I've been exploring places to get outside in the Chicago region for 2 decades. I have 2 kids (3yr old and under 1) and my wife and I love to explore outdoor places in the Chicago and Midwest region. Sometimes its a simple walk to the lake and sometimes it's a 1-night backpack trip, but it's important for us to get outside with our kids. I've been leading the local experience in the Upper Midwest for REI for 8 years and LOVE MY JOB! Let me know how I can help you #optoutside!