At the beginning of the summer I introduced a series, Breaking Down Chicago Parks One by One. My daughter and I are visiting a different park in the city of Chicago each week and sharing the good, bad and parking situation of each playground. The past weeks we explored Welles Park, Adam's Playground, Holstein Park, Berger Park and Indian Boundary Park. This week we headed downtown to Ward A. Montgomery Park on Erie and Kingsbury.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I got on the highway driving towards the city in search of this recommended park in River North. Nestled on the river is a recently renovated expansive playground with unique equipment and sprinklers.
We enjoyed lunch near the river walk promenade that included benches, shady trees and offers spectacular views of the water and skyline. My daughter enjoyed the geese and waving to the tour boats as they passed us on the river. The park also has an adjacent dog-friendly area.
A large number of kids live in high rises and city life still allows them to utilize Chicago parks and outdoor space. This park is also ideal for tourists and those staying in nearby hotels.
The Good: Near the river and many restaurants, shopping and other Chicago attractions.
The Bad: Zero shade in the actual playground except for two highly coveted shaded tables.
The Parking: I was surprised to find a spot less than a block away. Easy to access with public transportation.
Ward, A. Montgomery Park
630 N. Kingsbury St. Chicago IL 60606
Can you sense that fall is in the air? Summer is not over yet; we still have two more weeks of visiting parks. Next week we are heading north again to River Park.