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Maggie Daley Park, Chicago

4.8
#6 of 22 in Parks in Chicago
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A major construction project continues at the former Daley Bicentennial Plaza site, now being transformed into the magnificent Lakefront recreation center, Maggie Daley Park. As part of a staggered opening, the Skating Ribbon and playground area is now open to the public, and the fieldhouse is now open for Chicago Park District programs.

Amenities include a Skating Ribbon, fieldhouse, Climbing Park for both expert and novice climbers, Play Garden for children, an Enchanted Forest with a mirrored maze and kaleidoscope, The Lagoon, The Sea and The Harbor play apparatus for toddlers, a Wave Lawn for recreation for all ages, a Slide Crater with spiral slide and wide and rail slide features, as well as access to event rental space in the fieldhouse, lawns, and Cancer Survivors' Garden.
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4.7
  • Well kept and clean park with supervised huge climbing wall structures for all ages. There are bathrooms  more »
  • We arrived here by chance - we were really trying to get to the Fountain and took the pedestrian bridge out of Millenium as a way to get to the fountain. We ended up playing mineature golf, for a cost...  more »
  • Yes the best park I ever seen in my life. Perfect design for kids and parents. Foam ground everywhere makes safe for kids. The park is huge! we have little girls age of 2yrs and 3 an half also my pare...  more »
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  • What a terrific place to take kids. We brought our boys there a few times while in town. It's in way better condition than you expect. I'm just used to run down stuff in Toledo, so I didn't expect much. The slides and climbing towers are really awesome to see. The splash pad was perfect for the hot weather. Also, all the parents and people there are very polite, and all seem to enjoy each other's conversations as much as the kids love playing. That's just what must be part of the friendly attitude of Chicago.
  • My oldest daughter was a little old for this (she is 11) but admitted it was a truly awesome park. She even went on the slides. My 7 year old had a blast! I wish I had brought the swimsuits because there were some cute water features that I missed reading about. It definitely had a Wow factor.
  • This place is amazing. The playground is the best I have ever seen. There is something for everyone; small slides and tiny climbing hills for toddlers, water play, baby swings, "nest swings" which are perfect if you have 2 or 3 kids, forts with tall slides for older kids. A really large climb wall and roller skate area. Make sure to park in the Millennium Park Garage Lakeside. Or street park on or near Randolph St.
  • One of Chicago's finest parks for young children. There are plenty of different activities (rock climbing, ice skating (winter only), various playgrounds segregated by age, splash pads (summer only), walking paths, mini-golf, etc). For children 10ish and younger, there is easily enough to do for 3-5 hours of fun. There is limited street parking (with meters) and the underground lot can be expensive. Try a parking-lot app like Spot Hero to find better prices. Playing in a park surrounded by skyscrapers is a neat thing to do. Enjoy!
  • This is a beautiful park with lush green trees in the midst of busy loop area. Definitely do the Snake bride to get an awesome view of the buildings around,specially at night. It has nice areas to sit and relax and enjoy downtown aura !!!

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