- The list below includes 637 free or cheap things to do in or near Wheeling, Illinois, including 108 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Arcades, Bowling and Restaurants.
- From Cole Taylor Friendship Park to Dam 1 Forest Preserve, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Wheeling and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Chicago, Skokie, Oak Park and Evanston.
Dam 1 Forest Preserve is a park with many outdoor shelters, picnic tables and wooded trails. Patrons can view wildlife such as deer, geese, swans and other animals or use this location for a family cookout or other event.
Located on 97 acres, Heritage Park features baseball, softball and soccer fields, tennis courts and an ice skating rink in the winter. The park has a playground, picnic facilities and a path suitable for walking and biking.
Party Fantasy Raceway is a family fun attraction centered around two go kart tracks - one for younger children, another built for older kids and adults. The center also has bounce pits, rock climbing walls, and an arcade among other attractions.
Among the attractions offered by the Wheeling Aquatic Center is Willie the Whale, a toddler-sized water slide. The center also offers a variety of pools, slides, and activities, as well as a sand play area and a cafe.
A bowling alley with scoring kept on paper, Jeffery Lanes features eight lanes of bowling and serves host to private events and tournaments. The center offers a fully stocked bar, karaoke nights twice a week and a jukebox for music.
The Chicago Jewelry School offers a wide variety of courses and programs in jewelry making, aimed at everything from girls' nights out and post-retirement activities to professional training. The school also offers a boutique with student-made wares.
Fairy Castle is a live entertainment venue and performance company that specializes in character entertainment for kids' events. The group offers birthday parties, princess parties, and costumed entertainment for all sorts of special events.