Nature lovers can head to the balmy enclosed butterfly exhibit at the 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.
Starved 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 fireplaces.
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.
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