Family Friendly Getaways Near Chicago

Posted: July 16, 2015

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.

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 this summer for both day and overnight stays. This summer's Kids Eat FREE Packages includes breakfast or dinner during your stay, with kdis eating free. And the Sleep n Slide package comes with a moose pillow pet for each kid. Find more details and packages on the web site.

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 enormour 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 a Wolf Walk, the Great Clock Tower Show, Story Time and a Cub Club for kids. See web site for more details.

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 breakfast or brunch voucher, $10 in tokets for the Swamp Arcade, a $50 voucher for 2 pizzas and sodas from room service, an in-room movie, access to the pools and more. Learn more online.

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 kickball, Wii games, crafts and cooking, plus unique experiences, like taking a hayride to The Stables or cooking up fun and healthy snacks in the KidsFest Lodge. The Kids+Pass is a perks pass for kids and for $35, kids get unlimited bowling, playtime at KidsFest, pizza, FootGolf and more.