The Cosley Zoo and Downtown Wheaton: 5 Acres and 70 Species of Fun January 30, 2019 / Chicago / Leave a Comment The Apartments at Wheaton 121 are smack-dab in the center of beautiful Wheaton, Illinois, which puts it close to great places to take the kids and local gems where you can shop and dine. Wheaton has so much to offer, and it’s a great place to raise a family.Sure, there’s plenty to do right here at our Wheaton, Illinois apartments. At first, you’ll wonder if you ever have to leave: with the resort-style pool, the modern outdoor fire pit and lounge area, the state-of-the-art workout facilities, and a fenced in “Bark Park”. Even when there’s so much to do right here at home, downtown Wheaton will not disappoint.Play with the Animals at the Cosley Zoo Just down the street from our apartments in Wheaton is the Cosley Zoo – a small, family-friendly zoo that prioritizes the education of local children through play and direct contact with animals. This 5-acre zoo features native domestic species of America, ponds and natural habitats, and a barn with livestock.Parents and children alike love the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere at the Cosley Zoo, and they love the boundless opportunities to learn more about animals both local and exotic. This Zoo is very affordable, at only $7 a person, and all children are admitted for free. Can’t beat that!Go Behind-the-Scenes at the Cosley Zoo The Cosley Zoo takes a special approach to educating visitors about the animals in their care. For an extra cost, families can go behind the scenes at the Cosley Zoo, where they can get a deeper glimpse into the daily lives of animals, and how zoo keepers keep their animals in the best hands.Go behind the scenes with the Coyote Connection, where you can visit the coyotes up close and observe a coyote training session. Kids can learn more about the important role that coyotes have in nature, and how we can co-exist safely with coyotes around Illinois.Bobcats Backstage is another behind-the-scenes opportunity where visitors can enjoy a close-up view of these beautiful creatures, join a training session, and learn more about the role that bobcats play in their natural North American environments.Hands-On Learning for Kids The Cosley Zoo offers multiple opportunities for kids to dive into learning the way kids learn best: by doing! Kids of all ages will love the opportunity to feed the ducks and chickens to get a taste of rural farm life. With the “morning chores” activity, kids can learn what it’s like to take care of animals on a farm. They can help the zoo staff feed and groom farm animals, and tend to the stalls.Be sure to take your kids to the Discovery Station: the central hub that offers free educational programs to kids of all ages. Experience first-hand animal encounters, amphitheater presentations, and animal training sessions. More educational opportunities abound, such as the chance to learn the basics of birdwatching every winter or to become a Frog Watch USA volunteer, where kids can learn to monitor the wetlands throughout the breeding season.Downtown Wheaton: Local, Unique, and Everything You Need. Money Magazine ranked Wheaton “The Best Place to Live in Illinois”, and once you explore downtown Wheaton, you won’t need much convincing. Wheaton has a host of independent shops and restaurants you can’t find anywhere else, giving it a special Wheaton-style flair.Dine Wheaton: Brunch, Lunch, and Brews When it comes to dining opportunities in Wheaton, you’ll have plenty to explore. Cafes, bistros, breweries, and more boast local flair and exquisite flavors. For brunch, hit up County Farm Bagels, Egg’lectic Café, or Egg Harbor Café, where you can enjoy a down-home meal on a lazy Sunday. If you’re more in the mood for a place to read or study, than grab your laptop and visit Café on the Park, where you can enjoy a cold brew at the Wheaton Library, or the Five and Hoek Coffee Company, where you can sip on a cappuccino while typing away at your laptop in an industrial-chic atmosphere.Beer lovers rejoice! Wheaton has multiple options for craft beer enthusiasts. Explore the lively breweries in the area, including Emmett’s Brewing Company, that serves up delicious dishes with small-batch beer in a high-class, white table cloth atmosphere. Or explore Dry City Brew Works, with its casual neighborhood atmosphere featuring chalk boards, American flags, and fine craft brews. If you’re looking for a classic pub experience, hit up Muldoon’s Irish Pub, and get cozy in the traditional Irish atmosphere.Other dining highlights include Bricks Wood Fired Pizza, Adelle’s Fine American Fare, Choun’s Restaurant (which blends Americana with Thai), Wok and Fire, and El Zarape Restaurant. The choices are boundless here in Wheaton, and you’ll spend many happy days and nights exploring the amazing brews and dishes, just steps from our luxury Wheaton Apartments.Shop the Local Gems Right Down the Street from Our Apartments in Wheaton, IllinoisWhen it comes to shopping here in Wheaton, local gems are the name of the game. Here in Wheaton, you’re sure to find gifts that you can’t find anywhere else.If you love vintage clothing, then Wheaton is sure to delight your senses. Explore the multiple vintage clothiers that offer up fashions from bygone eras. Be sure to check out Frocks and Frills Vintage, where you can find high-quality, hand-picked clothing and accessories that date from the 1800s to the 1980s. Here, you’re sure to find something that fits your vintage-loving sensibilities. But that’s not the only one-of-a-kind clothes shop here in Wheaton. Check out Jeans & A Cute Top Shop, where you can find casual threads with the help of friendly staff who can assist you in finding the perfect denim-inspired outfit that captures your style.Other shopping opportunities in Wheaton include Midwest Cyclery, where you can find the perfect bicycle to ride around Wheaton’s multiple parks, Mile Long Records, where you can find some classic rock n’ roll albums, Moore Toys and Gadgets, where kids have a heyday exploring fun toys and games, and Andrew’s Garden, a floral and gift boutique where you can find fresh flowers and centerpieces.Unique Living at our Wheaton, Illinois ApartmentsWheaton Illinois has it all: charm, convenience, one-of-a-kind dining and shopping, and educational opportunities for the entire family. Here at our Wheaton apartments, we love raising our kids in such a family-friendly community that cares, in an environment where local businesses can flourish, and where we can get together with family around a table of delicious local food and brews.If you love the Wheaton community, you’ll love our Apartments here in Wheaton, Illinois. We have spacious floor plans, a resort-style pool, state-of-the-art exercise facilities, and a modern outdoor lounge with fire pits. Schedule your free tour today. We can’t wait for you to be our neighbor!