Chicago's best playgrounds


Mt. Greenwood Park

3724 W. 111th St.

This playground really plays - music that is! Preventing ADA-accessible playground equipment from seeming "same-old-thing," the designer of this lot included enormous musical sculptures, two metal xylophones and round metal drums all around it. The soft-rubber-surfaced landscape is also unusually sloped and hilly, with plenty of mounds to climb. Seasonally, there's a sprinkler. Sparkling mosaic pillars and wrap-arounds of sea creatures and land animals add cheery extra interest. Mt. Greenwood also has a large pool and water play area across the parking lot, plus a gym, walking paths and ball fields. Across the street? A well-placed Scarlet & Gray's soup and sandwich shop and Ben & Jerry's ice cream stand.


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