Visiting Carthage? Make a weekend of it! There are 27 art galleries, 12 museums, 9 theatres, and one seriously fun pier to explore — all within 25 miles of our campus. And that doesn’t even count all the amazing attractions in Chicago and Milwaukee, our neighbors to the south and north.
Carthage’s central location boasts convenient access to a variety of shopping, athletic, professional sports events, and cultural attractions in the greater metropolitan areas of Chicago and Milwaukee, as well as the immediate communities of Racine and Kenosha.
Events happen year-round in the surrounding communities. Check out these websites for detailed listings:
- VisitKenosha.com (Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau)
- VisitPleasantPrairie.com (Pleasant Prairie Convention and Visitors Bureau)
- RealRacine.com (Racine County Convention and Visitors Bureau)
- Downtown Racine Corporation
- Explore Chicago
- Illinois Office of Tourism
- Visit Milwaukee
The Carthage campus is located on the northern edge of Kenosha.
Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
Located at I-94 and Highway 165. Stores include Coach, The North Face, Nike, PacSun, Adidas, Under Armour, and more.
11211 120th Ave., Pleasant Prairie
Premium Outlets Website
Electric Street Cars
See Kenosha’s lakefront from one of the city’s five beautifully restored electric streetcars.
724 54th St.
Electric Street Cars Website
Sample delicious food, purchase locally made products, and enjoy fun activities at Kenosha HarborMarket, held outdoors in spring and summer, and inside in fall and winter.
Spring/Summer: Second Avenue between 54th and 56th Streets
Fall/Winter: 514 56th St.
Bristol Renaissance Faire
Travel to Elizabethan England on summer weekends. Enjoy 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and encounters with a spectacular cast of characters.
12550 120th Ave (just off I-94), Bristol
Bristol Renaissance Faire Website
Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
Forty acres of nature trails, gardens, and historic buildings. Free to the public; donations accepted.
880 Green Bay Road (Highway 31), Kenosha
Hawthorn Hollow Website
Dinosaur Discovery Museum
The only museum to exclusively focus on the link between birds and meat-eating dinosaurs, the Dinosaur Discovery Museum is affiliated with the Carthage Institute of Paleontology.
5608 Tenth Ave.
Dinosaur Discovery Museum Website
Civil War Museum
Featuring state-of-the-art museum technology, life-size dioramas, and interactive engaging exhibits.
5400 First Ave.
Civil War Museum Website
Kenosha Public Museum
A museum of the natural sciences and fine and decorative arts, established in 1933.
5500 First Ave.
Kenosha Public Museum Website
Washington Park Velodrome
Opened in 1927, this is the oldest operating velodrome in the United States.
1821 Washington Rd.
Washington Park Velodrome Website
Located just north of Kenosha, Racine is easily accessible via Sheridan Road.
Racine Art Museum
Houses one of the most significant collections of contemporary craft in North America.
441 Main St.
Racine Zoological Gardens
Exhibits include Amur tigers, Transvaal lions, Masai giraffes and more. Be sure to include a bird feeding in the Norco Aviary or a personal encounter with the giraffes.
2131 Main St.
Named one of the top 50 beaches in the United States, North Beach in Racine is nationally recognized for its family-friendly atmosphere, and a Blue Wave Certified Clean Beach. Features beach volleyball, an enormous playground, beautiful sand, a concession stand, and live music in summer.
89 Kewaunee St.
North Beach Website
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture
Racine is home to many gems created by Frank Lloyd Wright. Among his best-known works are buildings at the SC Johnson campus. Tours of the Administration Building and Fortaleza Hall are available with advance reservations.
1525 Howe St.
SC Johnson Building Website
Wind Point Lighthouse
The oldest and tallest lighthouse in operation on Lake Michigan, its picturesque grounds are open to the public. A museum is open in summer, and visitors can climb to the top on certain days.
4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point
Wind Point Lighthouse Website
Chicago is located south of campus. Interstate 94 leads to the heart of the city, and its northern suburbs can be reached using a variety of highways. Several forms of public transit are also available.
State-of-the-art architecture, landscape design and art provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours and family activities.
201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan and Columbus avenues
Millennium Park Website
Offers 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops and eateries. Ride a 15-story Ferris wheel, enjoy three floors of hands-on fun at the Chicago Children’s Museum or take a cruise boat ride.
600 E. Grand Ave.
Navy Pier Website
Offers spectacular views spanning up to four states, interactive exhibits and a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).
233 S. Wacker Drive
Skydeck Chicago Website
The Art Institute of Chicago
Founded in 1879, the museum has a collection encompassing more than 5,000 years of human expression from various cultures.
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Art Institute of Chicago Website
The Field Museum
Check out Sue, the famous T. rex, and a wide range of exhibits spanning billions of years.
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Field Museum Website
Galleries are home to creatures from the world’s rivers, lakes and oceans. See an aquatic show or take a behind-the-scenes tour.
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Shedd Aquarium Website
Find discounted merchandise at nearly 200 retailers including Bass Pro Shops and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th outlet, eat at the Rainforest Cafe and choose from a variety of entertainment options.
6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee, Illinois
Gurnee Mills Website
Six Flags Great America
Ticket includes admission to the theme park and Hurricane Harbor water park as well as all rides, shows and attractions.
1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, Illinois
Six Flags Great America Website
Milwaukee is located north of the campus. Interstate 94 and other highways bring drivers into the city. Amtrak and bus transportation is also available.
Exhibits tell the stories of the people, history and culture of Harley-Davidson. Peek into a portion of the Archives containing more than 450 motorcycles and thousands of artifacts.
400 W. Canal St.
Harley-Davidson Museum Website
Milwaukee Art Museum
Four floors of more than 40 galleries are rotated regularly with works from antiquity to the present in the collection. Enjoy the architecture of the War Memorial Center and the Quadracci Pavilion.
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee Art Museum Website
Billed as the world’s largest music festival, the annual 11-day event features more than 700 bands, along with more than 40 diverse food and beverage vendors and four unique marketplaces.
200 N. Harbor Drive
Facility includes interactive science, technology and freshwater exhibits, learning labs, theaters, television and audio studios and fresh and saltwater aquariums.
500 N. Harbor Drive
Discovery World Website
Potawatomi Bingo Casino
Table games, slots, bingo, poker and off-track betting are available. Check out one of five restaurants or the 500-seat theater.
1721 W. Canal St.
From the historic Wrigley Field to the modern Miller Park, sports fans can find a unique experience in all seasons:
National Hockey League