When it seems like all of Chicagoland has gone into hibernation,
head to this indoor gem. Kids will adore the treehouse, water play
area and lots and lots of live animals. Plus, the Butterfly Haven
is a welcome reminder that spring is just around the corner ...
When you're 95 stories up in the John Hancock Center, the city
literally is at your feet. On a clear day, be sure to snag a window
table to enjoy your upscale meal. It's worth waiting for a
bird's-eye view of the Mag Mile or Lake Michigan.
For a change of pace from Lake Michigan, head just 80 miles from
downtown Chicago to our charming northern neighbor. But after
relaxing at the beach, cruising the lake, browsing quaint shops and
enjoying yummy ice cream, don't be surprised if your day trip turns
into a long weekend away.
You can't actually swim with the exotic fish, but putting your
sleeping bag next to one of the tanks for an overnight is the next
best thing. Families with kids 5 and older bunk in for fish-filled
fun, including animal encounters, dinner and dancing, and an
It happens to the best of us: summertime whines of, "Mom, I'm
bored!" When you hear it, head to Lincoln Park Zoo. With more than
200 species of animals, plenty of space to run around, awesome
views of Chicago's skyline and free admission (!), it's a win-win
for the entire family.