Visit Elgin, Illinois

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Activities & Attractions

Realizing that life is a journey, we provide a forum for self-expression, exploration, and insight through the natural art process.

For scheduling of parties, groups and events please email us at Artisticology@gmail.com.

The purpose of Arts in Bartlett is to improve the community by providing access to the arts. This 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, founded in 2002, brings diverse events to the Bartlett area, so that the multitude of cultural arts can be experienced and enjoyed by all. Through its activities, Arts in Bartlett wants to make the full variety of media and multicultural experiences accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, whether they want to create, actively participate, experiment,or simply appreciate the arts

Winter Skiing at Villa Olivia or Golfing in the Spring, Banquet Facilities, Bartlett Aquatic Center.

Welcome to Bowlero, the bowling/dining/nightlife lovechild that’s stirrin’ up fun for everyone in the US of A.

From award-winning golf course to open parks, City of Elgin Parks & Recreation has something for everyone.

Elgin Bike Hub is a community oriented project to support and grow bike riding for transportation and recreation in Elgin, through bike rides and bike education. Elgin Bike Hub is a project to support the bike riders and bike culture of Elgin, IL. Bikes can change the world and Elgin can be a part of that change. Explore Elgin’s beautiful neighborhoods while pedaling with Elgin Bike Hub.

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Celebrating 50 years in the bowling business. League and open bowling, billards, bar with video gaming, game room and snack bar. Group and fundraiser rates available. Birthday party packages.

Welcome to the Fox River Trolley Museum! Here, you will enjoy a nostalgic trip back to an era when the electric trolley car was a vital part of American life. Experience the sights and sounds of this unique part of American history aboard a genuine old-time trolley car which takes you on a four mile round trip along the banks of the scenic Fox River. The museum operates a variety of antique trolleys; many from lines long vanished, over trolley tracks that once connected Carpentersville, Elgin, South Elgin, Saint Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, and Yorkville. Our Museum theme is Education Through Demonstration. You get to learn the history of trolleys by riding a trolley. Plus, this year the Museum has some exciting Special Events in store for our visitors. May sees Mothers Day with all Moms getting free rides and a free carnation. June sees Rails to Victory and Trolley Tours of Occupied France, Fathers Day where all Dads ride Free. July has Red White and Blue Value Day on Independence Day. August has South Elgin River Fest. October has Pumpkin Trolley, and Ghost Story Trolley. December is the famous Polar Express. Your visit to the Fox River Trolley Museum can be educational and fun for the entire family.

The Fox River Trolley Museum offers a great educational experience for visitors to learn about the old-time trolley car and also experience it. They also have special events throughout the summer and fall season to create great, fun atmospheres for the whole family to enjoy.

Goat Yoga at Reverse the Curse Farm allows you the opportunity to be one with nature, one with goats, and one with your soul. We are a unique farm in that we sit on the edge of a beautiful wetland full of a variety of birds and other wildlife that provide a beautiful chorus of sounds from sunrise to sunset.  Only five minutes from the farm are great places to eat, grab coffee, and enjoy micro-brew beer. Located less than an hour outside of Chicago, we are an easy drive from I-90 (exit on Randall Rd. or Route 47) or Route 20.

Goebbert’s is a family owned pumpkin patch and farm market, celebrating its 67th year in 2015. We are located in Hampshire, Illinois. We treat our employees as family and love our customers. If you have not been to our farm, we would love for you to give us a try.

In 1985, we purchased this 200 acre farm in Hampshire, Illinois. This location has a shorter season where we are open to the general public, but we are plenty busy throughout the entire year. Throughout our off-season, we are keeping up on maintenance work around the farm for our equipment and various buildings on the farm. Also, we are devoting quite a bit of time towards new ideas to make our farm & fall festival a better experience for you and your family. In the middle of February, we begin the spring planting of our annuals that will be sold in the greenhouses at Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center. Our greenhouses will be filled to capacity with grab & go planters, hanging baskets, 4″ pots, herbs and more just waiting to be moved over to South Barrington so we can keep on growing! From April 15th to July 20th, we begin planting our vegetable crops & pumpkin plants – the sweet corn and tomatoes are put into the ground and harvested when ready. By July 20th, our roadside vegetable stand is open where you can purchase a variety of our homegrown produce.

Since 2004, Haunted Hometowns have been the first and best ghost tours in Chicago’s far west suburbs-the only known ghost tours where YOU are the ghost hunter, providing our guests genuine EMF Ghost Meters to use free of charge during all our lantern-lit tours. Our ELGIN: CEMETERY VAN TOUR of haunted history takes you exploring inside four haunted sites . . . in the dead of night! Bring flashlights, cameras and nerves of steel! Or search for evidence of life after death on our ELGIN: GHOST HUNT EXPERIENCE. Use authentic ghost hunter equipment in a haunted cemetery at night with an experienced paranormal investigator…just like on your favorite ghost hunter shows!

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to enjoy rich fall colors, snow-frosted trees, spring wildflowers, summer amphibians, and an ever changing host of birds near the pond, in the woods, or even from the comfort of the nature center. The 67-acre natural area that flanks both sides of Brookside Drive has a wheelchair accessible trail that leads to the pond and sedge meadow as well as wide, wood-chipped trails to access other areas. Please bring your family and friends. We have games and activities for children and families to enjoy together. The pond is a great place to teach your children to fish, or to just appreciate the natural beauty.

The Hemmens Cultural Center offers Chicagoland a 1,200 seat acoustical gem that Harry Belafonte described as a “jewel”. With seats no further than 87 feet from the stage and ample leg room, The Hemmens is the ideal venue to enjoy entertainment ranging from local favorites such as The Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Children’s Theatre of Elgin to performing legends such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Bob Newhart and BB King. The Hemmens Cultural Center not only boasts a beautiful proscenium theatre, it also has an 11,340 square foot Exhibition Hall, fully equipped banquet kitchen and art gallery. With convenient, ample parking, and easy access from major routes, The Hemmens Cultural Center is ideal for trade shows, performances, conventions and meetings.

Join us for unforgettable day-trips to breweries, vineyards, shopping, and much more!

HoverPark provides fall-proof training, timed race tracks, ramps, and various hoverboard obstacle courses. 15,000 square feet of awesome for all ages!

Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions. Judson offers degrees in more than 50 different majors/minors for traditional, graduate, and adult students. Judson University ranks consistently among the Top-Tier of Regional Colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. With an academically challenging environment and encouraging spiritual community, Judson shapes lives that will shape the world. During our academic year, Judson provides chapel for our community at 10 a.m. in Herrick Chapel Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These events are free and open to the public. Each year Judson hosts concerts, recitals, plays, lectures and art galleries from renowned artists and architects on campus for our students. These events are typically open to the public and admission fees and registration may be required. Judson also is home to the World Leaders Forum, an annual event that brings global world leads in the spring. During the school year, Judson offers music lessons to younger students through the Fox Valley Community Music School. During the summer, special sports camps and a music camp are available for area youth.

Located on Elgin’s east side, at the south end of Lords Park, the zoo has had a long history and has undergone many changes. Currently, the fenced in outdoor area includes: Buffalo, Elk, and White Tail Deer, which can be seen all year long. During the summer the farm zoo will open to provide visitors with the opportunity to view farm animals rented from local farms. This is not a petting zoo.
Farm Zoo Hours:             June 4 – August 12: 11 am – 3 pm

The farm zoo is located at the north end of the zoo. Animals will include pigs, cows, goats, sheep, llama & a miniature donkey.

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Designed in 1950 by renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Muirhead Farmhouse is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime. Initially built for Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead, the 3,200 sq. ft. Farmhouse is an excellent example of Wright’s Usonian architecture using Chicago common brick, concrete flooring with radiant heat and large window walls.

Naper Settlement is an outdoor museum with historic buildings including a Victorian mansion, log cabin, blacksmith shop, law office, post office and one-room schoolhouse. A regional attraction, Naper Settlement is a gathering place to over 125,000 annual visitors who enjoy hands-on programming and special events within a magnificent 12-acre campus. The new Harvard Early Learning Playscape for children ages 2-7 includes Naperville’s only splash pad.

Downtown Elgin’s exclusive boxing gym provides training in Olympic style boxing, as well as Insanity, Yoga, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Strength & Conditioning and Personal Training. With programs designed for men, women and children of all fitness levels, everyone will experience an unmatched workout while perfecting their fighting skills.

Situated at the top of a hill, Randall Oaks Zoo offers a variety of kid-friendly farm animals for viewing, petting and feeding. A stroll through the barn gives visitors an opportunity to meet alpacas, goats and a few of our other animal friends. Some highlights of the zoo include: cows, mini horses, a Clydesdale, sheep, goats, emus, alpacas, reptiles, deer, rabbits, chickens, pigs, fox and birds, including Red-tailed hawks, peacocks and Great Horned Owls just to name a few. Come and meet all our four-legged, furry and feathered friends! Pony rides are available for $4.50 per person/per ride.

In addition to the Zoo, Randall Oaks Park has 141 acres of open space with three shelters, eight picnic areas, two volleyball courts, three playgrounds and 10-hole disc golf course plus Centerville Schoolhouse Education Tour (reservations only) and hayrides (groups only).

Santa’s Village Azoosment Park is Chicagoland’s place for families to have fun! Located in west suburban Chicago we feature lots of rides for kids and families, petting zoo loaded with animals, and edutainment where we feature shows about the animals and other entertaining things! Santa’s Village Azoosment Park is open May thru December.

Canoe & Kayak Rentals on the Fox River.
Our unguided 6.5 mile trip begins below the dam in South Elgin and ends at Ferson Creek Park in St. Charles (1 mile north of
route 64 on route 31). A great trip for families, friends and groups up to 20! Rental includes a canoe, paddles, life preserves and shuttle (when available).

Learn about key safety measures you should take to enjoy a safe experience on the water when you rent a canoe or kayak. In just 15 minutes of viewing time, you’ll be equipped with basic information regarding preparations, safety guidelines, rules of water, navigation, and more!

We also offer our “Create your own adventure” option. With this option you may rent canoes or kayaks to take on your own adventure.

Located in the Center City area along the banks of Elgin’s award-winning Riverwalk, The Hemmens Cultural Center is the cornerstone of Elgin’s growing arts community. This intimate 1,200-seat theatre is a favorite venue for seeing stars up close. Since 1969, audiences have been treated to such names as B. B. King, Bob Newhart, Phil Vassar, Garrison Keillor, Bill Cosby, The Ides of March, Blue Oyster Cult and many more. Attending a performance at The Hemmens is an experience not to be missed; clear sightlines and wide aisles provide an unparalleled concert and theatre-going experience where patrons get the sense of sitting in a luxury suite. Even the balcony’s level of comfort and proximity to the stage rivals that of many other venues’ ‘club level seating’.

Providing an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for amateur baseball while promoting healthy competition, positive sportsmanship and community enhancement.

The Elgin School District U-46 Planetarium began life as the Elgin National Watch Company Observatory. It was in 1959 that the Elgin National Watch Company donated its observatory to the Elgin U-46 School District.

The school district added a planetarium to the facility in 1963, making it the first school system in the state of Illinois to have its own planetarium. Since its opening in 1963, more than 700,000 school children have attended planetarium programs at the facility.

Public Sky Shows:
May 3, 2019

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