5 based on 995 reviews
Just a short trip from Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre complex of flora, footbridges and waterways.
Loved it, just loved it! It huge, beautiful, clean, well maintained and informative. The kind of flowers and trees we saw there we amazing! And the walk in the garden is so peaceful, air is so fresh, you just want to stay there!
Must visit place
4.5 based on 176 reviews
A bright and friendly place for children of all ages, featuring a life-sized train car and a water room.
My 8 year old was bored with this museum but my 6 year old stayed busy. But both got bored after about 2 hours. All staff very interacting and interested in ensuring the kids were being entertained. Very crowded when I went. I don't know if we will be back though. But if my children were under 5 I think I would return.
4 based on 4 reviews
Bannockburn green shopping center on Waukegan Road near Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, Trinity University. Best of Bannockburn restaurants, specialty boutiques, services, Dominick's, Walgreens.
The slogan -- "Not Just Shopping. A Lifestyle." -- is quite the overstatement.
The tenants include a Walgreen's; a Sleepy's mattress store (which lately seem to pop up on every other corner); an Erewhon Mountain Outfitters (the name is "no where" spelled backwards); a Heinen's grocery in the former Dominick's location; Panera Bread; Marigold Maison, an Indian restaurant that features platters rather than a buffet; and a number of other small businesses.
The mall was designed in 1984 with an attractive old-tyme mill feature. The large parking lot was resurfaced this year. The previous reviewer is correct -- this is not a destination mall.
4.5 based on 58 reviews
The new improvements to Rosewood beach are very nice. Love the three swimming coves and the cute wooden beach benches. They have one outdoor shower to rinse off the sand but would be nice if there were some indoor ones too.
Parking is still limited but the stairway down from the upper lot is much improved.
One thing that is missing are the grills that they used to have. Hope they are planning to put new ones in. It was nice to be able to bring your burgers and dogs down and eat them freshly grilled.
Very nice play area for the kids that is sheltered from the sun.
Staff could be friendlier.
4.5 based on 223 reviews
Went with a bus group of theatre students to see Newsies at the Marriott Lincolnshire. The production was fast-paced and exciting to watch. The actors are so close and constantly moving around so everyone in the theatre could see them. The singing and dancing were very well done. Scene changes were quick as actors moved set pieces up and down the aisle. Looking forward to attending another production here, as it’s easy to get to and parking is free.
4.5 based on 44 reviews
Finding ourselves driving through the villages along Lake Michigan as part of our Labor day holiday, we were surprised to chance on Market Square in Lake Forest, IL during the Deer Path Art League's 62nd Annual Art Fair on the Square.
While it was difficult for us to appreciate the charm of the Square in its own right, we can testify that it was the perfect venue for this world-class art fair that attracts upwards of 200 vendors from as far away as Florida.
We were among a throng of locals and visitors that filled the vicinity of the square - there were literally thousands attending during the two hours that we were being charmed by this experience.
Although the Cajun term "lagniappe" - "something extra" - is not generally heard in the environs of Chicago, it is a most fitting expression of the superb added blessing that Lake Forest's Market Square and the Deer Path Art League's 62nd Annual Art Fair was to our Labor Day trip along the Illinois shore of Lake Michigan.
4.5 based on 10 reviews
Warnng: There are no public restrooms. If you are visiting with children, plan ahead -- just as you would do for a car trip, except this is a trip to the past.
The Village consists of five buildings clustered under shady trees. Two are replicas (the school house and carriage house) and three are original (relocated from their original sites). They date from 1837 to 1905.
Thanks to dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers, the buildings are open from 2 - 4, Sunday afternoons, from June through September.
Each building is authentically furnished with LOADS of interesting items.
Here are just a very few examples to give you the flavor of the village:
In the schoolhouse you'll see dunce caps, metal lunch pails, and a sign that reads: "Raise Hand. Stand. Answer. Sit down."
In the carriage house you'll see a doctor's buggy and blacksmith tools.
In the Ott cabin, you'll see a rocking chair -- created by putting bed springs on the front legs of an ordinary chair. The Otts raised seven children in this one-room cabin.
In the Brand-Luther house you'll see a loom, vintage pharmaceuticals, and a wooden wall telephone.
In the two-story Sack farm house you'll see a kitchen and parlor on the first floor and three bedrooms, complete with chamber pots, on the second floor.
Outdoors you'll see a storm cellar, water pumps, and a rain barrel.
There is a tiny gift shop with reasonably priced souvenirs, including stovepipe hats for boys ($3) and white bonnets ($2) for the girls.
street and lot parking.
4.5 based on 6 reviews
This is a really cool concept. Lots and lots of craft beer. I went here for a ladies night out. At the Art of Beer you can sip your beer like a fine wine. Not only can you sidle up to the bar and order a full foaming bottle/draft/glass of liquid gold but they have plenty of tasting pours to sample! Beers that taste like chocolate or raspberry or malted milk or apples or just about any flavor you can imagine!
If you are a beer aficionado then you must must stop here and check it out!
4 based on 50 reviews
I love the remodel with the reclining seats. I am also a fan of the preassigned seating. They lose major points though for cleanliness. On our most recent visit many of the seats were dirty and sticky, as were the trays.
The tickets sales personnel have always been pleasant and helpful but there is one ticket taker who is a nightmare. He seems to be working every time we come to the theater and has a very negative attitude. He sets the evening/movie experience off on a bad note every time. Not a good ambassador for the theater.
5 based on 49 reviews
In 1992, Writers Theatre was founded in order to create an environment where the written word and the nurturing of artists were the foundation of all productions. We opened our first venue that year in the ante-room of a newly opened bookstore in Glencoe on the North Shore of Chicago. The limited space available gave way to a new aesthetic that has been a company hallmark ever since-intimacy. Under the artistic leadership of Founding Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, who continues in that role to this day, Writers became a welcome addition to the already vibrant Chicago arts community. The Theatre quickly garnered significant critical acclaim and established a reputation as a home for world-class art and artists, opening a second performance space in 2003. Our inviting 108-seat Tudor Court space continued the company's trademark level of intimacy while allowing for a new scale of production and affording the opportunity to expand audiences, programming and educational outreach. Acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top half-dozen regional theatres in the country, Writers has offered more than 90 productions, including 16 world premieres. We have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including 110 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 25 Awards, as well as multiple citations of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam for excellence and contributions to the field, including The 2010 Zelda Fichandler Award. In 2007, Writers debuted nationally with a New York premiere of Crime and Punishment, followed in 2011 by a Lincoln Center production of A Minister's Wife-the musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Candida, conceived and directed by Halberstam. In November 2013, Writers Theatre announced the launch of the $34 million On to a New Stage Campaign to establish the company's first permanent home in a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, designed by the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by Founder and Design Principal Jeanne Gang, FAIA, in collaboration with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander. This allows the Theatre to continue to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility resonates with and complements the Theatre's neighboring Glencoe community, adding tremendous value to Chicagoland and helping to establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.
What a beautiful venue! We saw a show in the Alexander C. & John D. Nichols Theatre and it was amazing. From the show to the set to the comfort of the seats it was well worth it. The venue for the show was very intimate and made you feel like you were right there in the show. If this group comes back we will also be back.
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