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I would skip Chicago...it's a fun city, but it's huge and the traffic is a mess. I can't see spending a month in the endless sprawls of suburbs just to be close to a good hospital. Plus summer stuff is often fun outdoors stuff, and you'd have to travel a ways out of Chicago to have good access to those things. It'd be a great week-long visit, though. There are TONS of kid-friendly things to do in Chicago, and the lakefront is lovely.
MN sounds like a great idea. Lots of cute small towns, Mayo nearby, lots of lakes for swimming/camping opportunities.
Portland sounds GREAT!! Take me with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How close to a children's hosp. do you need to be? If an hour or so away is okay, then what about renting a cottage in MN or WI? The summer weather is usually pretty mild, and you'd have two of the best children's hospitals nearby depending on where you rented. Mayo is top-notch, and so is Milwaukee Children's Hospital (both are top 10, I believe). Milwaukee is a fun city...tons of summer festivals, lots of beach, very safe, and a great downtown.
Cleveland...I have a friend who lives there. She says it's incredibly muggy during the summer months. My dh went there for a tournament last summer and he agreed...he just about wilted. I'm sure it's nothing to TX, but still.
Otherwise, what about the Boston area? You could do a lot of visits to Cape Cod, whale-watching, lots of historical places to explore, trips into the city... all that ocean air! Again....take me with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RedOak ~ Momma to DS (8) , DS (4) , DD (3) , & DD 9/10 ~