- 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.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens and Lake Etta, Lake Etta Co Park is a popular spot for relaxing and recreation in Gary. The park features an expansive playground, large shady trees for picnics and an event space and adjoining pergola for weddings and private events.
The Belvidere Park District is a center for activities, recreation, and community events. It hosts events ranging from runs, dances, and triathlons to theatrical and musical presentations, and maintains athletic and playground facilities.
An indoor family fun center, Jak's Warehouse offers a variety of amusements. It has Laser Tag, a laser maze, a ball pit, a sky trail, and bumper cars, and most attractions are scaled for younger and older kids.
A venue to several outdoor concerts and music festivals, the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, Wisconsin allows music to be enjoyed to the backdrop of nature. Tailgating and grilling is allowed before shows, which can be enjoyed from general lawn seating.
Wheeler's Bowling Center LLC has been a community, recreational hangout since 1969. The family-run business offers traditional and league bowling, ten pins, cosmic bowling and a sports bar to entertain guests.
Sky Zone Schererville is an indoor trampoline park. Visitors can jump around in the trampoline room, play on a SkySlam court, and jump into a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. Sky Zone also offers 'SkyRobics' fitness classes.