May 5, 2014 - 12:18 — DeannaDonovan

Looking for new ideas for fun things to do this summer?  I’ve put together a list of destinations in and around the Chicagoland area that I think you’re going to love. 

Follow the yellow brick road to Oz Park in Chicago where you’ll celebrate the Wizard of Oz stories written by L. Frank Baum.  You’ll see statues of all your favorite Wizard of Oz characters including Dorothy and Toto.  The little ones will be delighted to run around at “Dorothy’s Playlot.”

Do you want to feel like a million bucks?  Then visit the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve in Chicago.  There you can pretend you’re a millionaire by taking your picture with a million dollars in two different denominations singles and twenties.  Admission is free and you are given a bag of shredded money to take home as a souvenir.

Why wait for the 4th of July to see a great light show when you can visit Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, Chicago and see a multicolored light show every evening after dusk, on the hour all summer long.

Can you taste a rainbow?  Maybe not, but you can get a taste of The Original Rainbow Cone in Chicago.  This frozen confection would be a great way to cap off a day at The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn via our Museum Adventure Pass Program.

Stop by Lincolnwood to play a round of golf on either one of the two 18-hole courses available at the 60-year-old miniature golf course at Novelty Golf.  While not the slickest course around, its mismatched statues and lack of an overall theme should keep you entertained.

Take some postcard pictures of yourself on a European vacation to Niles when you visit their version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  Constructed around 1933 this clever solution is disguising the fact that it’s actually a water tower.

I’ve had a lot of fun putting this together for you.  Please post a picture to our NPL Facebook page of you and your family enjoying one of these or another destination that you’d like to share.

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