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DuPage County, Illinois

Beyond Chicago’s Skyline in DuPage County, Illinois

By Jody Sidle Short

Pristine golf courses, world-class dining, luxurious resorts, and shops selling top designer labels are just a few of the reasons I couldn’t wait to visit DuPage County in Illinois. And even though DuPage County is only half an hour outside of Chicago, everything listed above is available at a fraction of the cost than in Chicago itself.

Golf and Luxury Resorts

There are more than 50 golf courses in DuPage County, several of which are at full-service resorts. All of the greens are immaculate and surrounded by sparkling lakes and majestic trees. If you’re not a golf enthusiast and you’re just looking for a luxurious experience, you’ll find it at these resorts. From the tranquility of spas and the quality of accommodations, to the ambiance of the restaurants, staying at one of DuPage County’s resorts is pure indulgence.

The Lynfred Winery

In addition to enjoying the comfort of your resort, there are plenty of other choices. The award-winning Lynfred Winery was Illinois’ first-ever winery and doubles as a B&B. There are four suites here, each exquisitely designed in a different theme: American, Italian, German and French. They are all gorgeous and stocked with wine, fruit and cheese.

Shop, Shop, Shop!

Get your wallet ready for the shopping centers in DuPage County, where you can find name brands such as Burberry, Coach, Tiffany’s, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani and TAG Heuer. And the best part is that the price tags are less than you would expect. Save some room in your suitcase, or buy an extra one if you’re like me – you might need it!

Sunday Polo at Oak Brook

World-class polo teams play every summer on Oak Brook’s immaculate grounds, and the US Polo Open was played here for 25 years from 1954-1978 – the longest the tournament has ever been played in one location. Plan your stay in DuPage County to include a Sunday in the summertime so you can check out an exciting match.


So much more than a public park, Cantigny was an experimental farm in the 1930s, and the whole estate once belonged to Robert McCormick. There are two museums here: the McCormick Museum and the First Infantry Museum. The McCormick Museum takes you through the life of McCormick, the famous editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The First Infantry Museum shows you American history through the eyes of a soldier. After the museums, take a stroll around the 500-acre park and enjoy the natural beauty and landscaping.

Finish your day in DuPage with a meal at one of the area’s renowned restaurants. Every dining experience in DuPage is of world-class standards. No matter which restaurant you choose, it is sure to be the perfect ending to a perfectly indulgent holiday.

For more information, please visit us:

DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau

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