600 N. Martingale
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 517-7737
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The Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary is a great addition to your Schaumburg itinerary. Sprawling over 135 acres (55 hectares), the verdant scenery of fields, forests, wetlands and ponds surround the historic Heritage Farm and Estate of pioneering settlers in the area. A great getaway for locals and tourists alike, it paints a picture of splendor and serenity while boasting beautiful flora and attracting exotic fauna. Follow a hiking trail, bring out your birdwatching binoculars, walk through fields, photograph flowers and pay a visit to the nature center, all for a plethora of experiences that guarantee a relaxing time.
Ned Brown Forest Preserve is a must visit for some family-friendly recreation. It is spread over 3700 acres (1500 hectares) and is one of the best-used natural preserves in the state of Illinois. Located within is the National Natural Landmark, Busse Woods. Named after the former mayor of Chicago, Fred A. Busse, it offers visitors with an array of leisure activities. Discover its flora and fauna, go fishing or elk spotting, enjoy a lakeside picnic or don't miss out on a bicycle ride along the 10.8-mile (17-kilometer) Busse Woods Trail.
The beautiful sculpture shows a woman awaking from her sleep. It is based on the Greek theory where goddess sisters are said to inspire mortals with great ideas. Made from Indiana limestone by Don Lawler - Meg White Sculpture Studios Inc, it is believed to whisper inspiration if one sits in her hand. Overlooking a nearby pond, it lies on the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center grounds. It is indeed one of the major highlight of Schaumburg.
The Chicago Athenaeum's International Sculpture Park sits on 20 acres of meadow, forest, and natural prairie, five minutes from the Museum's new satellite facility in Schaumburg. It features the art of both American and international sculptors, with each piece selected for its ability to fit the natural enviornment. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Watch knights on horseback re-enact an 11th century tournament complete with jousting matches and sword fights while feasting on a four-course banquet at the castle of King Alfonso the Magnificent. Admission includes a two-hour show, dinner (which you eat with your hands) and beverages. A cash bar is open throughout the show. There is free parking. Call ahead for timings.
In the heart of Elk Grove Village, surrounded by the town’s government building, lies the Village Park. This small strip of a park is a popular gathering point for the village residents, be it for just a walk, or to attend a community event. Among the events that have been hosted here are Art in the Park, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Summer Concert Series. Call for further information on upcoming events.
A park that is bustling with people and events, the Lions Park, or Rainbow Falls as it is also called, is one of the numerous parks that dot the landscape of Elk Grove Village. Open from dawn to dusk, this park is spread over an area of 11.4 acres (4.61 hectares), and comprises a basketball court, a playground, a skating rink, and three baseball fields. Do see the website to know more about upcoming events and other details about this park.
Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with your family at Volkening Lake. It has something for everyone including walking, fishing, picnicking, boating or simply sitting and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The boat dock offers both canoes and paddle boats for rent. Concessions available include soft drinks, popcorn and candy.
One of the several parks that are managed by the Arlington Heights Park District, the Recreation Park is located in downtown Arlington Heights. One of the favorite parks among the locals, the Recreation Park has a ball field, tennis courts, picnic areas, walking paths, and a swimming pool. The park is also home to the oldest Community Center in the city, built in 1937. Call for more information.
Home to the various departments of the Hoffman Estates village government, the Village Hall is centrally located in the heart of the village. Besides being the center point of local government meetings, the hall also hosts small community events. Call for more information.
This Second Empire styled building was built in 1873 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. The George Clayson House was the residential home of a local carpenter and orchardist of the same name. Spread across 10 acres (4.04 hectares), it was bought by the Palatine Public Library and is maintained by the Palatine Park District. Today it is a public museum and library focusing on local history. A gem for history lovers, it features countless heirlooms and relics from Palatine’s past.
Laser Quest is live action laser tag at its best. Enter the multi-level arena where fog, music and special effects combine to provide an incredible combination of tag and hide & seek. For family and group events, birthday parties or on your own, Laser Quest is interactive intense fun for ages 7-77.