Whether you’re new to town or just would like to venture outside of your town pool, CNSMoms has you covered with this awesome list (if we do say so ourselves) of public pools and splash pads from Skokie to Lake Bluff and all of the North Shore towns in between.
Pool: Norris Aquatics Center @ Northwestern University (2311 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL 60208): Features a 25 yard x 50 meter pool which is also home to the Northwestern Varsity Swimming and Diving teams. Water temperature is kept at a cool 80 degrees. Water depth ranges from 4 feet to 15 feet and includes a hydraulic pool lift. The aquatics center offers a comprehensive program of instructional, fitness, and recreational activities, including swim lessons, water aerobics, competitive swimming, diving, scuba, lifeguarding and CPR courses.
Pool: Devonshire Aquatic Center (4400 Greenwood St., Skokie, IL 60076): The Devonshire Aquatic Center is one of the two outdoor aquatic facilities at the Skokie Park District, nestled next to the Devonshire Community Center. This family-friendly facility features a beach entry into the main pool, 25-yard lap swimming lanes, a separate dive tank with a 1-meter diving board and a 3-meter drop slide, and a fully accessible splash pad.
Pool & Splash: Skokie Water Playground (4701 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60076): Take a leisurely dip in our 14,000 square foot main pool with beach entry, play in our fully accessible splash pad, take a ride down one of our three big slides or take the challenge and stand beneath the big red bucket and get drenched when 300 gallons of water come crashing down! Then take a break and visit our concession stand and have a cool drink or a frozen treat.
Pool: Centennial Family Aquatic Center (2300 Old Glenview Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091): Featuring open swim, lap swim, swim and dive lessons and birthday parties.
Pool: None specifically located in Kenilworth/Winnetka. Closest water park locations are in Glenview, Northbrook and Wilmette, covered in this post.
Splash: Hubbard Woods Splash Pad (939 Old Green Bay Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093): This playground is conveniently located in the heart of Winnetka with loads of family-friendly restaurants and, of course, Graeter’s Ice Cream shop. We love this park not just for the water but for the clean restrooms and ample picnic tables. However, it does get very crowded and parking is tough to find mid-day.
Indoor Pool: Splash Landings Indoor Aquatic Complex (2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview, IL 60026): Hours and times. Voted the North Shore’s best water park by readers of North Shore Magazine, at Splash Landings, you can do so much! Splash Landings is open year round and offers an extensive program of swimming lessons for all ages through our Starfish Swim School. No matter what the season, there’s always plenty of water fun at the Glenview Park District’s four-pool indoor aquatic center.
Pool: Flick Outdoor Aquatics Center (3600 Glenview Rd., Glenview, IL 60025).
Pool: Roosevelt Outdoor Aquatics Center (2239 Fir St., Glenview, IL 60025).
Splash Pad: Gallery Park/Little Bear Park (2001 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL 60026): This park caters to the youngest children in my opinion, maybe ages 0-4 but with the water on, an older child could enjoy it. Toddler climbing equipment, a splash pad, a sand area, a tiny hedge maze, rolling hills and plenty of parking and greenery. Shaded area with bench swings. Located at the NE corner of Patriot Blvd. and Chestnut.
Splash: Clarkson Park (1950 New Willow Road (Willow Road & Bristol Street): The Clarkson Park playground and splash pad are now open! Come enjoy the new playground but please stay off any areas that remain fenced or roped off.
Pool: Northbrook Sports Center Pool (1730 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook IL 60062): The Northbrook Sports Center will be receiving an infrastructure renovation this spring and summer as the Northbrook Park District continues to strategically address the Comprehensive Master Plan, Moving Forward 2026.
Pool: Mitchell Pool (951 Wilmot Rd., Deerfield): Mitchell Pool offers a 6-lane, 25-meter pool that ranges in depth from 2 to 5 feet deep. Pool features also include a 12’6” separate diving well that features 1-meter & 3-meter diving boards and a drop slide. A separate wading pool includes zero-depth entry, geysers, water cannons, a slide, and more.
Pool: Deerspring Pool (200 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield). Deerspring pool features a 6-lane, 50-meter Olympic-size pool ranging from 3 to 5 feet deep, 11.75 deep diving well with a 1-meter diving board and drop slide. Pool features also include a water slide, zero depth wading pool and a spray ground offering slides, geysers, water cannons and more.
Splash: Deerspring Sprayground (200 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield). The Deerspring Sprayground at Deerspring Pool offers slides, geysers, water cannons, and more. It is open during all public swim hours and some non-public swim hours as listed below.
Highland Park/Highwood/Fort Sheridan
Pool: Hidden Creek Aqua Park (1220 Fredrickson Pl. Highland Park, IL 60035): No matter what your age, you will have fun at Hidden Creek AquaPark speeding down the water slides, free-falling from the drop slide, climbing through the water playground, swimming in the zero-depth entry, six-lane lap pool or just relaxing on the deck. If you don’t feel like swimming, stretch out on the lounge chairs on the large deck and lawn areas to catch some rays or cool yourself under the shaded areas. No concessions this year.
Splash: Hidden Creek Aqua Park (1220 Fredrickson Pl. Highland Park, IL 60035. Head over to this special fenced-in area for the little ones, included fun interactive splash features, slides, a giant funhouse, and a giant bucket drop. No concessions this year.
Lake Forest/Lake Bluff
Pool: Blair Park Pool (355 W. Washington Ave. , Lake Bluff, IL 60044). The Lake Bluff Park District’s 50 meter Olympic size pool water is heated to provide enjoyable swimming, regardless of weather.
Splash (NEW COMING SOON): Townline Park is getting a splash pad but as of June 1, 2022 it’s not open yet. Check back here for updates.
Indoor Pool: Indoor Aquatics Center at the Field House (800 Baldwin Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085): 23,000 square feet indoor aquatics center includes an eight lane lap pool, therapy pool, and kids pool. Unlimited use of the indoor aquatics center is included with the gold membership. All indoor aquatics center users must wear proper and clean swimming attire: white T-shirts, swim shirts, trunks must have a liner, and babies need a swim diaper.
Pool: Willow Stream (600 Farrington Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089): There is a zero depth entry for both the main and wading pools.
Splash: Spray N’ Play (951 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089): Buffalo Grove Park District Spray ‘N Play, one of the largest facilities of its kind, features over 20 water toys, sprays and fountains, plus a picnic area. It’s completely interactive and there is no limit to the fun that can be had at the Spray ‘N Play. It’s a great place for birthday parties, corporate parties, family reunions and special events.
Pool & Splash: Family Aquatic Center (105 Community Blvd, Wheeling, IL 60090): Plenty of chairs and space will be available to socially distance with your friends and family on the pool deck, in the open grass areas, and the Kona Beach sand area. All pool amenities will also open, including the concession stand, water slides, locker rooms, and sand play area. There’s also an indoor zero depth and lane pool.