Tag Archive: nature

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2014

October is all about the arrival of fall and Halloween. I’ve compiled a huge guide of Chicago Area Pumpkin Patches so you can find the one just right for your family. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I do my best to be sure the information is current, accurate information, but it’s always…

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2014

I may have said this last year (and the year before, and maybe the year before that…), but apple picking is one of my very favorite annual traditions with my family. Some orchards are already open for apple picking, but most will open this week or next. This list is all the U-Pick apple orchards I…

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2012

All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, it’s best to call ahead to ensure the farm will be open and trees are available. Please note that many farms accept only cash or checks. Bengston Tree Farm, 10919 W. Wilmington, Peotone, 708-258-9610 Opens November 23. Open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Hot…

Girls Getaway – The Heartland Spa

Girls Getaway – The Heartland Spa As a mom of two (very active) young boys, with another on the way, I could use a break. My friend Samantha, who also parents to two active young boys and blogs at The Peanuts Gang, felt the same way. We recently had the opportunity to spend two days…

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2012

It’s fall – time to pack up the kids and go pick some pumpkins! Below are pumpkin patches in the Chicago area. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I’ve done my best to include current, accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to double check the website or call before you…

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide – 2012

  Click here for the 2013 Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide. Summer is drawing to a close and I’ll admit I’m definitely not a Fall person; I prefer Spring and Summer and I hate to see them go. I do love that it’s apple picking time though! It’s the highlight of Fall for me and…

Overnight Getaway – Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort – website Location: 2643 N. State Route 178, Utica, IL Phone: 866-399-3866 Parking: There is a large attached lot at the main resort. There are additional lots for the villas and cabin and 2 spaces directly in front of each cabin. Parking is free. Check in & check out: Check-in…

National Public Gardens Day

May 11, 2012 is National Public Gardens Day which means you can get free admission to a National Public Garden! Admission will not be free on that day, but you can register online to get a free pass. The pass is available immediately after you submit the registration; just print it out and save it…

Waterfall Glen

Waterfall Glen – website Location: Darien, IL. The parking lot at Bluff Road and Cass Ave is about a half a mile from the waterfall. Phone: 630-933-7200 Parking: Free. Bathrooms: It’s a forest preserve so they’re pretty rustic. There was a port-a-potty near the parking lot. No changing tables. Handicapped/stroller accessibility: Not so much. It’s…

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory – website Location: 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60624 Phone: 312-746-5100 Hours:Open everyday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 8:00 pm *** The Conservatory will be closed Monday, March 7, 2011 for a mandatory Chicago Park District shut down day to balance the budget. Admission: Free! There…

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