4 ways to have old-fashioned fun in the south suburbs

Are you looking for a way to get back some nostalgia? Would you love to share a little old-school fun with your kids? I’ve found some great spots in the south suburbs that will help you feel like you’re back in the early days of childhood innocence and vintage fun.

Tinley Park Roller Rink

Tinley Park

Couples skate, skate backwards and roll around to epic tunes. Check out Tinley Park Roller Rink for family skating all year round. As more of these epicenters go by the wayside, you’ll definitely want to pick up the nostalgia feel at this south suburban, old-fashioned hot spot. Whether you want to host a birthday party, do open skate or just have a day of fun, this roller rink is a definite stop for your summer bucket list.

The Plush Horse

Palos Park

If old-fashioned ice cream parlors are your jam, head to the Plush Horse for homemade ice cream with a small town feel. Nestled in the woods of Palos Park, patrons will love trying out new flavors and taking pictures by the iconic white plush horse. Our top recommendation is Cookie Monster—a blue Oreo- and cookie dough-infused creation that goes well paired with a waffle cone.

The Original Rainbow Cone


This stackable cone is definitely worth writing home about. The Original Rainbow Cone stacks up favorite flavors to create a southside classic. Enjoy flavors of orange sherbet, pistachio, Palmer House, strawberry and chocolate in this leaning tower of ice cream deliciousness. You can’t have a summer without at least one stop at this Chicago landmark.

Little Red Schoolhouse

Willow Springs

A south suburban childhood would not be complete without a stop at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Although much bigger than when first opened, the Little Red Schoolhouse offers animals, beautiful trails and grounds and plenty of open space to roam. Kids will love following along the paths and enjoying nature in this beautiful old-fashioned education center turned family favorite.

What are your favorite south suburban locations for stepping back in time? Do you find yourself looking for a little more nostalgia in your life? Share more with us on social media, and find great boredom-busters on our Pinterest page to complement these nostalgic family outings!

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