Downtown Downers Grove

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by tmhhmt on February 25, 2003

Downer's Grove is very cute - straight out of Donna Reed/Father Knows Best cute. It's about 20 miles from Chicago (west) -- you can drive there easily or take the commuter train directly to the suburbs Main Street. Some friends recommended I take the girls there for one of my 'spend no money' vacation days.

There is a downtown about three blocks long full of one-of-a-kind shops, the antithesis to Oak Brook mall, where we'd spent another afternoon of our vacation. There are also several really good parks/nature areas in Downers' Grove that are worth the drive.

Surprise attraction? The train runs right into downtown and my nieces had never seen a train before. They were absolutely fascinated by it and we wound up sitting on a bench opposite the tracks for a really really long time. I reminded myself it was a free activity and I could enjoy myself some other vacation.

Another surprise? A couple of really good independent book stores with vast children's sections. We spent hours in both bookstores (Anderson's Bookshop and Brain Snacks), so long in fact that I felt obliged to buy something at both of them - but I never mind buying the kids books.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, Illinois, 60614
+1 773 755 5100

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