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Located in downtown Park Ridge, the Hodges Park is a favorite recreational spot for the locals. Centrally located, and easily accessible by public transport, this park has allows for a good day spent outdoors with the family. There is also a War Memorial and two fountains here, which make for an aesthetic viewing. Call for more details.
In the heart of the village of Norridge lies the Norridge Park, home of the Norridge Park District. Being the main park of the village, this place is usually crowded with folks looking for some recreational activities. Among the facilities here are tennis courts, softball fields, playgrounds, a swimming pool, and basketball courts. The Norridge Park also plays host to community events, including sports events and concerts.
The Leaning Tower of Niles, located in the city of Niles, is a half sized duplicate of the original Leaning Tower in Pisa that is considered its sister city. Built as part of a recreational park by industrialist Robert Ilg in 1934, the tower primarily serves the purpose of storing water for pools. The slab at the bottom of the building pledges this construction to Galilio Galilei, the renowned Italian scientist.
The Harrer Park and Pool lies in the very center of Morton Grove, and is an ideal place to take the whole family for a full day outing. Equipped with facilities like baseball fields, basketball courts, softball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and a swimming pool, this park has something for everyone. There is also the Morton Grove Historical Museum located inside this park, so if you are not the sporty kind, a trip down the history of this town is recommended. Open from dawn till 10:00p, Harrer Park is bustling with locals as well as visitors, just looking for a break from the hectic town life. See the website for more information.
The settlement in the area that would later be known as, ‘Glenview’, can be credited to farmers, who came to exploit the rich soil and natural resources available here. Originally named South Northfield, the name, ‘Glenview’ was given by the Chicago & Milwaukee Railroad in 1872, and the village residents retained the name when the village was incorporated in 1899. Today, Glenview is more of a modern town, with various shopping centers and malls scattered across its land. A pleasant place to visit, and located just about 30 minutes from Chicago, Glenview is definitely worthy of a place on your itinerary.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Park or just Jefferson Park as it is locally known opened its doors in 1921. Named after the country's third president and the architect of the Declaration of Independence, this park features baseball fields, a soccer field, tennis courts, a playground, an outdoor swimming pool, a spray pool, gymnasium, a brick field-house, youth fitness arcade, club-rooms and an auditorium. The field-house is a hub for cultural activity for all ages. This park also hosts regular crafts and arts programs. There are seasonal chamber concerts held here. It is the home of the popular Jeff Fest, a community event with bands, stalls and local food. Jefferson Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
A park that is bustling with people and events, the Lions Park, or Rainbow Falls as it is also called, is one of the numerous parks that dot the landscape of Elk Grove Village. Open from dawn to dusk, this park is spread over an area of 11.4 acres (4.61 hectares), and comprises a basketball court, a playground, a skating rink, and three baseball fields. Do see the website to know more about upcoming events and other details about this park.
A city located in the DuPage County of Illinois, Wood Dale is a charming community of more than 13,000 residents. Like most American towns and cities, the land that would later become Wood Dale once belonged to a Native American tribe, and was taken over by the State after Illinois received the status of a state in 1818. Today, Wood Dale is a humble city, being home to a vast acreage of open spaces, modest homes, and a vibrant and friendly community. See the website to know more.
Don't miss out on events hosted by the Copernicus Center — a civic and cultural center. With modern sound equipment and several several venues on-site, it's no wonder that Copernicus Center has hosted everything from musical performances to annual fairs to small local events. Concerts are often held in the center's historic Mitchell P Kobelinski Theater, formally known as the Gateway Theater.
The Cernan Earth and Space Center is a public planetarium named after astronaut Eugene Cernan, one of the persons to leave his footprints on the moon. In the 44-foot (13-meter) dome theater, one will find a series of tech-savvy equipment. The Space Center has outstanding laser projections and a three-screen projection system, star projector, slide and special effects projectors, film projector and a sound system that has multiple speakers and channel mixers. The Cernan Center is ideal for school and college children to explore space through various public programs. Call or check out the website for costs and timings.
Henry Proesel Park has something for everyone! With a swimming pool, baseball and softball diamonds, two full basketball courts, a playground area, picnic facilities, three tennis courts, an in-line skating rink, an outdoor ice skating rink and two volleyball courts, choices for recreational activities are endless.
Ned Brown Forest Preserve is a must visit for some family-friendly recreation. It is spread over 3700 acres (1500 hectares) and is one of the best-used natural preserves in the state of Illinois. Located within is the National Natural Landmark, Busse Woods. Named after the former mayor of Chicago, Fred A. Busse, it offers visitors with an array of leisure activities. Discover its flora and fauna, go fishing or elk spotting, enjoy a lakeside picnic or don't miss out on a bicycle ride along the 10.8-mile (17-kilometer) Busse Woods Trail.