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    What's on the menu?

    An animal's got to eat. And this is your chance to watch them do it. River Trail Nature Center offers visitors a beautiful natural environment full of sugar maple woods and tranquil, self-guided trails. During What's on the Menu, you'll get to watch as center staff feed the display animals, offering you the unique opportunity to learn about their specific eating habits. Before you leave, check out the exhibit building designed to educate visitors about native plants and animals found in Illinois. Consider it food for thought!
    What's on the menu?

    3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook

    • Visit the River Trail Nature Center during feeding time
    • Watch center staff feed the display animals
    • Learn about the living habits of native Illinois wildlife
    • Immerse yourself in a stunning nature preserve featuring self-guided trail
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    Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson

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    Ready to dive -- but not fall! -- into the wet world of stand-up paddle boarding? Learn the basics and proper techniques to stay and paddling and having a blast. Ease into beginner paddling while being guided by the pros. Stand-up paddle boarding, which is a fairly easy sport to grasp, is much better and easier to learn with the right tools and instruction. Your lesson will include a 30-minute session with in-water lessons from an experienced instructor. After the lesson, you'll have the remainder of the hour to hone your newly acquired talents. Expect to be comfortably paddling through the waves in no time!
    Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson

    1603 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago

    • Take a one hour lesson with a professional instructor in the fun sport of stand-up paddle boarding
    • Discover the basic techniques of paddling through the water
    • Use the remainder of your time after the lesson to paddleboard on your own
    • Be up and comfortably riding in no time
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    3 positive reviews
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    "Bone" Appetit

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    Woodland critters and wild times await during "Bone" Appetit! During this event, you'll watch as the Trailside staff feeds their outdoor animals This is a great chance to see some of Illinois's native wildlife up close and learn about their eating habits. Stop by and find yourself immersed in a tranquil nature preserve built around a Victorian mansion at Trailside. This special learning environment offers exhibits both indoor and out, with a number of hiking trails, wildflower gardens, and oak woodland to set the scene. See you on the wild side!
    "Bone" Appetit

    738 Thatcher Ave, NorthbrookRiver Forest

    • Immerse yourself in a stunning nature preserve featuring self-guided trails, wildflower gardens, and a Victorian mansion
    • Watch center staff feed the display animals
    • Learn about the living habits of native Illinois wildlife
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    3 positive reviews
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    Jet Skiing on the Fox River (weekend)

    Looking for a day out on the water? Renting a jet ski from VIP Chicago Parties is the perfect way to spend a couple hours on an afternoon or an evening. VIP Chicago Parties is dedicated to providing great jet skis and services with the highest degree of safety and fun. They have built their reputation and long-term relationship with satisfied clients around the Chicago-area. Their goal is to make your jet ski rental experience easy, fun, and very memorable. Never driven a jet ski? No problem! Chicago VIP Parties will provide a short training session for the group or driver upon arrival and prior to boarding your water vehicle. Break loose and ride the waves!
    Jet Skiing on the Fox River (weekend)

    320 N 2nd St, St Charles

    • Experience the adventure of jet skiing on the Fox River
    • Embrace the beautiful scenery and memorable experience
    • Enjoy nature's waves like never before with a partner
    • All levels welcomed!
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    Jet Skiing on the Fox River (weekday)

    Looking for a day out on the water? Renting a jet ski from VIP Chicago Parties is the perfect way to spend a couple hours on an afternoon or evening. VIP Chicago Parties is dedicated to providing great jet skis and services with the highest degree of safety and fun. They have built their reputation and long-term relationship with satisfied clients around the Chicago-area. Their goal is to make your jet ski rental experience easy, fun, and very memorable. Never driven a jet ski? No problem! Chicago VIP Parties will provide a short training session for the group or driver upon arrival and prior to boarding your water vehicle. Break loose and ride the waves!
    Jet Skiing on the Fox River (weekday)

    320 N 2nd St, St Charles

    • Experience the adventure of jet skiing on the Fox River
    • Embrace the beautiful scenery and memorable experience
    • Enjoy nature's waves like never before with a partner
    • No experience necessary
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    Downhill Ski Trip

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    So, where are the mountains in downtown Chicago? You may not find 'em on Michigan Ave, but Discovery Center will take you to the best skiing in the area, with everything being arranged and organized for you. Amid beautiful surroundings, learn the safety, skills, and incredible fun behind skiing. Take to the hills, bunny or monstrous, and blaze down, having the time of your life. After the rush of skiing, enjoy complete relaxation in the lodge, in front of a crackling fire, and meet new friends. Join the fun and excitement behind skiing Chicago-style.
    Downhill Ski Trip

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the fundamentals such as safety tips, skills, and how to enjoy your run down the hill
    • Ski the slopes, relax in front of a warm fire, and meet a few new friends on this journey
    • Enjoy a one day ski holiday just an hour outside downtown Chicago
    • Perfect for those who've never skied or have limited experience
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