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Plan a Staycation for this Weekend!

So, you meant to plan a summer vacation to get away with your family, friends or (AHEM) yourself this year, but with summer weekends winding down, you may not have time to plan that trip. Why not plan a staycation right here in the Chicago Southland?

Splish, Splash!

2012_White Water Canyon1On a hot summer day there is nothing better than playing in the water! Whether you are looking for somewhere to take the little ones or you are just looking for somewhere to act like a kid yourself, we’ve got your fun in the sun covered!

Aquatic Park Splash Pad, Alsip

Millennium Park Splash Pad, Flossmoor

Lions Club Pool, Homewood

Central Pool, Centennial Pool & Splash Pad, Oak Lawn

Centennial Park Aquatic Center, Orland Park

White Water Canyon, Tinley Park



Hiking, Biking and Kayaking, OH MY!

2013_Lake Katherine_kayakersCalling all nature and adventure lovers! The Chicago Southland is home to thousands of acres of trails for biking, hiking, horseback riding and exploring. The region also boasts one of the most breathtaking lakes with access to kayak and canoe rentals for you to enjoy!

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens






Sinfully Delicious Fare

Chucks_BBQI don’t know about you, but trying new restaurants and dishes is always a highlight for me whenever I am vacationing (or staycationing). Here in the Chicago Southland we encourage your taste buds to explore the many delicious options at Chucks Southern Comforts Café! Chuck’s features some of the region’s most inspired fusions of Mexican, Cajun-Creole; southern cooking traditions and slow cooked, smoked BBQ. Recently being named one of The 30 Best BBQ Restaurants in America by Open Table makes Chuck’s a “MUST GO.” They have also been featured on shows such as Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, ABC Chicago’s Hungry Hound and WTTW’s Emmy award-winning weekly restaurant review series Check , Please!

If that isn’t enough to make you jump in your car and head to Chuck’s, then check out one of the other unique restaurants in the region.

For true, fresh, farm-to, table fare check out the Harvest Room in Palos Heights.

Enjoy dinner prepared by a chef with some flare at A-Fusion; Japanese, Chinese, Thai Hibachi Buffet and Bar in Matteson.

If you are looking for a Chicago Southland favorite, try Aurelio’s Pizza in Homewood. Tip: ask for your pizza pie to be made in the old pizza oven, it takes twice as long but trust us, it’s SO worth it!

For a full list of Chicago Southland restaurants & dining experiences click HERE.






History at its Best

2012_Historic Pullman_TourExperience Chicago history at its finest during a tour of the Historic Pullman District. Learn about the model industrial town and how it has changed and continues to thrive as a tourist destination for many. Take a self-guided tour or a Sunday walking tour during the months of May-October.
























Come On You Men in Red! 





Even if you don’t love soccer you will love your experience from Section 8 at a Chicago Fire game. Get ready for non-stop chanting and colorful displays from fans with undying support of the club!






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