Top 10 Things to do in West Chicago, United States

December 13, 2017 Joeann Galban

West Chicago is a city in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 27,086 at the 2010 census. It was formerly named Junction and later Turner, after its founder, John B. Turner, president of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad (G&CU) in 1855. The city was initially established around the first junction of railroad lines in Illinois, and today is still served by the Union Pacific West Metra service via West Chicago station.
Restaurants in West Chicago

1. First Division Museum at Cantigny

1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60187-6097 +1 630-668-5185
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5 based on 198 reviews

First Division Museum at Cantigny

Museum with interactive exhibits on the trenches of WWI, the beaches of WWII and the rice paddies of Vietnam.

Reviewed By william f

This museum is located on the grounds of Cantigny Park the summer home of Robert McCormick who served with the First Division in WW I.
Outside the museum are several tanks from WW I to present.
A self guided tour takes you from the trenches of WW I to the rice paddies of Vietnam.
We spent too much time and were not able to visit the second half of the museum showing the present and future of the first division.

2. Kline Creek Farm

1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago, IL 60185 +1 630-933-7200
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Kline Creek Farm

Reviewed By Michelle N - Oak Lawn, Illinois

We went to Kline Creek Farm for their Country Fair day over the Labor Day holiday. We had a great time touring the grounds and participating in the "Fair" activities. This is a beautiful place to take family pictures too. Wonderful to support a historical gem and show your children a by gone era.

3. Northwestern Medicine Field

34W002 Cherry Ln, Geneva, IL 60134-4104 +1 630-232-8811
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Northwestern Medicine Field

Reviewed By wlamb123 - Chicago, IL

The Kane County Cougars have been around for years. Expect some Midwestern summer foods, a lot of families with children and between inning entertainment. The split-the-pot raffle is definitely a chance worth taking - I won $366 in August of 2016. Go on a fireworks night.

4. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

4N739 State Highway 59, Bartlett, IL 60103 +1 630-213-2277
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

I've never been to the Taj Mahal in India. I have been to the B'ai Temple in Wilmette. But I've never seen anything like BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir off Highway 59 in northwest suburban Bartlett. Opened in 1953, it is a traditional Hindu place of worship built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. It is a religious sect headed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The magnificent complex is built of hand carved Italian marble and Turkish limestone. The Mandir is the largest of its kind in Illinois and was constructed according to guidelines outlined in ancient Hindu texts of temple architecture. The complex covers over 27 acres and, in addition to the Mandir, includes a Haveli and a small bookstore. The Haveli is a cultural center in which weekly congregations are held. The Mandir is open daily for worship and to visitors. Extraordinary steps were taken to construct the Mandir. The limestone and marble stones were quarried in Turkey and Italy and shipped to India, where they were hewn and carved by 2,000 craftsmen. In total, 70,000 cubic feet of stone was chiseled and shaped with intricate patterns and designs. Once the stones were sculpted, they were shipped to Chicago and fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle. The Mandir occupies 22,000 square feet and is 78 feet high, 112 feet wide and 215 feet long. It is topped by 16 domes and has 151 pillars, 117 arches, five pinnacles and four balconies and took over 16 months to complete. It is a beautiful, peaceful place, regardless of your religious and cultural background, well worth visiting.

5. Arcada Theatre

105 E Main St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-1927 +1 630-962-7000
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Arcada Theatre

Reviewed By WinfieldRDH - Winfield, Illinois

This is our new favorite venue. Honestly the back row is as close as the priciest seats in bigger venues. It's intimate and the sound is really great too. It's an old theater with the accompanying charm AND small seats :-)

6. St. James Farm Forest Preserve

2S541 Winfield Rd, Warrenville, IL 60555-2316 +1 630-933-7683
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

St. James Farm Forest Preserve

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Large, historically-restored stables with no horses, entrances all roped-off from visitors. A large expensive brick parking lot (empty), groomed 1.6 miles white gravel trail (only a single pair of bicyclists). A home on site for security staff. A few mighty fancy sculptures. Not a soul on site to answer questions. No visitors to speak of. Unclear on the purpose of this property.

7. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia, IL
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

A visit to Fermilab includes a tour of several physics labs, highlighted by the world's highest energy particle accelerator.

Reviewed By Troy G - Geneva, Illinois, United States

great lectures, great place to visit with the kids and see the buffalo. it's historic and you learn soooo much. definitely a must do.

8. Riverwalk

West Branch of DuPage River, Naperville, IL +1 630-420-6010
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4.5 based on 682 reviews

Riverwalk

Reviewed By EnjoytheSilence44 - Wheaton, Illinois

I love the Riverwalk! It's prefect for a cool summer evening stroll... and we always see wildlife up close- raccoons,opossums, turtles. I love the murals near the Water Street Development and the 9/11 tribute area. It's a great place to grab a drink and a bite to eat too.

9. Morton Arboretum

4100 Lincoln Ave, Lisle, IL 60532-1293 +1 630-968-0074
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4.5 based on 774 reviews

Morton Arboretum

Only 25 miles west of Chicago, there's something for everyone in all four seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Whether you seek a quiet hike in the woods or an active family day out, The Morton Arboretum offers a wide variety of fun activities, events, tours, and classes for all ages and interests. Here you'll find an oasis of 16 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of paved roads, perfect for hiking, running, biking or just exploring. From a guided tour on an open-air tram to the award-winning Children's Garden and Maze Garden, to seasonal exhibits and lunch in The Ginkgo Restaurant overlooking Meadow Lake, the Arboretum is a unique place to explore, discover, escape, and connect with trees and nature.

Reviewed By Todd C - Crystal Lake, Illinois

We've been here during the summer and now the winter (for the Winter Illumination). Both times we've loved it. I was taken back by the cost to walk through a small part of the arboretum during the winter but after doing it, it was well worth the cost. The lights are beautiful. We went as a group and the adults and kids enjoyed it (even though it was close to 0 degrees). There are warming stations and fire pits along the way so you can warm up with a drink (adult drinks too) or by the fire.

10. Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189-3353 +1 630-668-5161
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5 based on 487 reviews

Cantigny Park

Welcome to Cantigny!Discover a world of beauty, learning and fun just around the corner! Cantigny was Colonel Robert R. McCormick’s gift to the community and all 500 acres are yours to enjoy. Plan your visit today!

Reviewed By cwillini - New Lenox, Illinois

My wife and I decided to visit this place because it had some gardens to see and we hadn't been there in awhile. Also it was somewhere to go on a sunny day. The only problem was there was a lot of construction going on at the place, but it was still worth visiting. They have this 1st Division Museum on the property that was just recently opened and it was an interesting place to see. If you go there, you need to see the museum. We saw some humming birds and some beautiful gardens.

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