Chicago North Shore with Kids
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
Located in the northern suburbs of Chicago, the Village of Wheeling is a snapshot of small town life at its finest. With a selection of restaurants and activities to please all, this 40,000 person community has a motto that captures its essence perfectly: 'A Community of Choice.'
100 Community Blvd, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
Spanning nearly 100 acres, Heritage Park is Wheeling’s largest park and offers plenty of activities to keep you busy during the winter. Lace up your skates and hit the outdoor ice rink, which is open for both public skating and hockey. Or, stop by...
131 N Wolf Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
One of the best parts of being in a small town is finding out exactly how it come into existence. If you so desire to do this in Wheeling, IL, the folks at the Historical Museum will be happy to aid you in your endeavor. Stop by the museum, and...
208 McHenry Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
Every single ounce of dough used in this family run pizzeria is made fresh daily. It’s hand rolled to perfection in their ‘traditional’ way, and then they add their ‘special’ homemade sauce, and of course, a nice double-layer of cheese. In fact,...
604 N Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
Featuring a cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and excellent cuisine, Buca de Beppo is the spot for Italian eating in Illinois. Pop by as a couple for a romantic evening, or head over with a hungry crew of friends for a festive night; everyone...
120 S Elmhurst Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
Skipper's is the original, real deal, authentic drive-in restaurant from the 1950s era. But don't think that just because the place is a throwback that it isn't forward thinking with its small yet eclectic menu. Venture inside and grab a booth, or...
263 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
Fresh Farms market is your destination for all things food. Boasting an impressive selection of fresh produce, and anything else you may need for that perfect meal, everything you need is under one roof at Fresh Farms. At first glance, it may...
Northbrook, IL 60062, USA
Located in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Potawatomi Woods is but one of the many places where you can bring friends and family for a day at the park. This little pavilion is the perfect spot for a jovial gathering on a sunny...
971 N Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
From the outside, it even looks like a miniature dollhouse. With pastel yellow paint, a cute porch, and a tiny entrance, Shirley's Dollhouse almost makes you feel like a kid again. Venture into one of the five rooms that are literally stuffed with...
20509 IL-21, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
Housed in a tiny blue building, surrounded by foliage, and with a sitting bench out front, Lundgren's is your place for antiques 'and stuff,' as the sign says. Perhaps your search requires that you locate an ancient vase or a license plate from...
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022, USA
Far from the madding crowd, Japan has quietly nestled in Illinois. There are other Japanese gardens in the U.S., but here—this is another kind of serenity. There is a zigzag bridge, and small huts with notes that explain how bonsai works. The lake...
102 S Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
This has got to be one of the coziest breakfast places you will find outside the city of Chicago. Located in Wheeling, the Rise and Dine Pancake Cafe makes you feel like you just woke up for breakfast in your own home. With down home decor, a...
583 N Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, for a romantic night out or a festive group gathering, Cooper's Hawk has you covered. Located just in front of the Westin Hotel on Milwaukee Avenue, this winery/restaurant destination has something for...
333 Community Blvd, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
There is no better way to beat the summer heat than to spend a day at the water park. Located in the park district of Wheeling, the Family Aquatic Center is like your own mini amusement park filled with water. Kids (and some adults I'm sure) enjoy...
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