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

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

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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

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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

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Southwest Side

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

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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

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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

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West Side

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

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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

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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

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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

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