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Best slides in the Chicago area

These parks and playgrounds take the humble slide to new levels.

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The Musical Slide at Chicago Children�s Museum chimes when kids go over mega, piano-like keys. Navy Pier, 700 E Grand Ave (312-527-1000, chicagochildrensmuseum.org).

 (Photograph: Nicole Radja)
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Jump Zone, Niles

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Jump Zone, Niles

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Photograph: Nicole Radja

Jump Zone, Niles

 (Photograph: Nicole Radja)
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Photograph: Nicole Radja

Jump Zone, Niles

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Kids can emerge from the belly of the 28-foot inflatable crocodile via two slides at Jump Zone 6374 W Howard St, Niles (847-213-9260, jumpzoneparty.com).

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Slides resemble massive tree roots at the Children�s Garden at Morton Arboretum4100 Illinois 53, Lisle (630-968-0074, mortonarb.org).

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Photograph: Nicole Radja

Morton Arboretum slide in the Children's Garden

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Morton Arboretum slide in the Children's Garden

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Photograph: Nicole Radja

Pioneer Park, Morton Grove

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Photograph: Nicole Radja

Pioneer Park, Morton Grove

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Raging Waves

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Great America�s Mega Wedgie is five stories high, 83 feet wide and likely to live up to its name when it propels you at speeds up to 40mph.Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Pkwy, Gurnee (847-249-1776, sixflags.com/greatamerica).

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