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One of the Midwest’s biggest theme and amusement parks, Six Flags is midway between Chicago and Milwaukee on I-94 in Gurnee, Illinois. The park has more than 100 rides and attractions and is a favorite of roller coaster devotees. Excitement is brewing over the new, wooden dare-devil coaster, Goliath, which opened in 2014 (think mind-blowing, record-breaking heights, speeds, and inversions). That’s in addition to the nausea-inducing Déjà Vu, where riders fly forward and backward over a twisting, looping inverted steel track; and Superman, where you speed along hanging headfirst (with your legs dangling). Other don’t-miss rides for the strong of stomach include the Iron Wolf, where you do corkscrew turns and 360-degree loops while standing up, and the American Eagle, a classic wooden coaster. Because this place caters to families, you’ll also find plenty to appeal to smaller visitors, with three distinct kids areas. Hurricane Harbor, a massive water park with a giant wave pool, is fun on a hot day, but you risk heatstroke waiting in the long lines. Six Flags also has live shows, IMAX movies, and restaurants. If you take the trouble to get out here, allow a full day.