A plethora of animals are there for your viewing pleasure at Thorn Creek Nature Center in Park Forest.
If you've worked up an appetite, no worries! This zoo also has a fabulous restaurant.
This zoo is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
A night spent dancing to a DJ at the club burns calories and works up a sweat, so why not put the dance floor on a 5K course? That's exactly what Night Nation Run has done—participants run, walk, or dance their way through a race course illuminated by interactive light shows and pumping with electronic dance music from live DJs. After partying through multiple DJ stages, revelers finish at a raucous main-stage after-party. Headliner DJs soundtrack the event on the main stage while participants celebrate crossing the finish line as a member of the Night Nation.
Chicago Double Racing Festival pits runners against each other in a test of endurance, both physical and mental. The day begins with a 5- or 10K run, with first place finishers earning a bright yellow jersey. Then, runners take a break for an hour, recouping and preparing for the next leg of their journey. Heats meet back at the starting line to compete once again, this time in a 3- or 5K dash. Every participant earns a medal and t-shirt, with top finishers taking home special accolades and cash prizes.
Downers Grove's Lyman Woods Interpretive Center is the great place for a sports fan to spend a Saturday, or any day for that matter.
Feeling hungry? Sit down for a bite to eat at this club 's restaurant.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this club — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
With plants originating from 40 countries in the northern hemisphere, a trip through the 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum is like a trip across America, China, and Europe. More than 222,000 plants are protected and showcased on the grounds—an internationally renowned outdoor tree museum located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois. Throughout the year, scores of nature-focused events, activities, and educational offerings for adults, children, and professionals keep nature enthusiasts engaged and educated. In addition to 16 miles of walking trails and nine miles of roads, guests can also rent bicycles, skis, and snowshoes or grab a bite to eat at the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café. Additionally, guests can also bring children to the award-winning four-acre Children’s Garden, get lost in the one-acre hedge maze, or hike 16 miles of trails through woods and around lakes.
In 1997 PAWS Chicago set out to halt the unnecessary killing of thousands of homeless cats and dogs in the region, establishing a No Kill shelter and organizing public-awareness campaigns. More than 30,000 adoptions later, team members still visit Chicago Animal Care and Control six days a week to take as many pets into their care as they have room for, providing necessary medical attention as well as spaying and neutering services. The Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and GusMobile spay and neuter van serve the pets of low-income families and tackle the problem of animal overpopulation in city neighborhoods, catching, treating, and releasing more than 18,000 cats and dogs every year to prevent the unchecked growth of local animal colonies. Through the Adoption and Humane Center in Lincoln Park, PAWS also adopts out animals that enter its shelters. The center maintains a cage-free facility to ensure pets live in comfort and dignity until they can be matched with an adoptive family.