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Oak Forest, Illinois is home to the prestigious George W. Dunne National Golf Course. Recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top public courses in the country, George W. Dunne is a premier 18-hole golf course that offers unique features of bent grass fairways and sloping greens. Eight lakes, tree-lined fairways and an abundance of wildlife help make golf a memorable experience – whether you're a beginner or pro. Golf Chicago Magazine recently ranked George W. Dunne as its only perfect 10 score in the “Best Golf Value” ratings based on course conditions, courtesy of staff and overall value. Designed by Ken Killian and Dick Nugent, the course sits on more than 300 peaceful acres of Cook County Forest Preserve woods, wetlands and meadows.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is Oak Forest's other premier attraction. The forest preserve operates six nature centers that highlight the natural diversity of the Chicago region. Each center offers offers interpretation of natural experiences unique to its site. Discover oak-hickory savanna at the Crabtree Nature Center, oak and maple forest at the River Trail Nature Center, prairies and sand dunes at the Sand Ridge Nature Center, moraine hills surrounding The Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, the only rock canyon in Cook County at Camp Sagawau Environmental Education Center and the wildlife rehabilitation center at the Harold “Hal” Tyrell Trailside Museum. Interpretation displays of native plants and animals are presented at each museum and self-guided nature trails are also available. Professional naturalists are on hand to answer questions and nature programs are offered throughout the year.

Oak Forest is only 22 miles from downtown Chicago – therefore attractions in the area are practically endless. Chicago's Navy Pier is the city's most visited attraction. It features a 150-foot Ferris wheel, musical carousel, sightseeing boat tours, unique shops and restaurants and an 18-hole Chicago-themed miniature golf course. Indoor attractions at the Pier include the Chicago Museum and Funhouse Maze. Navy Pier is also home to an IMAX Theater, the Smith Museum of Stained Glass and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Navy Pier's lake front is a great place to relax and sit and people watch, bike, hike or skate. Shopping in Chicago is unparalleled. From upscale boutiques to discount outlet malls– it's all here. The primary shopping strip in the city is the famed Magnificent Mile, which runs along north Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street. This is where you'll find all the big name department stores along with a variety of specialty shops and boutiques. State Street is another major shopping area in the city of Chicago. Other attractions include the Field Museum of Natural History, Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago Art Institute, Wrigleyville, riverboat cruises, theater, ballet, concerts and some of the best restaurants in the country – something for everyone and it's all within minutes of Oak Forest, Illinois.


 

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