Even though the Fourth of July has passed, there are still plenty of long summer days left. Spend them at one of these parks:
1. , 700 E. Walnut St., Hinsdale
Peirce Park is one of the busiest places to be during the early summer months. It's home field for the Hinsdale Little League, and right now you can catch a Little League All-Star game at Peirce most nights of the week. The park also features tennis courts and a playground, and is the perfect distance for a leisurely walk from downtown Hinsdale.
2. , 304 N. Vine St., Hinsdale
Burns Field is fun to visit all year long. During the winter months, part of the park is frozen into an ice skating rink. In the summer, though, it's more likely to be the location of a pick-up basketball game or children's tennis lessons.
3. , 8555 Walredon Ave., Burr Ridge
If you're looking for a park where younger children will love to play, check out Stevens Park. It is geared for kids ages 2-5, and they'll love the rock structure and safe playground. Older kids can still enjoy Stevens too; there's even a zip line!
4. , 10s474 Madison St., Burr Ridge
This park has a wide variety of activities. Older kids will love the skate park and baseball diamond, but there are also two playgrounds and a picnic shelter perfect for summer lunches. The park's hill is also an ideal destination for sledding in the winter.
5. , 1 Park Ave., Clarendon Hills
Located near in Clarendon Hills, Prospect Park is an expansive 23 acres. Its features include four lighted tennis courts, a campfire area, two baseball fields, and picnic pavilions. The fishing pond and weeping willow trees make Prospect an ideal place to relax on a summer afternoon.