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Ft. Sheridan's history is closely tied to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan was put in charge of settling the unrest after the fire. Members of the Commercial Club which represented Chicago businessmen petitioned to establish an artillery school and military installation north of Chicago for their safety. Ft. Sheridan is now a beautiful forest preserve with rolling terrain, bluffs and ravines full of rich history. Trails wind through the preserves for outdoor enthusiasts or tour groups may take a walking or motorcoach windshield tour of the preserve.
The Busse Woods Trail system is located within Ned Brown Forest Preserve, a 3,700-acre property in the western suburbs. There are 11.2 miles of paved trails for cyclists, equestrians and pedestrians. The main loop is nearly 8 miles, circling some lakes and meadows, while a couple of much shorter side loops will take you to the north and south end of the forest preserve. The Busse Woods Trail connects with the Schaumburg Bikeway on the west, and on the north, Busse Woods links to the Rolling Meadows Bikeway system. Some key features of the forest preserve include fishing, boat rentals and a small herd of captive resident elk. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset.
The 9-mile Green Bay Trail covers North Shore towns such as Kenilworth, Winnetka, Highland Park and Lake Bluff. Because the trail stays generally within a mile of Lake Michigan, you can take any number of on-road side trips for beachfront views of the lake. The trail is suitable for even the youngest of riders, although the route does use some sidewalks and even a very small portion of residential road in Kenilworth. In addition, the surface alternates between asphalt and crushed limestone. Inexperienced cyclists and those with young children should use particular caution at road crossings and with any road riding.
Bring your dog to Evanston's Dog Beach! Admission restricted to dogs with a "dog beach season token".
The McDonald Woods Forest Preserve in Lindenhurst, offers gentle, rolling grassy terrain. It’s the perfect place to hike, bicycle and cross-country ski. Take the 3.8-mile loop around the woods and wetlands for some great exercise. A 0.3-mile wood-chip trail designed for hiking and cross-country skiing leads to a basswood and sugar maple forest, glowing yellow in autumn. A cooling ravine beckons below where migrant songbirds feast on insects, and water skimmers dart atop the clear water.
A local favorite since 1928, White Pines is conveniently located minutes from O'Hare, and its two year-round 18-hole courses are situated on 240 beautiful acres. Banquet facilities are perfect for golf outings, weddings, business or social events, large and small.
Antioch Bowl is back with 28 premier Brunswick Synthetic Prolanes, AMF's Elite scoring system, and good folk in great leagues. Birthday parties, arcade games, cosmic bowling and Quick Strike snack shop.
The Wright Woods Forest Preserve located in Mettawa offers 4 miles of scenic trails: a short loop for hikers, bicyclists and skiers that circles a pond, and a 3-mile loop for hikers, bicyclists, skiers and horses. This preserve also has footbridge spanning the Des Plaines River, which links Wright Woods to Half Day Forest Preserve.
A well-maintained par 27-layout, with holes ranging between 100 and 210 yards. With the course length being 1,265 yards, Greenshire will test the best of golfer's short game and provides a course for all skill levels to enjoy. The ability to play a round in less than 1.5 hours offers experienced players an alternative to the driving range. Comprehensive instruction from PGA professionals, ladies leagues and exciting events are also offered. Located just north of Waukegan in Beach Park, this course offers everyone, from the novice golfer to even the most accomplished golfer, a real short-game challenge. Open seasonally.
A full-size hockey rink and a smaller ice rink are open for public skating, lessons and leagues.
The Dearborn Observatory is open for limited public viewing via the historic 18.5" refracting telescope every Friday night from 9-11pm. Advance reservations required.
Have you ever wanted to see the beautiful city of Chicago from above? Join us for an amazing helicopter skyline tour where you will see the city from a birds eye view! This is one of the most incredible adventures you can ever imagine. During our flight you will see all that the Chicagoland area has to offer.
The Lake Bluff Park District's 18-hole, 6,589 yard course boasts challenging greens set in a tranquil environment and grass teen practice facility. The Lake Bluff Golf Club is a wonderfully balanced golf course with mature tree-lined fairways and bent grass fairways and greens for a consistently enjoyable playing experience. The facility also includes an expansive practice facility with grass tee driving range, practice putting green, and short-game area with bunker. The professionally stocked Pro Shop and the Village Grill, which serves delicious food and a wide selection of beverages, are a couple of the superior amenities available to guests of the club.
Apple Orchard Golf Course is a nine hole, par three, public course located at 692 W. Stearns Rd. about 3/4 mile east of Route 59 on Stearns Road. Other features include a clubhouse equipped with snacks, beverages, beer, restrooms, golf accessories and indoor/outdoor sitting areas. Rental golf clubs and pull carts are available for a slight fee.
Stade's Farm & Market is located in scenic McHenry County in Northeastern Illinois, approximately 50 miles from Chicago. We produce 2,200 acres of crops that range from traditional corn and soybeans to specialty crops including many fruits and vegetables commonly grown in Northern Illinois. Through our own farm market, we sell our fresh fruits and vegetables directly to consumers in our local area. Our goal is to provide our customers with the finest quality produce possible.
Heinz Orchard is only 37 miles from downtown Chicago making it the closest apple orchard to Chicago. There are a number of different apples to pick from: Golden Delicious, Empire, McIntosh, Jonathan and Red Delicious. If you’re looking for something different to do, without traveling too far from home, this is a great orchard to check out.
The Mundelein Park & Recreation District includes the Steeple Chase Golf Club, Diamond Lake Beach and Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center. Established in 1954, the District has 32 park sites offering over 750 acres of open space, playgrounds, ballfields, lakes, and trials. Over 1,500 seasonal programs offered, including tennis and dance lessons, marital arts, softball and basketball leagues, swim instruction, art and music classes, health and wellness programs, culinary classes, adult day trips, science classes, family special events and day camps.
Brunswick Zone offers bowling, billiards, Laser Tag, an arcade/game room plus meeting space for corporate parties, team-building and special events.
Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest opens for play in March and closes for the season on or about December 15. This 18-hole public course, measures 6,255 yards with a par 70 and 5,487 yards with a par 72 for women. The course has spectacular mature trees, high quality naturalized areas and beautiful water features including ponds and streams. The Deerpath Golf Academy offers the finest golf instruction on the North Shore. Golfers of all abilities will realize immediate and sustainable improvement for a lifetime of better golf.
This 18-hole course features a practice range, pro shop, snack shop and banquet facilities. Bartlett Hills Golf Club & Banquets is also an award-winning wedding venue that can accommodate up to 230 of your friends and family.
The Willow Glen Golf Club is home to a picturesque 18-hole layout that provides an enjoyable challenge for all skill levels. The new clubhouse is home to Buckley's Restaurant and Pub making Willow Glen one of the finest golf and dining experiences on the North Shore. Open to the public!
Complete entertainment for all ages and interests. Bowling, mini golf, Go Karts, redemption arcade, batting cages, birthday parties and a haunted house. Lunch and dinner served daily. Bar and billards with various night time entertainment. A safe and fun environment for all members of the family. Kristof's is a smoke-free facility.
CITY:Round Lake Beach
This beautiful 30,000-square-foot clubhouse features an upscale restaurant with patio seating and 18 holes of championship golf. Our scenic 18 hole Dick Nugent designed golf course, state of the art electric carts, beautiful clubhouse, outstanding food and exceptional service are sure to make your outing a success.
Trails, fishing, cross-country skiing, skating, cabins on Willow Lake.
This 9-hole, par-35 course stretches over 3,000 yards. The well-maintained fairways and greens, along with sand and water hazards, offer a unique and challenging golf experience. The newly remodeled clubhouse is a picturesque location for a special event.
Enjoy the delightful rural atmosphere at this semi-private facility located near the banks of the Fox River in lovely McHenry. Accept the challenge to play the longest hole in Illinois, measuring over 700 yards.
This 18-hole, par 72 public golf facility, designed by Keith Foster, opened in August, 1999 and has earned rave reviews as a course that is both challenging and exciting to play. Its design reflects the golden era of golf course architecture of the 1920's and 30's with bentgrass fairways, tees, and greens. Individuals, tournaments and golf outings welcome. Enjoy a sandwich and beverage in the full service clubhouse grill or enjoy refreshments on the veranda overlooking the 9th and 18th holes. The Eden Room is also available for events, golf outings and banquets, please call for more information.
A Big Ten school and one of the leading universities in the U.S. Its Evanston campus is on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Founded in 1851, this renowned educational institution is rich in stunning architecture. More than 150 historically significant and interesting sites on campus are featured in various walking tours, each taking approximately 30 minutes to complete. Highlights include the Arch, University Hall and the Arts Circle.
Nature is wonderfully displayed in this silent forest that glaciers carved thousands of years ago. The prairie extends along the riverbanks, rich in plant and animal life.
Sand beach used for launching small carry-in crafts. Lockers and racks available to store crafts on site.
Wheel and Sprocket located in Evanston, IL is an excellent source for all cyclists, offering new bikes, accessories as well as local ride information. You can ship your bike to Wheel and Sprocket and their staff will professionally reassemble it. Need a bike to get around? There is a fleet of bikes to rent by the hour or by the day.
Outdoor ice skating; new refrigerated skating system; warming shelters available.
Itasca Country Club is rich in tradition and offers a cost-effective solution for golf outings, corporate entertaining and special events in a picturesque setting. Enjoy beautiful surroundings, spectacular views, and the service of a fine country club-for your wedding reception or other banquet event. Amidst the elegant grounds and facilities, our skilled professional staff will put you at ease and ensure your special occasion is unforgettable.
Come and play right in your backyard! Visit Maple Meadows for outings, leagues, tournaments, individual play, and the great food in our restaurant. 27 holes, no reservations required and a beautiful public course!
Rollins Savanna Trails in beautiful Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve is a outdoor enthusiasts dream; with 5.7-miles of easy to moderate terrain and a thriving habitat to explore. The landscape is dotted with ponds and marshes. Take a walk through lush prairie and thriving wetlands and see why the National Audubon Society named it one of America’s most important bird sites in 2005.
18-hole public golf course and golf shop. Restaurant open for lunch daily; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for dinner. Meeting rooms and banquet facilities for up to 250.
Enjoy the beautiful blue of Lake Michigan aboard one of over one hundred charter fishing boats on the Lake County harbors of Waukegan and North Point. You will find the Coho running in the late spring, Lake Trout biting in mid-summer, and the Chinook come home to spawn in late summer and early fall. Whatever time of the year you go, you'll find expert charter fishing captains ready to make your time on the water a great one. For information on charter fishing opportunities and hotel information, please contact us.
Boone Creek consists of three unique 9-hole courses that can be combined to make up three different 18-hole courses, allowing you to play a different course while visiting the same location. Boone Creek Golf Club has a natural setting with a number of wetlands and creeks that are home to a variety of wildlife including frogs, beavers, snapping turtles, wood ducks, deer, cranes, and red-tail hawks. Our golf course has large and undulating greens that provide some of the best putting surfaces in McHenry County.
This year-round rowing center features a boat launch on the North Shore Channel and two indoor rowing tanks with a training center.
Make Salt Creek Golf Club your golfing "home course". When you select a facility to patronize regularly, you want the facility that offers the full gamut of a private club without the dues. Our 18-hole executive style golf course will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Set amidst gently rolling terrain, mature tree, and beautiful ponds, Salt Creek's 3895 yard, par 63 course challenge players of all skill levels with tree-lined fairways and strategically placed sand bunkers.
The Itasca Park District provides education and year-round recreation for constructive and enjoyable leisure time experiences. Come out and enjoy Itasca's award-winning waterpark, nature center, fitness facility and many community parks.
Hamilton Lakes is home to the area's largest fireworks display synced to music as well as an annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games. The lakes also offers several fields good for soccer tournaments and other outdoor activities.
This 18-hole championship golf course has been rated 4 stars by Golf Digest, 4-1/2 stars by Chicagoland Golf, and has been voted one of the best values in all of Illinois.
This Killian/Nugent-designed course features five water holes. An Olympic-size pool is available for free to golfers, along with sand volleyball, tennis, a softball area and more.
HeatherRidge Golf Course is a beautiful and challenging full length nine hole layout that is enjoyable for players of all skill levels. Adding to its beauty are the flowing creeks and ponds that come into play on seven of the nine holes. Also enjoy the unique outside Cabana Bar and Grill. Great food, cold drinks, outstanding atmosphere and friendly staff will complete your HeatherRidge golfing experience. Golf clubs available for rent. Located on Northern Illinois' favorite 9-hole golf course, The HeatherRidge Clubhouse is a beautiful venue for just about any occasion. If you are planning a weddings, banquets or party we are the place.
A complete equestrian center offering English & Western riding lessons, boarding trail rides, pony rides, hayrides, carriages rides and barnyard zoo. Heated indoor arena.
Built on the well-known Cuneo Estate in Vernon Hills, White Deer Run Golf Club is an 18-hole public course sprawling over 240 acres of rolling terrain and picturesque lakes with bent grass greens and fairways. Able to accommodate small and large group outings and banquets.
Indoor public skating and private lessons available. Call for hours.
The present Springbrook facilities includes a barn-styled building with a classroom, open area with activities, a large aquarium and restrooms. The land includes 2 miles of trails that are open year-round. Whether you are walking through a tunnel of prairie grasses or standing four feet above a cattail marsh on the 700 foot long boardwalk, the sights will take you back to the days of the explorers. Along your walk you’ll discover a flowing brook, shady woods, flower-filled meadows and prairies, and marshes thick with cattails and ancient willows.
This championship 18-hole golf course with 6,950 yards offers bent grass fairways, and beautiful rolling hills and vistas. Power carts are required Friday through Sunday and holidays.
Bowes Creek delivers a private club experience to the public golfer! It offers annual memberships for a day, or just enjoy Porter's Pub - an English inspired eatery.
Stay active! This award-winning parks & recreation agency offers over 400 acres of parks, 5 miles of paved trails, 3 recreation centers, free special events & hundreds of recreation, dance, gymnastics, summer camp, sports & fitness & active adult programs.
Built on the grounds of the Ladd Arboretum in 1974, the Evanston Ecology Center serves as the education nucleus of the arboretum. An area of natural beauty, the arboretum stretches along a three-quarter mile segment of McCormick Boulevard on a narrow, 23-acre strip of reclaimed land that follows the diagonal course of the North Shore Channel. The Evanston Ecology Center offers many programs throughout the year such as an Easter egg hunt, community plays, and musical performances. Many are free.
Eight experienced fishing charter boat captains offering World Class Salmon, Trout and Perch fishing April into November. The Waukegan Charter Boat Association is the oldest and largest charter boat fleet on Lake Michigan. Experience Coho Salmon, Chinook ( King ) Salmon, Rainbow (Steelhead) Trout, Brown Trout and Lake Trout fishing on the western shores of Lake Michigan out of Waukegan, Illinois.
This collection of eighteen holes now provides golfers with an adventure through a variety of unique golf holes in a beautiful setting. The prairie style clubhouse features an expanded golf shop, locker rooms, event rooms with expansive ceilings and a full scale food and beverage operations. Enjoy dining at the Hickory Stick Bar & Grill and experience stunning golf course views.
With undulating and quick greens, the course's front nine rolls and winds through 200-year old oak trees, while the back side is longer, with more water and strong winds.
Get in touch with nature in this beautiful wooded setting near the Des Plaines River, where you can view local wild animals that have been rescued from the surrounding area.
The golf course has 18-holes and it is a par-70 course. Brae Loch Banquets feature a bright space in a country setting overlooking the fairways at the Lake County Forest Preserves Brae Loch Golf Club. A fine balance of food, location and people are the three ingredients that an event at Brae Loch brings together for a truly memorable experience. The banquet facility comfortably seats up to 165. The menu includes appetizers, entrees, and desserts that are almost too beautiful to eat, but too wonderful to skip.
Championship 9-hole course. Water comes into play on all 9 holes -- a challenge for any golfer. Full-service pro shop. The club house has a beautiful central fireplace and exterior patio.
Poured concrete ramp for launching boats. Can be used by power boats up to 22 feet, sailboats 15-22 feet, and personal watercraft.
At Countryside Golf Club, play two challenging, award-winning 18-hole golf courses. The Prairie course, with bentgrass tees, wide-open greens and sand bunkers offers golfers a chance to challenge their game. The Traditional course, with bentgrass tees and tree-lined fairways, offers golfers scenic and challenging rounds of golf. Also try out the driving range.
The Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College features a variety of earth and sky shows, children's shows, laser light shows, earth and space exhibits, a membership program and the Star Store gift shop. Visit our website for more information on events and hours.
The Elmhurst Park District exists to provide opportunities for the enjoyment of residents and visitors, particularly those opportunities that people cannot supply for themselves. With facilities like the Elmhurst Art Museum, a skate park, two swimming pools, several fitness & recreation centers, over twenty neighborhood parks, and miles of bike paths and trails, the Elmhurst Park District will satisfy the needs of any audience.
The mini putt courses have been designed with separate themes, including the handicapped accessible Sports-N-Courts with a sports theme, and Tees-N-Trees with a prairie theme.
The Family Aquatic Center offers something for everyone, including grassy areas to relax and catch some sun! Some of the amenities include: zero-depth leisure pool with six lap lanes; a zero-depth leisure pool with waterfalls, sprays & jets; 700-foot lazy river, body slide; body & innertube slides, a fully enclosed body flume, sand play area, 20 foot shade umbrellas, lounge chairs, and more.
Little Beans is a family café and imaginative indoor playground for kids. Their café boasts a delicious assortment of coffee drinks and snacks where parents can enjoy the ambiance of our comfortable café with their tiny tots. At Little Beans, kids have the freedom to play, learn, imagine and create in their custom interactive indoor village and playground. They are truly a destination that is fun for the whole family.
Cut your Christmas tree in a backwoods setting. We have many trees, including Norway, white spruce and blue spruce. Family owned and operated. Trees up to 23 feet tall.
Knotty Pine Farm began as a vision in a 7 year old little girl's head many years ago: a farm filled with animals of all sorts to learn about, care for and love. That vision is now a reality! Children of all ages can enjoy horses in a comfortable and safe environment. We are a family owned and operated equine center offering a variety of animal related activities. Located north of Woodstock, IL in beautiful McHenry County. We offer english and western riding lessons, horse camps, pony rides, petting zoo, girl/boy scout outings and a party facility.
If you enjoy challenging greens and a not too overbearing of a course, you have come to the right place. Bloomingdale Golf Club offers an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all levels.
Steeped in history and rooted in old-time service, our country club is perfect for any event and any size group. Built in 1927, the classic, Tudor-style clubhouse harkens back to an era when making guests feel welcome was an art form. Our guest services teams have preserved this philosophy. From the moment you arrive, we encourage you to indulge in the historic surroundings. Your comfort is assured in an atmosphere where respect is understood and your name is remembered. Our full-service facility offers a remarkable and stylish atmosphere in a clubhouse setting. The Grand Ballroom offers available seating space for up to 500 guests.
The 18-hole "Poplar Creek" course at the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club facility in Hoffman Estates, Illinois features 6,108 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 70.2 and it has a slope rating of 126 on Blue grass.
Enjoy 6200 yards of great Northern Illinois golf. Located in Lake County, Antioch Golf Club is sure to test your golfing ability. We offer a fair and friendly course for players at every level. With multiple sets of tees, immaculately manicured greens, scenic lakes, ponds & wetlands, Antioch Golf Club is sure to meet all your golfing needs.
Located on Chicago's North Shore, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, Wilmette Golf Club is one of the best public golf course challenge in the area! While Wilmette Golf Club's total yardage is only less than 6,400 from the back tees, it plays to much greater length. The short par 4's and the fact that there are only two par 5's in this par 70 track make Wilmette play like a championship layout.
In 1919, when the North Shore Channel was new, and the area surrounding it was largely unusable, some progressive and creative leaders of Evanston and Wilmette joined together with a vision for a golf course — not just any golf course, but one tailored to wind through our communities and provide a unique public golf experience.
Welcome to our premier North Shore golf course. Designed to challenge every level of playing ability, the 18-hole public course comprises 6,500 yards of bentgrass fairways and manicured greens. Water comes into play on nine holes and bunkers are strategically placed throughout. Our PGA professional staff is ready to help you hone your skills. Whether you are a novice or seasoned competitor, your best game awaits you at Sunset Valley Golf Course
Built in 1965 and purchased by the village in 1977, the Buffalo Grove Golf Club is one of the finest municipal facilities in the area. The course features bent grass greens that are complemented with bluegrass fairways and tees. A mix of mature trees, sand and water will challenge shot-making abilities of all skill levels. Buffalo Grove Golf Club can be played from 6883 yards to as short as 5983 yards. The course offers three sets of tees; the choice is up to you. Course amenities include a driving range, chipping green, putting green, locker rooms, and a full service restaurant.
The Glencoe Golf Club, a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, is surrounded by the beauty of nature. The course features tree lined fairways, native prairie grass corridors and several ponds located throughout the property. A great escape from the sights and sounds of the city, located only 20 minutes north of Chicago.
Lake Park Golf Course is perfect for the young golfer who wants to play a shorter course with real bunkers and excellent greens. For the more experienced golfer, Lake Park is where you’ll want to practice your all-important short game. The 18-hole, par 3-course is 1,515 yards in length with holes ranging from 50 to 115 yards.
Makray Memorial Golf Club is a premier 18-hole championship caliber courses in Illinois, 7,000 yards with four sets of tees; lots of water, strategic bunkers, bent grass tees, fairways and greens, blue grass roughs and spectacular views. The course re-opened for play June 8, 2004.An Enchanting Experience begins the moment you enter Makray Memorial Golf Club. Our brand new 24,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse has the charm of an old world manor and spectacular views of the golf course.
Lakemoor Golf Course is an 18 Hole Golf Course that is located just West of Route 12 that is open to the public. We also have a driving range with all grass tees, as well as a practice putting green.
Located in the Chicago suburb of Hillside, Illinois, Fresh Meadow is an affordable 18-hole daily fee facility located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Chicago. We are convenient to almost every major freeway artery, and boast one of the best locations in the Western Suburbs. Fresh Meadow is known for offering a fun round of golf, greens that always roll true, great rates & specials, and a friendly staff. No matter what your skill level, Fresh Meadow Golf Club has a good time awaiting golfers of every skill level.
Highland Woods is located on the highest point in Cook County and is Forest Preserve Golf’s northwest suburban championship course. A challenging course, Highland Woods generous fairways are countered by 52 sand traps strategically placed throughout its rolling hills and tree-lined fairways. The course offers three sets of tees with water coming into play on six of the 18 holes. Highland Woods also features a lighted driving range with 48 hitting stalls and an on staff PGA professional.
Old Orchard Country Club opened in 1928 and is a true hidden gem located just outside of downtown Chicago and close to O'hare Airport. We offer a country club experience to the general public with our personal service, fast greens and excellent golf course conditions that rival private clubs. One of the best public clubs in the Chicagoland area and the Northwest suburbs.
Playing a relatively short, sporty golf course like Village Green can be a wonderful experience. For the avid golfer, the expectation to score presents itself at every turn. For the recreational golfer, this Ray Didier-designed track dating back to the early 1960s is pure fun... challenging without being intimidating. Village Green rewards golfers of all ability levels with opportunities to shine and finesse specific aspects of their game.
The Highlands of Elgin has become a premier destination for thousands of golfers throughout the region. Nine new holes reclaim an old stone quarry, and take maximum advantage of the unique and dramatic landforms that were left behind, including a twelve acre quarry lake. Four holes hug the top of the bluff thirty to forty feet above the water providing golfers with incredible views and numerous shot options on each hole.