Like a Local
Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
Located in Lisle (20-minutes south of Eaglewood Resort & Spa), this gorgeous 1,700-acre park is an outdoor oasis of woodlands, wetlands, prairies, lakes, and meadows. Opt to see it all on foot by way of the 16 miles of trails that crisscross through the park or via the Acorn Express, the property’s tram offering a guided one-hour tour.
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture Tour
Not many people know that Frank Lloyd Wright lived just outside of Chicago while he was beginning his career. In fact, today, the Windy City is home to more examples of Wright’s designs than any other location in the world. These various tour options take visitors around Wright’s native city, to places such as his home and studio from 1889 to 1909, The Robie House, and Pedal Oak Park.
Bigby’s Pour House
Tucked behind a deli in Addison, this neighborhood bar may be small, but it’s home to big selection – offering roughly three times more beer than your typical bar. In addition to a wide variety of cans and bottles, a chalkboard outlines what’s currently on the rotating 20 taps and often features hard-to-find brews across the American craft beer scene. Games, cozy couches, and a fish tank add to the eclectic vibe.
Located in what looks like a modern barn in the Schaumburg Town Center Plaza (another northwest suburb) is Illinois’s only Native American–owned and operated arts institution. Inside, multiple gallery areas and a semi-lofted second level give way to white walls adorned in stunning contemporary Native American art, from paintings and sketches to black-and-white photography and framed beadwork.