Guy’s Weekend in the Northern Fox River Valley

Bring the boys for an epic weekend of golf, horse racing, and sports. Add in a visit to the Illinois Railway Museum or the Fox River Trolley Museum, and top the fun off with an evening at a riverboat casino, or bowling and laser tag followed by great food and beer!

Please contact the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to check on availability and rates for your group.

Day One

After arriving in the area with the guys in tow and checking into your hotel, you begin your guy’s weekend with dinner and drinks at Bannermans Sports Grill in Bartlett. When you walk into Bannerman’s you enter a sports enthusiast’s paradise.

Day Two

Once you awake this morning, load up on a hearty breakfast at Alexander’s Cafe. Alexander’s serves home-cooked breakfasts made fresh on the premises

This morning, after a nice & early, grab your clubs and enjoy 18 holes at one or all of the most challenging golf courses in the Northern Fox River Valley: Bowes Creek, The Highlands or Wing Park Golf Courses, among many others.

After a full day of sports, head to Emmett’s Tavern and Brewing Company where you’ll enjoy the finest traditional American food and handcrafted beer. After lunch see how your beer was made with a fascinating tour of this microbrewery given by Emmett’s award-winning master brewer.

If the weather (or time of year) doesn’t permit golfing, take the guys over to The Centre, a state-of-the-art sports complex in downtown Elgin where you can enjoy three regulation-sized basketball courts, racquetball courts, a huge gym with indoor track, and Olympic-sized swimming pools. Or enjoy the horseraces at Arlington Racetrack.

The perfect place to begin your evening is at the Anvil Club! Established in 1956, The Anvil Club is Chicago’s Premier Private Dinning Club, renowned for great steaks & seafood and unsurpassed service. Contact the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for special day passes into this exclusive dining experience.

For this evening’s entertainment, you have a couple of options:

For this evening’s entertainment, begin with gaming at the Grand Victoria Casino! Join the elegance of the number one riverboat casino in Illinois, the Grand Victoria Casino. As one of the most popular entertainment venues in the area, the Grand Victoria remains committed to putting the customer first by offering free admission, great customer service, and a wide variety of Las Vegas-style casino games.


Remember what its like to be a kid again by enjoying Brunswick Zone XL, an entertainment destination with over 57,000 sq feet of fun that includes bowling, laser tag, video games, fireside lounge, and three event rooms. Then visit LazerMaxx, Fox Valley’s newest destination for family entertainment with a state-of-the-art MULTI-LEVEL laser tag arena and a high-tech video arcade.

After a fun-filled night, head back to your hotel.

Day Three

After checking out of your hotel, begin your day with a stop at Baker Hill Pancakes House. Enjoy breakfast at this wonderful restaurant specializing in old fashioned pancakes, and serving the best coffee in the world!

Resume your golfing competition at one of the many great courses in the Elgin area! Or, if weather does not permit it, be sure to visit the Illinois Railway Museum and/or the Fox River Trolley Museum.

With one of the largest menus in the area, at Rookies Pub & Grill you can choose from burgers to pizzas, pasta to steaks, and watch their 28 TV’s for all the games.