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Located 32 miles (52 kilometers) outside of Chicago, the Middlefork Savannah Forest Preserve is a beautiful piece of forest and grasslands. This ecological research and education site serves as an outdoor classroom to local schools and universities as well as a natural recreation area. Open to the public, the reserve offers a variety of activities to the outdoor enthusiast from hiking and bicycling and is perfect for an afternoon picnic. In the winter time, the preserve turns into a popular cross-country skiing location. Located throughout are trailside exhibit panels, an education center, windmill and children's maize. Be advised, in order to protect the wildlife, no dogs are allowed.
Highland Park Country Club is owned by the City of Highland Park. It was designed by Dick Nugent Associates Redesign and has challenges in the form of sand bunkers and water hazards. It is a course that can by played by an amateur as well as a pro. This beautiful country club also has other amenities for its visitors and is used for weddings and banquets.
A must for nature lovers, this sprawling compound of foliage comprises 23 different gardens ranging from formal British rose gardens to tranquil Japanese islands. A series of waterways connect the lushly landscaped hills and acres together. The scenic vistas here rival those of the older, European gardens. Pack a lunch and spend the afternoon wandering among the sculpted shrubbery. This peaceful escape from the city is a rare find. A restaurant and cafe are on site.
Techny Prairie Park and Fields is well-equipped with a host of facilities including a 9-hole golf course and a skate park. A jogging trail, playground and a sled hill also occupy the park's large premises.
Amuse the kids with educational fun. A plethora of interactive and energy-consuming exhibits, including a home that can be reconstructed and rearranged and supermarkets and subway cars will delight their imaginations. The Great Kohl Sailing Ship is a stage for imaginary play. They can use nets to catch schools of colorful fake fish or test parents' eardrums by ringing the ship's bell. The Grandma's Attic exhibit is stocked with tons of old clothes. Children can dress up in gowns, suits and shoes to act out imaginary scenes from their parents' and grandparents' lives. Old-fashioned radio is piped in throughout their stay.
Arlington International Race Course is one of the best race courses in the world. Millions of people come every August to watch the Arlington Million Race, which has recently become a part of World Series Racing Championship. It is an ideal place for a family outing as the premises are resplendent with diverse hues. There is also a Kids Junior Jockey Club for the younger ones. Call in advance for tickets.
The city of Evanston is home to the WildCats (football team) of Northwestern University. All home football games are played at Welsh Ryan Arena here. The atmosphere is always loud and exciting with screaming fans cheering their team. Book tickets in advance as they are generally sold out. For ticket information, contact the athletic department of Northwestern University. There is ample parking available.
Opened as the Dyche Stadium stadium in 1926, since then has changed its name and grown its capacity to 49,256. It is the home football stadium for the Northwestern's, also known as the Wildcats, who can be found wearing the purple and white. Today known as the Ryan Field, this stadium is managed by the Northwestern University and serves as a home ground for their football team; the wildcats. One of the favourite sports venue, this stadium is a clear winner when it comes to hosting spectacular events.
Bristol Oaks Golf Course is an 18-hole public golf course. Opened in 1964, it is set on a subtle rolling landscape. Lined with trees and water features, this link will test the skills of an experienced golfer. It also a practice field for amateurs to hone their game.
Ned Brown Forest Preserve is a must visit for some family-friendly recreation. It is spread over 3700 acres (1500 hectares) and is one of the best-used natural preserves in the state of Illinois. Located within is the National Natural Landmark, Busse Woods. Named after the former mayor of Chicago, Fred A. Busse, it offers visitors with an array of leisure activities. Discover its flora and fauna, go fishing or elk spotting, enjoy a lakeside picnic or don't miss out on a bicycle ride along the 10.8-mile (17-kilometer) Busse Woods Trail.
Located just about 4 miles from O'Hare International, Dam No. 4 Woods, along with preserves such as Chippewa Woods and Catherine Chevalier Woods, is supported by the fertile banks of River Des Plaines. Dam No. 4 Woods separates the villages of Schiller Park and Harwood Heights with a floodplain thicket, that interestingly, stops flooding in the neighboring communities. As such, the preserve is home to many birds and animal species such as deer, beavers, squirrels and lots more. Dam No. 4 Woods feature some picnic spots and marked as well as unmarked trails, some of which even include riverside hikes.
The Wilmot Mountain is a magnificent ski area, swanked by as many as 25 runs and 5 terrain parks. It is primly located at the Kenosha County in Wisconsin. Comparatively a small hill, it stands as a fine recreational avenue with terrific runs spread over a massive 120 acres (0.49 square kilometers) skiable area. One can also indulge in snowmaking and stellar night skiing. It ably arranges for alpine racing and snow tubing. The Iron Kettle Banquet is an enticing hall and the site also brags of two bar areas.