- Our list of the best things to do in Des Plaines, Illinois, features the top 844 nearby activities — including 339 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Des Plaines, IL has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Amusement, Entertainment & Shows, and Sports & Fitness.
- The results below include the top 21 things to do within the city of Des Plaines, IL , followed by 823 popular activities in nearby cities, including Chicago, Oak Park, Evanston, Skokie, Glenview, West Chicago, Lombard, Wheaton, Schaumburg, Highland Park, Waukegan, Niles, Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, Downers Grove, Arlington Heights, Glen Ellyn, Geneva, Naperville, Elk Grove Village, Wilmette, Elmhurst, Palatine, St. Charles, Mundelein, Northbrook, Libertyville, Hoffman Estates, Grayslake, Elgin, Park Ridge, Mount Prospect, Woodridge, Bloomingdale, Wheeling, Barrington, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Addison, Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Lawn, Oak Brook, Vernon Hills, Algonquin, Lincolnshire, Lisle, Carpentersville, Forest Park, Rosemont, Streamwood, Bolingbrook, Kankakee, Batavia, Great Lakes and Crystal Lake
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Shingaris School Of Rhythm Chicago 216 Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines, IL MoreLess Info
From the merchant: Adult classes include a 30 minute Bollywood work out and 30 minute Bollywood dance class.
100% 3 votes
1476 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016 MoreLess Info
Having recently reopened its doors as a rental venue, The Des Plaines Theatre presents local entertainment to the community. The theatre allows local talent groups and performance troupes to perform original and traditional plays, musicals and concert events.
83% 6 votes
Central Rd & E River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016 MoreLess Info
Administered by the city, the Beck Lake Dog Friendly Area is an off-leash dog park that features separate areas for small and large dogs. The park also feature a pond.
100% 8 votes
395 W Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016 MoreLess Info
Friendship Park Conservatory is a conservatory featuring well maintained gardens and an indoor atrium. The conservatory is available for events such as weddings, showers, and parties, and is venue to a master gardener program.
65% 51 votes
400 N. Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016 MoreLess Info
The original McDonalds hosts a special adjoining McDonald's museum which talks about the company's history and their various experiments. Food and beverage have the trademark M and it feels very special to have it here.
80% 10 votes
2200 Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018 MoreLess Info
With running trails snuggly wrapping around a picturesque lake, Lake Park is a favorite leisure spot for Des Plaines locals. The park also features an extensive grassy area with shady trees and picnic areas.
89% 9 votes
700 Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016 MoreLess Info
The place is all about speed. There is a racing track and races take places for more than 30 minutes at a time. It's a blast to be here on a holiday. There is also an ice-cream parlor.
79% 14 votes
510 E Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016 MoreLess Info
Designed after an old mining town theme, Mountain View Mine Miniature Golf is a local 18-hole miniature golf course open to the public. The course is filled with obstacles and is lined with scenic waterfalls, creeks, and bridges.
44% 637 votes
3000 South River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018 MoreLess Info
There are more than 1,000 slot games at the Rivers Casino, as well as almost 50 table games. There are also 7 restaurants in here, which could satisfy almost every taste.
100% 2 votes
1000 NE River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016 MoreLess Info
A 38 acre forest preserve located between Des Plaines and Glenview, the Beck Lake Forest Preserve is a popular fishing spot for bass, northern pike, carp, catfish, bluegill, and a variety of other fish.
100% 2 votes
9831 N Milwke Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60016 MoreLess Info
Run by the University of Illinois Chicago, James Woodworth Prairie Preserve has exhibits that show Native American artifacts, fossils, and educational displays. Visitors can explore the prairie to see wildflowers, kill deer, and cicada.