8 Outdoor Mini Golf Courses to Putt Putt Around




When it’s a beautiful sunny day in Chicagoland, summer and mini golf simply go together. Some of us might have fond memories of putt-putt courses when younger, or maybe it’s a new family tradition to play a round of mini golf together with your children. Grab your clubs and hit as many as these outdoor mini golf courses as you can this summer.


NOTE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, some locations may be closed or only offer limited access with extra precautions. Please see each location’s website for more information and practice social distancing when visiting. 


Par-King Skill Golf



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From the Willis Tower and Mount Rushmore to Humpty Dumpty, expect to see it all at this whimsical 18-hole course. Putt through 19 moving obstacles and 7 water holes where each gives golfers an entertaining experience. Note: Children must be at least 48 inches in height to play and cash is only accepted for admission.


21711 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire


Wilderness Falls



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Have you ever played golf on top of a 40-foot mountain with a waterfall? Now’s your chance at Wilderness Falls with two courses to choose from. If you’re up to playing the second course, you only have to pay $2 each. Keep your eye out for Maddox Moose, the course’s adorable mascot who always is ready for hugs and high fives.


145 S. Clow International Pkwy., Bolingbrook


Novelty Golf & Games



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You’ll definitely embrace the retro atmosphere at Novelty Golf & Games, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this summer. For some obstacles, golfers can step on the yellow pedals to give you the control on moving and twisting things around on the course. Note: Cash is only accepted for admission.


3650 W. Devon Ave., Lincolnwood


Putter’s Peak Miniature Golf



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Go on an adventure through this 18-hole course. While putting with the family, you’ll spot a colorful waterfall, a mountain and tiki statues. Stop by the Clubhouse for a bite to eat after playing.


900 W. Lake St., Addison


City Mini Golf



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During your next trip downtown, play some mini golf surrounded by our lovely skyline. This course is conveniently located in Maggie Daley Park and some obstacles feature a sparkle of Chicago that will make any local feel proud of their city.


Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago


Haunted Trails


It might be the middle of summer, but you can still enjoy some spooky fun at Haunted Trails. Any Halloween fan will love to golf alongside skulls, ghouls and ghosts. Don’t worry parents, these monsters won’t scare your little ones—it’s all in good fun!


7759 S. Harlem Ave., Burbank


Congo River Miniature Golf



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Embark on another adventure through this river-themed mini golf course. To make it more exciting, this location includes a scavenger hunt where you search for ancient artifacts along the way. Note: Take advantage of their $1 off per player coupon listed on their website.


1325 Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates


Diversey Miniature Golf



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For those looking for a good old-fashioned round of mini golf, this 18-hole course in Lincoln Park is your place to be. It’s conveniently located near the lake, so you can easily add some mini golfing to your perfect summer day.


141 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago


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This article originally published on June 26, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information. This article also appeared in Chicago Parent’s August 2020 magazine


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