There is much to see and do in the Chicago Heights area…
Cultural & Historical Gems
Artists and art enthusiasts of all kinds don’t have to look far to access some of the Southland’s finest cultural outlets. Chicago Heights hosts its own community theatre troupe, The Drama Group, and the world-class Union Street Gallery. This facility hosts two floors of public gallery space and individual artist studios on the third floor. Throughout the year, the gallery hosts juried exhibitions, workshops and arts education programming.
The Chicago Heights-based Prairie State College offers another avenue for arts and culture in the community. On campus, students and guests are invited to visit the Christopher Art Gallery, which hosts several shows a year featuring student works, as well as the works of local, regional and nationally-known artists.
The city is also renowned for its architectural qualities, with a number of sites designated as local landmarks. The Chicago Heights Historic Preservation Committee works to maintain these sites and offers historic housewalks, bus tours and public seminars highlighting the heritage of the community. For more information, visit www.chhpac.com.
Chicago Heights’ location puts it in the midst of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s system of trails and preserves, which gives way to a number of excellent recreational diversions. Multi-use trails are great for bikers, hikers, cross-country skiers and horseback riders, while lakes are ideal for boaters, swimmers and fishers. Other activities include birding, nature viewing, golfing, picnicking and several wintertime sports.
Residents also have access to Lake Michigan (about 20 miles away), as well as the resources of the Chicago Heights Park District. The district operates a multi-purpose facility in the community, offering a wide variety of recreation programs for people of all ages. Included in the list of offerings are fitness services, group exercise classes, dance, music and art lessons and more. The park district also oversees two nine-hole golf courses in town – Golf Course East and Golf Course West.
Retailers of all kinds, from grocery and drug stores to office suppliers and clothiers, have made a home in Chicago Heights. The Lincoln Highway corridor offers a large concentration of stores, as does the developing downtown district, which is quickly blossoming into a prime commercial neighborhood in the Southland. Closely surrounding areas offer even more opportunities for shoppers. Notable sites include Matteson’s Lincoln Mall, the Frankfort Historic District and several destinations in the Orland Park area.
More than 100 restaurants are located in the Chicago Heights area, offering an eclectic array of menus. Casual, family-friendly eateries, fine dining restaurants and fast food and carry-out establishments are all available, serving up pizza, pasta, steaks, hamburgers, salads, ethnic dishes and much, much more. Locals and visitors take advantage of both homegrown restaurants and national chains, which are all sure to serve up the best in fresh foods and customer service.