The 500 acres of this estate offer multiple attractions: an impressive military history museum with immersive exhibits (including touch-screen videos and re-created battle scenes), sprawling grounds with formal gardens, and its own 27-hole public golf course with separate youth links. The centerpiece, however, is the Beaux Arts–style Col. Robert R. McCormick Museum. Built for the former Chicago Tribune owner, the 35-room mansion features the Joseph Medill Library,
the stately wood-paneled Freedom Hall, and an Art Deco movie theater in the basement. The hidden Prohibition-era bar alone is worth a visit—we won't ruin the surprise by revealing where it is.
1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton, Illinois, 60189, USA