Chicago's 10+ Best Water Play Parks

Posted: June 18, 2024

Chicago's Best Water Playgrounds, Splash Pads and Water Spray Features

Chicago summers can get sizzling hot, and a water playground or splash pad is the perfect way to keep your kids cool and entertained. Here are some of the best water playgrounds, splash pads and water spray features at Chicago area parks.


Millennium Park Crown Fountain

Millennium Park Crown Fountain
201 E Randolph St., Chicago
Two 50 foot tall towers display digital images of faces across the reflecting pool, and when their mouths open, the spray begins. Learn more...


Fosco Park

Fosco Park
1312 S. Racine Ave., Chicago
Located in the Near West Community, Fosco Park offers a variety of spray jets, bubblers, and a fun tipping bucket to keep the kids cool. The nearby playground offers traditional equipment for a full day of outdoor fun. Learn more...


Austin Park

Austin Park
5951 W. Lake St., Chicago
The park features a water feature and a playground that was renovated in 2016 and offers a wading pool and spray pool, with a new changing facility. Learn more...


Adams Water Playground

Adams Water Playground
1919 N. Seminary Ave., Chicago
This popular spot features a vibrant play area with a variety of spray jets, tipping buckets, and water cannons, with plenty of space for running around and a nearby playground with traditional equipment. Learn more...


Warren Park Play Park

Warren Park Play Park
6650 N. Claremont Ave., Chicago
Warren Park featured a spray ground, play equipment, and a field for running around. Learn more...


Eugene Field Park

Eugene Field Park
5100 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago
Eugene Field Park offers kids a a splash pad, playground, and a wading pool for cooling off. Learn more...


River Park

River Park
5100 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago
Nestled along the Chicago River, this quaint splash pad is a delightful option for younger children. The colorful play area features gentle sprays, sprinklers, and a whimsical rain curtain Learn more...


Eckhart Park

Eckhart Park
1330 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Eckhart Park (1438 W. Chicago Ave): Eckhart Park offers an outdoor playground with a water spray feature, plus a field house with restrooms. Learn more...


Mary Bartelme Park

Mary Bartelme Park
115 S. Sangamon St, Chicago
This unique water playground incorporates whimsical features like a giant flower that sprays water and a splash pad shaped like a boat. It's perfect for younger kids who enjoy a more interactive experience. Learn more...


Portage Park
4100 N. Long Ave., Chicago
Portage Park keeps kids cool and offers an Olympic-size pool with a large deck for sunning, plus misting sprays and an interactive water play area with slide and diving boards. The park also contains a smaller heated pool. Learn more...


Dunbar Park
300 E. 31st St., Chicago
Dunbar Park features four baseball diamonds, athletic fields, picnic groves, tennis courts, a running track, a batting cage, an interactive water feature and a reading garden. Learn more...