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Get inspired “Just Beyond the City Limits.” Find the Top 20 Roadside Attractions. Plan the perfect Girls' Weekend Getaway. Learn more about Pullman National Monument. Take a drive down the Historic Dixie Highway.

Whatever you are searching for, find it in the Chicago Southland.



 
La Banque Hotel
Say Oui to a weekend getaway with the Chicago Southland's newest boutique hotel, La Banque Hotel.
Bucket List
Check Out the Chicago Southland Bucket List
 
Famous Graves
View Famous Graves in the Chicago Southland
 
Summertime Outdoor Dining
When the sun shines on Chicago Southland, take advantage of the beautiful moment and dine alfresco.
Memorials
Pay your respects at numerous memorials around the Chicago Southland
 
Just Beyond the City Limits
Reconnect with family and the great outdoors in the Chicago Southland: Just Beyond the City Limits
 
All Things Irish
Experience Ireland in the Southland
Railroad Fans
Railfanning in the Chicago Southland
 
Signature Golf Holes
Challenge yourself on the links at the numerous public golf courses in the Chicago Southland


The Chicago Southland: Just Beyond the City Limits
Just Beyond the City Limits of Chicago, rests the 62 south and southwest suburbs known as the Chicago Southland. The Chicago Southland is a convenient and affordable destination bursting with outdoor recreation, major attractions, fine dining, lodging and shopping. With inte...


All Things Irish
If you want to feel Irish, but stay in the states, grab a Guinness in Chicago Southland at J.J. Kelley’s in Lansing, The Ashford House Restaurant in Tinley Park paired with their authentic Irish cuisine or The Carraig Irish Pub located next to Chicago Gaelic Park, an I...


Ball Fore Mini-Golf
You might be able to drive a golf ball 300 yards, but can you navigate the colorful, yet challenging terrain at the Ball Fore Miniature Golf Course in Chicago Ridge? This course hosted the U.S. ProMiniGolf Association’s U.S. Open Championship that attracted top interna...


Celebrate the Diverse Heritages of the Chicago Southland
The Chicago Southland is a true melting pot of diverse ethnic backgrounds and loves to celebrate its history with parades and festivals. Here is a sample of the many ethnic celebrations in the Chicago Southland. Irish Heritage Everyone knows about the rich history of t...


Check Out the Chicago Southland Bucket List
Compare Shoes with Paul Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, University Park How big is your shoe? How does it compare to Paul Bunyan’s size 203 boots? “Paul,” a 30-foot-tall rendition of an older, greyer, Paul Bunyan by renowned sculptor Tony Tasset, towers ab...


Chicago Southland Cuisine: Pizza, Farm-to-Table, Chicago Style Hot Dogs, Sweet Treats and more.
Chicago Style Hot Dogs What is a Chicago-style Hot Dog? All-beef frankfurter on a steamed poppy seed bun topped with: Yellow mustard Chopped white onions Neon green sweet pickle relish Dill pickle spear Tomato wedges Pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery ...


Chicago Southland Cuisine: World’s Largest Pizzeria
Joe Aurelio founded the original Aurelio’s in 1959 with a small, four table restaurant on Ridge Road in Homewood. By 1977, Aurelio’s had grown so popular that they opened the world's largest pizzeria near its original store in a former 12,000-square-foot indu...


Disc Golf
There are more than 173 holes of disc golf spread throughout the Chicago Southland, most for free. From small nine-hole courses to the Professional Disc Golf Association Championship Rated course, The Oaks, in Mokena, there are courses for every level in the region. ...


Discover Interpretive Murals Along the Lincoln Highway
Along the 179-mile Illinois Lincoln Highway, you will find over 30 interpretive gazebos and murals that help tell the story of America's First Coast-to-Coast Road. Dedicated in 1913, the Lincoln Highway runs about 25 miles through the Chicago Southland from Lynwood in th...


Dixie Highway Marks 100 Years
A young fur trader’s work nearly 200 years ago to set up a series of trading posts from Chicago to Vincennes, Ind., laid the groundwork for what we know today as the Dixie Highway, which turned 100 in 2015. Described as the World’s Greatest Rolling Car Show, D...


Dog Days of Travel
Travelling with your pets can be RUFF at times but it has gotten easier in the Chicago Southland. In life, pet ownership rivals the greatest companionship and in the Chicago Southland, we offer over 15 pet friendly hotels to make your travels delightful. From name brands you...


Drink to the Moment!
“Here’s to you!” “Raise your glass to toast the bride and groom!” “TGIF!” Whatever the reason you grab a drink, enjoy the moment! It is often advised by drink aficionados when tasting a craft beer, bourbon or wine to slow down, pay a...


Ecotourism: Get Back to Nature!
There are many options to learn about the nature and the ecosystem of the Chicago Southland. From tours to environmental learning centers and trails to explore, the region offers a variety of opportunities for your family. Environmental Learning Centers The Center...


Enchanté Ami
Say Oui to a weekend getaway with the Chicago Southland’s newest boutique hotel, La Banque Hotel. Located in the bustling downtown district of Homewood in a renovated bank building, La Banque Hotel offers a luxurious stay one typically finds in the city, with the flexi...


Famous Graves in the Chicago Southland
Supporters of icons, whether music, religious, sports or military remain dedicated after their passing. The Chicago Southland is home to an eclectic mix, from famous blues musicians to Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, civil rights icons, Chicago mayors and the founde...


Free and Fun Things to Do in the Chicago Southland
1. EXPLORE the 42,169 acres of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the largest forest preserve district in the country, that run throughout the Chicago Southland. 2. BIKE the 22-mile Old Plank Road Trail through the Chicago Southland. 3.EXPLORE&nbs...


Girls’ Weekend Getaway
We all know girls just want to have fun, but women also want choices when traveling together. Where to eat, drink, shop and unwind? Are you in an artsy mood or more of a scream-your-favorite-song-at-the-top-of-your-lungs kind of mood? Whether you want a fancy girls’ ge...


Harvest Happenings and Farm Fun
It’s very easy to get wrapped up in all the hustle and bustle that happens in our everyday lives. We encourage you to take a step back, slow down and truly enjoy the beauty of the region. From farms that are filled with family history to annual festivals that have grow...


In-Tents Escape (Camping in Chicago Southland)
You can now make s’mores, tell campfire stories and sleep under the stars Just Beyond the City Limits in Chicago Southland. When you arrive at Camp Sullivan in Oak Forest, an iconic red barn greets visitors with a warm Midwest welcome. Large groups of 36 or groups of 1...


Leave No Child Inside
It’s time to put the video games down and take the kids outside to experience childhood the way you remember it…in the great outdoors. Start the day off exploring nature at Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland. Fans of dragonflies and butterflies are treate...


Mancationing in the Chicago Southland
Men, it's time to ditch the thoughts of a romantic weekend getaway or antiquing and start planning your Mancation to the Chicago Southland with plenty of access to beer, golf and cigars! Grab your clubs, best caddy shack references and head to one of our 34 golf cours...


Memorials Around the Chicago Southland
There are several memorials to the veterans who served in the five branches of the U.S. Military and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This tour will take you to memorials in 14 towns throughout the Chicago Southland. You will see everything from helicopters, to tanks, ...


Nightlife
Entertainment options abound in the Chicago Southland. From brewpubs to distilleries, comedy clubs to concert venues, the Chicago Southland has a plurality of entertainment options! Every city has a variety of bars and clubs. Some options for you: Breweries 5 R...


Places on the National Historic Register
The Chicago Southland is home to more than a dozen sites on the National Historic Register. From famous homes, aircraft hangars and downtowns, exploring the Chicago Southland is like exploring history of the Midwest. Joshua P. Young House 244 High Street, Blue Isla...


Public Art is Everywhere in the Chicago Southland
Murals Richard Haas Mural Collection In addition to a unique and quaint downtown area, Homewood now boasts the largest collection of Richard Haas murals anywhere in the world. Haas, a world-renowned painter specializing in large, hyper-realistic art that creates the illusi...


Pullman National Monument
Every place has a history but few make it to the forefront. Started as the world’s first planned industrial town, only to find itself on the brink of demolition, Pullman National Monument has notched its place not only in the history books but in our hearts as well. ...


Railfanning in the Chicago Southland
Railfans love the Chicago Southland for its plurality of railfan spots! From double diamonds to the Pullman National Monument, a brewpub in an old Illinois Central rail station and one of the only places to see a double wye junction in the country, the Chicago Southland has ...


Ride the Brand New Cal-Sag Trail!
The vast recreation and forest preserve areas available in the Chicago Southland are filled with opportunities for adventure, hiking and exploration. One of the newest additions to this list is the Calumet-Sagnashkee Trail, or Cal-Sag Trail. The trail is a key connector of 1...


Seasonal Activities
Every season brings new opportunities for adventure in the Chicago Southland. Whether you like snow or sun, there is fun in your future. Here are some seasonal activities to try out: Winter See sled dog teams in action at Musher Mania at the Monee Reservoir in ...


Signature Golf Holes
There are many fine holes that will challenge you throughout the 35 public golf courses in the Chicago Southland. Luscious green and challenging bunkers, long par fives to technically challenging par threes, the variety among the 693 holes in the region provides a unique mix...


Summertime Outdoor Dining
When the sun shines on Chicago Southland, take advantage of the beautiful moment and dine alfresco. The following restaurants offer outdoor dining to enjoy great weather and even better entrees. Banana’s Grille & Bar (Tinley Park Hotel & Convention Cent...


Top 20 Things To See & Do
Planning a getaway can be stressful. Where to go and what to do are pretty daunting questions that stump even the most seasoned traveler. Good thing we have compiled a list of the top 20 things to see and do to make your time in the Chicago Southland worthwhile. 1. Sit i...


Top Ten Roadside Attractions
Roadside attractions are found throughout the Chicago Southland. These odd, and sometimes hilarious, travel destinations catch your eye and beg you to stop and Instagram your newest discovery. Next time you find yourself taking a selfie next to Elise at The Creamery in Moken...






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