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Fun Things to do near Chicago, IL in the Fox River Valley

Discover the scenic Fox River Valley, where you'll find the most popular things to do in the Chicago area. With a mix of urban convenience and a relaxed country spirit, there's no end to the ways to spend your days and nights in Chicagoland. Enjoy a day of baseball with the Kane County Cougars, or a derby at Lamplight. Wander the beautiful gardens of Ball Horticultural, or explore the magnificent water features of Aquascape. Discover the hottest fashions at the Outlets of Chicago or stroll through downtown St. Charles with its cool energy, restaurants and sights on the Fox River. Enjoy a night of comedy at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort or see a concert at the historic Aracada Theater. It's all right here!
St. Charles Kane County Cougars

Kane County Cougars

Our local minor league baseball team is affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the fun's right here in Fox Valley. Catch a game for a chance to see the stars of tomorrow before they make it big. Ask us for free tickets on game days when you check in!
Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles

Kane County Fairgrounds

The Kane County Fair rolls into town every July, but there's plenty to do all year. Enjoy a calendar filled with exciting things to do, like the Kane County Flea Market, antique shopping, bull riding, car shows, and festive holiday events.
Downtown of St. Charles

Downtown St. Charles

Stroll through Downtown St. Charles for a lively urban experience along the Fox River. Enjoy a unique, cosmopolitan experience - where old meets new - with shopping, dining, and energizing adventures around every corner.
Arcada Theatre in Illinois

Arcada Theatre

Built in 1926, this beautiful and historic theater has witnessed its share of stars and big-name entertainers.The "Gem of the Fox Valley" presents exciting concerts and shows. Check out Club Arcada, a speakeasy style bar with classic cocktails and food.
Chicago Premium Outlets in Illinois

Chicago Premium Outlets

Shop at more than 170 name brand and high-end retailers and factory stores with unbeatable deals at this sprawling outlet mall in nearby Aurora. Browse popular outlets like Nike, J. Crew, Armani, Coach, Banana Republic, Kate Spade and Calvin Klein.
Grand Victoria Casino in St. Charles

Grand Victoria Casino

Try your luck on this impressive floating riverboat casino featuring 1,100 slots, live poker, and Vegas-style table games. Spend the evening in the VIP Lounge, enjoy delicious cuisine, or take in a live concert or show at the GVC Bar.
Scarecrow Festival of St. Charles

St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

Kick off the colorful Fall season at the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest - rated one of the "Top 100 Events in North America" year after year. Enjoy handmade scarecrow competitions, carnival rides, roaming performers, arts and crafts, and live music.
Chicago Steel in St. Charles

Chicago Steel

Check out the United States Hockey League's Chicago Steel take on some of the greatest teams in the world during your Chicagoland getaway. This popular hockey team plays from September through May out of the Fox Valley Ice Arena.
Aquascape in Illinois


Aquascape Water Gardens is a magnificent display featuring a 400,000-gallon man-made pond and a grotto behind 10-foot waterfalls. Be sure to check out the many beautiful man-made water features around the St. Charles area.
Ball Horticultural in Illinois

Ball Horticultural

One of the world's leaders in flower science, Ball Horticultural features a beautiful 9-acre garden with flowers, plants, vegetables and sustainable landscapes that spark ideas and innovatons. It's also the birthplace of thousands of new and colorful species.
Lamplight of St. Charles


The only thing more gorgeous than this 55-acre country estate and horse show facility is the majestic animals themselves. Carve out some time during your getaway to check out a horse derby, dressage show, or take a tour of the stables.
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