The village of Mokena, Illinois, offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere, more than a dozen parks, and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation amid scenic surroundings. And with Chicago just 35 miles away, Mokena rental cars make it possible to add sightseeing in the big city to your itinerary along with peaceful days in the village.
Driving Through Mokena
Rent a car in Mokena and you'll discover that its main north-south road, U.S. Route 45, is home to most of the village's shops and restaurants. Explore locally and enjoy the many parks, including one with a 27-hole disc golf course. Hickory Creek Preserve to the south of the village is 1,541 acres of forests, prairies, wetlands, and savanna, with several trails for hiking and biking, or, in winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The nature preserve also offers picnic shelters and a pond where you can fish along the shoreline. The best Chicago vacations should include some of the major tourist attraction of the city, too. Along the northern border of Mokena is I-80, which connects with I-57 and leads into the southern part of Chicago. Among its wealth of family-friendly attractions, Chicago offers the amusement park and massive Ferris wheel on Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Shedd Aquarium. Major cultural institutions include the Field Museum, home to the most-complete T. rex skeleton ever found, and the Chicago Cultural Center, which offers free art exhibits, as well as musical and theater events. If you want to explore beyond Illinois, U.S. Route 30 will take you east into Indiana, where attractions include the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a scenic wilderness area on the southern shore of Lake Michigan known for its rare flora and fauna.
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