Skate Shops & Parks

Skate Shops & Parks

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Illinois:

Chicago:

La Villita Skate Park (LV2 or Prison Park)

LV2 Skate Park Looking North

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Skatepark Name: La Villita Skate Park (LV2 or Prison Park))
Usually called Prison Park since it’s next to the Cook County Department of Corrections or LV2 standing for Little Village 2 as there are two skateparks in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. The other one is Piotrowski Park or LV1.

It’s nick names come from the fact that there’s two skate parks in Little Village (LV2) and it’s proximity to the Cook County Jail at 26th and California. I hope the closest you ever get to there is the skate park! The skate park is one smaller component to the overall La Villita Park, complete with playground, basketball courts, soccer fields.

The skate park has a ton of obstacles crammed into a smallish space. I hear a lot of people pick this park apart for how it could be better. Sure they can always be better but the one gripe that is completely warranted is the slope of this park. The entire thing is on an angle. I’m assuming its for drainage. That being said the northern part of the skate park is the low side and goes right into a grassy / muddy ditch. Consider yourself warned if you are skating after it rains. One other bit of issue is the grinding ledge on the manual pad. The metal is really soft and seems to want to buck you off. Beware the amount of wax on this curb. You’ll come off faster than you started!

Now the fun stuff. Like I said there’s a ton of stuff to skate here. Ledges, rails, ramps, stairs…all of the stuff a skatepark should have, right? Some of the unique features and favorites at LV2 are: The steps make some interesting right angles and have metal edges. Fun to grind from one step and ollie from one to the next or around the 90 corner. There’s a bank style launch ramp that is a ton of fun to jump and there’s a hand rail next to it. Once you spend some time here you’ll start to see where you can transfer from one obstacle to the next and get creative.

Pro Tips:
Parking: There’s free parking on 27th street. I usually enter here even thought it’s a trek up the sidewalk. It’s fun coming back down but don’t toe drag to slow down. Your next stop will be the skate shop to get a new pair of shoes. Trust me on this one. That concrete will eat right through the sole of your shoe.
This park can get crowded. If there’s a soccer game or it’s a nice Saturday afternoon it will be packed. If you can’t park on 27th you can park on Whipple South of 27th.

The other plus of parking on 27th is the fact that you are steps away from the Discount Mall.
The Discount Mall is a great place to get some tacos after skating. There’s a bathroom here too. That’s a plus since the one by the skate park is often closed. This place is also a treasure trove of discount goodies. Stereo equipment to clothing to birds. This place has it all. 3 for $10 shirts are a steal!

There are lights for night skating!


Piotrowski Skate Park (LV1)

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Skatepark Name: Piotrowaki Park (LV1)
Usually called LV1 standing for Little Village 1 as there are two skateparks in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. The other one is Called La Villita, Prison Park or LV2.

Inside / Outside:
Outside

Open / Closed:
6am – 11pm

Free or Pay:
Free

Are Pads Required?
No

Riding Surface?

Concrete

Lights:
You can see around the manual pad area. Everything else is too dark.

Washrooms:
Park District building to the East. Enter on North side of building. Bathrooms are on the right.
If that’s closed and you gotta go. Go towards Cicero and hit up one of the gas stations there.

Review:
Of all the Chicagoland Parks this one feels the most like a street spot. It feels like you are skating in a urban plaza. Lots of street obstacles. Benches and manny pads are perfect.

Insider Tips:
Parking: You can park on 31st. No meters. The lot is good too but be careful. On busy days people will park in the middle of the lot making it difficult to get out. Watch for weirdos, especially at night. Thirsty? Do hit up the machete guy over by the old pickup truck. Get a coconut!

Other:
On the Southside of 31st St.

Is there a pro shop on site?
No
Nearest shop is Prosper

Food / Drinks nearby:
Machete guy or any of the carts on 31st.

My 2 Cents:
I really like this park. I feel comfortable here. But again, watch out for weirdos.
Eat while you are in the neighborhood. So many good spots.

Management of Skate Park:
Chicago Park District

Emergency Phone Number:
911

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Prosper Skate Shop

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Prosper is located in the heart in Chicago’s famous Little Village neighborhood. Prosper was founded in 2011 to take care of the southside of Chicago’s skateboard community and help grow the scene to its fullest potential.


Skate Bunker™ By Pardon My Thrashing®

**MOVING TO A NEW FACILITY FOR FALL / WINTER. Private membership park that is managed by Pardon My Thrashing. Please see web-page for more info**

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Just steps (or pushes) away from the Western Ave. Blueline Stop, Western Milwaukee, Armitage buses.

The Skate Bunker is a private membership skate facility in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, IL. The skate Bunker does offer open skates during the week and weekend and is open for new members.

Skateables:

  • “Ramp Room” Contains:
  • 3.5ft Mini Ramp
  • 2.5ft Mini Ramp
  • Bank to ledge (Replica of the Palatine Banks)
  • 4ft quarter pipe
  • Various other obstacle: launch ramps, kickers, parking blocks
  • Dedicated street area with:
  • Two 13ft long manual pads with super nice metal edging
  • 13ft long slider bar also with the super nice metal
  • Various other platforms, rails, banks and quarters

Amenities:

  • Full Kitchen with refrigerator, stove & oven
  • Full bath with shower (get in a skate, clean up, go on a date!)
  • Popcorn maker
  • Coffee maker
  • Laundry room with modern washer and dryer
  • Hangout and lounge area
  • Flat screen TV with Bluray player & VCR! (Coming soon)

Uprise Skate Shop

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Frankfort, Illinois:

Frankfort Pump Track

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Dekalb, Illinois:

Fargo Skateboarding

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Skatepark Name: Fargo Skateboarding:
The skatepark is located in the historic Fargo Theater!

Inside / Outside:
Inside.

Size:
10,000 SQ FT.

Are Pads Required?
No.

Waiver Required?
Yes. Can be done electronically on site.

Hours / Rates:
Check their website for the most updated information.
https://fargoskateboarding.com/

Riding Surface?
Wooden ramps and concrete floor.

Is there a pro shop on site?
Yes, fully stocked with decks, trucks, wheels, shoes, clothing.
The shop has all of the major brands plus local Chicago brands (Like Pardon My Thrashing).

Food / Drinks nearby:
Plenty of options up and down Lincoln Highway. CHICKEN across the street and Tom & Jerry’s are local favorites. 

Restrooms:
Yes, in the skatepark to the left of the “stage”. “Nicest skate park bathroom I have ever been in.” – Greg Roberts.

Other Info:
On the Northside of Lincoln Highway right in downtown Dekalb.
They are in the former Fargo Theater. You can find free parking right in front on Lincoln Highway.

Review:
Fargo is located approximately 65 miles West of Grant Park Skate Park. Lincoln Highway is also Route 38 and for us city folks; Roosevelt Rd.
If you want to take the scenic route out to Dekalb you can just head West on Roosevelt Rd!
I have done it before! Just take the Eisenhower (290) merge on to the Regan (88) and sing along to your favorite driving tunes until you exit 88 at Peace Rd.

Once you park you walk right into the shop store front. The shop is well stocked and nicely lit. Tons of decks, shoes, clothing, hats…
The park is past the left of the sales counter, out to the patio, turn right, and head straight for the door in front of you.

When it’s cold outside it’s toasty in the park. If you have a bag or other gear to put somewhere there’s a hangout area in the park.

Fargo is constantly evolving and changing their set up. They have some unique obstacles, couple of different height manny pads, pool corner, mini ramp (a large and small version), pyramid, rails, Euro gap. Plenty of moveable obstacles too.

They also offer lesions, skate camp and have a lady’s only skate sessions as well as a 30 years old and older session once per month.

Insider Tips:
You can park right in front on Lincoln Highway. Free street parking. Show off your parallel parking skills before you show off your skate boarding skills.

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Lake Bluff, Illinois:

Asylum Skate Shop & Park

Pictures: So many changes! fresh pics coming soon.

Videos: New footage will be posted after their park renovation

Skatepark Name: Asylum Skatepark
Other Info: On the West side of Skokie Highway.
In the same complex as the Hot Shot Ice arena.

Inside / Outside:
Inside.

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Are Pads Required?
No.

Waiver Required?
Yes. Can be done on site.

Hours / Rates:
Check their website for the most updated information. http://www.asylumskatepark.com/

Riding Surface?
Wooden ramps, gator Skins and concrete floor.

Is there a pro shop on site?
Yes, fully stocked with decks, trucks, wheels, shoes, clothing.
The shop has all of the major brands plus local Chicago brands (Like Pardon My Thrashing).

Food / Drinks nearby:
Asylum has drinks and snack options onsite! North on the Skokie Hwy, you will find gas stations, fast food and Full Moon 24 hour restaurant.

Restrooms:
Yes, when you walk in take a right (opposite the shop entrance).

Other Info:
Parking lot is shared with the ice area that is next door. Sometimes it gets packed. So don’t park next to the minivan or SUV that looks likes a bunch of kids are going to wack hockey sticks into your sweet ride.

Review:
Asylum is located 35 miles North of Grant Park Skate Park in Chicago.
It is 25 miles North of the Small Park in Lincolnwood.
Driving from the North? Asylum is 21 miles South of The Brat Stop.
Out West? Asylum is 39 miles from the Villa park Skate Park

Asylum has seen a lot of improvements as of late. Lets start at the bottom and work up.
Want a slippery floor? Well, go to the ice arena next door. Asylum gave their floor a mean scraping and isn’t so slick now.

Their “street area” keeps evolving with many changes from last season
New stairs and ledges, half pyramid is back, new Euro gap and the shop side has been reconfigured. Mini got a reworking and feels much better. It got some access steps too.

They have just about every type of terrain there, bowl, mini, street area, ledges, banks…
Getting there: If you are in the city just take the Edens to the Skokie Hwy. verses taking the Tri State (294). Feels like an easier drive. Plus there’s more places to stop off and get gas, eat, bathroom break.

Insider Tips:
Check their website first, before you make the drive to see if they have any special events going on: ttp://www.asylumskatepark.com/ or call Phone: 1-847-578-5103

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Mt. Prospect:

FA Skate Shop

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Oregon, Illinois:

Oregon Illinois Skatepark

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Oswego Illinois:

The Den Skate Park And Community Center

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Rockford Illinois:

Ground Floor Skateboards

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