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Pullman National Monument Mural

Lesser-known Chicago hotspots

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postedJuly 22, 2019

With more than 55 million people visiting Chicago each year, it makes sense for groups to explore options just outside of the city. Two nearby areas represented by NTA DMO members are Lake County and Chicago Southland.

Lipizzan stallion
Lipizzan stallion (Photo by John Borys Photography)

Lake County

Just north of Chicago on Lake Michigan, Lake County offers year-round activities and attractions for a range of groups. Summer fun includes visits to Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor amusement and water park, as well as water sports and relaxation on Lake Michigan.

Lake County is also home to plenty of indoor options. Groups enjoy Tempel Lipizzans performances by the famous Lipizzan stallions; visits to the Sanfilippo Estate, a privately owned home that houses a collection of antique musical instruments; and tours of area museums including the Volo Auto Museum and the National Museum of the American Sailor.

For more information, email Jayne Nordstrom of the Lake County, IL CVB or go to

Chicago Southland

Shrine of Christ’s Passion
Shrine of Christ’s Passion
(Photo by Chicago Southland CVB)

Located just south-southwest of the city limits, Chicago Southland offers easy accessibility, affordability and appealing activities for groups.

Popular options are the religious tour that pairs a trip to the Shrine of Christ’s Passion (a prayer trail of the Passion of Christ) with a visit to Bible League International, and a historical tour that includes visits to the Method Soap Factory and the Pullman Historic District. Outdoor options include Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, Pullman National Monument and Park Forest Rail Fan Park. The area also has eight breweries, which form the local Brewery Trail.

To learn more, email Tobie Fitzpatrick of the Chicago Southland CVB or go to

Top photo: Pullman National Monument Mural
Photo by CC Flickr/Jay Galvin:


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