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Chicago is a great city with world class attractions, however, the suburbs are also home to plenty of must see attractions such as the Brookfield Zoo. Take a look at my list of 10 fun Chicago suburb attractions and try to incorporate one or 2 into your next Chicago vacation.
 
 
  • 1. Spend a summer afternoon at Brookfield Zoo
    Spend a summer afternoon at Brookfield Zoo
    8400 W 31st St, , 60513
    Brookfield Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country. There are plenty of great exhibits including an underground Polar Bear viewing area, an indoor primate habitat called Tropic World, and a fantastic dolphin show. The zoo also holds an annual Holiday Magic Zoo Lights show where the entire zoo is decorated in over a million lights.
  • 2. Attend a celebrity meet & greet event at Hollywood Palms Movie Cinema
    Attend a celebrity meet & greet event at Hollywood Palms Movie Cinema
    352 Illinois 59, , 60540
    Hollywood Palms is a unique dinner & movie theater concept in Naperville, the sister cinema of the original Hollywood Blvd. Dinner & Movie Cinema in Woodbridge. Like Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood Palms also features frequent celebrity events and movie marathons.

    One of the fun events I attended was a meet and greet with Corey Feldman and a screening of 4 of his movies: Stand by Me, The Goonies, License to Drive, and The Lost Boys.

    The theater features lush landscaping including real palm trees and a waterfall. There is also unique movie memorabilia, themed auditoriums, and a creative themed restaurant menu.
  • 3. Eat & Play at Dave & Busters
    Eat & Play at Dave & Busters
    49 Orland Park Place, , 60462
    Enjoy some old-fashioned arcade games and carnival inspired ticket redemption games at Dave & Busters. They offer a variety of great specials including 1/2 priced games on Wednesday and a special weekday arcade power hour for just ten bucks.

    Overall, it's a great place to let loose and feel like you get to be a kid again. Some locations offer special 21+ hours so you can enjoy the space without a bunch of noisy kids.
  • 4. Hike at a Cook County Forest Preserve
    Hike at a Cook County Forest Preserve
    9800 Willow Springs Rd, , 60480
    Many of the suburban forests are home to numerous walking trails and paths. I like taking nature walks at the Little Red School House which is located in the Palos/Sag Valley Forest Preserve. This hike is a great relaxing walk which is great for beginners or those looking for a more peaceful day out.
  • 5. Visit Little Red School House Nature Center
    Visit Little Red School House Nature Center
    9800 Willow Springs Rd, , 60480
    Little Red School House offers a few nice nature trails as well as a great interpretive center where you can learn more about the small mammals and plants which call the preserve home.
  • 6. Attend Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
    Attend Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
    8400 W 31st St, , 60513
    Holiday Magic is held each December at Brookfield Zoo. This festive event includes a million lights, carolers, ice carving demonstrations, holiday music, and more.

    One of the best light displays you will find – I try to go back at least every few years.
  • 7. Shop at Oakbrook Center
    Shop at Oakbrook Center
    100 Oakbrook Center, , 60523
    Oakbrook is one of my favorite Illinois malls. I love the fact that it is outdoors unlike most of the other malls in the area. This mall is great during both the summer and winter months. Summertime is a great time to plan your visit as the weather is perfect for an outdoor stroll and the nice landscaping and fountains make for a truly attractive setting. The winter months are great too because they all go all out on decor, creating the perfect festive holiday shopping experience.
  • 8. Stroll around dowtown Naperville
    Stroll around dowtown Naperville
    Washington & Chicago Ave, , 60567
    Naperville has a great downtown area complete with plenty of fantastic local restaurants, bars, and shops. One of my favorite Italian restaurants (in the Chicago area) is La Sorella di Francesco. I highly recommend trying out this fantastic restaurant!
  • 9. Head over to Bengtson's Pumpkin Patch in October
    Head over to Bengtson's Pumpkin Patch in October
    13341 W 151st St, , 60491
    Bengtson's truly is one of the best pumpkin patches– I haven’t been to another that has remotely compared to Bengtson’s. Held every fall in Homer Glen, this pumpkin patch features plenty of attractions for one price including hayrides, pig races, festive displays, a petting zoo, corn maze, a haunted fun barn and more. Plenty of seasonal treats and a Halloween shop are also available creative the perfect all day fall activity.
  • 10. Visit Woodfield, the largest mall in Illinois
    Visit Woodfield, the largest mall in Illinois
    5 Woodfield Mall, , 60173
    This enormous mall in Schaumburg is the place for anyone looking to do some intense shopping! Being one of the largest shopping malls in the US, you will never run out of stores to visit. One of the great things about this mall is the location – there are plenty of other stores and activities in the immediate area to keep you busy all day long, thus making it worth the drive.