Explore exciting things to do in Elgin from our comfortable hotel

A stay at the Country Inn & Suites, Elgin, IL puts you an hour from downtown Chicago and close to some of Elgin’s best things to do. Downtown Elgin offers shopping, dining, and live entertainment at venues like the Hemmens Cultural Center. You can visit beautiful Lords Park to enjoy a picnic, a walk through the woods, or a pick-up game of basketball. The park grounds also house the Elgin Public Museum, which explores Illinois’ storied past. Looking for a little glitter and glitz? Adults appreciate the exciting entertainment at Grand Victoria Casino, less than five miles from the hotel. For an evening of family fun, step back into the era of castles and knights with dinner and a show at Medieval Times. Need a break from on-site meetings? Visit nearby Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary for a tranquil retreat.

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

13.22 mi / 21.28 km from the hotel
Enter the castle to experience epic battles between jousting knights on horseback and to watch the flight of the majestic royal falcon. This spectacular show also offers a feast fit for a king.

Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary

1.2 mi / 1.94 km from the hotel
Bird-watchers and nature lovers appreciate this quiet park featuring restored prairie and wetlands that are home to herons, egrets, hawks, and songbirds. Trails are suitable for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, and fishing is available.

Lords Park

4.63 mi / 7.46 km from the hotel
This beautiful 108-acre park offers playgrounds, picnic shelters, walking trails, and game fields, plus the Elgin Public Museum. Kids love Lords Park Zoo and the swimming and slides at Lords Park Aquatic Center.

Downtown Elgin

4.03 mi / 6.49 km from the hotel
Head to Downtown Elgin to stroll the Historic District, browse art galleries, catch a show at several entertainment venues, and dine at local restaurants. Rent a bike to ride the 40-mile-long Fox River Bike Trail.

Elgin Sports Complex

4.73 mi / 7.61 km from the hotel
With 10 softball fields, 10 soccer fields, two sand volleyball courts, and a BMX track, the Elgin Sports Complex is one of the area's best places to play.

Grand Victoria Casino Elgin

4.5 mi / 7.24 km from the hotel
Try your luck at one of the 700-plus slot machines or at a table game like roulette, blackjack, or Texas Hold’em. Covering nearly 30,000 square feet, this riverboat casino is also home to live entertainment and multiple dining options.

Canlan Ice Sports

1.7 mi / 2.74 km from the hotel
Watch figure skating and hockey tournaments or try out the ice rink yourself. Canlan Ice Sports boasts three NHL-size rinks along with a bar and grill.

The Hemmens Cultural Center

3.81 mi / 6.14 km from the hotel
Summer theater, film festivals, dance troupes, and musicals all take the stage at The Hemmens Cultural Center, which is also home to the award-winning Elgin Symphony Orchestra.

Villa Olivia

7.55 mi / 12.15 km from the hotel
Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing provide winter fun at Villa Olivia. During fair weather, the public golf course is open to those who want to spend a day on the links.

Fox River Trolley Museum

6.63 mi / 10.68 km from the hotel
All aboard the antique trolley for a trip along the banks of the Fox River. Learn about the role electric trolleys played in America's past at this fascinating museum. Special events include reenactments of historical battles.

Randall Oaks Zoo, Park, and Golf Course

2.26 mi / 3.64 km from the hotel
These three adjacent attractions offer fun for everyone. After a morning at the zoo with farm animals and local species, head to the park for a picnic and a game of volleyball. Adults can tee up at the beautiful 18-hole golf course with a pro shop.

Santa’s Village Amusement & Water Park

3.76 mi / 6.05 km from the hotel
Visit this family-friendly theme park to enjoy roller coasters, a petting zoo, and water and themed rides. You can pack a lunch for the picnic area or buy refreshments on site.