Chicago swimming pool guide

Ready to try on that new bathing suit? Splash into our list of the best Chicago pools for swimming, diving and relaxing this summer

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Perfect your stroke next to the hotties at Holstein Park.

Perfect your stroke next to the hotties at Holstein Park.

Sometimes a trip to the beach just isn't in the cards, but when it's scorching hot outside you still need to find a way to cool off. Thankfully, Chicago is full of public pools where you can take a dip without heading for the shore. Whether you're trying to locate a lane to swim laps in or just trying to show off your summer tan, there's a swimming hole in the city for you. Throw on your bathing suit, grab a towel and find a place to perfect your "cannonball!" with our list of the best Chicago swimming pools.


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Altgeld Park

Head to this West Side pool to splash around as you observe vehicles driving in and out of the city on the scenic Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway. Amenities: ADA Lift, Zero Depth Entry/Ramp, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 515 S Washtenaw Ave, (at Congress Pkwy)
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Armour Square Park

Located just north of Cellular Field, the pool at Armour Square Park provides the perfect opportunity to cool down after an exciting ballgame. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers Locker Rooms

  1. 3309 S Shields Ave, (at 33rd St)
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Avalon Park

Public pools with water slides are few and far between, but a trip down to Avalon Park will allow to try one of the handful that exist in the city. Amenities: Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 1215 E 83rd St, (at Woodlawn Ave)
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California Park

The 50-yard, six-lane pool at California Park holds lap swim seven days a week. The park's staff even haul out kickboards, pull buoys and a pace clock. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 3843 N California Ave, (Grace St)
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Chase Park

This Upwtown swimming hole is a great place to cool off on a hot day and offers views of intense matches taking place on the adjacent tennis courts. Amenities: ADA Lift, Zero Depth Entry/Ramp, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 4701 N Ashland Ave, (at Leland Ave)
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Columbus Park

Situated in the spacious Columbus Park on the West Side, this pool is big enough to acomodate a crowd of swimmers and is deep enough (11 feet) for divers. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 500 S Central Ave, (at Congress Pkwy)
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Douglas Park

There are plenty of things to see and do in the spacious Douglas Park, but we recommend hitting the pool, which you'll find directly next to the fieldhouse. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 2800 W Roosevelt Rd
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Dvorak Park

Pilsen residents flock to this park to celebrate Mexican Independence Day and Fiesta Del Sol. You'll want to get to the pool to celebrate the beginning, middle and end of summer. Amenities: ADA Lift, Zero Depth Entry/Ramp, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 1119 W Cullerton St, (between Carpenter and May Sts)
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Franklin Park

This North Lawndale pool is large enough for swimming laps or splashing around with the kids on a hot summer day. Amenities: Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 4320 W. 15th Street
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Fuller Park

Fuller Park may look like a fancy estate, but its facilities are open to the public. That include the pool, which is located next to the spaceous baseball field. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 331 W 45th St, (at Princeton Ave)
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Garfield Park

It's entirely possible to spend a day in Garfield Park without noticing that there's a pool nearby. Once you're done walking through the conservatory, head for the gold-domed field house, where you'll find one of the city's most tucked-away swimming spots. Amenities: Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 100 N Central Park Ave, (at Washington Blvd)
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Hamlin Park

Located near Roscoe Village, the Hamlin Park pool is one of our favorite places for a quiet swim on the North Side. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 3035 N Hoyne Ave, (between Wellington and Barry Aves)
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Holstein Park

Single folks: Ditch the pickup joints, slap on some self-tanner and head to Holstein Park. Its 25-yard pool is a magnet for Bucktown singles. Amenities: ADA Lift, Zero Depth Entry/Ramp, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 2200 N Oakley Ave, (at Lyndale Ave)
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Humboldt Park

You might be tempted to take a dip in one of Humboldt Park's lagoons, but you'll miss out on the water slide—the most popular feature of this park's pool.  Amenities: Water Slide, ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 1400 N Sacramento Ave, (at North Ave)
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Jefferson Memorial Park

Hop off the Blue Line at the Jefferson Park Transit Center and you're just a block away from this community pool, where you can swim off the calories after a visit to Superdawg or Leadbelly. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Room

  1. 4822 N Long Ave
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McKinley Park

Opened in 1902, McKinley Park was created to introduce some breathing room to overcrowded neighborhoods with no parks.The nicely landscaped park has a 30-meter, unheated pool and a separate water playground for kids. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 2210 W Pershing Rd, (between Western Blvd and Damen Ave)
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Norwood Park

The only thing that trumps a Slip ’N Slide for summertime fun is a real live water slide. And we don’t mean a wimpy, five-foot wobbly wanna-be. We’re talking a full-fledged winding slide with sharp turns—one so high, you have to ascend a flight of stairs to get on board. Amenities: Water Slide, ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 5801 N Natoma Ave, (at Ardmore Ave)
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Portage Park

Portage Park houses an Olympic-size pool so cush it played host to the 1972 Olympic swimming trials. The pool’s best feature is its 25-meter diving well, home to a diving platform so high you’ll have to reposition your swimsuit before you exit the water. Amenities: Water Playground, ADA Stairs, ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 4100 N Long Ave, (at Irving Park Rd)
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Pulaski Park

Located near Wicker Park and Bucktown, this 30-meter public pool is a popular destination for kids (and their guardians) during the hot summer months. Amenities: ADA Lift, Zero Depth Entry/Ramp, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 1419 W Blackhawk St, (between Noble and Cleaver Sts)
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Rehm Park

Take the kids to this Oak Park pool and enjoy a separate wading pool, a multi-level spray play feature, a diving well with drop slides, one meter diving boards, and a 5 meter diving tower. Amenities: ADA Lift, Zero Depth Entry/Ramp, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 515 Garfield St, 60304
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River Park

River Park's 30-meter unheated pool, a favorite with lap swimmers, features a diving well, a water playground for kids and ample deck space with umbrella-covered tables. Amenities: ADA Stairs, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 5100 N Francisco Ave, (at Foster Ave)
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Sherman Park

The majority of Sherman Park is an island in the middle of the city, surrounded by an artificial river. The park's pool can be found on the north side of the park, and you won't have to swim across a channel to get to it. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 1301 W 52nd St, (at Throop St)
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Smith Park

Visitors to this West Town park can take a few laps around the soccer pitch before diving into Smith Park's ample 25-yard pool. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 2526 W Grand Ave, (between Campbell Ave and Rockwell St)
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Union Park

Want to take a lunchtime dip? Union Park is less than ten minutes away from the Loop on the Green Line. You’ll be in the water by 12:15pm, which leaves you more than a half hour for aquatic horseplay before you have to head back to the office. Amenities: ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 1501 W Randolph St, (between Ogden Ave and Justine St)
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Washington Park

A park this grand deserves an exceptional pool. How about a 50-meter heated pool surrounded by an enormous deck, complete with stadium seating. Connected to the main pool is a kidney-shaped side pool with a zero-depth entrance that gradually gets deeper. Amenities: Water Slide, ADA Lift, Showers, Locker Rooms

  1. 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive, 60637
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