Goudy Square Park

1249 N. Astor Street

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A Posh Playground in the Heart of The Gold Coast

Goudy Playground is tucked away on the quiet Gold Coast corners of Astor Street & Goethe.  It's a gated park with tons of mature trees and benches to provide shade and a spot to sit and snack.  The park's sightlines are clear and visible from just about every corner of the park, so a busy parent juggling multi-aged kiddos can rest (a little) easier when trying to track each active kiddo.  The park is well loved and has a very active neighborhood support group.  It's got rubber padding under the structures and has an older kid structure with climbing nets and balance bars, etc.  Younger kids also have a structure in a separate area with slides, a ride-on "rocket", and plenty of things to climb.  Near to the little kids’ structure is a "car" structure where babies and tots can go in and out of doors, fill up the gas and drive.  There are also statues/sculptures scattered about throughout the park and the turtle and frog tend to be favorites for tots and babies to sit on or climb. There are also plenty of swings for all ages and abilities.  

There are water fountains (turned on seasonally) in the playground but no nearby toilets.  One can easily change a baby's diaper on a bench or along one of the foot walls that enclose some of the garden parts.  There are usually bubbles and chalk (sometimes balls) left behind for all to share.  There aren't many playgrounds in this ritzy area of the city so this one gets busy on summer weekends.  Nearby daycares and preschools without their own spaces frequent this spot mid-mornings almost every day of the week.  But we tend to come early and have the place to ourselves at least for a short period of time on a weekday morning.    

This area of the city has a renowned Halloween bash for trick or treating.  And the heart of it all is the kid/family friendly party held right in Goudy Playground.  Plan ahead for this time of year and definitely stop by.  It's a blast and every Chicagoan, native or touring, should experience the magic and spookiness of Halloween in this area.   

Reenie O'Brien King
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A Chicago native, Reenie grew up in the city's Old Town area. After 6 years on the east coast (Boston and Philly) with her husband, Cabell, they returned to Chicago in 2018 and have settled in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area of the city. Reenie is the proud, dedicated and playful mom to two kids, Tiernan (4) and Adeline (2) and one on the way (due in May 2021). She holds a Master's in Education from DePaul University and has taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Middle School Drama and 8th Grade Art. Despite taking time off from full- time classroom work, Reenie remains passionate and active in the educational field serving on the boards of ISCJ School in Chicago and Ingles Sin Limites in El Salvador. She is a founding member and former chairman of the Junior Board at Chicago's Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Reenie has also done work at Scattergood Ethics at The University of Pennsylvania and consulted with Free Forest School Illinois and Hike it Baby Philadelphia. Currently home "daily adventuring" with her kids, Reenie also serves as the Director of Online and Print Content at her family's Mental Health company, MADO Healthcare. A passionate traveler, horseback rider, yogi, mental health advocate and aspiring Children's Book Author, Reenie is glad to share some views of the city she loves with Happy.ly!
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