I came here for a one year old's birthday party in the fall. Arlington heights is a major suburb of Chicago, with numerous families, schools, and elderly. There are beautiful homes and schools. If you are a golfer (sadly I am not)
Campo Mirador is a wonderful place I like to go to whenever I feel confused. It helps me to see the snow on the trees. It helps to clear my head and give me new, fresh ideas. I've come to believe that nature is a wonderful thing and
Cosley Zoo is the perfect place for school age kids to get outside. The zoo contains farm animals as well as animals native to Illinois. There is a small outdoor food stand with ice cream and snacks for sale. Plenty of picnic area if
In today's social world, the craft beer industry has certainly taken flight! (No pun intended) Craft beers are multiplying by the minute and new flavors and styles are being created. There are designated bars/pubs in the States that
Adam's Park in Wheaton, IL is the former location of former president John Quincy Adam's home. After his term, President Adams purchased the property with a large house, and gardern. Today, the city of wheaton has preserved as much of
Chicago-O'Hare International Airport is one of the two airports serving the city of Chicago. The other is the Midway International Airport, located closer to the center but with a lower volume of passengers. Located about 27km from
I was invited to see a newer Bluegrass Band this weekend. Generally when living in Chicago I don't go 20 miles out of my way to see a band when I am surrounded my music venues all around me in the city. But this was quite the
Blackwell is located off of a busy main street in Warrenville. It is a great place to put your boat into one of the large lakes and relax and enjoy the hillside scenery. It is also home to one of the county research centers. Not open
The Norwood Park Historical Society Museum is located in Chicago. Norwood Park's first settlers were, of course, the Native Americans. Their trails are still evident in the streets today: Higgins Road, Milwaukee Avenue and Talcott
This is a huge mall near the Premium Outlets Mall (with many more throughout the United States) and is just outside of Chicago. It is a strip mall, which has more than 120 stores selling clothing, shoes, sports gear, leather, jewelry
This is a typical North American Outlet mall. This particular one serves the metropolitan Chicago area. It's about an hour from the city. Trains depart from Union Station every 45 minutes or every hour. From Aurora station to the
Naperville is full of history, including the marvelous Anderson Bookstore. It is located within a block of the public library. Here, history meets modern books. It is a wonderful stop along the streets of downtown that will ignite the
The Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer is located right in the Upper East side of Manhattan on Lexington Avenue, near the corner of 66th Street. It belongs to a Dominican order and its construction took a long time before finally being
Funnel Cakes! Corn on the Cob! Fresh Squeezed Lemonade! Live Music, Dancing, Arcade games, and picnics...
For a true AMERICAN experience, nothing says "America" like a summer festival! Music, food, and the outdoors. Rib Fest in
A local historical society originally founded to coincide with the Old Edgebrook Landmark District, in Chicago. Since then they have included neighboring communities here in the northwest side of Chicago.
Unity temple is a building designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who had the opportunity to visit and feel the atmosphere of tranquility and passivity that emanates from this church. It was supposed to be designed to create
It is one of the first Irish cultural organizations in the United States. It is a destination for people of Irish descent as well as those wishing to learn more about the Irish heritage. There is no place like the Irish American
This hole in the wall pub is tucked away pretty well. I am sure most locals would come here regularly but as a foreigner I would've drove right past it!
It is off of Ogden, which is a very busy road, and difficult to spot right
Irving Park United Methodist Church is a church that includes prayer, preaching, fellowship and interactive activities. It is focused on listening to the Word of God and his call in our lives.There is a time with children during
Located in Chicago, Illinois, Feet First Museum Exhibit is known for its excellence in the field of feet. The museum is divided into two galleries. The first is devoted exclusively to the feet, where visitors are invited to touch and
This museum is dedicated to the hard work and contributions to Chicago and the world at large by the Latvian people. It has a longstanding exhibition of traditional Latvian clothes and toys. You will see antique wedding gowns, party
With a beautiful built-in stage, this location is a prime spot to catch an amazing show. If you are visiting Chicago and don't have the money or time to get to the top theaters in the city, this would be a great place to check out.
I couldn't believe how big this stadium was for a college team! It would be completely unthinkable in Spain. In my case, I went there to attend my brother's graduation, but it's main use is for the American football team, the
On this occasion, I was attending a wedding reception. This building is dedicated to housing the German Heritage Center primarily. There is a library, and a museum. There are numerous meeting rooms and halls for events.
The room we
In the United States, universities are not just campuses, they're real cities! I visited this amazing college for my brother's graduation, and found a football field, restaurants, hotels ... it's so impressive that it's worth taking a
If you like excitement, this is the place for you because it's an amusement park not for the faint hearted. It's actually 2 parks: one with rides and the other aquatic. It's just outside Chicago in Gurnee. The amusement park features
This giant theme park is located in Gurnee, Illinois (halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee), near an exit of Interstate 94. It is very popular with the people from the Chicago area since it is the largest theme park in the Midwest.
The Garfield Park Conservatory is home to many plants, but due to the unique growing conditions, these plants look radically different than their relatives in the wild. Visitors can attend a lecture with the Master Gardener, Dick
Walking into this restaurant is the prime example of what Irish Pubs in Chicago look and feel like. When I came through the doorway I was immediately welcomed to the restaurant by lovely hosts who were stationed next to this lovely
If you're looking for a quality book shop, this one is a perfect spot and a staple to the neighborhood. They always have the friendliest faces and welcoming smiles. It's one of the rare book shops in the city where they still do book
Hopleaf is a craft beer lovers paradise. They have over 30 taps and some of which are wines on draft! Imagine drinking wine right out of the barrel! Not only do they have craft beers from all over the world but also locally. They are
Whether it is in the middle of the hot sweaty summer or below Arctic temperatures in a cold Chicago winter, walking down Clark Street in Andersonville is nothing short of enchanting. Whether you are taking the Clark street bus or the
The Swedish American Museum Center (Chicago) underwent a visually stunning renovation of its facade and lobby to improve the building's energy efficiency in 2009. It offers meatball tastings, craft classes, dance, genealogy and
Loyola Dept Fine Arts Gallery is one of those places that you really love the first time you step in there. Everything is very well organized, uncomplicated to see, and no one will interrupt you. It is the best there is in the entire
National Veterans Art Museum (Chicago) was founded in the mid 1980's. The Museum houses a collection of historical artifacts that explore various aspects of the conflict of Vietnam. The visitors can learn about war through objects,
First stop here and I can already tell I'm a lifer. Stopped in for some take out and a gentleman kindly found a chair for me to sit and brought me a menu. I ordered and he asked if I'd like tea while I waited. I declined and he
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Recommend your favorite restaurant in Hoffman Estates.