This is a hidden treasure! Located in Wilmette right off Sheridan Rd. This is one of 7 Bahai Temples in the world. One of seven!!!! Beautiful architecture and gardens, it is quite the sight to see...and no entrance fee!
Northwestern University is located on the north side of Chicago in Evanston. It is considered one of the best universities in the United States. The campus is located right next to Lake Michigan. The campus is very beautiful. Metra and CTA stations are nearby as well as some stores and shopping opportunities in Evanston.
Six Flags Great America is a theme park located in Gurnee, IL, about one hour north of downtown Chicago, off Interstate 94. The park is famous for its roller coasters, although it also offers many entertainment and family rides. This park also has a water park area, which is included in the admission. There are also plenty of dining and shopping opportunities in the park. The Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, are there to meet kids and take photos with them. This is a pretty fun place for the whole family, although waiting in line for the rides can be long sometimes. For those who are scared of roller coasters, don't worry, there are stuff like arcades and games all over the park, as well as the scenic railway that circles the park.
From Interstate 94, exit to Grand Ave. (Illinois Route 132). General admission is $54.99, but if you order online, the price is $42.99.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, IL is a traditional Hindu Mandir. I just went there for the first time last weekend, and I'm in awe that there is something like this close to Chicago! Its a beautifully crafted and designed structure that is an extraordinary sight to see, a taste of India in Chicago. Once inside, take your shoes off and procede to the information desk where the guides will be eager to give you a complimentary tour and answer any questions you might have. Go upstairs into the temple, walk on the heated marble and observe people praying, notice the intricate carvings on the ceilings and columns. Finally, participate in the abhishek ceremony.
Visit the website for info, photos and directions!
Described as the 'Center of the Dunes' or the Gateway to the Dunes; Chesterton, Indiana is the commecial center for the dune region. Unlike the sprawling suburbs west and north of Chicago, Chesterton is actually a small town. You'll find quaint shops and restaurants towards the historic downtown, and a modern shopping area just of the Interstate. It's a great place for picking up beach supplies or for finding something different for the kids after a busy day at the beach or climbing dunes.
For details, check out my VT page on Chesterton, Indiana.
Train watching to Swedish historic community, Porter offers a variety of interest after a day of swimming and dune climbing. If you're not the picniking type, Porter has a variety of restaurants to meet you taste buds delight.
Porter Junction is the cross roads of six track lines. Here, you can watch trains passing through on an average of 1 every 6 minutes. At times, you'll find them waiting on each side of the junction, pending another train that has the right of way. Amtrak, Canadian National, Norfolk Southern, Burlington Northern & Santa Fe, and a dozen other names will pass by in a matter of an hour.
Augsburg Lutheren Church continues a tradition of Swedish memories and families in northern Indiana. The Hundren year old 'Skola', school and early cemetery area still here, as are the burial markers for the earliest families in the community.
Visit my Porter page for details and other things to do.
Brookfield Zoo was nice and small. Could cover it easy in a day. All the animals that require warmth are put up if its Fall or Winter. So I missed some of them. Will download pictures when I find them.
The great amusement park with plenty of rollercoasters and thill rides. It's great fun and one day is not enough if you like it (but I'm sure you do).
It's located in Gurnee,midway between Chicago and Milwaukee.
To see more check out Six Flags travelogue.
Nice small town about 14 miles north of Chicago. Originallly known as Ridgeville its changed its name in 1857 to honor John Evans, on of the Northwestern university founders. Beautiful beaches, cosy restaurants, lighthouse and Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.
The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, just a 35-minute (non-rush hour) drive from downtown Chicago, west on 88, is an oasis of calm. Its many acres are devoted to preserving species of trees and other plants and offer the visitor an opportunity to explore not only the plants of the Illinois region but other areas of the world as well.
Beautiful in any season, you have the opportunity to follow well-organized hikes through the diverse areas of the preserve (I particularly love the Prairie Walk on the West Side), or, if you're less ambitious or have difficulty walking, you can still enjoy the wonders of nature by driving your own car on a number of routes (or leave the driving to the tram operator).
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Click above link to Batavia, IL/USA page for details.
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