What to do and see in Palatine, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 26, 2017 Jana Sager

Palatine (/ˈpælətaɪn/) is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is a northwestern residential suburb of Chicago. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 65,479. In the 2010 census its population had risen to 68,557, making it the seventh-largest community in Cook County and the 18th-largest in the state of Illinois.
Restaurants in Palatine

1. Arlington Park

2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-1004 +1 847-385-7500
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 447 reviews

Arlington Park

Described as "the most beautiful track in America", Arlington began Thoroughbred racing on October 13, 1927, when more than 20,000 fans braved the cold weather to celebrate the event in high style. Since then, Arlington International has become a social destination and perfect summer hangout to watch and wager on the amazing sport of Thoroughbred horse racing! Arlington offers beautiful venues for everything from corporate outings to reunions to weddings, and it's the ideal spot for groups of friends to catch-up, watch the ponies and meet new people. From Miller Lite Party in the Park on Friday, to Miller Lite Horses & Hops on Saturdays, to Sunday Family Days presented by Daily Herald and Lipton Iced Tea, it's always a great time!

Reviewed By JordanS8 - Sarasota, Florida

It seems like there aren’t many tracks left in the country. This is one of the classics. Totally destroyed and rebuilt, and now their racing season is a festive highlight of summer capped off by the Arlington Million. It has excellent banquet facilities, a beautiful clubhouse and great food.

2. Deer Grove Forest Preserve

North Quentin Road, Palatine, IL
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 36 reviews

Deer Grove Forest Preserve

Reviewed By nmayer16

Beautiful area, a lot of nature to see. I went here with my boyfriend and 2 other couples. Very calm and peaceful. Nice for a Sunday afternoon.

3. Deer Park Town Center

20530 N Rand Rd, Deer Park, IL 60010-7233 +1 847-726-7755
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Deer Park Town Center

Reviewed By illinois travelere

According to A. Alfred Taubman -- philanthropist and suburban shopping mall designer -- parking belongs in front of stores, with easy access to the entrances.

I don't know what he'd make of Deer Park.

If you want to see the entire mall,which has a linear design, you will have to backtrack, rather than circle.

However, if you're coming to visit a particular store -- there are over 70 -- chances are you'll be able to park very close to it. My favourite stops are Paper Source, Anthropologie, and Williams-Sonoma.

Beverage and food places are pretty much clustered in one location.

The Century sixteen-screen theater is behind the mall.

Deer Park has a California vibe -- both in architectural style and in fresh air/exercise benefits.

4. Spring Valley

1111 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194-3648 +1 847-985-2100
Excellent
85%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 93 reviews

Spring Valley

Reviewed By georgerE9770EQ - Schaumburg, Illinois

We love the 135 acres of fields,forests, marshes and streams right off Schaumburg, Road in the Village itself. Also the fact that this is the way the area was 100 years ago in this area. There are 3 miles of paths ( all handicapped accessible) and flowers of all kinds. In addition for the children, there is the Bison's Bluff Nature Playground that is always filled with kids having a great time in a nature set up.
There is a Nature Center, a Heritage Farm, and an old Log Cabin to explore and learn what was going on 100 years ago when this was a small German Village. In addition 4 times during the year there are special "Highlights" available. And all year there are things going on at the Nature Center and the Heritage Farm.
Hours vary during the year, but normally 8 to 8 in the Summer Season and 8 to 5 in the Winter Season; and the whole thing is FREE!
We love to come for a walk, and the Grand kids love to walk, see,learn and play at the Playground!! This is an Attraction Not to be Missed!

5. Busse Woods Trail System

N Arlington Heights Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 +1 708-366-9420
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 161 reviews

Busse Woods Trail System

Reviewed By comfortnurse - Ohio

The greater Chicago area has many "Forest Preserves." This one is readily accessible to highways and major roads and on a rainy, dreary, November day was a great spot of fall foliage. The drive through the park passes several parking lots and rest areas. There were picnic tables throughout. What a resource for people nearby. We would come back if in the area again.

6. The Catlow Theater

116 W Main St, Barrington, IL 60010-3010 +1 847-381-0777
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

The Catlow Theater

Reviewed By falca191 - Barrington, Illinois

Watch excellent movies in comfortable seats, among your friends and neighbors (who understand movie etiquette) ... on the cheap! Add Baloney's wonderful sandwiches next door and you have a very special experience. Simply the BEST.

7. Opera in Focus

3000 Central Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-2551
Excellent
72%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Opera in Focus

Reviewed By Shoumo - Woodbridge, New Jersey

I had stumbled on the Opera in Focus when I was researching for information about things to see and do after relocating to Lake County. I am not a opera connoisseur but enjoy puppetry and decided to pay a visit. I enjoyed the time spent, and especially so because of the backstage tour at the end of the show. If you visit their YouTube channel you can find a lot of material on how these puppets came about. It is fun to have an opportunity to meet the crew after the show. I would encourage people who don't really like opera to go with an open mind and without any expectations. You will enjoy the experience as a whole. Bring your camera, the backstage is offers a lot of opportunities. Cash is better, as the card swiping (Visa/Mastercard) is manual. Call in earlier to make sure the show has not been cancelled. The Park District often takes up the parking spots, or there aren't enough reservations.

8. Woodfield Mall

5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5097 +1 847-330-0220
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 401 reviews

Woodfield Mall

Surround yourself with fashion, food, and fun with the most distinctive collection of shopping, dining and entertainment. Woodfield has the finest collection of department stores and specialty shops in the Great Lakes region including Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, jcpenney, Sears and nearly 300 stores and restaurants.

Reviewed By illinois travelere

Woodfield Mall is working hard to lure customers away from their internet shopping and back into the mall.

Check out the women's lounge near the Cheesecake Factory. It is done in sophisticated black and white. It has some very nice we-care-about-our-customers touches. There are comfortable couches at the entrance You will find a large shelf against the back wall of every stall, where you can safely place your purse and packages. There are sit-down vanity tables with three-way mirrors.

I found a charging station for my phone and you can borrow a cable from customer service.

There's a bitcoin ATM, free wi-fi, and that giant mall centerpiece -- Garrett's popcorn.

The most exciting news is the food court opening this summer in the upper level Sears wing. The first tenants to be announced are Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Charleys Philly Steaks, Maoz Falafel and Grill, Suki Hana, and Wok A Holic.

There's no Garrett's Popcorn or Maoz falafel at my computer....so Woodfield, here I come.

9. In Chicago Sedan and Limousine

Palatine, IL 60074 +1 773-430-8531
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 16 reviews

In Chicago Sedan and Limousine

In Chicago Sedan and Limousine is the personalized boutique ground transportation service, providing first class sedan and limousine transportation for the Chicago metropolitan area, suburbs, and trips to and from O'Hare and Midway airports. No matter what the occasion is, our experienced, professional drivers and luxurious vehicles are always on time, polite, and extremely knowledgeable.

Reviewed By HappyGirl429 - Atlanta, Georgia

In Chicago Sedan and Limousine provided prompt, professional and courteous service during a recent trip. I was flying into Midway late on Sunday night and didn't want to risk a cab or Uber, so I made an reservation with this service. They provided email updates and clear instructions on what to do when I arrived at the airport. I was so happy I booked the service on the return trip to the airport. This will be my go to service when I'm flying into Chicago.

10. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

111 W Campbell St, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-1404 +1 847-577-2121
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre is a live entertainment and arts education facility located in downtown Arlington Heights, Ill. and has quickly become one of Chicagoland’s leading venues for quality programming. The complex is home to a 350 seat theater. Metropolis offers a diverse array of Chicago’s most talented performers and performance troupes, as well as national acts spanning virtually all performance genres – all under one roof.

Reviewed By warmthoughts - chicago

Metropolis is a great little theater in Arlington Hts. They offer such a variety of experiences, music, comedy, and of course plays. Through the years I've attended many of these shows and have never been disappointed. There are no bad seats and only great entertainment. There is something for everyone and at a reasonable price.

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