Outside the city Attractions in Chicago

Sometimes you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, so if you are looking for a day escape from Chicago you have plenty of options. Spend the day exploring the acres of lush gardens at the Chicago Botanic Gardens north of the city and then catch an outdoor concert at Ravinia during the annual summer Ravinia Festival. Take the train to Evanston, the first suburb north of the city, and catch a show at the Music Institute of Chicago and explore the campus of Northwestern University. If you have the kids in tow, make a trip to the wonderful Children's Museum and then spend the day at the Brookfield Zoo. If you are an architecture buff, you have to make a visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright home and wander the lovely residential area and tour this historic home. If the outdoors are calling your name, grab your back pack and get hiking at the Marblehouse State Park, Fox Ridge State Park, or Eagle Creek. All offer great camping, hiking, and picnic areas!

Music Institute of Chicago

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Lifelong Enjoyment of Music... read more

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Chicago Botanic Garden

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1000 Lake-Cook Rd
Just east of Edens Expwy./I-94

Lush and Sprawling Botanic Garden... read more

Brookfield Zoo

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8400 31st St
First Ave. and 31st St

Chicago's Biggest Zoo... read more

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

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951 Chicago Ave

Glimpse of the Famous Architect... read more

Kohl Children's Museum

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2100 Patriot Boulevard

Everyday items are ready for fun... read more

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

10906 Kickapoo Park Road

Kickapoo State Recreation Area is one of the only places in Illinois where you can go running or hiking, canoeing, fishing for trout, camping, hunting or scuba diving -- all against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty... read more

Fox Ridge State Park

6712 West Pines Road

Located in the heart of the Rock River valley, this charming 385-acre park is the south boundary of the old Chicago-Iowa Trail. There are plenty of outdoor recreation activities, such as hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking... read more

Eagle Creek State Recreation Area

R. R. 1, Box 99

In east central Illinois-just minutes from Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, Effingham and surrounding communities - the Wolf Creek/Eagle Creek sites, facing each other across the central portion of Lake Shelbyville, provide the perfect setting for outdoor... read more
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