Summer Scheduling Series: Chicago Park District


First, a quick recap. So far in the Summer Scheduling Series, we’ve already covered Millennium Park and Ravinia.

Today, let’s chat about all of the great free stuff that the Chicago Park District has to offer.

Beaches. Of course, you are going to want to schedule a few tips to Chicago’s fabulous beaches. You can read more about my favorite beach spots here. My pick for most family-friendly beach is definitely Foster Avenue. This place is absolutely teeming with moms and kids on weekdays during the summer. Parking is (usually) a breeze, the stroller ramp goes all the way down the beach, and the place is generally pretty clean. 

Pools and Water Playgrounds. We are also big fans of several of
the Chicago Park District pools and water park facilities (you can see
the full listing and get more details here).
Don’t get me wrong — not all of thee facilities are great, but most of
them are good enough. We particularly like the Holstein Park pool for
swimming, Pulaski Park for the water play area (slides, spouting water,
that sort of thing) and the water playground at Adams Park Playground in
Lincoln Park can be a real lifesaver on a hot day. If you don’t want to
commit to a full swimming experience, many of the neighborhood parks
have small water features (for example Wicker Park has two bear statues
that spray water).

Movies in the Park. Now that the
Grant Park Movie Festival has been canceled (so sad), this is one of the
only places around where you can watch a film in the great outdoors. Check
out the full listing
to find a family-friendly flick at a park near

Events at your local park. Keep your eyes open for events like
concerts or arts and crafts at your local park. The CPD summer event
calendar is surprisingly incomplete (given that summer starts in less
than a week), but a representative from the Chicago Park District
assured me that new events are being added to the
events calendar
as the details are finalized. I am hoping to see
some Toddler, Tunes and Turtles events scheduled because my kids have
loved these free, nature-themed events in the past. I’ll check back in a
week or two and give you an update.
Up next: Morton Arboretum
and Chicago Botanic Garden


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  • Thanks for this series. I just posted a link to this one on Frugalista.

  • Need some summer ideas to keep kids busy?...
    Just wanted to post some workshops being given this summer for our little actors and actresses. Maybe even mom and dad if your interested. Joan Philo castting works on most of the big films that come into the Chicago area and the studio is putting on summer workshops. Here is some of the info but you might want to call direct to get the updated schedule.

    Joan Philo Casting
    (Home Alone, A Nightmare on Elm St., The Dark Knight)


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