Maggie Daley Park & Playground
337 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601
An awesome park nestled in the Loop.
Constructed in 2014 in honor of the late First Lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley Park is a must-do if you have kids between the ages of 5-12. It's a full 20 acres right near the Loop and nestled against the Lake and its conveniently connected to Millennium Park by the BP Pedestrian Bridge. While there are a ton of fun things to do in the Park - a new field house, an ice-skating ribbon, climbing walls, picnic tables and cool landscaping - my afternoon was dominated by the amazing children's playground that's like no other playground my kiddos have ever experienced. It's non-traditional in that there are no swings, but there are a ton of slides, climbing stations, and swing bridges. It really feels more natural than most playgrounds - as the elements are constructed of mostly wood and metal - and not plastic. It is also conducive for real play - think forts, imaginary games, tag.
The one thing that made me nervous is the crowd in the afternoon I was there (Friday in the summer) made it easy for me to lose sight of my child, so watch attentively. I did see a security guard on-premise, but I don't think one is that effective in a large busy area in such a big city. All that said, watch your kiddos!
Other things of note: there are picnic tables near the playground and port-a-potties too.
Bikes and dogs are not allowed.