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Playground Pointers is where families go to learn about outdoor play options in Chicago!

Playground Pointers is a tremendous resource that helps parents and caregivers find and evaluate playgrounds based on their specific needs.

You can search Playground Pointers' detailed database of more than 260 playgrounds (and growing) more than 3,000 photos (and growing) to find information, details and maps, helping you keep your children entertained, active and outdoors.

Great for local families and those visiting Chicago, Playground Pointers will guide you to the perfect playgrounds close to where you live or are staying. If you want to explore a new neighborhood, if you need to run an errand yet want to give your kids the chance to play outside, or want to meet another family for a playdate in a new area, Playground Pointers is where families go for outdoor play.

Playground Pointers features detailed information on each playground, with multiple photos of the equipment, details about play options, and age appropriate offerings. Additional information on water play and sports amenities are also detailed in the app.

You can search by zipcode and get directions to any playground from your current location.

Your Perfect Playground Day combines family-friendly neighborhood offerings in addition to the playground you are exploring. This feature is a great way to extend your playtime and create a day’s adventure with your children!

Playground Pointers is currently only available for Chicago playgrounds but plans to expand to the suburbs and eventually to other cities across the country. If you would like to help collect information and take photos of playgrounds in your area not yet listed in Playground Pointers, please contact Mistie at

Playground Pointers was created in 2011 by Mistie Lucht and Chris Cooper. Mistie is a former marketing and sales executive and mother of two. An outdoor enthusiast and avid runner, Mistie created Playground Pointers to make it easier for moms like her to keep their children healthy and happy through outdoor play. Chris is a technology consultant with a passion for product development. Over the years, he's spent countless hours exploring new playgrounds with his four kids.

•More playgrounds and photos added
•Data will become more searchable (i.e. a user can search for playgrounds in a specific area that ALSO have baby swings)
•Ability to set up a playdate, text and email from app
•Add Tips, Featured Playgrounds, Trends, Links to Relevant Articles, and Additional Playground Information Feature
•Addition of running routes between playgrounds for moms who want to also get active while their children have the opportunity to play outside