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?
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.