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Spring Break Ideas on Chicago’s North Shore

Believe it or not, spring will be here before we know it. Although we're still dreaming of heading outside for the day without having to bundle up to do so, now is the perfect time to start planning your spring break on Chicago's North Shore. Whether you're looking for ways to keep kiddos entertained or want to spend some quality time with your significant other, there's plenty to do and eat all break long. Book your hotel now in Glenview, Northbrook, or another surrounding suburb so you can be centrally located to these destinations and activities.

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For Kids

Try a Cooking Class
Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe) is a must-visit destination on the North Shore, especially come spring. Not only can you explore the garden's grounds, but you can also take classes to learn a variety of new skills, including cooking. During each class, attendees will work with seasonal produce from the garden’s Windy City Harvest or Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden and leave with recipes to try out at home. Middle schoolers can take part in their own classes, or you can sign up for a family session.

Get Creative at Camp
One River School of Art & Design (1033-1035 Davis St., Evanston) is "on a mission to transform art education in America." If your child is excited by the opportunity to get creative, One River School is hosting Spring Break Camps March 27-29. Kids in kindergarten through second grade can take part in the Sculpting Imaginary Creatures class, while students in third to fifth grade can participate in Comic Book Creations and sixth through 12th graders can try Digital Manga.

One River School, Evanston
One River School, Evanston

Enjoy Pizza and Playtime
Go on a "funbelievable adventure" at Funtopia Adventure Park (2050 Tower Drive, Glenview). This indoor facility features more than 40 Fun Walls for climbing, a Ropes Course, caves for exploring, and a Jungle Gym — your kids will never get bored here! Funtopia also offers day camps, Toddler Time, Hangout Night for kids ages 8-14, and Family Fun Friday. When you're done with your adventure, relive it all together over pizza across the street at Your Pie (2085 Tower Drive, Glenview). Everyone can build their own pizza with the toppings of their choice, so there will be no arguing over whether or not to include pineapple.

Your Pie Pizza, Glenview
Your Pie Pizza, Glenview

Take a Hike
After a long, cold winter, we can't wait to spend time outside and River Trail Nature Center (3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook) is the perfect place to do so. Take advantage of the center's 1.5 miles of walking trails, or explore both indoor and outdoor exhibits to better understand the area's natural history. Once you've worked up an appetite, stop by Mesa Urbana (3566 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook) for delicious Mexican fare like Costilla de Res Tacos (short rib topped with pickled red onion, sweet peppers, and Brussel sprouts), Carne Asada (Angus skirt steak, nopales empapelados, beans, and watercress salad), and Chile Relleno (stuffed poblano pepper with three cheeses, zucchini, and salad). Kids will love the Chicken Quesadilla, Kids Flautas De Pollo, or Mac & Cheese.

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook
River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook

For Adults

Rock Out
Upgrade the classic dinner-and-a-movie date by swapping in a concert at SPACE (1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston). This intimate music hall is the perfect date night spot for music lovers as you'll find a variety of local and national acts in genres from folk to rock. Upcoming shows include Justin Roberts All-Request Show (March 10), Mulberry Street: A Tribute to Billy Joel (March 24), and Maggie Rose (March 30). Before you go, dine at Blind Faith Cafe (525 Dempster St., Evanston). This certified-green restaurant is serving up tasty vegetarian fare using seasonal ingredients, and dinner menu highlights include Stuffed Risotto Cakes and Spicy Fried Brussels Sprouts to start and entrees like Spinach Lasagna, Thai Peanut Noodles, and Enchiladas Verdes.

SPACE Evanston
SPACE Evanston

See a Show After Sushi
Here's another chance to enjoy an evening of music and delicious food. First, visit Mozu Sushi & Izakaya (1669 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview) for contemporary (and Instagram-worthy!) Japanese food. Perfect for date night, the Mozu for 2 includes six pieces of nigiri, 10 pieces of chef's choice sashimi, and one signature maki and one classic maki of your choice, served with miso soup or salad. Once you've had your fill, make your way to Rock House Glenview (1742 Glenview Road, Glenview) for some live music and coffee, beer, or wine. Tuesdays are Open Mic Night, and various musical acts perform throughout the month. Take a look at the venue's calendar to start planning your night out.

Mozu Sushi & Izakaya, Glenview
Mozu Sushi & Izakaya, Glenview

Go Bowling
Hopefully your spring break will be filled with sunny skies, but if a few spring showers do arrive, don't let that dampen your day. Instead, challenge your partner to bowling and bocce at Pinstripes (1150 Willow Road, Northbrook). That's right, this entertainment venue isn't just for kids. Not only can you play, but you can also stick around for dinner. You'll find everything from Margherita Pizza, the Famous Prime Rib Dip, Lasagna, and Baby Back Ribs to Prosciutto Fig Flatbread, Yellowfin Tuna Flatbread, Filet Mignon, and Roasted Cauliflower. Pair it all with the perfect glass of wine, beer, or a cocktail.

Pinstripes, Northbrook
Pinstripes, Northbrook

Spend a Night at the Theater
For a grownups-only pizza night, head to Grateful Bites (899 Green Bay Road, Winnetka) for pies like Sausage with Giardiniera, Pepperoni with Hot Honey, and Elote. You can also start the meal with White Bean Hummus or Market Burrata, or end with the Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Cookie served with vanilla ice cream and caramel and fudge sauces. Then, make your way to Writers Theatre (325 Tudor Court, Glencoe), where "A Number" will run through June 9. This dystopian story tackles the ideas of what we pass on to our children and atoning for mistakes.


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