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?
2500 W. Lunt
This is hands-down the best hide-and-seek spot in Chicago. I still remember a sixth-grade school scavenger hunt that included finding a duck feather. For that, we headed straight to Indian Boundary. One of the few Chicago parks with a small zoo (llamas and goats) and duck pond with a small island, Indian Boundary's pretty setting includes new expanses of natural-habitat gardens, a big old sprinkler/wading pool area and, of course, the rambling wooden maze of a playground. This is one of those old-fashioned '70s-era structures that begs to be climbed, conquered and hidden in. Foot bridges sway and creak, fat tire structures invite crawl-throughs. The park's fieldhouse has public bathrooms, and there are three tennis courts. If you walk the zoo path, the best time to view the animals is 9 a.m.-4 p.m.