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17 Things To Do With Kids in Illinois

The Land of Lincoln is a big place, and features plenty of kid-friendly activities from the northern, central, and southern regions to the many attractions of Chicagoland.

Here are 17 items to help narrow down your itinerary:


1. Enjoy a buggy tour at the Amish-themed Rockome Gardens in Arcola.

2. Visit the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in downtown Champaign near Danville.

3. Step into a skybox at the Willis Tower Skydeck in Chicago.

4. Grab a seat on the LPZoo Children's Train Ride or the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel at Lincoln Park Zoo.

5. Get a Happy Meal from the McDonald's #1 Store Museum (by which we mean the actual McDonald’s across the street) in Des Plaines.

6. Reserve a lane at the Uncle Buck’s Bowling Alley at East Peoria Bass Pro Shops in East Peoria.

7. Test your fear at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

8. Build a sandcastle or hit the skate park at Centennial Beach in Naperville.

9. Hit the water slides at CoCo Key Water Resort in Rockford.

10. Catch a Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament show at Schaumburg Castle.

11. Hit the LEGO® Store at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

12. Check out the Saukenuk Historic Village at Black Hawk State Historic Site near Moline.

13. Catch a NASCAR race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

14. Explore the National Railroad Hall of Fame in Galesburg.

15. Try to stop at the top of the Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier.

16. Watch the MLB Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

17. Go fishing at the Rend Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area near Marion.

Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Plus Green Mill Village Hotel & Suites

917 Green Mill Road, Arcola IL 61910
Phone: (217) 268-5000  |  Fax: (217) 268-5006  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western River North Hotel

125 W Ohio Street, Chicago IL 60654-7168
Phone: (312) 467-0800  |  Fax: (312) 467-1665  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Grant Park Hotel

1100 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605-2301
Phone: (312) 922-2900  |  Fax: (312) 347-2828  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel

3434 N Broadway Avenue, Chicago IL 60657-2516
Phone: (773) 244-3434  |  Fax: (773) 244-3435  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Riverside Inn

57 S Gilbert Street, Danville IL 61832-6227
Phone: (217) 431-0020  |  Fax: (217) 431-8980  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Regency Inn

360 Eastgate Drive, Danville IL 61834-9456
Phone: (217) 446-2111  |  Fax: (217) 446-2444  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Des Plaines Inn

1231 Lee Street, Des Plaines IL 60018-1512
Phone: (847) 297-2100  |  Fax: (847) 297-7884  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Plus Peoria

300 Eastlight Ct, East Peoria IL 61611-2060
Phone: (309) 694-4959  |  Fax: (309) 694-4727  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Prairie Inn & Conference Center

300 S Soangetaha Road, Galesburg IL 61401-5527
Phone: (309) 343-7151  |  Fax: (309) 343-7168  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

10

Best Western Joliet Inn & Suites

4380 Enterprise Drive, Joliet IL 60431-8309
Phone: (815) 730-7500  |  Fax: (815) 730-7400  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

11

Best Western Plus Marion Hotel

400 Comfort Drive, Marion IL 62959-4969
Phone: (618) 998-1220  |  Fax: (618) 998-0212  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

12

Best Western Airport Inn

2550 52nd Avenue, Moline IL 61265-6375
Phone: (309) 762-9191  |  Fax: (815) 219-7444  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

13

Best Western Naperville Inn

1617 Naperville Wheaton Road, Naperville IL 60563-1524
Phone: (630) 505-0200  |  Fax: (630) 505-4291  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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