Splash Landings Aquatic Center
Little kids will appreciate the zero-depth pool entry, while big kids will dig the air-traffic-control-themed slide at this Glenview Park District facility. Mom and Dad want to soak worry-free in the warm therapy pools? Park the tots in childcare for $7 an hour.
$7 for nonresidents. 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview
Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center
The real draw of joining DePaul’s gym (“The Ray”) is access to its pool. With six lanes open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days, you’ll rarely battle crowds. Kickboards and pull buoys are there for the borrowing.
$69 to $125 a month if not affiliated with DePaul. 2235 N. Sheffield Ave., Lincoln Park
Don’t be deceived by the dreary locker rooms at this Chicago Park District spot. Sunlight floods the ground-level pool and banishes seasonal affective disorder while you dog-paddle, thanks to two towering walls of windows that overlook Welles Park.
$25 a month or $40 for three months. 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave., Ravenswood
Kroc Center Chicago
Two three-story slides, a water playground, and a vortex pool promise to turn subzero Saturdays into a day at the beach, if the beach banned bikinis and smelled like chlorine.
$2.50 to $10. 1250 W. 119th St., West Pullman
It’s a splurge, but trust you’ll feel old Hollywood glam: The hotel’s junior Olympic-size pool sits 14 floors above Michigan Avenue, is surrounded by plush cushioned chaises, and has a viewing balcony gilded in hand-painted Spanish tiles. You fancy.
$25. 505 N. Michigan Ave., Magnificent Mile