Discovering A Hidden Gem In The Chicago Suburbs

Thanks to Oak Brook Hills Resort for inviting me to their re-opening celebration and hosting my family for a stay.

I’ve lived in the Chicago suburbs most of my life and am always amazed to discover new places that have been around for years that I’ve never heard of. Last week I had the chance to visit one place like that when I went to the Grand Reopening of Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center in Oak Brook, IL. Even though I have family nearby and lived in a neighboring town for a couple years I had never had a chance to visit it before.

The resort recently underwent a 5-year, $25 million remodel and has become an ideal place to host getaways, golf events, family vacations, celebrations, business events, meetings, weddings & conventions. The expansive lobby, along with many of the 348 rooms and 38 suites, overlook breathtaking views of the 150-acre property that includes lakes, lush scenery, and the award-winning Willow Crest Golf Club.

I was thinking it would be a great place to stay for our next family staycation. It would even be perfect for a babymoon before baby Emma comes in January. I’d just love to rest a bit in a nice hotel room without feeling like I have to clean or organize something. (“Nesting” has been in full-effect here since summer!)

Other than the updated rooms, there were plenty of other things that I liked about the resort. I loved the outdoor pool’s placement right by the water. I was also impressed to hear that there is full-service at the pool area which really gives it that resort type feel that I’ve previously only experienced on island vacations. Not visiting during the warmer months? No problem because they have a nice size indoor pool as well (which I know will be my boys’ favorite part of the stay!)

Another thing that was unique about this Midwest resort was the quality of food that they serve in their two on-site restaurants. The B. Restaurant is a farm-to-table concept that offers fresh, local (they have a garden on property) and seasonal ingredients in a casually dramatic setting. Tin Cup is a social gathering place with craft beers, pub food and a gorgeous outdoor seating area near the pool and golf course. Everything I ate at their grand re-opening party was delicious!

Other ammenities offered at the resort include a fitness center and sauna, spa, 18-hole championship golf course, high speed internet, golf simulators, full-service business center, and seasonal activities.

The thing that stood out the most about Oak Brook Hills Resort though, was the attention to detail that could be found throughout the property. From the gorgeous lighting fixtures to the custom wood barn bathroom doors to the swimming pool toys available for children.

So next time you are looking for a Chicago area escape consider Oak Brook Hills Resort. It’s just a few miles away from Brookfield Zoo, Morton Arboretum, Chicagoland Speedway and Oak Brook Shopping Center. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Midway Airport and downtown Chicago are all within 30 minutes of the hotel.

Make sure to check out their upcoming events as well. There’s Breakfast with Santa, the popular New Year’s Eve Celebration (featuring world-renowned Las Vegas-based performers, The Rat Pack is Back), and Fish Fry Fridays. If visiting in the summer, the Fourth of July festivities sound like a blast, too!

Discover more about the resort and book your next vacation here.

Enjoy A Family Staycation At Pheasant Run Resort

Thanks to Pheasant Run Resort for hosting our family for a staycation.

Summer is in full swing and, if you have been longing to take a vacation but can’t afford to or haven’t been able to get away for a week long trip, I have the perfect option for you. Take a staycation! If you are in the Chicago area you’ll find family fun in the burbs at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

Pheasant Run Resort has an awesome Summer Splash package available Sundays through Thursdays, through September 4th. The package includes one night’s accommodations in a deluxe room, one 16” pizza and a two-liter soda, plus $10 worth of tokens for the Swamp Arcade all for just $149 per night for a family of four. The newly refreshed tower rooms have great views of the golf course and some, like our room, even have views of the local airport for those kids who love watching airplanes take off and land.

No need to leave the resort to find things to do on your staycation because Pheasant Run Resort has a variety of things that the whole family will enjoy doing. From swimming in their indoor/outdoor pool to playing air hockey in the arcade to getting ice cream from their ice cream shop, families will truly feel like they are on vacation. In addition, there is always something going on during the days and evenings, like arts & crafts, a scavenger hunt around the resort, and s’mores around the firepit. Families that enjoy golf can even play on Pheasant Run’s popular 18-hole course for just $10 after 5:30!

Looking for a bit of entertainment? You can find live music in some of their restaurants and bars in the evenings along with entertainment on their indoor “Bourbon Street”. Pheasant Run Resort also offers Zanie’s Comedy shows and a brand new iPanic Escape Room.

Hoping for more of a relaxing stay? For moms that can get away for a bit, there’s even a spa! With over 200 treatments, the resort’s spa was recently voted #1 by the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

Overall, Pheasant Run Resort is just a fabulous place to get away from the daily responsibilities for a few days. Learn more about their Summer Splash Package and make reservations here.