22 Fun Things To Do In Schaumburg, Illinois

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Regularly featured on the ‘Best Places to Live in’ lists for the USA, Schaumburg is a village located to the northwest of Chicago in the state of Illinois. In stark contrast to its crime-riddled neighbour, Chicago, Schaumburg is one of the safest neighbourhoods to live in Illinois. With a historical background stretching from native American inhabitants to early German settlers, Schaumburg has a rich and colourful past. With its proximity to the megacity of Chicago, Schaumburg has developed quite a few attractions that entice visitors to this area. Parks and natural areas like Spring Valley, Campanelli Park, and Volkening Lake, attract multitudes of visitors each year. Schaumburg also has a plethora of children’s entertainment areas like Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Atcher Island, etc. Museums and galleries like Trickster Art Gallery and Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology attract many a culture-seeking tourist while places like GameWorks, Mastermind Escape Games, and Medieval Times provide alternate entertainment options. Whatever your choice, likes or desires, chances are that those activities will be available in Schaumburg. Just book any of the Airbnb rentals or hotels with hot tub and you’re good to go. Come along and take a look at the things to do in Schaumburg, Illinois.

1. Bring your kids to Bison's Bluff Nature Playground

At the kid-centric Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground, there are plenty of fun activities that your children can enjoy. There is a little rock stream that kids can wade in, a sand area, and many other fun-themed areas like a music zone where kids can create tunes with giant chimes or play with drums, and a super cool jungle playhouse-style climbing area. Adults can watch their kids play from a sitting area or take a stroll down the numerous walking paths at this park. Spend a few hours at Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground, your kids will love it!

Bison's Bluff Nature Playground

Address: 1111 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

Website: Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 8pm; Mon: 12pm - 8pm

Price: Free

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2. Catch a game at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium

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Support the local Schaumburg Boomers baseball team and catch a game at their home ground - Schaumburg Boomers Stadium. Built in 1999, the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium is an excellent facility to catch a ball game. It has over 5000 fixed seats, 16 luxury suites, hundreds of bleacher seats and thousands of fans can be accommodated on the lawns. Plenty of food options, including restaurant-style seating and a full bar are available at the stadium. They also regularly hold theme and promotional nights, which make for a fun family outing.

Schaumburg Boomers Stadium

Address: 1999 Springinsguth Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Website: Schaumburg Boomers Stadium

Opening hours: as per game timings

Price: 9 USD onwards

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3. Shop at Woodfield Mall

Woodfield Mall
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Treat yourself to a shopping spree at the massive Woodfield Mall and take home some fantastic apparel, footwear, accessories, jewellery, kidswear, cosmetics, and more. The mall offers a range of dynamic shopping options; from prominent department stores like Nordstrom and JCPenney to high-street brands like Zara and H&M to luxury retailers like Coach, Michael Kors, BOSS, and more. A plethora of dining options including health-conscious eateries and casual restaurants are also available here. With so many options, you are guaranteed to have a fun time out shopping at Woodfield Mall!

Woodfield Mall

Address: 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Website: Woodfield Mall

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm

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4. Build something at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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Enjoy a fun family outing and channel your creative energies to create something awesome at the amazing LEGOLAND Discovery Center! This indoor entertainment centre has numerous attractions for both kids and adults. Check out their various fun-filled rides, 4D cinema, VR experience area, racecar building and racing area, and plenty of themed areas to build and play with Legos. A coffee shop and a Lego shop are also situated on the premises. So, go ahead and experience the ultimate indoor entertainment venue in Schaumburg, Illinois!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Address: 601 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Website: LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Opening hours: 10am - 7pm (daily)

Price: 19.95 USD onwards

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5. Go boating at Volkening Lake

At the scenic Volkening Lake, enjoy a range of fun activities like fishing, walking, exercising, picnicking, paddling and boating. The picturesque Volkening Lake is ideal for boating on a beautiful sunny day. The boat dock at the lake offers two-man or four-person paddle boats and canoes for rent, including life jackets. Watch the local birds, take in the scenery and enjoy a peaceful time with your family or friends while boating at Volkening Lake.

Volkening Lake

Address: 900 W Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

Website: Volkening Lake

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 1pm - 8pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 7pm

Price: 5 USD onwards

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6. Plan a trip to Chicago Athenaeum International Sculpture Park for beautiful sculptures

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Posted by The Chicago Athenaeum International Museum on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Created in the 1990s, the Chicago Athenaeum International Sculpture Park is located within 20 acres (8 hectares) of forest and meadows and is peppered with beautiful sculptures and art. These sculptures are the works of local and international artists reflecting abstract and industrial designs. Though there are many sculptures in this park, some of the more noteworthy ones are the Stonehenge-style arrangements, a sculpture of a woman half-buried in the grass, rocks with faces carved on them, and more such interesting designs.

Chicago Athenaeum International Sculpture Park

Address: 201 Schaumburg Ct, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Website: Chicago Athenaeum International Sculpture Park

Opening hours: sunrise - sunset (daily)

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7. Explore native arts at Trickster Art Gallery

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Introducing our special June pop-up exhibit "Remembering D-Day: Native Veterans & the 75th Anniversary" which highlights...

Posted by Trickster Cultural Center on Wednesday, June 2, 2021

At the massive facility of Trickster Art Gallery, take your time walking around and admiring the beautiful native American art. The gallery features multiple exhibitions, a learning centre, a gift shop, and beautiful gardens. Most of the artwork here is contemporary art, but they also regularly hold temporary exhibits on multi-cultural art forms. Their educational, learning and cultural programs are worth checking out too.

Trickster Art Gallery

Address: 190 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Website: Trickster Art Gallery

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10am - 5pm; Sat: 10am - 3pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

Price: 3 USD onwards

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8. Tour Volkening Heritage Farm

Autumn Harvest Fest
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Take a walk back in time to the 1880s to the Volkening Heritage Farm that depicts the life and traditions of a rural German farming community. At this heritage property, you can tour the farm buildings, participate in chores, admire the farm animals or simply stroll about the property taking in the peace and quiet of farm life. Enjoy interacting with authentically dressed interpreters throughout the property, and experience a slower pace of life at Volkening Heritage Farm.

Volkening Heritage Farm

Address: 201 S Plum Grove Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

Website: Volkening Heritage Farm

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 4pm (closed on Mon)

Price: Free

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9. Solve a puzzle at Mastermind Escape Games

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Do something different and fun with your partner, friends or family and visit an escape room! At Schaumburg’s Mastermind Escape Games, you can try one of the many escape rooms with interesting backstories like Sorcerer’s Secret, Bank Heist, Outbreak: Find the Cure and Lost in Time. Solve a puzzle or two and find your way out of the room before the time runs out. Enjoy team-building activities, some mental exercise and a fun time at Mastermind Escape Games.

Mastermind Escape Games

Address: 1015 E State Pkwy #200, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Website: Mastermind Escape Games

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10:45am - 8pm; Fri: 11am - 11pm; Sat: 10am - 12am; Sun: 10am - 8pm

Price: 28 USD

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10. Laugh out loud at Chicago Improv

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Visit the Chicago Improv comedy club for a night of laughter and fun. At this clean, well-maintained and popular club, enjoy stand-up acts by renowned comedians like Marlon Wayans, D. L. Hughley, Deon Cole, Gary Owen, etc. or enjoy the antics of fresh talent on their open mic nights. The club also has a full-service restaurant, serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Chicago Improv

Address: 5 Woodfield Road,Store K120B, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Website: Chicago Improv

Opening hours: as per show timings

Price: 22 USD onwards

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11. Have fun with your kids at Yu Kids Island Chicago

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Happy Thursday...Don't miss out on all the fun. Come in and play with us today. We have unlimited playtime and free WiFi. Just remember to bring socks for everyone. Today we are open from 10am to 9pm

Posted by Yu Kids Island Woodfield Mall on Thursday, November 7, 2019

Conveniently located inside Woodfield Mall, Yu Kids Island Chicago is a wonderful play area for kids to enjoy while you go shopping! Or you can opt to stay and play with your kids at one of the many attractions in this play-paradise. Yu Kids Island Chicago has a bunch of interesting attractions for toddlers and small children like Spinning Palms, Revolving Tube, Pillow Pool, Jungle Maze, etc. You can also celebrate your kid’s birthday party at Yu Kids Island Chicago.

Yu Kids Island Chicago

Address: 5 Woodfield Mall G-143, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Website: Yu Kids Island Chicago

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm

Price: 5 USD onwards

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12. See special artifacts at Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology

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The Mission of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM) is to “Advance the Profession of Anesthesiology by Preserving and Sharing its Heritage and Knowledge.”

Posted by Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology on Thursday, May 9, 2019

In Schaumburg, a different type of museum awaits you. At the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, visitors can explore the history of anesthesiology with the help of rare books, special artefacts, museum pieces, photographs, and living history videos. This museum has the world’s premier collection of anaesthesia-related artefacts and serves as a medical library for medical professionals, students and visitors alike. Visitors can take a tour of the museum by making a reservation before arrival.

Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology

Address: 1061 American Ln, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Website: Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology

Opening hours: entry by appointment only

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13. Enjoy a dinner-and-show experience at Medieval Times

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Enjoy a unique kind of dinner-and-show experience at Medieval Times in Schaumburg. This dining and entertainment venue offers guests a four-course dinner alongside a two-hour show featuring a jousting tournament with professional actors wielding real weapons, riding beautiful horses and there’s even a falcon flying overhead. The food is yummy, with beverages and vegetarian options on offer too. Fun for the whole family, Medieval Times is a perfect place to catch a classic dinner-and-show experience.

Medieval Times

Address: 2001 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60195

Website: Medieval Times

Opening hours: as per show timings

Price: 30.95 USD onwards

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14. Learn firefighting-related activities at FireZone

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FireZone is an interesting and offbeat entertainment space in Schaumburg. It is dedicated to educating people about firefighting activities in a fun and informative manner. The firefighter owned-and-operated facility is a one-of-a-kind activity centre that has fire engines, real firefighters, activity stations, demonstrations, educational displays, obstacle course, etc. The facility also caters to children’s birthday parties and team-building events for adults.


Address: 1100 National Pkwy, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Website: FireZone

Price: as per selected package

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15. Explore interesting exhibits at Spring Valley

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Situated on 135 acres (54 hectares) of lush green fields and forests, Spring Valley is a natural area open to the public and features a farm, rolling meadows, hiking trails and an educational nature centre. At the nature centre, visitors can explore interactive exhibits of native animals, plants and insects. There is also a turtle pond and a Monarch butterfly rearing station here. Learn about local plant and animal life, and enjoy a fun day at Spring Valley.

Spring Valley

Address: 1111 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

Website: Spring Valley

Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)

Price: Free

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16. Drink and play at GameWorks

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Posted by GameWorks Schaumburg on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Indulge the child in you and enjoy drinks and arcade games at GameWorks. This amusement centre-cum-sports bar is popular with locals for it has a multi-level game floor with retro and new arcade games, VR games, challenge games, and even an esports lounge where you can hang out with friends, family or colleagues. Enjoy yummy cocktails, ice-cold beer and awesome food at this entertainment venue. Plus, GameWorks also has daily drink specials and a Happy Hour menu that you can take advantage of.


Address: Streets of Woodfield, 601 N Martingale Rd Suite #115, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Website: GameWorks

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 1am; Sat: 10am - 1am; Sun: 10am - 10pm

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17. Watch musical performances at Prairie Center for the Arts

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Prairie Center programs and activities will be temporarily suspended beginning July 23, 2020. https://www.prairiecenter.org/programs/prairie-center-2020-update

Posted by Prairie Center for the Arts on Monday, July 20, 2020

At the Prairie Center for the Arts, catch a musical, play or concert from a local or international act. Built in 1986, Prairie Center for the Arts is a world-class performance venue in Schaumburg and hosts a full season of activities in its indoor theatre and outdoor areas. The indoor theatre has excellent seating and perfect acoustics guaranteed to give you an immersive theatre experience. They also host a free summer concert series that is perfect to enjoy with friends or family.

Prairie Center for the Arts

Address: 201 Schaumburg Ct, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Website: Prairie Center for the Arts

Opening hours: as per show timings

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18. Try karaoking at The Hideout

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Posted by The Hideout on Saturday, March 28, 2015

Instead of hanging out at a regular bar, check out The Hideout for a night of karaoke fun! The Hideout is a snug little karaoke dive bar that is very popular with locals for its collection of karaoke songs combined with the latest in karaoke technology. The bar also serves up mean drinks and scrumptious food. Gather your friends, family or colleagues and try karaoking at The Hideout!

The Hideout

Address: 1230 Valley Lake Dr d, Schaumburg, IL 60195

Website: The Hideout

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 1am; Fri: 11am - 3am; Sat: 10am - 3am; Sun: 10am - 1am

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19. Get a workout at Meineke Recreation Center

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If you want to move your body and exercise, head on over to the Meineke Recreation Center in Schaumburg. The recreation centre has many facilities like a fully equipped fitness centre with the latest equipment like multiple treadmills, stair climbers, gymnasium, indoor running track, dumbbell and bench area, leg press, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool with diving boards that are open during the summer months. Guests can also take advantage of group fitness classes or personal training sessions at the center.

Meineke Recreation Center

Address: 220 E Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Website: Meineke Recreation Center

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:30am - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 6am - 10pm

Price: 6 USD onwards

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20. Have fun at Atcher Island

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Posted by Atcher Island - SPD on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Designed with a Polynesian theme in mind, Atcher Island is a tropical-style waterpark that has a number of features and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. The park features water slides, children’s water play area, circular drop slide, and a large pool to frolic or laze about in. You could also just lounge about poolside with a cool beverage in hand. Have a fun-filled day in the water at Atcher Island!

Atcher Island

Address: 730 Springinsguth Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Website: Atcher Island

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 8:30pm; Sat - Sun: 12pm - 8pm

Price: 6 USD onwards

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21. Walk your dog at Campanelli Park

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The beautiful Campanelli Park in Schaumburg has acres of lush green grounds peppered with rustic paths perfect for walking your dog. The peaceful park also has many bicycle trails, a lovely pond, a baseball field, playgrounds, etc. Weeping willows and many other trees lining the walking trails along with sightings of local birds will make your stroll with your dog at Campanelli Park a serene one.

Campanelli Park

Address: 1024 W Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Opening hours: 7am - 11pm (daily)

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22. Enjoy DJ nights at Drink Nightclub

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Dance the night away to the hottest DJs in town at Drink Nightclub! Featuring innovative nightclub options like indoor and outdoor party venues that come alive to the tunes of the best DJs, Drink Nightclub also serves delicious food and delectable drinks. The outdoor drinking, dining and dancing patio area overlooks a beautiful lake and the DJ nights feature superb laser lights as well as the best sound system in town. So, gather your party people and enjoy your nights at Drink Nightclub.

Drink Nightclub

Address: 871 E Algonquin Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Website: Drink Nightclub

Opening hours: Wed: 7pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 8pm - 3am (closed Sun, Mon, Tue & Thu)

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Much to see and do in Schaumburg

Waters that surround, waterfall, ponds, fountains, flags, sculpture, office buildings, tantric shapes and symbols, Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
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The village of Schaumburg in Illinois is a fascinating area with so many activities and attractions packed into one place. It has museums, art galleries, parks, entertainment venues, Asian restaurants, halal eateries, nightclubs, and a host of other things to see and do. All you have to do is arm yourself with our recommendations of all the best things to do in Schaumburg, Illinois, and have an awesome time with your friends, family or by yourself.

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