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Beaches & Parks

Indoor Skateparks

Asylum Skate Park, Lake Bluff

$14 general admission, membership available

*Skate FREE on your birthday!


Outdoor Skateparks

Sunset Woods, Highland Park, Free


Jewett Park, Deerfield, Free



Hibbard Park Skate Park, Wilmette, Free


Techny Prarie Skate Park, Northbrook, Free



Washington Terrace Skate Park, Niles, Free



Buffalo Grove Skate Park, Buffalo Grove: Hours: Open Daily: 8 am – Dusk


North Shore Beaches

Ready to hit the sand?  There’s no shortage of beautiful beaches on the North Shore. Check out where to catch the rays & waves this year from North to South


Evanston hosts multiple beach areas winding along Sheridan Road, each with its personality!  Tip – this is the longest stretch of sidewalk for pedestrians who crave lake views!

Lighthouse Beach

Clark St. Beach

Greenwood St. Beach

Lee St. Beach

South Blvd. Beach

Evanston Beach

Northwestern University Beach


Gillson Park and Beach boasts a kids’ play set, dunes, sailing, and a dog beach!


While small, Kenilworth Beach offers quite a bit with multi-level dining areas, a sailing club, and a shallow beach great for littles.


Home to a dog beach, a boating beach, and multiple available for swimming, Winnetka beaches offer something for everyone.

Lloyd Beach

Tower Road Beach, Tower will be open and fully operational this summer.

Maple Street Beach

Centennial Beach, A valid pass is required to enter the beach.

Elder Lane Beach


Glencoe Beach is perfect for families with a playground overlooking the water and a large sandy beach!

Highland Park 

Nearly ten percent of the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline is within Highland Park!

Millard Beach, A non-swimming beach for passive recreation.

Moraine Beach, Dog Beach, and a non-swimming beach for passive recreation.

Park Avenue Boating Facility, North Shore Yacht Club, concrete and sand launching ramps, and a non-swimming beach.

Rosewood Beach, Swimming beach,  beachfront Interpretive Center, nature programming, beach yoga & volleyball.

Lake Forest

Forest Park Beach has a crescent shape to keep waves at a minimum & fantastic for little ones!

Lake Bluff 

Sunrise Beach is perfect with two beach areas, play equipment, and chairs.


North Shore Playgrounds

Thornwood Park 

2400 Thornwood Avenue, Wilmette, IL

Amenities: This park has it all- and is large enough to accommodate many groups throughout the large grassy area and play set.  Two play structures, sand box, tennis courts, and a seriously large grassy area with sidewalks around the perimeter for bike and scooter riding.

Why we love it:  Centrally located off Green Bay Road, Starbucks is a hop and a skip to grab a coffee to enjoy while your tot plays & the multi age play structures are great for families with age gaps!


West Park in Lake Forest

850 North Summit Avenue (located at Green Bay Rd. & Woodland Rd.)

Amenities: Pavilion, Grills, Playground, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Ball Field, Basketball Standard.

What we love: This park is located within walking distance to Lake Forest’s Gorton Community Center, the Lake Forest Public Library and the historic downtown Market Square


Jewett Park/Jewett Park Pavilion in Deerfield

836 Jewett Park Drive (best parking location: The parking lots at Hazel Ave. & Springfield Ave.

Amenities: Ball Diamond, Pavilion, Picnic tables, Playground Equipment suitable for all ages, Rentals, Skate Park, Soccer Field, Restrooms.

What we love: This park is located within a short walking/strollering distance to shops, restaurants (Cherry Pit CafeDeerfield’s BakeryDear Franks and Upper Crust Bagels) and the Deerfield Public Library!


Pee Wee Park in Kenilworth 
525-619 Sterling Rd, Kenilworth, IL 60043

Amenities: This is a small, but good for all ages park with a baseball diamond, play structure and swings as well as a sand play area.

What we love:  Pee Wee Park’s location offers plenty of other park options for variety!  Take a short walk through the tunnel next to the park and avoid crossing busy Green Bay Road while ending at Joseph Sears School with not one, but two playgrounds- or walk across Townley Field to yet another Playground!  Each location offers something for all ages.


Spray ‘N Play in Buffalo Grove

951 McHenry Road

Amenities: Unique park structure with varying levels of slides, picnic tables and restrooms, 2 Ball Diamonds, affordable entry into the Spray ‘N Play (check hours and weather)

What we love: Buffalo Grove’s Spray ‘N Play has a great playground feature and located walking distance to the Buffalo Skate Park (1000 N Buffalo Grove Rd) and the Buffalo Grove Farmer’s Market.


Little Bear Garden Park in Glenview (The Glen)

Located at NE corner of Patriot Blvd. and Chestnut
Glenview, IL 60025, US

Amenities: Gated park with sand box, playground, water spray feature, picnic tables, clean restrooms, large parking lot with ample parking, hide n’ seek “hills” and hedge maze.

What we love: We love that this park has so much surrounding it, and parking!  It has all of the shopping and dining you could ask for located almost across the street in the heart of The Glen Town Center.  It’s best for children ages birth to age 6 and there is no tall equipment. It would be great if this park had a few swings but we’ll take their porch swings instead. Also, it’s a short drive to Kohl Children’s Museum!


Hubbard Woods Park in Winnetka

9 Green Bay Road (on the SE corner of Gage St. across the street from Graeter’s Ice Cream)

Amenities: Ample benches and picnic tables, Bike Racks, Bocce Ball Courts (balls are available for rent at Green Bay Cycles), Playground and Splash Pad, Clean Restrooms, Shelter

What we love: Hubbard Woods has ample street parking on Green Bay Rd., Gage St. (by the Once Upon a Bagel) and at the Hubbard Woods train station. Some parents will like that there is no sand at this park ;). My kids like the unique playground features like spin pole, balance table and other sensory-rich features & of course, they love to get wet!  This park is in the heart of downtown Winnetka in the Hubbard Woods district with amazing shopping and restaurants within walking distance. Strict time regulations with parking on Gage St.- you will get ticketed, so heads up!


Sunset Woods Park in Highland Park

1801 Sunset Rd.

Amenities: Large parking lot with ample parking, Restrooms, Multiple playgrounds, Tot lot, Tennis courts, Baseball Diamonds, Skate Park, Picnic Tables, Neighborhood Book Exchange, Sand box located inside tot lot, Swings, Pavilions available for rental, Grills, Walking/biking trails

What we love: This park literally has something for every age from tot to teen!  We appreciate the ample parking and picnic tables. This park is a short walking trail away from downtown highland park’s Renaissance Place that has great shopping, restaurants like Chipotle, Panera, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Beelow’s and the Renaissance Movie Theatre!

Townley Field & Park in Kenilworth

640 Ivy Court, Kenilworth, IL 60043

Amenities: This little park sits adjacent to parking for the Metra and dead ends at Townley Field, so it’s perfect for bike and scooter rides with very little traffic.  There is a sand area with diggers, a small structure for littles and bigger bars and swings for the big kids.

What we love:  The location makes this a great stop with always open parking to hit 4 different play structures in one trip!  Joseph Sears School is just across the way with 2 play sets, and just through the tunnel on the other side of Townley Field is Pee Wee Park and a baseball field!


Brown Park (a.k.a. Train Park) in Highland Park

655 Burton Ave. (located just south of the Ravinia Metra station)

Amenities: Ample street parking (depending on time of day) with adjacent parking lot that serves the Ravinia Metra station, Gated tot lot, Sand Box, swings for bigs and littles, Two jungle gym structures for different age and abilities, Picnic tables. This facility has no on-site restroom. Patrons must use the Ravinia Train station restroom which is pretty clean. There are no changing table facilities.

What we love: We love that this park is gated. The ample parking is easy and it’s walking distance to downtown Ravinia with access to great shops and restaurants like Baker Boys for treats and gelato, Piero’s Pizza (take out only), Ravinia BrewingHappy Sushi and many more! This park is also located steps from the Green Bay Trail if you’d like to make a bike trip out of your day! On Wednesdays check out the Ravinia Farmer’s Market (7am-1pm) and on Thursdays visit Ravinia’s Food Truck Thursdays open at 4-8pm! And finally, Brown Park is known as the Train Park because the kids love being able to hear and see all of the trains that pull in and out of Ravinia!


Danny Cunniff Park (a.k.a. the “green park”) in Highland Park

2700 Trail Way, located along the long road to Centennial Ice Arena, just off of route 22.

Amenities: Two gated playgrounds, one tot the other for older children; Picnic tables, basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer fields, disc golf, walking trails, restrooms

What we love: We love that this park has not one but two gated playgrounds which, makes it easier to keep track of your little buddies of different ages; from tot to teen! We also love that this becomes a stop before or after an ice skating or gymnastics class at Centennial Ice Arena. There are ample picnic tables so pack a lunch to stay n’ play. Word to the wise: keep your speeds as posted; it’s a residential neighborhood so there are a lot of kids running around and it’s also a speed trap!



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