2200 West Euclid Avenue Arlington Heights, IL 60006 +1 847 385 7500
Arlington International Race Course is one of the best race courses in the world. Millions of people come every August to watch the Arlington Million Race, which has recently become a part of World Series Racing Championship. It is an ideal place for a family outing as the premises are resplendent with diverse hues. There is also a Kids Junior Jockey Club for the younger ones. Call in advance for tickets.
Explore nearly 2,000 acres of exceptional gardens, trees and landscapes. The arboretum features more than 1,000 plants and 3,600 different species. There are 12 miles of foot trails for the hiker and 11 miles for drivers. Ride the Acorn Express, an open air train during summer months. Other amenities include the Plant Clinic, Sterling Morton Library, Gift Shop, Coffee Shop, Ginkgo Restaurant, and picnic area for bag lunches (no grilling).
542 North Route 21 Gurnee Chicago, IL 60031 +1 847 249 4636
Activities abound at the Midwest's largest theme park, from speeding roller coasters like Deja Vu and Viper to pure thrill rides like the Giant Drop and Vertical Velocity. But those who turn green and come one step from puking on the stomach dropping rides will find plenty of other easy going alternatives. There are also tons of activities for the tots, including Looney Tunes National Park and Camp Cartoon Network.
100 West Higgins Road South Barrington, IL 60010 +1 847 844 9300
Pinstripes is a concept that keeps in mind family fun and entertainment. Offering 40,000 square feet (approximately 3716 square meters) of space, this place is complete with a bistro. It has an extensive list of dishes with something for everyone. A kids menu, gluten free meals, and chef specials are all available. A patio with a fire pit in the center is one spot which always sees a crowd gathered around. Live music is on every Friday and Saturday, and features local artists and excellent music. The light brunch offered every Sunday from 10am onwards is reasonably priced and proves to be an excellent start to a fun-filled day. Pinstripes has created such a buzz that the company has other centers across the state and one in Minnesota. Space is available for private parties too.
8700 Carriage Green Drive Darien, IL 60561 +1 630 985 3400
Carriage Greens Country Club is a multifarious event and recreational facility in Darien featuring wedding and banqueting facilities along with an expansive golf course and two premiere dining destinations. Their personal event-managing team will ensure the smooth running of any event be it a full-scale wedding reception, private bash or formal occasion. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the golf course facilities ranging from the expanded tee and green area to full cart paths. The club's signature restaurant - Sandtrap Grill features eclectic American cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 8700 Club is the perfect spot to unwind with handcrafted cocktails, live music and good company. So host your next big event at Carriage Greens Country Club and make it a memorable one.
15 South Roselle Road Roselle, IL 60172 +1 630 529 9463
Lynfred Winery sits discretely along Roselle Road, hiding Illinois' oldest and largest commercial winery in an ivy-wrapped estate. Started by generational vintner Fred Koehler in 1975, Lynfred's selection has swelled to over 65 varietals of reds and whites, sparkling, dessert and fruit wines. Food options have not been ignored at Lynfred, Head Chef Chris Smith expertly pairing select wine offerings with his epicurean menu, a constantly revolving selection of small bites that illuminates the best qualities of what the winery has to offer. Pairing passionately grown wines and dutifully provided hospitality, Lynfred Winery is the perfect place to stock up on an Illinois favorite.
North Bradley Road Lake Forest, IL 60045 +1 847 367 6640
Located 32 miles (52 kilometers) outside of Chicago, the Middlefork Savannah Forest Preserve is a beautiful piece of forest and grasslands. This ecological research and education site serves as an outdoor classroom to local schools and universities as well as a natural recreation area. Open to the public, the reserve offers a variety of activities to the outdoor enthusiast from hiking and bicycling and is perfect for an afternoon picnic. In the winter time, the preserve turns into a popular cross-country skiing location. Located throughout are trailside exhibit panels, an education center, windmill and children's maize. Be advised, in order to protect the wildlife, no dogs are allowed.
104 Indiana Avenue Valparaiso, IN 46383 +1 219 548 9137
Valparaiso Memorial Opera House is one place to catch some of the best plays and concerts in town. The opera house is a prominent cultural venue for cultural events, and is thriving with myriad theater events and more all through the year. The place holds an annual theater festival that is a wonderful blend of contemporary theater and classics. The opera house has also dedicated a special project for children to disseminate arts in young mind and promote new talent. Other events here include concerts and music events. The opera house is the oldest in town and is celebrating 115 years of its existence. Be a part of history by attending an event here. To know more, do call ahead.
1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202 +1 847 492 8860
Evanston SPACE is a space for creative outlet. The venue is a 3,000 square feet area of creativity flanked by fabulous technical equipment for light and sound. It usually plays host to a variety of performances in dance, music, literary art and other performing arts. The area is also capable of entertaining a corporate meeting as well has staging a live band. The unique space provides its guests with drinks, but encourages them to buy pizzas at the pizzeria. It's a good idea to book before hand unless you're okay with standing through the night. 'This Must Be The Band' and 'Talking Head' are two of the venues favorite bands to showcase. Do contact for more details about tickets, bands playing and table reservations.
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