What to Do in Wheeling For a Daytrip

Okay let’s be real, we’re BIG fans of Chicago. But there are so many great suburbs that (in our humble opinion) don’t get the love they deserve. So if you’re thinking about planning a weekend getaway, consider Wheeling for your next trip! It’s a quick drive from the city with so much to offer. And here’s the best part. We’ve got you covered with top restaurants, hotels, and activities.

Where to dine

Food is essential! Luckily, Wheeling isn’t short of great dining options. Whether you’re looking for a night of fine dining or grabbing a girlfriend’s brunch, Wheeling has quite a few hidden gems to offer!


Restaurant Row

Various Locations


Wheeling is known for their long stretch of restaurants on Milwaukee Avenue. Top places to check out include Saranello’s, Superdawg Drive-In, and Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant. All solid places with great food and service!

Eggsperience Breakfast & Lunch

419 W Dundee Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090

Before you head out for a day full of fun, stop by this cozy breakfast spot. From savory Butcher Block Omlettes to sweet Banana Berry French Toast, there’s something for every tastebud here.


The Original Granny’s

Miss your grandma’s cooking? Head to Granny’s for an authentic, down-home meal. Stock up on seasonal favorites like Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes or Chicken Pesto Omelette. Can’t decide on one? Try both!

Where to stay

Are you an Air BnB person, or do you prefer hotels? There are a handful of affordable lodging options around Wheeling, and plenty of fun Air BnB listings if you’re down to explore! Why worry about finding a resort, when you can customize your own by lodging like a smart traveler?

The Westin

601 N Milwaukee Ave. Wheeling, IL 60090

This 4-star hotel is the closest thing to luxury in Wheeling. Check out their high-end Italian restaurant, large indoor pool, 24/7 gym, and spa. You’ll likely be shelling out close to $300 for a room here, but the amenities are worth it.

Embassy Suites

1445 Lake Cook Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015

This mid-range hotel might be the perfect in-between. Enjoy amenities like free made-to-order breakfast, pet-friendly rooms, complimentary evening receptions, and more. A nice weekend getaway, indeed.

MainStay Suites

8000 Capitol Drive. Wheeling, IL, 60090

Looking for something more affordable? MainStay is a no-frills hotel with an average price of $67 per night. You’ll get the basics like free WiFi, parking, breakfast, and a solid night’s sleep. What more could you ask for?

What to Do

We love Wheeling for many reasons, from the beautiful nature to the various outdoor and indoor activity options across the town. It’s also right next to some of our other favorite burbs near Chicago, which means you’ll never know how your trip might unfold!

Par-King Skill Golf

21711 North Milwaukee Ave. Lincolnshire, IL 60069

You can’t miss “the world’s most unusual golf course.” Grab your club and explore their two 18-hole courses, 19 moving obstacles, and 7 water holes. A both fun and challenging experience.

Des Plaines River Trail

15601 West Russell Rd. Wadsworth,IL 60083

Ready to reconnect with nature? This winding trails runs alongside the Des Plaines River for over 56 miles. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for birds, turtles, deer, snakes, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. 

Wheeling Family Aquatic Center

105 Community Blvd. Wheeling, IL 60090

Beat the heat with the whole family! Pack up the kids and enjoy a day full of fun featuring a water playground with large tipping bucket, tube and body slides, zero-depth main pool, a toddler slide, and more!

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