Discover | Plainfield

February 2018 View more

Naperville’s sprawling southern neighbor has much to offer: You’ll find most businesses downtown along Lockport Street as it runs west over the DuPage River. Just east, the Warehouse District has drawn a cluster of craft beverage makers, including a coffee roaster, brewery and distillery. There is plenty of outdoor fun, but also a host of indoor spots to keep you happy until winter gives way to spring.


Patrick’s Music Corner
All ages can sign up for music lessons—from guitar to voice to drums—at this neighborhood school.
24002 West Lockport Street, 815.267.8777

Dottie’s Art Studio
Channel your artistic side with mommy-and-me classes, painting parties and a student art league that runs the duration of the school year.
24043 West Oak Street, 815.302.3339

The Wandering Dragon
For some indoor fun on a cold day, visit this game shop that also doubles as an escape room.
15032 South Des Plaines Street, 815.267.6245

Cumberland Park
Tote your favorite toboggan and hit the sled hill at this local park. Find other designated Plainfield Park District sled hills at Norman Greenway (13214 South Blakely) and the Rec Center (23729 West Ottawa Street).
6901 Gallatin Drive

Glisson Archery Range
Learn archery basics with a one-hour private lesson ($10) and practice your newfound skills on one indoor range or two outdoor ranges.
22900 East Main Street, 815.436.5803


Fare Flavorful eclectic farm-to-table eats and a solid beer list to boot
Good for Weekend brunch, a group supper or beers with buddies
Must try Fried Brussels sprouts with Thai chili dipping sauce, the signature Sovereign burger and whatever risotto is on special
24205 West Lockport Street, 815.556.8577

Werk Force Brewing Co.
Sips Freshly brewed beers and a handful of munchies (think popcorn, cheese and pretzels)
Good for A happy hour meetup, casual date or growlers to-go
Must try Already Taken saison, Big Door Prize pale ale, cranberry lemon-lime soda
14903 South Center Street, #101

Tailwinds Distillery
Sips Craft rums and agave spirits with a side of tiki bar decor
Good for A distillery tour date or solo sipping in the tasting room
Must try Whipped cream-topped hot buttered rum or the latest island-inspired cocktail special
14912 South Eastern Avenue, #103, 815.290.0786

HopScotch & Vine
Fare Comforting American eats, plus plenty of beer and wine
Good for Drinks after work or dinner with the whole family
Must try Pot roast sandwich, cheddar- and bacon-stuffed burger, chicken pot pie
24047 West Lockport Street, 815.230.5609

Mora Asian Fusion
Fare Contemporary sushi and robata-grilled meats in a super-sleek setting
Good for Girls’ night out or date night
Must try Garlic-soy salmon, poke tower, Tarantula maki
24108 West Lockport Street, 815.782.5340

Opera House
Fare Steaks and seafood in a polished, classy dining room
Good for Sunday brunch, a celebration date or the occasional dueling piano night
Must try Raw oysters with cucumber mignonette, crabcakes, wet-aged New York strip steak
24027 West Lockport Street, 815.782.5916

Fare Homestyle Mexican from the family behind Capri Sogno (24102 West Lockport Street)
Good for Taco Tuesday or happy hour margaritas
Must try Grilled octopus, sopa de mariscos, carnitas
24136 Lockport Street, 815.267.6372

Winter warm-ups
Defrost after a day in downtown Plainfield with a toasty cup of coffee at Krema Coffee House (24038 West Lockport Street, 815.616.6933, shown left), which opened in January or Ten Drops Coffee Lab (14903 South Center Street #104,, which opened in December.


3 Chic’s Boutique
This women’s clothing shop stocks fun graphic tees, sweet sweaters, affordable accessories and more.
24046 West Lockport Street, 815.254.1337

White Satin Bridal Boutique
Brides-to-be and their crew—from mother of the bride to flower girls—can find their dream frocks here. It also stocks prom dresses and rental tuxedos.
24047 West Lockport Street, 815.609.0031

Black Dog Distillery
Visit this craft distillery’s retail shop (or stop in Friday or Saturday for a tour and tasting) to pick up bottles of small-batch rum and vodka to stock your home bar.
10038 Clow Creek Road, 630.675.5069

Sweet Pea & Me
Browse cute clothes for kiddos from birth through two years, plus modern threads for mom, too.
24041 West Lockport Street, 815.436.9829

Sunnyside Antiques
Treasure hunters can browse furniture, dishware, lamps and more at this antique boutique.
15028 Illinois Street, 815.436.1342

What’s New?
This gift and home store stocks pillows, cards, candles and other various trinkets, and also shares space with hot sauce and gourmet emporium Simply Saucy.
24050 West Lockport Street, 815.254.7288

Dive Right In Scuba
One of the biggest scuba stores state-wide, this dive shop sells all the expert gear you’d need to add diving to your bucket list.
24222 West Lockport Street, 815.267.8400

Minor Threat Restaurant Group is in the process of redeveloping Plainfield’s historic 1900s trolley barn building into The Sanctuary (rendering shown above), a 12,000-foot “artisan market” with restaurants and other tenants, including Devout Brewing, Sugar Skull and Swamp Lilly.