Skateboarding has becoming increasingly popular for kids these days, and
great skate parks have been popping up all over Chicago and the suburbs. Many
park districts now have areas for kids to take their skateboards, scooters, and
bikes. We've rounded up these great skate parks for kids to try.
Park Skate Plaza
South end of Grant Park near Michigan &
This recently opened skate park offeres nearly 2 acres of
open space with wheel-friendly elements for not only skate boards but also
scooters, rollerblades and BMX bikes. Elements include multi-skill level
concrete ramps, planters and flatwork with decorative staining, metal coping,
grinding rails and handrails.
Boulevard Skate Park
2430 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago
park is located beneath the Kennedy Expressway at Logan Boulevard, and is shared
by skateboarders and BMX bicyclists. It features a bowl corner with a spine,
smaller quarters with hips, funbox with small flat and down rail, smaller spine
and some hips. Around the outside of the park there are some flat rails, manny
pad and a kicker to picnic table.
Wilson and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
This is a
small, lit, outdoor concrete skate park located near Montrose Beach. The park
offers a smooth surface for kids to learn the sport, as well as ramps and grind
boxes. It's a family friendly park, and you'll find lots of kids here on any
Deerfield and Waukegan Roads, Deerfield
11,000 sq ft facility is one of the first public poured concrete skate board and
in-line skate facilities in Illinois. This park is geared to the more
experienced athlete, with hours from dawn to dusk.
Prairie Skate Park
1750 Techny Rd., Northbrook
This 22,000 sq
ft skate park is open for skateboarders as well as in-line skaters of all ages,
and it's lit at night. The park features ramps, bowls, grinding ledges and
rails. For extreme beginners, a smooth asphalt path that runs along the outside
of the park offers a nice surface to get comfortable.
1001 Zenith Drive, Glenview
facility has areas for both beginning and advanced level skaters featuring a
variety of ramps, quarter pipes and a half pipe.
901 Shermer Rd., Glenview
Swenson Park is ideal for
beginners, and offers a small 7,000 sq. ft. area for little kids to navigate and
practice tricks. Plus the park is designed with a skatelite surface, a durable
paper-composite material—instead of concrete, which makes falls a little less
29850 N Skokie Hwy, Lake Bluff
This indoor skate park
features a 5,000 square foot open street park with stairs, ramps, rails, edges
and a giant bowl, plus a kids section with a mini ramp. It's a great facility
for beginners, offering summer camp for kids ages 7-12 to teach the basics, plus
individual lessons. Plus free admission for girls!
Park at Olympic Park
1675 E. Old Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
The 13,000 square-foot skate park was designed to recreate elements of
parking lots, street curbs and other skater-enticing areas. It includes
staircases, benches, walls of various heights and a large concrete bowl.
Boundary Skate Park
990 W. Boughton Rd., Bolingbrook
innovative park has ramps placed on a 110' x 100' concrete pad. The east edge of
the pad is a concrete curb wall with a steel edge for grinding, and the wall
varies in height. Features include a 4 foot wedge with kicker in center,
three-sided pyramid, 4 foot half pipe and 4 foot quarter pipe, and a large fun
box with center rail. Beginners will enjoy having the ability to hone their
skills in a small box with training platforms that's located in a separate
Chicago Skate Park
129 W. National St., West Chicago
skate park is operated by the West Chicago Park District, and is a
12,000-square-foot concrete park. It features a 3/4 capsule bowl, grinding
elements, ramps, a quarter pipe, rails, stairs, and a pyramid.