Points of Interest in Willow Springs Illinois -PART 1
Their are many points of interest in Willow Springs Illinois, from great restaurants,
to hiking paths through the woods, to canoeing down the Des-Planes Valley River, just to name a few.
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Willow Springs has a population of about 6,000 and is situated between Joliet and Chicago on Metra’s Heritage Corridor commuter rail line. Archer Avenue and Willow Springs Road represent the main thoroughfares and the village is bounded by LaGrange Road to the east and Route 83 to the west. The fact that Willow Springs is considered a restaurant destination is owed, in part, to the natural beauty of the area, its close proximity to Chicago and its accessibility…the Tri-State Tollway (294) and Stevenson Expressway (55) pass through it.
Overlooking the Des Plaines River Valley and a short drive from Chicago’s loop (17 miles), the Village of Willow Springs beckons recreational enthusiasts from Cook County and around the state.
This picturesque little village borders a hefty 20,000 acres of county forest preserve land. Hikers, joggers, mountain bikers and horseback riders challenge themselves on groomed trails, deep ravines and countless deer paths. Numerous lakes and sloughs pepper the acreage and provide fishermen with a “favorite spot” amongst scenic and historic landscapes
First Point of Interest : Willow Springs Restaurants
You might recognize a few of the unique places that dot the Willow Springs landscape. The famed Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 Archer Ave, 708.839.1000 ,opened in 1921 as Oh Henry Park,still welcomes performers and dancers to a local landmark.
Royalty West Banquets 8675 Archer Ave. 708.839.5200, invites guests to a medieval castle in the Old Willow Center
Irish Legends, 8933 S Archer Ave. 708.330.5264,is a restaurant within an historic Willow Springs building. It’s known for a secret, underground passageway to the canal…which proved useful during prohibition
The elegant and critically-acclaimed Courtright’s8989 Archer Ave 708.839.8000,
and two local favorites –
My Way Ristorante. 8116 Archer Ave 708.839,1600,
Each has helped the village establish a reputation for
variety in fine dining.
Greco’s 8850 Archer Ave. 708.839.0333 (celebrating their 20th anniversary) and
The popular Willow Springs Family Diner 8306 Archer 708.467.0149 offer daily specials that fit the budget.
Willow Crossing is the traditional village pub and meeting place.
A distinctive green awning highlights Bonnie’s Country Café 8442 Archer Ave 708.839.5820
Sma’s Hot Dogs 8744 Archer Ave. 708.839.9000, appeals to folks looking for a quick bite.
You don’t have to drive to Chicago for excellent food.
Throw in a good variety of recreation options and you
have the ingredients for a great escape.
Second Point of Interest: Willow Springs Recreation
The Little Red Schoolhouse that offers hands-on nature instruction…outside of the classroom
Maple Lake invites fishermen, boaters (boat rental), picnickers and even a movie director in 2006 (Alejandro Agresti – The Lake House).
- If your preference is paved
- trails, check out the 11-mile
- section of the Illinois & Michigan
- (I & M) Canal State Trail located
- in Willow Springs. It’s a trail
- where nature pleasantly distracts
- you as you ride or walk.
You’re likely to see ducks, beaver and there’s a fair chance you’ll spot one of the blue herons nesting along the canal.
Third Point of Interest : Realestate
As of 11/20/2010 Willow Springs currently has;
** 52 single family homes for sale, ranging from 115,000 — 945,000
** 61 condo’s and townhomes, ranging from 44,696 — 385,000
** 11 build-able lots from 149,000
included in the numbers are both short sales, and foreclosures. If you are having financial trouble and wondering if you would qualify for a short sale, go to my web site and click on, credit scores and short sales page.