The 10 Best Things to Do in Homewood, United States

February 18, 2018 Kelli Reichel

Homewood is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States, and a suburb of Chicago. The population was 19,323 at the 2010 census. Homewood is a sister city to Homewood, Alabama. In 2007, Forbes magazine rated Homewood as one of the three most "livable" suburbs in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
Restaurants in Homewood

1. Ravisloe Golf Club

18231 Park Ave, Homewood, IL 60430-1638 +1 708-798-5600
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Ravisloe Golf Club

Ravisloe Golf Club is a public facility and ranked by Golfweek as the #1 Classic & #11 Overall Public Course in all of Illinois. Designed by famed course architect Donald Ross, Ravisloe prides itself on its beautifully manicured course with rolling mounds, deep bunkers and challenging greens.

Reviewed By dudley010 - Poplarville, Mississippi

Lovely grounds, Good meeting, special event and wedding spaces. Very efficient staff. Large groups can be comfortably accommodated on beautiful outside patio with very large adjacent indoor facilities on either side. Pro shop well equipped. Close to Metro and La Banque Hotel which will provide complimentary shuttle service. The food in the 19th hole is very good too.

2. Marcus Chicago Heights Cinema

1301 Hilltop Ave, Chicago Heights, IL 60411-2382 +1 708-747-0800
Excellent
60%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Marcus Chicago Heights Cinema

Reviewed By Ken F - Flossmoor, Illinois

The new seats allow for reserved seats. That can be done online. That can be done at the kiosk. That can also be selected when you get to the door of the theater on a panel showing which seats are occupied and which are unoccupied by reservation.

3. Gayety's Chocolates & Ice Cream Co.

3306 Ridge Rd, Lansing, IL 60438-3112 +1 800-491-0755
Excellent
78%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Gayety's Chocolates & Ice Cream Co.

Reviewed By ktjmitchell - Frankfort, Illinois

Ok, the shakes with the homemade whipped cream and cookies are KILLER, the candies are superb, and the atmosphere is quaint. Like many, I was introduced to the deliciousness of Gayety's by my mom at the former location on Commercial Avenue in Chicago (any one else a bit intimidated by old man Papageorge behind the register with his gigantic cigar?). Since then the establishment has been going strong under the guidance of his nephew Lee and then Jim (Lee's son). NOT the place to go if you are watching your caloric intake but sooooo worth the occasional splurge!

4. Community Veterans Memorial

9710 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN 46321 +1 219-836-3392
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Community Veterans Memorial

Community Veterans Memorial is a 6.5 acre park featuring bronze and granite sculptures, and life-size monuments to depict the major military conflicts that shaped the 20th Century. The memorial imparts a reflective and provocative vision for peace. From the trenches of World War I through the Pacific beaches and European battles of World War II, the extreme weather and combat conditions of Korea, the rugged brutal fire fights of Vietnam, and the sandy sea of Desert Storm, the memorial pays the highest tribute to all veterans. A commemorative brick pathway leads visitors on their journey through history. Individuals and groups are invited to take self-guided tours in which several stations provide pre-recorded information about the defining wars of the 20th Century. Guided tours are also available.

Reviewed By Tikilounge_SEA - New York City, New York

This should be visited by every veteran who passes through Northwest Indiana, preferably with family/friends as it can be overwhelming. A forgone conclusion is a visit to VFW Post 6448 in Dyer or American Legion Post 697 in Lansing but we managed to try a third option hidden in the industrial park behind the memorial (Three Floyds Brewery) and the entire staff made us feel more welcome than previously thought possible.

5. Ryan Round Barn

28616 Sauk Trail Rd, Kewanee, IL 61443-8104 +1 309-852-4262
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 9 reviews

Ryan Round Barn

Reviewed By Kris R - Mapleton, Illinois

Our Camping Club recently visited the Ryan Round Barn in Kewanee, Illinois. It was constructed by Dr. Laurence Ryan in 1910 for his Black Angus cattle, imported from Scotland. Dr. Ryan was born in the 1860's and enjoyed a reputation as an international brain surgeon and also was a pioneer in plastic surgery. The barn was completed in 1910 at a cost of $9600 and is a true round barn. It is 85-feet in diameter and 90-foot high to the cupola. The horizontal siding is made of pine and was said to have been soaked overnight in a nearby pond in order to be made pliable enough to bend onto the convex exterior wall. The loft is capable of holding 250 tons of loose hay. Today the barn houses a large display of antique machinery and other artifacts of farm days past. The barn was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places on December 31, 1974. Our group thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it to others. The admission was $2-3 per person.

6. Rock Island Public House

13328 Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL 60406-2922 +1 708-388-5513
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Rock Island Public House

Reviewed By Jane H - Blue Island, IL (Chicago)

One of the best bars in Chicago if you are a beer lover! Terrific selection of unique beers such as Saisons, IPAs, Wits, and Ales. The owners work hard to bring a unique selection of small breweries' special kegs as well as seasonal favorites. Due to heavy support from beer aficionados, the menu turns over every 2-3 weeks with some choice selections tapping out in just a few days. Check the FB page for updates on fresh taps.

Ambience is hipster chic--but not annoyingly so. There is a funky collection of historic artifacts on Blue Island and the Rock Island train line scattered around, some epic pinball machines, assorted mounted dead things, some fun board games for free play, and a rotating "gallery" space along one wall. The tvs are generally not a highlight, but you can always watch the Hawks games. Priorities, ya know.

Nice beer garden which gets heavy use in summer, but is also used from March-November (they have propane heaters).

No food, per se, but there are numerous great options on the same block, and they don't mind you bringing in takeout. Occassionally, they host special events, including concerts and food trucks.

All-in-all, a great joint to shoot the breeze, discuss things, pontificate and drink great beer.

7. Horseshoe Hammond

777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond, IN 46320-1003 +1 866-711-7463
Excellent
47%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Horseshoe Hammond

Reviewed By barbaragW6306SG - Chicago

{Presently, horseshoe has not paid out much but its still a fun place to spend some down time. Food is exceptional at the buffet and the steak house is awesome with a great view of the lake.

8. Standard Bank Stadium

14011 Kenton Ave, Crestwood, Illinois, Crestwood, IL 60445-2252 +1 708-489-2255
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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Poor
10%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Standard Bank Stadium

Reviewed By lynne p - Hobart, Indiana

This is an OK stadium, nothing to write home about. It's affordable fun if you want to get out and see a game. I don't think it's worth driving 45 minutes for as we did. It's one of the most plain/simple ball fields I've ever seen. Stadium not very large. You have to walk around behind stadium to use bathroom facilities. Concessions OK, nothing special - cheap hot dogs. Small souvenir store. No cup holders in or around seats. Lots of activities/entertainment for kids. Not enough music or rallying of fans. Again if you live in the area go try it out and bring the kids.

9. Lake Katherine Nature Center

7402 Lake Katherine Dr, Palos Heights, IL 60463-1054 +1 708-361-1873
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 119 reviews

Lake Katherine Nature Center

Reviewed By EJJourney

Lake Katherine is a botanical garden in Palos Heights, right off Rt 83 near 76th that includes woodlands, prairie, wetlands, and formal gardens. There is a nature center that is fun to check out, a mile loop walking trail around a ten acres lake. I rented kayaks for 2, single but they also have canoes, and double kayaks for rent. There are workers who give you life jacket, brief kayaking tips, and help you get in/out of the water. No escorted. Calm waters. We saw heron, geese, ducks, turtles, and fish. Very pleasant. I reserved ahead (very easy with phone call) and was glad.. Some people came in as we were there and asked about renting a kayak... No luck, they were all booked up. The nature center closes @4, so that is the latest you can kayak. Free parking. You can bring a picnic lunch if you want. Beautiful grounds. They also rent out for events.
Tomorrow is the Butterfly Festival. Lots of things to do check out the web site. Kid friendly. Bathrooms on site.

10. Village of Robbins-Open Air Market

13900 S Claire Blvd, Robbins, IL 60472-2008 +1 708-385-8940
Excellent
25%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
25%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 4 reviews

Year-Around-Open Air Market. Become a Vendor or Shop til you Drop! Buy or Sell new/used merchandise & collector's items. Food Vendors welcome with prior certifications/authorization. Cartoonist, Mimes, Face Painters, Magicians, Comedians, Hypnotist, Puppeteers, Impersonators, Jugglers, Choirs, etc., are also welcome. Must be at least 21 years old to perform your talent/pay a fee. Make our space your place!

Reviewed By Joseph I - Crestwood, Illinois

My Dad & I come here at least 2 or3 times a year, they do have a lot of items for sale , lawn mowers to fruits & vegetables to whatever,, open air market that need's a more updated look, cleaner..walking area thru-out the market.

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