Are you thinking about living in Schaumburg, Illinois, and wonder what there is to do for fun? In this video, I'm going to share my top 10 things to do for fun in Schaumburg, Illinois. We’ll look at everything from shopping to an aviation-themed restaurant so you have a good idea of all this village has to offer.
Schaumburg is a northwestern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, located approximately 30 miles outside the city. This village has so many cool and exciting places to offer without that long, congested drive to downtown Chicago. Fun fact: Schaumburg is actually located in two counties, Cook County and DuPage County. While the public population numbers do get mixed up sometimes because there are two counties, the current population is floating somewhere around 80,000 people.
According to niche.com, Schaumburg ranks #46 in best places to live in Illinois out of 450 communities. And it also ranks 413 in the best suburbs to live in America—which is pretty high ranking. The median house value or home value is floating right around $251,000. After the crazy start to the 2021 real estate market, however, that's going to go higher for sure.
36% of the population rents in Schaumburg, while another 46% own. Again, this number could be challenged because of the two different counties that are pulling the data into one. These numbers, however, give you a good idea of the area. So if you decide to make Schaumburg, Illinois your home, let’s look at the top 10 things to do for fun.
The first thing to do for fun—and what puts Schaumburg on the map—is Woodfield Mall, the largest shopping mall in the state of Illinois. It’s located at the intersection of Golf Road and Interstate 290, also known as Illinois Route 53. Here you'll be surrounded by nearly 300 stores and restaurants like the brand new, extra-large Apple retail store that you still wait half a day to get into.
There’s also a brand new food court, the Improv Comedy Club, and Texas de Brazil—where the smell from the parking lot will surely draw you in. Don’t forget to also try Maggiano’s Italian restaurant, which is located right outside Woodfield Mall. This is one of our favorite places to go eat.
I remember when the mall had its very own ice skating rink, an indoor slide for the kids, and an aquarium that you could walk under to look at all the different fish. Those were some damn good times.
The next fun activity you can do is Boomers Baseball at Wintrust Field. Wintrust Field is a stadium in Schaumburg, Illinois, formerly known as Boomes Stadium and Alexian Field. They've had several names in the past, and it’s now home to the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier Baseball League. They began to play in May 2012 and captured the first-ever professional baseball championship for Schaumburg in 2013.
This ballpark offers great baseball at a very affordable price. There is a capacity of 7,300 seats, but 900 out of those are considered lawn seats. This is a great place to let the kids burn off energy. Besides the actual baseball game, there are things to do for the entire family. Make sure that after the game you stick around for postgame fun, including Run the Bases and fireworks every Friday and Saturday.
Legoland Discovery Center
Another great option for fun is Legoland Discovery Center, located at Woodfield right across from Woodfield Mall at the intersection of Higgins Road and Martingale Road. Here you can enjoy the ultimate two-story indoor Lego playground and build the best day ever as you surround yourself with millions of Lego bricks.
Take the flight on Merlin's Apprentice, blast skeletons on the Kingdom Quest ride adventure, and see your favorite characters on Lego 4D Theater. You can even build epic Lego creations alongside Master Builders. We took the kids here several times as they grew up and had a blast each time.
The Sculpture Park
Another great Schaumburg attraction is the Sculpture Park. The Sculpture Park is tucked away on Plum Grove road, mostly behind the Village Hall off of Schaumburg Road. It is situated on approximately 20 acres of meadow forest with a gazebo, streams, and benches. It was founded in 1988 as the nation's only independent museum of architecture and design with approximately 16 pieces of art.
Here, you have a chance to stretch your legs, have a picnic, or if you're not familiar with the Schaumburg area, enjoy the many bike paths that weave throughout the Sculpture Park. It’s also not far from the Heritage Farm, the Prairie Center, or Boomers Stadium. If you have a bit of time on your hands in Schaumburg, be sure to check this place out.
The Woodfield Trolley
Woodfield has a trolley, which returned in 2021 for weekend service. Service operates every 30 minutes on Fridays from 12:00 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The Woodfield Trolley goes to a variety of locations. The first stop is the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, located on the west side in front of Sam and Harry Steakhouse. The second stop is Roosevelt University Schaumburg Campus along MacArthur Parkway. The third is IKEA Schaumburg, located right on the south side of the building.
The fourth stop is Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, located along Walter Payton drive. Number five is Woodfield Green, right in front of Marshalls retail store. The sixth is Woodfield Mall, which is a must-see as we mentioned. It's located on the lower level by JC Penney's. The seventh stop is on the north side of Dick's Sporting Goods at The Streets of Woodfield. The eighth stop is also at The Streets of Woodfield and is located on Center Drive.
The trolley’s ninth stop is at the AMC Lowe’s Theater, also at the Streets of Woodfield. Lastly, the number 10 is at the Northwest Transportation Center. This connects all the bus routes all over the Northwest suburbs.
Vulcan Heritage Farm
The next place you have to check out is Vulcan Heritage Farm. Here you can see what farm life looked like with a glimpse of the village in the 1880s, back when this was a German farming community. You can make your way around the farm on a walking trail and see pigs, cows, horses, and have a great walk in the natural environment.
Depending on the season, you can help with seasonal farm chores, participate in family activities and games, or simply visit the livestock and enjoy this pristine environment. They also have authentically dressed interpreters—AKA ‘actors’—that will greet you and your family when you come for a visit. This beautiful property full of historic detail is a great place to come with kids or as a whole family.
If you want to keep going back in time, head to Medieval Times. This castle-shaped building off of I-90 Tollway is difficult to miss. Enjoy a fully immersive experience that takes you into an 11th century-style castle of medieval Spain.
When visitors go in, they receive a paper crown with the colors of the knight they should cheer for. This stage storyline with medieval-style games, horsemanship, sword fighting, and jousting is enjoyed all while you eat utensil-free. It’s a show you should experience at least once in your lifetime.
Our next stop is Pilot Pete's, Chicagoland’s aviation-themed eatery located on Irving Park Road. This place holds a special memory to me, as we had my now 22-year-old son’s first birthday party here. If you or any of your children are aviation enthusiasts, this is the place to see.
This family-friendly restaurant and bar is located in the Schaumburg Regional Airport. You get to enjoy up-close views of the runway through the panoramic window while being served made-to-order meals with an aviation theme. Anyone who loves planes will love catching glimpses of private aircraft, corporate planes, and even helicopters during their meal
A newer addition to Schaumburg’s attractions is Top Golf, one of the newest entertainment activities that have opened in the area. This entertainment venue has a high-tech driving range, a lounge for drinks, and games. Guests can enjoy fun and competitive golf games with climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round fun.
Top Golf has food and drink menus available for you to enjoy in your base, or you can order at their restaurant or rooftop bar. While it can get a bit pricey, watch for specials like half-price Tuesdays. You’ll also want to plan ahead because there seems to be a long wait for the base, as this is a new feature to the area that many are taking advantage of.
The biggest attraction to come to Schaumburg in a long time is Crumbl Cookies. Many claim that these are some of the best cookies in the world. Located on Golf Road, these fresh and gourmet desserts are available for takeout, delivery, and pickup.
Pick-up slots fill quickly, so be prepared that you may have to just take the drive and wait in line like the rest of us. These made fresh daily cookies are unique, good-sized, and the menu rotates weekly to give you four different specialty flavors to taste and enjoy. They always have their famous milk chocolate and chilled sugar cookies available.
One thing to note is that you can find yourself waiting in line for up to an hour or more—maybe even up to three hours. You may even enjoy your wait. But if you walk up and hear that the specialty cookie you want is out of stock and they're not making any more, you’ll probably be very disappointed, to say the least. Still, this hasn't stopped my girls from going back time after time to taste all the new flavors.
My girls have tried morning, afternoon, and took the late night drive in the hopes of possibly getting in quickly before closing. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but they are open late Friday and Saturday evening until midnight—perfect for that midnight snack.
Exploring Schaumburg, Illinois
I hope this gave you some insight into living in one of Chicago’s suburban communities. As you can see, there are plenty of fun things to do here in Schaumburg. If you have any additional questions about any of the suburban communities we feature on this channel, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask.
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