Chicago’s Best Public Pools

Turns out you don’t need to go all the way to the Wisconsin Dells for some refreshing summer fun. Chicago is home to more than 50 outdoor public swimming pools. That means that you and your kids or friends can cool off and have fun during Chicago’s hot summer days. Check out our list of the best public outdoor pools for you to visit this summer! 

McKinley Park Pool 

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly pool with limited capacity, McKinley Park Pool is your pick. Forget about the crowds, sit back and relax! 

Holstein Park Public Pool

Holstein Park Public Pool’s quaint and peaceful atmosphere makes this one of the best kid-friendly pools in Chicago. They have modern and clean facilities and a shallow wading pool.

Palmer Pool 

Palmer Pool in West Roseland is a neighborhood favorite due to its three water slides, clean and well-maintained facilities, and day camps! We are stunned this pool is free.

Washington Park Pool  

One of the best-kept secrets of the southside is Washington Park’s outdoor pool. It has an aquatic center with an Olympic size lap pool, water slides, and a playground with waterfalls. A free waterpark right in the city? What’s not to like?!

Chase Pool 

One of North Side’s treasures, Chase Pool is super accessible, friendly, and accommodating. All that is left to do is park your car in the easy street parking and have a dip! 


Humboldt Park Pool 

Humboldt Park Pool is a top choice in our books mostly due to the stunning park surrounding it. Take advantage of the gigantic water slide and then head over to the park lagoon, boathouse, or beach area. Read our piece on Humboldt Park’s history to find out more! 


Armour Square Pool 

Situated in Armour Square Park, right across the street from the Chicago White Sox stadium, you are guaranteed to have a great atmosphere. It’s quaint, well-maintained, and accessible! 


Hamlin Pool

If you are looking for a good address for both sunning and swimming, we recommend heading over to Hamlin pool. It’s roomy and great for big groups. Once you’ve done a couple of laps, you can head over to their large sports and fitness center! 




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