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Things to do in Melrose Park

It’s a shame that Melrose Park’s biggest attraction Kiddieland closed in 2009. At least the roller coaster can still be visited at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, and the original park signage can be seen at the Melrose Park Public Library. Even without its main attraction, Melrose Park, IL, remains a humble destination in the Chicagoland area. There are a couple of historic sites and several nature activities as well.

Winslow House

See a Frank Lloyd Wright original at the Winslow House. This residence was built in 1894 and was his first major commission working on his own, and he always considered it a milestone in his career. The prairie house style is signature of Wright, and Illinois is home to several of them. You don’t need to spend hours here. In fact, a couple of minutes is all you need to take in the historical architecture.

Winslow House

515 Auvergne PI

River Forest, IL

60305

No more than two and a half miles from Melrose Park, IL

Trailside Museum of Natural History

Melrose Park and the surrounding communities have a knack for its local nature and wildlife and are happy to share their knowledge with visitors at the Trailside Museum. The museum is housed in an old Victorian mansion, another great specimen of architecture in town, and offers hiking trails up to five miles and exhibits based on the history and biology of local nature. Live displays of woodland creatures and gardens help make the visit unique as well.

Trailside Museum of Natural History

738 Thatcher Ave

River Forest, IL

60305

No more than two and a half miles from Melrose Park, IL

Thatcher Woods

On the same forest preserve as the Trailside Museum is Thatcher Woods. After learning about nature in the museum, guests can go out and explore it. The Des Plaine River travels along this 245-acre woods with several bird species and floodplain forest terrains. One of the trails leads right to the museum, in fact. There is about five miles worth of hiking distance in Thatcher Woods.

Thatcher Woods

8030 Chicago Ave

Maywood, IL

60153

Just two miles from Melrose Park, IL

Cernan Earth And Space Center

The closest quality planetarium to Melrose Park is the Cernan Earth And Space Center. It is named after Eugene Cernan, who was on the Gemini 9 and Apollo 10 missions and the last American astronaut on the Moon. The museum on the campus of Triton College is focused largely on presentations with their theater houses. Their rocket and cosmic light shows hold a crowd and people interested in astronomy.

Cernan Earth And Space Center

2000 5th Ave

River Grove, IL

60171

No more than three miles from Melrose Park, IL

Salt Creek

Several major points of the Des Plaines River are in the Melrose Park area before it flows into the Chicago River. Salt Creek is one of the river’s foremost tributaries. Today, Salt Creek serves as a great picnic and fishing spot. Small waterfalls also make the stream especially attractive to look at and hike along. The creek got its name from when a nineteenth-century wagon spilled a load of salt in the water.

Salt Creek

Des Plaines River