Nature & Outdoors

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch

Goebbert’s is a family owned pumpkin patch and farm market, celebrating its 67th year in 2015. We are located in Hampshire, Illinois. We treat our employees as family and love our customers. If you have not been to our farm, we would love for you to give us a try.

In 1985, we purchased this 200 acre farm in Hampshire, Illinois. This location has a shorter season where we are open to the general public, but we are plenty busy throughout the entire year. Throughout our off-season, we are keeping up on maintenance work around the farm for our equipment and various buildings on the farm. Also, we are devoting quite a bit of time towards new ideas to make our farm & fall festival a better experience for you and your family. In the middle of February, we begin the spring planting of our annuals that will be sold in the greenhouses at Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center. Our greenhouses will be filled to capacity with grab & go planters, hanging baskets, 4″ pots, herbs and more just waiting to be moved over to South Barrington so we can keep on growing! From April 15th to July 20th, we begin planting our vegetable crops & pumpkin plants – the sweet corn and tomatoes are put into the ground and harvested when ready. By July 20th, our roadside vegetable stand is open where you can purchase a variety of our homegrown produce.

Haunted Hometowns Corp./Historic Ghost Hunts of Elgin

Since 2004, Haunted Hometowns have been the first and best ghost tours in Chicago's far west suburbs-the only known ghost tours where YOU are the ghost hunter, providing our guests genuine EMF Ghost Meters to use free of charge during all our lantern-lit tours. Our ELGIN: CEMETERY VAN TOUR of haunted history takes you exploring inside four haunted sites . . . in the dead of night! Bring flashlights, cameras and nerves of steel! Or search for evidence of life after death on our ELGIN: GHOST HUNT EXPERIENCE. Use authentic ghost hunter equipment in a haunted cemetery at night with an experienced paranormal investigator...just like on your favorite ghost hunter shows!

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to enjoy rich fall colors, snow-frosted trees, spring wildflowers, summer amphibians, and an ever changing host of birds near the pond, in the woods, or even from the comfort of the nature center. The 67-acre natural area that flanks both sides of Brookside Drive has a wheelchair accessible trail that leads to the pond and sedge meadow as well as wide, wood-chipped trails to access other areas. Please bring your family and friends. We have games and activities for children and families to enjoy together. The pond is a great place to teach your children to fish, or to just appreciate the natural beauty.

Hemmens Cultural Center

The Hemmens Cultural Center offers Chicagoland a 1,200 seat acoustical gem that Harry Belafonte described as a "jewel". With seats no further than 87 feet from the stage and ample leg room, The Hemmens is the ideal venue to enjoy entertainment ranging from local favorites such as The Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Children's Theatre of Elgin to performing legends such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Bob Newhart and BB King. The Hemmens Cultural Center not only boasts a beautiful proscenium theatre, it also has an 11,340 square foot Exhibition Hall, fully equipped banquet kitchen and art gallery. With convenient, ample parking, and easy access from major routes, The Hemmens Cultural Center is ideal for trade shows, performances, conventions and meetings.

High Five Adventure

Join us for unforgettable day-trips to breweries, vineyards, shopping, and much more!

HoverPark

HoverPark provides fall-proof training, timed race tracks, ramps, and various hoverboard obstacle courses. 15,000 square feet of awesome for all ages!

Judson University

Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions. Judson offers degrees in more than 50 different majors/minors for traditional, graduate, and adult students. Judson University ranks consistently among the Top-Tier of Regional Colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. With an academically challenging environment and encouraging spiritual community, Judson shapes lives that will shape the world. During our academic year, Judson provides chapel for our community at 10 a.m. in Herrick Chapel Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These events are free and open to the public. Each year Judson hosts concerts, recitals, plays, lectures and art galleries from renowned artists and architects on campus for our students. These events are typically open to the public and admission fees and registration may be required. Judson also is home to the World Leaders Forum, an annual event that brings global world leads in the spring. During the school year, Judson offers music lessons to younger students through the Fox Valley Community Music School. During the summer, special sports camps and a music camp are available for area youth.

Located on Elgin's east side, at the south end of Lords Park, the zoo has had a long history and has undergone many changes. Currently, the fenced in outdoor area includes: Buffalo, Elk, and White Tail Deer, which can be seen all year long. During the summer the farm zoo will open to provide visitors with the opportunity to view farm animals rented from local farms. This is not a petting zoo.
Farm Zoo Hours:             June 4 - August 12: 11 am - 3 pm

The farm zoo is located at the north end of the zoo. Animals will include pigs, cows, goats, sheep, llama & a miniature donkey.

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Muirhead Farmhouse

Designed in 1950 by renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Muirhead Farmhouse is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime. Initially built for Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead, the 3,200 sq. ft. Farmhouse is an excellent example of Wright's Usonian architecture using Chicago common brick, concrete flooring with radiant heat and large window walls.

Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement is an outdoor museum with historic buildings including a Victorian mansion, log cabin, blacksmith shop, law office, post office and one-room schoolhouse. A regional attraction, Naper Settlement is a gathering place to over 125,000 annual visitors who enjoy hands-on programming and special events within a magnificent 12-acre campus. The new Harvard Early Learning Playscape for children ages 2-7 includes Naperville's only splash pad.