Winter travel escapes lie close to home for suburbanites

Elmhurst, Ill.

Mini-getaways for couples and families can be an antidote to the long, cold winter months ahead, with suburban resorts providing close-to-home escapes for a welcome change of landscape.

For splashy winter fun, a Mayan-themed indoor waterpark is part of the Waverly Hotel in Elmhurst, which offers attractions including a Brookfield Zoo package. Others resort options encompass the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Eaglewood in Itasca, and Indian Lakes in Bloomingdale, featuring fine dining at Shiraz on the Water. Without leaving Illinois, you can amble along a Bourbon Street streetscape conjuring up the Big Easy at Pheasant Run Resort, where DuPage meets Kane County.

Pheasant Run has game-filled options for families and grandparents in January, as well as a weight-loss spa experience. Pick from among swimming pools, restaurants, live bands, diverse spa services and Zanies Comedy Club to further fine-tune the experience. For theatrical productions, the resort is home base for Fox Valley Repertory, the professional theater company formerly called Noble Fool Theatricals.

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