Chicago Southland CVB

Visit Chicago Southland

Just Beyond the City Limits of Chicago, rests the 60 south and southwest suburbs known as the Chicago Southland. The Chicago Southland is a convenient and affordable destination bursting with outdoor recreation, major attractions, fine dining, lodging and shopping. With interstates 55, 57, 80, 94, 294 and 355 running through the heart of the Chicago Southland and an abundance of rail options available, venturing around has never been easier!

Unplug from your daily routine and reconnect with over 40,000 acres of forestry, countless miles of trails and the best waterways that cut through where the prairie landscape meets the industrialized urban environment. With over 14 nature centers in the Chicago Southland, outdoor recreation enthusiasts don’t have to travel far to find a trail to explore, lake to canoe, special event and educational program to attend or to simply enjoy the beautiful gardens and abundant wildlife opportunities. Team building is an integral component of any relationship. Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center sits on 38-acres of team building atmosphere. With challenges like a high-ropes course, climbing wall and crate climbing, the emphasis is always on over- coming obstacles and developing the values of leadership, team building and problem solving.

With a chorus full of are we there yets, unplanned restroom stops and the kicking of seats, family vacations can transition from fun, good ideas to rage inducing never agains. Have no fear; the Chicago Southland has a wide variety of family- friendly activities to turn your trip into a FUNcation. Whether it is miniature golfing with the family at Ball Fore, climbing a rock wall at In the Game, Hollywood Park, hitting the go-kart track at Haunted Trails or Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events, playing arcade games at Dave & Busters, or visiting the KidsWork Children’s Museum in Frankfort, the Chicago Southland has a multitude of family-friendly activities.

As the catalyst for the beginnings of the Chicago Southland, golf has left its mark on the region. The “Summer Golf Capitol of Illinois” boasts over 600 holes of golf with a variety of nine- hole and 18-hole golf courses encompassing a wide range of skill levels. Getting teed-off in the Chicago Southland has never felt this good. Sports Fandom doesn’t just stop at golf. Sit in Section 8 at SeatGeek Stadium and cheer nonstop for a Chicago Red Stars victory. Enjoy Major League action at Minor League prices by catching a baseball game at Ozinga Field with the Windy City ThunderBolts.

With a multitude of railfan sights including double diamonds and one of the only places to see a double wye junction in the country, just minutes away from each other, it is easy to see why railfans love the Chicago Southland. Stop off and grab a pint at a brewpub in an old Illinois Central rail station. The Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery offers a unique train themed décor and craft beer selection. Make sure to visit one of Illinois’ newest national treasure, Pullman National Historical Park. From the world’s first planned industrial town to finding itself on the brink of collapse during the mid 20th century, discover the faces and places that make Pullman National Monument a true diamond in the rough.

Situated between the vibrant downtown area and the majestic Ravisloe Country Club, the Homewood Railroad Platform & Park is in the heart of the action in the Village of Homewood. The wheelchair accessible railroad viewing platform gives an elevated view of the three types of tracks that cross Homewood. The platform also plays a live audio feed from the switchyard. The Park Forest Rail Fan Park features a 35-foot elevated wheelchair accessible platform that overlooks a rare “highway cloverleaf interchange for trains.” At both ends of the double track are wyes with a crossover between the tracks that permit trains to enter and exit the Park Forest cloverleaf in any direction.

No matter what time of year you visit, the Chicago Southland always has a festival going on. Whether it is Snow Day Celebration at the Monee Reservoir in January, Irish Fest at Chicago Gaelic Park in August, Frankfort Fall Festival in September or Lansing Autumn Fest in October, you don’t have to turn far to find family-friendly festivals.

Shopping aficionados unite in the Chicago Southland with regional shopping malls, a large indoor / outdoor Flea Market and well-developed downtown areas where visitors can park their cars and browse a variety of antique and specialty shops. It is easy to see the many “shopportunities” the Chicago Southland offers.

Finding the perfect place to eat can be a very daunting task while travelling. Luckily, the Chicago Southland has many unique restaurants that will leave you satisfied. Whether you are looking for farm to table concepts, Chicago Style Pizza, fine dining, family dining or a sweet treat, the Chicago Southland offers something for everyone.

Throughout the Chicago Southland’s 60 suburbs are fine and performing arts centers, art galleries, theater groups and an internationally recognized sculpture park. With plenty of cultural activities available, fans of the arts have ample opportunities to view world renowned works in all different mediums. Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Moraine Valley Community College and Union Street Art Gallery host exhibitions throughout the year featuring the works of regional, national and international artists, photographers and sculptors.

Governors State University Center for Performing Arts in University Park and Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center in Palos Hills present high-quality and affordable national touring acts, Chicago based artists and community programs in genres from jazz to opera, dance, theater and family favorites. Freedom Hall in Park Forest offers a diverse series of performances including dance, musical theater, stage plays and children’s theater. The Drama Group in Chicago Heights produces six fabulous shows annually. The renowned Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra performs a full season of classical masterpieces.

Drive the Dixie Highway through historic downtown Homewood to see the largest collection of Richard Haas Murals. Boasting over 14 murals depicting a life not long passed, visitors can experience a quaint downtown area where history meets innovation. Scattered throughout the 25 mile stretch of the historic Lincoln Highway, interpretive gazebos and eight murals help tell the story of America’s first coast-to-coast road. Jay Allen, owner of ShawCraft Sign Company, created the interpretive mural series and left secrets for visitors to find in each one. As one of only three sculpture parks in the nation, the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University in University Park, features 32 master works of sculpture, nestled in over 100 acres of prairie landscape. Highlights include several important landscape-based sculptures created by distinguished artists at the height of their creative powers, a group of works by major late-20th Century American sculptors and a number of works representing Chicago-based artists. The Chicago Southland also boasts outdoor sculptures throughout the Village of Flossmoor and the Sculpture Collection in Palos Heights.

Stop painting the town beige when you can paint it red in the Chicago Southland. With a multitude of breweries, wine and spirit tastings, comedy clubs and concert venues, just minutes away from each other, the Chicago Southland is your source for Nightlife fun! With outdoor venues like SeatGeek Stadium and a variety of music venues, you’re sure to find live music to feed your soul.

Craft Beer connoisseurs don’t have to turn very far to find a unique brewery offering award winning craft beers. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery offers a unique train themed craft beer selection and is housed in an old Illinois central rail station. The Chicago Southland is also home to Evil Horse Brewing Company in Crete, One Trick Pony Brewery in Lansing and more.

The Chicago Southland offers many adventures and cherished memories when you travel Just Beyond the City Limits.

Our Destination


Kim Kislowski
VP of Marketing

Jim Garrett, CDME

Just beyond the city limits of Chicago rests the 60 south/southwest suburbs known as the Chicago Southland.

Top Attractions

  • Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
  • SeatGeek Stadium
  • 31 Golf Courses
  • Over 48,000 acres of forest preserves (include trails)
  • Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events


  • In the March edition of “Smart Meetings” magazine, Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Vice President of Sales, Mary Patchin, was named a 2023 Smart Women in Meetings Award winner in the Industry Leader category. The award was announced in conjunction with the start of Women’s History Month.
  • In the June edition of “Smart Meetings” magazine, the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau was named one of the best Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Destination Marketing Organizations (CVB/DMO) in the United States.
  • Sports Destination Management awarded the Chicago Southland with a 2019 Champion of Economic Impact award, recognizing the 2019 Toyota USA National Juniors & Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Association Championships as Innovation in Sports Tourism winner.
  • The Chicago Southland CVB was awarded the SportsEvents Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for Sports Destination in Illinois in January of 2019. Two additional Readers’ Choice Awards were won by Chicago Southland CVB nominated entries: Tom Cole, President of National Xball League (Sports Planners Category) and the NXL Paintball Chicago Open, Gaelic Park, in Oak Forest (Sports Event).
  • Sports Destination Management Readers awarded the Chicago Southland with the Favorite Destination for Community Engagement and Favorite Destination for Accessibility Reader’s Choice Awards.
  • South Suburban Parks and Recreation Professional Association recognized the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau with a Special Recognition Award for their dedication and continued support of the organization (2017 & 2018).
  • The Chicago Southland CVB was recognized by Sports Destination Management as a 2017 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism for the United States Hockey League Development Series Phase I, II & III held at Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park.
  • Joel Koester was recognized as an industry leader in Connect Sports magazine’s “Game Changers” feature in the fall 2017 issue and was presented with the Game Changer award during Connect Sports 2017 in New Orleans.
  • SportsEvents Magazine named the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional & Collegiate U.S. Championships and United States Log Rolling Open as 2017 Sports Events to Watch. SportsEvents Magazine named Anthony Burton an Award Winning Parks & Recreation Professional in January of 2016.
  • Sports Destination Management Magazine recognized the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau with a “Champions of Economic Impact” Sports Award in 2015 for the American Taekwondo Association Class “A” Tournament, held in Lynwood at the Southland Center, a Ho-Chunk Enterprise.
  • The Chicago Southland CVB was awarded the SportsEvents Magazine Readers’ Choice Award in recognition of commitment to quality and standards of excellence in the sports event industry in January of 2014.

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IL House Legislative District
21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 79, 80, 82

IL Senate Legislative Districts
11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 40, 41

Largest Meeting Facility 
Georgios Banquets Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center in Orland Hills

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Primary Source of Local Funding
Hotel/Motel tax