Comfort Inn O'Hare
2175 E. Touhy Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 635-1300
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Eaton Field Park, located on Craig Drive, is a nice little urban park with lots to offer for the members of its peripheral communities. The park incorporates lots of features that give many outdoor opportunities for adults and children alike. They have playgrounds with swing sets, slides and such, a sand box for toddlers, picnic tables and benches. Eaton Field Park also includes a ball field, basketball court, soccer field and many other amenities that offer many opportunities for play.
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.
Are you a parent traveling with children who wants to take a break from the hectic mess of airport travel? If so, head over to the departure level of Terminal 2, where you will find an assortment of interactive exhibits that will wear the little ones out in no time. There is an assortment of displays, including a two-story purple cargo airplane, complete with movable foam rubber cargo. Parents can rest on park benches.
Brickton Park is a slice of cool shade and greenery in Park Ridge, IL. Located a few minutes drive from Catherine Chevalier Woods, it is spread over 5 acres (2.023 hectares). As such, Brickton Park offers plenty of outdoor fun activities for all the family. It features playgrounds, seating areas, drinking water fountains and lots more. Apart from that Brickton Park also incorporates a soccer field and a ball field. Just about 5 miles (8.05 kilometers) from O'Hare International Airport, Brickton Park finds many takers during pleasant summers days.
Schiller Woods offers visitors a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life as well as plenty of opportunities to spend a day out with friends and family in nature. With open play fields, gently rolling rills, trails and forest paths, there is plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors from taking a hike through the woods, fishing at the pond, sledding down the hill which is specially maintained to be child safe, picnicking at one of the 13 outdoor shelters, bird watching and more. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to spot wildlife like the deer as well as several types of birds like great horned owls, winter wrens and Cooper's hawks. A small bit of prairie preserved close to the city offers trails along the East river road to explore birds, plants and insects. During summer, the charming array colorful wildflowers along the stretch are a sight for sore eyes, the area can be explored via the brown trail. Visitors can even volunteer to work on the Des Plains River Valley Restoration Project on a monthly basis. To find out more, visit the website.
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.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Park or just Jefferson Park as it is locally known opened its doors in 1921. Named after the country's third president and the architect of the Declaration of Independence, this park features baseball fields, a soccer field, tennis courts, a playground, an outdoor swimming pool, a spray pool, gymnasium, a brick field-house, youth fitness arcade, club-rooms and an auditorium. The field-house is a hub for cultural activity for all ages. This park also hosts regular crafts and arts programs. There are seasonal chamber concerts held here. It is the home of the popular Jeff Fest, a community event with bands, stalls and local food. Jefferson Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
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.
The Riis Park is a fully-equipped community park that welcomes everyone. It is named in the honor of Jacob A. Riis, a renowned journalist and a social reformer. This sprawling park is replete with facilities and is an ideal spot for picnicking with your entire family. Sport lovers can choose from basketball, badminton, soccer, dodge ball and many other games. The not-so outdoorsy types can simply enjoy the cheerful atmosphere and picturesque setting of the park. That's not it, Riis Park also features a modern gymnasium, an assembly hall, special water park for the young ones, a swimming pool and an ice rink. If that is still not enough, it covers creative and cultural avenues too and hosts workshops, acting classes and similar other events. Check website for details.
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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.
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.