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Summer’s here! And with it comes the cost of enjoying every sun-drenched moment with your friends and family. Check out these 6 fun summer activities that won’t break the bank and provide memories to last well into the fall:

Summer Activities - Lake Michigan shoreline at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

#1. Summer Activities in Illinois

Celebrate our state’s 200th birthday by visiting historic sites, touring world-class museums and taking relaxing walks along the Illinois Prairie Path. While you’re out and about, don’t forget to sample regional dishes like the horseshoe and local craft beers and wines.

Summer Activities- Abraham Lincoln's House in Springfield.

#2. Thrill Rides

With over a dozen exciting rides to conquer, Six Flags® Great America packs a punch- especially when enjoying deeply discounted rates. Simply buy your tickets or season passes at any one of our Branch Offices to receive over 50% off main gate ticket prices.

Summer Activities- Multi-looped roller coaster at an amusement park.

#3. Batter Up

Catch the stars of tomorrow at the nearest Minor League Baseball® diamond. With teams such as the Kane County Cougars, Joliet Slammers and Schaumburg Boomers its an inexpensive outing for the entire family. Plus, as an added bonus, after the game is over, most teams allow kids of all ages to run the bases.

Summer Activities - Minor League baseball player running to first base.

#4. Explore the Midwest

Looking for a bit more adventure? Check out the sites and sounds of neighboring states. Whether you prefer to visit baseball diamonds set in a cornfield, serene Great Lakes’ vistas or diving into a spelunking adventure Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana and Iowa all offer lots of fun summer activities for singles, couples and families alike.

Summer Activities - Cana Island Lighthouse on Lake Michigan, Door County, Wisconsin.

#5. Worth the Drive

Relive a slice of Americana and head to the nearest Drive-In Theatre to enjoy the latest Hollywood release from the comfort of your own car. Typically you’ll enjoy two movies for the price of one and it’s a great way for parents of toddlers to get out of the house and enjoy a movie – minus the cost of the babysitter; since the kids will be either enjoying the movie or dozing in their car seats.

Summer Activities - Car parked at a drive-in movie theater.

#6. Summer Road Trip

Summer vacation doesn’t need to break the bank. Download apps like Trip Advisor® and Gas Buddy to help save on road trip expenses. Pack snacks and drinks for the drive and don’t forget to use gift cards you may have received to help cover the cost at coffee, fast food and restaurant chains.

If planning on visiting our National Parks, consider purchasing an America the Beautiful Pass. The pass is good for one year and is your vehicle’s ticket to over 2,000 recreation sites nationwide.

Summer Activities- Dramatic summer sunset at the Snake River overlook in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Inspired Savings 

Save even more this summer by getting cash back when you use the DuPage Credit Union Visa® Inspire Cash Back Signature Credit Card for all of your summer activities, everyday purchases and bucket-list adventures.

Do you have any suggestions on other fun, inexpensive summer activities? If so, please share:

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