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Your Ultimate Spring Itinerary on Chicago's North Shore

Whether you’re looking for things to do during spring break or want to explore a new local spot every weekend, we’ve got you covered with five days of fun. 
 
And if you’re looking to plan a staycation, check out these local hotels:
Plus, all of these hotels have pools — a must for any family vacation (or staycation). Find hotel deals here.

Spring Break at Graeter's
Graeter's Ice Cream, Northbrook
 
Day 1
 
Keep your kiddos entertained this spring with an outing to Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview. With 17 permanent exhibits that let kiddos explore everything from being a doctor to building a house, it’s the perfect opportunity to mix education with fun. Kids will learn how to write “Thank you, teacher” in Chinese characters, shop in a neighborhood market, become a researcher in the panda reserve and more.
 
Then, make your way to The Grove, also in Glenview, for some outdoor fun. Walk along the nature trails, or stop by the Interpretive Center to learn more about native plants, animals, and the environment. You’ll also learn about the Native American tribes and settlers who lived here.
 
If you’ve worked up an appetite after all that exploring, grab some dinner at nearby BurgerFi or Buffalo Wild Wings. And top it all off with some ice cream at Graeter’s in Northbrook.

Spring Break at Chicago Botanic Garden
Weekend Family Classes at Chicago Botanic Garden | Photo Courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden
 
Day 2
 

Spring is the perfect time to visit Chicago Botanic Garden, where there’s always something going on (and always something in bloom). Sign up for a Weekend Family Class or start planning a trip around one of the Garden’s many events. You can even simply explore the Garden grounds on your own, with family, or with friends.”

 
 
When you’re done, make your way from Glencoe to Winnetka. There you’ll find The Book Stall, the perfect place to pick up some spring break reads for yourself or the kids, and dinner options like Avli and Stacked & Folded.
 
Spring Break at Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park | Photo Courtesy of Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park

Day 3
 
Don’t forget about date night! Start with a walk around the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, which features more than 60 sculptures from local and national artists. Free public tours are offered on a monthly basis, or you can schedule a private group tour for a small fee.
 
Then, make your way to Westfield Old Orchard for a romantic dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy or Nando’s PERi PERi. 
 
Day 4
 
If the weather cooperates, spend a day walking around Northwestern’s gorgeous campus. When you’re done, head over to Little Beans Cafe, an indoor playground featuring a gym, obstacle course, karaoke performance room and more for your little ones. Stick around there for sandwiches, salads, soups and more from the cafe, or make it pizza night with a trip to Lou Malnati’s in Evanston
 
Chicago Cubs
World Series Champions | Photo Courtesy of Chicago Cubs
 
Day 5
 
Baseball is back, so don’t miss an opportunity to see the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs take the field. It’s always easy to get to Wrigley Field from the North Shore thanks to “L” stops in Evanston and Skokie. And if you aren’t full from peanuts and Cracker Jacks after the game, have dinner at Edzo’s Burger Shop or Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., both within walking distance of the Davis Street Purple Line stop.
   
Find more spring events, attractions and more here.

 

This entry was posted in on March 20, 2017.

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