It’s no secret that planning a reunion can be tough. We know that it takes a lot of planning and preparation, often researching months in advance trying to plan the perfect event that everyone will love. And deciding just where to hold the reunion may be the most challenging decision of all. But Chicago Southland is here to make that choice easy. With an array of attractions, dining, nightlife and outdoor activities, this is a great place to reunite with your family. And you’re only within a few minutes of the biggest city in the Midwest, so the opportunities are endless.
Just beyond the Windy City’s southern border, Chicago Southland delights and surprises reunions with its natural beauty, culture and history. Comprised of 62 south and southwest Chicago suburbs, the region has nearly 400 square miles of urban and open areas and more than 60,000 acres of forest preserves.
What activities await us in Chicago Southland?
At the confluence of east and west, Chicago Southland is rich in natural beauty and offers and abundance of opportunities for you and your family to bond in the great outdoors. The region has a large concentration of forest preserves, the perfect place for a hike, picnic or some bird watching.
You’ll also find more than 34 public and semi-private golf courses throughout the area, making this the ideal reunion location for golf lovers. Southland courses have played host to major championships, and families have fun testing their skills on these links.
Get out and enjoy a bit of history with your family as you stroll some of the iconic historic Southland neighborhoods. Don’t miss the Pullman Historic District, which was recently declared a national monument. Industrial buildings and houses, once part of a company town created by the famous rail car manufacturer, showcase the neighborhood’s influence on transportation, architecture and urban town planning. Take a walking tour of the signature Clock Tower Administration Building, Assembly Shops and the grand four-story Hotel Florence. Another noteworthy historic site is the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, where, in the first fully planned post-World War II suburb, you’ll see toys, dolls, books and furniture from the era.
Sports are a big deal in Chicago Southland. Here, you can cheer on the Chicago Fire Soccer team at Toyota Park or watch all the baseball action at Standard Bank Stadium, home of the Windy City ThunderBolts. We can’t imagine few better ways to kick back and relax with family than enjoying America’s favorite pastime.
Are there any railway enthusiasts in your family? With a multitude of rail fan sights including double diamonds and one of the only places to see a double wye junction in the country, it’s easy to see why rail fans can find so many reasons to love the Chicago Southland.
Take the kids to Odyssey Fun World for a day of excitement in the 45,000-square-foot indoor facility that houses rides, a laser trek arena, gaming lounge and exploration adventure. Adults in the group will love an experience at the Copper Still, where they can take a professional martini-making class and a distillery tour—cheers!
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Where can our group grab some grub?
Speaking of toasts, you can expect many opportunities to raise a glass to your reunion in Chicago Southland. The region boasts a staggering array of fine restaurants and wineries where your group can gather over some delicious food. No matter if you want to go casual at a sports bar or upscale at a steakhouse, Chicago Southland has something for every taste and budget.
Celebrate Chicago Southland’s railroad history by enjoying the Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery’s wide range of hearty American fare and tasty microbrews – all housed in a historic train station! If you’re searching for something fresh and local, check out Harvest Room, a farm-to-table eatery serving contemporary comfort food and gluten-free offerings. Or, evoke the spirit of the 1920s at Jack Gibbons Gardens, a historical speakeasy serving classic steak and seafood dishes.
What about accommodations?
Reunions are the perfect way to gather together with family and friends, spending the day making memories. So at the end of a long day your family will want a place to kick back, rest their heads and recharge for the next fun-filled day. Whether you prefer a boutique hotel or national brand, Chicago Southland has a number of great places to stay that offer exceptional service and convenience for groups of all sizes.
How do we get to Chicago Southland?
Midway International Airport and O’Hare International Airport serve the area, and many major interstates transverse the Chicago Southland, making it convenient to reach from anywhere in the country.
We know that planning a reunion can be a lot of work, but Chicago Southland makes choosing a perfect destination easy and you can rest assured that everyone will find something to love in this family-friendly destination. With exceptional dining and accommodations and plenty of activities to pack your days, Chicago Southland is the perfect place to plan your next reunion that will be the talk of the family for years to come.
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