Hotel at a Glance: Eaglewood Resort and Spa
This sprawling resort is rife with things to do. You can work up an appetite at the six-lane bowling alley, then head to the cocktail bar or one of two onsite restaurants. Prairie River serves up such upscale American dishes as Church Street beer-smoked short ribs made with locally sourced ingredients. Burnham’s, meanwhile, offers an international buffet.
- Pamper yourself with a massage, body wrap, or facial at the onsite spa.
- Spacious rooms are decorated with an inviting blend of mahogany and cherry-wood furnishings and overlook the resort grounds.
- Get a good night’s sleep on a pillowtop mattress and nonallergenic pillows.
- Take a dip in the sky-lit indoor pool, or relax in the hot tub and sauna.
- Nearby attractions: Legoland Discovery Center, the Stratford Square Mall, and Dave & Buster’s are all within 5 miles of the resort.
- Distance from downtown Chicago: 25 miles
Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs: Family Fun Close to the City
Each of Chicago’s northwest suburbs—including Itasca, Schaumburg, Bloomingdale, and Elk Grove Village—has its own personality and its own array of cultural and entertainment offerings distinct from the Windy City. Itasca, for instance—home to Eaglewood Resort and Spa—has a collection of Victorian homes and a quaint downtown area filled with boutique shops and a charming square.
In fact, despite Chicago’s proximity (about a half-hour drive), you could find plenty to do without ever stepping foot in the Loop. Head over to Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in the country, when it’s time for some retail therapy, or visit Lynfred Winery, the oldest continually operating winery in Illinois, for a wine-tasting. If you’re looking to pick up the pace, Chicago Indoor Racing offers 86,000 square feet of indoor go-kart racing.
Nature lovers will want to check out the Ned Brown Preserve—better known as Busse Woods—where cross-country skiing and hiking trails provide up-close glimpses of local flora and fauna. Afterwards, bring the whole family to Medieval Times, a dinner theater where you can watch knights compete in horseback tournaments while you eat.