Chicago's Best Sledding Spots

Posted: February 03, 2021

With all of the snow on the ground, it's time to break out the sleds! There are plenty of spots to go sledding, although current safety restrictions are in place. Always check your location, as the status of what's open or closed can change any day. On the day you visit, check to make sure your destinations are open for things you may need - like warming stations and restrooms!

Caldwell Woods
6200 W Devon Ave, Chicago
Caldwell Woods offers a decent sized hill for kids to sled down. It's a great spot for your whole family, and typically the waits are short and, when available, the location offers a nice warming center and heated restrooms. The sledding hill is light and staffed, and as of this writing open Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 7:30pm; Friday-Saturday: 10am – 8:30pm daily when conditions allow. Call 847-647-2240 for sledding hill status.
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Dan Ryan Woods
Dan Ryan Woods 87th and Western Ave., Chicago
This is a great sledding hill for your little ones, with a not-too-steep slope and a nice long ride from top to bottom. This is a child-safe hill with a well-marked "up" path and a wide area so many sledders can participate at once. The sledding hill is light and staffed, and as of this writing open Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 7:30pm; Friday-Saturday: 10am – 8:30pm daily when conditions allow. Call 773-233-3766 for sledding hill status.
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Soldier Field
1401 W. 425 E. McFetridge Dr., Chicago
The pristine parkland surrounding Soldier Field was created for the public's pleasure. The 30 acres of parkland are home to a sledding hill, Children's Garden, Veterans' Gold Star Memorial and other beautifully landscaped areas. The hills stays snowy all winter, with faux snow in addition to the really fluff stuff. Call ahead of time to confirm that sledding is available, (312-235-7000)
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Oz Park
2021 N. Burling St., Chicago
You may have picnicked at Oz Park and not even noticed the grassy hills, but in winter you'll find this to be a great place for little ones to hop on their sleds.
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Westchester Woods
W Cermak Rd, east of S Manheim Rd/S La Grange Rd, (708) 447-0090
The sledding hill is light and staffed, and as of this writing open Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 7:30pm; Friday-Saturday: 10am – 8:30pm daily when conditions allow. Call 708-447-0090 for sledding hill status.
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Cricket Hill at Montrose Harbor
601 W. Montrose Drive, Chicago
This is the hill with a view, right on the lakefront and offering vistas looking onto Lake Michigan and Montrose Harbor. It's a 360 degree hill, so kids can slide down whatever side they choose, which means more sledding and less waiting. Dress warm and note: no restrooms or warming spots nearby.
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Montgomery Ward Park
630 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago
This relatively new, cozy park is in the River North neighborhood right along the river at Erie Street and little ones can sled the easy hills. Kids can also play on the playground by the hills.
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Gompers Park
4222 W. Foster Ave., Chicago
This 39-acre park is in the North Park neighborhood, just about 10 miles north of Chicago. It's actually a rehabilitated wetland and lagoon. The hills at Gompers Park are just the right size for little ones trying out sledding for the first time.
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Mount Hoy
Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville, (630) 871-6422
There's actually no sledding here - only tubes! Tubes can be rented on weekends and school holidays when conditions are right. Call for conditions and information, (630) 871-6422.
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Villa Olivia
1401 W. Lake Street, Bartlett
At Villa Olivia, kids can go snowboarding, snow tubing and even downhill ski. It's one of the only places near Chicago where you can find these types of outdoor options. Call the Snow Phone at (630) 540-4199 for more details. Right now, reservations are required to guarantee a spot, and tickets are time-stamped for 2 hours. Facemasks are required at all times inside and outside.
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Techny Prairie Park and Field
1401 W. 1700 Techny Road, Northbrook
The popular sled hill remains from the former Meadowhill Park South, along with a warming house, stairs and lights for evening use. The hill measures 28 feet in height.
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