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The Best Swimming Pools in the Northwest Suburbs of Illinois

With Chicago’s suburbs extending north to Wisconsin, northwestern suburbs offer you several swimming pool options. Aquatic facilities that are owned and operated by a suburb provide you with affordable access, whether you are interested in swimming for fitness or entertainment. In addition to pools with lanes for swimming laps, the northwestern suburbs have aquatic centers with diving, community education classes, water slides, jet sprays and play areas for kids of all ages.


About 63 miles northwest of Chicago, the suburb of Woodstock’s aquatic center presents you with a variety of swimming options. Woodstock Water Works is a state-of-the-art outdoor aquatic center that offers an eight-lane competition swimming pool, which has 1- and 3-meter diving boards. The recreation pool at Woodstock Water Works provides you with a water park atmosphere, featuring a double flume waterslide. Additional features include a baby pool, water playground area for kids, two shelters and space for you to picnic.


Aquatic facilities in Elgin cater to all ages, whether you are swimming for fitness, competition or entertainment. Located about 40 miles northwest of Chicago, Adventure Island allows you to choose from a therapy pool, recreational pool and a competition swimming pool. The competition pool offers eight lanes that range from 5 to 12 feet deep, plus 1- and 3- meter diving boards. Kids of all ages are welcome at the recreation pool, which provides you with zero-depth entry, plus a 25-foot water slide and water play features that include a shipwrecked boat.


Roughly 30 miles northwest of Chicago, the suburb of Schaumburg allows you to choose from an outdoor water park, two outdoor pools and an indoor aquatic center. Bock Pool has a swimming pool and a separate wading pool, while Meineke Pool is an Olympic-sized pool that features a diving center. Atcher Island is a tropical-themed water park, which offers you two large water slides, water slides for kids and a water playground for kids. The Water Works is a year-round indoor aquatic facility that offers a lap pool, diving pool, water slides and a water playground.


Visiting the indoor aquatic center in Bartlett offers you a swimming pool and family-friendly leisure pool, about 34 miles northwest of Chicago. Splash Central is Bartlett’s year-round aquatic facility, which features a 25-yard pool that has a 1-meter diving board. Other features of Splash Central allow you to choose from a leisure pool with a 12-foot water slide and a whirlpool for adults.

Des Plaines

If you travel 20 miles northwest of Chicago, the aquatic center in Des Plaines is a family-friendly swimming destination. Mystic Waters is an aquatic park in Des Plaines that offers you a leisure swimming pool at the zero-depth entry Dolphin Bay. Additional options you have at Mystic Waters include big water slides, cliff diving at Sea Lion Falls, slides for small children, jet sprays and a 550-foot-long lazy river.

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About the Author

Luane Hanson began his professional writing career in 2001. He served as the arts and entertainment editor at "The Northern Student" at Bemidji State University and has had work appear in the "Bemidji Pioneer" and the "Grand Forks Herald." Hanson holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Bemidji State University.

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