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Guidebook for Downers Grove

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Guidebook for Downers Grove

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Here I will tell you what things you may do, where to shop, eat, recreate and just keep busy.
Seven minute walk from my home. The Metra Train to Chicago (29 minutes). Free parking after 11AM M-F and all weekend. There is a Saturday express train to Chicago at 9:35AM and weekdays at 5:11PM++
Belmont Metra Station
Seven minute walk from my home. The Metra Train to Chicago (29 minutes). Free parking after 11AM M-F and all weekend. There is a Saturday express train to Chicago at 9:35AM and weekdays at 5:11PM++
It is very close, open 24 hours per day, and I can loan you my access card if I'm not going that day. It is near Subway on the southwest corner of Belmont and Maple.
Anytime Fitness
2261 Maple Avenue
It is very close, open 24 hours per day, and I can loan you my access card if I'm not going that day. It is near Subway on the southwest corner of Belmont and Maple.
Work out club. Will need to drive here, about 10-15 minutes. I can loan a male my pass (sshhh).
LA Fitness
1836 Freedom Drive
Work out club. Will need to drive here, about 10-15 minutes. I can loan a male my pass (sshhh).
Good gas prices and excellent car wash. Can get a wax for cheap. It is a five minute drive, north and then east, on the right.
Delta Sonic Car Wash
1415 Ogden Avenue
Good gas prices and excellent car wash. Can get a wax for cheap. It is a five minute drive, north and then east, on the right.
You can get tire service and walk home!
Just Tires
2311 Maple Avenue
You can get tire service and walk home!
It is close by.
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
5739 Dunham Rd
It is close by.
This is super close, can walk there in about five minutes.
Belmont Bible Church
This is super close, can walk there in about five minutes.
This is the closest Jewish Synagogue and the other one is in Naperville, called Beth Shalom.
Congregation Etz Chaim
1710 S Highland Ave
This is the closest Jewish Synagogue and the other one is in Naperville, called Beth Shalom.
Dry Cleaners, very close by at Maple and Belmont Road
Maple Plaza Cleaners
2265 Maple Ave
Dry Cleaners, very close by at Maple and Belmont Road
AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook
500 Remington Blvd
Restaurants
Maple and Belmont is close by.
cheap eats, on the southwest corner of Belmont and Maple.
Subway
2247 Maple Ave
cheap eats, on the southwest corner of Belmont and Maple.
I've been going there since Granny Annie was alive in 1985. Lots of food, bread, friendly service.
Omega Restaurant Pancake House & Bakery
1300 Ogden Avenue
I've been going there since Granny Annie was alive in 1985. Lots of food, bread, friendly service.
A fine Italian restaurant with good wine and entree selections.
Capri of Downers Grove
5101 Main Street
A fine Italian restaurant with good wine and entree selections.
Good sports bar, with excellent pizza. Can take the train from Belmont to Lisle and take the train back, easy-peasy!!
Evviva! Bar & Eatery
1017 Front Street
Good sports bar, with excellent pizza. Can take the train from Belmont to Lisle and take the train back, easy-peasy!!
Talk about a convenient place to grab a pizza? It is closer than Angelo's grocery store, and open later! You can always call them to deliver. (630) 515-1700
Domino's Pizza
5531 Belmont Road
Talk about a convenient place to grab a pizza? It is closer than Angelo's grocery store, and open later! You can always call them to deliver. (630) 515-1700
Thai food for the more distinguished tastes.
Thai First
2249 Maple Ave
Thai food for the more distinguished tastes.
It's close and you know it!
Culver's
2500 Ogden Avenue
It's close and you know it!
Excellent reputation for Italian Food. There are four of these around Chicagoland. This one is very convenient. Take UBER there for $10 and stay in Naperville for drinks!
Rosebud Italian Specialties & Pizzeria
22 E Chicago Ave
Excellent reputation for Italian Food. There are four of these around Chicagoland. This one is very convenient. Take UBER there for $10 and stay in Naperville for drinks!
They have authentic Italian food in a quaint atmosphere. It makes you feel you are in Naples. The owners are from the county and are warm. They hang out in the adjacent bar. This place is closer than downtown Naperville and just as good food.
Angeli's
1478 E Chicago Ave
They have authentic Italian food in a quaint atmosphere. It makes you feel you are in Naples. The owners are from the county and are warm. They hang out in the adjacent bar. This place is closer than downtown Naperville and just as good food.
Upscale Italian, but not too expensive. Nice open air seating through front windows during the May-September timeframe.
Gatto's Italian Restaurant & Bar
5123 Main St
Upscale Italian, but not too expensive. Nice open air seating through front windows during the May-September timeframe.
It is authentic Chicago Pizza; must try the deep dish
Giordano's
5115 Main Street
It is authentic Chicago Pizza; must try the deep dish
Great for business breakfast, open from 6AM-3PM only.; also a location in Oak Brook and Wheaton and Tinley Park.
Butterfield's Pancake House
1504 N Naper Blvd
Great for business breakfast, open from 6AM-3PM only.; also a location in Oak Brook and Wheaton and Tinley Park.
Downtown Downers Grove was renovated about 10 years ago. I particularly like going to the Cellar Door eating outside on Friday night during antique vintage car nights in the summertime. The ice sculptures and winter are memorable.
Downers Grove
Downtown Downers Grove was renovated about 10 years ago. I particularly like going to the Cellar Door eating outside on Friday night during antique vintage car nights in the summertime. The ice sculptures and winter are memorable.
Drinks & Nightlife
Authentic Irish food. Owner is Phil Cullen, great guy. Live music on weekends. Nestled between a sports bar and a fine restaurant.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
5157 Main St
Authentic Irish food. Owner is Phil Cullen, great guy. Live music on weekends. Nestled between a sports bar and a fine restaurant.
Spacious sports bar with many TVs and decent food. You'll always find a table!
Another Round Bar & Grill
5141 Main Street
Spacious sports bar with many TVs and decent food. You'll always find a table!
This is my favorite place. I usually go here on the first and third Thursday of each month. There is live music Thurs-Sat and never a cover charge. It's usually good music.
Quigley's Irish Pub
43 E Jefferson Ave
This is my favorite place. I usually go here on the first and third Thursday of each month. There is live music Thurs-Sat and never a cover charge. It's usually good music.
This is a good bar, decent restaurant and has an outdoor patio out back that is where live music is often heard. Martini bar upstairs.
Potter's Place and Two-Nine Martini Lounge
29 W Jefferson Ave
This is a good bar, decent restaurant and has an outdoor patio out back that is where live music is often heard. Martini bar upstairs.
This NEW micro brewery is a five minute walk directly west, across Belmont Road. They are open Thur-Sunday and are super friendly. It is VERY close, just a quarter mile away.
Alter Brewing Company
2300 Wisconsin Ave
This NEW micro brewery is a five minute walk directly west, across Belmont Road. They are open Thur-Sunday and are super friendly. It is VERY close, just a quarter mile away.
It has inexpensive drinks and FREE Popcorn all day and night. It is at main intersection of Washington and Chicago Ave in downtown Naperville!
Lantern
8 W Chicago Ave
It has inexpensive drinks and FREE Popcorn all day and night. It is at main intersection of Washington and Chicago Ave in downtown Naperville!
It is the best place to find variety of booze, beer and cigars. You've got to drive to this place.
Binny's Beverage Depot - Downers Grove
2010 Butterfield Rd
It is the best place to find variety of booze, beer and cigars. You've got to drive to this place.
It is an easy train ride from my Belmont Road train station stop. Drops you off close, take in a show and train home as late as 12:30AM
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Thalia Hall
1807 South Allport Street
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It is an easy train ride from my Belmont Road train station stop. Drops you off close, take in a show and train home as late as 12:30AM
It is a little more classy than Ballydoyle, can sit outside by the front or inside if you wish. They only serve wine and beer, no mixed drinks, good sandwiches and fruit and cheese dishes.
Cellar Door
5150 Main Street
It is a little more classy than Ballydoyle, can sit outside by the front or inside if you wish. They only serve wine and beer, no mixed drinks, good sandwiches and fruit and cheese dishes.
They get good acts and it sells out.
Durty Nellies
180 North Smith Street
They get good acts and it sells out.
I know the owner and the place doesn't compromise on the talent it brings in. They always charge at least $10-$20 or more for a show, but well worth it.
Wire
6815 West Roosevelt Road
I know the owner and the place doesn't compromise on the talent it brings in. They always charge at least $10-$20 or more for a show, but well worth it.
They get the most consistent top acts outside the city and have for many years. Usually a cover charge, but can hang in the SideBar. Good restaurant right across the courtyard.
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FitzGerald's
6615 West Roosevelt Road
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They get the most consistent top acts outside the city and have for many years. Usually a cover charge, but can hang in the SideBar. Good restaurant right across the courtyard.
They get good bands on Thurs-Sat with little or no cover charge. Beer is cheaper than Naperville.
EvenFlow Music & Spirits
302 W State St
They get good bands on Thurs-Sat with little or no cover charge. Beer is cheaper than Naperville.
Good concerts including country, R&B and rock.
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
19100 Ridgeland Avenue
Good concerts including country, R&B and rock.
It's a great casino
Hollywood Casino Aurora
1 W New York St
It's a great casino
It's a casino southwest of me about a half hour.
Harrah's Joliet
151 N Joliet St
It's a casino southwest of me about a half hour.
You can take the train to this for events; very convenient to the BNSF METRA!! I do it all the time.
RiverEdge Park
360 N Broadway
You can take the train to this for events; very convenient to the BNSF METRA!! I do it all the time.
Entertainment & Activities
Convenient and inexpensive
Downers Grove Icearena
5501 Walnut Avenue
Convenient and inexpensive
Very nice ice arena near movies, coffee, restaurants
Seven Bridges Ice Arena
6690 Illinois 53
Very nice ice arena near movies, coffee, restaurants
This is also the very same site where America's first golf course was laid. It's just 9 holes, but is well laid out. I shot a 55 in Sept 2015.
Downers Grove Golf Club
2420 Haddow Avenue
This is also the very same site where America's first golf course was laid. It's just 9 holes, but is well laid out. I shot a 55 in Sept 2015.
This is the closest Emergency Medical Care facility, ten minute drive. No appointments required. They take insurance.
Concentra
2080 Springer Dr
This is the closest Emergency Medical Care facility, ten minute drive. No appointments required. They take insurance.
Classic Cinema Theatre; old 1920's style, right in town, five minute drive.
Classic Cinemas Tivoli Theatre
5021 Highland Ave
Classic Cinema Theatre; old 1920's style, right in town, five minute drive.
AAA minor league baseball.
Kane County Cougars
AAA minor league baseball.
Windy City Bulls and other entertainment and circus, etc...
Sears Centre Arena
5333 Prairie Stone Parkway
Windy City Bulls and other entertainment and circus, etc...
Many music shows and DePaul Sports. Big name acts come here.
Allstate Arena
9549-9579 Balmoral Ave
Many music shows and DePaul Sports. Big name acts come here.
Great concerts all summer long.
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Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
1300 South Linn White Drive
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Great concerts all summer long.
Concerts and shows.
Rialto Square Theatre
102 North Chicago Street
Concerts and shows.
Can walk here. It is two blocks away.
CrossFit Paradox
5105 Chase Ave
Can walk here. It is two blocks away.
Medieval jousting, horses, spectator activity for all ages. Just a half hour drive away! If never done this, fun and memorable and for all ages.. They feed you too!
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
2001 North Roselle Road
Medieval jousting, horses, spectator activity for all ages. Just a half hour drive away! If never done this, fun and memorable and for all ages.. They feed you too!
It is close and can spend an entire day there with the family.
Main Event Entertainment
28248 W Diehl Rd
It is close and can spend an entire day there with the family.
Essentials
It is very close, can walk there in 5 minutes for fresh vegetables, fruit, cereal, milk, desserts, etc. It is on the northeast corner of Belmont and Maple.
Angelo's Foods
2230 Maple Avenue
It is very close, can walk there in 5 minutes for fresh vegetables, fruit, cereal, milk, desserts, etc. It is on the northeast corner of Belmont and Maple.
This one is a little more expensive, but is open 24 hours per day. You've got to drive to this one.
Jewel-Osco
6215 Main St
This one is a little more expensive, but is open 24 hours per day. You've got to drive to this one.
Whole Foods, enough said. It is probably the closest one, but there are others nearby to choose from.
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods, enough said. It is probably the closest one, but there are others nearby to choose from.
Downers Grove Food Mart
2025 Ogden Avenue
Arts & Culture
Pull it up on Groupon, get your tickets there, then reserve your seat online ahead of time. It is about 15 minute drive to the west, northwest into Wheaton.
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Studio Movie Grill
301 Rice Lake Square
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Pull it up on Groupon, get your tickets there, then reserve your seat online ahead of time. It is about 15 minute drive to the west, northwest into Wheaton.
It is the jewel of DuPage county. It is family friendly, pretty, artistic, something for everyone. You'll want to be there for any nice weather day, or holiday season. Christmas lighting is sharp.
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Riverwalk Park
500 Jackson Avenue
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It is the jewel of DuPage county. It is family friendly, pretty, artistic, something for everyone. You'll want to be there for any nice weather day, or holiday season. Christmas lighting is sharp.
IMAX and regular theaters, about ten minutes drive northeast towards Oak Brook.
AMC DINE-IN Yorktown 18
80 Yorktown Shopping Center
IMAX and regular theaters, about ten minutes drive northeast towards Oak Brook.
Movie theater about 10 minutes drive west towards Naperville, Aurora and Lisle.
Cinemark Seven Bridges and IMAX
6500 Illinois 53
Movie theater about 10 minutes drive west towards Naperville, Aurora and Lisle.
It is a one of a kind. Dinosour's, exhibits, etc. It is next to Soldier Field on the lakefront.
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The Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
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It is a one of a kind. Dinosour's, exhibits, etc. It is next to Soldier Field on the lakefront.
It is world renown.
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Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
5700 South Lake Shore Drive
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It is world renown.
It is the best place for your child to learn and experience things for the first time.
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DuPage Children's Museum
301 North Washington Street
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It is the best place for your child to learn and experience things for the first time.
Sightseeing
This is the destination for your crushed limestone wooded run! The mature trees are perfect for keeping you cool while you jog, read a book, or just take a walk. It empties out into beautiful homes.
Maple Grove County Forest Preserve
This is the destination for your crushed limestone wooded run! The mature trees are perfect for keeping you cool while you jog, read a book, or just take a walk. It empties out into beautiful homes.
This is a wonderful place to stroll most anytime of the year. Nearby is shopping and restaurants. It is a quaint upscale town where I lived for 25 years.
The Naperville Riverwalk
400 S Eagle St
This is a wonderful place to stroll most anytime of the year. Nearby is shopping and restaurants. It is a quaint upscale town where I lived for 25 years.
Ferris wheel, childrens museaum, restaurants, juts out into Lake Michigan. Can hire boats for all sorts of reasons..
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Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
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Ferris wheel, childrens museaum, restaurants, juts out into Lake Michigan. Can hire boats for all sorts of reasons..
It is a point of Interest and a part of Wrigleyville where you want to see and be seen. It's undergoing a big transition now.
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Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison Street
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It is a point of Interest and a part of Wrigleyville where you want to see and be seen. It's undergoing a big transition now.