10 Things to Do in Mount Prospect That You Shouldn't Miss

November 26, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

Mount Prospect is a village in Elk Grove and Wheeling Townships in Cook County, Illinois, about 22 miles (35 km) northwest of downtown Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 54,167.
Restaurants in Mount Prospect

1. Arlington Park

2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-1004 +1 847-385-7500
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 447 reviews

Arlington Park

Described as "the most beautiful track in America", Arlington began Thoroughbred racing on October 13, 1927, when more than 20,000 fans braved the cold weather to celebrate the event in high style. Since then, Arlington International has become a social destination and perfect summer hangout to watch and wager on the amazing sport of Thoroughbred horse racing! Arlington offers beautiful venues for everything from corporate outings to reunions to weddings, and it's the ideal spot for groups of friends to catch-up, watch the ponies and meet new people. From Miller Lite Party in the Park on Friday, to Miller Lite Horses & Hops on Saturdays, to Sunday Family Days presented by Daily Herald and Lipton Iced Tea, it's always a great time!

Reviewed By JordanS8 - Sarasota, Florida

It seems like there aren’t many tracks left in the country. This is one of the classics. Totally destroyed and rebuilt, and now their racing season is a festive highlight of summer capped off by the Arlington Million. It has excellent banquet facilities, a beautiful clubhouse and great food.

2. Kohl Children's Museum

2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026-8074 +1 847-832-6600
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Kohl Children's Museum

A bright and friendly place for children of all ages, featuring a life-sized train car and a water room.

Reviewed By Bjshanks

My 8 year old was bored with this museum but my 6 year old stayed busy. But both got bored after about 2 hours. All staff very interacting and interested in ensuring the kids were being entertained. Very crowded when I went. I don't know if we will be back though. But if my children were under 5 I think I would return.

3. Busse Woods Trail System

N Arlington Heights Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 +1 708-366-9420
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 161 reviews

Busse Woods Trail System

Reviewed By comfortnurse - Ohio

The greater Chicago area has many "Forest Preserves." This one is readily accessible to highways and major roads and on a rainy, dreary, November day was a great spot of fall foliage. The drive through the park passes several parking lots and rest areas. There were picnic tables throughout. What a resource for people nearby. We would come back if in the area again.

4. iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Chicago (Rosemont)

5520 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018-3730 +1 779-368-4359
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 253 reviews

iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Chicago (Rosemont)

Ever dream of flying? Now you can at iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Rosemont. Experience the thrill of skydiving without having to jump from a perfectly good airplane - no falling, no parachutes, just you floating on a smooth cushion of air with our professional instructor right next to you. No special skills are needed, just a sense of adventure. iFLY is safe for kids 3 and up, fun for the entire family, and perfect for birthday parties or groups. iFLY is the experience of a lifetime.

Reviewed By thelittlebird - Rocky River, Ohio

Well oiled machine! People all VERY friendly! Entire experience from time you enter the door to exiting is 1 hour. Pricey, but totally worth it! Give yourself extra time to get there. Coming from the north, it was not easy finding the parking lot in front of iFLY. Our instructor was fantastic - friendly, knowledgeable, entertaining, etc..!! My 10 year old and 13 year old daughters LOVED it (& made the extra $9.95 for the high fly worth it). We had a (just turned) 5 year old and older, "less athletic" people in our group and each one looked to have an equally fun time! HIGHLY recommend!!

5. River Trail Nature Center

3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062-7122 +1 847-824-8360
Excellent
57%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

River Trail Nature Center

Reviewed By Docdsny - Niles, Illinois

Always a favorite place to unwind. They have some cool animals and some wonderful trails for walking. Situate long the bank of the Des Plaines river you can sit,watch and listen to the many birds. They usually have some great programs. Good to take your kids or scouts to teach them about nature. I think they still have their maple syrup fest where you can sample syrup from their own trees. If you are driving nearby this is a good place to unwind. Watch for the deer for a special treat or listen for the owls.

6. AMC Randhurst 12

200 Randhurst Village Dr, Randhurst Mall, Mount Prospect, IL 60056-1297 +1 847-590-1766
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 21 reviews

AMC Randhurst 12

Reviewed By Allen21096 - Chicago, Illinois

I'm not sure why we didn't really think of it, but we decided to go to the theater on the day that "Boss Baby" opened. Even though we were taking two of my grandkids who were on spring break, I completely zoned out about the fact that other kids were out. It was crowded. The staff was efficient. The food (popcorn & pop) were good. The prices are a little high, but you can soften the blow if you are an AMC Stubs member. The movie was funny and the kids - all four, ranging from 19 months to 10 years, all loved it.

7. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

111 W Campbell St, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-1404 +1 847-577-2121
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is a live entertainment and arts education facility located in downtown Arlington Heights, Ill. and has quickly become one of Chicagoland’s leading venues for quality programming. The complex is home to a 350 seat theater. Metropolis offers a diverse array of Chicago’s most talented performers and performance troupes, as well as national acts spanning virtually all performance genres – all under one roof.

Reviewed By warmthoughts - chicago

Metropolis is a great little theater in Arlington Hts. They offer such a variety of experiences, music, comedy, and of course plays. Through the years I've attended many of these shows and have never been disappointed. There are no bad seats and only great entertainment. There is something for everyone and at a reasonable price.

8. Woodfield Mall

5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5097 +1 847-330-0220
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 401 reviews

Woodfield Mall

Surround yourself with fashion, food, and fun with the most distinctive collection of shopping, dining and entertainment. Woodfield has the finest collection of department stores and specialty shops in the Great Lakes region including Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, jcpenney, Sears and nearly 300 stores and restaurants.

Reviewed By illinois travelere

Woodfield Mall is working hard to lure customers away from their internet shopping and back into the mall.

Check out the women's lounge near the Cheesecake Factory. It is done in sophisticated black and white. It has some very nice we-care-about-our-customers touches. There are comfortable couches at the entrance You will find a large shelf against the back wall of every stall, where you can safely place your purse and packages. There are sit-down vanity tables with three-way mirrors.

I found a charging station for my phone and you can borrow a cable from customer service.

There's a bitcoin ATM, free wi-fi, and that giant mall centerpiece -- Garrett's popcorn.

The most exciting news is the food court opening this summer in the upper level Sears wing. The first tenants to be announced are Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Charleys Philly Steaks, Maoz Falafel and Grill, Suki Hana, and Wok A Holic.

There's no Garrett's Popcorn or Maoz falafel at my computer....so Woodfield, here I come.

9. The Grove

1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL 60025-1436 +1 847-299-6096
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 57 reviews

The Grove

Reviewed By SculptableDesign - Alexandria, Virginia

The Grove has a quaint indoor animal sanctuary with snakes, turtles, birds, fish etc. All of of varying heights but they have step stools for ease of viewing by smaller children. Most of the area encompasses trails, and has a few different viewing area of historical buildings and materials. It's a lot of walking so bring your sneakers. We had the wonderful chance of seeing a deer feeding roadside within 5-10' of us. He wasn't startled and adorably allowed us to take his picture! This is a great nature hike, even for younger children.

10. The Ballpark in Mount Prospect

604 W Central Rd, Mount Prospect, IL 60056-2377 +1 847-873-0480
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

The Ballpark in Mount Prospect

Reviewed By Allen21096 - Chicago, Illinois

We brought my oldest grandson to The Ballpark in Mount Prospect to work on his batting skills for the baseball season. They offer several different configurations of batting cages and for simple batting practice with your star child or grandchild, you can work with them through buckets of balls from machines that can be set for different speeds. They offer clinics on a regular basis, as well as specials via e-mail. The staff was excellent and is always helpful and attentive to the needs of the kids, pre-teens, teens & adults practicing. We enrolled my oldest grandson in some private lessons and his coach Ron Cacini, was very helpful to his batting skills.

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