DoubleTree hotel in suburban Chicago, near Woodfield Mall, has an indoor pool and restaurant that’s open all day
Hotel at a Glance: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago Wood Dale - Elk Grove
Set 25 miles from Chicago, this DoubleTree hotel is a relaxing spot to wind down after time in the city. Guests can lounge on the courtyard’s shaded patio, or stroll around the large pond bordering the property.
- Best way to start the day: a buffet breakfast ($12.95/person)
- Where to eat: The Garden Café serves up steaks and more.
- Sunny spot: Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the indoor pool with natural light.
- Open 24/7: a fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights
Schaumburg, Illinois: Family-Friendly Chicago Suburb with Shopping and Nature Preserve
Wood Dale lies southeast of Schaumburg, a Chicago suburb best known as the home of Woodfield Mall, one of the nation’s largest shopping centers. Among roughly 300 stores and restaurants, Woodfield’s anchor attractions include an Apple Store, Macy’s, and Nordstrom. Just around the corner, The Streets of Woodfield offers a pedestrian-friendly experience with a movie theater, clothing stores, and the Legoland Discovery Center. Here, kids can tour an interactive Lego “factory” and build their own Lego creations.
Experience the outdoors at the Ned Brown Forest Preserve—popularly known as Busse Woods—a 3,700-acre expanse on the border of Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village. Bikers, joggers, and rollerbladers take advantage of an 8-mile paved loop as fishers post up around Busse Lake in pursuit of channel catfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike. The forest preserve is also a popular spot for canoeing and picnicking. Come evening, journey back to the Middle Ages at Medieval Times, a restaurant that puts on a nightly show—a jousting tournament with horseback-riding knights and falconry demonstrations.