Our dream park

What do you get when you combine the coolest features from area playgrounds? A fantasy you'll flip (and dip and zip) over.
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Photograph: City of ChicagoOur ultimate park would let kids play out their Olympic fantasies on athletic-themed equipment like the structures at Jesse Owens Park, 2032 E 88th St.
York Commons, 665 S York, Elmhurst
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Photo: Nicole RadjaThen, they could fly through the air on zip lines like the one at Harvester Park, 15W400 Harvester Dr, Burr Ridge.
Everyone would giggle while they jiggle on a vibrating climbing platform like this one at York Commons, 665 S York St, Elmhurst.
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Photo: Emily MohneySk8r types would ride the pipes with a backdrop like Silversurf Gate, an installation made of found elements such as hubcaps and lenses from old traffic signals at Logan Square Skate Park, 2430 W Logan Blvd.
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Photo: City of ChicagoFantastical wee ones could conquer "Slimy the Snake" like the creature that rises from the ground at Commercial Club Playground, 1845 W Rice St.
Nature lovers could scale a "spider" or climb a "tree" like those at Little Wolfe Playground, 107th St and Laramie Ave, Oak Lawn.
 (Photo: Emily Mohney)
Photo: Emily Mohney...Or frolic within the storybook that comes alive thanks to the Velveteen Rabbit-themed seating and play structures like the ones at Palmer Square Park, 3100 W Palmer Blvd.
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Photo: City of ChicagoAnd every playtime would get a musical backdrop thanks to sound sculptures just like at Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W 111th St.
We’d all cool off by sharing a drink of water with a turtle like the charming fellow at Goudy Square Playlot Park, 1255 N Astor St.
Little Wolf Playground, 107th St and Laramie Ave, Oak Lawn
 (Photo: Emily Mohney)
Photo: Emily MohneyPalmer Square Park, 3100 W Palmer Blvd
By Judy Sutton Taylor |