- 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.
The Algonquin Lakes Park is a 35-acre park home to a wide range of outdoor activities. Visitors to the park have access to two baseball fields, a tri-basketball court, two different playgrounds, and a network of biking paths.
Great Western Trail follows 17 miles of an abandoned railway corridor. Today, the crushed limestone trail provides access for cyclists, walkers and joggers and in winter allows cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The trail also includes shelters and rest areas.
Located next to Paradise Bay Water Park, Lombard Commons Park features courts and fields for tennis, soccer, basketball and baseball. The park also provides a children's playground, grass fields and shaded areas.
Bartlett Aquatic Center is an outdoor facility that offers recreational activities for all ages. Amenities include an eight lane lap pool, spray playground with water slide and tipping bucket, a tube slide and a water based zip line.
A full-service horse boarding facility, Sunset Hill Farms features 50 acres of pastures and a range of boarding options. Open seven days a week, the facility also offers riding lessons for all levels and an indoor arena.
From milk shakes to soft serve, Shirl's Drive-In & Lighthouse Miniature Golf offers visitors a variety of frozen treats to enjoy. The golf course is landscaped with rocks and plants, and features a lighthouse structure in the center.
The summer house of an elected Chicago mayor, Haines Museum is part of Bowen Park. It is one of the oldest buildings in the community, and it features antique furnishings, artwork, photographs and other memorabilia from the 1800's.
A spacious field, Ben Diamond Park provides for an array of outdoor activities including tennis, basketball and a playground for younger kids to enjoy. There is also a special, designated area for picnics, grilling and large gatherings.