Find your thrill: Check out our list of sledding spots in the suburbs

Cold, snowy days don't have to mean staying indoors. There are plenty of good sledding and tubing spots throughout the suburbs. Check out our list, grab your sled ... and be sure to bundle up.

Caboose Park

27908 Fairfield Road, Lake Villa Township

Hill available for sledding and has one of the area's few toboggan chutes

Lighted from 5:30-10 p.m.

Century Park

1001 Lakeview Parkway,Vernon Hills

Bears running back Matt Forte used it for training

Lighted, open until 9 p.m.

Cross-country skiing and ice skating available

Deer Grove Forest Preserve


Two hills for sledding

Biggest hill allows for enough speed to stop just before a lake

Preserve is well-known for its large deer population

Call (847) 437-8330 for sledding hill status.

Open 10 a.m. to sunset when conditions allow

Fabyan Forest Preserve


Open when there's a minimum of 4 inches of snow.

Enter off Route 25 or Route 31, north of Fabyan Parkway

Check out the historic windmills and Fox River nearby.

Open until 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and holidays.

Johnson's Mound

41W600 Hughes Road, near Elburn

  A snow day allowed Jeff Fredres of Elburn to take his kids Matt, 13, and Abby, 2, sledding at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn. Jeff Knox/, 2019

Highest point for several surrounding miles; great view

Hill rises up 200 feet

One of the first three forest preserves in Kane County

Open every day from sunrise to sunset

Lakewood Forest Preserve

Fairfield and Ivanhoe roads, Wauconda

Lights for evening sledding

Steep hill allows for good speed, but plenty of flat area at the bottom to slow down

Restrooms atop the hill

Also offers trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling

Meineke Recreation Center

220 E. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg

Next to the recreation center

North Salk Park

3160 Owl Drive, Rolling Meadows

  Evan Roberts, 8, of Roselle races down the sledding hill in Rolling Meadows. Mark Welsh/, 2021

Hill has steps to make climbing back up easier

Hill is lighted in the evenings

Flag system lets you know when it is safe to sled

Open 6 a.m. to dusk

Old School Forest Preserve

28285 St. Mary's Road, Mettawa

The sledding hill at Old School Forest Preserve in Mettawa offers hours of winter fun. Courtesy of Chip Williams

Open 6:30 a.m. to sunset

Path for cross-country skiing

Public restrooms

Des Plaines River Trail winds through the preserve

Randall Oaks Park

1180 N. Randall Road, West Dundee

Snowboards welcome

Open sunrise to sunset

Riverwalk Sled Hill

Rotary Hill, Naperville

Wooden and metal-runner sleds not permitted

Lighted and open until 10 p.m. daily

Veteran Acres

Crystal Lake

Lighted in the evening

Wing Park

1010 Wing St., Elgin

  Abraham Morales and his son Kevin, 4, enjoy a ride down the sledding hill at Wing Park in Elgin. Brian Hill/, 201

Open sunrise to sunset

Paved path for hiking

Public restrooms

Woodland Trails Sled Hill

North of Euclid Avenue on Wolf Road, Mount Prospect

Located on east side of Woodland Trails Park

Unsupervised; skis and snowboards not permitted

Additional parking allowed at Grace Lutheran Church

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