Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Illinois

These accessible travel suggestions are part of the 2012 Get Out & Enjoy Life program that is a joint educational initiative between UroMed’s motivational program – Life After Spinal Cord Injury, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  For more details on the Get Out & Enjoy Life event, please see

As the fifth most populous state, Illinois is home to one of the busiest cities in the United States — Chicago. It is also home to the Port of Chicago which connects the state to other global ports through the Great Lakes. Illinois is a major transportation hub and houses one of the country’s busiest airports, O’Hare International Airport. We also cannot forget the delicious Chicago-style pizza!


Rockford Park District – Indoor Sports Center, Loves Park

This indoor sports center contains three multi-sport indoor fields for soccer, volleyball, basketball, locker rooms, a sports store, and Skybox, a family-friendly restaurant and sports bar. Wheelchair sports are extremely popular at ISC. There is wheelchair basketball, power soccer and Blaze sports (track, field, boccia, basketball, and open gym) for children and adults who are in a wheelchair, are visually impaired, are amputees, or have a neurological/muscular impairment. The entire facility is handicapped accessible and there is adaptive equipment available for rental. 

Phone: 815-885-1135

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

The GLASA’s motto is “Let no one sit on the sidelines”. They serve children and adults with any type of physical or visual impairments which include but are not limited to: spinal cord injury, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, amputation, and muscular dystrophy. Participants can be ambulatory or be in a wheelchair. There are several events that range from golfing to weightlifting. To see what else the GLASA offers, please visit their website and Facebook page.
Phone: 847-283-0908


Navy Pier, Chicago

Navy Pier works hard to ensure that their complex accommodates all types of disabilities. Entrances, elevators, telephones and services are all handicapped accessible. For over ten years, Navy Pier has been a tourist hot-spot and is the perfect place to enjoy a beautiful day on Lake Michigan.

Phone: (312) 595-PIER


Chicago Indoor Rowing (Adaptive), Chicago

Participate in an open 1K or a 500 meter race with no prior experience! You can also compete in races such as The Arms Race and The Wounded Warrior Challenge. There are also adaptive seats that will suit you depending on your injury/mobility. There is a legs, trunk and arms seat, a trunk and arms seat and an arms only seat. This is a great way to stay active, no matter what type of impairment you have!

Phone: (507) 867-3961


USTA Adaptive Tennis, Northern Illinois

Come learn how to play tennis no matter what your disability is! There are tennis programs for all disabilities—everything from cognitive to physical disabilities. Come serve up some aces with the United States Tennis Association in Northern Illinois.

(914) 696-7000 (corporate)


Thank you to our sponsors:
This project was supported by a variety of sponsors that we’d like to thank, including:


About the Author: Farah Bohannon of Winder, Georgia currently serves as UroMed’s Marketing and Sales Support Assistant. She graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in May 2010. She loves to utilize her writing and marketing skills with inspiring stories. Farah is also passionate about traveling and exploring new cities and places. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, exercising, cooking, baking, scuba diving, and playing tennis.

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