- 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 GoodWorks Gallery in Glen Elleyn carries what the artist refers to as functional art. With works by over 100 artists, the most popular pieces you will find include serving dishes, handbags, apparel and picture frames.
Four Seasons Park offers a wide range of recreational activities including baseball, softball, basketball and sand volleyball courts. There is also a large pond for fishing as well as playgrounds, picnic areas and walking paths.
Enchanted Castle is an amusement park with a variety of activities like laser tag, go-karts, bumper cars, mini-golf and bowling and many other attractions. There is also an arcade and refreshments including alcohol for adults.
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Along Madison St. between Harlem Ave. & DesPlaines Avenue, Forest Park, IL 60130 MoreLess Info
Following along most of Madison Street, the Forest Park Holiday Walk allows participants to enjoy holiday displays and items. The creativity of local merchants are showcased through live window displays with plenty of holiday music being played along the event's pathway.
Oak Park conservatory is nature at its best and in good hands. It is serene, exotic and awe inspiring. It's a community-oriented destination and the buildings are designed for plants and flowers that require different conditions to grow.
Spring Avenue Dog Park is a fully enclosed off-leash park that includes a large open play area, disposal bags and receptacles, and picnic tables. A permit is required for each dog, which requires a yearly membership fee.
Humboldt Park features a variety of gardens and walking paths for guests who are interested in a nature-heavy setting. Visitors of the site can also take advantage of a small pond that is deep enough for swimming.
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.