Five Best Places for 80′s and 90′s Kids to Visit in Illinois

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Summer is always a nostalgic time – memories of campfires, popsicles, waterslides and picnics in the park. But this summer, it’s time to take a trip down a different memory lane, and throwback to the 80s and 90s! Here’s a list of all the places in Illinois that are sure to bring you back to your childhood.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
601 North Martingale Road – Schaumburg, IL

vintage_lego_menIn the 80s, a survey revealed that 70% of all Western European families with kids under fourteen owned LEGO bricks. Every kid in the 80s and 90s played with LEGO! Every six weeks starting July 10th LEGOLAND will be giving adult fans a place to call their own for the night. Check out an evening of classic games recreated from LEGO bricks, have a chat with a master model builder, and win prizes. Tickets are only $13 (instead of $18) if you purchase online in advance.

Home Alone House
671 Lincoln Avenue – Winnetka, IL

kevin_in_home_alone_1920x1080KEVIN! Everyone remembers the mischievous story of young Mr. McCallister. We all wished we could have defeated Harry and Marv with paint cans, super glue and staple guns while the parents were out! This house just outside Chicago is three stories of nostalgia, and was used to shoot scenes in both Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. You can see the kitchen, the main staircase, basement and most of the first floor landing. If you go here though, you may make your family…disappear!

Marvel Experience
Chicago, IL

marvelexperience-1200From 1985-1993, comic book sales were at their highest peak ever. Now, in 2015, it is time to fight the bad guys. Doctor Octopus, The Green Goblin, and Magneto are some of the best supervillains ever created, and they will all be ready to go at The Marvel Experience, coming to Chicago July 11 to August 2. There will be 4-D motion rides, training with superheroes, and shows to watch fan favourites take on their rivals.

Ferris’ Chicago
Chicago, IL

Ferris-BuellerFerris Bueller had the ultimate day off in Chicago: he sang Twist N’ Shout in a parade, experienced some culture at the Art Institute of Chicago, and checked out some of the best city views from the Willis Tower Skydeck. The parade may have been just a little bit of movie magic, but all of the rest of these activities are more than possible during a trip to Chicago. The Chicago CityPASS is a great way to see it all and save 51% on the city’s best attractions – The Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Woodstock Square – Groundhog Day
Woodstock, IL

woodstock-ilThis 1993 classic Bill Murray comedy is one to be watched over and over and over and over…

The quaint town it was filmed in, Woodstock, is worth a visit. The town is full of shops and antique stores, and the bell tower that the weatherman leaps from is actually the Woodstock Opera House (which today presents concerts and plays). A small plaque in Woodstock’s historic town square marks the spot where the character repeatedly stepped into a puddle in the movie.


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