Nature lovers can head to the balmy enclosed butterfly exhibit
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (butterflies don't like a chill
either!) or the
Chicago Botanic Garden where the warm, moist air will help you
feel, for the afternoon at least, like you're in the tropics.
Rock State Park, less than two hours from Chicago, is one of
our favorite hiking spots during nice weather, but it's also a cozy
retreat in winter. With one of Illinois' largest wood-burning stone
fireplaces-located in the lodge-it's an ideal spot for warming
tootsies while drinking hot cocoa. Higher-end cabins also offer
Visit the Fireplace
Inn in Old Town to nab one of the coveted tables near the
roaring fire and start with a bubbling bowl of the cheese-laden
French onion soup.
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.
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