Wheeling is a town full to the brim with things to do. Even our history tells that narrative: Chicagoans used to bike up the Milwaukee River just to vacation in Wheeling. Whether you’re an out-of-towner planning your own day trip to our sweet town or a local looking to see the neighborhood with fresh eyes, we’re bringing you the best things to do in our corner of the world.
There’s always something new to try on this happening row of restaurants along Milwaukee Avenue. Try delicious seafood at Bob Chinns Crab House, go to Superdawg Drive-In for a night of retro fun, visit Cooper’s Hawk Winery to find your next favorite red, or choose between Saranello’s or Tuscany for a classic Italian meal. These restaurants, and more, are sure to make your night on the town a tasty one.
The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago (KCCOC) in Wheeling is a three-acre compound that includes museum, art gallery, library, assembly hall, community center, multi-purpose room and numerous classrooms. At this free center, you can stroll inside and out, take a class or attend a lively event and immerse yourself in the culture.
Parks run all along the eastern side of Wheeling. There’s an endless assortment of parks for nature-lovers to choose from: Potawatomi Woods, Dam No. 1 Woods East, Lake Avenue Woods, Camp Pine Woods and more. For the avid hiker, biker or jogger, these parks and their trails are sure to please!
Heritage Park is a gorgeous park located just behind ONE. Part of Wheeling Park District, the park with its gorgeous pond-side gazebo hosts an array of amazing programming. Throughout the summer, movies and concerts are hosted weekly. You can find a full event calendar here.
Wheeling is a haven for golfers. Nearby Chevy Chase Country Club has a gorgeous green called Traditions at Chevy Chase Golf Course. Or, if you’re looking for something a little closer to home, the Putting Green at ONE is the perfect place to practice your putts in preparation for a big day of golfing.
The Family Aquatic Center, located adjacent to ONE, is a thrilling outdoor waterpark. Featuring numerous slides, pools, concessions and lounging areas, this waterpark has something for all ages.
Pinheads Jeffrey Lanes is an atmospheric bar with eight bowling lanes. Whether it’s a daytime activity with the family or a night out with friends, everyone loves a good game of bowling.
Sometimes the best thing to do is to settle in at a cozy cafe with your work or a good book. In Wheeling, the options are endless. For a classic cup of coffee, visit the Starbucks in Wheeling Town Center. For something a little more atmospheric, try Coffeessions Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, where you might even catch a live music performance. For the health-conscious, Purple Sprout Cafe has delicious juices and fare — and on certain days, you might even catch an aura reading.
Just outside your front door at ONE is a world to be explored. Wheeling’s newest walkable downtown, Wheeling Town Center, is coming together. There, you’ll be able to grab a coffee at Starbucks or a craft brew at City Works. You will also be able to catch a flick at CMX Theaters.