5 of the best spots to sled in the city

5 of the Best Spots to Sled in the City

Chicago winters are an iconic feature of the city. The cold becomes enjoyable with the plethora of outdoor winter activities available nearby. From ice skating, to playing in the snow, there’s something for everyone in the cold months. A local windy city favorite is to go sledding in one of the many outdoor spaces. We’ve gathered 4 of the best spots to sled in the city so that you can have an exciting afternoon with your family and friends.

Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park

Located on the coast of Lake Michigan, this hill within Lincoln Park is gorgeous. There are 4 sides to sled down, which means you’ll fight less crowds and have more space to yourself. This hill is great for kids or adults, making a great option on any winter day. Brave the cold and get out on these hills to make family memories that will last a lifetime. 

Warren Park

Warren Park’s hill is steep, so it might take a little more courage to take this ride. It’s exciting for kids both big and small, regardless of the quick speeds. What sets this hill apart from the rest are the stairs and railings on the sides to make your ascent easier. It also has a small warming house for easing the chill on small fingers and toes after making the descent.

Palmisano Park

In the heart of downtown, Palmisano Park is the home to a great sledding hill. It also has a scenic trail and pond for when you want to take a break from the thrill. Enjoy a winter scene fit for a photographer while your family wizzes by on the snow. There is also a nearby coffee shop to warm you from the inside out after a fun day in the cold.

Dan Ryan Woods

Open from sunrise to sunset, Dan Ryan Woods is probably the most popular sledding hill in Chicago. At nearly 200 feet high and in the shadow of the skyline, this steep hill is not for the faint of heart. This hill is lit up and fully staffed any time there is at least three inches of snow on the ground, ready to make your experience magical. 

Soldier Field

Soldier Field is great for more than just football. Even when there is no snow on the ground, the city makes artificial snow for the hill as long as it’s cold enough outside. This makes it a great option for those weeks when the cold fails to be a winter wonderland. While only plastic sleds are allowed, this is a great location for kids of all ages to enjoy the winter activity. 

Get out of the house this winter

It’s never a bad time to go sledding. Whether it’s an after school activity or a weekend staycation, a wooden toboggan or a plastic sled, this is an activity that is perfect for any winter day in Chicago. The city offers exciting entertainment options this winter, both indoor and outdoor.


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