Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer tips! Chicago fun "staycation" in Norwood Park, Edgebrook!

Get your true summer vacation feel on the Northwest Side!

We had a great summer Saturday out on the northwest side of Chicago this weekend.  We avoided the crowds and parking hassles near the lake by staying northwest. 

A quiet moment for the kid's splash playground at Whealan Pool.  Most of the pool area is zero depth to 3 feet deep.

Start at Caudwell Woods for a nice walk or bike ride after breakfast.  Then head next door at 11am to the Whealan Pool/ Aquatic Center at 6200 W Devon in Norwood Park.  Plenty of parking in the lot for your mini-van. Admission is about $6.00 for adults and $4 kids 4-12
Fun water slides for medium and "big" me and Ryne here.
Looks like fun to me!

Toddler pool too!
Ample grassy areas for a picnic blanket.

Nice concession area for summer snacks.

After a few hours head back east on Devon to The Chocolate Shoppe in downtown Edgebrook, Forest Glen.  A little pricey but it has funky decor, great seating and the best ice cream shop soundtrack I've ever heard.  Our kids were dancing around, taking in the sites and well... eating ice cream.
The Chocolate Shoppe is located next to the very nice Edgewater Library branch too. Pick up a few books and get some air conditioning and down time after the pool.

Lots to choose from.
It's time for ice cream!

We took the quick 15 minute drive back to Lincoln Square for a little backyard Wiffleball, pizza and movie night at the house.

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