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Mapping Chicago's Local, Easy-Access Sledding Options

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There's not much to say to improve upon sledding as activity, but if you don't know where to look in this town you'll rarely see it performed. There are a number of satisfactory elevations dispersed throughout Chicago's neighborhood parks— mostly man-made amenities and registering as little more than mole hills beyond the Prairie. But we make the most of it. Favorites include the Soldier Field (North Burnham Park) hill, a feature of whimsical landscape design; Horner Park's delightfully random slope; Evanston's Mt. Trashmore (complete with sled graveyard); and the more naturalistic gradients of Caldwell and Schiller Woods— they of the treasured ring of forest preserve. Because some will simply make for the 'burbs and better, more rugged slopes, we're calling this our map of passable city sledding sites. If it ever snows again, you'll be ready!

Researched by Arabella Watters

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1. Cricket Hill

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4600 N. Simonds Dr.
Chicago, IL

Yes please!

2. Warren Park

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6621 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 262-6314
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Not in love with golf courses? You will be.

3. Caldwell Woods

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6200 W Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646
(800) 870-3666
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In the Forsest Glen area. As remote as it gets within city limits

4. Soldier Field

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1410 Museum Campus Dr
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 235-7000
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The best thing about the new Soldier Field campus. Great for sprinting and tumbling in summer!

5. Mt. Trashmore

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Dodge Ave & Mulford St
Evanston, IL 60202

A 65-foot sledding hill made of landfill. Check out the sled graveyard! Technically outside the city, but close enough for our purposes.

6. Riis Park

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6100 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60639
(312) 746-5363
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A decent option for the little tikes, in Belmont Cragin

7. Erie Park

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630 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60610

Sledding is about the only thing you can do with this teensy space come winter. Just don't jump the river wall.

8. Oz Park

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2021 N Burling St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-7898
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Light sledding only. You might need a snowmobile.

9. Humboldt Park

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1400 N Sacramento Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 742-7549
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Small feature within this jumbo park.

10. Gompers Park

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4222 W Foster
Chicago, IL
(773) 685-3270
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A hillier-than-average 39 acres at Foster & Pulaski.

11. Horner Park

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2741 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 478-3499
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One of the largest parks on the Northwest side, you can't miss the respectable slope near the park's Montrose & California corner.

12. Schiller Woods

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River Rd
Schiller Park, IL 60634

Yeah, there's real wildlife here. And real sledding too.

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1. Cricket Hill

4600 N. Simonds Dr., Chicago, IL

Yes please!

4600 N. Simonds Dr.
Chicago, IL

2. Warren Park

6621 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

Not in love with golf courses? You will be.

6621 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60645

3. Caldwell Woods

6200 W Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60646

In the Forsest Glen area. As remote as it gets within city limits

6200 W Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646

4. Soldier Field

1410 Museum Campus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

The best thing about the new Soldier Field campus. Great for sprinting and tumbling in summer!

1410 Museum Campus Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

5. Mt. Trashmore

Dodge Ave & Mulford St, Evanston, IL 60202

A 65-foot sledding hill made of landfill. Check out the sled graveyard! Technically outside the city, but close enough for our purposes.

Dodge Ave & Mulford St
Evanston, IL 60202

6. Riis Park

6100 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

A decent option for the little tikes, in Belmont Cragin

6100 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60639

7. Erie Park

630 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60610

Sledding is about the only thing you can do with this teensy space come winter. Just don't jump the river wall.

630 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60610

8. Oz Park

2021 N Burling St, Chicago, IL 60614

Light sledding only. You might need a snowmobile.

2021 N Burling St
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Humboldt Park

1400 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Small feature within this jumbo park.

1400 N Sacramento Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Gompers Park

4222 W Foster, Chicago, IL

A hillier-than-average 39 acres at Foster & Pulaski.

4222 W Foster
Chicago, IL

11. Horner Park

2741 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

One of the largest parks on the Northwest side, you can't miss the respectable slope near the park's Montrose & California corner.

2741 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

12. Schiller Woods

River Rd, Schiller Park, IL 60634

Yeah, there's real wildlife here. And real sledding too.

River Rd
Schiller Park, IL 60634