- 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.
Established in 1904, the Ravinia Park is now the place where the Ravinia Festival is held during summer, in which around 135 events are held each year. The park covers 36 acres and has on its site picnic areas and a pavilion. Around 600,000 visitors are welcomed each summer.
A community rec center operated by the city of Birchwood, the Birchwood Recreation Center features basketball courts, a lighted outdoor tennis court, softball and football fields, and a hiking trail loop.
Spendthrift Charters provides private fishing charters on Lake Michigan. Visitors can embark on fishing trips captained by licensed members of the Coast Guard ranging from 5 to 8 hours, and can fish for perch, salmon and trout.
Locals and visitors can get out to enjoy some fresh air at Einstein Park. The park features a playground, basketball court, baseball diamond, and shelter for rent for reunions, birthday parties, and other events..
The Landmark Renaissance Cinema screens foreign and independent films on its big theater screens. The cinema has an onsite snack bar offering organic and fair trade snacks along with beer, wine, and sodas.
The Roosevelt Outdoor Pool is a public pool open to local residents during the warmer months of the year. A large play pool with zero-depth entry, deep water drop slides, and a 5-lane activity pool are among the facilities available.
A 40-lane bowling center, Brunswick Zone - Hawthorn offers open and league bowling with glow lanes and a pro shop. The center provides private event rooms, a billiard table, a lounge, arcade games and a snack bar.