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Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
Located in Lisle (20-minutes south of Eaglewood Resort & Spa), this gorgeous 1,700-acre park is an outdoor oasis of woodlands, wetlands, prairies, lakes, and meadows. Opt to see it all on foot by way of the 16 miles of trails that crisscross through the park or via the Acorn Express, the property’s tram offering a guided one-hour tour.
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture Tour
Not many people know that Frank Lloyd Wright lived just outside of Chicago while he was beginning his career. In fact, today, the Windy City is home to more examples of Wright’s designs than any other location in the world. These various tour options take visitors around Wright’s native city, to places such as his home and studio from 1889 to 1909, The Robie House, and Pedal Oak Park.
Bigby’s Pour House
Tucked behind a deli in Addison, this neighborhood bar may be small, but it’s home to big selection – offering roughly three times more beer than your typical bar. In addition to a wide variety of cans and bottles, a chalkboard outlines what’s currently on the rotating 20 taps and often features hard-to-find brews across the American craft beer scene. Games, cozy couches, and a fish tank add to the eclectic vibe.
Located in what looks like a modern barn in the Schaumburg Town Center Plaza (another northwest suburb) is Illinois’s only Native American–owned and operated arts institution. Inside, multiple gallery areas and a semi-lofted second level give way to white walls adorned in stunning contemporary Native American art, from paintings and sketches to black-and-white photography and framed beadwork.
When simply “seeing” a destination just won’t do.
Feature Adventure: Stand on The Ledge
Chicago looks different from 1,354 feet up, especially when there’s nothing – well, nothing visually solid – beneath your feet. Located at the Skydeck of the tallest-in-the-nation Willis Tower, The Ledge is a glass-encased box that juts out more than four feet from the 103rd floor over the bustle of Wacker Drive below, affording a true bird’s-eye view of the Chicago River and the city’s metropolitan contours. And with durable 1,500-pound glass panels arranged according to novel engineering techniques, taking it all in is as safe as it is stunning.
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Learn how to swing gracefully between 23-foot-high platforms at TSNY's two-hour beginner-friendly class. The flexible lessons, taught by experts and designed to suit all levels of ability, are sure to satisfy your inner adrenaline junky. This class is open to anyone seeking an adrenaline rush or simply a few hours of thrilling fun.
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Forgot the lawn mower–powered go-karts of your youth. These European electric go-karts are high-performance machines, producing tremendous torque and horsepower, while also being easier to drive. “Arrive & Drive” sessions at the Addison location last for roughly 10 minutes and allow you to race against the clock or friends.
The Ultimate Playground | Legoland
This family-friendly attraction boasts over 10 different play-and-build areas as well as the Merlin’s Apprentice and Kingdom Quest rides. After a few hours of building, check out the 4D Cinema that brings a regular 3D movie even further to life with wind, rain, and snow effects that throw you right into the action with the characters on screen.
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Nestled past Victorian homes down a cobblestone road, this 37-year-old Roselle winery offers daily tastings in its oak tasting room, replete with stained-glass windows and burgundy velvet on the walls. For an easy-drinking introduction to the more than 80 varieties they offer, try the Vin De City Red – a cabernet sauvignon-merlot blend – and the Vin De City White, its signature pinot grigio.
Church Street Brewing Company
Drawing on German brewing methods, this award-winning 30-barrel craft brewery in Itasca specializes in thirst-quenching lagers and ales, alongside seasonal brews and hoppier fare. Swing by between Friday and Sunday for a pint of Heavenly Helles – a lager with a golden body and clean finish – and you might leave with a growler.
Gene & Jude’s
According to The Reader’s Digest, this unpretentious little stand in River Grove with neighborhood counter services slings the best hot dogs in the country. The properly steamed Vienna beef dogs come sporting peppers, chopped onions, relish, and mustard. Absolutely no ketchup here – that’s not the Chicago way.
This artisan shop brings a little bit of the Mediterranean to the shores of the Great Lakes. From wine to hand-crafted ravioli to coffee, this shop is dedicated to curating the best Italy has to offer when it comes to food, drink, and anything in between.
How to spend 36 hours in Chicago, with the Eaglewood Resort & Spa as your base camp.
6 p.m. | Bowl at Kegler’s Bowling Alley
Whether you’re a league champion or you haven’t played a game of tenpin since high school, Eaglewood’s six lanes (located in the resort’s recreation building) are the perfect place to get reacquainted with the finer points of strikes and spares. Along with a retro bowling experience, the alley features pool tables, darts, a bar, and an outdoor patio.
8 p.m. | Improv Comedy Club
This comedy club attracts some of standups most well-known acts like Joel McHale, Whitney Cummings, and Shawn Wayans. Plenty of table seating makes it the ultimate place to grab a late-night dinner during the show and wash it down with a “Barrel of Laughs,” the club’s signature drink of vodka, gin, and white rum mixed with blueberry schnapps, blue curacao, and sprite.
10 a.m. | Stroll Cantigny Park
Just 14 miles from the resort, this 500-acre park is marked by vast formal gardens, two miles of trails, playgrounds, and movies and music in the park. But the real showstopper is the property’s McCormick House. The grand 1896 Beaux Arts–style estate was home to the family that started The Chicago Tribune but now serves as a preserved museum containing original furnishings and antiques in its 27 rooms open to the public.
1 p.m. | Chicago Pizza at Lou Malnati’s
It wouldn’t be a visit to Windy City without a deep-dish pizza. Considered the oldest family name in Chicago Pizza, Lou Malnati’s opened in 1971, but the pizza itself dates back to the 1940s when Grandpa Malnati started making his signature hearty pies with a buttery crust, special sausage blend, vine-ripened plum tomato sauce, and Wisconsin cheese. With several locations all over the city, their South Loop location is no more than two miles from the Adler Planetarium.
3 p.m. | Visit the Arlington Race Track
This historic horse racing park hosts thoroughbred races from May through September, where you can get close to the action or watch from the comfort of any of the track’s nine dining venues like the Terrace Cafe or the Million Room Restaurant.
8 p.m. | Walk the Magnificent Mile
With some 460 stores squeezed into 13 blocks, this stretch of Michigan Avenue is a shopaholic’s paradise, full of clothiers from Neiman Marcus to Patagonia, department stores, jewelers, confectioners, a doggy boutique, and all other forms of retail therapy. Start at its southerly origins by the Chicago River and work your way north to East Oak Street.
9:30 a.m. | Massage at Eaglewood’s Spa
Spend a quiet morning in Eaglewood’s 10,000-square-foot spa, home to eight rooms and a generous menu of massages facials and skin treatments. Try the Eaglewood Indulgence, a signature 90-minute massage that combines four styles of massage in one.
12 p.m. | Play a Round
Set in a captivating atmosphere of rolling greens and majestic old oak trees, Eaglewood Resort’s 18-hole private course boasts fantastic views of its many sparkling lakes. Sand traps are a strong feature of the layout, as the 65 sculpted bunkers provide aesthetic beauty and demand precision from every tee. Accuracy, not distance, is key.
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