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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.
18-hole golf course with driving range, restaurant and pro shop. Oak Brook Golf Club is a classic playing experience in a spectacular natural setting where every hole calls for solid shot-making from tee to green. Unlike boring daily-fee courses of cookie-cutter municipal courses, this is a thinking person's course that rewards sound play for players at any skill level.
The Oak Brook Park District represents five parks totaling 150 acres, and four facilities: Family Recreation Center (the Family Aquatic Center and Premiere Fitness Club), the Racquet Club, the Dorothy and Sam Dean Nature Sanctuary and Central Park West.
269-acre sports facility that offers upscale banquets, weddings, corporate picnics, golf and polo outings for 250-400 people. Tents can be added for larger groups.
Professional caliber 18-hole golf course. Banquets/meetings up to 400 year-round. Four distinct rooms for meetings, seminars or receptions. Accessible from O'Hare Airport and major expressways.
Come and discover this botanical gem, the Oak Park Conservatory! Visit fern, tropical and desert greenhouses. Special floral displays offered in January, February, March, April, November and December. The Tropical Room also boasts birds and a bridged lagoon with fish and turtles. Private rentals are available at the Conservatory Center and Rubinstein Room. The Rubinstein Room is great for small events, while the operations room is perfect for hands on arts and crafts.
Explore the acres of woods and lakes, with scenic trails, shelters and beautiful views of Aurora and surrounding areas. Premier example of environmental restoration and a fine national oasis in an urban setting. This forest preserve has a 55-acre lake/marsh complex that provides excellent opportunities for fishing, hiking and wildlife observation. Hill suitable for winter sledding, strength training or kite-flying.
A cruise aboard Odyssey lets you see Chicago from a whole new perspective. You’ll enjoy a three-course, locally-sourced menu, upscale DJ entertainment, a sophisticated ambiance and breathtaking skyline views. Cruise with Odyssey for a brunch, lunch, dinner or specialty cruise, or consider Odyssey for your next group event.
Out of this world family fun featuring a four-level exploration playland, tag team laser trek, interactive video/prize redemption/games and outdoor amusement park. Caters to groups.
Visit our website for discounts and packages. Games, Laser Tag, Batting Cages, Soft Playland, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Inflatable Park & more!
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.
Old Plank Road is a 21-mile recreation and nature trail used by in-line skaters, walkers, runners, bikers, bicyclists and even cross-country skiers in the winter. This trail reaches from Park Forest all the way to Joliet.
The park is named for Potter Palmer (1826–1902), a successful businessman and real estate investor concerned with the development of Chicago. Palmer was responsible for reclaiming the acres of swampland north of the city's business district, which were developed into the Lake Shore Drive area. He built the original baseball field for the Cubs' predecessor, the Chicago White Stockings, and built the Palmer House Hotel. Palmer Park was created in 1904 by the South Park Commission. Under the guidance of superintendent J. Frank Foster, the commission opened ten new neighborhood parks, including Palmer Park, in an effort to create breathing space and recreational areas in the city's crowded tenement districts. These parks were built by Olmsted Brothers landscape architects and D.H. Burnham and Co. architects.
An easy 30-minute drive from downtown Chicago places you squarely in this sprawling forest preserve. With 78 miles of wide and singletrack trails at an intermediate level of difficulty, you should expect the unexpected, starting with plenty of hills, fast descents, meandering paths and more.
DuPage County, Chicago's Western Suburbs - Check out the Lombard Park District's award-winning aquatic facility! State-of-the-art amenities are endless and include a 140,000-gallon leisure pool, bowl slide, zero-depth pool, bubble bench, lap pool, drop slide and much, much more!
The urban gateway to nature and science. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a place where city dwellers can reconnect with the wonder of the natural world. From a hands-on water lab to a wilderness walk to the only international, year-round butterfly haven, science comes alive.
Illinois' only indoor/outdoor aquatic park features seven water slides, a lazy river, two zero-depth entry pools, a spray play area, diving well, sand playground and two concession stands.
Located on over 325 acres including a 28-acre fishing lake with a one-mile multiple use trail and a restored prairie grass development. The remains of the extinct elephant-like mastodon were found in this lake in the 1930s. Attractions include a life-size sculpture of a mastodon at the Mastodon Gallery, the gorgeous Sunken Garden, an 18-hole golf course and driving range, a zoo, war memorials, a winter recreation area and a 8,000-square-foot BMX & Skate Park.
Deluxe water park with tube slides, simulated river, zero-depth pools and sand activity areas.
Established in 1915, this free zoo is open daily, year round. Exhibits include bald eagles, wolves, mountain lions, foxes, otters, elk, goats, llamas, turkeys and peacocks.
Pineapple Dance offers dance and fitness classes to adults and teens in Zumba, Traditional Belly Dance, Hip Hop, West African and more. Movement to music has been a vehicle for celebration and connection in ethnic cultures across the globe and history. The studio is available for rent, rehearsals and or meetings. Special group classes with any of our instructors are available.
Features a distinctive entertainment and dining venue. Celebrate "sophisticated fun" in our warm and inviting 45,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor facility complete with 20 bowling lanes and 10 bocce courts. Exceptional Italian-American bistro with wine cellar, outdoor patio, fireplace, and beautifully appointed event and party rooms that can accommodate groups from 20-600.
A unique park for children ages two to nine years. Pirates' ship, paddle boats, train ride, climbing wall, and many more creative attractions for children. Concession and picnic areas. Birthday parties and rentals. Open daily June through August. Admission fee for children. Adults are always free.
CITY:Elk Grove Village
In the Polar Play Zone, kids can slip into a penguin suit and try being a bird in the Icy South play area. From there, head to the Icy North to explore the belugas’ Arctic waters in a kid-sized submarine. Don’t forget to shake hands—or is it arms—with colorful sea stars in the touch pools.
Prairie Bluff is located on 237 acres of rolling terrain and is framed with prairie grass, which adds to the golf course's overall challenge and beauty for those who play here. With four sets of tees, 10 lakes and more than 40 bunkers, golfers of all skill levels will find a good challenge. At Prairie Bluff, you will enjoy our beautiful 10,000 square foot clubhouse that features a pro shop, banquet hall & bar. Beyond serving as a fabulous golf facility, Prairie Bluff is an ideal location for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Prairie bluff's learning center offers a 10- acre driving range, short game area with bunker, putting green, private and group lessons. Let Prairie Bluff host your next golf outing!
Playing this unique, well-conditioned and spectacularly-designed 18-hole course will surely make you want to come back. Full service premier meeting and banquet facility provides outstanding culinary offerings and personal service.
RV, camper and car parking during major races at Chicagoland speedway and at Rte. 66 Raceway.
A tropical paradise waterpark. Three giant water slides, tot pool, vortex pool, drop slide, three-story funhouse with plunge pool. concessions, picnic areas, locker rooms with family changing areas. Daily admission and season passes. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
CITY:Elk Grove Village
A visit to the center will help folks learn about the native plants and animals of the Fox River Valley. Interpretive center, hiking trails, and tours of Devil's Cave.
Nestled on the east bank of the Fox River, the Red Oak Nature Center is surrounded by 40 acres of lush forest and wildlife habitat – an ideal setting for visitors to learn about the great outdoors through direct interaction with nature. Six wood-chipped hiking trails and the nationally renowned Fox River Trail offer avenues of exploration via hiking and biking, with interpretive signs along the way that explain the ways of nature. Inside the Nature Center, the “Sense the Seasons” exhibit further enhances the educational experience, featuring environmental exhibits and “hands-on” participation.
With locations throughout Illinois, REI is on the leading edge of outdoor adventure and stewardship in the environment. With name brand gear and a knowledgeable staff to help you gear up for whatever adventure you have in mind, you can rest assure the equipment and information you get is above par. From running, hiking, biking, paddling, climbing REI has everything you need to make the outdoors great again. REI’s passion for the outdoors runs deep and it’s their core purpose to inspire, educate and outfit people for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.
Rice Pool and Water Park facilities include a zero-depth pool, thrilling slides, sand play area for children, adult lounge deck and sand volleyball courts.
Let us save your soles today! We'll take you for a ride, give you a tour, provide shuttles for your party or even run errands with our fleet of pedicabs (aka bicycle rickshaws). Call us at 773-771-3922 or visit www.rickshawrick.com. Catch us at the Oak Park Visitors Center, Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Write Inn, Harvey House, Under the Ginkgo Tree B & B and other fun spots.
Riegel Farm has a very diverse group of animal residents. We have exotic birds and reptiles such as an alligator and snakes. Birthday parties, group tours, pony rides and hayrides.
River Oaks name says it all! With the Little Calumet River winding through this south suburban course water comes into play on 14 of the 18 holes. You’ll use every club in your bag as you face the challenges of River Oaks. Not only will you have to contend with the water, but you’ll find 58 strategically placed sand traps throughout the course.
Indoor public skating and private lessons available. Call for hours.
Come feel the thrill of the chill at the Rocket Ice Arena, offering programs for all ages and ability levels in figure skating and hockey.
Rocktown Adventures is a specialty outdoor retailer and adventure club. They offer sales, rentals, lessons, guided trips and related apparel for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. They also carry camping equipment, lifestyle apparel and transportation equipment. Rocktown's mission is to help you gear up and head out. They carry top equipment sold by knowledgeable staff. Their experienced instructors love to share their passion for the outdoors. The trip guides know the waterways and trails like the back of their hand. The shop is conveniently located near an abundance of recreational assets waiting to be discovered by you!
This 94-acre farm features picnic and recreational areas, antique farm equipment, a petting zoo, pony rides and barrel train rides. In fall find a pumpkin patch, haunted barn and pig races.
Just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, Ruffled Feathers' aesthetic beauty is matched only by the genius layout. We are the only Pete and P.B. Dye designed golf course in Illinois and a must-play for any devoted golfer. Our championship caliber, well-conditioned golf course awaits your arrival with one of the finest sets of par 3's in the Midwest. Ruffled Feathers has 18 wonderful holes with tee sets for all skill levels and is your premier place to golf.
Family entertainment center featuring Illinois' largest indoor roller coaster, go-karts, bumper cars, Tilt-A-Whirl, bowling, and hundreds of video and redemption games.
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.
Along with 18 superbly conditioned holes of golf, The Sanctuary has an excellent grass practice range, short game area, putting green, full service golf shop with PGA Professional Bob Schulz. The Bunker Grill has great food and beverage offerings. For those who want a challenging golfing experience at a great price, there are few better choices than The Sanctuary, anywhere! Book your tee-time now at 815- 462-GOLF (4653) or book on-line.
Owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Sand Ridge Nature Center emphasizes the natural history of the Calumet region.
Learn about Black History Month with an educational display and interactive history hike. An imaginary journey follows an Underground Railroad route used in Illinois in the mid-1800s.
27 challenging regulation holes, driving range, two practice greens, full-service pro-shop and elegant clubhouse with an array of amenities.
Aurora's interactive science and technology center offers over 200 hands-on exhibits demonstrating the principles of electricity, weather, astronomy and nuclear energy.
Come aboard Seadog Cruises for the most thrilling, unique way to experience the windy city! Seadog offers Lakefront Speedboat Rides, Lake & River Architectural Tours and Extreme Thrill Rides, all of which are perfect for a solo traveler to a group of 110. Chicago’s favorite dog cruises April through October and is available for private charter.
Chicago's only Segway-authorized touring company has locations at Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue, plus certified tour docents who will ensure a memorable, safe experience.
40-acre playground, garden and multi-purpose sports field facility nestled in the heart of DuPage County Forest Preserve's Danada South area. Strategically designed to meet the needs of each visitor through our senses of smell, sound, touch, sight and imagination
Seven Bridges Golf Club, a 4-Star rated course by Golf Digest, provides a golf experience unlike any other. Seven Bridges is recognized as one of the top 5 public courses in the Chicagoland area. It’s a public course with a private course feel. Our finely-manicured course boasts a bucolic setting featuring 100-year-old oaks, picturesque lily pad ponds, and, of course, at least seven bridges. Following your round, you can enjoy a meal and drinks at the best 19th hole setting anywhere, The Dock, which offers great dining and sunset views.
Includes three ice surfaces, public skate 7 days a week, learn-to-skate and hockey classes, observation area, off-ice training center, party/conference rooms, arcade and a pro shop.
A gift of the Garden Club of Evanston in 1920, the Shakespeare Garden, tucked away on the Northwestern University Campus, boasts 29 varieties of flowers.
Strap a mask and flippers onto your imagination and chart a course to Shedd Aquarium. Have you ever seen eye-to-eye with a dolphin? Said hello to a penguin on a stroll to the South Pole? Immersed yourself in a flooded Amazon forest? Or met a friendly beluga whale? You can do it all at Shedd! Photo courtesy of the John G. Shedd Aquarium
Siegel's Cottonwood farm is a fourth generation working farm established in 1909. In the spring and early summer, the farm is open with a garden center featuring flowers, shrubs, and plants. From June 1st thru October, the farm is available for company picnics, group outings, corporate events and fundraisers. In the summer when the crop is ready its extra sweet corn. In the fall its Pumpkinfest time on the farm with playlands, cornfield mazes, new fun attractions, climbing wall, gem mining and much more. And then there is the award winning haunted prison, "Statesville."
A full-size hockey rink and a smaller ice rink are open for public skating, lessons and leagues.
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. They’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. They offer one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. They’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. Sky Zone is dedicated to providing the pure joy that comes with flying. They are sky lovers, thrill seekers and people who believe that jumping is freedom. They believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. They are healthy and bursting with energy. They fly high and keep it safe. They are Sky Zone. Have Fun, Fly Safe Aurora!!
This beautiful Mediterranean Revival-style cultural center on the lakefront was once an exclusive 1900s country club, and now offers performances that range from classical music to African dance. The Obamas held their wedding reception here.
For a whole new way to experience Chicago, get out on the water with Spirit of Chicago. Come aboard for a fun, energetic cruise experience you won’t forget. You’ll enjoy delicious food and drink, friendly service and great entertainment with Chicago’s sparkling skyline as your backdrop. Join Spirit for a lunch, dinner or special event cruise, or consider Spirit for your next group event.
This deluxe water park features tube slides, the second largest lazy river in Illinois, zero-depth pools, sand activity areas and concessions.
Railroad-themed, outdoor water park featuring a 6 person racing slide, body slides, tube slides, lazy river and zero depth pool.
Home for soccer, go-karts, mini-golf, indoor golf and batting cages.
135 acres, natural history museum, handicapped-accessible trails, 1880's living history farm and pioneer cooking demos. Cost for some programs.
135 acres, natural history museum, handicapped-accessible trails, 1880s living history farm and pioneer cooking demos.
Located in west central Naperville and adjacent to the DuPage County Forest Preserve's Dragon Lake, Springbrook Golf Course commands some the finest views of Naperville's open space and trails. Built in 1974, the facility features a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, a 28-stall natural turf driving range, two practice putting green with bunkers. Its beautiful, mature and lush foliage and trees complement the manicured greens, tees and fairways. Combined with its exceptional course design, golfers of all skill levels return time and again to play.
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.
Since 1926, Chicago area golfers have sought out St. Andrews for its two championship courses, the top-ranked practice center, and award winning banquet and clubhouse services. With its vast rolling terrain, mature trees, and historic setting, St. Andrews offers quality facilities not only for discerning golfers but for golf outings, weddings, and banquet events of any size.
Explore Chicago's lakefront, museums and parks on a three-hour Segway tour led by guides all year round. Steve's Segway Tours was started by a tour guide, is owned by a tour guide, and is managed by tour guides. Why is this so important? Because only a tour guide truly understands that great tour guides put their heart and soul into each tour.
View the spectacular display of 15,000 flowers of 15 varieties, plus a three-tiered fountain and the Four Seasons statues that complement this exquisite English garden.
Navy Pier's resident 148-foot, four-masted schooner pays tribute to the Great Lakes' rich maritime heritage during a variety of cruises each day.
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.
It’s time to kick back and relax. They have great food and drinks, plus Lake Michigan on their doorstep. How could it get any better? Oh yeah, live music acts and festivals constantly throughout the summer, so you are never bored and always satisfied!
Seventy-mile per hour riseballs, 240-foot frozen ropes, soft hands and lightning-quick reactions all wound into seven feverish innings of gritty, gutsy, fast-paced action. Welcome to hard-hittin', fast-pitchin', affordable family fun. Welcome to National Pro Fastpitch! Come out and chear on the teams!
Over 200 acres of pristine Illinois native prairie, much like the area was pre-settlement. Wildflowers, birds, butterflies abound! Prairie slide shows and tours available with advanced notice.
The prairie grove, covering 123 acres of ecologically diverse prairie land, is preserved and maintained as former home of the visionary horticulturist and educator Dr. John Kennicott, who brought his family from New Orleans to settle on his land in 1836. The Grove, located in Glenview, is a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It offers many opportunities for educational, environmental and historical enjoyment including two historic homes, the Kennicott House and the Redfield Estate; the Grove Interpretive Center, a Native American Village, a Log Cabin, a Schoolhouse, a Wetlands Greenhouse and numerous interpretive trails.
Take a kayaking class or a kayaking trip with an ACA certified instructor on the beautiful Fox River, Batavia. It's fun and informative. Check out some videos on what you will learn in the different classes. Several group and private kayaking classes - first time kayakers to intermediate. See the calendar for dates and times. So grab your friends and let’s go paddling!
The Legacy Walk is a dynamic outdoor LGBT history exhibit in the "Lakeview" neighborhood of Chicago. Presently, along the half mile of the North Halsted Street Corridor, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street, ten (10) pairs of 25'-tall decorative "Rainbow Pylons" define the nexus of Chicago's LGBT community. Affixed to the pylons are a series of bronze memorial plaques commemorating the life and work of notable lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals whose achievements have helped shape the world
We are an 18 hole golf course in Blue Island Illinois, just 25 minutes from downtown Chicago. This course features 6,549 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 71.3 and it has a slope rating of 121.
The Millennium Reserve stretches from downtown Chicago to the Indiana border and suburban Park Forest. It encompasses numerous neighborhoods, the Southeast lakefront, and 37 South suburban municipalities. In aggregate, the Reserve includes a collection of over 15,000 acres of open space such as trails, wetlands, and forest preserves; Making it ideal for runners, bikers and kayakers alike.
Magnificent, 1,700-acre museum of trees and plants from around the world. Hiking trails, paved roads, restaurant, gift shop, open-air tram and handicapped accessible facilities.
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.
Enjoy a day in the country while learning about wildlife through nature displays and exhibits.
Are you a mini golf pro? Bring the family to Tinley Junction, an 18-hole miniature golf course with a garden railroad theme. All Aboard!
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.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Located on 25 acres, with woods, lakes and rolling hills, the course offers 9 holes of challenging golf for beginners and advanced golfers. Reduced rates available for golfers 55 and over. Clubhouse seats 60+ and has a variety of foods.
With three locations in the Chicagoland area, Uncle Dan's specializes in outdoor equipment and clothing for any adventure. They carry a wide selection of equipment for camping, backpacking, hiking and travel. Every staff member is trained and committed to providing top-notch service and gear that supports a progressive & active lifestyle. At Uncle Dan's, you talk to people who love the outdoors. With the experience and knowledge to answer all your adventure questions and providing you the gear needed for your excursion, no matter where adventure takes you.
The Vaughan Athletic Center is dedicated to fitness excellence with quality equipment and programs designed to offer members the best value for their fitness dollar. The newest facility in the Fox Valley Park District is the Vaughan Athletic Center located on Indian Trail near Orchard Road on the far west side of Aurora. The Vaughan Athletic Center features 225,000 square feet of athletic, fitness, and aquatic fun. The Vaughan Athletic Center is home to an aquatic center with three indoor pools. The aquatic center offers lap swimming, diving boards, warm water therapy, swim lessons, and aquatic fitness classes. In addition, there is an indoor water park featuring two water slides, a lazy river, and spray and play areas. In the Vaughan Athletic Center’s 10,000-square-foot, full-service fitness center, members can use a wide variety of equipment, attend the Fox Valley area’s best group exercise classes, and receive personalized, one-on-one help from certified trainers. This year-round indoor water park has tube slides, zero-depth entry and interactive water play.
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.
Villa Olivia is a public facility. Slope ticket required to access ski and snowboard activities including 7 runs, quad chair lift and 6 rope tows. Villa Olivia has skiwee for kids 4-9 years old, snow tubing, ski, dining, golf, lessons, snowboarding, sleigh rides.
Village Greens of Woodridge golf course, located in Woodridge, Illinois, features an 18-hole, fun, affordable, public daily fee golf course always in great condition and considered one of Chicago's best value for golf. Golfers find Village Greens tree-lined fairways and golfer friendly atmosphere an ideal layout.
The Village Links of Glen Ellyn is a resort-quality, golf-and-fine-dining facility owned and operated by The Village of Glen Ellyn. We’re open to the public and offer membership options..
A visit to Wagner Farm affords you the opportunity to take part in and experience first-hand the workings of a genuine American farm. Wagner Farm is an 18.6 acre farm preserved for the educational and recreational enjoyment for all. See how bread was made in a wood cook stove, hear the rooster making time with his crow or milk one of the farm’s many cows. Explore the world of agriculture and rural life as it existed in 1920-1950’s.
Championship 9-hole. Perfect course for beginners and teens. Great practice course for all skill levels. Unique Killian and Nugent design.
FitnessNOW - State of the art cardiovascular equipment; Cybex cardio equipment with built in TVs; three lane indoor track; strength training; personal trainers; affordable fees; fun, knowledgeable and motivated staff; and convenient location. Enjoy nine community parks and a variety of sports and activities.