Celtic Connections Conference Venue & Local Attractions

Our thanks to the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling, Illinois for their assistance in preparing for the Conference.

All reservations made within the Celtic Connections Conference block at the Westin Chicago North Shore for 7/29/20 thru 8/3/20 will be cancelled by 5/1/20.  If you are still interested in staying at the Westin Chicago North Shore, please go to westinnorthshore.com to make a new reservation.  If you made reservations for dates outside this range, you should cancel them by calling the hotel at 847-777-6500 (or Marriott at 800-937-8461).  There is no option to cancel online.

Interactive Map to the Conference Hotel

Local Attractions

Click the above to see a map showing the relative locations of many above-listed sites. Zoom in (using “+” or your scroll bar) for more detail.

Parks and Nature Walks

The Des Plaines River Trail (left) is one of the longest running/biking trails in the Chicago area, starting in Cook County and stretching through Lake County all the way to the Wisconsin border.  The trail runs along the east side of the Des Plaines River, just across from the Westin Hotel (background in the photo).

The Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area, 21950 N Riverwoods Road, in Riverwoods is 1.9 miles from hotel.  “Rare species, rare communities, and exceptional natural areas combine to make this a very special preserve.  More than half of the land is so ecologically valuable that it is dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve and benefits from special protection rules.”

Lake Arlington, 2201 N Windsor Drive in Arlington Heights, is 3.6 miles from hotel.  A nice lakeside park where you can walk, run, and bike around beautiful Lake Arlington.  Plenty of parking, a children's area, and something for everyone.  It is a good place to have a picnic or simply enjoy the nice weather.  There are paddle boats that you can rent, and they also have workout area with a lot of exercise equipment for adults.

Heritage Park, via W Dundee Road & N Wolf Road, is 1.5 miles from hotel.  100+-acre nature area, recreation venue, and community gathering place, the park features a Sports Complex, Performance Pavilion, shelter, lake, and walking paths.

The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview, is 5.3 miles from hotel.  Outdoor history and nature museum, including trails through mature oak forests and past wetland pools.   Learn about the Native American tribes who lived on this land and the settlers who followed them.

The Chicago Botanic Garden (left), 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, is 6.3 miles from the hotel. Detailed information about activities planned at the Garden during and around the days of the Conference is here.

Potawatomi Woods, in Northbrook, is approximately 3 miles from the hotel.  Click here for a map of the walking trails.

The Wheeling Aquatic Center, 327 W Dundee Road in Wheeling, is 1 mile from hotel.  With water slides, pools, splash pads, and swimming lessons, this is the place to be in the sun.  The fun continues all year long with the Center’s indoor pools and splash pad.

Historical Places

The Wheeling Historical Society & Museum, 131 N Wolf Road in Wheeling, is 0.7 miles from hotel.

The Adlai E. Stevenson II Farm, 25200 N St Mary’s Road in Mettawa and 8.1 miles from hotel, was Stevenson’s home from 1936 until his death in 1965.  Stevenson was governor of Illinois 1949-1953 and twice a Democratic Presidential candidate in the 1950s.

Historic Downtown Long Grove, via US-45 N/N Milwaukee Avenue & Aptakisic Road, is 6.2 miles from the hotel.  Where charming buildings are fronted with quaint local shops.  Cross under the covered bridge and peruse penny candy and antique shops.  Irish Days are August 31 – September 2.


The Prairie Krafts Brewing Company, 1310 Busch Parkway in Buffalo Grove, is 2.1 miles from the hotel.  Where you can sip flights of beer in an upbeat atmosphere with live music.  And for Belgian and French-style beer, stop by Une Année’s tasting room in Niles, Illinois for truly unique local flavors.

The Heritage Tennis Club, 7 W College Driver in Arlington Heights, is 5 miles (via W Dundee Road) from hotel.

The Chevy Chase Country Club is 1 mile (via US-45 N/N Milwaukee Avenue) from the hotel.

Par-King Skil Golf, 21711 N Milwaukee Avenue in Lincolnshire, is 2.1 miles from the hotel.

Crane’s Landing Golf Club, 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire, is 3.7 miles from the hotel.

Rolling Green Country Club, 2525 E Rand Road in Arlington Heights, is 6.3 miles from the hotel.

Old Orchard Golf Course, 700 W. Rand Road in Mount Prospect, is 6.0 miles (via S/N Elmhurst Road) from the hotel.