8 Natural Playgrounds to Run Wild At


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Bye-bye, plastic playgrounds. We’ve found a slew of natural oases to cut loose in. Made from wood, stones and good old-fashioned dirt, they’re Earth’s way of saying “Have a blast!” Click through our album to discover eight playgrounds made from natural materials. Who needs bells and whistles when you have fun like this?

Oz Park

Calling all munchkins: Follow the yellow brick road to Dorothy’s Playlot. It’s located on the west side of the park, near the Dorothy statue. The mostly wooden playground –– with slides, bridges and climbing –– is a shady oasis from the summer sun. The park is a delight for “Wizard of Oz” fans, with statues of the movie’s main characters spread throughout.

2021 N. Burling St. (312-742-7898 or chicagoparkdistrict.com)

Do you know a natural playground that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Kelly Haramis

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