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Start the day off right
Bruegger's Bagels How do you like your bagels? Top a plain, savory or sweet one off with cream cheese in flavors like bacon scallion, hummus, strawberry and honey walnut.
Take an architectural tour
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Visitors can witness the architect's modern use of flowing space, how light is as important to his architecture as walls and doors, and the moods that he could create with space, color and materials. Look for the children's playroom, which features an arched ceiling, balcony and leaded-glass windows in the treetops.
Go for a walk in nature
Oak Park Conservatory Keep the beautiful view going by taking a stroll through the botanical gardens overflowing with flowers, plants, and even birds and turtles. Take an afternoon stroll here with the little ones or snap photos solo if you're a photography fiend.
Midday cheese, wine and lunch
Marion Street Cheese Market Love cheese? This lovely cafe celebrates local cultures for dine-in and takeout. Stop by the bistro for seasonal dishes like a honey-roasted cauliflower sandwich with apple and cheddar, house-made cheese puffs with Sriracha lime aioli and warm chevre salad, then explore the market for cheese plate recommendations and other tasty bites.
Take a trip back in time
Ernest Hemingway Museum Oak Park's Nobel Prize-winning literary son and his work are intelligently illuminated by a local society that has assembled Hemingway history in photos, documents, videos and other media for the museum and the birthplace-home, located just a block north.
Bike into the sunset
River Forest Park District Bike, jog or walk along a few of the many paths in the park district. Stop by a leisurely class for kids or adults in subjects that range from comedy to cooking.