If you are looking for a winter weekend getaway with your family, we highly recommend Chicago’s North Shore. And here is why.
Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield, Prospect Heights, Skokie, Wheeling, Wilmette and Winnetka are all just a short drive away from the city center and each have their own unique charm.
One thing we definitely like about the North Shore, is the myriad of dining options in the area. During the month of February –North Shore Restaurant Month– you can enjoy delicious dining deals in dozens of great restaurants. Indulge in scrumptious multi-course meals and get amazing discounts to complimentary appetizers, entrées and desserts. You can find a list of the participating restaurants and the deals they offer on the North Shore Restaurant Month website.
The enchanting beauty of Lake Michigan is one of the main reasons to visit the North Shore. Bundle up and go for a brisk winter walk to enjoy the fresh air and natural ice sculptures. If you’d rather stay warm while you relish in the beauty of nature then you should definitely put the popular Untamed: the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden on your list. Bask in the extraordinary colors and fresh blooms of thousands of orchids and other sultry plants at this stunning display.
One of the most famous houses in Hollywood history is without a doubt the 1920 Winnetka house that was used for the very first Home Alone movie. More than thirty years ago, it still attracts visitors from all over the world.
If you are looking for live entertainment, the North Shore is a perfect place to meet your needs. If you love a good laugh, put La Cage aux Folles at Music Theater Works and/or ‘Something Rotten’ at Northwestern’s Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts on your list.
During the entire month of February, Evanston is the setting of the third annual Hygge Fest, immersing the downtown area in a snuggly atmosphere. Pronounced ‘hue-gah’, this Danish notion emphasizes finding joy in the everyday moments. Hygge embraces winter and celebrates coziness, warmth and family with gentle mindfulness. There are virtual and in-person events and the local shops showcase everything you need to hunker in style.
With so many things to enjoy, it may be a good idea to spend the weekend. Most of the North Shore’s 24 hotels and other places to stay offer special deals during the winter months.