Sculpture parks are among my favorite places to visit. They offer a perfect blend of art and outdoor enjoyment. We’re fortunate that the Chicagoland area boasts several sculpture parks that are definitely worth exploring. So, pack a picnic and set out to discover these wonderful local Chicagoland sculpture parks!

International Sculpture Park – Schaumburg

Address: 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, IL 60193
Admission: Parking and entrance is completely free!

  • Locate on over 20 acres of meadow and forest
  • Some sculptures are located along the path; 3 are in the grassy area
  • Perfect for bringing the bikes along
  • See the swans in the pond

Tips to enjoy The Chicago Athenaeum’s International Sculpture Park.

Mount St. Mary’s Sculpture ParkSt. Charles

Address: Route 31 & Prairie Street. St. Charles, Illinois
Admission: Parking and entrance is completely free!

  • This may be the most family-friendly sculpture park out of all of them. There is a playground at the park and kids could ride or scoot around on the walking path (loop)
  • Sculptures change seasonally but they do have a few permanent sculptures
  • Climbing is not encouraged since some of these art pieces are also for sale

Here are tips to enjoy Mount St. Mary Sculpture Park.

Nathan Manilow Park – University Park

Address: Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484-0975
Admission: Parking and entrance is completely free!

  • Largest of all the sculpture parks at 100 acres
  • More than 30 sculptures (many of them HUUUGE!)
  • Some sculptures are located a ways from each other so it becomes more of a scavenger hunt

Here are tips to enjoy your visit to Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.