Who can resist a stack of pancakes dripping with syrup?
Head to Schaumburg, where the flapjacks come with a side of science and history (and sausage). Historical re-enactors portray how pioneers and Native Americans perfected the art of maple syrup, while tapped trees and boiling pots demonstrate the process of turning sap into the stuff we pour over short stacks. The main attraction is the pancake breakfast, even if you have to wait in line.
"Once they get their pancakes, they're all happy," organizer Dave Brooks says. Free admission; $5 full stack, $4 half stack. 9 a.m.-noon. March 17-18. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, parkfun.com.