Chicago’s Best Public Pools

Whether you’re looking to lounge in the sun, swim laps, dive, or let the kids run free, you’ll definitely have some fun in the sun at these cool-down spots.

Holstein Park

via Flickr user MacQ

via Flickr user MacQ

When the kids are tagging along, Holstein Park is your best bet. Along with the big pool, there’s a playground, separate kiddie pool, and “sprayground,” so you can keep your eye on them while keeping a safe distance from the splash zone.

Location: 2200 N. Oakley Ave.
Hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Hamlin Park

via Chicago Parks District

via Chicago Parks District

For those focused on their tans, Hamlin Park is unbeatable. This spot gets sun all day long. Grab your oil and get there early to secure a lounge chair. Otherwise, there’s more than enough room to lay out on a beach towel.

Location: 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.
Hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Portage Park

via Chicago Parks District

via Chicago Parks District

Portage Park boasts not one, but two pools, one outdoor Olympic-sized and one indoor heated. There’s even a slide and diving boards if you need a break from lounging around and want to have some fun.

Location: 4100 N. Long Ave.
Hours: Outdoor — 11:00am – 7:00pm | Indoor — Sat-Sun: 9:00am – 4:30pm, Mon-Fri: 7:00am – 9:00pm

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