Things to do in Belmont
Belmont is a unique suburb of Chicago in the regard that they have three different areas –Belmont Cragin, Belmont Central, and Belmont Gardens. Belmont has roots as an 1800s industry and railroad town. It didn’t become a commercial destination until 1920. From there, Belmont began to develop all the amenities we see there today. Belmont saw a big increase in its population in the 80s and 90s and has become more of a residential area than the manufacturing center it once was. Belmont isn’t a major attraction destination, but there are some places where you can go to unwind rather than be amused.
We’ll start out this things-to-do guide with the best place to go in Belmont if you are looking for a hidden gem in Chicago. Klairmont Kollections is a classical car museum amassed by local Larry Klairmont. He has cars from a little over one hundred years ago and several of those old Coca-Cola-style cars of the retro era. There are also a couple of rare cars like the 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible. On some days, they have an original 1960s Batmobile on display. Klairmont has a total of 350 cars on display and is open Thursday through Sunday.
3117 N Knox Ave,
Riis Park’s fieldhouse is a historical building in itself. This park, named after the muckraker journalist, will turn 100 in six years. This is one of those Parks that has seasonal activities with its pool and ice rink. The playground also gets a lot of use by the neighborhood kids. There is also a small network of nature trails in a little forest area by the playground and soccer field.
6100 W Fullerton Ave,
Children recognize Blackhawk Park by its neon green jungle gym. This park has more variety when it comes to fields and sports than Riis Park does. In addition to multi-purpose fields, there is both an indoor and outdoor gym for seasonal purposes. There are courts for tennis and basketball, with clinics being held in the fieldhouse. This park is definitely more fitness oriented.
2318 N Lavergne Ave,