Top sledding hills
Bring the fam to these happening slopes.
Tue Jan 29 2013
The lighted hill provides hours of fun, but if your kids crave more, there’s an ice skating rink here, too. Dawn–10pm. 1990 White St, Des Plaines (847-391-5700).
Soggy mittens and frosty temps can’t stop the fun at this Northwest Side hill—there’s a fire pit at the adjacent indoor warming center. 8am–10pm. 6380 W Devon Ave (800-870-3666).
With a lakefront view, this four-sided hill has a steep angle your daredevil tweens aren’t going to want to pass up. Just be sure to use the bathroom before you leave home, because there aren’t any nearby. Dawn–dusk. 601 W Montrose Ave (312-742-7726).
Dan Ryan Woods
This hidden gem is never too crowded, and it boasts a 200-foot-long slope. 8am–10pm. 87th St at Western Ave (800-870-3666).
Don’t grease up your sleds Clark Griswold style, or you may find yourself in the Chicago River, which lies adjacent to the park. Dawn–11pm. 630 N Kingsbury St (312-587-9245).
Henry C. Palmisano Nature Park
This garbage dump turned sledding hill, dubbed Mount Bridgeport by locals, prides itself on the magnificent southern view of Chicago’s skyline. Afterward, hop down the street to Jackalope Coffee (755 W 32nd St, 312-888-3468) to warm up over hot chocolate. Dawn–11pm. 2700 S Halsted St (312-747-6497).
The bowl-shaped valley at this suburban park means plenty of landing space to cruise. 5am–11pm. 1326 W Central Rd, Mount Prospect (847-577-3000).
With a 220-foot-long slope covered in faux flakes, this hill makes football the last thing on anyone’s mind. Open so long as there’s snow. Dawn–11pm. 425 E McFetridge Dr (312-235-7000).
Swallow Cliff Woods
An infamous spot for suburban thrill-seekers. It’s lit after the sun goes down, so the fun doesn’t need to end early. 8am–9pm. Rte 83 and Mannheim Rd, Palos Park (800-870-3666).
Make this park an all-day family adventure. Try out its kiddy slopes, go ice skating, and then muster up your courage for the big hills. Dawn–11pm. 6601 N Western Ave (773-262-6314).