The south suburbs are always overlooked. I've lived all my life in Calumet City and we're neglected down here.
If you're looking for some peace and quiet, come down to Lansing near the corner of Glenwood-Lansing Rd. and Stony Island. There's a very nice bike-walk trail there with a lot of open space.
Also, if you're Catholic and you want to go to church when you're in town, St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church is a great destination. It is one of the most beautiful churches you've ever seen. It was built in the late 1800's. St. Andrew's is on the corner of Lincoln and 156th in Calumet City.
You can reach the zoo by taking the Metro train from Union Station and get off the train at the zoo stop (instead of Brookfield stop). The zoo is very large and is basically fine. You can have a day hanging here if you have extra time when you stay in Chicago. It brings you different feelings from the big city.
ALUMNI CLUB in Schaumburg--- probably the best dance club around......except have to drive there...it's far from downtown......it's on Algonquin Road, by the Motorola facility...can't miss it.
Go Friday and Saturday night around 11pm---- you'll have a great time!!!!( you might even run into me one of these days,....who knows)
ONLY $5 to get in..........remember to tip!!!
The suburbs of Chicago are really neat! They are just REALLY green and totally quaint! If you get a chance, definitely check out the Rockhouse in Rolling Meadows. It is a little bar located on a strip mall (something you would never expect!). They have a pretty good set list with live bands playing practically every night and a DJ spinning great house, hip-hop, jungle on Thurs. nights. They are closed on Sundays. They have two rooms and an outside patio. Fun place to just 'chill' and hang out with friends, as you sip some Guiness and listen to the live band. Their address is 2220 Al Gonquin Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
We visited Evanson while vacationing in Chicago. It takes about one hour and a half by train. It was a nice visit. Charming town home to Northwestern University.
As you head north, you can come across some very wealthy suburbs- Winnetka, Glenview, Northbrook, Lake Forest...they are all very nice places to raise families.
Chicago Botanical Gardens and Morten's Arboretums in Downers Grove(suburb outside chicago) is a great stop to escape the concrete jungle of the Windy City.
The elk herd in Elk Grove Village is just off of I-90, south on Arlington Heights Rd. at Higgins. If you want a place to have a picnic lunch, this is a good spot as its in the forest preserve.