La Grange Hobby Center
La Grange Theatre
Fashioned Ice Cream
There always is something to do in downtown La Grange.
With free parking, restaurants for every taste and budget and
plenty of shops and activities, it's a great place for a family to
spend the day.
If you want to start with brunch, you can't do better than local
Hill Breakfast Cafe. Park in the garage behind City Hall and
head across the street for all the classic breakfast and lunch fare
you could want. Don't be discouraged by the folks waiting
outside-tables turn quickly and once you're seated, your order will
arrive fast, delicious and piping hot. Blueberry Hill is
particularly family-friendly, with a big after-church crowd on
Just up La Grange Road, make a stop at the La
Grange Hobby Center. Ask the staff to recommend a model or
project. They can even set you up with the latest radio-controlled
plane, helicopter or a Lionel train.
A little further up the street is Chimera's Comics. Whether
you already have a comics collector in your family or are just
learning about them, the friendly staff will have great suggestions
For the main event, everyone will enjoy a trip to the La Grange Theatre. Built
in 1925, the theater was converted to a movie theater in the late
1940s. A renovation in 2004 modernized the space, while keeping all
of its old-time charm. Second-run movies and matinee prices all day
and evening make it an entertainment bargain.
If you want to pick up dinner before or after your show,
downtown La Grange is full of options. One of the best is the Hot Dog Company. Crispy hand-cut
fries and hot dogs from Chicago-style to hand-dipped corn dogs are
just a few of the treats. The chili cheese tater tots are a local
favorite. Before you leave, check out the wall of specialty sodas
and customize a four-pack to take home.
For a sweet treat, take a short walk over to Tate's Old Fashioned Ice
Cream Shop, a neighborhood tradition for decades. Family owned,
they make all of the ice cream in the shop. Try the unique flavors
such as peach cobbler, hazelnut and peppermint mocha, or grab a hot
chocolate ice cream soda. There are board games if the kids get
restless and a huge shelf of old-time candies and sweets.
A short walk back to the car through the quiet,
leaf-shaded streets and you can be on your way after an easy,
fun-filled day in downtown La Grange.
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