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As life slowly springs back to normal in Illinois, we can look forward to visiting these local attractions.

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The Forge: Lemont Quarries
As an innovative leader in outdoor recreation, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a state-of-the-art adventure park designed to deliver unique year-round activities for adventurers of all ages and abilities. Opening Summer 2020, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a purpose-built social enterprise that provides countless opportunities to guests to experience elevated outdoor adventure 365 days a year. Featuring a versatile and wide-ranging mix of recreational activities set amidst a stunning natural landscape, the park offers an escape to tranquil and interactive green space where guests can test their personal boundaries while engaging with a passionate community of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Check us out at www.forgeparks.com.
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Cantigny Park
The 500-acre park in Wheaton looks forward to resuming a full slate of fun, family-friendly activities. Many events are planned, including concerts, festivals, garden tours and children’s programs. Permanent attractions include spacious gardens and two museums: McCormick House and the First Division Museum. When it’s safe to reopen, Cantigny will be ready! Visit www.Cantigny.org for the latest news and to view a calendar of currently scheduled events. To receive updates by phone, text PARK to 36000.
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SAFARI LAND – Villa Park, IL
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR entertainment center, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties!  For more information visit www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649.
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Odyssey Fun World – Tinley Park
The place for out of this world family fun for all ages!  Plan your next birthday party here. Boasting 150+ arcade and redemption games, a 4-story soft play center, Laser Tag, exciting indoor rides, and great food! All summer long we offer Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, a ZIPLINE (30 feet high!), and an Inflatable Kidz Park! Visit odysseyfunworld.com for exclusive discounts, or call 708-429-3800. 19111 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park.

Golf Courses…

Golf is a big stress reliever for many, and courses in Illinois can reopen May 1st under strict safety guidelines. That includes two players per group, no golf carts and all practice ranges, putting greens and clubhouses will be closed. So, now it’s time to clean off the clubs and golf shoes and get out for a few rounds with the family.

DuPage Golf Courses
Follow the helpful golf tip provided from PGA Pro, Randy Cochran when heading out on any three of DuPage Golf’s courses.

You only need a few clubs! You’re allowed to carry as many as 14 clubs in your bag, but you won’t need nearly that many when you’re first learning. Instead, start with a driver, a putter, a sand wedge and supplement those with a 6-iron, an 8-iron, a pitching wedge, and a fairway wood or hybrid with 18-21 degrees of loft. These are the clubs that are the most forgiving and easiest to get the ball airborne. Make tee times now at Twin Lakes Golf Club. 400 W. 59th St., Westmont, IL  60559. 630.852.7167. www.westmontparks.org. The Preserve at Oak Meadows: 900 N. Wood Dale Rd.  Addison, 630-595-0071. Maple Meadows: 272 Addison Rd. Wood Dale, 630-616-8424. Green Meadows: 18W201 W. 63rd St. Westmont, 630-810-5330. www.dupageforest.org
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Pottawatomie Golf Course
Having fun is most important when introducing your children to the game of golf, says Ron Skubisz, Golf Course Manager & PGA Golf Pro at St. Charles Park District. Take a tip from the master of family entertainment – DisneyTM, which continually stresses the need to view the world through the eyes of a child. By playing from the same tees and using clubs that will travel the same distance as your child’s stroke, you will get to spend quality time during the round and create a realistic goal for your child of hitting shots further than you. I highly recommend practicing on a putting green or short game practice area that provide a great opportunity to teach proper posture, grip and alignment. One of my favorite activities is to form teams among family members and create competitions. The ultimate benefit is improvement in putting and short game which account for nearly 70% of the shots taken in a normal round of golf. Remember the goal is to have fun, be creative, and let your child create games that are fun through their eyes while instructive in the fundamentals through your eyes. 845 N. Second Avenue in Pottawatomie Park. 630-584-8356. www.pottawatomiegc.com.
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Party Places

SAFARI LAND – Villa Park, IL
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR entertainment center, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties!  For more information visit www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649.
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Odyssey Fun World – Tinley Park
The place for out of this world family fun for all ages!  Plan your next birthday party here. Boasting 150+ arcade and redemption games, a 4-story soft play center, Laser Tag, exciting indoor rides, and great food! All summer long we offer Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, a ZIPLINE (30 feet high!), and an Inflatable Kidz Park! Visit odysseyfunworld.com for exclusive discounts, or call 708-429-3800. 19111 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park.

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