Schaumburg is a picturesque village in the state of Illinois. It is known for its natural beauty, scenic parks, baseball, and Woodfield Mall. This village is an underrated travel destination which has something to offer to everyone in all four seasons. Its abundant natural resources provide access to a wide range of outdoor recreational activities, such as, hiking, kayaking, fishing, birdwatching, camping, and plenty more. It also has a great nightlife which includes several comedy clubs, themed dining, bars, and nightclubs. One can visit their annual festivals to experience the authentic local culture. Schaumburg is the perfect place to plan a wonderful vacation. Here’s an all-in-one list of the top things to do while you’re visiting Schaumburg.
Shop Till You Drop
Woodfield Mall is the largest shopping mall in the state of Illinois and one of the largest in the USA. It welcomes millions of visitors every year and has close to 300 stores. The shopping centre features a wide variety of popular brands, such as, Michael Kors, Zara, Lululemon, Apple, BOSS, MAC Cosmetics, H&M, Aldo, Armani Exchange, Bath & Body Works, Levis, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, and plenty more.
The several dining options here include Chipotle, Burger King, The Cheesecake Factory, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, and more. The Chicago Improv Comedy Club is also located in this mall. The other popular places to shop in Schaumburg are Streets of Woodfield mall, Woodfield Plaza, Shops of Schaumburg, and Woodfield Village Green.
Legoland Discovery Centre
This is a very popular children’s theme-based playground. It has several play areas, fun rides, interactive games, a 4D movie theatre, and a snack kiosk. The most loved rides and games include The Great Lego Race VR Experience, Lego Jungle Expedition, Kingdom Quest, Pirate Adventure Island, and Merlin’s Apprentice Ride. This indoor playground is suitable for kids between the ages 3 to 10 and each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Trip to Mallard Lake
This mesmerising lake is located 9.4 miles (15.1 kilometres) from Schaumburg and is popular for boating, fishing, hiking, and birdwatching. It is one of the largest lakes in the area and is home to a wide variety of fauna including, bullfrogs, great blue herons, catfish, northern pike, beavers, meadowlarks, red-tailed hawks, and several others. The 4 miles long hiking trails around the lake have picturesque views of the region’s natural beauty. It is to be noted that a forest preserve district permit is required to boat in this lake.
Check Out Sculptures @ Sculpture Park
Chicago Athenaeum International Sculpture Park, popularly known as Sculpture Park, dates back to 1988. It exhibits the works of art by various renowned national and international sculptors, which are spread throughout this park. Designed by famous Greek architect, Ioannis Karalias, this park was built to highlight the significance of architecture and design in society. Covering 20 acres of greenery with sculptures placed in open-air, it is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll. Sculpture Park is located inside the Schaumburg Municipal Complex and is open to visitors every day from dawn to dusk.
Explore Busse Woods
Ned Brown Forest Preserve , also known as Busse Woods, is a popular tourist attraction in Schaumburg. It features breath-taking greenery, a large reservoir, an elk pasture, invigorating hiking trails, and more. The preserve provides scope for various outdoor recreational activities, such as, hiking, boating, fishing, kayaking, and, biking. Swimming is prohibited in Busse reservoir. The woods offer spectacular views through all four seasons and are a part of the larger Cook County Forest Preserve.
Work on your Firefighting Skills @ FireZone
FireZone is a hands-on theme-based playcentre with programs designed by actual firefighters for children. Kids are educated about firefighting through various fun and interactive hands-on activities and experiences. The aim is to inculcate team building, strategy development, and communication skills in children. The playcentre features a fire truck, a fire boat, a dispatch centre, an ambulance, obstacle courses, and a fire pole. Their programs also cater to adults and they host many corporate team-building events.
Enjoy a Game at Boomers Stadium
This stadium is one of the top tourist attractions in Schaumburg. It is the home ground of the famous Schaumburg Boomers baseball team and one of the highest attendance recording stadiums in the Frontier League. The Boomers made history in 2017 by becoming the first ever team to win three Frontier League Championship trophies. Before the Boomers, this stadium used to be the home field of the Schaumburg Flyers till 2010. It can accommodate close to 7400 people during a match. Get tickets to a game at this iconic stadium and enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Enjoy Nature at Volkening Lake
This lake is a great place for water-based recreational activities such as paddle boating, fishing, and canoeing. The park around the lake has scenic views. One can just sit on one of the benches by the lake and appreciate the view or read a good book. It is also a perfect place for a nice and refreshing walk. The park’s open-air fitness area is located right next to the lake and offers amazing views. The cost of renting boats and canoes at this lake is USD 6 for 30 minutes. The lake is located on Schaumburg Road, next to the Schaumburg Police Station.
Beat the Heat at Atcher Island
Atcher Island is a theme-based water park in Schaumburg. It has pools, waterslides, splash pads, and more. It is a great place to spend relaxing and fun-filled days in summers. The entry fee is between USD 6 and USD 10 depending on your age and whether you’re a local or tourist. They also host pool parties and the park is very popular with kids.
Schaumburg Farmers Market
The local farmers of Schaumburg gather at this market to sell their farm fresh fruits and vegetables, poultry, dairy products, plants, and flowers. Other local products available at this market include fresh bakery goods, olives, lemonade, coffee, pastas, and several other items. The farmers market attracts both tourists and regional patrons alike. It is located at the parking lot of Trickster Cultural Centre and is open on every Friday from June to October. Timings are from 7 am to 1 pm.
Visit Spring Valley
Spring Valley features vast forest areas, hiking trails, a nature centre, a wide array of flora and fauna, streams, the Volkening Heritage Farm, a playground, and horse-drawn wagon rides. This site is popular for camping, hiking, bird watching, relaxing, picnicking, snowshoeing, and photography.
The Vera Meineke nature centre here has an exhibition depicting the region’s diverse wildlife, a play area, a vegetable garden, and a library. The 19th century Volkening Heritage Farm lets you participate in farming activities and pet the animals at the farm such as, pigs, horses, cows, and chicken.
The Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground is a popular children’s playground which is located at Spring Valley. Horse-drawn wagon rides are available on Saturdays from 10.45 am to 2.45 pm for a fee of USD 4 per person. The tickets are available at the playground’s entrance. Spring Valley welcomes visitors from 8 am to 8 pm during summers and from 8 am to 5 pm in winters. The Heritage Farm at this site remains closed from December to March. Admission is free for all.
Browse Art at Trickster Art Gallery
This gallery aims to highlight the significant contributions made by Native Americans to the nation’s military and the social injustices that prevail against their community. The gallery features artistic works by various Native veteran artists, photographs of Native veterans, their tribal affiliations, the theatres they served, pictures of important events in Native history, depictions of stories from the wars, and more. The gallery is open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. The entry fee is USD 5 for adults and USD 3 for children.
Attend the Schaumburg Septemberfest
The Septemberfest dates back to 1971 and is celebrated during the Labour Day weekend in September every year. It is one of the biggest festivals of this region and includes arts and crafts shows, talent shows, a parade, musical concerts, beauty pageants, fireworks, craft beer and wine, delicious food stalls, and so much more. The fest welcomes thousands of visitors every year. It takes place in the Schaumburg Municipal Centre Grounds and admission to the festival is absolutely free.
Start Off your Career in Comedy
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Theatre is located in the Streets of Woodfield mall. This popular theatre not only hosts live comedy performances but also provides classes on improv comedy. Their 6 weeks program gives you the foundation to perform improv in front of an audience. The club features several upcoming comedians who put on hilarious acts. The place also serves delicious finger food and drinks.
Watch a Show at Prairie Centre for the Arts
This theatre is one of the most prominent venues in Schaumburg to host plays, concerts, and other artistic performances. They also have programs to support and provide opportunities to the young talent of this region. The Prairie Arts Festival is organised every year during the Memorial Day weekend in May which includes exhibitions by over a 100 artists and artisans, entertaining performances, food stalls serving mouth-watering dishes, and art competitions. Timings of the fest are from 10 am to 5pm and admission is completely free.
Enjoy a Picnic at Salt Creek Park Forest Preserve
This forest preserve is located 10.1 miles (16.3 kilometres) from Schaumburg. The wildlife found here includes hickories, bur oaks, Baltimore orioles, red-headed woodpeckers, black oars, bluegill, catfish, bass, and more. The popular activities here in summers include fishing in the charming Salt Creek, bird watching, canoeing, hiking, and picnicking. This is a perfect place for cross-country skiing, snow hiking, and snowshoeing in winters. The views around this place are extraordinary throughout the year.
Cool Off at The Water Works
This is a popular indoor water park in Schaumburg with several water slides, multiple pools , a pool playground, diving platforms, a hot tub, and more. The entry fee ranges from USD 6 to USD 10 depending on your age and whether you’re a local or a tourist. It is one of the best waterparks in this area and is fun for all ages. They also organise private pool parties.
Sing Karaoke at The Hideout
The Hideout is one of the best places to enjoy nightlife in Schaumburg. They offer amazing karaoke, delicious food, and great drinks. It attracts fun crowds and their menu is very pocket-friendly. Visit this place for a great evening.
Wine Tasting at Lynfred Winery
Lynfred Winery is located 4.3 miles (6.9 kilometres) from Schaumburg. It is famous for its delicious wine. Several people visit this place to taste their wine and learn about their history. The place is aesthetically pleasing and several events are organised here throughout the year. The place also provide lodging and food.
Wine, Dine, and Laugh @ Improv Comedy Club
The Chicago branch of this famous comedy club is located in Woodfield Mall and is one of the most prominent venues for live comedy in this region. Over the years, the various venues of this club franchise have featured numerous big names in comedy, such as, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Jamie Foxx, Tim Allen, Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Andy Kaufman, and many more.
This club provides live comedy acts, delicious food, and great drinks. It is the perfect place to be for a wonderful evening’s entertainment. The club is open daily and guests are allowed in until 15 minutes after the show starts. Tickets to the shows are available online.
Relish a Royal Dinner @ Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
This popular restaurant chain provides a unique dining experience. As the name suggests, their theme is dining in the medieval times. The restaurants are designed to look like 11th century castles where the guests can enjoy entertaining theatrical performances while gorging on scrumptious meals. The performances feature falconry, horsemanship, and weaponry. The meals served are also theme-based and the visitors of the restaurant are “guests of the queen”. The Schaumburg castle opened in 1991 and the restaurant chain has served over 60 million guests till date, across all branches. The Medieval Times restaurants have been featured on various popular TV shows and movies, such as, Friends, Hell’s Kitchen, The Cable Guy, Celebrity Apprentice, and more.