Margaret Donahue Park Playground and Splash Pad

1230 W. School Street, Chicago, IL 60657

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The Chicago Cubs helped develop an awesome new playground.

If you're looking for a sparkly new, totally safe, highly engaging playground and splash pad park, Margaret Donahue Park is a must-see!  This new neighborhood gem is the $1.2 million dollar project of the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Land Trust and The Chicago Cubs.  The 1/2 acre space is on the quiet, secluded School Street in the Lakeview area.  This is Cubs territory (though all sports teams fans are welcome - we went donning our Sox hats, so...)!

Named for Margaret Donahue, one of the nation's first female executives in major league baseball, this park shines in all its newness and glory.  There's a mini baseball field (open field for running, scooting, ball playing, etc.) with padded flooring, a splash pad, plenty of shaded tables for snacks, a mini house for tot snacks and chatting.  The rubber flooring throughout the playground has mounds and hills to summit and scoot down.  There's a little kid structure with plenty of slides, tunnels, steps and engaging things to press, push and touch - all nice and shaded too!  The main structure is designed as a mini-Chicago with the John Hancock and Sears (now Willis) Towers.  There are slides and poles and bridges and ramps and endless fun.  The park also has lots of swings.  This is another park with good site lines, so you don't have to worry too much about where you're standing because most spots are fairly visible.  

The newness (& big budget) of this park has given it a lot of buzz in the city.  It's often busy!  If you're lucky enough to come on a weekday morning, come early.  The first time we went, we went just after a small rain shower (bring a towel to wipe downswings, slides and surfaces) and we got the whole place virtually to ourselves.  This park is a little outside our neighborhood but it's definitely a destination park for us- we got lucky and scored a free parking spot adjacent to the park's gate!  

 

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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