Getting outside on sunny, warm days is just as important as getting fresh air on the snowy cold ones. Visiting local playgrounds is a great way to spend time (and expend energy!) with our kids. Luckily, Logan Square is home to many playgrounds—some unique, some new, some quaint and some in need of a renovation! Whichever playground you visit, enjoy this special space that has been created for outdoor playtime.
Here is an overview of Logan Square playgrounds with the play details you need to know to have the best time with your little ones.
1. Erhler Playground
• Address: 2230 W. Cortland St.
• Play Details: Great climbing structures for all ages in a bright, cheery playground on a quiet street. The toddler train and cars are a unique imaginative play option. Come prepared for sandbox play.
• Special Tip: Play then head west to Milwaukee for some fun art classes at Easel or a yummy meal at Irazu, featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on the Food Network.
2. Haas Playground
• Address: 2402 N. Washtenaw Ave.
• Play Details: Gorgeous new playground with a newly renovated field house. This playground is packed with climbing structures in a compact, contained layout. A water sprayer makes it a great play location on a hot day.
• Special Tip: There is so much along Fullerton near this playground. Make a day of it and grab lunch nearby, or cool off in the library a few blocks to the west.
3. Lucy Flower Playground
• Address: 2554 W. Moffat St.
• Play Details: Word on the street is that this playground will get a makeover soon. Until then, enjoy this quaint playground and shaded sandbox.
• Special Tip: This is a true neighborhood playground, nestled in the streets of Logan Square. Live outside of Logan Square? Make it a fun destination and enjoy this neighborhood as you get there.
4. Unity Playground
• Address: 2636 N. Kimball Ave.
• Play Details: This long, narrow playground is near the heart of Logan Square and has everything. A pirate ship climbing structure! A beautiful garden! A water sprayer! And bathrooms!
• Special Tip: With paths for bike or scooter riding, a grassy field, great climbing structure options for all ages and just steps from places to eat in a happening neighborhood, it’s a great place to play!
5. Kosciuszko Playground
• Address: 2732 N. Avers Ave.
• Play Details: This renovated playground has awesome climbing structures for all ages, as well as picnic tables, adjacent fields and paths, and a large field house (with bathrooms!).
• Special Tip: The field house in this large park offers many classes and has an indoor pool.
6. Mozart Playground
• Address: 2036 N. Avers St.
• Play Details: This one is an older yet charming playground, with a field house adjacent to a large, beautiful field. Not the best for little ones as the structures are wooden and the base is wood chips.
• Special Tip: Be sure to check out the sports murals along the field house wall.
7. Maple Playground
• Address: 2047 N. Spaulding Ave.
• Play Details: Small, older playground tucked right in the neighborhood.
• Special Tip: Good spot for some quick playtime, but probably better for older kids as the equipment is wooden and higher—tough for little kids to play on.
8. Monticello Playground
• Address: 1814 N. Monticello Ave.
• Play Details: The playground felt a bit abandoned when I visited, and the structures were covered in graffiti.
• Special Tip: Until this playground gets renovated, I would recommend visiting others for playtime.
9. Palmer Park
• Address: 3100 W. Palmer Square
• Play Details: A playground that encourages exploration of all the different play areas situated in a park-like setting. Great for all ages, from crawlers to older kids for imaginative play.
• Special Tip: Create an “exploration” adventure. Start at one end of Palmer Square biking or walking along the paths and “discover” each playground nook, taking the time to follow the stepping stones. Pack a picnic and bring outdoor toys for once the adventure is over.
10. Julia de Burgos Playground
• Address: 1805 N Albany St. (Albany and Bloomingdale, on the north side of the elevated track, 1 block east of Kedzie and between North and Armitage.) It was hard for me to find!
• Play Details: Such unique structures! The park is located along the Bloomingdale Trail, which is soon to undergo drastic renovation and become the 606.
• Special Tip: Enjoy the “bug” and nature theme at this playground. Climb on a large friendly spider, scale a butterfly’s wings and enjoy a web climbing structure. Be sure to check out the mosaic bench!
11. Holstein Playground
• Address: 2200 N. Oakley Ave.
• Play Details: So much to do here! Swim, splash, play. The playground’s structures have something for every age, with traditional as well as the more modern climbing options.
• Special Tip: Spend time in the large pool or small kids’ wading pool in the summer. When the pools shut down for break, change and use the restrooms in the field house, then play at the playground while drying off. A sure way to get the kids tired on a summer day!
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