Why You Should Head to Illinois to Relax This Winter

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Often seen as a microcosm of the entire country, Illinois offers something for everyone in any given season. But let’s talk about the coldest season and how you can also profit of everything that Illinois offers to unwind. Here’s why you should head to Illinois to relax this Winter.


Enjoy some winter fun at Rosemont. With the four-story Polar Peak as a centerpiece, the seasonal Frozemont fun park, in Rosemont, will let you unwind in a classical winter park environment. Frozemont experiences range from ice skating and hockey games to tubing and more that will please all family members.

After that, you can head to Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels which displays one of the world’s largest Hummel collections, book a seat to enjoy a Broadway musical at the Rosemont Theatre or enjoy the holiday lights as some city parks as Westin Park, Village Hall, and Dunne Park are lighten during Christmas.


Take lots of pictures at Lombard’s Lilacia Park. Specially beautiful when lilacs bloom around springtime, this park hidden right behind Lombard’s library is a winter wonderland as it is properly addressed with Christmas lights in winter. Grab a hot chocolate in the Main Street and get ready to relax surrounded by light.

And while you are there, why not checking other attractions the Village of Lombard offers its visitors like the Victorian Cottage Museum — open to the public only Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — or the family friendly Enchanted Castle that includes miniature golf, an indoor go-kart circuit, a lot of dining choices, and a laser tag arcade, among many other activities? Thank us later.


Roll in a “human sphere” at the Winter Carnival in Northbrook’s  Meadowhill Park. And yes, that is something like a human hamster ball. On top of that, you can also enjoy dog sledding demos, bonfires with s’mores, snowman-making workshops, ice skating, snow shoeing and many other winter activities are available at the Winter Carnival that yearly takes place in. What are you waiting for?


Get amazed at Gurnee Park’s ice sculptures winter festival. Dive into the art below zero world and be amazed by some the skills of some artists. Gurnee Park District plans a range of events during this season being the winter festival the clear winner.

Other special happenings include being able to celebrate New Year’s Eve 12 hours before it happens with a  proper balloon drop and toast, and an enchanted evening where the little ones attend dressed with their cartoon and Disney royalty like costumes of choice.

Elk Grove Village

Elk Grove Village

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Get close to the elk of Elk Grove Village. Ever since they came from Yellowstone National Park in the twenties, the elk have lived in a protected area of the Busse Forest Elk Pasture in Elk Grove Village and taken care of by the Brookfield Zoo vets.

Stunning to watch, please follow the instructions and keep yourself out of trouble not feeding them, touching them or interfering in their daily routines. As you walk near the fence, if you are lucky you’ll be able to see large antlers over the heads of the visitors. They usually stand pretty close to the fence, you’ve been warned!