10 Things to Do in Northlake That You Shouldn't Miss

February 26, 2018 Janette Largent

Northlake is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 12,323 at the 2010 census. The city's moniker is "The City of Friendly People". The name "Northlake" came from two streets, North Avenue and Lake Street.
Restaurants in Northlake

1. Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

951 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302-2007 +1 312-994-4000
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio served as Wright's private residence and workplace from 1889 to 1909--the first 20 years of his career. Here Wright developed a new American architecture: the Prairie style. Trained interpreters offer insights into Wright's family life and architectural career. Enjoy guided tours of the museum complex and neighboring historic district seven days a week. Tour details are available on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust website.

Reviewed By Bob E - Ada, Michigan

This place where Wright did some of his earliest and best work as a young architectural genius is well worth an hour. Seeing how Wright created a new American architecture among other European style homes shows both his courage to step out and lead in developing a new style and his genius in making spaces that were formative and inspiring for family and coworkers alike.

Docents are great...very knowledgeable and passionate about all things Wright, Oak path and Chicago. Make sure to do online reservations so you aren’t disappointed

2. Brookfield Zoo

8400 31st St, (First Ave. and 31st St.), Brookfield, IL 60513-1064 +1 708-688-8000
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Brookfield Zoo

216-acre Zoo With Over 400 Species Of Animals.

Reviewed By David I - Oswego, Illinois

I have been to many zoos, but Brookfield never disappoints. I would highly recommend their membership if you live nearby. There is a lot to see so the family has a lot of places to go. I used to have the membership when I lived in Chicago and would just go there to walk around with my daughter. The zoo is educational and relaxing. After leaving the zoo, your kids will be ready for a nap. There is a lot of fun to be had at the zoo!!!

3. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

220 S Cottage Hill Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126-3351 +1 630-833-1616
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

Our Museum is dedicated to the art of cutting and polishing stone. We house a world class collection of jade and hard-stone cravings along with an interactive Rock and Mineral exhibit that is great for all ages!

Reviewed By GrandmaLChicagoArea - Chicago Area

Went with a family member to this museum. The top level has many priceless and rare jade carvings. Also quartz and gem stones were displayed. Everything was interesting and beautiful. Lower level had videos to watch and educational displays such as where crystals and fossils are found and how they are formed. Also a very well thought out gift shop is downstairs too. Only small annoyance is my family member did not like the kind of elevator they had, it had glass type walls and was very slow. Other than that it was great.

4. Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Ln, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181-4615 +1 630-530-8300
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4.5 based on 277 reviews

Drury Lane Theatre

Reviewed By Mamaw58 - Lombard, Illinois

There is still time to attend a performance of Joseph at Drury Lane. Just absolutely loved the recreated version of Joseph! We were not disappointed, but we were disappointed to see many empty seats in the audience at the normally busy 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. By all means all the people that stayed home and decided not to attend this production sometimes it is good to step out of the norm and enjoy an updated modern version for 2018!
We have been enjoying plays at Drury Lane since the early 80s and we are just blessed to have this magnificent theatre in DuPage County that continues to thrive!

5. Lilacia Park

150 S. Park Avenue, Lombard, IL 60148
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Lilacia Park

Reviewed By caddy1071

Lilacs and Lombard have been going together for many, many years. Colonel William R. Plum had his Lilac garden and bequeathed it to Lombard after his passing in 1927. Check out the various events that are scheduled at this hometown favorite.

6. iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Chicago (Rosemont)

5520 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018-3730 +1 779-368-4359
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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!!

7. Club 64

3600 W North Ave, Stone Park, IL 60165-1033 +1 657-378-5110
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3 based on 3 reviews

Club 64

Reviewed By A R - chicago

Yuck -food so bad I was ill after. Not something I would try twice. The stuffed mushrooms with cheese was really nasty cream cheese. Not good.

8. Oakbrook Center

100 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, IL 60523-1838 +1 630-573-0700
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Oakbrook Center

Reviewed By sandra n - Lemont, Illinois

Oak Brook Mall is the best mall in Chicago's western suburbs and also one of the best in the Chicagoland area. Without a doubt, this is the place for all the best quality shops around and is a very successful mall. It is an open air outside mall. That's the only thing I don't like in the colder months, but in the nicer weather, it is great! This is the place to find quality and the service is usually consistently very good in most of the stores. Check it out!!

9. DOA Room Escape

717 N Iowa Ave, Villa Park, IL 60181-1510 +1 630-387-9099
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5 based on 27 reviews

DOA Room Escape

Reviewed By Sue_Micheal - Chicago, Illinois

We booked The Garage with Groupon. After doing 2 previous escape rooms, I thought we would have s chance however I underestimated the power of 5 excited girls! Even though we didn't escape the games master was great and really helpful to the girls. They...MoreYou're welcome Sue! We love that the girls had so much fun!

10. Wright Plus Housewalk

Oak Park, IL +1 312-994-4000
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

Wright Plus Housewalk

The annual Wright Plus Housewalk celebrates architecture, design, Frank Lloyd Wright's innovative vision and the talents of his fellow architects. It is an enjoyable day featuring rare interior tours of private homes and public buildings designed by Wright and his contemporaries.

Reviewed By Jon from Dallas - Dallas, Texas

We planned our trip to Oak Park a year in advance, then built a week-long architectural study of Chicago around the Wright Plus 150 Housewalk. 'A good plan well-executed! Our ticket included tours of The Rookery and Robie House, making the ticket price an even greater value. Not even a steady downpour dampened our resolve to see all ten homes including Wright's Home & Studio.

HOUSEWALK TIPS - Plan ahead and buy your tickets online to save time. Study the tour information to take full advantage of your day in Oak Park (or week in Chicago). We rode the 'L' from Wicker Park with no trouble and caught the Housewalk Trolley at the Oak Park 'L' station.

Arrive early, because you will need the full day to get your wristbands and queue-up to see every home. Pack light, as backpacks are not allowed. Be patient. There are a lot of people, and you will spend time waiting to enter each home. We started our day at a home with no line, while others waited up to an hour to see their first home. To walk in reverse order works and saves waiting time. If you encounter a long line, move-on to the home with no line.

Take a lunch break and recharge your batteries. The Housewalk recommends local restaurants that offer a discount to tour-goers. Take advantage of this, because you will need a break mid-day. NO PHOTOGRAPHY is allowed inside the tour homes. Prepare for the weather, as much of your day is spent outside. Lastly, be grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who give their time and knowledge to make this a great event. Bravo Oak Park and the FLW Trust!

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