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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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Cricket Hill

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Yes please!

Warren Park

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Not in love with golf courses? You will be.

Caldwell Woods

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

Soldier Field

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

Mt. Trashmore

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

Riis Park

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A decent option for the little tikes, in Belmont Cragin

Erie Park

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

Oz Park

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Light sledding only. You might need a snowmobile.

Humboldt Park

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Small feature within this jumbo park.

Gompers Park

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

Horner Park

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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.

Schiller Woods

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

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Cricket Hill

Yes please!

Warren Park

Not in love with golf courses? You will be.

Caldwell Woods

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

Soldier Field

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

Mt. Trashmore

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

Riis Park

A decent option for the little tikes, in Belmont Cragin

Erie Park

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

Oz Park

Light sledding only. You might need a snowmobile.

Humboldt Park

Small feature within this jumbo park.

Gompers Park

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

Horner Park

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

Schiller Woods

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