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Hikes, Horses and History

Legendary Estates DuPage County experienced a unique housing boom at the turn of the 19th century. The county, which at the time was primarily farmland, proved a quiet retreat for wealthy Chicagoans as many adopted the European tradition of building country homes. As a result, DuPage became the site…

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Health and Wellness Experiences

Fitness doesn’t have to mean rigorous, dreaded workouts – simply getting up and being active is good for your body and spirit. Regardless of your fitness level, or interests, DuPage County makes it easy to stay active year-round. Check out some of these local favorites and you’ll see why DuPage is…

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Marcel’s Culinary Experience

Several years ago Jill Foucré did what many of us only dream about — she quit her day job to pursue her passion. After 31 years in corporate America, the DuPage native said goodbye to the long hours, stress and too little time doing what she loved. “When my mother died suddenly at 71, I realized…

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The Spiritual Path

If spirituality fills your soul, whether it be to reconnect, get inspired, or gain insight about a religion, culture or history, you can find solace in DuPage. Immerse yourself in your own personal journey of faith or simply enjoy visiting some of our remarkable sanctuaries. Discover the tranquility…

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Zen Spaces

Close your eyes and think of a zen place. What do you see? What do you hear? What fragrances are in the air? While your idea of zen may not be the same as everyone else’s, most people can agree that it often brings feelings of relaxation and tranquility. Step away from the commotion of your everyday…

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Urban Escapes

It’s well known that spending time outdoors has a positive effect on our health – physically and mentally. Whether seeking serenity or adventure, you will find your place of restoration in DuPage County, with nearly 500 miles of recreational trails, and a myriad of classes and excursions. DuPage is…

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Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo, considered among the best in the U.S., hosts 2.3 million guests annually and has stayed true to its mission of “inspiring conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature” since its founding in 1919. Not only do they offer a wide variety of education…

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Waterleaf – The Future of Dining in DuPage County

One of the most coveted tables in DuPage is located in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality building on the campus of College of DuPage. Only serving a handful of meals a week, the program’s Waterleaf Restaurant has multiple-star ratings on Open Table, TripAdvisor and Yelp. What makes Waterleaf, and…

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Portillo’s: DuPage’s Own Taste of Chicago

Step foot inside any of Portillo’s more than 50 locations today and you are likely to be struck by the sheer size of it. Everything about it is large — the menu, the staff, the crowds, the energy. Given all this, it’s hard to believe that this iconic Chicagoland restaurant first opened in a trailer…

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Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket – A Piece of American History

In the late 1930s or early 1940s (no one knows the exact date), two local farm women approached Irv Kolarik, the owner of a small gas station on Route 66, about 50 miles west of Chicago. These entrepreneurial ladies told Kolarik all about their incredible fried chicken recipe and recommended he…

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