Looking for a family-friendly weekend getaway that's driving distance from Chicago? There are plenty of resorts, lodges and water parks located within a few hours of Chicago that offer kid friendly activities, and most offer great summer deals and packages. Here are some of our top picks for Chicago area weekend getaways with kids, and you can find more options on our Summer Vacations page.
French Lick Resort
8670 West State Road 56, French Lick IN, (888) 936-9360
French Lick Resort is located in Indiana, about 5 hours from Chicago. The resort offers outdoor activities including hiking, an outdoor pool, mountain biking, bike rentals, horseback riding, carriage rides, indoor bowling and arcade, tennis and pools, and daily KidsFest activities in the KidsFest Lodge... plus golf courses and a spa for mom and dad! KidsFest offers activities like painting, video games, crafts and board games. The Kids+Pass is available for $35, and kids get unlimited KidsFest activities and bowling plus a slice of pizza, an ice cream, a round of FootGolf and more.
Great Wolf Lodge
1400 Great Wolf Drive, Wisconsin Dells WI, (608) 253-2222
Located about 3 hours from Chicago, Great Wolf Lodge is located in the famed Wisconsin Dells. This family friendly getaway is known for its enormous indoor water park, with over 80,000 square feet of water fun including everything ranging from a zero-depth playground for little ones to gigantic slides for your thrill seekers. Other activities include daily bedtime stories, appearances by the Great Wolf Kids characters, PJ Parties with the Great Wolf Kids and more.
The Landing Resort
7741 State Hwy 42, Egg Harbor WI, (800) 851-8919
Located in the picturesque village of Egg Harbor, Door County's Landing Resort is nestled in a quiet, wooded setting. At the resort, guests can enjoy the indoor pool, arcade room, and outdoor picnic and playground areas. Door County has plenty of options for famliy fun, with summer festivals, famous fish boils, bike trails, boating, mini golf, hiking, parks and more. Sign on for The Family Fun package for an additional $70, and receive two DVD Movie Rentals, a Bag of Microwave Popcorn, a 2-Liter Bottle of Soda, a gift certificate ($30 value) towards your dining experience at a local Egg Harbor Eatery, and a Gift certificate ($50 value) to Hands On Art Studio where you can create anything from painted pottery, stained glass, painted woodwork and more.
Pheasant Run Resort
4051 East Main Street, St. Charles, (800) 474-3272
Pheasant Run features six restaurants and lounges, two theaters and a comedy club, plus a replica of Bourbon Street that offers dining, lively bars, dancing and family entertainment. The Family Fun Package includes a one breakfast or Sunday brunch voucher per child and one per adult, and one $25 food voucher per adult.
Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
7020 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva WI, (866) 636-4502
Timber Ridge Lodge's Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark offers 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor waterpark fun. The Lodge offers a variety of special packages for your visit this summer, including the new Animal Lovers package for ages 7 and up that combines time in the pool and on horseback. The Sleep n Slide package offers water passes plus moose pillow pet pals for kids (2 pillows per 1-bedroom suite, 4 pillows per 2-bedroom suite) And the Lil’ Splashers Kids Club offers specials for the whole family to enjoy.