Downers Grove, Illinois, is a village approximately 20 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1832, the village features a number of historic buildings, and as a designated Tree City USA, its urban landscape is especially appealing to nature lovers. Rent a car in Downers Grove for easy access to its forest reserves and varied destinations for year-round recreation in the surrounding area. Several golf courses, seasonal ice rinks, and a skiing and snowboarding area offer even more options for outdoor fun.
Driving Through Downers Grove
If you choose Downers Grove as a base for cheap vacation packages in Chicago, you'll find it easy to get around the local area as well as take day trips further afield. With Downers Grove rental cars, you can drive along Maple Avenue to the Downers Grove Museum. Housed in the beautifully preserved Victorian Blodgett House, its exhibits detail 150-plus years of local history. Another interesting attraction for history buffs is the circa-1839 Orange Lyman Home, rumored to be a stop on the Underground Railway. Opportunities for exploring the diverse natural landscapes of the region abound in and around Downers Grove. Drive to Maple Grove Forest Preserve to stroll alongside a creek, or to Lyman Woods, where you can visit a butterfly garden and on-site nature center with native prairie plants growing on its roof. Drive west along US-34 from the heart of Downers Grove and, within minutes, you'll reach Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre outdoor tree museum where you can take guided tram tours and walk along lakeside paths. With cheap car rentals in Downers Grove, getting to the Windy City, with its world-class museums, expansive parks, and entertainment options, is also easy via I-88 and I-290.
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