Spotlight on Wheaton


fun things to do in Wheaton, Illinois

When’s the last time you spent some time in Wheaton?  There are so many fun things to do in Wheaton. The town with more than 50,000 residents is about 25 miles west of Chicago. It is home to Wheaton College, a private liberal arts college known for its education programs informed by Evangelical Christianity. The school is sometimes referred to as “The Harvard of Evangelical schools.”

Wheaton is listing among the “Top 25 Highest Earning Towns” in a CNNMoney report. The tony incomes support a vibrant downtown with several unique mom-and-pop and high-end restaurants near the intersection of Hale and Main Streets.

WSL provides Chicago suburbs limo service to a number of Wheaton residents. Our professional chauffeurs love to pass by the Danada Forest Preserve and the Illinois Prairie Path that runs through town on the way to pick up passengers.

Wheaton is a quick trip from other towns in the Western suburbs like Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn and Carol Stream.  In addition to exploring its restaurants and shops, check out this list of fun things to do in Wheaton:

  • Cantigny Park – The former estates of Robert R. McCormick, the original owner of the Chicago Tribune, is now a popular park that hosts two museums and a championship 18-hole public golf course on its campus.
  • Cosley Zoo – This family-friendly zoo is built on the site of a 5-acre historic train station and is open year-round. It hosts about 200 farm animals and native Illinois wildlife that represent more than 70 species.
  • Wheaton French Market – Starting in April, on Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm, the French-styled open-air market features local vendors offering produce, bread, cheese, meat, flowers, artwork, jewelry and clothing.
  • Blackwell Forest Preserve – Enjoy the outdoors during every season on the trails at this well-maintained forest preserve. Walk, jog, bike, cross-country ski or even ride horseback. Fishing is a popular activity as well. The combined Silver Lake, White Pine Pons and Sand Pond are home to bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, rainbow trout and walleye.
  • Billy Graham Center Museum – Wheaton College – The center houses a library, museum and the archives of the American Evangelical revivalists. Its namesake is the famous Southern Baptist preacher who became well-known across the globe in the 1940s.
  • Keep an eye on the progress of the restoration project at the Wheaton Grand Theater. The goal is to transform the former movie house – that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places – into a performing arts venue.