1. Oz Park

Location: 2021 North Burling St.
Website: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Tucked away in the once run-down Lincoln Park neighborhood sits one of the lesser known of Chicago's many parks (all 550 of them). Named after L. Frank Baum (1856-1919), author of the iconic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the park is located only a few miles east of where Baum settled in 1891.

The 13-acre park is very family-friendly, but even the big kids can't help being awed by the massive, unearthly statues of Dorothy & Toto, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion. If that's not a good enough reason to check it out, you'll also find footpaths, volleyball nets, and basketball hoops. Skip down the yellow brick road to get in a couple of runs.