The 10 Best Things to Do in Niles, United States

August 1, 2017 Malia Yoakum

Niles is a village in Maine and Niles townships, Cook County, Illinois, United States. The 2010 population from the U.S. Census Bureau was 29,803. The current population (2016) is 29,617.
Restaurants in Niles

1. Kohl Children's Museum

2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026-8074 +1 847-832-6600
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
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.

2. King Spa & Sauna

809 Civic Center Dr, Niles, IL 60714-3208 +1 847-972-2540
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 180 reviews

King Spa & Sauna

Reviewed By EnjoyMyReviews

The energy here is awful. The spa is located in a low level strip mall. $35 admission fee does not include any services. The facility is cheesy. Guests must wear their uniforms. Everyone is walking around the main areas without shoes. It’s disgusting. Guests are required to be naked in the locker rooms to use the jacuzzi and hot tub. I have no issue being naked in a locker room, but sitting in water with other naked strangers is disgusting.

There are different relaxation rooms. I tried all of them except the ones that had an extra charge. The rooms are small, uninviting and unimpressive. There isn’t much to differentiate between the different rooms other than the underlying theme (salt, coal etc). I think the whole concept is ridiculous and a farce.

The main common area has many chairs. Guests are sitting around in uniform reading, on their phones or laptops. Why would they allow phones etc in a common relaxation area in a spa?

Staff was generally unfriendly and curt. Whether it’s a communication problem or something else the staff needs to go through customer service training.

Food was average, but generally fairly priced.

I’ve been to spas throughout the U.S. and without a doubt this is the least impressive place I’ve been. Zero stars. Won’t go back.

3. Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

9603 Woods Dr, Skokie, IL 60077-1095 +1 847-967-4800
Excellent
85%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 200 reviews

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Designed by renowned architect Stanley Tigerman, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is one of Chicagoland's premier attractions. The Museum uses lessons from the Holocaust to focus attention on contemporary issues of genocide, intolerance, and inhumanity at home and worldwide.

Reviewed By binduAustralia - Melbourne, Australia

This collection of permanent and temporary exhibitions is not something you can -- or should -- allocate a couple of hours to, and do it any justice. Probably half a day, or four hours at the very least.

We had about three hours and what we really should have done was move quickly through the whole facility and get an overview, then go back and spend more time reading, watching the videos that are dotted around the displays, and inspecting the exhibits more closely.

As a result we really didn't get a chance to see the last exhibits much at all, as we had run out of time. But the material is compelling, the stories are well told and the events are explained in a way that means you really want to take your time. We have visited a number of Holocaust museums around the world and this one certainly is one of the most memorable.

We were advised by staff to make sure that we were in the auditorium area in time for the late afternoon Hologram feature, which is a new initiative. Take A Stand is a hologram program of holocaust survivors who share their experiences and stories and then "answer questions" from the audience. A moderator feeds the questions back and the questions are matched to the extensive recordings made, so the idea is that you feel like you are speaking directly with the presenter.

The concept is impressive, and the stories are, of course, dramatic and memorable, however the technology still needs work....various attempts at questions didn't work and several different questions triggered the same, repetitive response. In addition, the session didn't seem to have a cut-off time, or our moderator didn't handle the schedule properly. Once the doors closed, we were not able to leave until the whole question time was over. We were then rushed out, missing a craft market we would very much like to have visited, and having no time at all in the shop which also looked very interesting.

Given the lateness, and the fact we had skipped the final displays to attend the presentation, the 50 minutes we spent could have been productively divided into 20 or 25 minutes of the presentation and then an opportunity to finish seeing the main displays and the shop.

4. Pickwick Theater

5 S Prospect Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4155 +1 847-825-5800
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Pickwick Theater

Reviewed By Anna G - Chicago

Location of this theater is great. Just in the center of Park Ridge and next to the Amtrak train station. And than you have free convenient parking which helps a lot. Historic ArtDeco building designed by well know architect in IL.

5. iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Chicago (Rosemont)

5520 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018-3730 +1 779-368-4359
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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!!

6. Great Room Escape Chicago

8240 Austin Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053-3207 +1 224-231-0249
Excellent
71%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Great Room Escape Chicago

Great Room Escape is a fully interactive and immersive experience unlike anything else you can do in Tempe, Arizona. Up to 12 participants will be locked in a room, and they must use their minds and teamwork to figure out their escape. Clues and riddles hidden throughout the room provide the tools necessary to win the game and get out of the room. As the clock ticks down and the pressure mounts, can you stay calm, can you escape?

Reviewed By mcpK2943RG - Chicago, Illinois

The manager, Brian, kindly invited us to return to try the Houdini room after a couple of mishaps during our first visit for Terminal. This room was really different from any others we’ve done and very impressive. We weren’t sure how we’d feel about having an actor in the room with us, but it was fun and also nice to know there is someone who is fully engaged with what you’re doing and how you’re progressing. We ended up finishing with around 10 minutes left. Both rooms we’ve done here include very unique puzzle elements and great scenic design. Some members of my group are not interested in the zombie theme, but if they open up a fourth room we will definitely return.

7. Leaning Tower of Niles

6300 W Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714-4627 +1 847-410-5108
Excellent
27%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
6%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 65 reviews

Leaning Tower of Niles

Reviewed By Itravelalot1981 - Illinois

We were traveling south on 43 and this was a quick side stop. You can't go in or up because it needs repairs but if your traveling by it, it's a neat 5 minute stop.

8. Fashion Outlets of Chicago

5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL 60018-5321 +1 847-928-7500
Excellent
35%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 681 reviews

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Fashion Outlets of Chicago is conveniently located just five minutes from O'Hare International Airport and about 15 minutes from downtown Chicago, in Rosemont, Illinois. It is the area's only two-level indoor outlet shopping experience featuring over 130 designer outlets offering great savings up to 75% off every day. The Center is anchored by Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Forever 21 and is home to world-class brands like Gucci, Prada, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Burberry, plus national brands like Banana Republic, J.Crew, Swarovski, Nike, Under Armour, Cole Haan and more. In addition to an outstanding selection of outlet retailers, Fashion Outlets of Chicago features a variety of quick-service food options available to shoppers at the food court. Fashion Outlets of Chicago also offers unique services for domestic and international travelers including a partnership with TSA-certified BAGS Inc. for special concierge programs, enabling visitors to print boarding passes and check shopping bags and luggage directly to their final destination. Additional amenities and shopping incentives are available such as the Green Savings Card offering exclusive discounts and incentives at your favorite participating stores and restaurants for only $5!

Reviewed By Edward-A A - Hong Kong, China

It is a 2 floor outlet that is located within 15 minutes of the convention center in Rosemont, IL. It is also within walking distance to many hotels including Crowne Plaza, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hilton O'Hare and Hyatt Regency O'Hare. It is also next to a movie threater. There are parking lots both indoor and outdoor to choose.

There are many different kind of outlets of different brands here, e.g., Gap, Banana Republic, etc., and there is a food court with 5 to 6 stalls selling Chinese food, Japaneae food, burgers and others.

9. House of Torment

8240 Austin Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053-3207 +1 224-888-1031
Excellent
100%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

A new brand of terror is coming to Chicago this Halloween Season, 2015 - House of Torment!

Reviewed By TexasCFritz - Austin, Texas

This is by far the best haunted house I have ever been to. ...And I have been to many. Why is it the best? Attention to detail. They are second to none in props, costumes, make-up, set creation, music, and unexpected surprises. Even the selfie props and line organization are top notch! Just go. You will not regret it. Go get your SCARE ON!! Bwahahahahahaha!!!!

10. Beer on the Wall

106 Main St, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4030 +1 312-720-3732
Excellent
100%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Beer on the Wall

Reviewed By tagretchen - Park Ridge, Illinois

Extremely welcoming staff serving up
a wide variety of beer on tap and to go. I highly recommend this place to the craft beer (or cider) lover. Perfect for the whole family as they’re stocked with board games for all ages as well as old school Nintendo and X box.

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