift, and it features family changing areas. You can also grab a snack at the Rehm Pool's concession stand.
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