3 experiences that will bring on the wows

If you’re jonesing for a classically autumnal endeavor, then hop aboard the Morton Arboretum’s Acorn Express. Offering one-hour tram rides, this narrated tour winds through 1,700 acres of woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Additionally, certain short members of my family insist that the Children’s Garden is a must-explore. There’s always some kind of interactive fun as well as winding climbing structures, treetop lookouts and the splashy Wonder Pond—making it easily one of the loveliest (and most permissive) green spaces in Chicagoland.

Think your son would be a natural with software development? Have a daughter crazy for construction? Hot on the heels of their successful summer camps, Lincoln Square’s Bit Space, will offer a multitude of sessions this fall for families. Billed as “part shop class, part computer lab, part design school, [and] completely creative,” techniques range from the traditional to the modern (think 3D printing), and everything in between.

Want to vacation with the family on Chicago’s glorious Mag Mile? The InterContinental Chicago, has a few tricks up its well-appointed sleeves. The Kid-Friendly Package includes a Nintendo Wii in each suite and movies the whole fam will dig. Speaking of digging, how does room service Garrett’s Popcorn sound? Kids will flip for tickets to the iconic Navy Pier Ferris wheel and that sweet skyline view and, according to my daughters, it’d be crazy to miss Mag Mile opportunities to see the Bean, the green and the theater scene.

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