Hangout Spots For All
Keep Calm and Comic On: Comic Book and Retail Stores
3 Keys Comics, Crete,
All American Comic Shop, Evergreen Park,
Alternate Reality, Inc., Chicago,
Amazing Fantasy Books & Comics, Frankfort
Closet Collectibles, Crete
Comic Asylum, Worth
Elsewhere Comics & Collectibles, Blue Island,
RSR Comics & Cards, Midlothian
Zone Comics and Games, Homewood,
Total Game Changers: Arcades and Gaming
Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events, Mokena,
Dave & Buster’s, Orland Park,
Galloping Ghost Arcade, Brookfield,
Gamma VR, Joliet and Lansing,
Gizmos Fun Factory, Orland Park,
Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park & Picnics, Burbank and Joliet,
In the Game, Hollywood Park, Crestwood,
In the New Age, Steger,
PGN Fun Village, Hickory Hills,
Working Like a Boss: Women-Owned Businesses
Bottoms Up Sports Bar & Grill, Lansing – Family-owned and operated sports bar with a full menu, beer garden and live entertainment.
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe, Burbank – Mexican, Cajun and Creole-inspired barbecue, slow cooked and smoked to perfection.
Fabulously Sweet Creations, Mokena – Specializing in handcrafted artisan chocolates and sweet treats since 2012, offering a variety of Belgian chocolate delicacies.
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, Flossmoor – The oldest brewery in the Chicago Southland region, serving handcrafted, award-winning beers and gourmet pub food.
Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream Co., Lansing – Hand-dipped, deluxe chocolates and homemade ice cream
Lynnie Ques Airport Bar & Grill, Lansing – Hickory-smoked ribs, chicken and brisket prepared fresh daily.
Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders, Lansing – Generous portions of grinders, pizza and more featuring high-quality, fresh ingredients.
redbird café, Homewood – Globally-inspired vegan and vegetarian cooking prepared with seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients
Own What’s Yours: Black-Owned Businesses
Conservatory Vintage & Vinyl, Flossmoor – Hand-curated shop that specializes in premium vinyl records as well as Midcentury furniture and home décor.
Culture, Homewood – Restaurant and nightlife venue that combines best-in-class food, drinks and entertainment.
Flavor Restaurant, Richton Park – A modern take on southern, Jamaican, Creole, Cajun and American cuisines, offering a unique dining experience.
Hidden Manna Cafe, Matteson – Southern-style café cooking up fresh Cajun and Creole food served with love.
Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar, Country Club Hills – Bold flavors and a down-home feel featuring fiery Cajun cooking and seafood boil dishes.
Ooo Wee Chicken & Ribs, Lansing – Delicious, scratch-made barbecue meals created with fresh ingredients and pride.
Poppin’ Plates Culinary Incubator, Park Forest – Provides kitchen space for budding entrepreneurs in addition to catering services.
Signature Sweets Factory, South Holland – Homemade ice cream and gelato, signature cupcakes, wedding cakes and more sweet treats created by a self-taught pastry chef.
Vegan T’Ease, Orland Park – Leading restaurant that serves homemade, fresh vegan cuisine with dishes like vegan tacos, sweet potato pie and almond cheesecake.
Vintrendi Wine Company, Park Forest – Small batch, boutique wines created without rules, bottled and served on-site in the charming tasting room.
Never Too Old for Fun: Senior Hangout Spots
1950s Park Forest House Museum, Park Forest – Interpretation of an original 1950s home full of period furnishings and décor.
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Palos Park – Award-winning, historic golf course, home to 72 holes and the famous “Dubsdread” course.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, New Lenox and Orland Park – Modern, casual dining experience in an upscale setting featuring an array of award-winning wines.
Historic Downtown Frankfort, Frankfort – Quaint downtown shopping district featuring specialty, boutique and gift shops, among others.
Jack Gibbons Gardens, Oak Forest – Serving delicious steak, chops and seafood since 1922 in a historical setting.
Monee Reservoir, Monee – Preserve spanning nearly 250 acres, including the 46-acre lake, with opportunities for fishing, hiking, boat rentals and more.
Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center, Palos Hills – Quality cultural programs and popular entertainment presented in two theaters and an art gallery.
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, University Park – Outdoor collection of 32 master works of large-scale sculpture situated across 100 acres of prairie landscape.
The Princess Cafe, Beecher – Well-known establishment serving fresh meat and seafood selections of generous portions.
The Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John, Indiana – Interactive, half-mile winding Prayer Trail that depicts the last days of Christ’s life through forty life-size bronze sculptures.
Teen Hangout Spots
Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events, Mokena – Satisfy your need for speed with indoor go-karts that can reach up to 50 MPH (please note that a parent or guardian must accompany minors and a signed waiver is required to access the go-karts)!
Beggars Pizza, Lansing – Chow down on some Chicago-style deep dish pizza or other classic Italian American cuisine.
Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield – A family-friendly, beautiful nature park perfect for coming face-to-face with over 5,000 animals including lions, gorillas, giraffes and more.
Chicago Ridge Mall, Chicago Ridge – Variety of shopping options including Forever 21, GameStop, Hollister, PINK, Hot Topic and Spencer’s (visitors ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult 21 years and older on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays).
Fox Pointe, Lansing – Premier outdoor concert venue offering free live music performances during the summer and other family-friendly events year-round.
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights – Sprawling outdoor nature center with 3.5 miles of hiking trails and the 20-acre Lake Katherine.
Marcus Theatres, Chicago Heights, Country Club Hills and Orland Park – Showcasing the newest blockbusters on the big screen and serving freshly popped popcorn.
The Plush Horse, Palos Park – Quaint ice cream parlor serving large scoops of homemade ice cream, available in dozens of flavors.
Windy City ThunderBolts (Ozinga Field), Crestwood – Cheer on the Chicago Southland’s professional minor league baseball team and enjoy affordable ticket pricing, themed game days, food specials and, of course, baseball!