The Slip ‘N Slide was first introduced in 1961, but now it’s better than ever, thanks to Slide the City—1,000 feet of that water-soaked vinyl you know and love.
If you go
Slide the City – Downtown Chicago
9 a.m.-6 p.m., July 30
Criket Hill at Montrose Beach
600 W. Montrose Ave
Slide the City – Carpentersville, IL
10 a.m.-6 p.m., July 23
Maple Ave. between Rosewood and Tamarac Dr.
For the second year in a row, Slide the City invites families with kids 5 and up (and over 46 inches tall) to try out the biggest slip and slide ever—more than three football fields in length. Participants must use an inflated innertube to slide (provided for free to use while there, or for purchase to take home). Floaties, water buckets and squirt guns are welcome. The event also includes music, food and drinks, so you can plan to spend the whole day there.
With such an emphasis on water, it’s only fitting that Slide the City is commited to raising awareness about water conservation. The slip-and-slide itself recirculates water throughout the day to minimize water use, and the organization asks participants to pledge to reduce shower time, fix leaking sinks and take other practical steps to decrease water usage.
So throw on your swimsuits, grab your waterproof phone cases and get ready to be inducted into your kids’ hall of fame for “Best Parent Ever.”