Chicago Splash Park

The next time you’re in Chicago, take the kids to Crown Fountain in Millenium Park. It’s our absolute favorite water spot in the city, and it’s totally free. The fountain has a large splash area and is right downtown. It’s bordered by Michigan Avenue and the city’s skyscrapers – you can even see the building that makes a cameo in Adventures in Babysitting! Now you’re hooked, be honest.

Even though it’s surrounded by the city, it’s tucked into a beautiful green park. The fountain is also a few steps from Cloud Gate (usually called The Bean), which is another must-see and adorable for photos.

The fountain is actually a video sculpture that features two tall screens showing images of people’s faces. Each ‘face’ spouts water onto a splash pad, which is where the fun ensues.

When you go, it’s best to have the kiddos in swimsuits because they’ll get soaked. The first time I went, I didn’t do that and totally regretted it on the ride home! Also, bring along a beach towel to dry them off and be sure the kids have water shoes since the splash area is made of stone. There are benches along the edge where you can sit and take pretty photos, too.

Let me know if you go or if you’ve been! Comment below, and you can also find me on Instagram @btwn_the_lines.


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Comments (7)


  1. Posted by: Allison

    love this! i will def take the boys this summer!

  2. Posted by: TrishO

    We also love to go. If they go in the heat of the summer, Target usually has a family festival at the park. Each day a different group runs the program. It is free, full of music, and fun.

  3. Posted by: Holly

    I live in Chicago and this IS a great activity with kids. If you are planning a trip, know that there are places to buy food in the park and next to it along Michigan Ave. Also, the Old Town School of Folk Music runs a kids music class in the tent right by the splash park starting at 10am every day beginning in June. Though it doesn’t have playground equipment, the park is huge, has lots of shade and is just a great place to spend a summer day.

  4. This place is fabulously fun for the whole family during the hot days of summer.

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