6 Best Skateparks In Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago is one of the largest cities in the world. Its iconic skyline is a reminder that the Windy City is an international financial, educational, and cultural hub. The prosperous and influential metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1871. Since then, its progress has been steady as innovations in architecture, urban planning, and construction continue to arise. A city in a garden, Chicago’s recreational facilities are among the best in the United States of America. The city government shows its support to the skateboarding community with a dedicated spot for skateboarders of all ages. Check out the best skateparks in Chicago, Illinois.

1. Burnham Skate Park

Burnham Skate Park
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The focus, dedication, and agility shown by competent skateboarders are evident in the fact that skateboarding is not a fad. Burnham Skate Park is one of Chicago’s prime spots for dedicated skateboarders. You will find all sorts of riders in this outdoor concrete facility, and they are all true athletes trying to achieve perfection on the rails, grind boxes, quarters, and mini-ramps. You can appreciate the sense of purpose in immediate and advanced skaters who frequent the skatepark’s bowl. Beginners can learn much from observing and practicing on the obstacles. Burham Skate Park is named after the urban designer and architect, Daniel Burnham.

Burnham Skate Park

Address: Burnham Park, Chicago, IL 60616, United States

Website: Burnham Skate Park

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

2. Wilson Skate Park

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Wilson Skate Park is a light concrete facility that is only exclusive for skateboarding. There are several ledges and grind boxes to keep skaters happy. You won’t find the need to watch out for BMX bikers because they are not allowed in this hallowed ground. There’s a pyramid, steps with grind ledges, two square rails, pipes, and two bowls. There’s enough space for everyone when two groups of skaters unknowingly decide to use the facility simultaneously. The bowls have hips, and one of them has a spine. Interestingly, the skatepark is close to Montrose Beach on Lake Michigan. Taking a swim (if there’s a lifeguard on duty) is always a possibility after your practice runs.

Wilson Skate Park

Address: W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, United States

Website: Wilson Skate Park

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

3. La Villita Skate Park

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Spohn Ranch is a California-based company specializing in skatepark design and construction. One of their projects is La Villita Skate Park in Chicago. While it’s not as big as other spots in the city, there are enough challenges to keep you occupied. Expect to find typical features such as quarterpipe, ledge, ramp, handrail, stairs, pole, and funbox. if you’re serious about improving your skills as a skater, you will spend time conquering these obstacles. The steps have metal edges with an interesting angle and a launch ramp for jump practice. Access to the facility is free.

La Villita Skate Park

Address: 2800 S Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60608, United States

Website: La Villita Skate Park

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

4. Grant Skate Park

Best Skateparks In Chicago, Illinois
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Grant Skate Park is a sprawling, wheel-friendly outdoor project of the Grant Park Conservancy, Chicago Park District, and Altamanu landscape architects. The park’s design took into consideration the needs not only of skateboarders but also BMXers and rollerbladers of Chicago. Opened in 2014 after two years of construction, Grant Skate Park is intended for younger riders and embraces a diverse community. The skatepark features half-pipes, stairs, and rails for beginners. It’s a place where new riders can feel safe in trying out new moves and developing advanced skills.

Grant Skate Park

Address: 1135 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, United States

Website: Grant Skate Park

Opening hours: 6am - 9pm (daily)

5. Little Village Skate Plaza

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Improve on your skateboarding technique at Little Village Skate Plaza’s concrete obstacles. Admission to the park is free and all sorts of wheels are allowed, including skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, and BMX bikes. Despite its small area, Little Village Skate Plaza offers enough obstacles for beginners such as wedges, ramps, flat rails, grind boxes, stairs, and ledges. It’s a neighborhood park where you can take it easy on the weekends. It’s also a facility where serious riders can sharpen basic skills.

Little Village Skate Plaza

Address: 4325 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60623, United States

Opening hours: 5am - 7pm (daily)

6. Logan Blvd. Skate Park

Logan Square Skate Park
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Logan Blvd. Skate Park is known for its art installations and ramps. The original artwork adorning the skatepark was sourced from the community. The site features the works of Lucy Slivinski, a local sculptor. Logan Blvd. skatepark stands out from the pack because of its location. The 1.2-acre (0.5-hectare) obstacle course is situated under Kennedy Expressway in Logan Square. The fun features include quarters with hips and a bowl corner with a spine. The skatepark is unsupervised and open to all, including BMX bikers.

Logan Blvd. Skate Park

Address: 2430 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647, United States

Website: Logan Blvd. Skate Park

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

Set your sights on Chicago's skateparks

Chicago’s public skateparks have it all—small community areas for beginners, sprawling concrete obstacles, compelling transitions, and steep bowls to challenge advanced riders. To support the needs of its skateboarding community, Chicago continues to improve on its facilities.

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