AAA Four Diamond Hotel in Scenic Chicago Suburb
Winner of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating eight years in a row, Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel earned its status through more than its brightly upholstered furniture and warm wood accents. Along with a shuttle service to Chicago Botanic Garden that eliminates parking fees, the hotel’s luxurious rooms and close proximity to the Skokie Lagoons and Lake Michigan make it an ideal place to spend a summer weekend just outside downtown Chicago.
Beds come with pillow-top mattresses and down comforters in standard rooms. Pen postcards at the spacious writing desk, or wash up using the plant-based Aveda bath products. A 32-inch HDTV entertains at the end of the night, and light, gauzy drapes ensure privacy while still letting in morning sunlight. An upscale dining option is available at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where cooks sear juicy cuts in a 1,800-degree oven before the steaks arrive sizzling at your table. Feel free to use the hotel's concierge service, headed by lead navigator Elaine Raimondi, which can recommend everything from historical landmarks to nearby music venues.
Northbrook, Illinois: Lakeside Chicago Suburb near Theme Parks and Acclaimed Gardens
Located about 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the suburb of Northbrook is in close proximity to an abundance of outdoor activities. The 540-acre, wildlife-rich Skokie Lagoons nature preserve is a popular spot for canoeing, fishing, and hiking. The Lagoons contrast with the manicured Chicago Botanic Garden in nearby Glencoe, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Here, you’ll explore 2.5 million plants strewn across 24 displays, along with waterways and wooded areas.
About a half-hour drive north of the hotel is Six Flags Great America, a thrill-packed playground for kids, kids-at-heart, and misled vexillologists. Its rides and attractions range from stomach-flipping roller coasters to all-ages swimming pools and bumper cars.
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