Shop, dine and play in Chicago's western suburbs!
Did you know that DuPage County is less than a day’s drive for more than half the U.S. population? Just 20 miles west of downtown Chicago, it’s also close to both O’Hare and Midway international airports, making it a favorite destination for a quick getaway to relax and play in the Chicago area.
The Great Outdoors
The Morton Arboretum is one of the most popular attractions in DuPage County. It was founded in 1922 by Mr. Joy Morton, who also founded the Morton Salt Company in Chicago in 1885. Mr. Morton’s father was the founder of the original Arbor Day, so it’s easy to see where he got his inspiration.
Start at the Children's Garden and Maze Garden. Then, hop on the tram for a guided tour of 1,700 scenic acres or take a hike along 16 miles of hiking trails. Before you leave, be sure to stop by the gift shop to pick up unique gifts for family and friends back home.
Cantigny Park is another favorite. This 500-acre park was home to the late Robert R. McCormick, former owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It features the Robert R. McCormick Museum housed in a historic mansion built in 1896, the First Division Museum with tanks, cannons and other historic equipment located on the grounds, more than 29 acres of formal gardens, picnic grounds, and a top-ranked public golf course.
Over 25,000 acres of woodlands, 600 acres of lakes, 47 miles of rivers and streams, and more than 450 miles of trails can be found in DuPage, thanks to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, DuPage County Trail System, multiple municipal park districts, and private nature areas.
It’s no wonder DuPage has been chosen to host many professional tournaments over the years, including the 2012 Ryder Cup, multiple PGA Championships, BMW Championships, Western Opens, the Cialis Western Open, a Senior Open, and the LPGA Solheim Cup.
No trip to the Chicago area would be complete without a stop at world-famous Brookfield Zoo. It has one of the largest collections of animals in the country and offers exhibits and special events throughout the year. Animal presentations, petting zoos, behind-the-scenes tours – everything you’d expect to find at a zoo and more.
The arts are alive and well in DuPage County. Stroll through the fascinating Elmhurst Art Museum and unique Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art on the City of Elmhurst’s museum campus, or the gallery at the Addison Center for the Arts.
Thrill to the excitement of a Broadway-style live performance at the award-winning Drury Lane Theatre, revel in a moving performance by the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, or experience stirring plays, vocal concerts and symphony performances at the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate.
Newly reopened after undergoing a massive renovation, the McAninch Arts Center on the College of DuPage campus offers a variety of performing arts, as well as the Cleve Carney Art Gallery.
Feed Your Competitive Spirit
If your idea of a fun getaway is challenging friends or family to some friendly rivalry, you’ve come to the right place.
Dave & Buster's is a mega-amusement center with over 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art interactive games, pocket billiards, championship-style shuffleboard, food and fun.
And, coming this summer, Main Event Entertainment is being billed as “the ultimate fun destination” for all ages, featuring state-of-the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, thrilling high ropes adventure courses, captivating game rooms, stylish billiards, flexible meeting rooms, energetic bars and high-quality restaurants.
Athletic-minded amusement center enthusiasts won’t want to miss K1 Speed for CyberSport indoor European Kart Racing, TopGolf Chicago for revolutionary state-of-the-art entertainment centered around the game of golf, and WhirlyBall, which combines basketball, hockey and bumper cars into one exciting game.
By Nanette Traetow