Playing around in Chicago

This past weekend we took the Kinetic Kiddos to the park.... in Chicago. We had a family getaway planned for Fathers Day weekend and we knew we wanted adventure and some sand in our toes so we booked the Marriott on the Magnificent Mile and headed to Chicago.

We began our trip with a visit to the FREE Lincoln Park Zoo. What a great treasure for the people of Chicago. The zoo has beautiful grounds and some cute animals and I couldn't stop admiring how it is just plopped right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle and tall buildings. It was a great way to fill a beautiful June afternoon.

 
 

We ended our trip on Sunday with a visit to Ohio Street Beach just off of Navy Pier. It was in walking distance from our hotel and perfect for fulfilling our mission of sand between our toes. The kiddos got wet, played with the sand and were just enough wore out for a smooth drive back to Indianapolis to finish out our trip.

BUT we saved the best part of the trip... for the middle. On Saturday we visited Maggie Daley Park. A dear friend, who used to live in the city, recommended it to me as a place to check out since she knows we have kids but also knowing that we have a personal interest in playgrounds. Maggie Daley did NOT disappoint. I have never seen anything like it. I mean, it had features that I have seen at other playgrounds, but not all packed into one at once.

 

Everything from the age range of play spaces, to the ADA accessible swings, to the all inclusive safety surfacing, to the 4 story high slides, to the natural playscapes, to the mirror maze, to the beautifully kept grounds, to the multiple splash pad areas. It was ALL magic. And all free. And we didn't even explore everything, only the appropriate 2-12 year age range play areas. You could tell it had been custom built by brilliant designers who had thought of everything.

Maybe I am biased because playgrounds play such an important role in our family unit, but this park was pretty spectacular. It was our first time taking our kiddos to Chicago, and it will not be our last! Rumor has it, in the winter they turn parts of the park into an ice skating rink! Can't wait for our next family adventure and attempting to find a park that beats Maggie Daley Park!