There’s something nostalgic about a round of mini golf. Factor in the fun obstacles that both challenge and entertain, and you’re sure to make some memories with friends and family alike. While the city of Chicago doesn’t offer too many mini golf courses the ones they do have, in and around the city, are at once unique and fun. Here are five of the best (in addition to these).
City Mini Golf
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
There’s a lot to love about Maggie Daley Park, and the mini golf is a big part of that. Not only will you be partaking in some family fun in the heart of the city — surrounded by skyscrapers to one side, and the lake on the other — but you’ll have 18 holes to play, many that include obstacles inspired by the city. Putt putt under a replica of Willis Tower, and — new this summer — a replica of the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, and the Wells Street Bridge. The course also reflects the city’s love of sports. Located near the BP bridge, a round of city-inspired golf for general admission is $10. Season passes, good from May 6 to October 2, are also available.
Novelty Golf and Games
3650 W. Devon Ave.
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Considered a Chicago landmark — in part because it’s been open for more than six decades — Novelty Golf on the North Side features not one, but two mini golf courses. (And that’s in addition to it’s other features, including batting cages). This is a classic mini golf experience, through and through, and you can end your fabulous night, or day (they open in the morning during the summer and go into the night) with some classic eats at the bunny hutch.
Lost Mountain Adventure Golf
1535 75th St.
Woodridge, IL 60517
For an adventurous mini golf experience, head west for a day out at Lost Mountain. The 18 hole course is built in three tiers up Lost Mountain and goes up 22 feet. The obstacles are all “adventure” inspired, from Stonehenge to burial grounds. For this fabulous adventure, capped with a cascading waterfall, you’ll only pay $7.95, and they’re currently offering a $1 off coupon on their website.
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Rocky’s Fun House
2411 Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60085
Even in the middle of the day this mini golf course, brought to you by Rocky, is a glow in the dark experience, something you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Since it’s indoor too, you can play the 18 holes just about any time of year. With the course’s carnival and circus theme, you might have a hard time encouraging your kids to leave (and we haven’t even talked about all the other fun and games). Tickets are $7.50 per person.
15611 S. 94th Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60462
It’s like visiting a whole different planet when you golf the 18 holes at Space Golf. The indoor course is lit by UV light and has obstacles that feature, no surprise here, everything from aliens to flying saucers and robots. Want to amp up the difficulty of the course? Sport some 3D glasses while you work your way through the course. Age 13 and over can get tickets for $9, and kids younger get a price back.
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Liz SanFilippo Hall is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at Examiner.com.