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?
3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.
The addition of expanded native-plant gardens are among the best, latest developments evolving the look and feel of the city's playgrounds. Among them, Kilbourn is the first in a large American metro area to have a public fruit-tree orchard (24 apple, pear, cherry, plum and paw-paw trees). It's also among the first to have a "teaching" greenhouse where adults and kids can learn year-round about gardening. The playground itself is cheery and well maintained. There's a fieldhouse, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, a gym, baseball field and new soccer field funded through Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe program.