Chicago and Beyond
  • Cherry Vale Mall

    So many places to shop and not enough hours in the day!

  • Winter Wonderland

    Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty and wonder of winter in northern Illinois.

  • Is this Santa's Reindeer?

    See them at many different events happening throughout the Chicago & Beyond region.

  • Outdoor Winter Activities to Enjoy

    Get outside and enjoy the fresh, crisp winter air!

  • Family Fun

    What better way to enjoy freshly fallen snow than to hit the slopes by sledding, skiing, or snowboarding.

  • History Comes Alive

    Make history come alive in the Chicago & Beyond region.  The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center is located in Skokie.  Renowned architect Stanley Tigerman designed this 65,000 square foot building.  It was dedicated to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to issues in our ...

  • Snowboarding and Skiing in Chicago and Beyond

    Learn to snowboard or ski in the Chicago and Beyond region.  Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park in Algonquin makes their own snow.  So even if there isn’t snow on the ground you can still have fun on the slopes.  Don’t know how to snowboard, no worries, book your lessons now...

  • Children's Museums

    There are many cool places to take the kids over the weekends in winter that doesn’t require you to stay outdoors.  Learn about science at The Field Museum in Chicago.  Visit Sue the T-Rex, explore ancient Egypt, discover what it’s like to be a bug, learn all about DNA, and so much m...

  • Winter Fun!

    Enjoy winter activities while they last.  Sledding with the kids, snowboarding, taking a walk or skiing; there are many activities that you can enjoy while there is snow on the ground. 


    From January 14th to January 17th see the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in Sinnissippi Park in ...

  • Let's Eat

    Explore Chicago & Beyond through your tastebuds.  There are many different kinds of cuisines to choose from.  

    Medieval Times

    Travel back in time to the 1920’s and get a shake or malt from a soda fountain at the Amboy Pharmacy in Amboy.  Watch a movie while eating at Route 34 Drive In, in Ear...

  • Northern Illinois Winter Break Activities For The Kids

    All the excitement has the children wound up.  Help them wind down in these unique ways: Winter Art Camp I Freeport Art Museum 121 North Harlem Avenue, Freeport December 26 - 27, 2014; 9:30am - Noon For ages 7 to 12. Add some creativity to the school break! Spend two fun-filled days at FAM in t...

  • Places To Warm Up In Northern Illinois

    Reflect on the beauty of the season. Here are just a few oases in Northern Illinois. Find other green spots near you on our website! Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe Daily 8am - 6pm (closed Christmas Day) Enjoy the beauty of our garden paths or greenhouse. or 84...

  • Joy Of The Holidays - Performances in Northern Illinois

    Make time to relax and let others entertain you! Here are just a few of the star performances in Northern Illinois where you will experience the holiday season with a different spin. Scrooge, the Comedy 2014 White Pines Inn, Mount Morris 6712 White Pines Road December 11 - 14 2014 (check other dates...

  • Fill Your Senses With the Sights and Smells of A Hometown Holiday

    Gaze at the twinkling lights and delight in the fresh pine scent of newly cut trees. Northern Illinois is chock-full of holiday festivals and events - too many to list them all here. Please check our Event page for more choices. Every town has their traditions and you may want to experience more tha...

  • Ice Skating and Ice Sculpting in Chicago and Beyond

    Bundle up and make some memories this weekend. Northern Illinois offers indoor and outdoor ice skating where you can start, or continue, a family tradition! Weak ankles? Attend the ice sculpting event in Ottawa - all done with chain saws! You have to see it to believe it. The McCormick Tribune Ice R...

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