Quick, it’s still summer, get outside while you can!

Today’s topic: our favorite parks north of the Loop

Berger Park: This lake side park boasts a lakefront cafe in addition to a lovely playground and a variety of events held all year round. Check out their website for more details on upcoming events.

Eugene Field Park: Eugene Field Park’s play area is nice, but their splash pad is super fun! Make sure to wear your bathing suit as your kids will have a hard time keeping away from the fun sprayers.

Humboldt Park: There’s a lagoon, with a beach! It was closed last year but will be reopening this month. Great for toddlers since it’s not as overwhelming as the lake shore. There’s also a pool, if you prefer.

Indian Boundary Park: An old school wooden play structure complete with towers, slides and bridges, your little ones will be sure to have a blast! There’s a newly opened nature center and a fenced off lagoon where you can observe a bit of wildlife in our big city and where your little naturalists can learn and explore. There’s even a water feature, great for cooling off on hot days.

Palmer Square Park: This serene strip of green in Logan Square has climbing and sliding equipment built into the land.  It is perfect for curious toddlers who need some open space to run free!

Portage ParkThe playground at Portage Park is super fun, with loads of swings and a spiderweb for climbing.  Two play structures, one for little kids and one for big kids.  There is also an outdoor pool with a great kids area.  Check their website for rules and hours, they are kind of high maintenance, but totally worth it on a hot summer’s day!

River Park: Walking trails, a splash pad, and lots of green space to run around. This park also has lots of nice shade, perfect for a picnic lunch or a cool down after an active morning at the playground. Great option for kids and adults of all ages!

Wilson Frank J. Park: Calling all fire fighting enthusiasts! This park has an adorable play fire engine that any would-be fire fighter will love.  It is also just across the street from a fire station, so there’s a good chance your little one will get to enjoy the thrill off seeing a fire engine or two speed by!