Sure, the playground you love and visit most will be the one closest to home, but isn't it nice to know wherever you travel with kids in the city, you'll be near a spiffy public playground to sweeten the outing? There are more than 500 playgrounds in Chicago. What's your favorite?
1919 N. Seminary
Wend your way across Armitage and up a quiet, dead-end section of Seminary and you'll find this unexpected treasure of a playlot. Though small, this beautifully landscaped, soft-surface, ADA-accessible lot has all sorts of bells and whistles. Anchored by a fieldhouse at one end that has public restrooms and rentable party rooms, the lot has a tree-shaded picnic area, kid-sized basketball bucket with plenty of rubber balls to shoot and an umbrella-sheltered sand play area full of shovels, dump trucks and digging toys. There's a section of swings, jungle gym and climbing area, and at the far end-though you might have to wait until next summer to try-a water playground with multiple slides and fountain features.