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Things to do in the Wheaton and Chicago area

Plan Your Visit to Wheaton and Chicago
If you arrive Thursday, consider taking the free tour of the Wade Center museum or join us for dinner at Gino's East in downtown Wheaton for world famous Chicago-style pizza.  You can register here for both or register with your Summit registration.

The Billy Graham Center museum will be open from 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday.  Be sure to visit the museum and see our collection of art from formerly incarcerated persons provided by the Institute for Prison Ministries and Crossroads Prison Ministries.

June is a beautiful time of year here.  If you enjoy being outdoors, there are several great forest preserves (free) and a few nationally acclaimed parks worth a visit for a fee.

Special Parks in the Wheaton Area
Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL...located across the street from the Hyatt in Lisle).  The Morton Arboretum's 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants.  Also on the grounds are the Visitor Center with The Arboretum Store and Ginkgo Restaurant and Café, four-acre Children’s Garden, one-acre Maze Garden, Sterling Morton Library, Plant Clinic, nine miles of roads, and 16 miles of trails. (admission fee $13-15)

Cantigny Park   Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Cantigny Park is the 500-acre former estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The park includes spectacular gardens, the Robert R. McCormick house museum and The First Division Museum, dedicated to the history of the Big Red One, the famed 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army.  There is a separate fee to tour inside the museums.  ($5 to $10 parking fee but free admission to the grounds).

Within Walking Distance from the College
Within walking distance from campus is downtown Wheaton which is great for ice cream, a quaint super small popcorn and candy shop, Starbucks, Subway, a few resale shops and other restaurants.

A park district mini golf course is located a short walk just southwest of the Billy Graham Center.

The Union Pacific West Line train runs from College Avenue (near Wheaton College campus) and goes directly into Ogilvy Center in Chicago.  The Chicago water taxi is reasonable ($5 a ride) and runs from Ogilvy station to Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue and other stops in Chicago.  This is an affordable way to get a good view of the city. 

Millenium Park (free)

Navy Pier (free, cost for food, attractions)

Willis Tower Skydeck

John Hancock Observatory

Museums (these are just a few of the more popular museums in the Chicago area)

DuSable Museum of African American History

Museum of Science and Industry

Adler Planetarium

Field Museum of Natural History

Shedd Aquarium

Restaurants in and around the Wheaton area