Looking for something to do in McCook? Whether you’re a local, new in town, or just visiting, McCook offers a beautiful centralized location for exploring. As one of the lowest populated municipalities in Cook County, McCook is an industrial suburb of Chicago, Illinois. A former city on Route 66, McCook is within a reasonable distance from several large attractions and amenities. Here are 15 places you should not miss when you visit the area.

Nature Trails, Parks, and Historical Sites


Salt Creek Trail
- Easy to ride or walk on, this trail is a peaceful walk in through the woods and over Salt Creek.

The Chicago Portage Historical Site
- This location was a water and overland travel route between the St. Lawrence and Mississippi River systems. It was a major gateway for exploration and pioneer expansion to the west and for the fur trade in both directions. It is the reason Chicago exists. It is one of only two National Historic Sites in the State of Illinois.

Graue Mill & Museum
- The Graue Mill, built in 1852, is one of only two operating water-powered grist mills in Illinois. It has experienced and written a lot of history over its life including being a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace
- For bookworms, history enthusiasts, and adventurers alike; take an interesting and informative tour of the home Ernest Hemingway spent his early childhood years. A hidden gem full of history.

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture


Unity Temple- This building represents a core moment in Frank Lloyd Wright’s early career. It is one of the first public buildings in America to feature exposed concrete and is the greatest public building in his Prairie Era. It led the way in modern architecture.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
- The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio served as his private residence and workplace for the first 20-years of his career. This is the location where he developed Prairie Style architecture.

Wright Plus Housewalk
- Enjoy a day of rare interior tours of private homes and public buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Family Fun


Berwyn’s Toy & Trains
- Located on historic Route 66, Berwyn’s is a specialty toy and hobby store. Featuring a 7’ x 14’ operating train layout and a play area, they are one of 20 US official Thomas the Tank Wooden Railway Stations.

Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course- Never a dull moment with this highly interactive 2-3 hour outdoor adventure for famil
ies, friends, and groups. This park features zip lines, Tarzan swings, and other obstacles at 40-50 feet in the trees.

Vault Escape, Just Escape, and Escape Factor - An immersive, puzzle escape room where you and your teammates find clues and solve puzzles in 60 minutes or less! Escape Factor is an escape room for those who would like to experience an escape room without feeling trapped or claustrophobic.

Galloping Ghost- Experience the thrill of traditional arcade games from 1970-1990! For one flat rate, play any game in the building, no need to worry about running out of change or tokens.

Brookfield Zoo
- Enjoy this 216- acre zoo with over 400 species of animals to visit! Featuring activities for the family to enjoy throughout the year, this zoo is a must-see when visiting the area.

At the end of your adventurous day, be sure to stop by McCook Bohemian Restaurant and Lounge. Serving top quality Bohemian food in McCook since 1991, all dishes are made from scratch with the freshest ingredients. Stop by to experience McCook authentic Bohemian food that won’t leave you hungry! With a banquet room and catering options, McCook Bohemian Restaurant and Lounge can accommodate groups of any size.