Sitting just a few miles west of Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois, lives by its motto, "magnificent miles west of Chicago" by offering a wide variety of activities and attractions. Whether visitors come from the Chicago area, other areas of Illinois or from out of state, they will find DuPage is easily accessible from anywhere, with major highways and a mass transit system to make traveling simple. DuPage County features a plethora of things to do for all ages, interests and budgets.
The Chicagoland area may have the reputation of being hip, chic and more suitable to an older crowd, but kids will also find activities to suit their interests in DuPage County. Created especially with them in mind, DuPage Children's Museum (dupagechildrensmuseum.org) offers an instructive interactive setting for young people. The Brunswick Zone (bowlbrunswick.com), with locations in Carol Stream and Naperville, invites kids to burn off some steam with laser tag, bowling, amusement rides and arcade games. The county is also home to the Cosley Zoo (cosleyzoo.org), located in Wheaton, where kids view and interact with native Illinois species and farm animals.
While the Chicago area does not have the best reputation for good weather, especially in the winter, visitors to DuPage County will still find a number of outdoor activities to participate in and enjoy. Numerous golf courses cater to golfers of all skill levels, from the Arrowhead Golf Club (arrowheadgolfclub.org) in Wheaton, which also offers cross country skiing during the winter months, to the Oak Brook Golf Club (oak-brook.org) with an all-grass driving range and practice putting and chipping greens. DuPage County is also home to a number of parks and recreation areas like the Bensenville Park District (bensenvilleparkdistrict.org) with its Deer Grove Water Park and the Carol Stream Park District (csparks.org) with more than 400 acres of parks, five paved trails and three recreation centers.
Just like Chicago, DuPage County is also full of cultural attractions, activities and events. The area is home to a number of museums that appeal to a wide variety of interests, including the Billy Graham Center Museum (billygrahamcenter.com) at Wheaton College, devoted to the history of Christian evangelism, the Elmherst Art Museum (elmhurstartmuseum.org), with three museum galleries, and the Naper Settlement Historic Museum and Village (napersettlement.org), which chronicles life in the 19th century. Other cultural attractions include the 971-seat Drury Lane Theater (drurylaneoakbrook.com), showing Broadway-caliber shows, the Lynfred Winery (lynfredwinery.com), which offers weekend tours, and the Morton Arboretum (mortonarb.org) with more than 1,700 acres of gardens, trees and flowers.
Shopping and Dining
Visitors to DuPage County simply looking to fill their time with good food and shopping will not be disappointed. Numerous restaurants of all different cuisines call the area home, from chain restaurants such as The Capital Grille (thecapitalgrille.com) and Buca di Beppo's (bucadibeppo.com) to local favorites like Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket (chickenbasket.com), which was featured on the Food Network. Shoppers will enjoy the Oakbrook Center (oakbrookcenter.com), a mall with six major department stores and more than 160 other stores, restaurants and entertainment options and the Lombard Town Centre (lombardtowncentre.org), full of quaint shops and boutiques.
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