The kids are heading back into school, but but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chances to swim in public pools in Chicago’s far western suburbs. There are plenty of pools still open — weather permitting — through Labor Day, although some may have certain amenities or areas closed if they don’t have enough lifeguards to staff them. As always, we strive for accuracy here at Go West, but please, please do doublecheck the hours on these pools’ websites (or better yet, call the phone numbers provided) to make sure they are open before you head out.
Sunset Pool in Geneva:
Starting with Aug. 24, the first day of school for Geneva kids, this pool will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. It will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on weekends. On the last day of the season, Labor Day — Monday, September 5 — it will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Call 630-232-4542 to doublecheck the hours.
Otter Cove Aquatic Park in St. Charles:
Open regular hours through Aug. 23. From August 24-Sept. 5, this pool is open weekends only, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (The $5 twilight swim rate is in effect 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on these weekends.) It will also be open on Friday, Sept. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closing day is Monday, Sept. 5, when it will be open 11:30 a.m to 6 p.m. However, note that the splash park portion of this complex will be open on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an admission price of $3 for residents, $4 for non-residents. This is a great option for little ones! Because of pool staff returning to school, it is possible that portions of Otter Cove will be closed on certain days. To confirm opening hours and the availability of specific amenities, call 630-513-4377.
Civic Center Aquatic Park in Oswego:
Starting Aug. 16, this pool has limited hours on weekends only from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 4. Labor Day, Sept. 5, is the last day of the season, when the pool will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 630-410-9494.
Winrock Pool in Montgomery:
This pool’s regular hours end Aug. 16. Its limited hours, Aug. 17 through Sept. 2, are 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, then closed on weekends. (Basically the reverse of the Oswegoland park District’s other pool, Civic Center Aquatic Park.) The phone number is 630-410-9494.
Phillips Park Aquatic Center in Aurora:
After mid-August, this pool is open weekends only, so Aug. 20-21, Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 3-4, from noon to 7 p.m. It is also open Labor Day, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 630-851-8686
Turtle Splash Water Park in West Chicago:
This pool’s regular season hours last through Aug. 24. Then it is open weekends only from Aug. 27 through Sept. 4, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It appears it is open on Labor Day, Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well. The phone number is 630-293-6325 (press 3) or 630-293-6320.
Rice Pool and Water Park in Wheaton:
Starting in mid-August, from Aug. 17 through Sept. 5, this pool is open on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. and on Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The phone number is 630-410-1028.
Raging Waves in Yorkville:
The water park is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through August 19, and then weekends only for Aug. 20-21, Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 3-4, with the last day of the 2016 season Labor Day, Sept. 5. The phone number is 630-882-6575.
Centennial Beach in Naperville:
Daily hours end at this beach-pool hybrid in mid-August. After that, it is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to dusk and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last day of the 2016 season is Labor Day, Sept. 5, when it will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, poor conditions, low attendance, or insufficient staffing, the manager may close the beach or certain sections of the beach. The phone number is 630-848-5092.
Sea Lion Aquatic Park in Lisle:
More limited hours begin in mid-August at this pool. The weekends of Aug. 20-21 and 27-28, it is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The weekdays in between (Aug. 22-26) is is open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It appears this pool closes for the 2016 season on Sunday, Aug. 28. The phone number is 630-964-3410.
Coral Cove Water Park in Carol Stream:
Regular hours are in effect through Aug. 21 at this pool. From Aug. 22 through Sept. 5, it is closed Mondays through Thursdays, open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, from noon to 5 pm. on Saturdays and Sundays. The last day of the 2016 season is Labor Day, when it will be open noon to 5 p.m. The phone number is 630-784-6130.
Bartlett Aquatic Center in Bartlett:
Regular hours end here on Aug. 16. After that, it is open on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., on weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 4. Closing day for the 2016 season is Labor Day, Sept. 5, when the pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Note that the park district has very detailed info on this page regarding air temperature and how it impacts pool closings. Call 630-540-4880 for more info and to doublecheck hours.
Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park in Bolingbrook:
This pool has both an indoor and outdoor component. The indoor pool is closed Aug. 15-Sept. 2 for maintenance. Reduced hours at the outdoor pool start in mid-August. Check this calendar for a detailed, day-by-day breakdown of hours, but it appears the outdoor pool is usually open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 6 p.m. on weekends, with the closing 2016 date for the outdoor pool being on Labor Day. The phone number is 630-739-0272.
Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center in Carpentersville:
Starting in mid-August, this pool is open weekends only: Aug. 20-21, Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 3-4, from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The closing date for the 2016 season is Sept. 5, Labor Day, when it will also be open from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 847-428-7131.
Ottawa Street Pool in Plainfield:
This pool, located near downtown Plainfield, has its last full day on Aug. 16. After that, it is open Saturdays and Sundays only from Aug. 20 through Sept. 5, from noon to 8 p.m. The phone number is 81-5436-8812.
Chicago Beaches in Chicago:
The city offers 24 beaches along Lake Michigan. You can check each beach for its individual rules and hours. Here’s a story about our trip to 31st Street Beach a few years ago – it’s awesome!
Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake:
This is actually a reclaimed quarry that features beautiful blue waters, lake islands, picnic area, hiking trails, a playground and spray park, concessions and more. Plus, you can rent various boats from the marina. Here’s a story about what to expect on your visit. It shortened hours begin after Aug. 21. It will be open 3:30 p.m. to sunset on Aug. 22 through Aug. 26, then noon to sunset on the weekend of Aug. 27-Aug. 28, then from 3:30 p.m. to sunset on Aug. 29-Sept. 2. Labor Day weekend it will be open 10 a.m. to sunset, with the swim beach closing for the season on Monday, Sept. 5. Note that some deep water swim amenities may be closed due to reduced staffing. The phone number is 815-459-2020.