This delightful apartment in our home is quite a creative way to do the Windy City and the western suburban area inexpensively. It is probably more like a bed and breakfast situation, but instead, you do your own cooking and pack your own picnic lunches to take on your outings in your own beautiful new kitchen. Our home is in West Chicago, which is about 30 miles directly west of Chicago, and it takes about an hour to get downtown. We have an all brand new 1000 square foot apartment that is just waiting for couples or families who desire to see the sights of the Chicago area, but may not have the means or desire to stay in the big city. We are located in beautiful DuPage County and are located about 6 minutes from the train station where you can jump on at many different times during the day and ride downtown where you arrive at Ogilvie Station. For a week-end stay, you just get a $7/person week-end pass and take as many trips back and forth as you want to. For example, go downtown for the morning, come back to the apartment for a rest and some shopping on 3rd Street in Geneva, IL which is about 10 minutes away and then hop back on the train for an evening festival or theater performance or a spectacular fireworks display. The trip takes about one hour or less if you happen to be on an express train.
You can always drive yourself downtown if you prefer. This is a good idea especially if you desire to go to the Museum complex which is a distance from the train station. It is a beautiful walk along the Lake shore, but maybe not so delightful with young children. Driving downtown is a pretty easy, straightforward trip and not too crowded if you travel at an off-rush-hour time frame.
Besides going to the big city, there is a wealth of sites to see around the apartment. The Prairie Path is nearby where you can bike, jog, or walk for miles and miles. Cantigny War Museum and Gardens are nearby and there are two living history museums close at hand, Kline Creek Farm and Naper Settlement. We are about 20 minutes from the Morton Arboretum also. We have a vast variety of golf course very close by. These are just a few suggestions amongst many options.
Garfield Park Botanical Gardens - about 45 minute drive
Brookfield Zoo - about an hour drive
Frank Lloyd Wright tours in Oak Park - about 45 minute drive
CantignyWar Museum and Gardens - about 10 minute drive
3rd St. shopping in Geneva - beautiful quaint, quality shops about 10 minute drive
Morton Arboretum - about 20 minute drive
various outlet malls - one is 20 minutes away and one is 45 minutes away
Golf - the closet course is less than 10 minutes away
Outdoor Water Park - about 2 minute drive
Prairie Path - access is less than 5 minutes away
Fantastic variety of restaurants from $ to $$$$$
Cross country skiing at various forest preserves
Of course, everything the Big City has to offer