Four great sledding hills in the Chicago area

Millionaire Hoy
Yahoo! Contributor Network

Chicago produces some of the most snow-filled winters to be appreciated by snow enthusiasts, but if you're looking to do something more active than making snow angels, you might want to check out these great sledding hills in the Chicago area.

Dan Ryan Woods
West 87th Street and South Western Avenue on the South Side of Chicago

If you're looking for a nice kid-friendly sledding hill with parking spots and lots of thrills, head over to the Dan Ryan Woods sledding hill, which has a 25-degree slope and lasts up to 200 feet. The Dan Ryan Woods sledding hill is great for children due to its less than challenging slope, lack of crowds and lines, and relatively short length. Unfortunately, the Dan Ryan Woods sledding hill may be less than ideal for adult thrills, but if you're out with the family, this hill is just about your best bet.

Swallow Cliff Sledding Hill
Route 83, west of La Grange Road in Palos Park

The Dan Ryan Woods sledding hill might appeal to children, but if you want a challenging sledding hill, the Swallow Cliff Sledding Hill in Palos Park offers one of the most challenging hills around. Swallow Cliff has a 50-degree slope and is as long as 400 feet, making it both twice as long and twice as steep as the kid-friendly Dan Ryan Woods hill. Although the Swallow Cliff hill provides a sledding challenge, parking is easy with a nearby lot.

Indian Road Woods Sledding Hill
Central Avenue, half a mile south of Caldwell Avenue

The Indian Road Woods Sledding Hill is a part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. It's open from 8 a.m. to sunset, and it provides a great sledding experience for both adults and children alike. Parking for this sledding hill is easily accessible, and the slope and length of these hills provide a nice challenge without being too much of a risk for children. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, the Indian Road Woods Sledding Hill can be crowded from time to time.

James Park Sledding Hill
Intersection of Oakton and Dodge in Evanston

Most of the sledding hills listed above have a smooth texture and riding surface, but sometimes a bumpy ride is in order. The James Park Sledding Hill has a 30-degree angle and lasts up to 300 feet, but one of its most ideal features is its both smooth and bumpy texture. James Park Sledding Hill can be extremely crowded from time to time, but it's one of the most thrilling sledding hills in the Chicago area and is worthy of checking out this winter.

As a husband and father of four children, Millionaire Hoy offers family-friendly advice on many topics from a father's perspective.