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BY Belinda Lichty Clarke

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Oswego and Plainfield Provides Plenty of Reasons to Pack up and Leave the City

Last summer was a big year for Arranmore Farm and Polo Club. Since 1999, the 300-acre plot of land in Oswego was a private playing fi eld for the sport of polo. But in 2015, the Greene family opened up the land to the public for the fi rst time, o ering an on-the-lawn concert series (similar to Ravinia) and full buyouts for weddings and other special events held from May to October.  

Where to Go This Fall? Gettysburg!

Gettysburg’s historic town and majestic countryside boasts beautiful fall foliage, an array of autumn events and is one of America’s top haunted destinations, making the fall season a great time to visit the region.

“While many visitors think of Gettysburg as a summer destination, some of our most popular months are in autumn when the weather is cooler and couples and families are looking for short getaways before the holidays,” says Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg.

Chicago Southland Puts on the Charm

It only takes a few steps into the La Banque Hotel to know that you have entered a lap of luxury. From the marble fl oors to the exquisite wall coverings to the majestic bank lobby hinting at the hotel’s historical beginnings, it’s no wonder that so many guests craving a high-end hotel experience have fl ocked to the intimate venue. Inside are 18 guest rooms, a worldclass fi tness center and lavish meeting rooms. There is only one thing that seems to surprise the guests of the resort-style hotel: its location.

Magical Things Happen in the Oak Brook/Lombard Corridor

Built in 1962, the historic Drake Hotel in Oak Brook served as a game changer for the western suburbs of Chicago. It was the suburban counterpart to the iconic and lavish Drake Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago and proved that the suburbs could be ultra-cool too. ¶ That is, until the doors closed in 2009.

Known in later years as the Wyndham Drake, the hotel sat empty for years as the sounds of every party, every meeting and every celebration once held inside its doors echoed within the now shuttered halls.

Lake County is Bustling with Modern Venues, Rustic Retreats & Trendy Eats

With "an abundance of natural beauty" and a lot of “unique venues for meetings and special events,” Lake County has everything groups could want, according to Visit Lake County President Maureen Riedy.

Seriously. The region just north of Chicago, encompassing towns like Deerfield, Libertyville and Waukegan, has 200 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of forest preserves, three resorts, 60 hotels, event spaces from historic farms to edgy clubs, leisure options covering shopping to paddling and proximity to O’Hare International Airport.

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