School is out for summer, so it's time to pull out the swimsuits, the suncreen and the beach towels! We hope this guide might inspire your family to try out a few new pools this summer. We really do have an embarrassment of riches in Chicago's far western suburbs. If you know of a pool in the area that's open to the public but not on this list, please share. We'd also love to hear your personal take or tips on any of the spots below.
OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS
Otter Cove Aquatic Park, part of the St. Charles Park District
Address: Located in James O Breen Community Park, at the corner of Campton Hills and Peck roads in St. Charles
Hours: A bit complicated. Click here for details.
Closing date: Sept. 3.
Amenities: A zero-depth entry activity pool; 25-yard swimming pool; body slide; tube slide; two diving boards, lap lanes; some sprayground-like features; gated toddler pool; lazy river; concession area; and family restrooms.
Admission Rates: For non-residents, $13 each. (Check the site for resident rates.) Twilight rate is $5 for all ages, whether you're a resident or not. It's from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. everyday until Aug. 10 but Sunday, when the twilight swim is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Twilight swim ends Aug. 10.
Go West’s Take: This 9-acre facility was in the planning stages and then under construction for several years. In my opinion, the wait was worth it! My daughter and I visited a number of times last summer, and each time we spent the bulk of our time in one of the featured pools: First the toddler pool, then the general-interest activity pool and then the lazy river. It really does offer something for every age, and the facility is so clean and nice and shiny! It is indeed more expensive than most other pools on this list, so try to take advantage of the twilight rate or look for one of the "buy one, get one free" coupons in the mail.