- The list below includes 521 free or cheap things to do in or near Highland Park, Illinois, including 109 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Recreation Centers, History Museums and Mini Golf.
- From Ravinia Park to Sunset Woods Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Highland Park and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Chicago, Skokie, Oak Park and Evanston.
Gary Aquatorium is also known as Chanute Aquatorium. It is a flight museum honoring octave chanute and tuskegee airmen. The view of Lake Michigan is stunning here. The private garden on two levels is ideal for organizing events.
The Gardner Center For the Arts provides presentation of visual and performing arts and hosts a variety community events. It is operated by the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, a non-profit community development organization.
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Featuring 44 lanes, Joliet Town & Country Bowling provides open and league bowling as well as a venue for private parties and events. The center offers a sports bar and grill with lane-side service and casino-style video gaming.
Visitors can view a collection of original art, photography, and fine American crafts at Lake Street Gallery. The gallery specializes in local art inspired by the Indiana Dunes and the shores of Lake Michigan, and also offers custom framing.
Yorkville Rec Center is a full-service fitness and recreation facility that houses an indoor track, lap pool, open gym, and cardio and resistance equipment. In addition to fitness classes, REC Center offers recreational leagues such as basketball, baseball and soccer.
An indoor family fun center, Jak's Warehouse offers a variety of amusements. It has Laser Tag, a laser maze, a ball pit, a sky trail, and bumper cars, and most attractions are scaled for younger and older kids.
With 16 state-of-the-art Marcus Digital Xperience auditoriums, the South Shore Cinema is a movie theater that also serves food. A few of the auditoriums in the theater offer Digital 3D movies and also are equipped with stadium seating.
Pilcher Park Nature Center is over 640 acres of land that includes playgrounds, picnic grounds, hiking trails, bicycle trails and cross country ski trails. Visitors can also attend classes to learn about things like wildflowers, horticulture and birding.