Play time

It’s summer. Time to step away from the video games, computer and TV. Lucky for you, our roundup of the coolest playgrounds in Chicagoland will have your kids begging to go outside.

York Commons, 665 S York St, Elmhurst

York Commons, 665 S York St, Elmhurst

Our dream park

What do you get when you combine the coolest features from area playgrounds?

Unexpected playgrounds

Kids don’t need swings and slides to have a good time at these “play” spaces.

Top 5 playgrounds for water features

H20 rules at these Chicago-area parks.

Cheap and free indoor play spaces

On scorching or stormy summer days, these indoor play spaces provide respite, minus pricey admission fees.

Beachside playgrounds

Perfect places for the kids to play on those perfect blue-sky summer days.

Nowhere to play

Recreation deserts leave too many city kids without community playgrounds to call their own.

Slide show

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

Playgrounds of the future

We don’t have a zip line in every playground yet, but some experts identify exciting new trends.

Accessible playgrounds

Every child can play just about everywhere at these inclusive Chicago-area playgrounds.

Parents’ bad behavior on the playground

These real-life examples prove grown-ups don’t necessarily lead by example.

Playground etiquette

(and the caveats you wish you could explain to your kids)

How to get a new neighborhood playground

Getting a city improvement project off the ground takes patience—and some pandering.