The word "cozy" might not pop into your mind when you think about the Chicagoland area, but the Highland Hills neighborhood in Lombard, Illinois, is exactly that. Flowering lilacs. Quaint history. A warm and friendly populace. Everything about Highland Hills speaks of sleepy Midwestern charm and hospitality. But there's a speedy side to the area as well. Train lines built in the mid-19th century would whisk people into Chicago proper at a moment's notice. Today, Highland Hills hotels provide vacationers with easy access to the Windy City and a lovely place to escape from big-city busyness at the end of the day.
Visiting Highland Hills
You have several options on how to get to Highland Hills from either O'Hare airport or Midway airport, including taxi, shuttle, and rail. Since Chicago is only about an hour away, you'll probably want to rent a car in Highland Hills if you plan to nosh on some deep-dish pizza downtown or snap a selfie at Navy Pier. An abundance of cheap hotels in Highland Hills and easy access to the Metra (the public rail service) make the neighborhood a great base of operations for forays to Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, or Wrigley Field. But the area has charms all its own that cheap hotels in Chicago can't hope to match. In Spring, Lilacia Park packs over 75,000 tulips and tons of lilac bushes into its 8.5-acre space, and travelers fortunate enough to visit in May might see the annual Lilac Fair. History buffs will find plenty to love. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the Sheldon Peck Homestead provides a peek into the lives of escaped slaves, and the Victorian Cottage Museum shows how settlers once lived. Had your fill of the past? Get shopping at nearby Yorktown Center.
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