Indoor Swimming Pools for Chicago Families to Dive in

Let's go swimming! Make a splash at these indoor pools.

If you’re missing summer, there are plenty of indoor swimming pools in Chicago that’ll make it feel like the season never ended. The city and suburbs are chock full of indoor pools your kiddos will love.

Also, many of these pools give special discounts to residents, so bring your ID. Make sure to also check ahead for open swim times (especially if memberships are required). So save yourself a trip to the Dells and splash up some fun at our favorite indoor swimming pools.

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions, vaccine requirements and any last-minute cancellations.

Chicago Park District

The Chicago Park District offers 28 indoor swimming pools, with locations all over the city. Many feature lap lanes, diving boards and spacious areas to swim out some energy or host a wet playdate. We’re big fans of Welles Pool, Eckhart Park Pool and Gill Pool.

Community Recreation Center at Heritage Park

Chill out in the lazy river or get soaked in the splash zone! The Community Recreation Center at Heritage Park features two pools that cater to serious and leisure swimmers. Adults can swim laps, while tiny toddlers will especially love the polar bear-shaped waterslide and misting rainbow.

Oak Brook Family Aquatic Center

The Oak Brook Family Aquatic Center boasts all of the makings of a perfect day. From a 105-foot water slide and aquatic climbing wall to a zero-depth splash area with water play features, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Kids are welcome to bring floats, water noodles and balls to add to the fun.

Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park

With two waterslides that empty into shallow water, and a large toddler water playset, Pelican Harbor caters to the younger set. Tumble buckets add to the fun for this age group.

Splash Landings Aquatic Center

Billed as the North Shore’s most popular indoor water park, Splash Landings features four pools, sloping from zero-depth to 3.5 feet with an air traffic control tower-themed waterslide and interactive water play features. If you want to swim laps or take a zip in the whirlpool, Splash Landings also offers a drop-off childcare service.

The Water’s Edge Aquatic Center

Perfect for older kids who want to practice their stroke, The Water’s Edge has an eight-lane, 25-yard lap pool, in addition to a 13-foot diving well. The pool is also roomy enough for young ones who just want to splash around.

The Water Works

Plenty to do here, The Water Works features three water slides, and different pool depths for small babies to older kids and adults. Kids of all ages will love the water playground and rapid water channel, while the older set will enjoy the dive well. Teaching your little fish to swim? The Water Works also boasts parent-toddler only lap lanes.

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Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky is an award-winning journalist and bestselling children's book author. She is the mom of three little ladies who keep her on her toes.
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