Newsweek Magazine calls Tinley Park "The best place in America to raise a family. We can see why, because we've fallen in love with the place. The convention center is on one side of I-80, and on the other is a shopping center, an amusement arcade, then miles of peaceful farmland. It's missing the hustle of Chicago... but you can have that too.
All of Chicago at Your Feet
Tinley Park Convention Center is located a short distance from Metra's 80th Avenue train station which is part of the "Rock Island" Line. Via Metra, downtown Chicago is less than an hour away and the cost is minimal. Whether for theater, dining, shopping, museums or sports, Metra offers an attractive alternative to driving. Want to go to a White Sox game? The Sox play the Orioles on Friday and Saturday this year, and Metra's new "Lou Jones" station gives you nearly door-to-door service to U.S. Cellular Field. Our contact at Metra prepared a great flyer with train information, including the full schedule between 80th Avenue and downtown Chicago. Click here to view or download this printable resource.
Within Walking Distance
We know that sometimes you will need something in a hurry. You'll find that the attached Banana's restaurant has a full menu and reasonable prices. The Holiday Inn is attached to the convention center. Check out this arial view. Also within a few blocks:
Intimo Martini Bar
Cornerstone Shopping Center
Egg & I Restaruant
G in Sushi N Grill
Vito & Nick's II Pizzeria
For the longer walker (5 - 7 blocks equivalent):
Tin Fish Restaurant
Buffalo Wild Wings
Hamada Japanese Restaurant
Always Open Shopping Center
Restaurants: Tinley Park boasts over 100 restaurants, many within close proximity to the convention center. You'll find Banana's Grille & Bar located within the convention center complex, and everything from Chuck E Cheese to Fine dining within a few miles.
Real Chicago deep dish pizza. The West loop location is just a couple blocks from Union station in Chicago, but the Wacker Dr location is elegant and occasionally features live music.
Great family food - fast. Try sitting at the table with the real 1930's automobile suspended over your head.
As a martial arts instructor, I've picked up many of my office decorations in Chicago's Chinatown. If you are adventurous, stop into any of the numerous restaurants for dim sum. The food is very authentic, with most dishes containing chicken feet or tripe.
Field Museum & Shedd Aquarium
Two of Chicago's finest educational attractions. Sue the T-Rex "lives" at the Field, and the Aquarium is awesome. "Jellies" is the current feature exhibit - I've been stung by one of those before! Ouch.
Odyssey Fun World
OK, honestly, I'm a little too big for this place now. But I worked my way through college as the electronic tech for an amusement park. Odyssey is just across the freeway from the convention center, and if you're bringing the kids with you, here's some fun for them.
Orland Square Mall
A huge, upscale shopping destination. If you can't find it here, you probably won't find it anywhere.
The Tinley Park Metra Station is a destination in itself, it's part of the historic downtown area. The hotel offers guests shuttle transportation to & from the station, call the hotel for details.