Playing on swings is one of the pastimes that make childhood sweet, but the same ol’ sets can get pretty humdrum. Take your playground game to the next level this spring with the most insanely cool swings in Chicagoland.
One of the many, many reasons to love Maggie Daley Park is its nest swings. Kids will have a blast just sitting in these colorful, floating baskets, let alone the supreme fun of putting them into action.
If you’re looking for a whimsical atmosphere to play in, Oz Park has a tire swing you need to try. The Wizard of Oz-themed park in Lincoln Park is home to fantastic character statues and a play structure that is the ideal setting for any child’s imagination.
For the kid who always want you to push faster—or the rare child who is bored at the concept of merely swinging—don’t forget to head down to Navy Pier once it reopens for the summer to hop on the Pepsi Wave Swinger. The Wave Swinger will swish you along with views of the skyline and Lake Michigan, giving you an adrenaline boost, Chicago style.
For the parent who also wants to play, check out the Expression Swing at Eaton Field Park in Des Plaines. In this fun contraption, you can swing while facing your little one and have the pleasure of watching the joy of the moment on their face.
Another very special option in the area are the wheelchair-accessible swings at the playground at United Cerebral Palsy of Illinois Prairieland in Joliet, one of the most accessible playgrounds in Illinois and one of the first of its kind in the state.
Add a little splash to your swing at Vaughan Aquatic Center’s area for tiny tots. The fact that this water park is indoors makes it the perfect spot to get your swing on, regardless of rainy spring days.
Put your toes in the sand every time you jump off the swings at Lakefront Park in Glencoe. The beach-front swingset has the most gorgeous view for the kids who are always begging to “go higher.”
If the weather outside is too “Chicago,” but you’re still in the playful spirit, go grab a treat at Molly’s Cupcakes (definitely try the Cookie Monster cupcake and don’t miss the Sprinkle Station) and sit at one of its adorable swings at the counter. They move back and forth just enough to make the cupcake-eating experience a giggle-filled delight, without dropping the icing down the front of your shirt.