14 Cool Splash Pads and Spraygrounds in Chicagoland

Soak up the fun and stay cool at these awesome water spots.

Looking for a spontaneous activity on a hot summer day? Spraygrounds — or playgrounds with a water area — are sprinkled all over the city and suburbs. They’re like splash pads but they offer cool water features like toys, sprays and fountains for kids to play on for hours.

We know that we’re always looking for ways to beat the heat! Here are some of our favorite spraygrounds and splash pads to help cool your kids off.

Note: Some of these spraygrounds might be closed depending on the weather or COVID-19 safety precautions, so please check before heading out!

City

Adams Playground Park

Tucked away on Seminary Ave. on a quiet, tree-lined Lincoln Park street, this sprayground is a child’s paradise, featuring pipes “springing leaks,” wheels to control water misters, and of course, a short-enclosed side that’s perfect for the toddler set.

Crown Fountain in Millennium Park

While not technically a sprayground, we would be remiss if we didn’t add to this list the most popular water area in all of Chicagoland that comes alive in the summer: The Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. A tradition in the city, kids love to splash around this open area, consisting of two 50-foot glass towers that use projection to give the illusion of water spouting from people’s mouths. Note: When Crown Fountain reopened in 2020, it was without water. Check Millennium Park’s operating hours and requirements before you go.

Portage Park Water Playground

Address: 4100 N. Long Ave., Chicago

Cost: Free

Set right in the middle of a zero-depth pool, the Portage Park Water Playground is surrounded by water sprayers. Kiddos can take a wet ride on a tire swing, and manipulate wheels to control water sprayers from every direction. 

Dunbar Park Splash Pad

Dunbar Park’s water feature is simple with tall, flower-shaped towers spraying water to help kids cool off. It’s also about a 15-minute walk away from 31st Street Beach, one of our favorite city beaches for families.

North/Northwest Suburbs

Buffalo Grove Spray ‘N Play

Featuring more than 20 water toys, sprays and fountains, the Buffalo Grove Spray ‘N Play is one of the largest facilities of its kind. Little ones will love launching water cannons and running beneath — and through — rainbow arches.

Fountain Square Park

While this splash pad is simple, bring along some sand buckets and water toys to let your kids roam free through the water fountains.

Prospect Park Splash Pad

Kids will go nuts for this pirate-themed sprayground, complete with a pirate ship to explore, squirting crabs, and barrels and dripping fish overhead! Reservations are no longer needed.

Skokie Water Playground

This giant multi-level play area houses dozens of jet sprays, a twisty open slide and a 500-gallon drop bucket that soaks everyone when it gets too full!

South Suburbs

Oak Lawn Memorial Park

This interactive zero-depth pool gives families plenty of space to enjoy some water fun. The elements here include spray guns, fountains and more to make sure your kids get soaked.

Sprayfari Aquatic Park

While the aquatic park has a pool, diving wells and slides, anyone with littles will appreciate their safari-themed splash pads. Need a break? Eat some snacks at the picnic area or under the shaded gazebos.

Walker Country Estates Park Splash Pad

  • Address: 299 Lenox St., New Lenox
  • Cost: $5 non-resident (under 21), $3 resident (under 21), parents and guardians (ages 21+) are free

During the summer months, take advantage of this suburban splash pad when you want to beat the heat. Nearby, you can also enjoy a playground, fishing station, fitness equipment and more. Concessions are available when the splash pad is open, too.

Western Suburbs 

Splash Island

Kiddos who visit Splash Island in Oak Brook will feel like they hit the sprayground jackpot. With a zero-depth entry pool, giant wide slides perfect for water races, dumping buckets and jets, Splash Island offers every bit of water fun a child could possibly want.

Ty Warner Spray Park

This Westmont sprayground is loaded with interactive features for kids of all ages, including mushroom cap waterfalls, dumping buckets and a giant misting whale’s tail. There is a limit of 100 guests at any one time at the park, and if there are guests waiting to enter, two-hour time limits will be enforced.

95th Street Community Plaza Splash Pad

At one of the newer spraygrounds to hit the Chicago area, your kids will love exploring the dumping buckets, sprays and more. It’s also worth the visit to explore the playground next door, which features a book theme.


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