We all know we need April showers to later enjoy May flowers, but that doesn’t always make rainy days more enjoyable. Don’t let a little spring rain keep you at home, though. Chicago’s North Shore has plenty of ways to get out and stay dry whenever storm clouds roll in. Here are a few of our favorite rainy day spots on Chicago's North Shore.
Rock House Glenview
1742 Glenview Rd., Glenview
Is there any better way to spend a rainy day than with a steaming mug of coffee or tea in the warmth of a local coffeehouse? Well, yes, when you add live music on weekends, pastries, sandwiches, Barnaby’s Pizza and beer or wine. Find it all at Rock House Glenview.
Rock House, Glenview
Little Beans Café
430 Asbury Ave., Evanston
Kids will stay entertained all day long at this indoor play space. Young children can visit the Little Beans Village, complete with grocery store, firehouse and school, while older kids make their way through the obstacle course, visit the karaoke room, play ping pong and air hockey, and more while parents enjoy Intelligentsia Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads and more in the café.
Little Beans Cafe, Evanston
1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook
When it rains, go bowling. Pinstripes features 18 bowling lanes and six bocce courts, and after you’ve worked up an appetite, dine on Prosciutto Fig Flatbread, Maple Glazed Salmon, Fettuccine Bolognese and Baby Back Ribs. Kids will also love their mac & cheese, mini hamburgers or pepperoni pizza.
4701 Oakton St., Skokie
Kids will never be bored at Exploratorium, which was actually named Best Rainy Day Activity Site by Chicago Magazine and features a dress-up area, tubes and tunnels indoor playground, “Lite Brite” wall, water play area, climbing wall, and more fun activities.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central St., Evanston
The Mitchell Museum is “one of only a few museums in the nation that focuses exclusively on the history, culture, and arts of the American Indian and First Nation peoples of the United States and Canada.” Here, kids can make crafts and explore a real wigwam and visitors can check out current exhibits Pottery — A Timeless Tradition, Did You Know They’re Native IV? and The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis.
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Evanston
Kohl Children’s Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
Head to The Glen for a trip to Kohl Children’s Museum, where kids can learn and explore while always having fun. The museum boasts 17 permanent exhibits, including Adventures in Art, City on the Move, Nature Explorers, and Water Works.
Kohl Children's Museum, Glenview
2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview
We're ready for pool weather! There’s always plenty of water fun at Splash Landings, the Glenview Park District’s four-pool indoor aquatic center. Voted the North Shore’s best water park by readers of North Shore Magazine, it's the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon.
Splash Landings, Glenview