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Best Places to Cool Off in Chicago

Temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer. This is a sure sign that schools will soon be out for summer vacation. Families looking for fun, affordable ways to keep kids busy during hot days will appreciate this guide that shares some great ways to cool off around Chicago—most are even free.

  • 1.

    Mary Barthelme Park

    Mary Barthelme Park

    Mary Barthelme Park has one of the coolest water features in Chicago, perfect for hot summer days.

  • 2.

    Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons Park

    Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons Park

    Often described as a hidden gem since it's tucked away in a quiet corner in the city.

  • 3.

    Ty Warner Park

    Ty Warner Park

    About an hour outside Chicago, Ty Warner Park has one of the best spray pads in the Chicagoland area.

  • 4.

    Crown Fountain

    Crown Fountain

    Crown Fountain is where kids of all ages can cool off in the "saliva" of local Chicagoans.

  • 5.

    Chicago Beaches

    Chicago Beaches

    Take advantage of the 26 miles of sandy shoreline that outlines the cool waters of Lake Michigan.

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