Whether you’re a Chicago resident or a tourist to our fabulous city, here’s some of the best places for you and the whole family to have a great time. These places are pretty special to me and I thought you would enjoy them as well.
14245 W. Rockland
Libertyville, IL 60048
Where do I begin? Well, by telling you that this is now in the Top 3 of my very special “happy places.” I LOVE Lamb’s Farm. Not only do they provide a special service (profits are to support the developmentally disabled, to give them work and a greater purpose for their lives), but they bring to the rest of us some wonderful memories. I used to go as a little girl. But recently, I went back to visit with my family and found that I now have an even greater appreciation for them. They have a petting zoo, barnyards filled with animals, a train, carousel, gift shops, thrift store and an excellent country style restaurant. The people are amazing (in more ways than one) and you feel like a kid again.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin and Farm Market
40 W. Higgins Road
S. Barrington, IL 60010
My brother lives near Goebbert’s so he’s the one that first turned me on to the place. And I’m so glad he did! I loved it right away. What’s not to love? They have a mini zoo filled with wonderful furry (and feathered!) creatures, hay rides, great apple cider donuts and hot drinks. My favorite time of the year to go is in the fall. They have a huge pumpkin patch (is Linus here??), and these cool Halloween decorations everywhere, even a haunted house. You can buy fresh eggs and produce right off the farm, as well as homemade pies and preserves. It’s a great place to take the whole family. A special trivia bit for all Bears’ fans: Just steps away from Goebbert’s, you can find the gorgeous home of the late, great Walter Payton and family.
8400 W North Ave Ste 1
Melrose Park, IL 60160
When I was just a little rock and roll mama, and my mom would mention the name Kiddieland, you could hear my squeals of delight for miles! This place used to bring me great joy, and all these years later, it still does. It’s not the biggest or the best, but it’s a classic with so much history. Fun rides, cool games, and the best cotton candy around. I still get a kick out of that little train that takes you around the park.