9 Best Things To Do In Glen Ellyn, Illinois

things to do in glen ellyn illinois
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Located in DuPage County, the town of Glen Ellyn lies 25 miles (40 km) west of Chicago and is an excellent stop for beautiful natural views, casual, leisure activities, and plenty of outdoor fun. Escape the hustle and bustle of the big metropolis, and enjoy a laid-back day in the suburbs. This charming Midwestern town offers exciting opportunities for a wonderful day in Illinois. Here are the nine best things to do in Glen Ellyn.

1. Wander through the Willowbrook Wildlife Center

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Get lost on the limestone trails of the Willowbrook Wildlife Center. This beautiful, native wildlife rehabilitation center offers visitors a chance to connect with the stunning scenery and the mammals, birds, and reptiles that call this place home. Start in the Visitor’s Center to learn more about the animals that live in the DuPage Forest Preserve and see how the volunteers and staff care for the baby animals that come to the center.

Follow the half-mile (.8 km) nature trail, that winds through prairie, savanna, woodland and wetland habitats and houses outdoor permanent exhibits of native species. Join one of the educational programs or explore the area by yourself and keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of woodchucks, salamanders, and foxes.

Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Address: 525 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Website: Willowbrook Wildlife Center

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2. Catch a show at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage

Live dance set to live music - doesn't get much better than that! Thanks to Von Heidecke's Dance Center & New Philharmonic for four beautiful performances of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.

Posted by McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage on Monday, 19 December 2016

Since 1986, the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) has been creating performance experiences for visitors local and tourists alike. The theatrical, musical, and comedic performances that are presented each season bring the community together in a dynamic setting. In their six venues, musical, dance, theatre, and comedy features create spectacular entertainment and a wonderful experience. Plus, with hotels, restaurants, and bars nearby, you are all set for a wonderful day out.

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage

Address: 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Website: McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage

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3. Relax on the shores of Lake Ellyn Park

Posted by Lake Ellyn Park on Monday, 27 June 2016

Beautiful Lake Ellyn is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. The picturesque lake is surrounded by beautiful views and verdant fauna. Stop in and have your lunch at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse, which has served as a community landmark since 1937. With a large deck on the shores of the lake, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy lovely views of the lake and local wildlife.

Lake Ellyn Park

Address: 645 Lenox Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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4. Tee off at Village Links Golf Course

The Village Links is proud to have been noted in Chicago Golf Report's Top-10 Toughest Finishes list. We are #5! How...

Posted by Village Links of Glen Ellyn on Wednesday, 12 July 2017

No matter your skill level, the Village Links Golf Course is a beautiful place to enjoy a round of golf. Set on a magnificent course, with 27 holes and extensive practice services, the facilities are top-rated and there is a staff of six PGA golf professionals on hand, to help you with anything.

After spending time on the 40 station grass tee driving range or one of the two chipping greens, test out your talents on the 18-hole course. When you have had your fill of golf, head over to Reserve 22, the clubhouse, with superb, organic dining options and a patio that offers a stunning view of the golf course. In addition to the restaurant, a 30-seat bar also has a tasty menu.

Village Links Golf Course

Address: 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Website: Village Links Golf Course

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5. Let your creativity run wild at Bottle and Bottega

Posted by Bottle & Bottega Glen Ellyn, IL on Friday, 4 August 2017

An attitude of fun is all that is needed for a great night at Bottle and Bottega. This studio creates a unique experience for all participants, regardless of artistic ability. Over a bottle of wine, try out different creative pursuits, like glass painting, Illumin-art, and holiday themed projects. Experiment with different media and let your imagination run wild. No matter what event you choose to do, the friendly and talented staff are on hand to help you uncork your creativity.

Bottle and Bottega

Address: 498 Crescent Blvd Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Website: Bottle and Bottega

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6. Shop until you drop in downtown Glen Ellyn


Posted by Downtown Glen Ellyn on Monday, 18 July 2016

Stroll through the scenic downtown area for a selection of exceptional boutiques, dazzling eateries, and unique entertainment. Downtown Glen Ellyn is only a 35-minute drive from Chicago and offers a treasure trove of discoveries. From fantastic dining destinations to specialty spas and salons, the downtown area of the town provides a delightful ambiance. Explore the amazing shops and meet the friendly merchants, or check out the live entertainment events that fill the calendar, year-round.

Downtown Glen Ellyn

Website: Downtown Glen Ellyn

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7. Beat the obstacles at Holes and Knolls Mini Golf

Posted by Holes and Knolls Mini Golf on Monday, 17 July 2017

Grab your scorecard and prepare for an afternoon of fun at this miniature golf course. Featuring 36 holes on a beautiful property in Maryknoll Park, the course is the perfect place to spend the day with family and friends. In addition to the delightful course, there is also a full concession stand and plenty of patio space, so you can enjoy your lunch or snack outside.

Holes and Knolls Mini Golf

Address: 845 Pershing Ave, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Website: Holes and Knolls Mini Golf

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8. Challenge yourself in a CluedIn Escape Room

Posted by CluedIn Escape Rooms on Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Grab a group of friends and head over to the CluedIn Escape Room. Enjoy immersive, themed storylines, including the psychological thriller of “The Asylum” and the whimsical “Game Master,” that have been created by a staff, who have a passion for puzzles, riddles, and games. Test yourself on the series of brainteasers and try to beat the clock to win.

CluedIn Escape Room

Address: 440 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137

Website: CluedIn Escape Room

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9. Take a dip in Sunset Pool

Posted by Sunset Pool on Monday, 27 June 2016

Cool off from the hot Midwestern summer, with a trip to Sunset Pool. Enjoy this summertime haven with its diving boards, water slides, and beach play area, where people of all ages will enjoy splashing around. You can also pick up a snack from the concession stand if you need a pick-me-up, after playing.

Sunset Pool

Address: 483 Fairview Ave, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Website: Sunset Pool

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Get exploring in Glen Ellyn

Glen Ellyn is a family-friendly destination, that offers a bevy of interesting activities to try out. From teeing off at a top-rated golf course to strolling through beautiful natural spaces, enjoy a laid-back day trip as you explore this Chicago suburb. Whether you’re here to shop, play, or stay, Glen Ellyn is the perfect place to explore.

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