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Explore Chicagoland’s Hidden Jewels This Summer!


Explore Chicagoland’s Hidden Jewels This Summer!


Explore Chicagoland’s Hidden Jewels This Summer!


Ahh, summertime. School’s out and your kids are probably complaining about how bored they already are. There’s nothing wrong with being a little bored—many adults I know would give their right arm to feel a sense of boredom for a day or two—but making some great family summer plans can inject some Fun into the same old summer routine. The Chicago area is chock full of unique kid friendly attractions, many of which you may have never heard of! Here are some to get you started:


Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art—Collecting rocks was never so cool. Check out this great little museum in the heart of Elmhurst, and you’ll find some great carvings, dioramas, stone pictures, and much more. Rocks and minerals indigenous to Illinois are featured in a special area of the museum, and naturally there’s a gift shop so you can add to your collection on the way home!


Xtreme Trampolines—Ever dream of a huge facility that has wall-to-wall trampolines? Here’s one! Xtreme Trampolines is located in Carol Stream (with another location opening later this year in Buffalo Grove). Kids of all ages can jump to their heart’s content (jumpers are segregated by age so the big guys don’t squish the little guys); they even offer trampoline dodgeball!


Dat Donut—Delicious donuts of all kinds are served up at the two Chicago locations, but what will really impress the kiddies is the Big Dat, a donut the size of your head that was named after the way small children say “that”. (For example, “I want dat one.”) You may never buy from the big donut chains ever again!


The Boring Store— Named so as not to call attention to itself, The Boring Store (located in Chicago on N. Milwaukee) is the source for secret agent supplies like disguises, x-ray spray, banana phones, and all kinds of other things which are packaged in boring brown paper wrapping. Proceeds benefit 826CHI, a non-profit organization that helps kids between the ages of 6 and 18 with their writing skills.



For more information on Chicago area Fun, check out Chicken in the Car and the Car Won’t Go: Nearly 200 Ways to Enjoy Chicagoland with Tweens and Teens  by local author Melisa Wells, published in May by Little Creek Books.

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