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Train Conductor's Cottage Guidebook

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Train Conductor's Cottage Guidebook

West Chicago Local Food scene
Authentic Mexican food, and dollar tacos on Thursdays.
El Coco Loco
205 Main Street
Authentic Mexican food, and dollar tacos on Thursdays.
This is a good grocery store for produce, and it has a taqueria inside as well. Good, authentic Michoacan takeout.
Carnicerias Jimenez
559 Main Street
This is a good grocery store for produce, and it has a taqueria inside as well. Good, authentic Michoacan takeout.
A quiet place to work and get freshly ground coffee.
Kindred Coffee Roasters
148 W Washington St
A quiet place to work and get freshly ground coffee.
Neighborhoods
Local favorites include the library and the St. Vincent De Paul thrift store. A nice place to walk and see the town. West Chicago is the city "where history and progress meet," and you can see signs of its heritage as a railroad town with the old train depot and museum downtown. The Kruse House Museum and garden on Main Street shares its heritage as the home of a former railroad collector. The historic district on the north side of town is a nice place to walk. The family friendly south side is where the Train Conductor's Cottage is located and a good walk as well. If you walk north on Barber Street and west on Spencer, you will come to the local high school. We like to either turn south on Joliet and loop back to Barber, or take a longer walk around the high school and back home by going north on Joliet, west on Geneva, south on Wood Street, east on Ann Street, back north on Joliet to Conde, east on Conde, and back to Barber Street. It makes a nice 15-minute walk and is a perfect dog-walk for energetic dogs. The shorter route to the high school and around the block is best with smaller, older dogs. West Chicago is proud of its German and Mexican heritage and has events like Bloomingfest in May, Cinqo de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day parade in September, Frosty Fest in December, and Railroad Days the weekend of July 14. West Chicago is a one-destination school system, so the local high school provides a loyal fan base. Enjoy your stay!
West Chicago
Local favorites include the library and the St. Vincent De Paul thrift store. A nice place to walk and see the town. West Chicago is the city "where history and progress meet," and you can see signs of its heritage as a railroad town with the old train depot and museum downtown. The Kruse House Museum and garden on Main Street shares its heritage as the home of a former railroad collector. The historic district on the north side of town is a nice place to walk. The family friendly south side is where the Train Conductor's Cottage is located and a good walk as well. If you walk north on Barber Street and west on Spencer, you will come to the local high school. We like to either turn south on Joliet and loop back to Barber, or take a longer walk around the high school and back home by going north on Joliet, west on Geneva, south on Wood Street, east on Ann Street, back north on Joliet to Conde, east on Conde, and back to Barber Street. It makes a nice 15-minute walk and is a perfect dog-walk for energetic dogs. The shorter route to the high school and around the block is best with smaller, older dogs. West Chicago is proud of its German and Mexican heritage and has events like Bloomingfest in May, Cinqo de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day parade in September, Frosty Fest in December, and Railroad Days the weekend of July 14. West Chicago is a one-destination school system, so the local high school provides a loyal fan base. Enjoy your stay!
City/town information
A great down-town area to shop, restaurants to eat in. A good destination. Wheaton is famous for Wheaton College, a local Christian liberal arts college.
Wheaton
A great down-town area to shop, restaurants to eat in. A good destination. Wheaton is famous for Wheaton College, a local Christian liberal arts college.
An authentic shopping destination; Swedish town heritage.
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Geneva
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An authentic shopping destination; Swedish town heritage.
Winfield has a number of nice antique and specialty stores, as well as a few nice restaurants in its downtown. It also features a nice little park for picnics next to its library.
Winfield
Winfield has a number of nice antique and specialty stores, as well as a few nice restaurants in its downtown. It also features a nice little park for picnics next to its library.
A local place to shop and find unique small restaurants. Two Toots Train Whistle Grill is a good place in Glen Ellyn to take small children.
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Glen Ellyn
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A local place to shop and find unique small restaurants. Two Toots Train Whistle Grill is a good place in Glen Ellyn to take small children.
Places to visit in Chicago: Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Planetarium, Lyric Opera, Willis Tower, Millenium Park/Bean, Restaurants: Gino's East, Berghoff, Ed Debevic's 50's style Diner
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Chicago
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Places to visit in Chicago: Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Planetarium, Lyric Opera, Willis Tower, Millenium Park/Bean, Restaurants: Gino's East, Berghoff, Ed Debevic's 50's style Diner
Sightseeing
A beautiful garden to wander in, the McCormick mansion to explore, 1st Division Museum, tanks for children to climb on...and a golf course and restaurant adjacent--Cantigny has something for everyone.
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Cantigny Park
1 S 151 Winfield Road
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A beautiful garden to wander in, the McCormick mansion to explore, 1st Division Museum, tanks for children to climb on...and a golf course and restaurant adjacent--Cantigny has something for everyone.
The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned tree park in Glen Ellyn, IL. Especially beautiful in spring when the daffodils by the lake are "fluttering and dancing in the breeze..."
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The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois 53
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The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned tree park in Glen Ellyn, IL. Especially beautiful in spring when the daffodils by the lake are "fluttering and dancing in the breeze..."
A fun place to take children to explore their senses and the world around them.
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DuPage Children's Museum
301 North Washington Street
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A fun place to take children to explore their senses and the world around them.
Elmhurst College has a good art museum and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (Gemstones, rocks, art).
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
220 South Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst College has a good art museum and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (Gemstones, rocks, art).
Kline Creek Farm is a living history farm museum in West Chicago. Visitors can tour the farm, the house, and see working farm methods from the 1800's. Occasional special exhibits add interest. There is a working blacksmith, wood-working, and docent-led tours of the house and farm. A good visit for families with children and homeschoolers.
Kline Creek Farm (living history museum)
1N600 County Farm Rd
Kline Creek Farm is a living history farm museum in West Chicago. Visitors can tour the farm, the house, and see working farm methods from the 1800's. Occasional special exhibits add interest. There is a working blacksmith, wood-working, and docent-led tours of the house and farm. A good visit for families with children and homeschoolers.
The Prairie Path is the first rail-to-trail conversion in the United States, and spans 61 miles in Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties. Explore the suburbs via bike and walking trail.
Illinois Prairie Path
The Prairie Path is the first rail-to-trail conversion in the United States, and spans 61 miles in Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties. Explore the suburbs via bike and walking trail.
West Chicago Parks
A wonderful swimming park, Turtle Splash at Reed-Keppler Park is a favorite with children. Reed-Keppler park has playground and picnic space as well as a green sward to walk in.
Reed-Keppler Park
129 W National St
A wonderful swimming park, Turtle Splash at Reed-Keppler Park is a favorite with children. Reed-Keppler park has playground and picnic space as well as a green sward to walk in.
A decent park with a playground and splashpad...a good place to take children on a hot day.
Pioneer Park
479 West Forest Avenue
A decent park with a playground and splashpad...a good place to take children on a hot day.
A local favorite and hidden gem, the Ball Seed Company has a show garden open to the public during normal daytime hours. It is beautiful in spring and summer.
Ball Coleman Seed Technologies
622 Town Road
A local favorite and hidden gem, the Ball Seed Company has a show garden open to the public during normal daytime hours. It is beautiful in spring and summer.
A good park with a playground area, wide open spaces, and a frisbee golf course!
Kress Creek Farms Park
30W150 Wilson Road
A good park with a playground area, wide open spaces, and a frisbee golf course!
Food scene
A good place to eat, walk, or shop.
Naperville Riverwalk
A good place to eat, walk, or shop.
A coffee shop dedicated to ending human trafficking...where half of the proceeds go to help women coming out of trafficking, end poverty, and create social justice.
My Half Of The Sky
121 West Wesley Street
A coffee shop dedicated to ending human trafficking...where half of the proceeds go to help women coming out of trafficking, end poverty, and create social justice.
Good local Vietnamese food in Wheaton, IL.
Luong-Loi Restaurant
111 N Main St
Good local Vietnamese food in Wheaton, IL.
Good local deli in downtown Wheaton, IL.
Shane's Deli
201 West Wesley Street
Good local deli in downtown Wheaton, IL.
A local favorite for crepes in downtown Wheaton, IL.
Suzette's Crêperie
211 W Front St
A local favorite for crepes in downtown Wheaton, IL.
Good Indian Food in Lombard, IL. A 20 minute drive from West Chicago, but good Indian food.
Viceroy of India
233 East Roosevelt Road
Good Indian Food in Lombard, IL. A 20 minute drive from West Chicago, but good Indian food.
Good Thai food takeout in Wheaton, IL.
Mai Thai Cafe
140 North Main Street
Good Thai food takeout in Wheaton, IL.
Best place to get a hamburger.
The Burger Social
108 North Hale Street
Best place to get a hamburger.
Best Ice Cream in Wheaton, IL
Kilwins Wheaton
100 N Hale St
Best Ice Cream in Wheaton, IL
A good all-day breakfast cafe in downtown Wheaton, IL.
Egg'lectic Café
145 N Hale St
A good all-day breakfast cafe in downtown Wheaton, IL.
A good all-day breakfast cafe in downtown Wheaton, IL.
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Egg Harbor Cafe
208 S Hale St
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A good all-day breakfast cafe in downtown Wheaton, IL.
Thrift and Antique Store Shopping
This is a local shopping favorite. If you like thrift stores, there are several in downtown West Chicago.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
213 Main Street
This is a local shopping favorite. If you like thrift stores, there are several in downtown West Chicago.
Winfield has multiple antique stores in a proximity to one another.
Antiques of Winfield
27W461 Beecher Ave
Winfield has multiple antique stores in a proximity to one another.