The Resourceful Traveler

By J.D. Brown and Margaret Backenheimer

October 7, 2007

Specialty travel

“Kids Love Illinois,”Kids Love Publications, $14.95; ISBN: 978-0-9774434-0-6

George and Michele Zavatsky, along with their children, Jenny and Daniel, put in over a thousand hours seeking out and sampling scores of kid-friendly attractions in Illinois. The results are divided
into seven geographical zones. Within each zone, the sites are described and sometimes evaluated by the kids; driving directions, addresses, phone numbers, Web sites, hours and admissions are supplied; and a smattering of lodging and dining suggestions are appended. The order of attractions within each zone is alphabetical by city or town, although this is not immediately evident and needs to be made so. Favorites are posted for each zone. In
Chicago, the top family picks were Eli’s Cheesecake World, Hancock Observatory,
Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium
. What gives this book (one of 11 state guides in the series) its charm and authority is that every attraction listed has been visited and carefully evaluated by a full family of


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