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Discover DuPage County...Beyond Chicago's Skyline

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DuPage County - Chicago's Western SuburbsDuPage County is the ideal first stop when visiting the Chicago area and Midwestern United States.

No place else offers the proximity to the nation’s third largest city enhanced by the convenience, value and hospitality you will find in the 39 communities that make up Chicago’s western suburbs.

Come and discover why DuPage County is the perfect starting point for city escapes, agricultural tours and driving tours of historic Route 66 and the Great River Road.

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Affordable. Accessible. Alluring.

  • Just 20 minutes west of downtown Chicago
  • Located between O’Hare and Midway international airports
  • Affordable hotels and resorts that meet international tour company specifications
  • Spectacular shopping that rivals Chicago
  • World-class dining at hundreds of restaurants
  • Unique experiences at memorable locations
  • Premier sporting events and recreation

World-Class Shopping

DuPage County rivals nearby Chicago for spectacular shopping. Popular venues with our international visitors include Chicago Premium Outlets, Oakbrook Center and several other upscale centers with hundreds of stores, and quaint community shopping districts with specialty shops and boutiques.

Premier Dining

DuPage offers cuisine as wonderful and varied as the people who live here. You will find several sister restaurants to famed Chicago hot spots, along with hundreds of others that make the area a regional dining destination.

Sports & Recreation

Proud host of the 2012 Ryder Cup, DuPage County is home to over 50 golf courses and several full-service golf resorts, as well as over 25,000 acres of woodlands, 600 acres of lakes, 47 miles of rivers and streams, and more than 450 miles of trails.

Professional polo events are held in August and September, and a wide variety of other spectator sports and recreational opportunities are available.

Unique Experiences

DuPage offers many attractions and events. Some memorable sites that you won’t want to miss include:

DuPage Hotels: Affordable Luxury

Many of our 100+ hotels and resorts cater to the international market. A few of those that meet international tour company specifications include:

DuPage at a Glance

  • Ideally located just 20 miles from downtown Chicago
  • Convenient to O'Hare and Midway International Airports
  • Accessible by major expressways
  • Commuter rail lines and regional mass transportation
  • Over 100 hotels and four golf/spa resorts
  • World-class dining, shopping and entertainment
  • Rich in culture, heritage and landscape
  • Easy access to all Chicago area attractions

Miles from DuPage County

  • Chicago O’Hare Airport - 15 miles
  • Chicago (downtown) - 20 miles
  • Chicago Midway Airport - 20 miles

Major expressways include: I-55, I-80, I-88, I-90, I-94, I-290, I-294 & I-355. Historic Route 66 also runs through DuPage County.

 

Itineraries

Your All-American Road Trip Starts Here

As the popular saying goes, “Get your kicks on Route 66” as you explore the Mother Road. Illinois is the only Route 66 state east of the Mississippi—and where it all began. Watch for Wayside Exhibits and Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway Experience hubs. Each tells a unique story about locations aong the route.

Add to the nostalgic feel of your Route 66 experience behind the wheel of a classic American car, like a 1935 Roadster or a 956 Thunderbird from American Classic Rides. If a motorcycle is your preferred mode of travel, you can rent a Harley Davidson or a Triumph at MCC Motorcycle Center. No matter what your vehicle of choice might be, it will be an experience of a lifetime.

There is so much history along the way, so it’s good to plan ahead by visiting the Illinois Route 66 website or seek suggestions at Route 66 sites along the way.

DAY ONE

Your day begins in DuPage County where you will rent your dream classic car or motorcycle. Then, head into Chicago to Buckingham Fountain, the eastern terminal of Route 66.

Take a stroll along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline before taking a self-guided tour of the Route 66 exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Enjoy lunch at Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant and Bakery, which has served many a visitor – including U.S. presidents and movie stars – since 1923.

Your trip back to DuPage County will take you through the city of Berwyn, Illinois, home to the Berwyn Route 66 Museum, with its fascinating and ever-increasing collection of memorabilia and information about the history of Berwyn’s portion of Route 66.

End your day at Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook for a classic American meal. This historic roadhouse has welcomed Route 66 travelers since the 1940s and served as a Blue Bird bus stop. It is famous for its fried chicken and unique “mac & cheese.”

DAY TWO

The DuPage County area is rich in history, culture and landscape. Before you head out on the next leg of your journey, you may want to visit one of these suggested stops within a 5 to 25 minute drive from Route 66:

  • Brookfield Zoo (Brookfield) – This world-famous zoo is one of the largest in the U.S. and houses more than 2,800 animals representing 425 different species, many living in award-winning indoor immersion exhibits.
  • Cantigny Park (Wheaton) – The former home of the late Chicago Tribune magnate, Robert R. McCormick, is now a 500-acre park which includes a historic mansion, first-class military museum, magnificent gardens, and a championship golf course.
  • The Morton Arboretum (Lisle) – An engaging 1,700-acre garden of trees and other woody plants from around the world. Enjoy the Children's Garden, Maze Garden, sixteen miles of hiking trails, and nine miles of roads. Guided tours run throughout the day in season.
  • Naper Settlement Outdoor History Museum (Naperville) – History comes to life at this 12-acre museum village with 30 historic structures. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.
  • Illinois Aviation Museum (Bolingbrook) – Housed in Hangar One at Clow International Airport (just 3 miles north of Route 66 via Veterans Parkway), it focuses on the rich history of aviation in Illinois.

As you leave DuPage County, you'll make your way to the Historical Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center in Joliet. This award-winning 2-story exhibit is located at the crossroad of Route 66 and Lincoln Highway, another historic Illinois road.

While in Joliet, you may want to take the opportunity to get your photo taken in front of the huge “Joliet Kicks on 66” sign at Route 66 Park, or get your adrenaline pumping at the Route 66 Raceway/Chicagoland Speedway, one of the nation’s best state-of-the-art drag racing facilities.

DAY THREE

Enjoy the Route 66 scenic byways on your way to Springfield, the state capitol of Illinois and home of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Plan to spend the night there and explore the city, or travel a little farther south to Carlinville, and stay at the historic CarlinVilla, an original Route 66 motel.

Without stops, this trip would take about 4 hours, but give yourself plenty of time to stop and take in the historic towns, sites and original alignments along the way.

DAY FOUR

Today, you’ll explore the stretch of Illinois’ Route 66 from Springfield to where it ends near St. Louis, Missouri. This trip, without stops, would take about 2-1/2 hours, but there are plenty of small towns with interesting historic sites that you won’t want to miss. Plan to spend the night near St. Louis.

Tomorrow, you can return to the Chicago area via Route 66 and catch sites you may have missed along the way. Or if you’re in a hurry, take Illinois Interstate 55 the entire way, and you’ll be back in DuPage County in about 4-1/2 hours.

 

 

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