The 10 Best Things to Do in Wheaton, United States

December 12, 2017 Florencio Paulino

Wheaton is a suburban city in Milton and Winfield Townships and is the county seat of DuPage County, Illinois. It is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) west of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 52,894, which was estimated to have increased to 53,469 by July 2012.
Restaurants in Wheaton

1. Morton Arboretum

4100 Lincoln Ave, Lisle, IL 60532-1293 +1 630-968-0074
Excellent
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4.5 based on 774 reviews

Morton Arboretum

Only 25 miles west of Chicago, there's something for everyone in all four seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Whether you seek a quiet hike in the woods or an active family day out, The Morton Arboretum offers a wide variety of fun activities, events, tours, and classes for all ages and interests. Here you'll find an oasis of 16 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of paved roads, perfect for hiking, running, biking or just exploring. From a guided tour on an open-air tram to the award-winning Children's Garden and Maze Garden, to seasonal exhibits and lunch in The Ginkgo Restaurant overlooking Meadow Lake, the Arboretum is a unique place to explore, discover, escape, and connect with trees and nature.

Reviewed By Todd C - Crystal Lake, Illinois

We've been here during the summer and now the winter (for the Winter Illumination). Both times we've loved it. I was taken back by the cost to walk through a small part of the arboretum during the winter but after doing it, it was well worth the cost. The lights are beautiful. We went as a group and the adults and kids enjoyed it (even though it was close to 0 degrees). There are warming stations and fire pits along the way so you can warm up with a drink (adult drinks too) or by the fire.

2. First Division Museum at Cantigny

1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60187-6097 +1 630-668-5185
Excellent
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5 based on 198 reviews

First Division Museum at Cantigny

Museum with interactive exhibits on the trenches of WWI, the beaches of WWII and the rice paddies of Vietnam.

Reviewed By william f

This museum is located on the grounds of Cantigny Park the summer home of Robert McCormick who served with the First Division in WW I.
Outside the museum are several tanks from WW I to present.
A self guided tour takes you from the trenches of WW I to the rice paddies of Vietnam.
We spent too much time and were not able to visit the second half of the museum showing the present and future of the first division.

3. Lilacia Park

150 S. Park Avenue, Lombard, IL 60148
Excellent
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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.

4. Tivoli Theatre Downers Grove

5021 Highland Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515-3626 +1 630-968-0219
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5 based on 173 reviews

Tivoli Theatre Downers Grove

Reviewed By Barb L - Chicago, Illinois

Such a fun experience and great value to visit the Tivoli. The price is half of the traditional theaters...as are the refreshments (and drinks and popcorn have free refills). The seats are comfortable, the screen is exceptionally large, and the venue itself has so much to admire and holds a lot of people. There is also an organ player if you go on Friday or Saturday nights. Hands down, our favorite movie theater!!

5. Kline Creek Farm

1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago, IL 60185 +1 630-933-7200
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Kline Creek Farm

Reviewed By Michelle N - Oak Lawn, Illinois

We went to Kline Creek Farm for their Country Fair day over the Labor Day holiday. We had a great time touring the grounds and participating in the "Fair" activities. This is a beautiful place to take family pictures too. Wonderful to support a historical gem and show your children a by gone era.

6. Willowbrook Wildlife Center

525 S Park Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6900 +1 630-942-6200
Excellent
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Reviewed By JJRiann - Chicago, Illinois

We accidentally stumbled upon this center while on a weekend trip. I am so glad that we did! This place is incredible! In the main welcome center, They showcase birds and reptiles that have been injured. There are placards on each cage with information on the injury and where the animal was located. Outside, there are several other cages with injured fox, owls, raccoons, vultures, bobcats, etc... I was amazed to see an American bald eagle. The enclosures were all impeccably clean and you can tell that these animals are loved. Behind the cages, there is a 1/2 mile trail that winds you around the perimeter and offers views that are breathtaking. You have to keep in mind that this is not a zoo. These animals are being rehabbed and some will never be able to go back into nature. I think the services offered at this facility are commendable. I will definitely be back again soon.

7. Cantigny Park

1S151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189-3353 +1 630-668-5161
Excellent
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5 based on 487 reviews

Cantigny Park

Welcome to Cantigny!Discover a world of beauty, learning and fun just around the corner! Cantigny was Colonel Robert R. McCormick’s gift to the community and all 500 acres are yours to enjoy. Plan your visit today!

Reviewed By cwillini - New Lenox, Illinois

My wife and I decided to visit this place because it had some gardens to see and we hadn't been there in awhile. Also it was somewhere to go on a sunny day. The only problem was there was a lot of construction going on at the place, but it was still worth visiting. They have this 1st Division Museum on the property that was just recently opened and it was an interesting place to see. If you go there, you need to see the museum. We saw some humming birds and some beautiful gardens.

8. Dupage Children's Museum

301 N Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540-4537 +1 630-637-8000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 184 reviews

Dupage Children's Museum

Reviewed By C0lley - Chicago, Illinois

Great place for families with small children. Be prepared - it is very noisy and chaotic but with many, many hands-on activities. Very clean and well maintained with great staff. A nice afternoon activity.

9. Cosley Zoo

1356 N Gary Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187-3425 +1 630-665-5534
Excellent
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4.5 based on 180 reviews

Cosley Zoo

Reviewed By GiseppeGord

An attractive small zoo perfect for all ages. Parking may be an issue on busy days. Free admission. A pleasant assortment of animals that will delight all. Animals are well cared for. There is also a gift shop. A comfortable spot for a two hour respite from life's rush.

10. Cluedin Escape Rooms

440 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-5642 +1 331-481-9535
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5 based on 9 reviews

Cluedin Escape Rooms

Test your wits in an hour long live action game. Up to 6 people enter a room filled with puzzles, riddles, and games. Players must work together to interact and solve them in a particular order, all while learning the secrets behind the story of each game. A unique night out for couples, families, friends, social groups, and team building.

Reviewed By KPKOREN - La Grange Park, IL

My sister, her husband, my wife and I visited CluedIn on Sunday February 12, 2017. We had a GREAT time. Unlike my sister and her husband, my wife and I had never been to an escape room attraction before and personally, until 4 days before our visit, I had never even heard of an escape room. The premise of an escape room is for the participants to work together gathering and deciphering clues that lead to the solution of a problem, usually escaping from a room, within a one hour time limit.
The four of us arrived early and were greeted by the owner, bow tie wearing, Brian and his assistant. Then we were taken into the 'Asylum' room and given a back story to the premise of our task. I won't go into what we had to do but the four of us had to work together to get out of the room. It was a blast! We completed the exercise with 50 seconds to spare. The process was very linear in that one clue lead to another. The entire setup of the room, clue hiding and premise were very creative.
The business is located in a small strip mall right on Roosevelt Road and easy to get to. CluedIn was only nine weeks old when we we went and there was only one room. Brian said he was working on creating a second room soon, which is a good thing for repeat business. We look forward to 'escaping' again.

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