You don't stop wanting milkshakes or think dinosaurs aren't cool once you become an adult—here's where to spoil your inner child.
Visit during the monthly after hours event for shows, food and drink, and a chance to look up at the observatory.
There's so much to see here, you could easily spend an entire weekend exploring the dinosaur bones, rocks, and special exhibits.
Science nerds of all ages will appreciate the museum, which explores everything from transportation to the human body.
Stock up on classic chocolates, caramels, and fudge. The sundaes are massive at the old school ice cream shop, so bring a group.
This place is magical - fudge, ice cream, candy....
There's a lot here to appeal to kids, including a backyard creatures exhibit, but adults will appreciate a visit to the butterfly haven.
Of all the cupcakes in the city, these consistently rank in the top. Plus, cakes, cookies, bars, pies, and more.
A Midwestern treat, frozen custard is denser and more delicious than ice cream. The concretes are terrific and the Boston Shake tops a shake with a mini sundae.
You can build your own cupcake by mixing and matching cakes and frostings (I like the vanilla cupcake with brown butter frosting), or get one of the specialty cupcakes in flavors like cookies and cream and butterscotch.
Creamy gelato in the summer, warming affogato in the winter - what could be better?
Soft, fresh baked cookies. Need I say more?
Boozy milkshakes are a decidedly adult treat.
The candied maple bacon and pistachio doughnuts are new classics.
Get the amazing biscuits and then hit the jam and butter bar to add sweet and savory flavors. The pies are also awesome.
Vintage toys and great coffee and hot chocolate - what more could you want?
When you're in the mood for creative grilled cheese with a side of beer, look no further. I like the jalapeno version.
The brand new spot is just as great as the Evanston original. Cheese fries use Merkt's cheddar and the thinly griddled burgers are exactly what beefy patties should taste like.