Thanks to the help of Chicago-area parents, here's Chicago Parent's list of can't-miss water playgrounds in and out of the city:
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Enjoy a day at the beach on the shore of Lake Michigan with the spraypark as a bonus.
"It's kind of a unique play area. You don't have a lot of spraygrounds right on the beach," says Steve Nagle, director of operations for Glencoe Beach.
Built into the sand and rebuilt last summer, this spraypark features a tug boat, shower mushroom, sprinkling posts, swings, slides and the popular sunken dinghy.
"It shoots out water and kids love to play with it," says Nagle.