Swimming

a child playing at Whealan Pool Aquatic Center in Chicago

Swim, play or relax at one of three aquatic centers located in beautiful forest preserve settings.

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Locations & Hours

pool area at Cermak Family Aquatic Center

Cermak Family Aquatic Center

Located in Lyons, Cermak Family Aquatic Center offers zero-depth entry, a lazy river, small children’s slides, play features, a water playground, lounge areas, and a concession stand.


Hours

Hours vary throughout the season depending on weather and demand—always call (708-447-0715) ahead or check the Facebook page to confirm.

  • Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 7pm
  • Monday – Friday: 2:30pm – 7pm

Pools will stay open until 8pm if the temperature is above 76°F or there are more than 20 people in the pool at 7pm.


pool area at Green Lake Family Aquatic Center

Green Lake Family Aquatic Center

Located in Lansing, Green Lake Family Aquatic Center offers zero-depth entry, a tube slide, a lazy river, a small children’s slide, play features, a water playground, lounge areas, and a concession stand.

Green Lake Family Aquatic Center
1100 River Oaks Drive
708-862-1927

Hours

Hours vary throughout the season depending on weather and demand—always call (708-862-1927) ahead or check the Facebook page to confirm.

  • Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 7pm
  • Monday – Friday: 2:30pm – 7pm

Pools will stay open until 8pm if the temperature is above 76°F or there are more than 20 people in the pool at 7pm.


pool area at Whealan Pool Aquatic Center

Whealan Pool Aquatic Center

Located in Chicago, Whealan Pool offers zero-depth entry, large body slides, small children’s slides, play features, a multi-lane lap area, a water playground, lounge areas, and a concession stand.

Whealan Pool Aquatic Center
6200 W Devon Ave
773-775-1666

Hours

Hours vary throughout the season depending on weather and demand—always call (773-775-1666) ahead or check the Facebook page to confirm.

  • Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 7pm
  • Monday – Friday: 2:30pm – 7pm

Pools will stay open until 8pm if the temperature is above 76°F or there are more than 20 people in the pool at 7pm.


Single Day Admission

Single day admission must be purchased in person. Refunds are not available for any reason, including inclement weather.

Single Day Rates
AgePrice
3 years old & underFREE
4 to 12 years old$5
13 years & older$7

Season Passes

Season passes may be purchased online or in person. Refunds are not available for any reason, including inclement weather.

Season Pass Rates
PassPrice
Individual Pass$42
Family Pass (up to 4 members)$158
Family Pass (up to 5 members)$189
Family Pass (6 or more members)$220

Swim Lessons

All three aquatic centers offers CELTS Swim School Programs. Group, Private, and Babies Classes meet once a week, and last for 6 consecutive weeks. Jump start clinics include six consecutive days of 30 minute swim lessons.


Pool Parties

Host your pool party at one of our aquatic centers! Semi-private parties are available during regular hours and private parties are available after hours.


Pool Rules

  • Obey the lifeguards and follow pool rules. They are there for your safety.
  • All persons are required to shower before entering the pool area.
  • Food and drink is only permitted in the concession seating area; no outside food or drink (except water) is allowed anywhere in the facility.
  • Clean and proper swimwear is required.
  • Parents or guardians should supervise their children at all times; children under age 8 should be kept within arm’s reach.
  • Please walk on the pool deck; no running.
  • Only clean footwear and wheelchairs are allowed in the pool area; strollers are not allowed.
  • Persons with open wounds, excessive sunburn, abrasions that have not healed, or bandages of any kind cannot be allowed in the water.
  • Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices/toys are allowed. This will be indicated on the device.
  • No smoking allowed in the pool area.
  • The Forest Preserves of Cook County cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • State law requires that when lightning and/or thunder occur the pool deck and all outside areas must be cleared for 30 minutes; the Forest Preserves cannot issue refunds in the event of inclement weather.
  • All children who are not toilet-trained must wear swim diapers and tight fitting rubber or plastic pants
  • Please do not change diapers on the pool deck. Changing tables are available in the locker rooms.

Can I Swim in Lakes & Ponds?

No. Because of public health and safety concerns, entering or swimming in any waterbody in the Forest Preserves is prohibited. You are welcome to explore designated waterbodies in an approved boat.

Anyone caught entering or swimming in a waterbody in the Forest Preserves is subject to a fine of $75 to $500 per offense.