Day Trip from Chicago Suburbs with Kids

May 2nd, 2016, 06:08 AM
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Day Trip from Chicago Suburbs with Kids

I'm looking for a day-trip (preferably no more than 2-3hrs one way) coming from the Chicago Suburbs this weekend for my and my three boys (ages 5-11) that would involve enjoying the great outdoors, but not be super crowded. No preference to Illinois, Wisconsin, Indian, or Michigan, I'm open to them all.

I love taking pictures so a location with scenery, especially a location with beautiful sunsets would be great. Something by the water would be ideal: lakes, ponds, or waterfalls. A location fit for biking would be good to know, but for this trip we need something to accommodate walking as one of the boys has a broken arm. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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May 2nd, 2016, 06:22 AM
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Which suburb? Distance from, for example, Homewood or Highland Park, would be very different.
Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin is beautiful.
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May 2nd, 2016, 11:59 AM
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I'm a native Cheese Head and have lived in the Chicago suburbs for 28 years. I second Devil's Lake, and we also have always enjoyed Indiana Dunes State Park. It's too cold to go in the water yet, but still pretty.
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May 3rd, 2016, 08:48 AM
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Thanks, I'll definitely check out those suggestions! I'm located in Downers Grove.
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May 23rd, 2016, 03:14 AM
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If you want to head south, Starved Rock State Park is nice. It makes me feel like I'm not in IL. You can pack a picnic, or there is a nice bar and grill with outdoor seating (plus dining room inside). Maybe for your next day trip?
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