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11 pools for cooling off during summer in Chicago

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While the lakefront and beaches are nice, there are other places to swim in warm weather. The Park District opens 49 outdoor pools in the summer, and runs 28 indoor pools all year long.

If you’d rather avoid the sand, and bustling beach scene, then try out your local pool. Make sure to check the schedule, there are some hours reserved for family swim or classes.

Indoor pools are housed in some of the city’s historic field houses and have lap lanes, changing rooms, and diving boards. However, we’d suggest finding an outdoor pool so you get to soak up every bit of a Chicago summer. Many of them are in some of Chicago’s best parks and some have lounge chairs, water playgrounds, giant slides.

And after the pool, there are plenty of things to do like exploring the Chicago Riverwalk, heading to a farmers market, or discovering a new secret park. For the best of the Chicago, check out our seasonal city guide.

Note: Points are arranged from north to south.

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1. Portage Park pool

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4100 N Long Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 685-7189
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Portage Park has both an indoor and outdoor pool plus a water playground. Find an Olympic-sized pool with eight lap-lanes, three diving boards. There’s also a smaller heated pool and the park has a dog-friendly area too.

The park has a history with professional sports. It was created for the 1959 Pan American Games and hosted the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in 1972. Plus, the boxing program at the park has turned out at least five Olympic boxers.

2. Hamlin Park pool

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3035 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(312) 742-7785
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At the pool in Roscoe Village, there’s a brick fieldhouse with lockers and changing rooms. There’s also a gym if you want to end your workout with a refreshing swim. A perk here are the lounge chairs that surround the pool.

The park has baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts. Programs here include weightlifting, walking clubs, yoga and boxing. There’s also a branch of the Chicago Public Library here.

3. Wrightwood Park pool

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2534 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-7816
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This small but mighty pool in west Lakeview offers a quiet atmosphere. The outdoor pool is surrounded by trees and there’s a sand volleyball court nearby. The park also offers a running track and playground.

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4. Holstein Park pool

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2200 N Oakley Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 742-7554
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This pool gets crowded, it sits right in the middle of Logan Square, Bucktown, and Wicker Park. It has 6 lap lanes, a wading area and there’s also a playground with water sprays.

If you’re looking for activities, the park has a great kids clubs and after school programs. The 3-acre park also comes with see-saws, swing sets, a volleyball court, baseball fields, two gymnasiums and a theater.

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5. Pulaski Park pool

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1419 W Blackhawk St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 742-7559
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This under-the-radar park tucked in a little residential pocket in Noble Square is just west of the Kennedy Expressway. There’s a lovely fieldhouse, changing rooms, baseball field, dog-friendly area, and water playground. It doesn’t get too busy here, and there’s zone-free parking.

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6. Humboldt Park pool

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958 N Sacramento Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 746-5281
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Humboldt Park has 207-acres of athletic fields, gardens, outdoor art, and is even home to the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture on the northwest side. At the lagoon, there’s a boathouse with swan-shaped paddle boats and the only inland public beach.

So with all that going on, we get it if you didn’t know there was also an outdoor pool. There’s a swirly waterslide and poolside picnic tables.

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7. Union Park pool

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1501 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 746-5494
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It’s really easy to get to this pool on the L, the Ashland Green and Pink line station is stops right outside the Near West Side park. The pool has a fieldhouse attached to it with a fitness center that you can join for $17 a month. This park has picnic areas, a playground, and is the site of several summer music festivals including Pitchfork.

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8. Garfield Park pool

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Garfield Park
Chicago, IL

The golden domed building used to be the city’s park headquarters in the 1920s. Now, it houses a grand ballroom. gym, boxing ring, and dance studio. The swimming pool just on the other side that overlooks the fishing lagoon. You’d be hard pressed to find a more charming, free pool.

9. Dvorak Park pool

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1119 W Cullerton St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 746-5088
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In Pilsen, this pool comes with a cheerful, orangey-pink fieldhouse. Its style draws inspiration from a museum back in Prague (the park was named after Czech composer). The pool has four lap lanes, and a water play area with sprinklers and fountains.

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10. Gage Park

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Gage Park
Chicago, IL

The historic Western Boulevard leads right to this park with a beautiful pool surrounded by trees. It has a splash pad, six lap lanes, and a Grecian-looking fieldhouse. If you’re looking for more, the park here has a gardening program, athletic courts, a gym, and an outdoor running track.

11. Washington Park pool

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5531 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 256-1248
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Washington Park has a ton to offer: It’s home to the DuSable Museum of African American Art, a gardening program, an arboretum, a lagoon, and playgrounds. There are athletic fields, including one for cricket, and a stately fieldhouse with locker rooms. At the Olympic-sized pool, there’s eight lap lanes, a 36-foot water slide, a kids fountain play area, and a patio with seating.

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1. Portage Park pool

4100 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Portage Park has both an indoor and outdoor pool plus a water playground. Find an Olympic-sized pool with eight lap-lanes, three diving boards. There’s also a smaller heated pool and the park has a dog-friendly area too.

The park has a history with professional sports. It was created for the 1959 Pan American Games and hosted the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in 1972. Plus, the boxing program at the park has turned out at least five Olympic boxers.

4100 N Long Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

2. Hamlin Park pool

3035 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

At the pool in Roscoe Village, there’s a brick fieldhouse with lockers and changing rooms. There’s also a gym if you want to end your workout with a refreshing swim. A perk here are the lounge chairs that surround the pool.

The park has baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts. Programs here include weightlifting, walking clubs, yoga and boxing. There’s also a branch of the Chicago Public Library here.

3035 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

3. Wrightwood Park pool

2534 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

This small but mighty pool in west Lakeview offers a quiet atmosphere. The outdoor pool is surrounded by trees and there’s a sand volleyball court nearby. The park also offers a running track and playground.

2534 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Holstein Park pool

2200 N Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This pool gets crowded, it sits right in the middle of Logan Square, Bucktown, and Wicker Park. It has 6 lap lanes, a wading area and there’s also a playground with water sprays.

If you’re looking for activities, the park has a great kids clubs and after school programs. The 3-acre park also comes with see-saws, swing sets, a volleyball court, baseball fields, two gymnasiums and a theater.

2200 N Oakley Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Pulaski Park pool

1419 W Blackhawk St, Chicago, IL 60642

This under-the-radar park tucked in a little residential pocket in Noble Square is just west of the Kennedy Expressway. There’s a lovely fieldhouse, changing rooms, baseball field, dog-friendly area, and water playground. It doesn’t get too busy here, and there’s zone-free parking.

1419 W Blackhawk St
Chicago, IL 60642

6. Humboldt Park pool

958 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Humboldt Park has 207-acres of athletic fields, gardens, outdoor art, and is even home to the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture on the northwest side. At the lagoon, there’s a boathouse with swan-shaped paddle boats and the only inland public beach.

So with all that going on, we get it if you didn’t know there was also an outdoor pool. There’s a swirly waterslide and poolside picnic tables.

958 N Sacramento Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Union Park pool

1501 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60606

It’s really easy to get to this pool on the L, the Ashland Green and Pink line station is stops right outside the Near West Side park. The pool has a fieldhouse attached to it with a fitness center that you can join for $17 a month. This park has picnic areas, a playground, and is the site of several summer music festivals including Pitchfork.

1501 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60606

8. Garfield Park pool

Garfield Park, Chicago, IL

The golden domed building used to be the city’s park headquarters in the 1920s. Now, it houses a grand ballroom. gym, boxing ring, and dance studio. The swimming pool just on the other side that overlooks the fishing lagoon. You’d be hard pressed to find a more charming, free pool.

Garfield Park
Chicago, IL

9. Dvorak Park pool

1119 W Cullerton St, Chicago, IL 60608

In Pilsen, this pool comes with a cheerful, orangey-pink fieldhouse. Its style draws inspiration from a museum back in Prague (the park was named after Czech composer). The pool has four lap lanes, and a water play area with sprinklers and fountains.

1119 W Cullerton St
Chicago, IL 60608

10. Gage Park

Gage Park, Chicago, IL

The historic Western Boulevard leads right to this park with a beautiful pool surrounded by trees. It has a splash pad, six lap lanes, and a Grecian-looking fieldhouse. If you’re looking for more, the park here has a gardening program, athletic courts, a gym, and an outdoor running track.

Gage Park
Chicago, IL

11. Washington Park pool

5531 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL 60637

Washington Park has a ton to offer: It’s home to the DuSable Museum of African American Art, a gardening program, an arboretum, a lagoon, and playgrounds. There are athletic fields, including one for cricket, and a stately fieldhouse with locker rooms. At the Olympic-sized pool, there’s eight lap lanes, a 36-foot water slide, a kids fountain play area, and a patio with seating.

5531 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL 60637