Take a trip to Beverly to gaze at the distant Chicago skyline before plunging down a 200-foot hill—among the largest, if not the largest, slope in the entire city. The Cook County Forest Preserve lights up the slope and keeps it staffed seven days a week (assuming that there's actually snow on the ground—a minimum of three inches is needed). Want to check whether the hill is open? Call 773-233-3766 ahead of your visit to make sure.
Sure, you could hop in a car to try skiing near Chicago or slide around on local ice skating rinks for some entertainment on a winter afternoon. But if you're looking for free things to do in Chicago during the snowy season, it's tough to beat sledding—and you likely don't have go far to find a good hill in your neighborhood. We've compiled a list of Chicago parks and forest preserves that are home to formidable slopes and beginner hills, perfect for cruising down on a toboggan or inner tube. Don't forget your snow pants and mittens when you check out the best sledding hills in Chicago.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, some hills may be operating in a more limited capacity than usual this year. When in doubt, call ahead!
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