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Chicago Zoological Park
8400 31st St Brookfield IL - (708) 688-8000
~1.23 miles from Lyons city center
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Near Chicago. 216 acres includes a children zoo, butterfly garden, and innovative family play zoo.The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. Among its historical firsts are indoor multispecies exhibits, zoo nutrition residencies, methods for animal husbandry, and medical care that includes successful brain surgery for a gorilla. Today, there is an increasing need for conservation leaders to guide, teach, and motivate people to protect the world’s threatened wildlife and ecosystems. In addition to conservationists, the...
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Wood Dale IL
~1.24 miles from Lyons city center
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Garfield Ridge (Neighborhood)
~2.88 miles from Lyons city center
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Garfield Ridge is one of the community areas which border Midway Airport. It is served by the CTA's Orange Line. Garfield Ridge stretches from Pershing Road, just north of the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55), to 59th Street from north to south, and from the railroad 1/4 mile east of Cicero Avenue to Harlem Avenue going west, with Archer Avenue as its main artery. Bordering communities include South Lawndale, Archer Heights and West Elsdon to the east and Clearing to the south. To the north are the municipalities of Forest View, Stickney and Cicero, as well as the unincorporated community of Central Stickney, which is located in the "elbow" of Garfield Ridge. To the west is the village of Summit.Many immigrants from Poland moved to Garfield Ridge in past years, and since the 1990s ma...
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Forest Park (Neighborhood)
~3.06 miles from Lyons city center
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Located about 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the Village of Forest Park is a family-oriented community with a small-town atmosphere boasting the conveniences of a much larger community such as easy access to shopping, transportation and medical services. The “Village with a Smile” has excellent schools as evidenced by the increasing academic achievements, innovative teachers and expanding curriculum. The Park District of Forest Park, a 15 acre park, features a beautiful, new aquatic center, and the Forest Park Public Library in its new quarters is constantly upgrading its collection and adding to its services. The services and programs offered by the Howard Mohr Community Center are the best around, and when shopping in Forest Park, whether its downtown Madison Street or at any one of ...
|#5 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
~3.81 miles from Lyons city center
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Clearing, one of the 77 official community areas, is located on the southwest side of the City of Chicago, Illinois. The southern portion of Chicago Midway International Airport is located in this community area.The Clearing Industrial District was founded in 1907. The area gets its name from the fact that farm goods from the area were "cleared" (delivered) through the airport and railroad yards. Clearing was first incorporated as a town in 1912. The Clearing area quickly became a part of Chicago in 1915 because the growing population needed services provided by the city. It is bordered on the west by Harlem Avenue, on the east by railroad tracks just east of Cicero Ave., to the North by the Belt Railway tracks between 59th and 60th streets and to the south by 65th street. The southern...
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7300 W. 71st St. Bridgeview IL - 708-594-7700
~4.07 miles from Lyons city center
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Toyota Park is a soccer-specific stadium located at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois. It is the home stadium of the Chicago Fire, members of Major League Soccer (MLS). Toyota Park was developed at a cost of around $100 million. The facility opened June 11, 2006.The Village of Bridgeview recently approved development on 8 acres (32,000 m2) of the stadium site near the corner of 71st and Harlem for two mid-range hotels, an indoor water park, four to six restaurants, and other retail to begin construction in late 2007. As of March 2009, no construction has yet occurred.Toyota Park also hosts the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse, and the Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer. Only the stadium's east end stands are used for these events.The stadiu...
|#7 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
Wood Dale IL
~4.28 miles from Lyons city center
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Oak Brook is a village in DuPage and Cook Counties, in Illinois. The population was 8,702 at the 2000 census. Oak Brook, an affluent suburb of Chicago, has the headquarters of McDonald's.Oak Brook was incorporated as a Village in 1958, due in large part to the efforts of Paul Butler, a prominent civic leader and landowner whose father had first moved to the vicinity in 1898 and opened a dairy farm shortly thereafter. Prior to incorporation, the name Oak Brook was used by local residents to distinguish their community from neighboring Hinsdale and Elmhurst, going back to the founding of the Oak Brook Civic Association almost two decades earlier.The original boundaries were smaller than the present extent of the Village, but a considerable amount of land was acquired soon after the ...
|#8 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
Archer Heights (Neighborhood)
~4.87 miles from Lyons city center
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|#9 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
~4.88 miles from Lyons city center
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The Unity Temple in Chicago is a Unitarian Universalist church designed by celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright, a member of the congregation who lived nearby. Dedicated in 1909, the Unity Temple is one of several structures that earned special recognition from the American Institute of Architects as representative of Wright's contribution to American culture.HistoryAt the turn of the 20th century, Oak Park was a community of about 12,500 residents situated along the streetcar lines west of Chicago. The up-and-coming community had recently won political independence from its neighbors and was open to innovative, daring architecture.Wright had established his home and studio in Oak Park (just a few blocks from Unity Temple) and many of his early works were created here. He ha...
|#10 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
~4.96 miles from Lyons city center
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West Elsdon (Neighborhood)
~5.15 miles from Lyons city center
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West Elsdon, one of the 77 official community areas, is located on the southwest side of the City of Chicago, Illinois. It is noted as a twin neighborhood of West Lawn. It is a mix of Polish-Americans and Mexican-Americans. It has its own association, West Elsdon Civic Association, which privately organizes the neighborhood. St. Turibius, a Roman Catholic elementary school, is located at 57th and Karlov in the neighborhood. A notable native of West Elsdon is Jenny McCarthy.Before the early twentieth century, the area now designated West Elsdon was a marshy remnant of an ancient lake. The early settlers were German-Americans and Irish-Americans. During the 1930s, houses were built, and Polish-Americans and other Eastern-Europeans settled the area. The land remained rural until World War...
|#12 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
~5.22 miles from Lyons city center
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois, has been restored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust to its appearance in 1909, the last year Frank Lloyd Wright lived there with his family. Frank Lloyd Wright purchased the property and built the home in 1889 with a $5,000 loan from his employer Louis Sullivan. He was 22 at the time, and newly wed to Catherine Tobin. The Wrights raised six children in the home. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and declared a National Historic Landmark four years later
|#13 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
Little Village (Neighborhood)
~5.49 miles from Lyons city center
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Little Village (part of the South Lawndale Community Area) was originally settled by Irish and Eastern European immigrants in the late 1800s, after the Great Chicago Fire sent the population of Chicago rippling out from the city's center to the outlying countryside. Jobs created by industrial development in the early twentieth century also attracted residents to the Little Village area, adding to the community's strength and viability as its own independent borough. By the mid-1900s, Little Village saw a marked increase in Polish immigrants, escaping the ravages of war-torn Europe, and in the '80s a large influx of Mexicans moved to the neighborhood. Many of these new residents were transplants from neighboring Pilsen. They were displaced during the construction of the University of Illino...
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~5.74 miles from Lyons city center
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|#15 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
~5.84 miles from Lyons city center
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North Lawndale (also known simply as "Lawndale") located on the west side of the city of Chicago, Illinois, is one of the well-defined community areas in the city of Chicago.
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West Lawn (Neighborhood)
~5.87 miles from Lyons city center
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West Lawn, one of Chicago's 77 official community areas, is located on the southwest side of the city. It is a quite friendly community, and is considered to be a "melting pot" of sorts, due to its constant change of races moving in and out of the area, as well as the diversity that exists there. It has a small town atmosphere in the big city. People are kind and are established as long-term residents. West Lawn is home to many Polish-Americans, Irish-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and other people of Latin American and Eastern European origin. The current Alderman of the West Lawn community is Alderman Frank Olivo.
|#17 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian
6500 S Pulaski Rd Chicago IL - 773-582-6500
~5.88 miles from Lyons city center
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West Garfield Park (Neighborhood)
~5.95 miles from Lyons city center
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West Garfield Park located on the west side of Chicago, Illinois, is one of 77 officially designated Chicago community areas.West Garfield Park had 86 foreclosures in 2006 and 87 foreclosures in 2007, resulting in 67.7 foreclosures per square mile in 2006 and 70.1 foreclosures per square mile in 2007.
|#19 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
Melrose Park (Neighborhood)
~6.13 miles from Lyons city center
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Melrose Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 23,171 at the 2000 census. Melrose Park has long been home to a large Italian-American population, though it also contains many Mexican-Americans. It was the home of Kiddieland Amusement Park and the current home of Maywood Park Racetrack, Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and Stern Pinball, Inc., which is the world's last manufacturer of coin-operated pinball machines.There is a Metra railroad station in Melrose Park with daily service to Chicago. Melrose Park is home to two hospitals, Westlake Hospital and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.
|#20 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
Brighton Park (Neighborhood)
~6.20 miles from Lyons city center
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Brighton Park is a neighborhood located on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. It is number 58 of the 77 community areas of Chicago.Brighton Park is bordered on the north by the former Illinois & Michigan Canal and the current Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, on the east by Western Avenue, on the south by 51st Street, and on the west by Pulaski Road and the west side of Corwith Yards.The neighborhood is a mix of residential areas, commercial zones, industrial works and transportation (primarily railroad and trucking ) facilities. It is relatively peaceful, according to Chicago Police Department statistics (2004 CPD Annual Report).The seat of the Polish Highlanders Alliance of North America is located here along Archer Avenue just northwest of its intersection with Pulaski, since...
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Gage Park (Neighborhood)
~6.53 miles from Lyons city center
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Gage Park is one of Chicago's 77 well-defined community areas, located on the city's southwest side; it is also the name of a park within the neighborhood. Gage Park's population is largely working-class, and its housing stock is mostly bungalows. For generations, the neighborhood was Eastern European and Irish Catholic. The neighborhood remains overwhelmingly Catholic with the addition of many Hispanic residents.
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Martinique Banquet Complex
~6.64 miles from Lyons city center
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|#23 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
~6.78 miles from Lyons city center
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Plan your next outing to visit one of the nation's premier conservatories — six multi-faceted greenhouses and two grand exhibition halls. Or for that special occasion — weddings, reunions, business meetings — rent one or all of our rooms. Groups of 10 or more must pre-register for their Conservatory visit at least one week in advance by calling 773-638-1766 ext. 25. School, camp, and youth groups must pre-register by calling 773-638-1766 ext. 25
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~6.85 miles from Lyons city center
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Austin, located on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois, is the largest (by population) of the city's 77 officially defined community areas (neighborhoods), followed by Lakeview. Its eastern boundary is Cicero Avenue. Its northernmost border is the Milwaukee District/West Line. Its southernmost border is at Roosevelt Road from Cicero Avenue west to Austin Boulevard. The northernmost portion, north of North Avenue, extends west to Harlem Avenue, abutting Elmwood Park. Other suburbs bordering Austin are Cicero and Oak Park. Also nearby is Berwyn.Austin is one of Chicago's largest community areas by land area. Several distinctive areas within Austin include Midway Park, a historic district of restored 19th-century single-family homes in the core of the original Austin subdivision; Galewood, t...
|#25 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
~6.92 miles from Lyons city center
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|#26 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
~6.92 miles from Lyons city center
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Douglas Park is a large Chicago Park District park that also serves as a cultural and community center in Chicago, Illinois. It is named after the U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who died in 1861. Originally named South Park, its 173 acres (0.70 km2) are in the North Lawndale community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States with an official address of 1401 S. Sacramento Drive. Currently, Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid includes plans to host the Olympic cycling competitions in this park, including a velodrome and a BMX course
|#27 of 30 Things To Do in Lyons|
~6.99 miles from Lyons city center
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Marquette Park, the largest park on the southwest side of Chicago at 323 acres (1.31 km2), is located at 41.767951°N 87.70287°W Coordinates: 41.767951°N 87.70287°W in Chicago Lawn neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The park is named for Father Jacques Marquette (1637-1675).Marquette Park’s three and a half acre Ashburn prairie remnant has a very special history. The story begins during the pre-settlement era at 87th Street and Kedzie Avenue on a 2-acre (8,100 m2) lot near the Evergreen Cemetery. It was at this location that the original Ashburn prairie thrived, untouched by farming, housing and commercial development. The mesic prairie contained nearly 100 species of native plants. Forbs such as Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum verticillatum), Nodding Wild Onion (Allium cernuum), Nodding Lad...
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East Garfield Park (Neighborhood)
~7.05 miles from Lyons city center
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East Garfield Park is a community area located on the west side of Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is part of the Chicago West Side area. Located directly in the path of gentrification heading westward from the Loop, East Garfield Park has been named one of America's most "up and coming neighborhoods" in the March 6, 2007 issue of Business Week. However, since the housing market has slowed nationwide, the gentrification of East Garfield Park is expected to take several years.The neighborhood is bordered by Carroll Street on the north, Arthington and Taylor Streets on the south, Hamlin and Independence Avenues to the west, and Rockwell Street to the east.
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Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica
~7.14 miles from Lyons city center
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Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica (officially: The Basilica Of Our Lady Of Sorrows) is a Roman Catholic basilica on the west side of Chicago, Illinois. Located at 3121 West Jackson Boulevard, it is, along with St. Hyacinth and Queen of All Saints, one of only three churches in Illinois designated by the Pope with the title of basilica.
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Chicago Lawn (Neighborhood)
~7.18 miles from Lyons city center
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Chicago Lawn is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois. It is located on the southwest side of the city. Its community neighbors include Gage Park, West Englewood, Ashburn, and West Lawn. It is bounded by Bell Avenue on the east, Central Park Avenue on the west, 59th Street on the north, and 75th Street on the south. This puts it 13 km (8 miles) southwest of the Loop. The local residents call the area "Marquette Park" after the 323-acre (1.31 km2) park in its center.