Midwest travel: Build some fun at All-Star Lego Weekend
Let's go Lego
The All-Star Lego Weekend returns to The Abbey Resort on Presidents Day weekend. Resort guests and visitors can build and explore during interactive activities and hands-on workshops by Lego clubs and groups from across the Midwest. Workshops focus on the building process, including inspiration, design and construction, keeping kids excited from conception through completion. Additional themed activities include a Lego Raceway, a Lego Mini-Figure Rescue Mission, Eye Spy Lego Quest, showings of stop-motion animation Lego Brickfilms, professionally created exhibits and Lego-themed treats. Friday through Monday, Feb. 12-15, at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. Admission for the All-Star Lego Weekend activities is included with an overnight stay; two-night stays begin at $169 per night, not including daily resort fee and taxes. You can also purchase daily admission tickets at the resort for $2 per person. theabbeyresort.com/special-pkg/seasonal-pkg or (800) 709-1323.
Those boots are made for walking
Get outside and walk this winter with Chicago Elevated Tours, a company checking in at No. 16 on Trip Advisor among more than 140 Chicago attractions. The Winter Tour takes you to Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park and to the lake, but battery-operated heated coats are a necessary part of the experience. Those who can't handle the cold temps should consider the original Pedway Tour, which is entirely indoors. All tours are filled with Chicago facts and myths peppered with lots of laughs. Pedway Tours at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays meet at The Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Pedway Tours at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays meet at Block 37 Mall, 108 N. State St., Chicago. The 90-minute tour costs $20. Winter Tours at 3 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. Sundays meet at the Fairmont Hotel. The cost is $25 and includes the use of a battery-operated warming coat. chicagoelevated.com or (773) 593-4873.
Paint it red
A lovely visage, art and delicious bites are all a part of the pre-Valentine's event at The Signature Room, known for its unparalleled views of Chicago. The eatery partners with Bottle & Bottega to host a night of painting, great views and food at the top of the city. You'll enjoy a step-by-step painting class of the Chicago skyline, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a gourmet dinner buffet, dessert and coffee, all while taking in views of Chicago. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Signature Room in the Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $100 per person and include food, beverages (three drink tickets) and a take-home canvas. Space is limited, so register at (773) 269-6570 or see signatureroom.com.
Impress your love with dinner, dancing and an overnight stay at Chicago's historic Palmer House over Valentine's weekend.
Dancing cheek to cheek
For a classy Valentine's Day, The Palmer House hosts HiBall Events' pre-Valentine's 2016 dinner and show in the legendary Empire Room. Indulge in a romantic three-course meal and dancing to live entertainment by Sam Fazio with his jazz quartet. Why not stay the night in the historic property and take advantage of special rates for couples attending the Empire Room event? 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago. Dinner package costs $250 per couple. The Palmer House has a special king room rate beginning at $179 for couples attending the dinner. Make dinner and room reservations at ValentinesInChicago.com or palmerhousehiltonhotel.com.
Seize the FREEze
Commune with nature and partake in winter-themed activities at Brookfield Zoo's annual FREEze Day. The free event features dog-sledding demonstrations courtesy of the Green Valley Dog Drivers; zoo chats about some of the animals that thrive under colder temperatures; and a variety of hands-on activities, including making bird feeders, creating Valentine's Day cards for the animals and playing tracking games. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield. Free. CZS.org/events or (708) 688-8000.
The romantic Goldmoor Inn in Galena offers a stay-and-ski package through March 15.
Good as gold
Galena's Goldmoor Inn turns up the heat with a Stay Three, Ski Free package. The romantic three-night stay marries the thrill of conquering sunny slopes by day with the comfort of a cozy room and roaring fire by night. Stay three consecutive nights and receive two free adult one-day ski passes to enjoy Chestnut Mountain, which has 19 runs ranging from bunny trails to black diamonds. It's just five minutes from the 21-acre Inn perched high above the Mississippi River Valley. All guests are treated to a daily gourmet breakfast served in their suite or the restaurant. Now through March 15 at The Goldmoor Inn, Galena, Illinois. The Stay Three, Ski Free package is priced from $295 per night plus tax. goldmoor.com or (800) 255-3925.