Summer Guide: Saving Money at Twilight Swims in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Tuesday, Jul 11th, 2017 by

Do you know about the special twilight swim rates? My family loves swimming in the summer, but it can be expensive, especially if you want to try out pools outside your “resident” park district area. But one way to get in a lot cheaper is to take advantage of the “Twilight Rates” that many of the pools offer later in the day until closing. In addition to the lower price of admission, there are usually less people in the pool, you don’t have to worry about constantly re-applying sunscreen, and if you can squeeze in an early dinner before heading to the pool, your kids will likely be exhausted and basically fall into bed when you get home!

 

So here’s a list of area public pools that offer special rates later in the day. It’s always wise to check their websites to doublecheck the hours and rates, and calling ahead is smart too, since occasionally some of these pools close early for swim meets. Hours will start to change once school is in session, so take advantage of these soon!

 

ST. CHARLES:

Otter Cove Aquatic Park in St. Charles: The Twilight Swim rate is $6 for both residents and non-residents at this St. Charles Park District pool. The special rate is offered Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hours change after Aug. 23, 2017.

 

Swanson Pool in Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles: The Twilight Swim rate is $5 for both residents and non-residents at this St. Charles Park District pool. The special rate is offered Monday through Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (This pool closes for the season after Aug. 22, 2017.)

 

A guide to rates for twilight swims at pools in Chicago's far western suburbs.

 

GENEVA:

Sunset Pool in Geneva: The Twilight Rate Rate is $4 for residents, $6 for non-residents at this pool operated by the Geneva Park District. (Children 2 and under are free.) It is valid from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day; once Geneva schools are in session (starting Aug. 23) the weekday hours for this pool are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and it’s not immediately clear if a “twilight” rate is offered. Sunset Pool closes for the season on Sept. 4, 2017.

 

Mill Creek Pool in the Mill Creek Subdivision: The Twilight Rate rate is $3.50 for residents, $5 for non-residents at this pool operated by the Geneva Park District. (Children 2 and under are free.) It is valid from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day through Aug. 20, 2017.

 

WEST CHICAGO:

Turtle Splash Water Park in West Chicago: The rates here are 1/2 price after 5:30 p.m., which translates to $4 for resident adults, $3 for resident children (ages 3-17), or for non-residents, $5 for adults, $4 for non-resident children. Children 2 and under are free.  The pool, operated by the West Chicago Park District, is open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 11, 2017. The “post-season” is weekends only from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Aug. 12 through Sept. 4, 2017. I doubt there is a twilight rate offered on those shortened-hour weekends.

 

BATAVIA:

Harold Hall Quarry Beach in Batavia: This fun spot, operated by the Batavia Park District, offers a Twilight Special on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission during these hours is $3 for residents and $4 for non-residents. Also, on “Way Back Whens-Days,” admission is $4 for residents, $7 for non-residents.

 

AURORA:

Splash Country Water Park in Aurora: This complex offers a Twilight rate on weekdays only after 4 p.m. It is $7 for non-residents, $5 for residents. The pool, jointly owned by the city of Aurora and the Fox Valley Park District, is open on weekdays until 6 p.m. Children under 2 are free. There is no twilight rate on weekends. This pool closes for the season on Aug. 13, 2017.

 

Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center in Aurora: This pool offers a Twilight rate on weekdays only after 4 p.m. It is $7 for non-residents, $5 for residents. The Phillips Park pool, jointly owned by the city of Aurora and the Fox Valley Park District, is open on weekdays until 7:30 p.m. Children under 2 are free. There is no twilight rate on weekends. This pool is open daily until Aug. 13, 2017, then open weekends only through Sept. 4.

 

MONTGOMERY:

Civic Center Aquatic Park in Montgomery: This Oswegoland Park District pool offers a Twilight Rate of $6 for residents and non-residents, applicable after 4 p.m and on early pool closing days. (It closes at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 6.) The pool is open until 8 p.m on weekdays and until 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There are limited hours starting mid-August through Labor Day weekend. Those limited hours will be posted at the pool, or you can call the Oswegoland Park District at 630-554-1010.

 

NAPERVILLE:

Centennial Beach in Naperville: Rates at this sandy beach spot drop to $3 for both residents and non-residents after 5 p.m. each day. Through Aug. 15, 2017, the beach is open until 8 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays and until 6 p.m. on Sundays. Check the schedule for the more limited hours after Aug 15, 2017.

 
ELGIN:

The Elgin aquatic centers in Lord Park and Wing Park don’t offer a Twilight Rate that I can determine.

 

WHEATON:

Rice Pool & Water Park in Wheaton: The 50 percent off Twilight Rate takes effect after 5 p.m., translating to $6.50 for non-resident adults, $4.15 for non-resident children (ages 17 and under) or $4.50 for resident adults, $2.75 for resident children. This pool, operated by the Wheaton Park District, is open until 8 p.m. every day through Aug. 22, 2017, and then more limited hours after school is in session. Find details here.

 

Northside Park Family Aquatic Center in Wheaton: The 50 percent off Twilight Rate takes effect after 5 p.m., so that translates to $6.15 for non-resident adults and $3.75 for non-resident children (ages 17 and under), or $4.15 for resident adults and $2.50 for resident children This pool is open until 8 p.m. every day through Aug. 20. It closes for the season after Aug. 20, 2017.

 

GLEN ELLYN:

Sunset Pool in Glen Ellyn: This pool, operated by the Glen Ellyn Park District, offers a twilight rate after 5 p.m. Residents (and their guests) are $5 for children (ages 3-7) and $8 for adults; non-residents are $7 for children and $10 for adults, with seniors 60 and older being $5.50. Children 2 and under are admitted free of charge. Check the pool schedule for detailed hours, but in general it seems to be open until around 8 p.m. daily through mid-August when more limited hours take effect. It closes for the season on Sept. 4, 2017.

 

BARTLETT:

Bartlett Aquatic Center in Bartlett: The Twilight Rate takes effect after 6 p.m. at this pool, operated by the Bartlett Park District. Children ages 3 through 17 are $9 for non-residents, adults are $11 for non-residents. (Note that this is only $1 cheaper than the regular daytime rate.) For residents, the Twilight Rate is $7 for children, $9 for adults. Children 2 and under are always free. The pool is open until 8 p.m. through Aug. 15, 2017, then more limited hours take effect. Click here for details.

 

CARPENTERSVILLE:

The Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center in Carpentersville: The evening rates take effect after 6 p.m on weekdays and after 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This special rate is $4 for residents (all ages) and $6 for non-residents.  The pool is open until 8 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends through Aug. 13, 2017, then more limited hours take effect. Find more info here.

 

2 thoughts on “Summer Guide: Saving Money at Twilight Swims in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

  1. Kristin

    I just asked about twilight rates for Sunset Pool after August 23. Pool hours will be 4:00-7:00 and it will be a twilight rate for that entire time.

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