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Nature, Preserved

Green spaces abound in DuPage County, which boasts of parks, beaches, walking trails and lush forest preserves. Immerse yourself in nature at The Morton Arboretum, a 688-hectare botanical living history collection. Guided tram tours take you across the grounds, including woodlands, wetlands and a prairie. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the Children’s Garden, an expansive adventure area with tons of interactive activities. At Cantigny Park, enjoy multiple gardens, a greenhouse, two museums and even a championship golf course. Join the 98-kilometer Illinois Prairie Path from one of many points and cycle or walk through the area wilderness on a route that the old Chicago Aurora & Elgin electric railroad used to follow.


Fascinating Culture

For something completely different, visit Fermi National Laboratories, one of the world's premier particle physics laboratories, where self-guided tours include viewing areas and hands-on exhibits. The Leon Lederman Science Education Center, as well as Wilson Hall and the Fermilab Art Gallery are open to guests of all ages. Experience BAPs Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Chicago, a majestic Hindu structure and place of worship. Visitors can partake in the “Understanding Hinduism” exhibit, spend time in the Haveli (an intricately designed wooden structure and courtyard) or marvel at the Mandir, with its elaborate architecture. Step back in time at Naper Settlement, an outdoor living history museum with 19th century buildings, the Agricultural Interpretive Center and a playscape to explore. 


Unbeatable Shopping and Dining

Pleasure pursuits are in endless supply here. Reserve a day to meander through Oakbrook Center – you’ll need it. As one of the largest open-air upscale shopping centers in the U.S., you’ll find high-end department stores, 160 shops and restaurants, in a stylish setting that includes gardens and fountains. There are nearly as many stores at Chicago Premium Outlets, which offers designer labels at a discounted price. After shopping up a storm, you can feed your appetite at steakhouses, Italian restaurants, Latin eateries, brew pubs, al fresco cafes or wine bars serving small plates. There are hundreds of local favorites and surprising international flavors to explore in DuPage dining.  

Fun Fact

A postage stamp honoring the great Muddy Waters
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Poet Carl Sandburg, Blues legend Muddy Waters, athlete Red Grange and John and Jim Belushi have all made their homes here.

American flags displayed in front of the Moser Tower for the Naperville Healing Field of Honor
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Naperville’s Moser Tower is 14 stories high (three meters higher than the Statue of Liberty) but offers sweeping views all the way to the Chicago skyline.

Fermilab in DuPage County, Illinois
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DuPage County is home to Fermi National Laboratories, also known as Fermilab, one of only two premier particle physics laboratories in the world.

Hot Air Balloon over Asheville, North Carolina
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