For longboarders and those with souls as soft as their wheels, a solitary “spot” is anathema; they’re in it for the cruise, man. For those of us for whom the stunt wood is more tool of artistic expression than mere transportation, there is Uptown’s Wilson Skatepark. Here, a giant melon baller has taken to the earth, the smooth rolling cement providing bigger swells than Lake Michigan. Honorable mention to Logan Boulevard, whose under-the-highway location, Crisco-slick surfaces, and janky transitions appeal to skating’s grimier sides.
700 West Wilson (between Clarendon and Marine Drive)
Best of Chicago 2013