Chicago Botanic Garden
Among the 23 inspiring and distinctly different gardens are a three-island Japanese garden, a waterfall garden, a sensory garden and a 4-acre fruit and vegetable garden. Three immense greenhouses showcase a desert, a rain forest and a formal garden where flowers bloom all through the winter.
Lake Cook Rd and U.S. 41
Lincoln Park Zoo
Visit Lincoln Park Zoo to see rare and endangered species such as the spectacle bear and the Australian koala then explore the Farm in the Zoo area, learning center with films and demonstrations and the Conservation Station with hands-on activities.
Gaze into the Bean - a luminous polished-steel sculpture – as it plays tricks with the reflection of Chicago’s skyline. The Park is also home to Jay Priztker Pavilion, where an incredible audio system allows audiences to enjoy concert-hall sound in the great outdoors.
Our 88 acres of forest preserve not only give you a sense of serenity, it also provides you with a number of outdoor recreation choices. Enjoy Oak Brook's natural treasure by taking advantage of the many outdoor activities nearby, including four miles of jogging and walking trails. Mountain bikes are available to explore the area, based on the season. Check out our team adventure course or play a game of sand volleyball.
Six Flags Great America Theme Park®
Come to Six Flags for rides, entertainment, food and fun. The entire family will enjoy a day at Six Flags Great America® in Chicago. Check out Hurricane Harbor Water Park for free with your Great America Theme Park® admission. This Caribbean-inspired paradise boasts hundreds of wet and wild water activities for all ages. Click here to view the park’s operating hours and order your tickets online.
One of the more breathtaking scenes on the lake is this tall ship approaching the docks at Navy Pier. The 148-foot four-masted schooner (and its new sister ship, the Windy II) sets sail for 90-minute cruises two to five times a day, both day and evening. Passengers are welcome to help raise and trim the sails and occasionally take turns at the ship's helm.
600 E Grand Ave.