Hotel at a Glance: Sybaris Pool Suites – Northbrook
Nearly every inch of the adults-only Sybaris Pool Suites are tailored for romance and privacy. Inside Paradise Pool Suites, gentle raindrops trickle into a balmy 90-degree private pool surrounded by tropical plants. Just footsteps away, guests can sip wine and warm their toes before a crackling fireplace. Located less than an hour from downtown Chicago, the hotel makes for a romantic escape.
- Paradise Pool Suites: These each have a private 16-foot swimming pool with a tropical waterfall, a hot tub, a misting steam room, a cozy fireplace, and a massage chair.
- Deluxe Whirlpool Suites: These rooms come with fireplaces, overstuffed massage chairs, and a private misting steam room.
- Each deal includes: A dozen chocolate-covered strawberries
- Amorous add-ons: Chocolate-covered strawberries, fragrant rose petals, and Kama Sutra massage oil are available at the on-site gift shop.
- Grab a bite: Order takeout, or sneak away for a romantic dinner at one of the dozens of restaurants located within minutes of the resort.
- Nearby Chicago attraction: The Museum Campus—home to the Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum, which spotlights a collection of artifacts from the 1893 World’s Fair until September 2014.<p>
Northbrook, Illinois: North Chicago Suburb near Theme Parks and Acclaimed Gardens
Located about 25 miles north of downtown Chicago, the suburb of Northbrook is close 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 wilderness of the lagoons contrasts with the manicured Chicago Botanic Garden in nearby Glencoe, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. Here, you can see 2.5 million plants strewn across 26 displays situated on nine islands.
About a half-hour’s drive north of Northbrook is Six Flags Great America, one of the largest theme parks in the Midwest (opening May 3–4). It packs in more than 70 rides and attractions, ranging from bumper cars to a massive water park. The roller coasters are the most popular. You can hop on the recently opened X Flight, which boasts an innovative “wing coaster” design that suspends riders on either side of the track with their feet dangling as they’re whisked at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour through stomach-flipping loops, dives, and barrel twists. The park also has some old-school rides, including the classic wooden coaster American Eagle and Batman: The Ride, which was the world’s first inverted outside-looping roller coaster when it opened in 1992.<p>