Best Chicagoland Parks to Visit this SummerPosted Monday, July 26, 2021
As we find ourselves in the middle of a beautiful summer, families are loving the time spent outdoors. Chicago and its suburbs boast great restaurants, entertainment options, and scenic naturescapes. The burbs have a surprising amount of forest preserves and parks as well, which are ideal for summertime fun. Whether you’re a new homeowner in the area or a long-time resident, read on to learn about some of the most unique and adventurous parks in the Chicagoland area.
Bison’s Bluff - Schaumburg
Although Schaumburg is known for its bustling shops and malls, Bison’s Bluff is a hidden gem located within the city limits. Bison’s Bluff children’s playground is location in Spring Valley Nature Center which is made up of 135 acres of trails, fields, and streams. Spring Valley is a family-friendly living museum with old cabins and farms to explore. The children’s playground was created with natural materials, with climbing areas made from logs and boulders.
McCollum Park - Downers Grove
50-acre McCollum Park in Downers Grove offers a wide variety of year-round activities for people of all ages. The lighted basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts are perfect for sports lovers. The park also has areas for exercising and picnicking as well as an 18-hole mini golf course. Perhaps the ‘coolest’ feature is the transformation of the parking lot into an ice skating rink in the winter months!
Festival Park - Elgin
If your kids are climbers, look no further than Festival Park Playground in Elgin. The playground equipment is designed with suspended ropes and mini trampolines for climbing and bouncing. The park also has musical instruments and piano keys embedded into the ground that play different notes when stepped on. The splash fountain and sprayers ensure that kids and adults alike can have hours of summer fun while not overheating.
Blackberry Farm - Aurora
One of the most truly unique playgrounds in the Chicago suburbs is Adventure Playground at Blackberry Farm in Aurora. It has a rustic barn-inspired theme with huge slides and maze-like passageways. Blackberry Farm itself is a living history museum with educational demonstrations of pioneer life. Admission price includes a hay ride, paddle boats, and a train ride through the scenic park.
These are just a few of the thousands of beautiful, family-friendly parks in the suburbs surrounding the Windy City. As always, The Sharon Falco Group can assist you in buying the home of your dreams in the Chicagoland area. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call today 630-307-2760!