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Enjoy a culinary and cultural walking experience through Naperville's historic neighborhood. One delicious taste at a time! Sample some great food and drink tastings from family run restaurants and shops. Along the way you will discover beautiful downtown Naperville, the Riverwalk and fun facts on the rich history that makes Naperville amazing.
Take a self-guided tour of Aurora's historic downtown. Tour brochures are available at the Aurora Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Solemn Oath Brewery makes craft beer in Naperville, IL. They are driven by a passion for Belgian-inspired and barrel-aged beers. Their brewery offers a taproom where you can sample a favorite ale or try something new.
A historic tradition lives on at the Elmhurst Park District Conservatory and greenhouses, located in Wilder Park. The conservatory holds four main plant displays a year: a Easter and Calla Lilies in the spring, Chrysanthemums in the fall, Poinsettias in December and an Environmental show with various themes in the Winter. In addition youth education programs are offered with our in house Horticulturist.
The Music Hount has live music nightly with no cover, full menu offering unique woodgire sandwiches, full bar with over 50 beers, 17 HDtvs, and music memorabilia. The Rick Club is an all ages venue. Shows and covers vary, check website for listings. Ask about our 80 passenger rock bus.
Enclosed shopping center, just north of Oak Park. Featuring over 100 stores, including Carson Pirie Scott, Kohl's, Target and Best Buy.
Native American Art Gallery. Movies and music performed to enrich the public on Native American culture.
Elegant, romantic, and incredible service. From Motown to Classic Rock, from Jazz standards to current chart toppers, music to dance to by the Pearl St. Band!
Balena features Italian-inspired cuisine, sourced from Midwest farms by Executive Chef/Partner Chris Pandel. It offers artisanal brick-oven pizzas, hand-made pastas and spit-roasted meats, fish and vegetables prepared in a wood-fired oven and grill on the savory menu; while twists on Italian classics are the crux of the dessert program.
The state-of-the-art Argus Brewery is located in Chicago on the second floor of the Joseph E. Schlitz distribution stables at 113th and Front Avenue, which was built in the early 1900’s. Two large terra cotta horse heads on the parapet still identify this unusual building that once housed the Schlitz horse teams and carriages. To create truly remarkable beers, the brewers relied on their family’s more than 100 years experience in the food and beverage industry as food technologists and chemical engineers. Tours and tastings occur on Saturdays. Tour includes the history of the brewery and its famous neighborhood, samples of the latest Argus brews and a commemorative Argus Brewery glass.
In the heart of Chicago's prestigious North Shore, Hyatt offers suite-size guest rooms, state of the art StayFit health club, indoor lap pool, hot tub, hi-speed wireless internet access & more. Easy on-off access at I-294 and Lake Cook Road. Convenient to O'Hare International Airport and close to Ravinia Festival, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Cuneo Museum, shopping, the Metra train station to downtown Chicago and many other attractions. Please visit the website for more details.
162 rooms. Four suites. On-site health club. 1 restaurant. Room service. Uniquely decorated and feature two TV's two phones, mini-bar and high ceilings. Located in the cultural and financial heart of Chicago's loop, the hotel is steps away from the Art Institute, Sears Tower, Museum Campus, Grant Park and Chicago's lakefront.
One of Downtown's largest showcases of contemporary American art and jewelry, providing a vast collection of art media including stained and blown glass, metal and wood sculpture and much more!
Barack Obama taught constitutional law here from 1992 through 2004 (his favorite classroom was Room V, or the Harry A. Bigelow Lecture Hall). Take a self-guided audio tour year round, Monday through Friday.
WhirlyBall combines basketball, hockey, lacrosse and bumper cars all rolled into one exciting sport! Whether you're planning a holiday party, corporate outing or meeting, team building session, bar/bat mitzvah, bachelor/bachelorette or birthday party, WhirlyBall is the most complete venue in Lake County offering a variety of entertainment options including WhirlyBall, two-level lasertag, climbing wall, video games, pool tables, complete food & beverage menus, fully-loaded sports bar and flexible event facility that comfortably accommodates 400+ guests.
An Evanston tradition for 28 years, designer-goldsmith Peggie Robinson and her staff can assist you in your selection of a piece of unique jewelry from their own designs, or help you design a piece just for you.
This 8-mile singletrack in Carpentersville, IL. is perfect for beginners without giving up on the excitement. The terrain is varied with steep descents, plenty of jumps, twisty trails through the woods and long stretches through meadows.
Chicago's internationally acclaimed professional theater dedicated to presenting the works of William Shakespeare.
This south suburban gay club features DJ-driven dancing, karaoke and monthly drag shows.
Located in Palatine, IL, Deer Grove Forest Preserve has trails that offer a moderate level of difficulty. At almost 10 miles in length, the hiking trials make Deer Grove worth a visit. Split into two very individual sites connected by paved and unpaved trials, the east preserve features open wetlands surrounded by old fields and an in-progress savanna and prairie restoration. The west side is wilder, the forest denser and crisscrossed with footpaths along the rolling terrain. Quite woodlands, white-tailed deer and a completely different experience await the hiker on the west side. Both paths are equally enchanting.
The Hilton Garden Inn Addison is located only 11 miles from O'Hare and 22 miles from Midway Airport. Certain to please executive travelers are the hotel's wide array of amenities including complimentary high-speed internet, in-room hospitality center, Herman Miler chairs and much more!
Emmett's uses only traditional ingredients - water, malt, hops and yeast. When you try a German Pilsener or an English Pale Ale at Emmett's, your pint will be as close to the original as you can get (without actually getting on a plane and flying across the pond). Brewery tours are available.
360 Chicago's (formerly John Hancock Observatory) epic new attraction that will forever change the way visitors see Chicago. TILT debuts in the spring of 2014, providing the ultimate window to the Windy City. A one-of-a-kind experience, TILT is an enclosed, glass and steel moveable platform that holds up to eight visitors per cycle. Once safely situated inside, the platform slowly tilts outward to an adventurous angle, generating downward-facing views of Chicago – from one thousand feet above The Magnificent Mile®. TILT gives thrill-seekers an exciting and safe way to take in unsurpassable views of the city, from a never-before-seen angle. Check website for opening dates and hours.
Tribute is a classic American restaurant with a modern culinary edge. Chow Crowd Restaurant Group has set out to offer contemporary American fare, to deliver excellence in food, service, ambiance and price, providing a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Tribute is located in the Green Seal certified Chicago’s Essex Inn and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as “grab and go” options for on-the-go business people.
Environment Education Center - offers cross country skiing in the winter.
Located in the heart of Andersonville, Huey's Hotdogs is a standout in a hotdog town. We’ve got a wide variety of dogs, brats, burgers, and sandwiches. Whether you want a classic Chicago-Style hot dog, a specialty sausage, or one of our many vegan specialties, Huey’s has a huge menu to explore.
This bus tour allows visitors to sample four types of Chicago pizza: thin crust, deep dish, stuffed and Neopolitan. Learn about and see Chicago one slice at a time.
Cocktail, is one of the most inviting playful bars & restaurants in Lakeview, appealing to a broad-based clientele that is short on attitude and long on fun. Its two attractive bars (cocktail & garden bar) feature black crystal chandeliers, onyx-lit bar tops and a swank sidewalk café, known as the gardens. Cocktail is the perfect place to sip libations, enjoy great food and converse with friends, both old and new. Cocktail offers daily drink specials featuring djs that deliver the best music on Halsted!
Smitty’s, in St. Charles is family owned and operated, using only the freshest, most flavorful ingredients to prepare all of their mouthwatering sandwiches, homemade soups, crisp salads, ice cream and more.
Large bentgrass tees and greens give this fun layout a big course feel. Several shots from elevated tees provide a beautiful view of the area. Features pro-shop, snack bar and club house.
If you are just playing for fun, looking to improve your game, young or a senior, "come meet the challenge" at our golf course in Oak Lawn. We have a Driving Range, 18 challenging holes of Miniature golf, Pro Shop. We have leagues from seniors to juniors.
Known for its live salsa music and dancing, Esteban’s hosts Expression Nite on Thursdays, featuring drag performers. The dinner menu, served Wednesday through Saturday evenings, offers Latin American specialties.
The Garden welcomes local, sustainable farmers and producers to this public farmers' market on the first and third Sundays of the month from June through October. Admission to the market is free to Garden visitors and will be held rain or shine. Visitors may purchase a special market bag from the Garden Shop to carry their purchases home.
120 guest rooms. Amenities: Business center, exercise room, indoor pool, restaurant, lounge.
Located in an 1847 Georgian-style mansion, featuring tapas, the authentic dishes of Spain. Indoor and garden patio dining available.
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) creates musical experiences that entertain and enlighten, inspire change, and build community. CGMC has been an integral part of Chicago’s cultural and gay communities since 1983. For the last three decades, CGMC has entertained audiences across the continent with innovative musical programming and features an active membership of over 200 singers. Among CGMC’s performances are traditional choral concerts, musical revues, original commissions, and full-length book musicals.
This beautiful bar is decked out with stained glass windows, antique furniture and cozy banquettes. The Sunday Liquid Brunch (with $12 bottles of champagne) starts at a reasonable 2pm.
Tucker Gallery specializes in contemporary American and European artists. Styles and subjects range from traditional to abstract.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - In addition to quality parks and facilities, enjoy a variety of recreational programs and special events for all ages.
A multipurpose open play area, Woodridge Town Center hosts a variety of festivals in Woodridge.
A professional photographer takes visitors to a landmark Chicago destination while giving tips on composition, lighting and exposure. These sessions are for photographers of any skill level with any kind of camera, digital or film.
Opened in 2010, this River North hotel offers spacious guest rooms and suites that are pet-friendly (no fees or size restrictions). Check out the indoor pool, seasonal rooftop sundeck and the hotel’s Sable Kitchen & Bar, serving New American cuisine.
The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center offers a total 840,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space. Configure it any way you like. You may need a 500-booth to 800-booth area, or 100 to 200 booths. If you’re planning a larger show, you’ll appreciate our continuous 250,000 square-foot space for 1,225 booths. Or you can create a multiple hall layout for up to 3,566 booths. Customized floor plans are our specialty, so just ask.
Over 130 fabulous stores featuring the latest fashions and trends, including Carson's, JC Penney, Sears and Forever 21. A new Classic Cinemas opened in 2008 showing great movies. Conveniently located on Cermak Rd., west of Harlem Ave.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Stratford Square Mall is a two-level enclosed super-regional shopping center located in the western Chicago suburb of Bloomingdale. The center hosts 6 anchor department stores and more than 160 specialty shops.
Incredible place to browse and shop. Glass jewelry, art and more. From Tiffany to Nedobeck.
This exciting permanent exhibition features the fully restored Gemini 12 spacecraft and tells the story of astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr.'s life and career using artifacts from his personal collection. Opens Nov. 6, 2008
White Water Canyon Water Park is an affordable, wet and wild oasis just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, perfect for the whole family!
Located in the center of the Magnificent Mile, and steps from the Michigan Avenue Bridge, The Wrigley Building has been a hallmark of Chicago’s skyline since 1920. Designed as the headquarters for the successful chewing gum, the building was modeled after the Seville Cathedral’s Giralda Tower in Spain. Today, it is still home to Wm Wrigley Jr. Company, and is perhaps best known for its dazzling white towers that illuminate the city at night.
Housed in a historic landmark mansion on the Gold Coast, the collections and exhibits portray the mysteries and milestones that have shaped modern surgical science. Of special interest to those in the medical field, our collection appeals to anyone interested in the history of surgery by means of art, surgical instruments, architecture, and books.
We are an American Contemporary restaurant with excellent views of the Magnificent Mile.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - The Venuti family will customize your special event in a lavish banquet setting that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Venuti's houses three opulent bridal suites, a quaint chapel for 100 guests, dramatic marble double staircase and granite dance floor. The restaurant offers a warm setting and fine Italian cuisine, including scrumptious homemade specialty pastas.
The Auditorium Building original configuration combined a theater seating, a four-hundred-room hotel, and 136 offices and stores. The hotel lobby with a notable interior is now Roosevelt University. The Auditorium Building is one of the best-known designs of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975 and it was designated a Chicago Landmark on September 15, 1976.
Wing Park golf course is a classic yet, sporty nine-hole golf course. Established in 1908, it is the oldest nine-hole municipal golf course. This superior golf course offers something for everyone. Expert players with only a couple of hours to spare or the amateur just beginning to learn their swing will all enjoy a day at Wing Park Golf Course.
Featuring prime steaks and seafood, our chef blends innovative American cuisine with French country cooking to create regional and seasonal specialties with full bodied flavors.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - 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.
If you don't know what holograms are, put this museum on your sights-to-see list. This is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the holographic art form. Marvel at the more than 200 three-dimensional laser-generated images.
A Ghirardelli® Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop is the perfect destination to experience decadent chocolate & irresistible World Famous Hot Fudge Sundaes topped with freshly homemade hot fudge. While at a Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop, you can also indulge in unforgettable fountain treats including shakes, floats, malts and other delectable fountain creations.
One of the last actual places of its kind to find copies of thousands of magazines and posters for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Life, Rolling Stone, Motor Trend, Mad, Star Trek, Beatles, if you can remember it....Bob probably has it. All items are very reasonably priced and not only make great gifts but give you your chance to own history. The collection includes periodicals from centuries past. The store also features flags from over 200 nations.
One of the Midwest's most celebrated shopping malls. With over 140 specialty stores including retail giants Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, and Nordstrom, this spectacular outdoor mall features beautiful gardens, landscaped walkways, sparkling fountains and children's play areas. McCormick and Schmick's, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, and Wilde and Greene offer a superb dining option. Catch a movie at the 13 screen AMC Garden Cinema.
You'll find 32 bowling lanes, all equipped with bumpers for kids, cosmic bowling on weekends, a snack bar, lounge and a bowling pro shop that's open daily during the season.
Located in the heart of Chicago's affluent North Shore, Northbrook Court is home to a powerful anchor alignment: Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Lord & Taylor and a free-standing, 36,000 square foot Crate & Barrel Home Store. Also featuring BCBGMAXAZRIA, Cole Haan, CUSP, Tommy Bahama's, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Dining and entertainment options include P.F. Chang's, Stir Crazy, Di Pescara, and AMC Theatres providing 14 screens.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Enjoy unique shopping and dining in Historic Downtown Lombard and the beautiful Lilacia Park. Special events for all ages throughout the year. Free parking.
The Attic Playhouse strives to showcase a broad spectrum of theatre as an art form by producing classic plays, small musicals, one-acts, improvisational and skit comedies and theatre for young audiences. Special attention is given to producing original scripts and encouraging new talent. At least one production a year is dedicated to these original works.
Take a self-guided walking tour of the magnificent murals, sculptures and mosaics found throughout Joliet's city center.
This distinctive hotel is located in Chicago's most fashionable neighborhood near the city's famed Magnificent Mile and is just steps away from the city's finest dining, shopping, and nightlife.
The Old Town School of Folk Music provides a wide range of music, dance, theater, and visual arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one's interest, the Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 accredited class offerings, private lessons, and workshops that span an array of artistic genres. The school features a main stage where concerts are held year round, along with a great shop that sells music and instruments.
Theatre Historical Society of America features archives and gallery space showcasing the history of America's theatres in photos, blueprints and artifacts.Rotating exhibits highlight the history of different theatres.
Michael Jordan is a legend in Chicago and his steak house is no different. A Chicago steak house committed to excellence in both cuisine and service, Michael Jordan's Steak House serves prime, dry-aged, hand-cut beef worthy of its exclusive Chicago address and iconic namesake.
Maple Avenue Gallery features sophisticated, contemporary works of art that range in price from about $500 to more than $6,000. In addition to the gallery, the company also offers custom framing and art consultations. Every month, Maple Avenue Gallery hosts receptions with live music and refreshments.
The Athenaeum hosts theatrical and dance performances throughout the year.
Art gallery featuring original artwork as well as Thomas Kinkade, H. Hargrove and Giuseppe Armani figurines.
"The Pritzker Military Library offers books, audiovisuals, prints, regalia, magazines, speakers and online resources concentrating on military history, specifically the role of the Citizen Soldier.
A Chicago tradition for over 35 years. Giordano's famous stuffed pizza and more. Let them cater the next event. Over 40 locations. They ship anywhere nationwide.
This 687-room hotel includes the 11,000-sq.-ft. mySpa, New World Asian cuisine at Aria and the Eno Wine Room. The Fairmont is close to the lakefront and many prime downtown attractions.
View the final resting place of U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who gained fame arguing Abraham Lincoln in the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The 96-foot granite and marble structure was built following Douglas' death in 1861.
Crane's Landing Golf Course offers 18 holes of par 70 championship golf. This challenging, mature course is set amid a beautiful rolling landscape that's a pleasure to play for everyone from beginners to scratch golfers.
Hotel features newly renovated guest rooms and facilities. Rooms feature a comfortable sitting area, large work desks, two phones with data ports, free Internet access, custom comforters, thicker mattresses, fluffier pillows and an ergonomic chair. Enjoy a healthy breakfast buffet with eggs cooked to order at the Courtyard Café or visit 'The Market' for snacks & beverages 24/7. We also offer a 5-mile complimentary shuttle (excluding Ravinia Festival). The two meeting rooms totaling 1,274 sq. ft. help bring visions of extraordinary reality to joyous celebrations, small fairytale weddings, and business meetings.
A fifteen-year-old girl has a crush on the most popular boy in school, the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her, her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement, her family forgets her 16th birthday! This 1980s teen-angst classic was filmed in several Chicagoland suburbs, including Highland Park, Evanston, Glencoe and Winnetka.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Sephora presents beauty, fragrance & skincare enthusiasts an unparalleled selection of prestige cosmetics that you can touch and try. We offer complimentary color, skincare and fragrance consultations with our beauty experts and free samples!
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, across from the Art Institute, Archicenter features exhibits, a city model, galleries, special events, daily tours and great shopping.
Fox Bend offers a challenging and scenic tour of streams, ponds, willow trees and elevation changes. This highly regarded course has played host to several tournaments and qualifiers.
St. Charles' newest source for rubber stamps, supplies and classes. Also offering custom invitations and announcements created for your special occasions.
The newly renovated Chicago O'Hare hotel promises greater comfort and enhanced productivity with redesigned guest rooms and added business features. The Bistro offers healthy choices, a variety of breakfast and dinner options, an evening bar, and specialty beverages made with Starbucks coffee.
This cool rock and roll bar, co-owned by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz (a Chicago native), boasts over-sized celebrity mug shots adorning its walls. Stop in and croon on the karaoke stage with a live band or dance to the DJ-driven music.
Geneva Commons has a wonderful mix of 75-plus merchants, from familiar favorites to new and unique shops. Spend time shopping, eating and relaxing in this open-air center. Dine at a wide variety of eateries, most of which provide outdoor seating.
Discover hundreds of well-known speciality and chain stores, and dozens of great dining locations, along the Route 59 Corridor in Naperville.
This public park exhibits 100 varieties of roses, with historic Centennial Fountain as the garden's focal point.
This museum located on the campus of Wheaton College is devoted to the history of Christian evangelism and its influences on society. View rare artifacts, art and displays that include a powerful 3-D presentation of the gospel message.
The Obama family home is a lovely red brick manse located on a tree-lined street in the historic Kenwood neighborhood, near the University of Chicago. Tour the area's points of interest with a local volunteer from Chicago Greeter, a free service offered by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.
119 renovated-room hotel, turn down service, 6 blends of different coffee, pet friendly, handicap accessible rooms. Close to restaurants, shopping and businesses. Conveniently located off I-88 Tollway.
Redmoon Theatre was founded in 1989 in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Redmoon has won national acclaim as the country's leading creator of spectacle theatre -- a highly visual and inventive theatre style that embraces the act of transformation through pageantry, puppetry, contraption-type mechanical objects, robust physical movement, and surprising use of scale and special effects. Using this unique visual language, Redmoon transforms streets and stages into places of public celebration, capable of speaking across cultural, ethnic, and generational boundaries.
Enjoy fresh produce, flowers, cheeses, bakery good, jams, jellies, and more from local farmers. Open June through October.
Stop by the Visitors Center for an audio walking tour, maps, books, souvenirs and unique gifts. Tickets are available for Hemingway's Birthplace Home and Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, Historic Pleasant Home and the Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest.