- The list below includes 76 free or cheap things to do in or near Dekalb, Illinois, including 104 different types of inexpensive activities like Bowling, Movie Theaters, Other Entertainment and History Museums.
- From Dekalb Park District to Northern Illinois University Athletics, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Dekalb and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and Elgin.
Having undergone massive renovations in 2002, Berens Park Playground has a wide range of fun family activities. The park features a toy racecar and airplane, sandbox, elevated platforms, permanent chess/checkerboard, and stationary musical instruments like drums.
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53 S Evergreen Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 MoreLess Info
Star Cinema Grill combines screenings of first-run Hollywood movies with the experience of eating at a full-service restaurant with a full bar. The facility also hosts frequent parties and special events.
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260 N Evergreen Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 MoreLess Info
Thrown Elements Pottery is an art gallery and hands-on center that offers visitors the chance to make their own pottery. The gallery hosts events for kids as well as adults, and offers periodic ladies' nights.
493 Oaklawn Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126 MoreLess Info
There's something for everyone at The HUB at Berens Park, including four batting cages, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a water play area and playground equipment. Also available are five lighted ball diamonds and two football/soccer fields.
The Enchanted Forrest is a 36,000 square foot playhouse, where children can glide on inflatable slides, try a laser tag game, mini golf or any of the many video games. In here, the entire family can have a good time at the local pizza store.
Elmhurst Park District features numerous parks with walking trails, ice skating, garden plots and sledding hills. The Park District provides facility rentals and also offers a wide range of recreational activities including baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.
The downtown Recreation Park is the oldest community park in the city. Through new developments, it has expanded to feature a baseball diamond, an indoor gymnasium with a wooden floor, and an Olympic sized pool.
Pinstripes is an Oak Brook bistro that features bocce and bowling. Gluten-free cuisine, flatbreads and housemade pastas are among the featured entrees. The facility hosts school field trips that teach children about the games of bowling and bocce too.
Built during the Gilded Age (1870 to 1900), the Mayslake Peabody Mansion is an estate that is located in the Mayslake Forest Preserve in Oak Brook, Illinois. The large residence was the former home of coal baron, Francis Stuyvesant Peabody.