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Dining and Attractions

There is plenty to see and do in the Homewood area, and the dining selection is as impressive as it is varied. At the end of the day, visitors, whether in town on business or leisure, for a day or a week, are assured a pleasant place to rest at Homewood’s local hotel or surrounding lodging facilities.

The Marie Irwin Community Center is a 27,000-square-foot facility that serves as the hub of community and park district programs and events. The always-bustling facility is situated in Downtown Homewood, within the six-acre Irwin Park. The modern center features an ongoing schedule filled with social events, such as Starry Nights (a summer outdoor concert series); cultural activities, leisure activities and more for all ages. The property also features a beautiful gazebo and an outdoor bandshell.

The award-winning Homewood Historical Society has strived to preserve local history for 30 years. The Society is located within the Dorband-Howe House Museum, a circa 1891 workingman’s cottage. Made from “HOMEWOOD” stamped bricks, this historic treasure has been restored and is now a local history museum. Its library is lined with a growing collection of books and other printed material relating to Homewood’s rich heritage. The Gift Shop is stocked with numerous items promoting Homewood’s past, including books, postcards, photographs and more.

With a railroad bisecting Homewood in the center of town, it’s no wonder the community has such a celebrated rail history. The Homewood Rail Watching Platform and Rail Park, located at the southern point of Illinois Central’s Markham yard, serves as a tourist attraction for rail enthusiasts of all ages. The Rail Watching Platform, located at Harwood and Kroner Avenue, provides a terrific viewing point of the traffic from freight and commuter rail lines. The Rail Park, located on Park Avenue, just north of the train station, features a retired/restored locomotive and caboose. The underground pedestrian tunnel is adorned with murals depicting local railroad history and connects the two attractions.

Homewood residents also have access to numerous nearby attractions, including the Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts and the encompassing Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, along with the Flossmoor Sculpture Gardens and the opportunities of downtown Chicago.


Hungry patrons discover a great dining selection in Homewood, which is home to a mix of casual diners, fine dining establishments, coffeehouses, delis, taverns, fast-food eateries, ice cream parlors and pizzerias. Guests enjoy eclectic menus, featuring everything from delicious home-style cooking, hamburgers and handcrafted sandwiches to pizza, steak, seafood and pasta. Global fare is also available, with delectable Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Thai dishes gracing the restaurant list.

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