You’ve landed on this page because you need a little winter inspiration. Trust us when we say you’re not alone! Tired of the cold? Tired of COVID? Allow us to present a few ideas that perhaps could keep you out of the winter doldrums.

Topgolf Naperville
Love of golf not required! Outdoor (yet climate-controlled) bays make Topgolf an easy choice for much-needed fun. TopGolf is committed to doing what’s right and safe for guests and their associates — see a message from their CEO and FAQs on how they’re ready to welcome you safely. Measures include protective dividers, 11 feet from tee to tee, maximum of six people per bay, and extensive cleaning protocols.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries
The Forge is your entire adventure package: ice skating, laser tag, winter lights, zip line, rope courses and climbing towers. Reservations are required for park entry. How about a candlelit dinner? Forgefire Globe Dining features climate-controlled globes with seating for 2 to 4 people, offering special and rotating winter menus. “Well-being is a lifestyle” isn’t just their slogan, it’s one of their core values. The Forge is committed to creating a safe space that enables guests to continue on their physical and mental well-being journey.

Virtual Events
Back by popular demand, the Science of Spirituality International Meditation Center in Lisle is happy to announce in partnership with the DuPage CVB an ongoing 3-part virtual meditation series. End your week with a clear and focused mind -- carve out the first, second and third Friday of the month at 4:30pm CST, and relieve stress, unlock joy and achieve patience through meditation. Register here.

As organizations find new ways to deliver their content and stay connected, many choose to offer and engage through virtual events. Our calendar includes a range of virtual opportunities from guest speakers, to history lectures, classes and more. Be sure to check frequently, as new events are added weekly.

Natural Wanders
One of the easiest ways to beat the winter doldrums is to simply to be outside. Nature and recreation have healing powers! Whether you want to take a stroll in a beautiful garden, immerse yourself in the winding paths of a preserve, or create your own adventure, DuPage’s Natural Wanders has something for everyone. With 11 experiences to consider, you can easily plan to do one, but we challenge you to do all of them — happiness often comes from having future outings on the calendar!

Dining at a Distance
Let’s not forget we can travel the world and have new experiences simply through food! Follow us on social media (insert link) as we highlight where food and culture intersect in DuPage, with chances to win prizes starting in February. Check out our Dining at a Distance page for a list of restaurants offering takeout and delivery. The pandemic has made us all realize how important dining is to our quality of life.

Please support these establishments at a time when they need our frequent patronage.

Charming Downtowns
Very few places rival the ambiance of quintessential Main Street in our charming cities and villages. Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Naperville, each with warmth and character unto their own, invite you to explore their downtowns. With a seamless blend of sophistication and small-town charm, stroll our beautiful tree-lined streets and enjoy local favorites for shopping, dining and indulging. Visit our charming downtowns

Aerial view of Downtown Glen Ellyn with holiday lights on trees at sunset

(Pictured above: Downtown Glen Ellyn)

If you’re like us and many others, you’re in need of a vacation. Even just a change of scenery is enough to hit the reset button. Hotels have been operating under strict safety protocols, many with operating guidelines surpassing basic cleaning recommendations. View the DuPage Hotels Commitment PDF about each hotel brand’s commitment to guests. When you’re ready, we’re here to help you plan your DuPage retreat. With over 100 hotels and resorts, wonderful options for dining to go, and a myriad of outdoor experiences, you’ll leave recharged and ready to take on the rest of what winter has in store.

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