As a child, my grandparents, siblings, and I made many trips to Illinois. Most of the time we attended Chicago Cubs Baseball games, but we also went sightseeing while in the area. Since then many attractions have been added. Here are 3 places to visit while in Illinois:
Three Sights to See in Illinois
1) LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Located near I290 and Busse Lake, LEGOLAND is exactly as it sounds. The discovery center is open daily and is designed with kids ages three to ten in mind, although I don't think adults attending the center would be frowned upon (wink). The center is wheelchair accessible and is ADA Compliant with wheelchair access, accessible seating and an easy-access elevator. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is also working with AUTISM SPEAKS to bring a sensory play to the center the first Saturday of every month, making this a place inclusive for kids of all abilities to be able to play and learn.
2) Chicago Botanic Garden
Open for more than 40 years, this gorgeous wonderland of plants in Chicago is one of Chicago's most popular destinations for visitors. The garden is 385 acres of land, islands, and shoreline. The Garden is made up of 27 gardens and four natural areas. It makes up one of the world’s largest living museums. Admission is free and the garden is open year-round between 7 am and 9 pm during the summer months and between 8 am and 7 pm during the winter months. When it comes to wheelchair access, the garden has wheelchairs on sight that are free to use, and electric scooters that are available for rent. The garden also offers service animals which is just the COOLEST thing.
The garden offers accessible restrooms that are located throughout the gardens. Additionally, the Buehler Enabling Garden was created with people of all abilities in mind. The Buehler Enabling Garden also features raised beds and container gardens, adaptive tool displays and offers gardening techniques accessible to wheelchairs and scooters.
For more information on all of the amazing things, this destination has to offer, visit the website.
3) Shedd Aquarium
I've been to a few aquariums in my time, so when the opportunity comes up to visit one you can bet I will take it! The Shedd Aquarium many different programs for adults, teens, youth, families, educators, and many others. The aquarium also offers yoga classes and 4-D experiences. They even offer discounts and free days. Check that out here.
The aquarium offers a Sensory Friendly App designed for guests with autism and sensory processing disorders in mind, the app helps make Shedd more accessible to all guests. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play. For more information on parking, and admission, and accessibility information, visit the site.
While the list is short, these are just a few of my top choice destinations to visit in Illinois. There are so many other destinations. These three destinations highlight the accessible destinations in the Chicago area. Is there anywhere in Illinois you would recommend? Comment below!
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