If you live in the Chicagoland area, a winter visit to the Chicago Botanical Gardens is a must. From November 26th to January 2nd, the Wonderland Express is open. This magical experience features "a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winding over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. All buildings are handcrafted from natural materials like leaves, bark, and moss." Not just for children, this is truly something everyone should see. I cannot recommend this enough.
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The Stanley cup (made from baby coconut husk, eucalyptus pod, sea grass rope, burr oak, acorn caps, turkey tail mushroom, sponge mushroom, and cork bark) is new this year! Duh-di-duh, Duh-di-duh, Duh-di-duh-di-duh-di-duh!!!!
Check out the Botanical Gardens website for more info- http://www.chicagobotanic.org/wonderland/about.php
This is a must see!