Hotel at a Glance: Holiday Inn Rolling Mdws-Schaumburg Area
This Holiday Inn hotel creates an escape inspired by the tropics with its indoor pool area. Beneath skylights, life-like palm trees and plants surround two swimming pools. Tiki-style lounge furniture and jetted tub give adults space to relax while kids splash around.
- In every room: a mini fridge and a microwave for prepping snacks
- Where to eat: The onsite McKenna’s serves sandwiches and salads, as well as drinks.
- Free perks: WiFi and a shuttle to O’Hare airport
- Game on: The hotel has an arcade and an indoor basketball/volleyball court.
Schaumburg, Illinois: Family-Friendly Chicago Suburb with Shopping and Nature Preserve
Schaumburg, located about 30 miles northwest of Chicago, is best known as the home of Woodfield Mall, the nation’s ninth-largest shopping center. Among roughly 300 stores and restaurants, Woodfield’s anchor attractions include an Apple Store, Macy’s, and Nordstrom. Just around the corner, The Streets of Woodfield offers a pedestrian-friendly experience with a movie theater, clothing stores, and the Legoland Discovery Center. Here, kids can tour an interactive Lego “factory” and build their own Lego creations.
Experience the outdoors at the Ned Brown Forest Preserve—popularly known as Busse Woods—a 3,700-acre expanse on the border of Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village. Bikers, joggers, and rollerbladers take advantage of an 8-mile paved loop as fishers post up around Busse Lake in pursuit of channel catfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike. The forest preserve is also a popular spot for canoeing and picnicking. Come evening, journey back to the Middle Ages at Medieval Times, a restaurant that puts on a nightly show—a jousting tournament with horseback-riding knights and falconry demonstrations.