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Great Activities

20091112-hackneys-onionsPalos Park restaurants include plenty of great places to grab a fast bite to eat or plan a special occasion dinner for an anniversary or birthday celebration. The Palos Park Nightlife provides plenty of fun and entertainment and local hangouts that include outdoor beer gardens, drink specials, and friendly service.


Local transportation like the Palos Park Metra Station make it easy and convenient to live in the suburbs and work in the city. Local theater and entertainment include live theater performances by the Palos Village Players and other arts and community events at the Palos Park Recreation Center.



Palos Park restaurants offers tons of local restaurants and fast food establishments whether you’re in the mood for American, Chinese, Italian, Thai, barbecue, and Chicago Style Pizza. Many of them offer delivery and carry out services as well as great casual dining rooms.

Francesca’s Vicinato (12952 S La Grange Road, Palos Park, IL 60464 708-671-1600) is perfect for fine dining and Italian cuisine. Francesca’s has a full bar, a changing menu, and fresh made Italian pasta and pizza. They also offer private dining parties and catering food that is fresh and made with the best ingredients. Reservations are suggested to avoid waiting for a table.

For great American fare and burgers, Hackney’s (12300 S La Grange Road, Palos Park, IL 60464 708-448-8300) is one of the best places in the Palos Park area. Their menu includes plenty of great food like their Famous Hackneyburger, banquet services, premium buffet, the inside-out burger, wine list, and a small kids menu.

Plush Horse Ice Cream (12301 S 86th Avenue, Palos Park, IL 60464 708-448-0550) is the gem of Palos Park and known throughout the suburbs as the best Ice Cream Parlor in the area. With over 50 flavors made from scratch, Plush Horse has unique flavors like superman, strawberry cheesecake, cake batter, blue moon, egg nog, and many more. They also serve coffee, pastries, and cakes and other deserts.


Palos Park nightlife includes many fun and casual bars and pubs in the area. Whether you want a fun weekend night out or a small place for after work drinks with co-workers, the local bars offer plenty of friendly service, drink specials, and delicious food.

McDivot’s Sports Bar and Grill (12900 S La Grange Road, Palos Park, IL 60464 708-361-5687) is the local sports bar and pub in the Palos Park area and offers plenty of TV’s for watching sports, customer service, and friendly locals. They serve up tons of cold bottled and tap beer as well as pizza from next door, Cardalone’s Pizza which makes all pizzas fresh and custom ordered.

Hackney’s (123rd and LaGrange Rd. Palos Park, Illinois  60464, 708-448-8300) is a village icon with great food and an ever-changing list of tap beers along with a full-service bar that can whip up any cocktail you can think of. Watch for live music and comedy at

Francesca’s (12960 S. LaGrange Rd. • Palos Park, IL  708-671-1600) serves Northern Italian food specializing in the cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio but has a lively bar scene featuring a full bar and wine list.


Palos Park shopping includes two suburban indoor shopping malls that offers food courts, movie theaters, clothing stores, and large department stores. Orland Square Shopping Mall and Westfield Chicago Ridge Shopping Mall are located near Palos Park and perfect for shopping year round or a great way to start on your holiday shopping list.

For a local theater, the Palos Village Players perform live theater performances at the Palos Park Recreation Center. Past plays, musicals, and performances include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Philadelphia Water, She Loves Me, Odd Couple, Dracula, and many more.


Palos Park Festivals bring fun and excitement to the community and south suburbs every summer. Concert in the Park, Autumn in the Park Festival, Movie in the Park, Village Tree Lighting & Holiday Market and more.

Palos Park Recreation and Outdoors provides parks and athletic programs throughout the community. The Southwest Half Marathon and Palos Park Spring Fun Run are two of the local races in the Palos Park community.


Outdoor Attractions

The Palos Park Community is well known as a natural retreat in the southwest suburbs. Much of the natural beauty in the area can be found on the trails at Swallow Cliff and nearby lakes like Horesetail Lake, and the woods also feature horseback riding and pavilions for outdoor summer parties. Residents in the area remain active on these trails and use them to train for the Southwest Half Marathon which is held in Palos Park every year.


Cook County Forest Preserve District

For maps and information on trails, summer or winter sports, outdoor recreation and nature programs, contact the the General Headquarters: 708-366-9420

The Center
12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, IL 60464
The Center rests on seventy-eight acres of woods and open farmland featuring rustic buildings and nature trails. The Center is a nonprofit organization that hosts a variety of programs serving the needs of our community.

The Children’s Farm at The Center
A real working farm where chickens lay eggs, sheep grow wool, goats give milk, fields grow hay & pumpkins, and ponies give rides! For more information or reservations, please call The Children’s Farm at the Center, (708) 361-3650.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Rd., Willow Springs, IL 60480
708- 839-6897
Built in 1886 to replace a one-room log cabin school, the Little Red Schoolhouse was the first school building of the area. All groups of 15 or more must arrange dates and make reservations by telephoning the facility they wish to visit.

I & M Canal National Historic Corridor Civic Center Authority
P.O. Box 501, Willow Springs, IL 60480

The I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor Civic Center Authority was created in 1984 by Illinois state legislation. The Civic Center Authority’s district is composed of the twelve towns from Lyons to Lemont, located in the northeastern portion of the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Civic Center Authority is committed to the cultural, historic, recreational, and economic development of the National Heritage Corridor in this area.


Equestrian Life

Fitzjoy Farm
12211 South LaGrange Road, Palos Park, IL 60464
Fitzjoy Farm is the premier stable in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago adjacent to miles of beautiful Cook County riding trails. We have a wide range of family friendly programs, offering riding experience for all level of equestrians. Please visit the website for more information, class schedules and lots of pictures! WWW.FITZJOYFARM.COM

Fishing and Boating

Tampier Lake
Located at 131st and Wolf Road. You can rent canoes and rowboats from the Forest Preserve District between May and October. Tampier Lake is a favorite lake. The people there tend to be fishing, boating or picnicking. Fish in this lake include: Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Bluegill, Sunfish, White Crappie, Black Crappie, Bullhead Catfish, Carp, Channel Catfish and White Bass.

Saganashkee Slough
One of the great outlet rivers during the Ice Age, Saganashkee Slough is now shallow lake that is good for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Located on 107th Street between 104th Avenue and Rt 83, this area is closed to boating from October 1st, through May 15th for waterfowl migration. There are two entrances to the preserve, the entrance nearest Rt 83 has a trailerable boat ramp. The other entrance has several muddy shores that are fine for launching carry-in boats. There is a fishing wall just off 104th Ave for handicapped fishing access at the dam. (Overflow empties into the Cal-Sag channel, which is less than 100 feet away.) Boating information: Private canoes, rowboats allowed. Gas-powered motors prohibited. 1 ramp with concrete to water level, gravel base under water at edge of ramp. Fish in this lake include: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, White Crappie, Black Crappie, Bullhead Catfish, Sunfish, Carp.


 Winter In Palos Park

Cook County Forest Preserve Sledding and Coasting
When snow conditions are suitable, some areas are designated for sledding and coasting. Sledding and Coasting Hills With Lighting (Hours: 8 A.M. – 10 P.M). More information:

Area Snowmobile information:

Cross Country Skiing

Palos and Sag Valley Divisions
Cook County cross country ski information:

Numerous locations in the Cook County Forest Preserve District sites between Archer Ave. and 135th Street, Willow Springs and Palos Park areas. Length: 30+ miles.

Swallow Cliff Cross Country Skiing
Map of Cross Country Ski Trails at Camp Sagawau:

The rolling terrain of the Swallow Cliff area offers excellent skiing for beginners and advanced skiers alike. Swallow Cliff provides a warming shelter and heated rest rooms. This area is located near the intersection of Illinois Route 83 and U.S. Highway 45, just west of Palos Park.