Time for a Dip: The Haute 5 Swimming Pools in Chicago

Swimming, swimming in the swimming pool, when days are hot, when days are cold, in the swimming pool. Breast stroke, side stroke, fancy diving too. Oh, don’t you wish you never had anything else to do but take a dip in these haute 5 pristine waters?

Lincoln Park Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Directly North of the Lincoln Park Zoo, The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is located south of Fullerton Avenue. Originally built in 1889 for raising tropical water lilies, the Lily Pool was redesigned in the prairie style during the 1930’s by Alfred Caldwell to mimic a melting glacier flowing through limestone bluffs. Patrons are allowed to swim among the lilies and waterfall in your very own secret zen garden.

Lincoln Park Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, Fullerton Pkwy and Cannon Dr., Chicago.

East Bank Club

A veritable Chicago institution, the East Bank Club is recognized as one of country’s most prestigious fitness, sports and dining facilities for over 29 years. With more than 10,000 members and 600 employees, The Club encompasses more than 450,000 square feet. East Bank Club has two indoor pools, an adult outdoor pool and a children’s outdoor pool for over 50 yards of water. See and be seen.

East Bank Club, 500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago.

Promontory Point

Designed by renowned architect Daniel Burnham, “the Point” is a man-made peninsula that juts out directly into Lake Michigan. Home to Chicago’s second World’s Fair in 1933, it is a great spot to swim freely with a perfect view of the Chicago skyline. Named by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois to the 2004 List of 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois, take advantage of the spot before it’s too late.

Promontory Point, 5491 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago.

Holstein Pool

Located in yuppie and hipster Bucktown, Holstein Pool was originally constructed back in 1854 to enhance the area and its property values. The area was known as Holstein, an enclave of laborers and craftsmen from Schleswig – Holstein, a region of Germany. Now one of the best places to meet singles, the Holstein Pool is surrounded by prairie-like play fields, an outdoor theater, and flower gardens.

Holstein Pool, 2200 N. Oakley, Chicago.

Hidden Creek AquaPark

Looking for a fun way to spend a day in the ‘burbs or need to entertain the kiddos? Hit up Highland Park Park District’s Hidden Creek AquaPark. Clean and well-maintained, they have a covered sand area and a zero wading area for preschoolers, and slides and diving boards for older kids.

Hidden Creek AquaPark, 1220 Fredrickson Pl., Highland Park.