- 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.
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2231 W Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL 60435 MoreLess Info
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.
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.
A horror-themed amusement attraction, Reapers Realm features three different areas: The Reaper's Woods, The Reaper's Mansion, and The Carnevil. The attraction also features a dark zone that visitors must navigate with flashlights.
Hammond's Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is administered by Lake County Parks. It offers extensive hiking trails and opportunities for wildlife viewing, as well as an environmental awareness center that hosts educational programs.
A small art gallery in the same building as the Dekalb Chamber of Commerce, the Nehring Cultural & Tourism Center features a variety of exhibits. Some exhibits center on art, while others center on natural or cultural history.
The Wind Point Lighthouse was originally designed by Orlando Metcalfe Poe and was first used in 1880. Today, visitors can climb the 11 stories to the top, view the Fog Horn building that has been turned into a museum and gift store, and view the Fuel House.