15 Weekends of Summer, 100s of Reasons to Visit

Make Your Summer Bucket List

Summers can start to feel long after the initial excitement wears off, especially so when the hot temperatures seem to rise and rise, but Visit Oak Park will keep your summer weekends busy and fun. You'll never feel like you're running out of activities, inside and outside. There are 15 weekends of summer and we have hundreds of reasons to visit the western suburbs, so scroll down to find your next adventure.

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Food & Drinks

Meet us for a mouth-watering meal in the west suburbs. We have all the Chicago staples and more. Italian beef to pizza to tacos to BBQ and all the sweet treats you can imagine.

Entertainment & Music

Meet Us where creativity meets fun. The artistic spirit runs deep throughout the area, from performances and galleries to a full range of indoor and outdoor entertainment venues that are fun for everyone.

Arts & Architecture

Meet us where iconic architectural genius, legendary stories and fascinating tours will take you back in time. 

Animals & Outdoors

Meet us where more than 3,400 creatures from across the globe live in one place at Brookfield Zoo Chicago and where you can bike, hike, fish and kayak in the great outdoors of the Cook County Forest Preserves. 

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Kids & Family

Meet us to cool down when things heat up this summer. From children’s museums to indoor playgrounds and trampoline parks, you’ll find lots of ways to stay engaged indoors.


Meet us to tour historic homes or to visit gravesites. From famous authors and architects to gangsters, this area has something for everyone. 


Meet us for a day of shopping, either for yourself or to find unique gifts. Our independent stores offer things up for the fashionista to the foodie to the maker to the book worm and more! 

Spas & Wellness

Meet us for a day of holistic wellness or just a day of pampering. We have several hidden gems in the area you don't want to miss this summer.

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