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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Route
“Orchard Road is a shopping paradise you can not miss. Full of eatery too. Must pamper yourself!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
  • 6 locals recommend
Store
“Probably the best outlet mall in the Chicagoland area but it is a little bit of a drive.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Excellent Mexican food and fantastic mixed drinks with fun ambiance. Outdoor seating. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of our favorite breakfast joints in the area. Creative takes on the usual breakfast fare and a bright ambiance. It's a great way to start a morning.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Christmas-themed attraction with carnival rides & 200+ zoo animals. Open May through October.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Park and pool complete with waterslides and a zero depth entry section for the little ones ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“Cool spot to check out on short bike ride. Cross the river to the Japanese garden at historic Frank Lloyd Wright home”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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“A fixture of the Elgin food scene, they are a great place for burgers and beers”
  • 5 locals recommend
Entertainment
“This is a great venue for concerts! If you are looking for something to do, look this place up on the web and see if there happens to be a show going on (highly likely--they have shows all the time). Parking is available on the street and nearby lots for free. We have attended several concerts here, never disappointed!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Casino
“Close and you can give your money to the state of Illinois, they will find a way to spend it. Gambling Boat. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Raceway Woods is a lovely 122 acre open space tract getting its name from the old race track that once wound around parts of it. The central core of the tract has a fine savannah and mesic woodland with steep banks where pocket seeps trickle down into a clear rippling brook that wanders through several pristine natural areas. This preserve includes a horseback riding area. Most horse trails are natural surface, mowed grass paths. Limestone screenings trails and asphalt bike trails are available in some of the preserves. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Big indoor-outdoor amusement center with sports & games for all ages plus a casual eatery”
  • 1 local recommends
Movie Theater
  • 2 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
  • 2 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“The name says it all. It's a coffee shop atmosphere. They serve coffee / espresso and ice cream, and of course, chocolate stuff.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Excellent Mexican food and fantastic mixed drinks with fun ambiance. Outdoor seating. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of our favorite breakfast joints in the area. Creative takes on the usual breakfast fare and a bright ambiance. It's a great way to start a morning.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A fixture of the Elgin food scene, they are a great place for burgers and beers”
  • 5 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
“The name says it all. It's a coffee shop atmosphere. They serve coffee / espresso and ice cream, and of course, chocolate stuff.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“It's a unique restaurant downtown that we enjoy. I believe it used to be an office building.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
“Al's has an old-time soda fountain feel, and some of the best out-door seating in Elgin. They are known for their shakes and malts, but we also love the inexpensive bottles of wine. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Takeaway
  • 2 locals recommend
Casino
“Floating gambling venue with table games, slots & poker plus live music & various dining options.”
  • 1 local recommends

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