If you want the perfect concoction of pristine serenity mixed with the hustle and bustle of the big city then the Oak Forest/Markham area is just the place for you. It is located not too far from Chicago, but the city itself is surrounded by the tranquil Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Take advantage of a great offer and enjoy excellent facilities in your hotel such as free parking, free high speed internet, a swimming pool, a top class fitness centre, a first rate business centre and breakfast on the house!
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County will be the first place to visit, since you are surrounded by it. It is the largest forest preserve district in the US boasting more than 69,000 acres worth of land. The excessive amount of activities on offer in the forest are utterly mind blowing; it has 22 spectacular dedicated nature reserves, 40 managed lakes and ponds, 300 miles of trails for hiking and biking (and even cross country skiing during the winter months), great long waterways that can be kayaked along and scenic spots that are perfect for taking postcard pic snaps of the tranquil serenity that you are experiencing. The recreational opportunities are endless too: there are 3 aquatic centres, 5 youth camps, 11 boat ramps, 10 golf courses, 5 snowmobile centres, 263 picnic groves, model boat areas and many model airplane flying fields. This place is perfect for families as there is quite simply something for everyone!
Venture into the big city of Chicago for further excursions. Chicago has some of the world’s finest architecture and museums and boasts a sublime arts scene. If you’re into sports you will be spoiled for choice – Chicago has plenty of great sports teams for you to watch!
The first thing for you to do is check out the Chicago History Museum which holds 22 million artefacts relating to the history of Chicago. The artefacts cover information such as architecture, arts, sports and major events that happened in the city. A great thing to do with kids is to experience America’s favourite pastime, baseball. Chicago has two great baseball teams to watch: Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.
One of the best places for breakfast in the Oak Forest area is the Original Pancake House, a family run business that uses premium ingredients such as fresh fruit and whipped butter to create the most mouth watering pancakes you will ever taste!