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Stroll around Downtown Libertyville
There are lots of different kinds of stores in downtown Libertyville; most of them are unique businesses, not chain stores. They are definitely worth a look and can give you great Christmas gift ideas. Some stores to check out include What She Wants Boutique (clothing), B. Bungalow (clothing, home, and gifts),The Serendipity Shop (clothing), Bentley’s Pet Stuff (treat your pet!), and Lovin’ Oven Cakery (yum!).
Park District Ice Skating and Sledding
At Century Park in Vernon Hills, a skating rink and sled hill are open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are also warming shelters available from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get ready for a long hike though, because the hill super steep!
Walk through local seminary
Located right across the street from Carmel is the University of Saint Mary of the Lake seminary. The views are incredible and it’s a great place to take photos. The peninsulas reaching onto the lake have a spectacular view, and the domes that cover them can be beautiful scenery. Also, you can take a yoga class or simply just sit near the water on a few small platforms. We do not recommend taking a dip in the water, though, because it is winter.
Travel (as far as Metra will take you)
See the Macy’s Holiday Window Exhibits
Everyone loves a bit of Christmas Spirit! Spend some time with your family downtown and visit these extraordinarily decorated displays. This activity is free, but if you want to buy items inside of Macy’s, make sure to bring some money.
Christmas Around the World
Take a trip downtown and visit the Museum of Science and Industry, where you can explore holiday traditions around the world. This exhibit is up through January 6th.
Every Chicagoan has visited Millennium Park, but it is best experienced around the holidays. The Bean’s ice skating rink and the enormous tree are tourists’ favorites, but it is also fun to check out the Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon.
Restaurants Near Carmel
Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Has options for all ages such as sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads, and even breakfast! Located near the Mundelein train station, where you can watch trains while you eat.
A brand-new restaurant in downtown Mundelein, Karina’s is a family-owned Mexican bakery. They make $29 custom cakes, serve 95 cent cupcakes on Wednesdays, $4 cookies on Thursdays, and other delicious sweets!
Located in Vernon Hills, Bo Bo’s is a diner-like restaurant that is famous for their gyros, but they also serve other diner-style foods. On the other side of the restaurant, there is a huge ice cream counter with a variety of flavors such as Superman, classic vanilla, and chocolate.