Venue: The Chicago TreeHouse
Location: 985 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Hours: Summer Season Hours through the end of September:
Monday: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7:30pm *subject to change
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Admission: Kids ages 1-15: $10.50; Adults and children under 1 are FREE.
Parking: The Chicago TreeHouse is located in a strip mall (right next to the Aldi), so parking is free and plentiful.
Our Experience: I visited The Chicago TreeHouse with my toddler son and husband. I have heard so much about this place lately that I knew we had to check it out. My first impression of the place was that the play structure was HUGE!
Although it might look crowded in the photo, it really wasn’t – especially considering the fact that there were FOUR birthday parties going on while we were there. And, speaking of birthday parties, I really liked how each party was given their own “corner” if you will, so each party seemed more intimate to me than a big room with parties going on right next to each other. Nice touch!
But, of course, The Chicago TreeHouse is really known for the massive tree play structure.
My son loved the three “really fast slides”, as he called them, and I felt comfortable enough letting him explore the play area on his own. (For those of you that know me personally and know how much of a “Helicopter Mom” I am, you’ll also know that that’s huge for me.)
It’s also important for parents to know that the platforms throughout this play structure aren’t too high for smaller kids to climb on. For the most part, my 2-and-a-half year old could climb through the entire area on his own. That was especially helpful for me because at most other play areas the platforms are too high and I end up having to crawl through the whole thing myself (leading to some very bruised up knees!). The entire climbing structure has swinging bridges, enclosed slides, padded mats and ramps, swings, and a soft basketball court.
The Chicago TreeHouse also has a small toddler area for children up to 24 months.
Parents will love the café area that serves a variety of healthy snacks, sandwiches and coffee.
I got a kick out of the “warning” posted above the café:
The Chicago TreeHouse aims to keep parents as comfortable as possible with plush seating throughout and even a large magazine rack featuring tons of reading material. They also offer free WiFi so you can get a few things done while the kids let off some steam.
Overall, we really loved The Chicago TreeHouse. My husband even said that it was his favorite play area we’ve visited so far – and we’ve been to A LOT! With a testimony like that, you’ve got to check out The Chicago TreeHouse!