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5 Great Theme Parks in Chicago For All Ages

The Windy City has so much to see and do, from impressive museums to unique boutiques and trendy gastropubs. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing way to spend the day, a trip to one of the fun theme parks in Chicago is never a bad idea. Here are five of the best theme parks in the city, from sprawling outdoor amusement parks to whimsical indoor entertainment venues.

Six Flags Great America

One of the largest and best-known theme parks in Chicago is Six Flags Great America. Six Flags has something for everyone, from thrilling roller coasters and rides to live shows, water attractions, and shops and restaurants. Speed freaks will love the classic American Eagle, the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster that first slowly climbs 127 feet, building up the anticipation to that first drop before flying through 4,650 feet of fast-paced excitement. If you’d rather stay on solid ground, go for a spin on the Columbia Carousel or practice your road rage on Rue Le Dodge.

Safari Land

Escape your everyday life to wild and wonderful Safari Land, one of the best indoor theme parks in Chicago to visit when it’s cold out. Explore 62,000 square feet of indoor attractions designed for both children and adults. Make sure you don’t leave before riding the Tilt-a-Whirl and Tiger Terror, Illinois’ largest indoor roller coaster! If you’re not quite ready for the real deal, try the Maxflight Simulator, a virtual 3D experience that mimics the thrills of a roller coaster. You can also challenge your friends or loved ones to a game of bowling or one of your favorite arcade games.

Skokie Water Playground

Cool off during the warmer months at Skokie Water Playground. The outdoor water theme park has elaborate water features that provide hours of family fun. The large main pool features beach entry and a splash pad as well as three big slides. Practice your swimming form in the lap pool, or play water volleyball and other gams in the interactive play area. If you’re up to the challenge, stand beneath the big red bucket as 300 gallons of water come crashing down on you! When you’re ready for a beak, grab a frozen treat or ice-cold drink from the concession stand.

Putting Edge is one of the most popular indoor theme parks in Chicago that features mini-golf in the dark.

Putting Edge

If you’re looking for theme parks in Chicago where you can take a date, head to Putting Edge for some out-of-this world, glow-in-the-dark fun! Leave the ordinary behind as you work your way through the black-lit mini-golf courses featuring colorful and whimsical scenes. Play a variety of fun games in the arcade and snap photos with your favorite sculptures and paintings along the way. You can be sure that it will be a date night to remember!

Santa’s Village

Little ones don’t have to wait for the holiday season to visit Santa’s Village, a kid-centric theme park that opens in May. The self-proclaimed “azoosment park” combines exciting rides with fun animal encounters and water rides. Kids will enjoy seeing and learning about more than 200 animals, birds and fish and riding the heart-pumping roller coasters and water attractions. Feed an alpaca, ride the Tri-Nado, and relax at the Lighthouse Harbor deep wading pool all in the same visit! 


We hope you have a blast at these theme parks in Chicago! Which theme parks are your favorites to visit? Let us know – and if you’re looking for short-term corporate housing or a home-away-from-home in Chicago, we’d love to show you around our community. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 312-787-8080.

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