Things To Do In Elgin


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Home to a frog-tongue slide and bordered by a pair of serpentine water slides, Lords Park Aquatic Center’s 14,142-square-foot recreation pool mixes water with whimsy to the delight of guests of all ages. In addition to the child-friendly fare, the Elgin Parks and Recreation facility invites older splashers to use the cordoned-off lap-swimming area, where they can practice their freestyle strokes and flip turns. Outside the zero-depth pool borders lie a sand volleyball court, a concession area, and plenty of chairs for poolside relaxation.
325 Hiawatha Drive
Elgin,
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Evil Intentions Haunted House evokes the details of its site’s checkered past to conjure the stuff of nightmares. The area the haunted house now occupies has been plagued with creepy occurrences for more than a century. Since the 1890s the expanse has been used as the premises of a coffin company, a stomping ground for escapees from a nearby mental institution, and a gathering place for the occult’s summer softball league. Starting in 2005, the Evil Intentions Haunted House team slowly transformed this troubled spot into a haunted house that comes alive with shrieks once night falls. Visitors can leave their cars in the free parking lot and gather in the indoor waiting area before exploring more than 20,000 square feet of tortuous halls filled with dark decor and costumed frights. Demonic clowns, faceless butchers, and cleaver-wielding lunatics creep around corners and leap out of hidden alcoves, scaring both passing patrons and the actual ghosts who occupy the building.
900 South Grace Street
Lombard,
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Whose Line Is It Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood tickle ribs in an evening of improvised comedy. Starting with suggestions form the audience, Mochrie and Sherwood fashion witty sketches that free guffaws from bellies and remind sad clowns what they've given up for their craft. Interactivity spices up the evening, with the comedic pair calling audience members to the stage to assist in chuckle-making scenes. The Hemmens Cultural Center ensconces guests in main-floor seats guaranteed to be within 100 feet of the stage, affording straight sightlines to onstage action and comfortable distance from the occasional gargoyle infestations of the balcony.
150 Dexter Ct
Elgin,
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For over 40 years, Kim’s Black Belt Academy has been coaching and training thousands of students to improve their self-esteem, health, character, physical fitness, life skills and self defense skills through its martial arts program.
5 S Spring St
Elgin,
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The Elgin History Museum seeks to preserve and share the history of the city of Elgin. Boasting Greek Revival-style architecture, the first floor exhibits show how Elgin developed form the 1830's to through the 1970's. Its museum focuses on the town's industry, its architecture, and, most importantly, its citizens. The second floor's thematic exhibits cover the world-renowned Elgin National Watch Factory, which employed generations of residents, and the Hiawatha Pageant, which was put on for 50 years to help preserve local Native American dances. Size: five permanent exhibits, plus a handful of temporary exhibits The Building: called Old Main, it was built in 1856 for the Elgin Academy prep school and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places Eye Catcher: Check out a replica of Elgin's first cabin, built by the Gifford family, who are credited as the city's founders Permanent Mainstay: Elgin Road Races, which chronicles the competitions held in town beginning over 100 years ago in the early days of auto racing Don't Miss: Explore Elgin Architecture illuminates the city's many design styles, from settlers' cobblestone homes to Victorian architecture to bungalows Hands-On Exhibit: Watch Your Pocket allows kids to build a pocket-watch prototype as if they were working on the assembly line at the watch factory Pro Tip: through the Adventure Pass program, Illinois residents can use their library card for free admission to this museum and 16 others
360 Park St
Elgin,
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Tires burn in the street. Bags of trash sprawl on the sidewalks. Boards cover windows and biohazard signs are plastered everywhere you look. Something has gone seriously wrong. A nightmare has taken over Chicago Street, where a zombie virus has broken out and the undead wait around every turn. Luckily, the military has set up some safe zones, where the remaining humans?ever resilient?have started to party. That's the very realistic-looking stage set by Nightmare on Chicago Street. In addition to up-close zombie encounters and an apolcalyptic landscape, the annual celebration of all things terrifying surrounds attendees with food, drinks, live graffiti artists, and two performance stages. It's there that DJs spin tunes and bands perform live through the evening. Horror icon Svengoolie has also been known to make an appearance, causing the zombies to grumble in giddy anticipation.
150 Dexter Court
Elgin,
IL
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