Indian Boundary Park
It exists: playground equipment that is not hideous! I've done photo features on quite a few Chicago parks this summer, but this is the first time I've seen a playground that wasn't the usual brand of butt ugly. This great looking and imaginative play area is proof that equipment doesn't have to be garish and plastic-looking for children to enjoy it. Very cool.
Indian Boundary Park is a 13-acre park in West Ridge that pretty much wins
as the coolest small neighborhood park I've seen. It opened in 1922, and was
designed as a uniquely complete little urban oasis with a lagoon/duck pond,
Tudor Revival fieldhouse, conservation area, playground, picnic groves,
sporting areas, and a cute old zoo. Sadly, the fieldhouse was extremely damaged
by a fire last year and the city recently announced that it would close the
zoo; however, a strong community spirit surrounds this part and residents
are doing their best to restore and maintain this very special place.