Family Friendly Fun Found in Chicago Southland
By Loren Petrakis Mueller published June 24, 2019
Because Chicago Southland is located just outside Chicago’s city limits, close to everything but away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, it is an ideal location for family fun. Chicago Southland’s unique location makes it more easily navigable, accessible, and most importantly, more cost efficient than other Chicagoland areas all while offering an abundance of entertainment and dining options.
With many family-friendly attractions in the Chicago Southland, fun can be found around every corner. For the young and young at heart, family activity centers like Dave & Buster’s, Haunted Trails Family Amusement, In the Game at Hollywood Park, Odyssey Fun World and Tinley Junction Miniature Golf and Batting Cages, will have the entire family laughing, playing, and making memories they’ll never forget.
Chicago Southland is one of the most densely packed railroad regions in the US. For this reason, train lovers of all ages come to enjoy train-themed activities where they can play and learn like Homewood Railroad Platform & Park and Park Forest Rail Fan Park, one of the country’s largest rail intersections. For a complete list of railfan amenities visit https://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/Rail-Fan
Other family-friendly options include a day at Brookfield Zoo; a baseball game at Guaranteed Rate Field home of the Chicago White Sox; a soccer match at SeatGeek Stadium home of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club; White Water Canyon Water Park and more. For a complete list of family fun options: https://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/FamilyFunForAll
Finding the perfect place to eat can be a very daunting task while traveling, not to mention if you’re catering to a family with various ages and tastes. Luckily, the Chicago Southland has many unique restaurants, as well as some all-time favorites, that will leave your whole family satisfied.
Located in a historic train station, Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery offers a fun location for the kids, and an array of craft beer for the adults.But those of all ages can enjoy their special events and a friendly atmosphere.
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café in Burbank specializes in finger-lickin’ BBQ, inspired by Mexican, Cajun-Creole, and Southern cooking influences. For 20 years, Chuck’s has welcomed locals and visitors alike with its warm atmosphere and patio seating in the warmer months.
You can’t visit the area without trying pizza. Whether you want thick, indulgent deep dish or crispy thin crust style (or both!), get your Chicago pizza fix at one of Chicago Southland’s many pizzeria’s like Aurelio’s or Beggars.
And if a classic chain dining experience is what your family craves, Chicago Southland is also home to fan-favorites like Olive Garden-Lansing, Olive Garden-Matteson, Red Lobster, IHop-Lansing, IHOP-Matteson and more.