stretches well beyond the borders of downtown. If your group has time, try any
of these half-day outings to give visitors a taste of the unique attractions
located a short drive from Chicago.
Glencoe, (25 miles north of
colorful landscape of the Chicago Botanic Garden should not be missed. The
gardens have become one of the best living museums and conservation centers in
the country. This attraction features 26 gardens and four natural areas, situated on nine
islands. Groups can also get a glimpse of the shoreline, a renowned Bonsai
collection and dozens of specialty exhibits. The Botanic Garden is open year-round, with free admission and $20 for parking.
Skokie, (17 miles north of
story of the Holocaust is seen through interactive exhibits, which are meant to
both educate and inspire guests. Visitors
can explore more than 500 artifacts, documents and photos at the Karkomi
Permanent Exhibition or view contemporary pieces of art created in response to
genocide in other parts of the world.
Oak Park, (10 miles west of
Chicagoland area is known for its architecture, and it is proud to have the
largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world. In Oak
Park, where Wright spent the first 20 years of his career, groups can take
walking tours of the Prairie-style Frank W. Thomas House, the medieval Tudor
Revival-style Nathan G. Moore House, three Queen Anne-style "Bootleg Houses"
and Wright's own Home and Studio.
Lisle, (25 miles west of
oasis from the bustling city, the Morton Arboretum is a year-round attraction
that gives visitors a true look at how nature changes on a daily basis. Groups
can take a guided tour on an open-air tram or walk along the 16 miles of hiking
trails that wind among majestic trees and shrubbery.
Brookfield, (13 miles west
Brookfield Zoo, opened in 1934, has become
well known for its innovative exhibits and animal conservation efforts. The
216-acre zoo houses close to 450 species. Visitors can
enjoy all kinds of exhibits, from the Seven Seas dolphin show to the
naturalistic habitat, Great Bear Wilderness.