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?
6205 N. Sheridan Road
Northsiders living near this traffic-heavy section of Sheridan Road don't have much public waterfront to call their own. That's what makes this right-on-the-lake park such a gem. Berger has four beautiful, converted-mansion buildings on its grounds-side-by-side cultural centers, a restaurant called the Waterfront Cafe and a coach house, (now used as a theater)-and a newly rehabbed ADA-accessible playground. With the water just a few feet away, the soft-surface playground's pirate ship looks as if it just came ashore. There are bathrooms in the cultural center and snacks at the cafe.