Let’s Play – One Hour Away!

We are already halfway through summer vacation!

While no one loves local, family fun quite like Little Lake County, we also like to discover summer adventure just outside our borders.  We’ve rounded up the  destinations that our writers and readers agree are “worth the trip.” All listings are less than a two-hour drive from Lake County. So open up your calendar and fill in your remaining free days with one (or all) of these locations that are great for all ages.  You just might win “Best Parent of the Year.”

Cook County, IL

Little Beans Ninja Course

Little Beans Cafe Evantson
430 Asbury Lane, Evanston | 847-807-3731

Funtopia Glenview

2050 Tower Dr., Glenview | (224) 432-5435
(former location of Make-a-Messterpiece)


Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph Street, Chicago |  (312) 552-3000

Medieval Times Schaumburg-Chicago Castle
2001 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg

iFLY Lincoln Park
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iFLY Chicago
800 West Scott St. | Chicago | (779) 368-4359
5520 Park Pl. | Rosemont | (779) 368-4359

August just happens to be the least windy month in the Windy City, so iFLY Indoor Skydiving has taken matters into their own hands to ensure the need for wind speed is fulfilled. Enjoy $20 off Monday through Thursday throughout August at the three Chicagoland iFLY locations (Lincoln Park – 800 W Scott Street, Rosemont – 5520 Park Place, and Naperville – 1752 Freedom Drive), in honor of this forecast phenomenon. As the largest indoor skydiving operation, iFLY allows people of all ages and abilities to experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment.

Photo Credit: L. Thomas
Photo Credit: L. Thomas

For more ideas for family fun in Chicagoland, visit our Spring Break Chicago-Style series.  You can also visit these family-friendly websites covering the Chicago suburbs: 

Go West Young Mom – Far Western Chicago suburbs

Kidlist – Near Western Chicago suburbs

Toddling Around Chicagoland – Greater Chicagoland area

Milwaukee County/Waukesha County, WI


Old World WisconsinOld World Wisconsin
W372 S9727 Hwy 67, Eagle, WI |(262) 594-6301

Photo Credit: J. Gebbink|Little Lake County|2016
Photo Credit: J. Gebbink|Little Lake County|2016

Discovery World
500 N. Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI | (414) 765-9966

family vacation milwaukee wi

For more ideas of family fun in the Milwaukee area, visit our Milwaukee edition of Gas Tank Getaways.   For activities in Waukesha County, visit Lake Country Family Fun. 

Kenosha/Racine County, WI

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Choo-Choo Charlie’s
5414 13th Avenue, Kenosha, WI | (262) 220-3634

Green Meadows Petting Farm, East Troy Wisconsin

Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Dr. (Hwy.20), East Troy, WI 53120 | (262) 534-2891

racine zooRacine Zoo
2131 N Main Street, Racine, WI

McHenry County, IL

Donley’s Wild West Town
8512 S Union Rd, Union, Illinois | (815) 923-9000

Photo Source: Quarry Cable Park & Grill on Facebook
Photo Source: Quarry Cable Park & Grill on Facebook

The Quarry Cable Park and Grille
5517 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake | (815) 455-9688

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For more ideas for family fun in McHenry County, be sure to follow our monthly column, “Little McHenry County” sponsored by Raue Center for the Arts. 

Gas Tank Getaways

midwestern weekend tripsIf you’re willing to travel further afield and have an extra few days to spare, our guide to Midwest Gas Tank Getaways provides short road trip ideas that are less than six-hours drive from Lake County.

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About Loralie 133 Articles
When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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