Maggie Daley Park is one of those gems that many Chicagoans have not yet discovered. Designed for families with children, it’s a wonderful place to create summertime memories. Here are a few ways to enjoy this lakefront recreational space.
1) Climbing Wall – It’s the biggest outdoor climbing wall in the country, available to climbers ages 4 and up. Different sections of the wall cater to various experience levels. First-time climbing rates range from $15-$29 per person (costs less for certified climbers). Group pricing and season passes are also available. Open daily spring through fall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2) Mini-Golf – Practice your putting at the City Mini Golf course just south of the bridge connecting Millennium and Maggie Daley parks. Costs $10 for each 18-hole game.
3) Play Garden – This massive playground takes up 3 acres and includes areas designed for specific age groups, from toddlers to preteens. Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Dogs are not allowed.
4) Camps for Kids – There are a number of camps offered for children of all ages. Nature Camp, Tennis Camp and Leadership Camp are just a few.
5) Workouts – Head to the park for a fitness class! Adult options include Pilates, yoga, circuit training and tennis lessons. There are also cardio classes for seniors, as well as boot camp and yoga classes for parents and kids to take together.
6) Bird Walk – Check out this free event on Wednesday, August 12 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the Maggie Daley Park Fieldhouse.
7) Picnic – Next year a full service restaurant is coming to the south end of the park. But for now, the Snack Kiosk is located near the climbing wall. Or bring your own meal to enjoy in one of the Picnic Groves.
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