If you have an itinerary opening, consider adding any of these half-day excursions to give your visitors a taste of Chicago sites beyond the city. 

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings
Various locations, Oak Park, IL
(10 miles west of downtown)

Oak Park has more examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's work than anywhere in the world. From private residences like three Queen Anne-style "Bootleg Houses" to public-access properties like the unprecedented Unity Temple, your clients can see the evolution of Wright's famed architecture style through one fascinating tour of Frank Lloyd Wright structures in Chicago. Stop by his inspiring home and studio, the low and long Prairie-style Frank W. Thomas House or the medieval Tudor Revival-style Nathan G. Moore House.

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st St., Brookfield, IL
(13 miles west of downtown)

Whether your groups want to marvel at polar bears, get close to bottlenose dolphins, wander through wetlands to see alligators or encounter a kingdom of big cats, there's a ton to explore at the Brookfield Zoo. During summer 2015, don't miss seasonal exhibits like the hands-on experience at Stingray Bay and the exciting Festival of Flight show, featuring exotic birds in a free-flight demonstration. 

Baha'i House of Worship
100 Linden Ave., Wilmette, IL
(15 miles north of downtown)

One of only seven in the world and the only one in North America, this structure on the shores of Lake Michigan is the largest and oldest Baha’i House of Worship in existence. Visitors of all faiths are welcome to the temple to pray, meditate or take in the peaceful gardens and intricate architecture.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, IL
(17 miles north of downtown)

At the poignant Illinois Holocaust Museum your groups can remember the past and honor the memories of those who were lost with exhibitions that feature more than 500 artifacts, virtual reality experiences and contemporary artistic responses to genocide. 

Arlington Park Race Course
2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL
(25 miles northwest of downtown)

And they're off! Send your visitors to the Arlington Park Race Course for an afternoon of live, exhilarating thoroughbred horse racing, fantastic food, winning wagers and great sights from a six-story grandstand. In other words, your groups will have a blast here — bet on it.  

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL
(25 miles north of downtown)

Nine islands, four natural habitats, 24 gardens and 384 acres filled with flowers, scenic waterfalls, native prairies and warm greenhouses — it's all here at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Even better? This picturesque paradise offers tours that are completely customizable to your group's interests and physical abilities. Admission is free for groups (besides motercoach parking). 

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center
601 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg, IL
(25 miles northwest of downtown)
Inside LEGOLAND®, your groups can get lost in all things LEGO. Reach out and touch the stars in 4-D cinema, ride a dragon through the Medieval LEGO Castle, see iconic Chicago landmarks in MINILAND®, learn top LEGO-building secrets and more. The new Pirate Adventure Island exhibit opened June 2015, featuring hidden sea creatures, a crystal cave and more swashbuckling fun.

The Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL
(25 miles west of downtown)
For a foray into nature, book a tour at The Morton Arboretum. There, across 1,700 acres, your visitors can do everything from walking among ancient oaks to exploring a one-acre Maze Garden. 

Ravinia Park
200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park, IL
(25 miles north of downtown)

Give your groups "the sound of summer" at Ravinia Park, Chicagoland's premier outdoor concert-park. Summer home of the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra and host to acts like Maroon 5 and The Judds, Ravinia has stars on the stage and stars in the sky — plus restaurants, a carousel and a sculpture walk.

Route 66 Raceway
3200 S. Chicago St., Joliet, IL
(45 miles southwest of downtown)

Have groups who love cars? They won't want to miss the Route 66 Raceway. This fast-paced stadium has everything from full-throttle drag racing that reaches nearly 300 miles per hour to down-and-dirty demolition derbies.

The Tempel Lipizzans
17000 Wadsworth Rd., Wadsworth, IL
(45 miles north of downtown)
Groups will marvel at the impeccable equestrian performances at stable and performance hall The Tempel Lipizzans, featuring magnificent white Lipizzan steeds as they perform acrobatic feats during a choreographed performance set to classical music. After the performance, visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour through the stables.  


Related Listings

LEGOLAND Discovery Center
601 N. Martingale Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 592-9700

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Dr.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 967-4800

Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society
31st St. and First Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 688-8000

Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway
555 Speedway Blvd.
Joliet, IL 60433
(815) 722-5500

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(312) 994-4000

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Dr.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 967-4800

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-8370

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