1. Polk-A-Dot Drive-In
- 222 N. Front St, Braidwood IL
- 53 minutes from NNHS
- Open 11 am to 8 pm
The Polk-A-Dot drive-in is a vintage 50’s style diner known for their chili cheese fries, burgers and malts. Accompanying a great meal are surrounding statues of famed stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and others at the retro restaurant on Route 66. Polk-A-Dot drive-in offers outdoor seating along with curbside pick up.
photo by Barbara Weibel
2. Starved Rock State Park
- 2678 E 873rd Rd, Oglesby IL
- 1 hour and 20 minutes from NNHS
One of the more well known attractions in Illinois, Starved Rock captures the natural beauty that Illinois has to offer. Not many people think to visit in the winter, yet this attraction is open all year round, from sunrise to sunset. Going in the winter has its advantages as the park is less crowded and the frozen waterfalls make for very unique photos.
photo by Jackie Liu
3. Beatrix Fulton Market
- 834 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL
- 37 minutes away from NNHS
It can be hard to think of things to do in the city amidst a pandemic, especially considering the closure of many restaurants. Beatrix Fulton Market is a restaurant offering outdoor seating (even as we enter the year’s coldest months). Along with a heated patio, customers can reserve an igloo seating four to six customers, or an alternative greenhouse seating two to four. Though these reservations are pricey, they offer a very unique dining experience that has stemmed from the unprecedented times that we are living in.
photo by Elissa Eaton
5. Cameron's House from Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- 370 Beech Street, Highland Park, IL
- 50 minutes from NNHS
See the parking spot of the now-famous ferrari featured in 80’s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This was definitely one of the coolest houses that I have ever seen, and well worth the drive. It’s also very close to the Home Alone House.
photo by Elissa Eaton
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7. Charles Mound
- -Scales Mound Township IL
- -2 hours and 30 minutes from NNHS
Later on in the year, Charles Mound will be a great place to go for a hike and enjoy the view. At 1,235 ft above sea level, this hill is the highest point in Illinois. Keep in mind that Charles Mound is private property and open to visitors on select days of the year -- the closest one being February 13. The access dates can be found on the website linked above.
photo by Adam Martin