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Welcome to Illinois


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The 2013 Illinois Travel Guide provides you with all the tools you need to have a memorable experience in Illinois. Whether you prefer the bustling culture of a big city, the hospitality of small towns or the serene beauty of natural wonders, Illinois is sure to please. This year’s guide takes visitors behind the scenes of many of the state’s top attractions. Be a trainer for a day at the Shedd Aquarium, ride the pine at Wrigley Field and see how thousands of cheesecakes are made in a day. We also meet up with iconic Illinois chefs such as Stephanie Izard and Gale Gand, and tour the state’s top museums and art collections. Also in this issue, find everything you need to tour our four regions. Find attractions and accommodations throughout Chicago & Beyond, Great Rivers Country, Land of Lincoln and Trails to Adventure. Illinois provides mile after magnificent mile of fun for families, couples, groups and adventurers. It’s all at your fingertips. Log onto to download our mobile app, and we’ll see you here!

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Award-winning chefs make Illinois a foodie favorite. Find farm-to-table pioneers, a world-champion pitmaster and other tastemakers in their element.

Many of the state’s top attractions offer insider access to the animals, pit rows, science experiments and cheesecakes that make them famous.

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Clockwise: Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, Walker’s Bluff in Carterville, Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, June restaurant in Peoria

Seasonal pursuits pack the calendar with ski slopes, waterparks, vibrant blooms and a walk in the park (or through a corn maze).

Illinois museums hold some unique treasures. See Lincoln’s stovepipe hat, the largest T. rex ever discovered and amazing art collections.

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Meet the Chefs

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Illinois is home to some amazing chefs at the helms of deliciously different restaurants. We take a look at five who have won accolades for their extraordinary work in the kitchen. From the creative cuisine of a Top Chef to a legendary pitmaster’s world-champion barbecue ribs, we’ll whet your appetite for a taste of Illinois. photos by Neil John Burger (unless otherwise noted)

Stephanie Izard

Stephanie Izard serves up oysters on the half shell, and other creative dishes, at her signature Chicago restaurant.

Girl & the Goat It’s a rainy Monday evening in Chicago, yet Girl & the Goat is packed with diners. And it’s the same scenario night after night. Owner Stephanie Izard is the undisputed darling of the Chicago dining scene and became a household name when she won Bravo’s popular Top Chef cooking show (the only woman to do so). But it’s the restaurant’s hip, industrial Randolph Street vibe and Izard’s creative cuisine that keeps diners clamoring. If you’re lucky, you’ll be seated at one of the two pairs of seats that flank the open kitchen (and Izard will be on duty). Here you can interact with the line cooks, who are eager to offer suggestions and explain dishes, which are shared plates meant for passing. They might even throw in tastings (at no charge) of dishes such as delicate oysters on the half-shell and the popular green beans sautéed with cashews in fish vinaigrette.

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You’ll have a newfound appreciation for the work these cooks do, balancing between burners flaming on high and a wood-stoked oven that throws an intense heat you’ll feel from your chair. A must-try is the signature roasted pig face, sweetened with red wine-maple and topped with a sunny side egg that you’re encouraged to mash up with the meat. It will literally melt in your mouth. Of course, there’s goat on the menu, and the smoked goat empanadas with albacore tuna crema is an excellent entrée to try. Izard is a firm believer in working with local farms and producers, and is especially sensitive to ensuring that their animals are humanely raised. But did her affection for goats play into naming the restaurant? Nah! Izard is the French word for a breed of Pyrenees mountain goat-like antelope. Somehow, it works perfectly.

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• Named America’s 2011 Best New Restaurant by Saveur. • Named a Best New Chef of 2011 by Food & Wine. • Nominated for Best New Restaurant and Best Chef: Great Lakes by the James Beard Foundation in 2012. • Voted #1 restaurant in Chicago in TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travelers’ Choice awards.

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Gale Gand Elawa Farm Gale Gand is an acclaimed pastry chef, partner in Chicago’s awardwinning Tru restaurant, cookbook author and Food Network personality. So no one was more surprised than Gand herself when she showed up to interview for the chef-in-residence position a friend had told her about at Elawa Farm—a historic gentleman’s farm located in suburban Lake Forest. “The more I thought about it, the more I felt I really needed to take this job,” recalls Gand. “Eventually I applied for it. They were stunned when I walked in.” Needless to say, Gand got the job, and she loves it. She’s typically at Elawa Farm three times a week, conducting master cooking classes, the Kids in the Kitchen program and sessions on gluten-free/allergy-friendly cooking. What’s cooked in the classes is based on the seasonal bounty of Elawa’s organic garden. “It’s not farm to table, it’s seed to table,” notes Gand. Visitors to Elawa Farm are welcome to stroll the meticulously preserved grounds that evoke the air of an elite country manor, with its original rustic barns intact within tidy brick buildings. Walk through the rows of the carefully tended community 8 illinois. mile after magnificent mile.

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Gale Gand creates “seed-to-table” dishes at Elawa Farm in the Chicago suburbs, and teaches aspiring chefs to do the same.

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garden and you’ll get an inkling of what the next class will be cooking. Plump blackberries are used for muffins; emerald green zucchini shows up in a little loaf of sweet bread. Gand and her cooking staff also make all of the products sold at Elawa’s Garden Market, held June through October, including pies, soups and breads. Don’t be surprised if Gand herself rings up your goodies.

• Sign up for a master cooking class taught by Gale Gand at • Recognized as Outstanding Pastry Chef of 2001 by the James Beard Foundation. • A root beer fanatic, Gand brews her own Gale’s Root Beer on Chicago’s South Side. • Gand is currently working on her eighth book, Gale Gand’s Lunch!, scheduled to be released in spring 2014. “We should take more time for lunch,” says Gand. “I feel like it’s an ignored meal.”

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Mike Mills

17th Street Bar & Grill You’d never expect one of the most revered barbecue joints in the country to be located in the tiny town of Murphysboro. But it’s here you’ll find 17th Street Bar & Grill, and the joint is jumping six nights a week. As you step inside the lively bar area you’ll see big tables of families chowing down on the most lip-smacking ribs around. The equally packed dining room is lined with awards and newspaper clippings touting 17th Street’s many recognitions. In the summer, eat at one of the communal picnic tables outside. The man behind it all is champion pitmaster Mike Mills, reverently known in barbecue circles as The Legend. Mills is a four-time World Champion and three-time Grand World Champion of Memphis in May, known as the Super Bowl of Swine. He was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in 2010.

“My dad was a big barbecuer,” says Mills. “Barbecue has always been a way of life.” Mills describes his brand of barbecue as Memphis-style, using a dry rub initially and adding sauce later. Mills created his own rub, called Magic Dust, which he has perfected over the years. The sauce he uses is a long-time family recipe, which is applied only after his baby back ribs have been slow-cooked in a pit with apple and cherry woods for 5 to 7 hours, resulting in a flavorful meat with a rosy cast. According to Mills, for the ideal barbecue you should taste the meat, a little dry rub, sauce and smoke. Mills currently oversees the pits of six nationally acclaimed barbecue restaurants: four 17th Street Bar & Grill locations in Southern Illinois and two Memphis Championship Barbecue restaurants in Las Vegas. “I still work the pits,” says Mills. “I like it.”

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• Bon Appétit picked 17th Street Bar & Grill’s barbecue ribs as the best in the country in 2007. • Travel + Leisure named 17th Street the Best BBQ in America in 2009. • Playboy selected 17th Street Bar & Grill as one of the Top Ten BBQ Joints in the U.S. in 2009. • Mills’ book Peace, Love, and Barbecue was nominated for a 2006 James Beard Award and received the
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For barbecue done right, few match the pedigree of Mike Mills. The legendary Murphysboro pit boss keeps diners coming back for more.

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• Travel + Leisure named June one of the 50 Best New U.S. Restaurants in 2009. • Adams was nominated in 2012 for James Beard Awards in the categories of Best New Chef and Best Chef: Great Lakes. • Each table at June is topped with a terrarium that represents one of the restaurant’s partner farms.

Josh Adams’ fresh, innovative cuisine is inspired by the season and what’s ready to harvest from his Peoria garden.

Josh Adams June Although Josh Adams has worked in the kitchens of prestigious Chicago restaurants Alinea and Vie, he returned to his Peoria roots to open the critically acclaimed June. “I opened June to be close to the farms that inspired me to do what I do,” explains Adams. He describes his food as modern American farm to table, with dishes driven by the season. In fact, he raises his own organic produce on his parents’ farm, located just 15 minutes away in Princeville, where he grew up. Plans are in place to build a geothermal greenhouse on the farm so that June can grow its own ingredients year-round. June is a small, cozy restaurant, and Adams specifically designed it that way. “I wanted it to feel like you’ve come into my home to have dinner,” 10 illinois. mile after magnificent mile.

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he says. Pastels of local farms by Peoria artist Ann Coulter adorn the walls, and the solid maple dining tables were crafted by Adams’ father-in-law. Diners can watch the chefs at work in the exhibition kitchen. The two front tables are just feet away from the culinary action, allowing diners to talk with the chefs. Adams likes the interaction and feels that it adds to the anticipation of the food to come. “We want everything to feel natural and organic,” says Adams. “We want the ingredients to speak for themselves.” Some of June’s recent dishes have included rib eye dressed with leek marmalade, black truffles and baby potatoes. For a well-rounded dining experience, try the chef’s seven-course tasting menu, paired with wine or craft beers.

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Niall Campbell

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Niall Campbell is the chef behind the buzz at Firefly Grill in Effingham. Diners from Illinois and beyond have discovered this modern roadhouse that turns out comfort food with a focus on local ingredients. In fact, Firefly has its own garden, growing produce that ends up on the plate. That was one of the perks of opening the restaurant in central Illinois. “The best food is grown in your backyard,” says Campbell, who currently grows vegetables and herbs on his three-acre plot of land. In a few years he would like to raise his own chickens and pigs. For those ingredients that Firefly can’t grow itself, Campbell relies on a network of sustainable farmers, fishermen and foragers to supply food items such as hand-raised lamb, humanely caught fish and hand-picked truffles. It’s all in line with Campbell’s cooking philosophy of keeping dishes simple and fresh. “I like the food to do the talking,” he notes. But nearly as talked about as the food is Firefly’s elegant boathousestyle building, constructed alongside a lake, using reclaimed barn wood and recycled steel. Its green design inspired Bon Appétit to rank Firefly Grill as the second-most eco-friendly restaurant in the nation. “We wanted it to have a very organic feel,” notes Campbell. At Firefly everything served is in season, so the menu changes regularly. Recent dishes included the oak-fired rotisserie pork loin served with whipped potatoes, butter-poached green beans and a morel-porcini mushroom ragout. A favorite from Firefly’s own garden is the fried green tomatoes with housemade tarragon aioli. “We hit the palate of a foodie and offer hometown favorites,” explains Campbell. Supporting Campbell’s vision is his wife and Firefly co-owner Kristie, who manages the staff and warmly welcomes guests. She also happens to be a proud Effingham native. IL

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Niall Campbell welcomes guests to his award-winning restaurant in central Illinois to sample modern comfort food.

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• The Campbells were tapped to star in a “sizzle reel” for a reality series that they describe as “Anthony Bourdain meets American Pickers.” • Firefly has been awarded two AAA Diamonds. • The name Firefly Grill came from Kristie’s fond memories of catching fireflies with her grandmother in Effingham.


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Behind the Scenes Get insider’s access to many of the state’s top attractions Have you ever wanted to explore a museum at night or spend the day with a dolphin trainer? Maybe you’d like to see how luscious hand-dipped chocolates or artisan farm cheeses are made. Then again, you might be a sports fan who wants to get in on the action yourself. In Illinois you’ll find behind-the-scenes adventures that let you experience all this and more.

Animal Encounters

Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium offers numerous ways to get up close to its magnificent aquatic animals. During Trainer for a Day you’ll pull on a pair of tall rubber boots and assist a mammal trainer in their daily routine. Start in the kitchen, where meals of frozen fish are cut up and prepared for beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters and penguins. After tossing the tasty tidbits to the hungry inhabitants, it’s time for training. Head into the awesome Oceanarium, where a huge pool that seems to spill into Lake Michigan holds graceful dolphins. Stand poolside with the trainer as you run the animals through their training sessions, interacting with them through hand signals and whistle tweets, and rewarding them with seafood treats. The Beluga or Penguin Encounter is a private meet-and-greet that’s the ultimate experience for animal lovers. During the Beluga Encounter you’ll actually put on waders and venture into the pool, standing side-by-side with a trainer on an underwater ledge where you can reach out and touch one of the gentle giants. In the Penguin Encounter, pet one of the waddling little animals and watch them slip and slide around their chilly habitat. During the 50-minute Behind-the-Scenes Tour, go behind the display galleries for a different view of the tanks that hold the animals. See what goes into their care and feeding, and visit the animal healthcare center to learn how the staff keeps the animals thriving. 12 illinois. mile after magnificent mile.

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Trainer for a Day at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium gives guests access to amazing aquatic creatures.

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Reach out and touch the gentle giants.


Experience what it’s like to be a zookeeper during the Wild Encounters program at Brookfield Zoo, located near Chicago in suburban Brookfield. Take your pick of animals, ranging from gorillas to reptiles. One of the most popular encounters is Rhino Rembrandt held at the Pachyderm House, where you’ll learn about the care of the zoo’s one-ton rhinos and help feed a cute pygmy hippo, then assist as a black rhinoceros “paints” an amazing picture that’s yours to take home.

During Flippered Friends, go behind the scenes of the splashy Seven Seas Dolphinarium, where you’ll participate in the marine mammal care and feeding of bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, and gray and harbor seals. You’ll also get to be part of the 11:30am dolphin show, where the animals show off their intelligence and agility while performing aerial acrobatics. Little animal lovers ages 7–12 can spend the morning as a Junior Zookeeper and get to see parts of the Hamill Family Play Zoo, Australia House and Children’s Zoo where only official keepers are normally allowed. During this handson encounter, kids will feed friendly kangaroos and help milk a farm goat.

Night at the Museum



The movie Night at the Museum has sparked many a fantasy of hiding out and exploring a museum after its doors have closed for the day. You can do just that at Chicago’s Field Museum, which offers Dozin’ with the Dinos for families on select Friday nights. Imagine exploring underground tombs scrawled with hieroglyphics and mysterious centuries-old mummies in the dark at the Inside Ancient Egypt exhibit (don’t forget your flashlight!). Play fun games based on traditions of children around the globe. And listen to bedtime stories in the shadow of Sue, the towering T. rex skeleton that doesn’t seem quite so scary when you’re lounging in your pajamas and ready to snuggle up in a sleeping bag for the night. The Illinois State Museum in Springfield offers the Children’s Overnight CampIn on select evenings. Kids ages 8–11 have the museum to themselves, where they can discover everything from dinosaur displays to lifelike dioramas of Illinois’ first Native American inhabitants and fun activities in the downstairs Play Museum. The theme of the night varies (past Camp-Ins have focused on art and living in Lincoln’s time in the 1800s). Kids spend the evening playing games and making crafts, sharing a pizza and snoozing under a giant oak tree that sprouts in the museum’s Changes exhibit.

Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo and Field Museum house lively and prehistoric animals. Springfield’s Illinois State Museum offers an interactive history lesson.


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some steam with inflatable bounce houses and sports-themed games. On select days kids can join in junior training camps and get coached by the pros on basic football skills. Kids can also meet some of their favorite Bears and collect autographs. On Bears Family Night the team practice is held under the lights, followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

Calling All Sports Fans

Get into the driver’s seat at Joliet’s Chicagoland Speedway, which offers three different driving schools. During the Richard Petty Driving Experience, get behind the wheel or ride along in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series-style stock car with 600 horsepower and speeds that reach up to 160 mph. Experience the rush of the fast, 18-degree banked oval at Chicagoland Speedway the way the professional drivers do. At the NASCAR Racing Experience, control the speed of a real race car previously driven by NASCAR superstars, including Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. During the Mario Andretti Racing Experience, drive a full-size, Indy-style race car or ride in a specially built two-seat Indy-style car, reaching speeds up to 180mph. Zoom around on the speedway, setting your own pace with the help of a personal racing instructor and a Racing Electronics in-car radio guiding you around the racetrack.


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Die-hard baseball fans can’t miss the insider’s tour of Wrigley Field. Wrigley was built back in 1914, and is home to the beloved Chicago Cubs. Wrigley holds tight to tradition, maintaining its ivy-covered walls and hand-operated scoreboard. Tours of the “friendly confines” are scheduled throughout the season. The 90-minute tour gives a peek into the private clubhouse, the dugout (a fun photo op), the famously rowdy bleachers and the press box where a surprise guest sings Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh-inning stretch. Another fan favorite, the Living Legend Tour is led by a former Cubs player who tells vivid tales of their playing days and holds an autograph session for tour-goers. Families of football fans make their annual trek every summer to Chicago Bears Training Camp, located about an hour south of Chicago in Bourbonnais. The team is in full crunch mode from late July through mid-August, when fans are welcome to watch the Monsters of the Midway practice for the upcoming season for free. A Kids Zone lets little ones run off

Peek into the clubhouse, the dugout and the press box.

Sports fans can attend Chicago Bears Training Camp, see Wrigley Field up close and race around Joliet’s Chicagoland Speedway.

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Fermilab offers budding scientists a chance to exercise their imaginations.

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Brain Power

Science enthusiasts will relish the chance to get inside Fermilab, which was founded in Batavia by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in the 1960s and named in honor of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi. Learn about the big bang theory and and how a particle accelerator works during the Ask-a-Scientist public tour, held on the first Sunday of the month. A Fermilab physicist will take you on a guided three-hour tour of the hightech lab, including a neutron therapy area and main control room. If permitted by current security conditions, visitors can visit the ground floor and atrium of Wilson Hall, which features an exhibit on Fermilab and a cafeteria. Take a seat in one of the mobile tour carts and get ready for the ride of your life through the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, the largest and most modern combine manufacturing facility in the world. With a John Deere Harvester Works retiree as your guide, you’ll get an insider’s perspective on the company and how the huge combines that dominate many farm landscapes are made. Follow the main factory production line from start to finish, seeing how each part is pieced together and ending with a look at one of John Deere’s completed mammoth green-andyellow machines.

Lights, Camera, Illinois!

Illinois stars in some of Hollywood’s biggest hits Illinois’ diverse landscape, from bustling big-city Chicago to scenic small towns, has landed the state a role in some of Hollywood’s bestknown blockbusters, including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Blues Brothers, Groundhog Day and The Dark Knight. Check out movies for a guide to movies shot in Illinois, getaways that take you to actual film locations, a podcast tour of Chicago movie sites narrated by legendary broadcaster Bill Kurtis, fun trivia, and a calendar of Illinois film festivals.

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When you go Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago (312) 939-2438,


Brookfield Zoo 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield (708) 485-0263,


The Illinois State Capitol in downtown Springfield offers free daily tours with a knowledgeable guide who reveals facts and trivia about Illinois government. Walk up the grand marble staircase and take time to look at the bronze statues of political leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, as well as historic paintings that line the walls. Be sure to look for the state seal in the opulent stained-glass capitol dome. You’ll be able to watch lawmakers in action from a balcony perch when the legislature is in session, and see where the offices of the governor and other state politicos are located.

Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago (312) 922-9410, Illinois State Museum 502 S. Spring St., Springfield (217) 782-7386, Fermilab Fermi National Laboratory Rd., Warrenville (630) 840-8258, John Deere Harvester Works 1100 13th Ave., East Moline (309) 765-8000,

Join a tour of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Below: Cheesecake is guaranteed on a tour of Eli’s Cheesecake World in Chicago.

Wrigley Field 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 404-2827, Chicago Bears Training Camp One University Ave., Bourbonnais (815) 939-5011,

Illinois State Capitol 401 S. 2nd St., Springfield (217) 782-2000, Eli’s Cheesecake World 6701 Forest Preserve Dr., Chicago (773) 736-3417,


Chicagoland Speedway 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet (888) 629-7223,

Long Grove Confectionery Co. 220 Robert Parker Coffin Rd., Long Grove (847) 634-0080, Oberweis Dairy 951 Ice Cream Dr., North Aurora (630) 801-6100, Ropp Jersey Cheese Farm 2676 Ropp Rd., Normal (309) 452-3641, Illinois Amish Museum 125 N. County Rd. 425E, Arcola (217) 268-4106, Blue Sky Vineyard 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Rd., Makanda (618) 995-9463, 16 illinois. mile after magnificent mile.

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Be an official cheesecake taste-tester.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth you can’t miss the Discover Eli’s Experience, offered daily at 1 p.m. at Eli’s Cheesecake World on Chicago’s Northwest side. This is the magical factory where Eli’s churns out thousands of cheesecakes each day. During the tour, sample a flight of Eli’s mouthwatering cheesecakes, which may include their popular toffee or chocolate chip flavors. You might even get to be an official taste-tester, sampling a new or limited-edition flavor. Afterwards, you’ll no doubt want to get something sweet to go. Not a problem, as Eli’s Cheesecake Café always has dozens of flavors of cheesecakes on hand, along with cookies and cupcakes. Sweet dreams are made of the Chocolate Factory Tour at the Long Grove Confectionery Co. in Buffalo Grove. Once you get over the scrumptious sight of the ninefoot-tall Statue of Liberty and 500-pound Santa sculpted out of chocolate, move on to view the short video on how cacao is grown and processed. With the rich aroma of

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chocolate wafting in the air, you’ll travel along a windowed walkway to watch ladies in hair nets and pastel pink uniforms gracefully dip and swirl their way through an assembly line of handmade confections, including caramel apples rolled in pecans and drizzled with chocolate. Afterwards, enjoy a free chocolate tasting and shop the outlet store for sweet bargains. The Oberweis Dairy in North Aurora has been around since 1927. Get the inside scoop on how they produce their super-creamy ice cream (hint: it’s high in butterfat) and farmfresh milk during the plant tour. Learn about the local farms where Oberweis’ happy, hormonefree cows graze freely and see what a day in the life of an early-rising milkman is like. Oberweis is one of the few companies that still delivers milk in glass bottles to customers’ homes. The tour ends in the Oberweis retail store’s soda fountain with a complimentary cup of classic vanilla ice cream. Although you may be tempted to try the sinful chocolate peanut butter version layered with creamy peanut butter chunks. You’ll know you’re close to Ropp Jersey Cheese Farm in Normal when you spy the herd of beautiful butterscotch Jersey cows grazing in the rolling green pasture. Run by a family of sixth-generation dairy farmers, Ropp invites adults to tour the farm and see how blue-ribbon cheeses are made (children are welcome during special family events). The best time to view the cheesemaking process is 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Visitors can also pet the cute Jersey calves, feed llamas and goats, milk a cow and meet Tom the turkey. Before you leave, stop by the retail store and pick up one of Ropp’s award-winning cheeses, including morel mushroom or habanero cheddar. Witness the everyday life of the Amish at the Illinois Amish Museum, located at Rockome Gardens in Arcola. For a truly immersive experience, sign up at the museum with Amish Country Tours to arrange dinner at an Amish family’s

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See how wine is made, and how it tastes, at Blue Sky Vineyard in Makanda. Below, sample what comes off the assembly line at Buffalo Grove’s Long Grove Confectionery Co.

home. Eat family style on traditional wood benches in a simple Amish house, where a bonneted hostess cooks up a made-from-scratch meal that includes fried chicken, noodles, homemade bread, and fruit or cream pie. Amish customs are respected, meaning no photography, and a prayer or silent moment of thanks is expected before eating. Other tours include a visit to a private Amish home (where you’ll find out how families survive without electricity), a working farm that’s plowed using actual horse power, and woodworking and buggy shops that craft the basic furniture and transportation that’s essential to an Amish household. No trek along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail is complete without a visit to Blue Sky Vineyard in Makanda. Traveling along the narrow, winding country roads, this winery is an unexpected surprise that transports you to the vineyards of Italy. Enjoy samplings of award-winning wines and live music in the wine bar, as well as outside, where tables overflow with wine lovers during warm weather. For an insider’s experience, stay overnight in one of Blue Sky’s two luxe suites. The Tuscany Romance Suite includes an indoor balcony above the wine bar, plus an outdoor balcony that overlooks the Shawnee Hills. Stay Monday through Friday in either suite and take a private cellar tour with Blue Sky’s winemaker, Karen Hand. IL illinois. mile after magnificent mile. 17

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By The Season


How many memories can you fit into 365 days?

Elizabeth Fraiberg

Richard Cummins


Each season offers something special in Illinois. We’ve chosen some fan favorites all around the state. No matter what time of year you visit, you’re sure to find something amazing. Chicago’s Navy Pier offers family fun year-round.

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Enjoy the view from the dizzying glasswalled Ledge.

See flowers in bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens, Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island or Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello. Baseball fans count the days to the April home opening game of the Chicago White Sox at the South Side’s U.S. Cellular Field. The Chicago Cubs batter up at the North Side’s historic Wrigley Field. In May, Arlington Park kicks off its season of fastpaced thoroughbred racing in suburban Arlington Heights. Also beginning in May, hop aboard the LaSalle Canal Boat, a replica of the 1800s mule-pulled canal boats that traveled along the I&M Canal. Onboard guides dress the part. Spring is the perfect time for an outdoor stroll. Admire architecture at the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District in Oak Park (home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio), the spectacular Robie House on the University of

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Chicago campus, the sweeping Laurent House in Rockford, and the magnificent Dana-Thomas House in Springfield. This time of year also brings golf courses back to life. Chip away on one of the four courses at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena. Golf is always in season along the Southern Illinois Golf Trail. Start putting in Marion and make the rounds through all five of the Trail courses, ending in the lush green hills of the Shawnee National Forest. A crisp spring day is the perfect time to enjoy the view from the dizzying glasswalled (and floored!) Ledge at Willis Tower or the open-air Sky Walk at the 94th floor John Hancock Observatory. Although the weather may be too brisk for swimming outdoors, there are plenty of indoor water parks that keep the temps tropical yearround, including KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort in Gurnee, Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Utica and Rockford’s CoCo Key Water Resort. Courtesy of Quad Cities CVB


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Clockwise: Chicago’s Willis Tower Ledge, CoCo Key Water Resort in Rockford, Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello, Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island

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Clockwise: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Cache River State Natural Area, Lake Shelbyville

See native animals such as black bears and Bison.

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Stop by the Chicago Architecture Foundation ArchiCenter and sign up for the popular Architecture River Cruise that glides past more than 50 architectural landmarks. Families flock to Navy Pier, home of the Chicago Children’s Museum, a giant Ferris wheel and summertime fireworks. Favorites at Millennium Park include enjoying outdoor concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and splashing around in the Crown Fountain. Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo features a charming children’s zoo. Suburban Brookfield Zoo houses dolphins at Seven Seas and polar and grizzly bears at Great Bear Wilderness. Decatur’s Scovill Zoo has animals from around the world, plus a train and carousel. See native Illinois animals such as black bears and bison at Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria. Ride the X Flight wing coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Or cool off at an outdoor water park, such as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Magic Waters Waterpark near Rockford, Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville, Knight’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure in Springfield, and Grafton’s Raging Rivers WaterPark. If you’re a fan of NASCAR or drag racing, get out to Route 66 Raceway/Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, where the biggest names in motor sports compete this time of year. Learn all about Abe in Springfield, rich with President Lincoln sites. During the summer, Springfield’s History Comes Alive series includes roaming costumed storytellers and visits with Mr. Lincoln himself. Outdoorsy types find their bliss here in the summer. Explore the Shawnee National Forest’s Garden of the Gods and hike stunning bluffs. In Belknap, canoe through the Cache River State Natural Area, Illinois’ own bayou country. Bike the Tunnel Hill State Trail, which runs 45 miles along a converted rail bed. Swim and fish at Lake Shelbyville. Rend Lake in Whittington offers water-skiing. Carlyle Lake, the largest man-made lake in Illinois, is an excellent spot for sailing.

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Robert Garcia

Scott Bell

Clockwise: Alton’s famous “haunted” tours, The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Galena Cellars, History Comes Alive in Springfield, Raging Rivers WaterPark in Grafton

Grapes and ghosts make a big splash this time of year. Sip your way along scenic wine trails, where autumn harvest fests abound. Check out the Shawnee Hills, Northern Illinois, Heartland Rivers, Wabash Valley, Illinois River, East Central and Southern Illinois wine trails. In September and October follow the twisted Trail of Terror through northern Illinois, where you’ll find haunted houses and terrifying train rides. In Alton, brave the spooky Alton Hauntings Tour, Alton Haunted Odyssey Tours or Mineral Springs Haunted Tours. Lincoln’s Ghost Walk in Springfield explores the lore surrounding Abraham Lincoln’s life and death. Chicago’s Daley Plaza becomes Franken Plaza during the last week of October for Chicagoween. Pick apples and pumpkins at Eckert’s Country Store & Farms. Or visit the Shawnee Hills Orchard Trail, where family farms offer the freshest picks of the season. The seven-acre Great Godfrey Maze offers a nighttime Haunted Maze and the Fall Corn Festival in October. Richardson

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Sip your way along scenic wine trails.

Take a scuba dive to see sunken treasures that include a Boeing 727 airplane at Mermet Springs. Grafton Zipline Adventures takes you high above limestone bluffs along a total of eight zips for a twohour ride. At American Obstacle near Kinmundy, scale a 35-foot climbing wall to reach the canopy tour zip lines. Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour in Makanda zooms through the woods on nine zip lines and two swinging bridges, all on tree-based platforms.

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Chicago is holiday central, with merry annual traditions that include the downtown Christkindlmarket (modeled after an outdoor German holiday market), Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry, A Christmas Carol at The Goodman Theatre and the festive Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, which kicks off the season. Browse the trendy boutiques of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and historic State Street. Search for antiques in charming St. Charles and Geneva. Explore more than 200 stores at the sprawling Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Or snag a deal at the upscale outlet shops found at Aurora’s Chicago Premium Outlets, Gurnee Mills or the new Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont. 22 illinois. mile after magnificent mile.

Snag a deal at upscale outlets. For skating with an amazing city view, take a spin on downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park ice rink. Or head up to the John Hancock Observatory for Skating in the Sky on an indoor rink. Say hello to some of Santa’s helpers at Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, home to a flock of friendly Alaskan reindeer. During the holidays you can cut down your own Christmas tree. Illinois boasts the largest population of wintering American bald eagles in the continental U.S. Go on an eagle-watching expedition during Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton. Or head to the nearby National Great Rivers Museum for live eagle demonstrations. At Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Bald Eagle Trolley Tours search for eagles in action. And in the John Absher


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Clockwise: Tunnel Hill State Trail, Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, seasonal corn mazes pop up throughout the state, Bald Eagle Days in Grafton, Alto Vineyards in southern Illinois

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Adventure Farm claims to have the world’s largest corn maze, with five mazes winding through 33 acres. The state’s scenic drives get a lot of buzz this time of year. The Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive travels 100 hilly miles through Fulton County. The Knox County Scenic Drive showcases its rural heritage, while the Pike County Fall Color Drive attracts leaf peepers to its country roads. Also in October, take a Fall Colors Trolley Tour through Starved Rock State Park, known for its stunning waterfall canyons and wooded hiking trails. Illinois is home to seven spectacular scenic byways. See the sights along the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway, Illinois Lincoln Highway, Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway, Illinois National Road, Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway, Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway and the Ohio River Scenic Byway.

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Quad Cities, head to Arsenal Island for the Eagle Watch Tours. Go winter hiking and cross-country skiing among the ice falls of Matthiessen State Park in Utica. The nearby I&M Canal State Trail boasts Illinois’ longest snowmobile trail, stretching 60 picturesque miles. Giant City State Park is noted for its soaring sandstone walls, rock climbing and rappelling. Hit the slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, which features a snowboarding park and a rustic 120-room lodge. Or do some downhill skiing and snow tubing near the Quad Cities at Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park in Andalusia. IL

Clockwise: Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup in Shirley, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Ski Snowstar in Andalusia






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Arts & Culture

What will you see in Illinois museums?

Duane Rapp

Of Mummies Masterpieces

Hear the roar of a prehistoric dinosaur, trace Abraham Lincoln’s path to the presidency, and play like a kid again. You’ll experience it all in Illinois’ many museums.



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Explore Chicago’s lakefront Museum Campus, home to Shedd Aquarium, which houses beluga whales and dolphins in its Oceanarium. The Field Museum features Egyptian mummies and Sue the T. rex, the largest dinosaur of its kind ever discovered. Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum rounds out the big three with dazzling sky shows and space exhibits.

Tackle the massive Museum of Science and Industry’s more than 800 interactive exhibits, including an underground coal mine, the only German U-505 submarine on display in the U.S., and the Omnimax Theater. Above: Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum Right: See a Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza.

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Clockwise: Chicago Children’s Museum, Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Hartford

Visitors are encouraged to climb on the equipment.

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History buffs head to Chicago History Museum. See Lincoln’s deathbed and artifacts from the World’s Columbian Exposition. DuSable Museum of African American History displays civil rights memorabilia, artwork and cultural exhibits that celebrate black history. The powerful Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie presents the history of the Holocaust through the personal stories of Chicago-area survivors. Many museums make kids their top priority. At the Chicago Children’s Museum on Navy Pier, kids go on a dinosaur expedition, climb a three-story schooner and drive a fire truck. Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview keeps tots busy making music and crawling through mazes. Rockford’s Riverfront Museum Park offers three destination museums. At Burpee Museum of Natural History, Jane the Dinosaur’s legacy reaches back 66 million years. Discovery Center Museum features more than 250 kid-friendly science and art exhibits. Rockford Art Museum is noted for its collection of American Masters. Transportation fans make tracks to the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, featuring restored antique electric, steam and diesel trains that visitors can ride. View more than 250 cars and locomotives, including a complete Burlington Zephyr Streamliner. Volo Auto Museum’s impressive display of more than 300 classic and Hollywood cars includes the original Batmobile, Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and Truckasaurus (part truck, part dinosaur!).

Great Rivers Country John Deere Pavilion in Moline showcases the agri-giant with displays of modern and vintage equipment that visitors are encouraged to climb on. Peoria’s new Caterpillar Visitors Center gives an inside look at the global construction-equipment company, and lets visitors operate a “Cat” on a simulated construction site. Also new in Peoria, Peoria Riverfront Museum explores three centuries of area history. Play with interactive exhibits that tell the story of the Illinois River, go stargazing in a state-of-the-art planetarium, and be wowed by a giant six-story movie theater. History shines at many area museums. Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher is a former French military stronghold with exhibits and events that shed light on colonial times. At the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Hartford, learn about the explorers who set 26 illinois. mile after magnificent mile.

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10 Top Gift Shops Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Store Pick up replica Lincoln china and a reprint of the Gettysburg Address, or get a taste of the era with A. Lincoln Cookbook. Art Institute Shop Get a poster or note cards featuring your favorite artist’s work, or snatch up your very own piece of art with one of the shop’s handmade pieces of jewelry.

Land of Lincoln At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, be dazzled by the two specialeffects theaters featuring historical ghosts and a Civil War battlefield, plus artifacts such as Lincoln’s stovepipe hat and an original copy of the Gettysburg Address. Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet uses domestic

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out from Illinois on their history-making voyage. Learn about life on the Mighty Mississippi at the National Great Rivers Museum, where popular exhibits include a virtual barge. At the adjacent Melvin Price Locks & Dam, see real barges chugging through, and eagles flying overhead in the wintertime. In Collinsville, discover the remains of an ancient Native American city and climb 100 feet to the top of Monks Mound, one of the 68 original earthen mounds that still exist. Exhibits at Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center illustrate the theories behind the city’s mysterious demise. Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown is one of the leading on-site archaeological museums in the U.S. Artifacts trace the 12,000-year history of the American Indian in the Illinois River Valley.

logo are faves as well as farm toys and logosporting blankets.

Chicago History Museum Store Browse Windy Citythemed books and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired gifts, or take home a miniature 1930s Al Capone armored Cadillac.

Museum of Science and Industry Gift Shop Fun science-themed toys are a hit with kids, who can work up a mental sweat with a healthy brain kit.

Field Museum Main Store Handicrafts from around the world are showcased, such as Japanese haoris, Panamanian woven baskets and Chinese snuff bottles.

Museum Store at Illinois State Museum Find fine crafts, jewelry, ceramics and paintings by Illinois artists.

John Deere Store T-shirts with the iconic leapingdeer

Super Museum Store Pick up a collectible Superman comic book, a pair of Wonder Woman kneehigh socks or some kryptonite rock candy.



Cahokia Mounds Museum Gift Shop Find authentic Native American crafts, books on cultural traditions and even replicas of the artifacts found at the site.

Caterpillar Visitors Center Store Pick up a Cat hat and so much more.

Clockwise: Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, unique souvenirs, Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria, John Deere Pavilion in Moline



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Scott Bell

Trails to Adventure General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro honors a local Civil War hero turned political leader who rallied to make Memorial Day a national holiday. The museum displays Logan family antiques, Civil War weapons and political memorabilia. Be sure to snap a picture with the Superman and Lois Lane statues before heading in to The Super Museum in Metropolis. Fans immerse themselves in rare Superman memorabilia, including movie and TV show props. Located in Carbondale’s University Mall, the African American Museum of Southern Illinois celebrates the achievements of local African-Americans. Rotating displays have included Underground Railroad message quilts.

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items and photos from local Champaign County families to tell the story of the early residents of the Grand Prairie. At Springfield’s Illinois State Museum, view vivid dioramas and artifacts that bring the Land of Lincoln’s history to life. In the Play Museum, children can load up a Jeep for a science expedition and excavate a mastodon skeleton. Other spots popular with kids include Decatur’s Children’s Museum of Illinois, ranked one of the top 25 kids’ museums in the country by Child magazine. Here little ones can pretend to fly a plane and play paramedic. There’s handson fun for everyone at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal. Kids can navigate the twostory Luckey Climber, shop the Main Street Market and splash around in Water Works. Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame & Museum in Pontiac pays homage to the Mother Road with exhibits that depict former Route 66 businesses (including booths from the world’s first Steak ’n Shake) and bricks from the original roadway. Also stop in at Shea’s Gas Station Museum in Springfield to marvel at owner Bill Shea’s personal collection of gas station memorabilia and his tales of doing business along historic Route 66 for half a century. The Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum houses the world’s finest collection of classic Pontiac and Oakland cars. The museum also features a display of more than 2,000 antique oil cans. Visit Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul to learn about the heroic African-American Tuskegee Airmen who were based at Chanute Field.

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Snap a picture with Superman and Lois Lane.

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Clockwise: Super Museum in Metropolis, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield, Shea’s Gas Station Museum on Route 66, Pontiac-Oakland Auto Museum in Pontiac

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Duane Rapp

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Art Scene

Clockwise: Art Institute of Chicago, Rockford Art Museum, gallery walk in Champaign, Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing

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Chicago & Beyond

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James Watkins

Great Rivers Country

The Art Institute of Chicago boasts the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of the Louvre. The stunning Modern Wing hangs Warhols next to Rothkos. Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art presents cutting-edge works created by some of the most thought-provoking artists of our time. Performance art adds to the experience here. National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood is home to one of the country’s largest Mexican art collections, featuring more than 7,000 pieces that date from ancient Mexico. Elmhurst Art Museum specializes in late 20thcentury American art. The museum is built around the McCormick House, one of only three homes in the U.S. designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Part of the Riverfront Museum Park, Rockford Art Museum features an eclectic collection of 20th-century American artworks, including Impressionist paintings and art glass.

The new Peoria Riverfront Museum features the impressive Fine Arts & Folk Art Gallery. More than 600 works are on exhibit, including Rodin and Remington sculptures, a Frank Lloyd Wright chair and the Illinois River wildfowl decoy collection. Founded in 1923, Galesburg Civic Art Center presents rotating exhibits focusing on Illinois artists as well as local talent. The center also sponsors the Black Earth Film Festival, screening independent films from around the world. Quincy Art Center is located on the grounds of the former Lorenzo Bull mansion in an 1887 carriage house designed by prominent Chicago architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee. Contemporary Midwest art is showcased in its modern gallery spaces.

Land of Lincoln Krannert Art Museum, located at the University of Illinois, is the second-largest art museum in the state. More than 9,000 works from around the globe include everything from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary photography. Illinois State Museum in Springfield features nearly 500 Works Progress Administration paintings, prints and sculpture created by Illinois artists between continued

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1933 and 1943. The Museum Store sells fine crafts made by Illinois artisans. Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum is a hidden gem located on the Greenville College campus. Bock was an accomplished Illinois artist who designed sculptures for several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, as well as exteriors for prominent halls at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

TRAILS TO ADVENTURE Cedarhurst Center for the Arts spreads across 90 wooded acres in Mt. Vernon. It includes the sprawling Kuenz Sculpture Park (with more than 60 large-scale sculptures) and the Mitchell Museum, showcasing classic and contemporary American artworks. Located at Rend Lake, Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center sells the works of more than 850 Illinois artists. The on-site Southern Illinois Art Gallery exhibits works by artists throughout the state, as well as pieces from the Illinois Madden Media is pleased to accept ad submissions electronically. For your convenience, color lasers are IL accepted for conState Museum.

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Clockwise: Chicago’s Millennium Park, Starved Rock State Park, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Lovell’s in Lake Forest

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The Chicago & Beyond region encompasses everything from Chicago’s big city sights to suburban family attractions and small towns with their own unique charms. Discover these must-sees along the way. Chicago’s Navy Pier offers something for everyone, including sightseeing boats, alfresco restaurants, the outdoor Skyline Stage, a soaring Ferris wheel, and the Chicago Children’s Museum. In Millennium Park snap a photo with the silver Cloud Gate sculpture nicknamed The Bean, splash through the multimedia fountain and catch an outdoor concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. See all kinds of animals for free at the city’s Lincoln Park Zoo. The Art Institute of Chicago is a treasure trove of works by the world’s greatest artists. The Museum of Contemporary Art presents often-provocative exhibits. The Museum Campus is home to the Shedd Aquarium and its awesome Oceanarium, housing dolphins and beluga whales; The Field Museum and its impressive display of dinosaurs; and the Adler Planetarium, with sky shows that blast

DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau 915 Harger Rd., Suite 240, Oak Brook (800) 232-0502, (630) 575-8070 Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 77 Riverside Dr., Elgin (800) 217-5362, (847) 695-7540 Freeport/Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau 4596 U.S. Rt. 20 E., Freeport (800) 369-2955, (815) 233-1357 continued

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Clockwise: Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago

through the cosmos. At the huge Museum of Science and Industry you’ll easily need a day to explore its 800-plus exhibits. View Chicago’s amazing architecture with the Chicago Architecture Foundation on a walking, boat or bus tour. Step out onto the exhilarating glass Ledge at the Willis Tower or the open-air Skywalk at the John Hancock Observatory for a panoramic city view. For a sky-high adventure try Skating in the Sky on the Hancock’s indoor synthetic ice rink from

Fashionistas head to the trendy shops on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and historic State Street. In the suburbs shop more than 200 stores at Woodfield Mall, and scoop up deals at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Gurnee Mills and Chicago Premium Outlets. Sports fans can root for Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball, Bears football, Bulls basketball, Blackhawks hockey, Chicago Fire soccer, motorsports at Joliet’s Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, and thoroughbred racing at Arlington Park Racecourse. There’s plenty more to explore beyond the city lights. Little ones will love the Legoland Discovery Center and Kohl Children’s Museum. The sprawling Brookfield Zoo has animals of all stripes. The Rockford Riverfront Museum Park features the Burpee Museum (and dinos Jane and Homer), the children’s Discovery Center Museum, and the Rockford Art Museum. In Dixon, get a history lesson at the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home & Visitors Center. Explore natural wonders at Glencoe’s Chicago Botanic Garden, the Morton Arboretum in Lisle and Rockford’s Anderson Japanese

Explore more beyond the city lights. January 1 through early April. Beyond the city limits are the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park and the Farnsworth House in Plano, a minimalist masterpiece designed by Mies van der Rohe. Be sure to check out the latest lineup of blockbuster shows presented by Broadway in Chicago. Performances take place on historic stages in the Loop Theater District.

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Gardens. Hike forest trails that lead to stunning waterfalls and spy eagles in the winter at Starved Rock State Park. Sample vintages from picturesque wineries on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail and Illinois River Wine Trail, winding through the Chicago suburbs and Starved Rock area. Take a wild ride at Six Flags Great America and dive into its massive Hurricane Harbor water park. Splash in the giant wave pool at Rockford’s Magic Waters Waterpark or whiz along the new Cowabunga zip line at Raging Waves Waterpark (the largest in Illinois). Zoom along the indoor water slides year round at KeyLime Cove, Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort and CoCo Key Water Resort. IL

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Amboy Depot Museum, Amboy 

40 S. East Ave., (815) 857-4700,  Built in 1876, this museum was headquarters for the Illinois Central Railroad. The building features eight chimney caps. See artifacts from the surrounding towns, a restored one-room schoolhouse, a retired steam locomotive and a caboose. XDonation

Antioch Fine Arts Foundation, Antioch 

Explore the universe and learn about the stars, comets and asteroids. Special shows take place during holiday seasons. X  $

Byron Museum of History, Byron 

806 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 742-0808,  Located in one of Chicago’s most popular landmarks, the City Gallery features photographs of Chicago by Chicago photographers. Free

Garfield Farm Museum, Campton Hills 

1800 S. Prairie Ave. and 1827 S. Indiana Ave., (312) 326-1480,  See two residences from Chicago’s past—the Clarke and Glessner houses. The 1836 Clarke House is one of the oldest domestic structures in the city. Both houses are part of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. $

110 N. Union St., (815) 234-5031,  Featuring local history and the Lucius Read House (circa 1843), exhibits include information about local professional baseball player A. G. Spalding, the Underground Railroad and more. X  Free

Blackberry Farm’s Pioneer Village, Aurora 

3N016 Garfield Rd., (630) 584-8485,  Discover 1840s farming and inn keeping on this 380-acre site with 24 structures and native prairie. Antique apple tree grafting, heirloom gardening, antique tool shows, Harvest Days and archeological excavations add to this museum’s unique charm.XDonation

David L. Pierce Art & History Center, Aurora 

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., (312) 922-STAR,  See exhibits on astronomy, space exploration and telescopes at this museum, the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Featured attractions include Shoot for the Moon and the Sky Show. X  $

983 Main St., (847) 838-2274,  The gallery displays work by area artists and presents exhibits of unique diversity and excellence. Throughout the year, the gallery hosts  Free special receptions and openings for artists’ new work. X 100 S. Barnes Rd., (630) 892-1550,  Take a train ride through this 54-acre pioneer village and see an 1840s farm, an authentic depot, a carriage collection and a carousel. Enjoy the daily train rides, wagon rides and historical demonstrations. X  $

20 E. Downer Place, (630) 906-0654,  Aurora Historical Society exhibit galleries feature changing exhibits of historical materials throughout the year. The Aurora Public Art Commission hosts six to eight rotating exhibits displaying a full spectrum of innovative visual arts. X$

Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures, Aurora 

Marsellaise Place at Randall Rd., (630) 844-7843,  This museum dedicates itself to Native American and Alaskan cultures, art and history. XDonation

SciTech Hands-On Museum, Aurora 

18 W. Benton St., (630) 859-3434,  Discovering science and math can be interesting, accessible and fun at this interactive, hands-on science and technology center featuring more than 200 exhibits. X  $

Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago, Aurora  1145 W. Sullivan Rd., (630) 844-2252,  This Hindu temple blends ancient and modern architectural elements. X  Free

Batavia Depot Museum, Batavia 

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago 

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago 

111 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 443-3600,  One of the world’s leading art museums, the institute houses an extensive collection of French Impressionist masterpieces. Other collections include sculpture; photography; Asian, African and American art; decorative arts; textiles; architectural drawings and  $ fragments; and arms and armor. X

1121 N. Main St., (815) 547-7642,  Emma Pettit commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design this chapel as a memorial to her husband, Dr. William H. Pettit. Built in 1907 for $3,000, the chapel—located in Belvidere Cemetery—is an early example of Wright’s prairie period. X  Free

Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook, Bolingbrook

130 S. Clow International Pkwy., (630) 771-1937,  Providing the nation with access to the rich history of aviation in Illinois, see displays on technology, research, education and community service. X  $

Exploration Station Children’s Museum, Bradley/Bourbonnais  459 N. Kennedy Dr., (815) 933-9905, ext. 2,  This hands-on experience allows kids to touch everything from a fairy tale castle to a space center and a child-size 1950s soda shop. X  $

Strickler Planetarium, Bradley/Bourbonnais 

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DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago 

740 E. 56th Place, (773) 947-0600,  Trace African-American history, including the Works Progress Administration period of the 1930s and the civil rights movement, with the help of the DuSable Museum’s cultural and art collections. X  $

The Field Museum, Chicago 

Bronzeville Children’s Museum, Chicago 

9301 S. Stony Island Ave., (773) 721-9301,  The first and only African-American children’s museum in the country. Learn about the contributions, culture and heritage of AfricanAmericans through activities and interactive exhibits. X  $

Charnley-Persky House, Chicago 

224 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-3432,  Tour Chicago’s architectural and historic landmarks through the Chicago Architecture Foundation, or just visit their exceptional store and gallery. X  $

Frank Lloyd Wright Pettit Memorial Chapel, Belvidere 

50 W. Washington St., (312) 744-3315,  See the world-renowned Picasso sculpture, flanked by the Richard J. Daley Center downtown. Rising 50 feet and weighing 163 tons, the sculpture is an abstract design of a woman’s head. A variety of cultural programs are held “Under the Picasso” X  Free

70 W. Madison St.,  Located in the heart of the Loop, this beautiful outdoor mosaic, designed by Marc Chagall, was executed in the Byzantine technique. The mosaic evokes the traditional imagery of the changing seasons and features characters from Russian village life. Free

603 N. Appleton Rd., (815) 547-7935,  Tour authentic pioneer cabins and gardens developed by early settlers in the area. Programs and exhibits relating to the environment are held at the nature center throughout the year. X  Free 311 Whitney Blvd., (815) 544-8391,  The museum houses an extensive collection of Civil War artifacts, a two-story log house, a general store, a bank, a barbershop, a oneroom schoolhouse, a 1904 Eldredge Runabout and the first Chrysler produced in Belvidere. X  Free

Daley Plaza, Chicago 

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Chicago 

6500 S. Pulaski Rd., (773) 582-6500,  See 1,000 years of Lithuanian heritage and culture presented through exhibits, textiles, weaving, armor, folk art and an amber collection. The museum often holds special performances and programs by Lithuanian artists. X$

155 Houston St., (630) 406-5274,  See railroad relics alongside Batavia-related exhibits. The original bed and dresser from Mary Todd Lincoln’s room at Bellview Sanitarium are  Donation displayed here. X

Boone County Historical Museum, Belvidere 

Clarke House and Glessner House Museums, Chicago 

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., (312) 922-9410,  For those who appreciate the past, The Field Museum is one of the world’s greatest natural-history museums. View exhibits and displays  $ of more than 15 million artifacts and specimens. X

1365 N. Astor St., (312) 915-0105,  Frank Lloyd Wright was chiefly responsible for the design of this 1892 house as an employee of the Adler and Sullivan architecture firm. Tours of the house, as well as the Madlener House and the 1400 block of Astor St., are available.$

Boone County Conservation District and Pioneer Cabins, Belvidere 

City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, Chicago 

The Four Seasons Mural by Marc Chagall, Chicago 

Frank Lloyd Wright Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago 

5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., (773) 834-1847,  Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this spectacular 1909 prairie style house features 174 exquisite art-glass windows and doors. It is currently under full-scale restoration but is still open to the public.$

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Cultural Attractions

Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago 

Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago 

Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., (312) 527-1000,  “Top 10,” “world class” and “totally awesome” describe the museum for kids at Navy Pier. Design a flying machine and launch it 50 feet into the air, create a fountain and much more at this museum. X  $

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago 

78 E. Washington St., (312) FINE-ART, (312) 744-6630,  Known to Chicagoans as the “People’s Palace,” this National Historic Landmark offers hundreds of performances annually, art exhibitions and building tours, as well as a gift shop and restaurant. XFree

Chicago History Museum, Chicago 

1601 N. Clark St., (312) 642-4600,  This highly regarded historical institution features an impressive collection of exhibits centered on Chicago and Illinois. Explore architecture, fashion, decorative and industrial arts, film, paintings and sculpture, prints and photographs. X$

Chicago Public Library, Chicago 

400 S. State St., (312) 747-4300,  Created in 1871 directly from the ashes of the Chicago fire, the library was created as a symbol of sympathy and kindness. Now, the library continues to carry out its goal of providing education, inspiration, delight and entertainment to all Chicagoans. XFree

Illinois Flavors As legend has it, Chicago’s deep-dish pizza was invented at Pizzeria Uno in 1943. Sample other versions of the deep-dish pie at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria and Giordano’s. Find more at

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A Getaway Like it Used to Be. The Blackhawk Waterways region encompasses the four northwest Illinois counties of Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside. 2700 square miles of unique experiences that await your personal discovery. Quaint cabins & B&Bs, significant Illinois history & heritage, outstanding outdoor recreation, 125 miles of pristine rivers for fishing & boating, charming shopping & antique treasures. All within 3 hours of Chicago. For Tourism and Lodging info call 800-678-2108.

Come on in...the door is open to Freeport and Stephenson County in the rolling hills of Northwest Illinois. Discover the rich heritage of Freeport’s Lincoln-Douglas Debate of 1858, art and historical museums, scenic parks including Krape Park and Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park, the Jane Addams Recreation Trail, Little Cubs Field (a Wrigley replica), antiques, camping, lodging, and so much more. For visitor information, call 800-369-2955. Freeport/Stephenson County CVB

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201 North Franklin Avenue, Polo, IL 61064

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway as you explore Illinois’ National Scenic Byway. See our award winning series of hand-painted murals and interpretive gazebos; enjoy signature festivals, events, unique attractions, outdoor recreation and premiere dinning and lodging. Relive the thrill of discovery that motorists experienced 100 years ago, along the Illinois Lincoln Highway, where every mile is a story! Download a visitor guide at

Kankakee County provides fun for the whole family with Oak Ice Arena, Splash Valley Aquatic Center, the Exploration Station Children’s Convention & Visitors Bureau Museum, and the Chicago Bears Summer Training Camp. Celebrate our rural heritage with Kankakee County’s Barn Quilt Tour, the first county – wide barn quilt tour developed in Illinois. Located only 50 miles south of Chicago, visit us to escape the everyday! For Tourism and Lodging Information call 800-747-4837.

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Just when you think you’ve fallen in love with Galena, Mother Nature paints a new canvas and you’ll find new opportunities to fall in love all over again. Each season brings new experiences, events and adventure. Galena is a place to relax, revitalize and reconnect with loved ones. Whether shopping is your pleasure, a day of pampering at a luxurious spa, canoeing down the river, beer and wine tasting, or treating your taste buds at a local restaurant or specialty food store…there is something for everyone in Galena. And don’t forget to check the calendar of events for workshops, live entertainment and other large community events that Galena is known for. Go to or call 888-942-5362 for more information. 123 North Commerce Street, Galena, IL 61036

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Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, Chicago 

Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago 

801 W. Adams St., (312) 655-1234,  The Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation of Hellenic culture. Visitors can see unique exhibitions and participate in programs that showcase Greek art and culture. X  $

Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, Chicago 

James R. Thompson Center, 2nd Floor, 100 W. Randolph St.,  (312) 814-5322,  This is the only gallery in Chicago that specifically exhibits Illinois art. Changing exhibits showcase Illinois artists of the past and present. The gallery is a state-of-the-art venue for all media. XFree

Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Chicago 

3015 W. Division St., (773) 486-8345,  Showcases the rich culture of the city’s proud Puerto Rican community. Experience a wealth of arts, from exhibits to workshops, and a spirit and culture unlike any other. X Free

International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago 

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1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., (312) 642-6502,  With one of the most complete collections of medical artifacts in the world, this museum explains the art of surgery from its primitive beginnings to today’s modern procedures. X  $

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, Chicago 

220 E. Chicago Ave., (312) 280-2660,  View some of the finest and most provocative contemporary sculpture, painting, video and photography exhibits. The MCA also presents music, dance and performance art productions throughout the year and has a cafe run by Chef Wolfgang Puck. X  $

Spertus Museum, Chicago 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago 

600 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 663-5554,  Visit the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to photography as an art form. The museum was founded in 1984 to exhibit, collect and promote contemporary photography. XFree

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago 

57th St. at Lake Shore Dr., (773) 684-1414,  This mammoth-sized museum includes more than 800 interactive exhibits. Explore the full-scale replica of a coal mine or climb aboard a World War II German U-boat. X$

National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame, Chicago 

Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural, Cortland

8501 Bailey Rd., (630) 969-3311,  Set on a 50-acre estate owned and operated by the Carmelites, this center contains relics and mementos of St. Therese from her childhood  Free through later years. X

60 W. Walton St., (312) 943-9090,  One of the most comprehensive research libraries in the world, the Newberry keeps five million manuscript pages, 500,000 historic maps and thousands of rare books. X  Free

509 N. 1st St., (815) 756-4609,  Tour barbed wire baron Isaac Ellwood’s Victorian mansion. Experience three generations of family life 1870–1920 at this National Register Historic Site. The eight-acre grounds include Visitor Center exhibits, Victorian playhouse and gardens. X  Free

University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th St., (773) 702-9514,  This museum features history, art and archaeology of the East. Permanent exhibits focus on cultures of ancient Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Syria and Turkey. XDonation

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago 

2430 N. Cannon Dr., (773) 755-5100,  Set along the lakefront in Lincoln Park, this indoor-outdoor museum invites guests to reconnect with nature. Highlights include a yearround butterfly haven, wilderness walk and more. X  $

The Polish Museum of America, Chicago 

Lakeside Legacy Arts Park/Dole Mansion, Crystal Lake 

National Shrine of St. Therese, Darien 

Ellwood House Museum, DeKalb 

Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Gazebo, DeKalb 

Lincoln Hwy. and 11th St.,  There are 16 Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition gazebos across Illinois. Interpretive panels offer visitors intriguing stories depicting the significance of the Lincoln Highway. X  Free

Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural, DeKalb 

Lincoln Hwy. and 7th St.,  A detailed image of travelers in a 1913 Stevens-Duryea, the high-end touring car of its time, is the centerpiece of this mural. XFree

Joseph F. Glidden Homestead, DeKalb 

984 N. Milwaukee Ave., (773) 384-3352,  Exhibits, folk art, photos and documents tell the fascinating history of the Polish immigration to Chicago, home to the largest Polish population outside of Poland. X$

921 W. Lincoln Hwy., (815) 756-7904,  This site has been commemorated by the Illinois State Historical Society as the birthplace of barbed wire. Blacksmith demonstrations are given twice a month and tours are available. $

610 N. Fairbanks Court, (312) 587-0234,  In honor of the citizen-soldier and military efforts to preserve democracy, the Pritzker Military Library was formed. The library offers a forum for people to learn more about and openly discuss military history and the men and women who serve. X  Free

400 N. Lee St., (847) 297-5022,  The first McDonald’s restaurant, complete with original golden arches, has been reconstructed exactly as it was when Ray Kroc flipped his first burger. Open May–Sept. Free

Pritzker Military Library, Chicago 

800 S. Halsted St., (312) 413-5353,  Visit two restored original buildings from Chicago’s first settlement house. Exhibits and educational programs depict the life and work of courageous social worker Jane Addams. X  Free

The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago 

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2249 W. Superior St., (312) 421-8020,  This museum collects Ukrainian historical items and folk art, including everything from festive costumes to colored eggs. X  $

1801 S. Indiana Ave., (312) 326-0270,  With more than 1,000 works of art by more than 130 artists and war veterans, this museum collects, preserves and displays artwork relating to the Vietnam and Iraq wars. X  $

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago 

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Ukrainian National Museum, Chicago 

401 Country Club Rd., (815) 455-8000,  Become immersed in the arts through music, painting, sculpture and more. Take a step back and experience the craftsmanship of the Civil War-era historic Dole Mansion. XDonation

National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

100 W. Randolph St., (312) 814-6660,  This glass-and-steel structure, designed by Helmut Jahn, houses the State of Illinois government offices and three levels of stores and restaurants in an atrium mall. Don’t miss Jean Dubuffet’s black-andwhite sculpture, Moment with Standing Beast, in the plaza. X  Free

Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago 

Swedish American Museum Center, Chicago 

5211 N. Clark St., (773) 728-8111,  Visitors learn about Swedish-American history through artifacts, photographs and exhibits at this cultural and learning center located in Andersonville, a Swedish enclave in Chicago. X$

1852 W. 19th St., (312) 738-1503,  The largest museum of its type in the country, showcasing folk and contemporary art by Mexican-American artists. Enjoy four gallery shows a year and a selection of arts programs. XFree

The Oriental Institute Museum, Chicago 

James R. Thompson Center, Chicago 

610 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 322-1700,  Chicago’s Jewish museum offers public programming for adults and children, including exhibits and research facilities. X  $

55 W. Lincoln Hwy.,  Depicted in the mural is a “road-dragging” contest during the Good Roads Movement in the early 1900s. XFree

The Newberry Library, Chicago 

Spend a night on the town with the latest award-winning performance at one of Chicago’s five premiere Broadway venues. Whether you choose the glitz and glamour of the Cadillac Palace or the refined charm of the smaller Broadway Playhouse, every show is sure to impress. Check Broadway in Chicago to see what’s showing.

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., (312) 595-5024,  A display of 150 stained-glass windows makes this the first museum in the U.S. dedicated solely to this art form. It showcases both secular and religious windows, from Victorian to Contemporary. Free

1431 W. Taylor St., (312) 226-5566,  This organization preserves honorable values in sports by honoring and promoting the history and heritage of Italian-Americans who have made significant contributions to sports and society. X$

National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago 

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of Art houses a collection of more than 10,000 objects, spanning 2,000 years of both Western and Eastern civilizations. X  Free

820 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 915-7600,  Through exhibitions and adult and family programs, this museum dedicates itself to spiritual art. X  $

1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., (312) 939-2438,  This amazing indoor aquarium features more than 20,000 animals. Watch divers hand-feed sea turtles and other underwater creatures. The Oceanarium shows marine life of the Pacific Northwest, including whales, dolphins, sea otters and other marine mammals. X  $ University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.,  (773) 702-0200,  On the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus, the Smart Museum

McDonald’s #1 Store Museum, Des Plaines 

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home and Visitors Center, Dixon 

816 S. Hennepin Ave., (815) 288-5176,  Built in 1891, the former president’s boyhood home has been restored for visitors. Take a guided tour and stop by the gift shop.$

Wings of Peace & Freedom Park, Dixon 

Galena Ave. at 2nd St.,  Named in honor of the Wings of Peace and Freedom sculpture given to the city of Dixon in honor of President Reagan’s efforts to end the cold war and the wonderful city that produced him, the park encompasses the American dream of obtaining peace. Located on the Ronald Reagan trail, the site also features a replica of the Berlin Wall. Free

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152 N. York Rd., 2nd floor, (630) 782-1800,  The museum portraysNavyPier(ILTG13) America’s theaters through a collection of File Name: photographs, books, blueprints and memorabilia. Donation

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150 Cottage Hill Ave., (630) 834-0202,  Date: October 29, 2012 4:09 PM The museum’s award-winning structure contains a dramatic glass entrance gallery,3three museum galleries, an educational pavilion and Proof#: Processing Fee: the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House. X$

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst 

220 Cottage Hill Ave., (630) 833-1616,  This museum displays exquisite gemstone carvings, rock and mineral specimens and dioramas, as well as special film and slide programs. Stop by the unique gift shop. X  $

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood 

20953 W. Hoff Rd., (815) 423-9958,  Visit this cemetery, which honors those who have served and fallen. Open during daylight hours. XFree

Evanston Art Center, Evanston 

2603 Sheridan Rd., (847) 475-5300,  Visit this major regional center for emerging contemporary artists, exhibits, art festivals and art-education programs. X  Donation

Evanston History Center at the Charles Gates Dawes House, Evanston 

225 Greenwood St., (847) 475-3410,  This impressive 1894 mansion, a National Historic Landmark, was the former home of U.S. Vice President Dawes under Calvin Coolidge. IL Travel Guide 1 10/29/12 It’s now13_Layout home to the Evanston History Center.12:47  $ PM Page 1 X

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Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Evanston 

3001 Central St., (847) 475-1030,  Explore one of the Chicago area’s premier collections of Native  $ American artifacts. X

Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston 

927 Noyes St., (847) 448-8260,  Home to individual artists’ studios and an acclaimed art gallery, Noyes also offers professional theatrical performances. X  Free

Flossmoor Sculpture Gardens, Flossmoor 

Throughout Flossmoor, (708) 798-2300,  The Flossmoor Sculpture Gardens is a public art program that places works of art in Flossmoor’s village square, along residential streets and in the Flossmoor Garden & Sculpture Park. X  Free

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KidsWork Children’s Museum, Frankfort 

11 S. White St., (815) 469-1199,  Located in the beautiful downtown historic district, KidsWork Children’s Museum offers a fun, interactive and educational environment for children. Families can engage in a learning environment while taking in the beauty of the community.$

H. I. Lincoln Building, Franklin Grove 

136 N. Elm St., (815) 456-3030,  This 1860s stone building served as a general store, newspaper office and post office. Currently, the building is an information center for the village of Franklin Grove and the Lincoln Highway Association’s national tourism headquarters. X  Donation

Freeport Arts Museum, Freeport 

121 N. Harlem Ave., (815) 235-9755,  Explore six galleries of European, Native American, Asian, ethnographic, ancient and contemporary art. X  Donation

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Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square, Freeport 

600 E. Douglas St., (800) 369-2955,  A life-size statue marks this site, commemorating the second debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. X  Free

Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad and Museum, Freeport  2954 S. Walnut Rd., (800) 369-2955,  Climb aboard an antique train pulled for a four-mile ride by a 1912 steam locomotive. Visit the 25-room Silver Creek Museum, filled with   early Americana. X

Stephenson County Historical Museum, Freeport 

1440 S. Carroll Ave., (815) 232-8419,  Oscar Taylor built this fine mansion—now listed on the National Register of Historic Places—back in 1857. Visitors can learn about the past 150 years of Stephenson County history, plus see a rural schoolhouse, log cabin, farm and industrial museums. X  $

John Deere Historic Site, Grand Detour 

8334 S. Clinton St., (815) 652-4551,  This site was restored in honor of the man who helped advance agriculture by forging the first successful steel plow. Visit Deere’s home, archaeological site, the original blacksmith shop, visitors center  $ and more. Open Apr.–Nov. X

Great Lakes Naval Museum, Great Lakes 

620 Farragut Ave., (847) 688-3154,  Experience the heritage of enlisted sailors and how they are trained. More than three million sailors completed their initial training at the Great Lakes Naval Station. The museum is housed in a mid-century building on the grounds. X  $

Muirhead Farmhouse, Hampshire

42W814 Rohrsen Rd., (847) 464-5224,  Located in a quiet country setting just northwest of Chicago, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Muirhead Farmhouse is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime.$

Joliet Area Historical Museum, Joliet 

204 N. Ottawa St., (815) 723-5201,  Learn about the people, industry and sites that helped develop the city of Joliet, and stop by the Route 66 Welcome Center. The museum is home to a replica of the I&M Canal, a turn-of-the-century street and a space-exploration simulator. X  $

Slovenian Women Union of America Heritage Museum, Joliet 

431 N. Chicago St., (815) 727-1926,  The motto of the museum is to reach individuals by uniting them through their common interest in Slovenian culture and heritage. Free

Frank Lloyd Wright’s B. Harley Bradley House, Kankakee 

Only in Illinois Coveted by royals and horse lovers alike, the extremely rare Lipizzan breed has a rich, 400-year history of breeding that found its way to America only 50 years ago. Tempel Farms now has the largest privately owned herd of Lipizzans in the world. Visit the facilities where the horses are bred and trained for choreographed performances.

Geneva History Center, Geneva 

113 S. 3rd St., (630) 232-4951,  The Geneva History Center preserves the special heritage of the city by providing interactive and innovative exhibits and remaining a resource for education, collections and research. X  Free

Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural, Genoa 

240 W. Main St., Depicted in the mural is a “road-dragging” contest during the Good Roads Movement in the early 1900s. XFree

Illinois PGA Golf Hall of Fame Museum, Glenview 

The Glen Club, 2901 W. Lake Ave., (847) 724-7272, (847) 832-6613 Ext. 100,  An interactive display highlights individuals and events that shaped the game. X  Free

Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview 

2100 Patriot Blvd., (847) 832-6600,  Kohl Children’s Museum is a hands-on learning laboratory for children up to eight. Exhibits nurture creativity and interaction. X  $

Naval Air Station Glenview Museum, Glenview 

2040 Lehigh Ave., (847) 657-0000,  This new museum showcases artifacts depicting life at NAS Glenview. See a display dedicated to Butch O’Hare, WWII Medal of Honor Awardee, and various flight suits and dress uniforms from the Navy and Marine Corps. X 48 illinois. mile after magnificent mile.

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701 S. Harrison Ave., (815) 936-9630,  Frank Lloyd Wright constructed this home for the Bradley family in 1900. It’s recognized as his first prairie style house. X  Free

Kankakee County Historical Society Museum, Kankakee 

801 S. 8th Ave., (815) 932-5279,  The museum boasts more than 85,000 artifacts in addition to 20,000 still images in the photo collection. The complex also encompasses the historic 1855 Dr. A. L. Small House, the 1904 Taylor One-Room Schoolhouse, Column Garden and Outdoor Exhibit Area. X $

Willowhaven Interpretive Center, Kankakee 

1451 N. 4000 E Rd., (815) 933-9905,  This free museum houses natural and historical exhibits, providing a place to learn, explore and enjoy the splendors of nature. Exhibits feature displays on wildlife, conservation and natural history. The center also has live-animal displays, aquariums, a children’s reading nook and a microscope lab table. XFree

Garfield Farm Museum, LaFox

3N016 Garfield Rd., (630) 584-8485,  Visit this intact 370-acre farmstead and teamster inn that has been restored as an 1840s working farm museum. Enjoy special year-round events, including rare-breed livestock shows and heirloom-garden shows. X  $

Hegeler Carus Mansion, LaSalle 

1307 7th St., (815) 224-6543,  Tour this stately mansion, built in 1874, and learn about the contributions made to the discussion of philosophy, science and religion by the Hegeler and Carus families. XDonation

showcase paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, and decorative and ethnographic objects. X  Free

Lincoln Landing, Lockport 

S. State St. at Rte. 7, (815) 838-5080,  In this interactive, educational park, visitors can learn the colorful history of Abraham Lincoln and Lockheart. Featuring a historical statue of Lincoln, posted interesting facts and the renowned Public Landing Restaurant, Lincoln Landing is a site worth seeing. X  Free

Sheldon Peck Homestead, Lombard 

355 E. Parkside Ave., (630) 629-1885,  This 1840s farmhouse features reproductions of several of Sheldon Peck’s folk paintings, as well as exhibits on the area’s first school, the  Free Underground Railroad, and farming and pioneer life. X

Victorian Cottage Museum, Lombard 

23 W. Maple St., (630) 629-1885,  This Victorian home features rooms furnished with artifacts exemplifying the lifestyle of the middle-class of the 1870s. X  Free

Chicago Portage National Historic Site, Lyons 

4800 S. Harlem Ave.,  In 1673, Louis Joliet and Pere Marquette realized that a canal would permit continuous water travel from Lake Michigan to the Illinois River. This historic site honors Joliet and Marquette with a marker and 20-foot statue. X  Free

Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Gazebo, Malta 

21193 Malta Rd., There are 16 Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition gazebos across the Illinois. Interpretive panels offer visitors intriguing stories depicting the significance of the Lincoln Highway. X  Free

Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural, Malta 

127 N. Third St., The mural gives striking detail of paving Lincoln Highway’s first seedling mile, strategically located in Malta. Images of early road construction are featured in the mural. X  Free

Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural, Maple Park 

302 Willow St., This mural depicts the development of the Lincoln Highway and how it changed the look of America as roadside gasoline stations sprung up  Free along the route. X

Mendota Museum & Historical Society, Mendota 

901 Washington St., (815) 539-3373,  The Mendota Museum is the parent organization of the Hume Carnegie Museum, Breaking the Prairie Museum (an agricultural museum) and Union Depot, a railroad museum. Highlights of the Hume Carnegie Museum include exhibits on Wild Bill Hickok and an extensive photographic collection. X  $

Century Walk, Naperville 

Throughout downtown, (630) 355-5553,  More than 30 pieces of public artwork, including mosaics, reliefs, murals and sculptures highlight the heritage and culture of the community. X  Free

DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville 

Marytown/National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Libertyville 

301 N. Washington St., (630) 637-8000,  Exhibits, workshops and materials stretch the imagination, stimulate creativity and provide challenges for children’s exploration and discovery. X$

Gaylord Building Historic Site, Lockport 

Downtown Naperville, (630) 848-5000,  One of only four carillons world-wide. Artists from around the world perform. Visitors climb the 253 steps to the observation deck, where on a clear day the Chicago skyline comes into view. X  $

1600 W. Park Ave., (847) 367-7800,  View impressive stained glass, mosaics, paintings and Roman basilica-style architecture at this Catholic shrine, chapel and gift shop. XFree

200 W. 8th St., (815) 838-9400,  Learn about the history of the I&M Canal at this National Trust Historic Site, which was built in 1838 and once stored construction materials for the canal. The warehouse now houses a visitors center, history exhibit, restaurant and special events throughout the year. X  Free

Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, Lockport 

201 W. 10th St., (815) 838-7400,  This branch site of the Illinois State Museum features many works created by past and contemporary Illinois artists. The rotating exhibits

Moser Tower & Millennium Carillon, Naperville 

Naper Settlement, Naperville 

523 S. Webster St., (630) 420-6010,  This museum features special events throughout the year, plus 30 structures, including a working print shop, fort, one-room schoolhouse and the elegant Martin-Mitchell Mansion. X  $

The Riverwalk, Naperville 

Downtown Naperville, (630) 848-5000,  The Riverwalk is one of the Midwest’s most beautifully maintained park grounds, and has won state and national awards. Stroll along 1.75 miles of walking brick paths along the DuPage River. X   Free

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3800 S. York Rd., (630) 655-2090,  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Graue has a waterpowered grist mill that still grinds corn daily. Find the mill at the edge of the Fullersburg Woods and Nature Center, an exceptional 206-acre preserve full of exhibits, a living marsh and a hands-on nature discovery room.$

Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook 

Historic Pleasant Home, Oak Park 

217 S. Home Ave., (708) 383-2654,  Explore this opulent 30-room mansion designed by prominent Prairie School architect George H. Maher in 1897 for investment banker and philanthropist John Farson. Pleasant Home was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1996. X  $

Wonder Works, a Children’s Museum in Oak Park, Oak Park 

1717 W. 31st St., (630) 850-2363,  The historic Peabody Mansion and Portiuncula Chapel are located in the 90-acre Mayslake Forest Preserve. The chapel is a replica of the  $ Portiuncula Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy. X

6445 W. North Ave., (708) 383-4815,  Write a screenplay. Milk a cow. Paint your masterpiece. At Wonder Works, a Children’s Museum in Oak Park, kids up to age 10 can enjoy hands-on exhibits while learning valuable skills such as problem solving, cooperation and exploration. X$

5100 Museum Dr., (708) 423-6709,  Discover a world of fun and learning at the Children’s Museum in Oak  $ Lawn. Explore Beachcomber Island and other fun exhibits. X

72 Polk St., (630) 554-2999,  An Oswego landmark built in 1850, used over the years as a church, schoolhouse, and museum. Donation

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Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum, Oak Park 

Birthplace: 339 N. Oak Park Ave., museum: 200 N. Oak Park Ave.,  (708) 848-2222,  Visit the Ernest Hemingway Museum and the Victorian home where the Nobel Prize-winning author was born in 1899 and spent his early life. Explore displays featuring rare photos of Hemingway, his childhood diary, letters, early writings and other memorabilia. X  $

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park 

951 Chicago Ave., (708) 848-1976,  This unusual complex served as Wright’s private residence and studio from 1889 to 1909—the first 20 years of his career. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, trying out design concepts before sharing them with clients.$

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, Oak Park 

Little White School Museum, Oswego 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Memorial Plaza, Ottawa 

Washington Square Park, (815) 434-2737,  Memorial commemorates the location of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate on Aug. 21, 1858, with heroic bronze statues. Plaza also features a reflecting pond and fountain. XFree

Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum, Ottawa 

1100 Canal St., (815) 431-9353,  This museum promotes and preserves the colorful and proud  $ traditions of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire Boys and Girls. X

Reddick Mansion, Ottawa 

100 W. Lafayette St., (815) 433-6100,  One of Ottawa’s greatest treasures, this pre-Civil War mansion is one of the area’s most ornate Italianate residences. X  $

875 Lake St., (708) 383-8873,  Farnsworth House Museum, Plano  Designed in 1905 and completed in 1908, Unity Temple is the only 14520 River Rd., (630) 552-0052,  surviving public building of Wright’s early Prairie School Designed renowned EssexInn IL-Travel-Guide_Layout 1 period. 10/4/12 5:58 PM by Page 1 architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Farnsworth House stands several feet off the ground on painted Described by Wright as his “little jewel.” X  $

steel trusses, overlooking the Fox River. It is essentially a glass box of sculptural simplicity that started the minimalist movement.$

Aplington House, Polo 

123 N. Franklin Ave., (815) 946-4142,  Lincoln slept in this house for two nights in 1856. It was the home of Polo’s founder, Zenaf Aplington. Donation

Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, Poplar Grove 

5151 Orth Rd., (815) 547-3115,  Located at the Poplar Grove Airport, this museum has a variety of vintage autos, airplanes and other equipment. The museum includes authentic 1920s hangars and car garages. X$

Cernan Earth and Space Center, River Grove 

Triton College, 2000 5th Ave., (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3372,  Enjoy earth and sky shows, children’s shows, laser-light shows and a gift shop. X$

Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford 

737 N. Main St., (815) 965-3433,  Meet Jane, Rockford’s celebrity dinosaur, one of the most significant finds in the history of paleontology. Also see a 300 million-year-old replica tropical coal forest, GeoScience, T-rex Island, Wooly Mammoth Island and The First People exhibits. X  $

Camp Grant Museum, Rockford 

1004 Samuelson Rd., (815) 395-0679  Originally an old fire house, Camp Grant now educates a new generation on the comraderie of the men and women who have defended our country throughout its history. X  $

Discovery Center Museum, Rockford 

711 N. Main St., (815) 963-6769,  This hands-on, family-oriented museum invites visitors to explore scientific principles. The museum is filled with interactive exhibits, a planetarium, a television studio and an outdoor park. Exhibits highlight magnetism, light, sound, electricity and flight. X$

Erlander Home Museum Swedish Historical Society, Rockford 

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Located in Rockford’s first Swedish-owned brick home, the Erlander museum contains Rockford-made furniture, a Charlotte Weibull doll collection and artifacts pertaining to Swedish immigration and Rockford’s Swedish heritage. X  $

Ethnic Heritage Museum, Rockford 

1129 S. Main St., (815) 962-7402,  This home-museum, built in 1850, features exhibits dedicated to the six nationalities that helped shape the region: African-American, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish and Hispanic.$

Laurent House, Rockford 

(815) 877-2952,  The Laurent House Museum is an original 1949 design by Frank Lloyd Wright for Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent—the only house he designed to be wheelchair-accessible. X 

Midway Village Museum, Rockford 

6799 Guilford Rd., (815) 397-9112,  Experience the life, work and celebrations of a rural, early-1900s midwestern town. The village features 26 authentically restored and furnished homes and shops. Costumed guides are on-site. A formal garden with 50 kinds of herbs is also on the grounds. X  $

Rockford Art Museum, Rockford 

711 N. Main St., (815) 968-2787,  Illinois’ largest art museum outside of Chicago, the Rockford Art Museum is noted for its permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art, plus dynamic changing exhibits that feature regional and national artists. X  $

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, Rockford 

411 Kent St., (815) 964-2424,  Built in 1865, this Swiss-style Victorian home features parquet floors, detailed woodwork, and wall and ceiling murals. The garden is an authentic restoration of a turn-of-the-20th-century rose garden with heirloom roses, annuals and perennials. X  $

Isle a la Cache, Romeoville 

Historic Auto Attractions, Roscoe 

13825 Metric Dr., (815) 389-7917,  Enjoy 70+ historic vehicles and hundreds of pieces of history, including presidential limousines, gangster autos, cars of the stars and famous movie automobiles. X$

Fox River Trolley Museum, South Elgin 

361 S. LaFox St., (847) 697-4676,  Celebrating more than 100 years of electric trolleys, the original electric trains and cars travel a four-mile circuit along the scenic Fox River.$

Durant House Museum, St. Charles 

Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels, Rosemont 

37W370 W. Dean St., (630) 377-6424,  Authentically restored and furnished, this 1843 farmhouse is filled with costumed interpreters that immerse visitors in mid-19th century farm life. X  Donation

Russell Military Museum, Russell 

1040 Dunham Rd., (630) 584-7200,  This art gallery also has a 1,000-seat theater for the performing arts. XFree

9511 W. Higgins Rd., (847) 692-4000,  Take a close look at more than 3,000 rare M. I. Hummels and Anri woodcarvings at this museum. X  Free

43363 Old Hwy. 41, (847) 395-7020,  See more than 100 military vehicles from WWI to present day. The museum offers a 10,000-sq.-ft. indoor display area and eight acres of outdoor display. X$

Trickster Gallery Native American Arts, Schaumburg 

190 S. Roselle Rd., (847) 301-2090,  The only contemporary fine-arts institution in Illinois that is owned and operated by Native Americans. The gallery hosts American Indian art exhibitions, cultural presentations, and film screenings. Also features a gift shop and resource center. XDonation

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie 

9603 Woods Dr., (847) 491-0905,  The museum features a Hall of Remembrance, chronicling life before, during and after the Holocaust, and a youth exhibit. X$

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, Skokie 

McCormick Blvd. between Touhy and Dempster streets, (847) 679-4265,  This unique facility combines recreational features with an outstanding exhibition of large-scale contemporary sculpture in a beautifully landscaped, easily accessible setting. Stroll, skate, or bicycle along the paved path and view art in nature. X  Free

Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles 

Sculpture in the Park, St. Charles 

Rt. 31 and Prairie St., (630) 584-1055,  Stroll along the Fox River in Mt. St. Mary Park to see sculptures from artists nationwide. X  Free

William Beith House, St. Charles 

8 Indiana St., (630) 377-6424,  This 1850 limestone Greek Revival home has been restored and developed as a preservation study house. XFree

Midwest Museum of Natural History, Sycamore 

425 W. State St., (815) 895-9777,  The Midwest Museum of Natural History exhibits animals in their habitats from all over North America. They also rent out space for meetings and private parties, and host events. X  $

Illinois Railway Museum, Union 

7000 Olson Rd., (800) BIG-RAIL, (815) 923-4391,  Railroad aficionados can get close to more than 400 cars and locomotives, including a complete Burlington Zephyr Streamliner, at this operating railroad museum with 56 acres of running room. X  $

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, University Park 

1 University Pkwy., (708) 534-4486, 

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501 E. Romeo Rd., (815) 886-1467, 

Explore exhibits of the Great Lakes fur trade, learn about a voyager’s day on the river, examine a real birch bark canoe and see the trade items of  Free metal, beads, and cloth that shaped Native American life. X

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Explore the nature of sculpture. Sited across 100 acres of rolling prairie landscape, this 27-piece collection features monumental works by di Suvero, Hunt, Puryear and others. X  Free

Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, Vernon Hills 

1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., (847) 362-3042,  Admire fine Old Master paintings, 17th-century tapestries, Oriental rugs, sculptures, formal gardens and a conservatory in this 1914 mansion with private chapel. X  $

Volo Auto Museum, Volo 

27582 W. Volo Village Rd., (815) 385-3644,  A 30-acre theme park containing five indoor showrooms with more than 300 collectible and Hollywood cars; four antique malls with 350 dealers displaying their unique finds; and the Mercantile Mall, housing a broad array of gifts and the largest selection of die-cast automobiles in the Midwest. X  $

Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda 

Lakewood Forest Preserve, Fairfield Rd. at Rte. 176, (847) 968-3400,  Located in a pristine 3,000-acre setting, this award-winning regional museum provides hands-on exhibits and special events throughout the year. The museum also houses the famous Curt Teich postcard archives, including a large collection of Route 66 postcards. X$

William L. Gregg House Museum, Westmont 

Cantigny Park, Wheaton 

James “Pate” Phillip State Park, Bartlett 

1S151 Winfield Rd., (630) 668-5161,  Cantigny was the home of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The 500-acre estate is now home to the First Division Military Museum, two restaurants and a 27-hole golf course. X  $

2054 W. Stearns Rd., (630) 933-7200,  In an effort to restore biodiversity to the area and preserve a tall grass prairie ecosystem, this land was protected in 1990. Exhibits and activities at the visitors center teach guests about the need for the restoration of natural areas. Free

100 Linden Ave., (847) 853-2300,  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bahá’í Temple is world-renowned for its distinctive architecture. X  Free

603 N. Appleton Rd., (815) 547-7935,  The enchanting charm of Boone County’s Buffalo Creek creates a picturesque scene of nature at its finest. With a mission of preserving nature for generations to come, the area offers numerous educational events and festivals. Free

Bahá’í House of Worship, Wilmette 

Challenger Learning Center for Science and Technology, Woodstock 222 Church St., (815) 338-7722,  Fly a simulated space mission by appointment at this interactive  Free educational center. X

Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock 

Woodstock Square, 101 N. Johnson St., (815) 338-4525,  The artwork in this unique 1857 building represents all styles and mediums. Free

Outdoors/Recreation Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park, Algonquin  Rte. 31, (847) 836-RAGE,  This snowboard-exclusive park challenges boarders of all levels with half pipes, kickers, tabletops and more. Rental equipment and instructors are available to help you get started on a snowboarding adventure. X$

117 S. Linden Ave., (630) 960-3392,  1872 Victorian home built by brickmaker William L. Gregg displays collections typical of the 1920s–1940s in authentic lifestyle settings. X  Free

Phillips Park, Aurora 

Billy Graham Center Museum, Wheaton 

500 College Ave., (630) 752-5157,  Located on the campus of Wheaton College, this museum houses the history of evangelism and revivalism in America, including rare artifacts, art and displays, and a powerful 3-D gospel presentation.  Donation X

1000 Ray Moses Dr., (630) 898-7228,  Enjoy more than 300 acres of hiking, fishing, tennis, ice skating, sledding and horseshoes. There’s also an aquatic center, golf course, driving range and zoo with elk, foxes, potbellied pigs and more. The sunken garden boasts more than 25,000 gorgeous plants and flowers. X  Free

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Boone County Conservation District, Belvidere 

Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area, Braceville 

7705 E. Houston Rd., (815) 237-0063,  Hike, hunt or fish on more than 6,000 acres, including Braidwood Lake and expanses of grassland. XFree

Kankakee River State Park, Bradley/Bourbonnais 

5314 W. Rte. 102, (815) 933-1383,  The Kankakee River State Park is a photographers’ favorite and a 4,000-acre outdoor paradise. Since 1890, recreation seekers have come to hike, bike, canoe, fish, hunt and relax. X  Free

Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield 

1st Ave. at 31st St., (708) 688-8000,  One of the country’s largest zoos houses 3,000+ animals in awardwinning exhibits. X  $

Long Prairie Trail, Capron 

Along Rte. 173, (815) 547-7935,  This 14.6-mile paved recreational trail runs south of IL Rte. 173 and winds past the northern Boone County towns of Caledonia, Capron and Poplar Grove. X  Free

Channahon State Park, Channahon 

25302 W. Story St., (815) 467-4271,  See the I&M Canal locks and the restored lock-tender’s house. Free


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Magic Waters Waterpark, Cherry Valley 

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago 

Chicago River Canoe & Kayak, Chicago 

Millennium Park, Chicago 

3400 N. Rockwell St., (773) 704-2663,  Take an up-close view of the Chicago River by renting a boat from Chicago River Canoe & Kayak, or join one of their outings. Lessons available.$

Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago 

300 N. Central Park Ave., (312) 746-5100,  Designed by Jens Jensen in 1906–07, the conservatory is famous for its flower shows, exotic-plant collection and jungle climate—a botanical  Donation garden under glass. X

Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain, Chicago 

Grant Park at Congress Pkwy., (312) 742-PLAY,  Dubbed “Chicago’s Front Yard,” Grant Park consists of the Museum Campus and Millennium Park. Grant Park is also home to Buckingham Fountain. Modeled after Latona Fountain basin at Versailles in France, but twice its size, the fountain is the centerpiece of Grant Park. From summer through the end of fall, evening light shows enhance the spectacle. Free

Lakefront Trail, Chicago 

Bryn Mawr Ave. to 75th St.,  During all seasons, walkers, runners, bikers and in-line skaters take advantage of Chicago’s scenic beaches and harbors. X  Free

Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago 

2391 N. Stockton Dr., (312) 742-7736,  The wonders of nature bloom year-round in this botanical garden, designed by J. L. Silsbee. One million people come each year to see  Free exotic plants from all over the world. X


2001 N. Clark St., (312) 742-2000,  Thousands of exotic and endangered species fill animal houses, habitats, pools and exhibits. Stop at the Farm in the Zoo, and be sure to see the Regenstein Center for African Apes and the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. X  Free Michigan Ave. between Randolph and Monroe streets,  (312) 742-1168,  The 241⁄2-acre park showcases world-class art, music, architecture and landscape design. Millennium Park features the work of renowned artists and architects, including Frank Gehry, Anish Kapoor, Kathryn  Free Gustafson and more. X

North Avenue Beach/Oak Street Beach, Chicago 

North Ave. at Lake Michigan, Oak St. at Lake Michigan,  (312) 74-BEACH, (312) 742-PLAY,  Enjoy great alfresco dining and people watching. North Avenue is home to the Chicago Air & Water Show, and Oak Street features the largest area of deep-water swimming in the city. Free

Only in Illinois

Osaka Garden, Chicago 

Jackson Park, 5900 S. Lake Shore Dr.,  Located in the middle of Jackson Park, Osaka Garden is a true Chicago gem. Free and open to the public, the garden will have you relaxed and forgetting the hustle and bustle of the urban city in no time. X  Free

The spirit of unsettled Illinois lives on in Lowden State Park, where the 100-year-old Chief Black Hawk statue watches over the riverbanks with a peaceful gaze and folded arms. This towering 50-foot concrete monolith, said to be the second tallest in the world of its kind, honors the rich Native American heritage of the state.

William W. Powers State Fish and Wildlife Area, Chicago 

12949 S. Ave. O, (773) 646-3270,  Enjoy picnicking, winter sports and fishing at Wolf Lake, which offers  Free six miles of shoreline for bank anglers. X

Fox River Trail, Elgin 

Along the Fox River, (847) 695-7540, (800) 217-5362,  The 36-mile Fox River Trail runs along the river from Aurora to the north, through Elgin, East and West Dundee, Carpentersville and Algonquin.


The most picturesque region in metropolitan Chicago can be found twenty minutes from the heart of the city on Chicago’s North Shore.

Wayne Wilkinson,

7820 Cherryvale N. Blvd., (800) 373-1679, (815) 332-3260,  Magic Waters features a water coaster, wave pool, body and tube slides, Little Lagoon, SplashMagic Island, SplashMagic River, sand volleyball and two enclosed tube slides. X$

along Lake Michigan


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Easily reachable by car or Chicago public transit train, our hotels are affordable and provide easy access to downtown and North Shore attractions including:

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Some favorite stops are Al’s Creamery in Elgin, the Depot Visitor Center in East Dundee and farmers markets in East Dundee. X  Free

Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Elk Grove Village 

Golf and Arlington Heights roads, (708) 366-9420,  Enjoy 3,700 acres of the great outdoors with fishing, hiking and canoeing, as well as winter sports. XFree

Fox Lake, Fox Lake 

Off Rte. 12, (847) 587-7474,  Fox Lake, the largest of 10 interconnecting lakes in the Chain o’ Lakes area, offers boating, waterskiing, snowmobiling, Jet Skiing and waterfront dining. Free

Norge Ski Jump, Fox River Grove 

100 Ski Hill Rd., (847) 639-9718,  Year-round events bring the thrill of Olympic-style ski jumping to northern Illinois. Annual winter tournament brings world-class jumpers to Norge.$

Franklin Creek State Natural Area, Franklin Grove 

1872 Twist Rd., (815) 456-2878,  This beautiful nature area offers fishing, horseback riding and hiking  Free trails. X

Freeport Canoe Company, Freeport 

1442 S. High St., (815) 233-1065,  The relaxing, easily paddled journey into Tutty’s Landing in downtown Freeport is about four to five hours long and is the perfect way to get a share of adventure while also relaxing and taking in scenic views of Freeport.$

Jane Addams Trail, Freeport 

Freeport to Wisconsin state line, (800) 369-2955,  This multiuse recreational trail follows Richland Creek and the  Free Pecatonica River to the Wisconsin state line. X

Oakdale Nature Preserve, Freeport 

restored prairies. Over four miles of winding trails are great for hiking, running and cross-country skiing. Free

Natural Resource Center and Russel Woods, Genoa

11750 State Route 72, (815) 784-2000, The Center offers a great stop for exploration and live animal viewing for all members of the family. It is also a great place to toboggan in the winter or canoe in the summer. XFree

Fabyan Estate and Forest Preserve, Geneva 

Illinois routes 31 and 25 south of Geneva, (630) 232-5980,  Created by Col. and Mrs. George Fabyan, who lived on the 300-acre estate from 1905 to the 1930s, this attraction includes a restored Frank Lloyd Wright-designed villa, now a museum. It also has a Japanese garden, a teahouse and a Dutch windmill. XDonation

Fox River Bike Trail, Geneva 

Rtes. 25 and 31, just north of Fabyan Parkway,  (630) 232-5980,  This beautiful trail follows the banks of the Fox River almost 30 miles in Kane County alone. The trail has access to excellent fishing, canoeing, picturesque picnic facilities and the Fabyan Forest Preserve, and is ideal for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and jogging. Free

Kane County Forest Preserve, Geneva 

1996 S. Kirk Rd. (630) 232-5980,  An 18,000-acre space of woodlands, wetlands and prairies, Kane County Forest Preserve is visitor friendly thanks to its offering of trails, interpretive signage, nature centers and golf courses. X Free

Peck Farm Park Interpretive Center, Geneva 

38W199 Kaneville Rd. (630) 262-8244,  This picturesque 395-acre park includes a visitors center with handson nature and history room, observation silo, sensory garden, nature trails, bike trails, picnic area, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, 19-acre wetland and outdoor summer butterfly house. X  Free

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This botanical paradise has 23 gardens, several lakes, nine islands and rolling hills on more than 300 acres. Stroll through the fragrant rose garden, the sensory garden and the stunning three-island Japanese garden. A walking and biking trail borders the gardens. XFree

The Grove, Glenview 

1421 Milwaukee Ave., (847) 299-6096,  Hiking trails crisscross 124 acres of The Grove, a National Historic Landmark. Visit the log cabin and schoolhouse that date back to the mid-1800s, and the interpretive center with its Illinois-themed wildlife  Donation exhibits. X

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, Gurnee 

1700 Nations Dr., (877) 360-0403,  This tropical escape features a 65,000-sq.-ft. indoor water park, 400 guest suites, spa, arcade, entertainment center, restaurants and more. Water park open to hotel guests only. X$

Six Flags Great America/Hurricane Harbor, Gurnee 

I-94 at Rte. 132 E., (847) 249-1776,  This 300-acre theme park features roller coasters for all ages, including the beloved Little Dipper from Kiddieland, more than 100 thrilling rides and a water park with a 500,000-gallon wave pool, as well as stage shows and other fun attractions. X$

Green River State Wildlife Area, Harmon 

375 Game Rd., (815) 379-2324,  This wetland prairie once covered nearly one million acres of lowlands. Enjoy hiking and birding. Free

Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside 

28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., (815) 344-1294,  This beautiful National Natural Landmark supports flora and wildlife, from marsh marigolds and orchids to mink and deer. You can picnic, hike and cross-country ski. A park interpreter is on-site. Free

CPX Sports, Joliet 

2903 Schweitzer Rd., (815) 726-2800,  At this extreme-sports theme park, you can challenge your friends to a paintball game, develop team-building skills and more. X  $


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Haunted Trails Entertainment Center, Joliet 

1423 N. Broadway St. (Rte. 53), (815) 722-7800,  Embrace your inner child at this 14-acre indoor-outdoor gaming complex. Equipped with two 18-hole miniature golf courses, three go-cart tracks, batting cages, rides, games, a restaurant and more.$

Haigh Quarry, Kankakee 

2738 E. 2000 North Rd., (815) 939-7797,  Scuba dive in a 14-acre spring-fed quarry teeming with bass, bluegill, catfish, perch, northern pike, paddlefish and more. It’s also home to the SS Flamingo, a 33-foot cabin cruiser. A military dump truck and  $ amphibious vehicle are on display underwater. X

Reed’s Canoe Trips, Kankakee 

907 N. Indiana Ave., (815) WE-CANOE,  Choose from three exciting, memorable trips on the Kankakee River, one of the best canoeing rivers in the state. It also has some of the purest water in Illinois, fabulous for fishing. $

Wildlife Discovery Center, Lake Forest 

1401 Middlefork Dr., (847) 810-3663,  With the help of more than 150 resident animals, this unique combination of nature center, wildlife sanctuary and museum puts you eye-to-eye with nature. X  Free

Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park, Lena 

8542 N. Lake Rd., (815) 369-4282,  Enjoy boating, hiking, fishing, swimming, equestrian trails and  Free cross-country skiing. More than 170 campsites are in the park. X

McNeil’s Damascus Landing, Lena 

Pick up a map at the shop, then explore this historic, scenic 13-mile  Free hiking and biking trail. X

Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville 

16400 W. Buckley Rd., (847) 968-3499,  Set in the broad valley of the Des Plaines River, this 1,100-acre forest preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities centered on a 115-acre lake reclaimed from a gravel quarry. X$

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle 

4100 Rte. 53 at I-88, (630) 968-0074,  The arboretum is a 1,700-acre oasis of magnificent gardens and natural areas from around the world. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy a tour or take a narrative tram ride. Make sure you see the interactive Children’s Garden and the Maze Garden during your visit. X  $

Enchanted Castle Entertainment Center, Lombard 

1103 S. Main St., (630) 953-7860,  Owned by J. Richard Oltmann, or the “game guru,” Enchanted Castle is a testing and launching site for the industry’s newest games. With more than 250 games to choose from, laser tag, bumper cars and more, Enchanted Castle is a gamer’s paradise.$

Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park 

7318 Harlem Rd., (815) 885-3311,  These 3,000 acres offer sailing, fishing and hiking, plus cross-country skiing and ice fishing in winter. XFree

Illini State Park, Marseilles 

2660 E. 2350th Rd., (815) 795-2448,  Enjoy nature at this 500-acre park featuring songbirds, waterfowl and water life, as well as ball fields, fishing, hiking, biking and more. X  Free

4891 W. Cedarville Rd., (800) 369-2955, (815) 369-5351,  McNeil’s Damascus Landing offers access to the Pecatonica River as it meanders nearly 60 miles through undisturbed midwestern beauty. The landing offers ample parking, a picnic area, floating dock and canoe/kayak launch. XFree

2651 N. 21st Rd., (815) 357-1608,  This 2,058-acre lake features rocky shorelines, a wildlife refuge and opportunities for fishing, bird-watching and picnicking. X  Free

406 S. Schuyler St., (800) 369-2955, 

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Enjoy 20+ miles of paved trail, lush with wildlife and native prairie plants. Excellent shopping, restaurants, historic areas, parks and forest preserve facilities located along the trail. XFree

Moraine Hills State Park, McHenry 

1510 S. River Rd., (815) 385-1624,  This park offers biking and hiking trails, fishing and boating. Boat rentals and concessions are available. X  Free

Prairie Trail, McHenry 

(888) 363-6177, (815) 363-6177,  Bike, hike or skate this 26-mile trail from its beginning in Algonquin to the Wisconsin state line, north of Richmond. Trail passes through several quaint communities and the spectacular Glacial Park. X  Free

Gebhard Woods State Park, Morris 

401 Ottawa St., (815) 942-0796,  Dotted with shade trees, this state park stretches along the I&M Canal. Hiking, picnicking and canoeing are offered. A park interpreter is on-site. XFree

Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Morris 

5010 N. Jugtown Rd., (815) 942-6352,  At this state fishing and wildlife refuge, you can fish for walleye and striped bass or hunt for deer. XFree

I&M Canal State Trail & Visitors Center, Morris 

402 Ottawa St., (815) 942-0796,  Enjoy miles of scenic views, historic sites and state parks along this linear recreation path. Hiking, biking, fishing and cross-country skiing opportunities are available. XFree

William G. Stratton State Park, Morris 

401 Ottawa St., (815) 942-0796,  Boaters and anglers enjoy this six-acre park located along the Illinois River. X  Free

White Pines Forest State Park, Mount Morris 

6712 W. Pines Rd., (815) 946-3717,  Enjoy recreation on 385 acres, with forests and a state park lodge. Visitors can drive over concrete fords found in the park’s streams. X  Free


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Centennial Beach, Naperville 

500 W. Jackson Ave., (630) 848-5092,  Centennial Beach was home to the first beach water show, or “Aquathon,”which included diving, water-skiing, comedy ballet and synchronized swimming. Visitors can capture this and more rich history of the Aquathon and the beach in the beloved swimming facility.$

The Riverwalk, Naperville 

Downtown Naperville, (630) 848-5000,  Built by residents to commemorate the city’s 150th birthday, the Riverwalk has become a symbol of Naperville. The brick pathways follow the DuPage River and feature covered bridges, shepherd’s crook light poles, playgrounds and gazebos. X  Free

North Branch Bicycle Trail, Niles 

Chicago north to Lake County, (708) 366-9420,  This 22-mile paved hiking and biking trail takes you from Caldwell and Devon avenues in Chicago to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. It winds along the Chicago River past the Skokie Lagoons and through forest preserves. X  Free

River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook 

3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., (847) 824-8360,  River Trail Nature Center tells the story of native animals and plants through a scenic and educational center. Walk along the river in the sugar-maple woods on a self-guided tour, or take the kids to River Trail’s natural discovery area, where they can climb in an eagle’s nest or a fox den and even create their own puppet shows. Free

Wolfe Wildlife Refuge and Bike Path, Oak Lawn 

109th St. at Laramie Ave., (708) 857-2200,  Explore the natural beauty and habitats of this newly expanded 45-acre wetlands preserve. Nature programs are available for all ages.$

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, Olympia Fields 

20000 Western Ave., (708) 481-2330,  Irons Oaks is a 37-acre nature preserve offering programs in environmental education, adventure education, corporate training and outdoor recreation. Hiking trails are open daily. X  Free

Castle Rock State Park, Oregon 

1365 W. Castle Rd., (815) 732-7329,  Spectacular rock formations, deep ravines and sandstone buttes make Castle Rock a scenic spot. Canoe up to a primitive campsite. XFree

Lowden-Miller State Forest, Oregon 

Four miles south of Hwy. 64, (815) 732-7329,  Most famous for its Chief Black Hawk statue, this popular park sits alongside the Rock River. Hiking, boating and fishing are available for visitors. XFree

Lowden State Park, Oregon 

1411 N. River Rd., (815) 732-6828,  This 2,225-acre state forest situated along the Rock River offers hiking, cross-country skiing and equestrian trails. Free

Buffalo Rock State Park, Ottawa 

1300 N. 27th Rd., (815) 433-2220, (815) 433-2224,  This park has ball diamonds, picnic areas, biking, bird-watching and hiking. Also enjoy canoeing and fishing on the western portion of the I&M Canal State Trail. X  Free

Skydive Chicago, Ottawa 

3215 E. 1969th Rd., (800) SKYDIVE, (815) 433-0000,  Pay a visit to this world-class training and skydiving center. The site includes hundreds of open acres with a full-hookup campground, restaurant, fishing and swimming. X  $

Starved Rock Adventures Inc., Ottawa 

1 Dee Bennett Rd., (815) 434-9200,  Take a houseboat vacation and rent Jet Skis, a speedboat, a pontoon or a fishing boat. Waterfront condos are also available. X  $

Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights  7402 W. Lake Katherine Dr., (708) 361-1873,   Free Naturally a great place to explore nature’s wonders. X

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, Plainfield 

Renwick Rd. east of Rte. 30, (815) 727-8700,  Bird-watchers love seeing the egrets and the heron rookery at this nature preserve. The preserve features a park, lake and forest. X  Free

Glacial Park McHenry County Conservation District, Ringwood  6316 Harts Rd., (815) 338-6223,  Glacial activity created this spectacular landscape, featuring kettles, bogs, wetlands and oak savannas. More than 3,300 acres offer hiking, biking, canoeing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, an interpretive trail, an amphitheater, a conference center, a picnic area and Wiedrich Education Barn. X  Free

Nippersink Creek Canoe Trail, Ringwood 

(815) 338-6223,  Canoe this grade-A stream, one of the finest in Illinois. Four canoe landings allow visitors to launch their personal canoes. Trail passes through Glacial Park with trips of two or four hours. Free

Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford 

318 Spring Creek Rd., (815) 229-9390,  Stroll formal Japanese gardens, with 12 acres of waterfalls, koi ponds, quiet corners and a 16th-century-style teahouse. A visitors center, gift shop and seminar rooms also open. X  $

CoCo Key Water Resort, Rockford 

Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center, 7801 E. State St.,  (866) 754-9658,  Enjoy three giant waterslides, Coconut Grove Adventure River, interactive Play Island, Key Quest Arcade and more. The water park is open to Clock Tower guests and offers day passes for the public. X  $

Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Rockford 

2715 S. Main St., (815) 965-8146,  Explore 155 acres of rare and unusual trees and shrubs, themed flower beds and a 1.5-mile paved trail. The garden holds special events and workshops in the pavilion and education center throughout the year. X  $

Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, Rockford 

1354 N. 2nd St., (815) 987-8858,  The conservatory has an 11,000-sq.-ft. tropical plant exhibition area with water features, seating areas and sculptures. The gardens feature an annual garden with colorful bedding plants. All this is adjacent to a beautiful 10-mile walking path along the Rock River. X  Free


Rockford, Illinois! Best mid-sized city for golf in the United States (fore!). Best children's museum in Illinois (4th best in the US!). Best Japanese Gardens outside Japan (Konnichiwa!). Jane, the finest example of a juvenile T-rex in the universe (rrrrroar!). And a foodie's delight (more, please!). Speaking of more, of course there's more. Take a tour with Rockford's native son, Miles Nielsen (yep - Rick's talented son) of Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts at and enter to win a copy of their latest CD. It'll make a colorful soundtrack to your colorful visit to Real. Original. Rockford.

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Rockford Riverwalk, Rockford 

711 N. Main St.,  A wide multiuse trail along the Rock River connects to other walking and biking trails around town. An open-air amphitheater and 236-foot cable bridge anchor the Riverfront Museum Park. X  Free

Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford 

8786 Montague Rd., (815) 335-2915,  Enjoy 369 unspoiled acres with a 90 percent concentration of native wildflowers, a paved path and 2.5 miles of trails. The center features a butterfly garden, gift shop, aquarium and indoor beehive. Free

Nygren Wetland Preserve, Rockton 

3190 Rockton Rd., (815) 964-6666,  The wetland preserve is a 721-acre tract near the confluence of the Rock and Pecatonica rivers, making it an important stopover and nesting spot for birds, including sandhill cranes. The trail offers hiking and cross-country skiing. X  Free

Spring Brook Marina, Seneca 

623 W. River Dr., (815) 357-8666,  At this full-service marina, you’ll find a restaurant, new- and usedboat sales, transient slips and fuel.$

Shabbona Lake State Park, Shabbona 

4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., (815) 824-2106 Shabbona Lake State Park has 1,550 acres of rolling prairie and features a 318.8 acre man-made fishing lake. Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area provides a convenient, natural haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life. XFree

Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, Shirland 

Colored Sands Forest Preserve, 10602 Haas Rd., (815) 629-2671, (815) 877-6100,  Take advantage of a fascinating opportunity to see a wide variety of migrating birds being banded and released. The preserve has extensive prairies and pristine views from sand bluffs that overlook the Sugar River. X  Donation

Chain O’ Lakes State Park, Spring Grove 

8916 Wilmot Rd., (847) 587-5512, Explore 6,500 acres of water, woods, fields and twisting shoreline. Try cross-country skiing and ice fishing in winter. Enjoy hiking, horseback riding, fishing and boating the rest of the year. Bike, boat and horse rentals are available. XFree

Bicycle Trails, St. Charles 

(800) 777-4373,  Follow your heart’s desire, whether it’s the 40-mile stretch along the banks of the Fox River or the Great Western Trail through the vast prairies. Call for your free bicycle map. Free

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Chicago & Beyond

Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne 

6N940 Dunham Rd., (630) 242-6170,  This spectacular center sits on 55 acres with seven outdoor arenas, and is the site of international competitions. X$

Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center, St. Charles 

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., (847) 741-8350,  Find yourself deep in the environmental hub of the Forest Preserve District, where naturalists can guide you through the center’s interpretive displays, hands-on exhibits, guided nature hikes and birdwatching. XFree

Cosley Zoo, Wheaton 

1356 N. Gary Ave., (630) 665-5534,  Cosley Zoo provides an intimate setting to interact with Illinois native animals and domestic farm animals. Wildlife exhibits featuring shady expanses and natural habitats for the animals will leave you with a sneak peek at the true lives of the animals.$

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort, Utica 

2643 N. Rte. 178, (866) 399-FUNN, (815) 667-3866,  Water park plus nine thrilling, full-size rides at the Enchanted Forest, including The Eclipse—one of only three in the world. All are enclosed so the fun never stops, even when the weather is less than perfect. Water park open only to guests. X  $

DuPage County Trail System, Wheaton 

421 N. County Farm Rd., (630) 407-6883,  DuPage County has 486 miles of recreational trails for cyclists, hikers, runners and equestrians. Prairie Path and Great Western Trail pass through forests, farms and downtowns. Free

Matthiessen State Park, Utica 

Rt. 178, (815) 667-4868,  See one of two remaining sculpted faces that may have served as geographical markers for escaped slaves in the canyon near the banks of the Illinois River. Enjoy hiking and cross-country skiing in this state park known for its waterfalls, bluffs and canyons. X  Free

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Wheaton 

3S580 Naperville Rd., (630) 933-7200,  Explore and enjoy more than 25,000 acres of forests, lakes, prairies and open spaces in more than 60 scenic preserves and five educational facilities, as well as golf at Maple Meadows, Green Meadows and Oak Meadows. X  Free

Starved Rock State Park, Utica 

Rte. 178, lodge: (815) 667-4726, (800) 868-ROCK,  Waterfalls, bluffs and 18 canyons dominate the landscape of this spectacular state park, located near Matthiessen State Park. XFree

North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor 

701 W. North Ave. (630) 530-4649,  Enjoy a fun day inside at this amusement park featuring an arcade,  $ go-carts, bumper cars, and Illinois’ largest indoor roller coaster. X

701 North Point Dr., (847) 746-2845,  Considered one of the finest and largest floating-dock marinas in North America, North Point occupies 140 acres with access to Lake Michigan. This state-of-the-art facility has 1,500 slips, a restaurant, swimming beaches, charter boats, utility hookups, dry boat storage,  $ hiking and biking trails, picnic areas and more. X

55 S. Harbor Place, (847) 244-3133,  Waukegan Harbor offers you a beautiful lakefront and marina with

13608 Fox Rd., (630) 553-6297,  Choose from various recreational opportunities, including fishing,

Safari Land, Villa Park 

Waukegan Port District, Waukegan 

Illinois Beach State Park, Zion 

Sheridan and Wadsworth roads, (847) 662-4828, (847) 662-4811,  The only Illinois state park on Lake Michigan, Illinois Beach has beaches and trails for hiking, biking and bird-watching. It is also the only place in Illinois with sand dunes. A remodeled lodge for guests offers lakeside views. XFree

Sightseeing/ Entertainment

Wood Carvings at Amboy City Park, Amboy 

E. Main St. east of U.S. Hwy. 52, (815) 857-3814,  Thirty-one wood carvings made from tree trunks stand in this park. The images depict three presidents from Illinois (Reagan, Lincoln, Grant) and life in and around the city of Amboy. The park is closed in the winter. X  Free

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne 

9700 S. Cass Ave., (630) 252-5562,  Site of the Advanced Photon Source X-ray project and one of the country’s premier facilities for energy-related research and development. Visitors must be at least 16 years old. Tours by appointment. X Free

Arlington Park Racecourse, Arlington Heights 

2200 W. Euclid Ave., (847) 385-7500,  The fun includes thoroughbred horse racing, festivals, concerts, expos and more. Call about family days during racing season, which typically  $ runs from May to Sept. X

Hollywood Casino Aurora, Aurora 

(800) HAMPTON (630) 495-9511 Xd o


La Quinta Inn Arlington Heights 1415 W. Dundee Rd., Arlington Heights

Holiday Inn Express 2595 Bunker Hill Rd., Algonquin

(800) 315-2621 (847) 458-6000 Xd o


(800) 531-5900 (847) 253/8777 Xd o

Motel 6 Arlington Heights 441 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights


Baymont Inn & Suites 12801 S. Cicero Ave., Alsip

(877) BAYMONT (708) 597-3900 Xd


(800) 466-8356 (847) 806-1230 Xd

Red Roof Inn Arlington Heights 22 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights


Budget Lodge 11840 S. Cicero Ave., Alsip

(708) 597-3214


(800) RED-ROOF (847) 228-6650 Xd

Presidential Inn & Suites Motel 12340 S. Cicero Ave., Alsip

(708) 389-3080


Wingate by Wyndham Arlington Heights 2112 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights

(800) 228-1000 (847) 434-0300 X

Days Inn Alsip 5150 W. 127th St., Alsip

(800) DAYS-INN (708) 371-5600 X


Best Western Hotel & Suites 350 Hwy. 173 & Rte. 83, Antioch

(847) 395-3606 Xd o

Courtyard by Marriott Arlington Heights North 3700 N. Wilke Rd., Arlington Heights

(800) 321-2211 (847) 394-9999 Xo

Courtyard by Marriott Arlington Heights South 100 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights

(800) 321-2211 (847) 437-3344 Xo

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago–Arlington Heights 75 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights

(800) 222-TREE (847) 364-7600 Xo

Holiday Inn Express Arlington Heights 2120 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights Jameson Suites Arlington Heights 2111 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights


Candlewood Suites 2625 W. Sullivan Rd., Aurora


Comfort Inn Fox Valley 4005 Gabrielle Lane, Aurora

(877) 4-CHOICE (630) 820-3400 X


Comfort Suites 111 N. Broadway, Aurora

(877) 4-CHOICE (630) 896-2800 Xo


Hampton Inn & Suites 2423 Bushwood Dr., Aurora


(800) 315-2621 (847) 593-9400 X

(800) JAMESON (847) 956-1400 Xd

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Hampton Inn & Suites 1685 W. Lake St., Addison



49 W. Galena Blvd., (630) 801-1234,  One of the area’s best gaming facilities is now better than ever. Play slots, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, craps, poker and roulette. Enjoy more than 53,000 sq. ft. of gaming space. The pavilion has three restaurants and a collection of movie memorabilia. X  Free

Fitness Center

Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area, Yorkville 

youth group, hiking, cross-country skiing and more. An equestrian trail  Free and remote-control airfield are also on-site. X


promenade, park, nearby public beach and slips to accommodate any craft, from sailboats to luxury cruisers, throughout a full boating  Free season from Apr. 1 to Nov. 1. X

3795 Campton Hills Rd., (630) 513-4399,  Features Fox Valley’s natural treasures. Check out the indoor turtle pond, live animal displays and wetland exhibit. X  Free

Fitness Center

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles 





(800) HAMPTON (630) 907-2600 Xo


Staybridge Suites Aurora/Naperville 4320 Meridian Pkwy., Aurora

(800) 238-8000 (630) 978-2222 Xd o



Super 8 Fox Valley 4228 Longmeadow Dr., Aurora

(800) 800-8000 (630) 898-5419 Xo



La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore 2000 Lakeside Dr., Bannockburn

(800) 531-5900 (847) 317-7300 Xd o


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Swimming Stones, Aurora 

333 Lexington Dr., (888) 459-3100, (847) 459-0269,  Take a chocolate-factory tour at this purveyor of gourmet, handmade chocolates, and enjoy the samples! Be sure to visit the outlet store. X  

Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze, Chicago 

( 815) 544-6242,  View 15 historic wall murals in various downtown Belvidere locations, painted by 250+ artists. See why Belvidere has been named “Illinois’ City of Murals.” XFree

McClurg Court at the Chicago River, (312) 751-7909  A 100-foot jet stream arcs across the Chicago River for 10 minutes on the hour, except at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. X  Free

Eli’s Cheesecake World, Chicago 

11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave., (773) 785-8901,  This National Historic Landmark District was founded by railroad-car manufacturer George Pullman in 1880 for his workers. The Historic Pullman Foundation offers guided walking tours, an annual house tour and candlelit Christmas tour. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency offers tours of the Hotel Florence and remains of the factory.$

822 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 337-7711,  What better way to spend the day than surrounded by all things chocolate? Be sure to check out the Hershey Store’s “Hershey-izer,” the store’s singing baker, for some laughs. X  Free

IMAX Theatre, Chicago 

Skydeck Chicago/The Ledge, Chicago 

Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., (312) 595-5MAX,  Catch the latest 3-D movies with enhanced images, sound and


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(800) DAYS-INN (847) 381-2640 Xd

Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr., enter on Jackson Blvd.,  Fitness Center

America’s Best Value Inn 1605 N. State St., Belvidere

Pullman Historic Disctrict, Chicago 

Hershey’s Chicago, Chicago 

Hotels Days Inn Barrington 405 W. Northwest Hwy., Rte. 14, Barrington

Nicholas Melas Centennial Fountain & Arc, Chicago 

(800) 2-RAMADA (630) 972-9797 Xo


SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chicago Bolingbrook 125 Remington Blvd., Bolingbrook

(888) 287-9400 (630) 759-0529 Xo



Comfort Inn & Suites 1500 N. Rte. 50, Bradley/Bourbonnais

(800) 237-8466 (815) 401-5043 Xd o




350 McHenry Rd., (847) 821-9000, 

6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr., (800) 999-8300,  Eli’s includes a bakery, visitors center, store, cafe and more. Take a tour of the plant where 20,000 cheesecakes are made every day. Taste one of 50 different flavors, and stock up with even more. XFree


Eskape Entertainment Facility, Buffalo Grove 

600 E. Grand Ave., (312) 595-PIER,  This historic maritime landmark includes 50 acres of promenades, gardens, shops, restaurants and entertainment options. Take a ride on the merry-go-round or the sky-scraping Ferris wheel, or stroll through the glass-enclosed Crystal Gardens. XFree

Fitness Center

301 Hastings Dr., (847) 941-9400,  Drive special racing carts and don red jumpsuits and helmets before taking to the road. Must be 18 or older to race, but facility has a viewing area, game room, bar and restaurant. Fee for racing. X  $

Navy Pier, Chicago 

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, (888) 893-7300,  Wander through the Rainbow Tunnel, Elevator Drop and the Mirror Maze. Help put out the Great Chicago Fire by finding and sounding the old-fashioned fire alarm in the Blaze Maze. Finish the great maze with the Lights over Chicago finale fireworks show. X  $


Chicago Indoor Racing, Buffalo Grove 

Bordered by Chicago River, Michigan Ave., and Congress Pkwy.,  The Loop is named after the elevated train, constructed in the 1880s, that circles the heart of downtown. Bustling sidewalks and impressive buildings house financial trading centers, historic department stores, cultural institutions and offices converted to residential lofts. F ree

7993 N. River Rd., (815) 234-8535,  An 11-in. Celestron reflecting telescope is available at the J. Weiskopf Observatory for public viewing and special programs. During the weekly viewing sessions, visitors see the planets, the moon and fainter objects in the sky. Call ahead to confirm viewing conditions. Free

Kirk Rd. at Pine St., (630) 840-3351,  See the site of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, where particles circle the four-mile ring 57,000 times each second. Prairiegrass areas, historic barns, self-guided tours and a bison herd. X  $

Hidden Cove Sportsplex Park, Bourbonnais 

Loop District, Chicago 

Weiskopf Observatory, Byron 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia 

70 Ken Hayes Dr., (815) 933-9150,  Hidden Cove Sportsplex hosts a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, basketball, soccer, miniature golf, bumper cars, miniature bowling and arcades are among the exciting features offered at the park. Check out the full-service pizza restaurant or the concession stand for a snack break.$

John Hancock Observatory & Skywalk, Chicago 

875 N. Michigan Ave., (888) 875-VIEW, (312) 751-3681,  Ride the 39-second elevator to the 94th-floor observatory for a panoramic view of Chicago, Lake Michigan and up to four surrounding states. Enjoy Skating in the Sky on the indoor rink. X  $

Long Grove Confectionery Company, Buffalo Grove 

Fabyan Dutch Windmill, Batavia 

Fabyan Forest Preserve on Rte. 25, (630) 232-5980  Admire one of the best examples of an authentic Dutch windmill in the U.S. The 68-ft. five-story working windmill was built by German  Donation  craftsman Louis Backhaus between 1850 and 1860. X

Walldog Murals, Belvidere 

dimensions. The IMAX levels of entertainment reach new heights,  $ awakening your senses and leaving you thoroughly entertained. X

Eskape Entertainment Facility: the perfect destination for events for all ages, from children’s birthday parties to bachelor and bachelorette celebrations. Notable features include an arcade, a newly added laser tag arena, innovative bowling experiences and a top-notch American  $ eatery, Grillworks. X

Stolp Ave. and Benton St., (630) 906-0654,  Sculpted by Christian Tobin, this kinetic water sculpture combines art with the laws of physics. You’ll be fascinated as you watch the giant stones rock, spin and swivel on a cushion of water. X  Free

Hotels Ramada Limited 520 S. Bolingbrook Dr., Bolingbrook


Country Inn and Suites 777 E. Grand Ave., Bensenville

(888) 201-1746 (630) 279-0100 Xo

Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Bloomingdale 275 Knollwood Dr., Bloomingdale

(800) 321-2211 (630) 529-9200 Xo


Fairfield Inn Kankakee Bourbonnais 1550 N. Rte. 50, Bradley/Bourbonnais

(888) 236-2427 (815) 935-1334 Xo

Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort 250 W. Schick Rd., Bloomingdale

(800) 334-3417 (630) 529-0200 Xd o


Hampton Inn 60 Ken Hayes Dr., Bradley/Bourbonnais

(800) HAMPTON (815) 932-8369 Xd o


Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Bloomingdale 295 Knollwood Dr., Bloomingdale

(800) 331-3131 (630) 893-9200 Xd o


Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 62 Ken Hayes Dr., Bradley/Bourbonnais

(800) 315-2621 (815) 932-4411 Xd o


Aloft Bolingbrook 500 N. Janes Ave., Bolingbrook

(877) 462-5638 (630) 410-6367 Xd o


Motel 6 1311 N. Rte. 50, Bradley/Bourbonnais

(800) 4-MOTEL6 (815) 933-2300 Xd o

AmericInn Bolingbrook 175 W. Remington Blvd., Bolingbrook

(800) 634-3444 (630) 378-5300 Xd o


Quality Inn & Suites 800 N. Kinzie Ave., Bradley/Bourbonnais

(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 939-3501 Xo

Hampton Inn & Suites Bolingbrook 165 Remington Blvd., Bolingbrook

(800) HAMPTON (630) 759-7100 Xo


Super 8 1390 N. Locke Dr., Bradley/Bourbonnais

(800) 800-8000 (815) 939-7888 Xd o

Holiday Inn & Suites 205 Remington Blvd., Bolingbrook

(800) 315-2621 (630) 679-1600 Xo


Days Inn 9625 S. 76th Ave., Bridgeview

(800) DAYS-INN (708) 430-1818 Xd

La Quinta Inn 225 W. S. Frontage Rd., Bolingbrook

(800) 531-5900 (630) 226-0000 Xd o


New Relax Inn 7336 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview

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Chicago & Beyond

James Watkins

(312) 875-9696,  Take an elevator to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower and find out. The trip includes the Chicago Experience, a seven-minute multi-image presentation movie. X  $

University of Chicago, Chicago 

Hyde Park, 5801 S. Ellis Ave., (773) 702-1234,  One of the nation’s most prestigious private educational institutions, the University of Chicago has been home to many Nobel Prize winners. The campus also contains architectural wonders, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Free

Whirlyball, Chicago 

1880 W. Fullerton Ave., (800) 894-4759,  A combination of hockey, basketball and lacrosse, Whirlyball is a competetive sport that proves to be difficult for even the best athletes. Slide around the court on an individual bumper car wth your team of five in a great attempt to outscore your opponents.$

Windy City ThunderBolts Baseball Club, Crestwood 

14011 S. Kenton Ave., (708) 489-2255,  Windy City ThunderBolts brings affordable family entertainment all summer long at Standard Bank Stadium. 2007 and 2008 Frontier League champions. X  $

Only in Illinois

Balmoral Park Racetrack, Crete 

Tucked in the center of Chicago’s Millennium Park, Cloud Gate, or “The Bean,” is one of the city’s most iconic attractions. Let your imagination and your camera run wild as you walk under the sculpture’s 12-foot-high arch, or just admire your reflection in this stainless steel, Anish Kapoor design.

26435 S. Dixie Hwy., (708) 672-1414,   $ Live horse racing takes place year-round. X

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb 

350 Normal Rd., (815) 753-1000,  Guided walking tours of the expansive campus depart from Williston Hall. Self-guided walking tours are also available. XFree

Rivers Casino, Des Plaines 

(800) WYNDHAM (847) 215-8883 Xo



Allegro Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel 171 W. Randolph St. at LaSalle St., Chicago

(800) 643-1500 (312) 236-0123 Xd



The Allerton Hotel 701 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(800) 227-6963 (312) 440-1500 Xd


Amalfi Hotel Chicago 20 W. Kinzie St., Chicago

(888) 262-5341 (312) 395-9000 Xd


SpringHill Suites  15 W 90 N. Frontage Rd., Burr Ridge

(888) 287-9400 (630) 323-7530 X


(815) 234-5544 d

(708) 385-9100 Xd

(708) 389-3440 

Hampton Inn Chicago/Carol Stream 5 W. North Ave., Carol Stream

(800) HAMPTON (630) 681-9200 Xd o

Holiday Inn & Suites 150 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream

(800) 315-2621 (630) 665-3000 X

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Amber Inn 3901 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago


Avenue Hotel & Suites Chicago 160 E. Huron St., Chicago


The Belden–Stratford 2300 Lincoln Park W., Chicago

$ $

Krape Park, Freeport 

1799 S. Park Blvd., (815) 235-6114,  It’s clear to see why the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association granted this park the “Outstanding Multi-use Facility” award: It offers a wide range of activites, from concerts under the stars and paddleboats in the summer to sledding and ice-skating in the winter. XFree


Plaza Inn 12710 S. Ashland Ave., Calumet Park

633 Clark St., (847) 491-3741,  Founded in 1851, this renowned institution, rich in history and architecture, is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. More than 150 historically significant and interesting sites on campus, including the Arch, University Hall, the Arts Circle and the University Library, are  Free featured in various walking tours. X

(800) 425-4005 (630) 325-2900 X

Heritage Inn 12808 S. Ashland Ave., Calumet Park

Northwestern University, Evanston 

(800) 367-7701 (312) 787-6000 Xd

Quality Inn & Conference Center 300 S. Frontage Rd., Burr Ridge

(877) BAYMONT (708) 891-2900 Xd o

Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin 

250 S. Grove Ave., (847) 468-7000,  Excitement on a grand scale includes 1,200 gaming positions in 80,000 sq. ft. The pavilion offers three restaurants, a sports bar and grill, and a visitors center. XFree

Affinia Chicago Hotel 166 E. Superior St., Chicago

(800) 528-1234 (708) 497-3000 Xo

Baymont Inn & Suites 510 E. End Ave., Calumet City

601 Dundee Ave., (847) 426-6751,  This park with carnival rides, a petting zoo and seasonal events  $ encourages kids and families to play and learn. X


Best Western–Midway Airport 8220 S. Cicero Ave., Burbank

BlackHawk’s Trail Lodge 10723 Rte. 2 N., Byron

Santa’s Village Azoosment Park, East Dundee 


Wyndham Garden Hotel 900 W. Lake Cook Rd., Buffalo Grove

Lincoln Statue, Dixon 

Lincoln Statue Dr. between Dixon’s two bridges, Galena and Peoria, (815) 284-1134,  This statue depicts 23-year-old Abraham Lincoln in military uniform when he was a volunteer in the Black Hawk Indian War of 1832. Free

Fitness Center

(800) 800-8000 (708) 458-8008 X

106 W. River St., (815) 284-3496,  Visit the Dixon Welcome Center for area tourist information, brochures and maps, Dixon gifts and souvenirs, and the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition interpretive exhibit. Browse for unique gift items and Illinois products. X  Free


Super 8–Bridgeview 7887 W. 79th St., Bridgeview



Fitness Center


3000 S. River Rd., (888) 307-0777, (847) 795-0777,  Start winning at Chicagoland’s newest world-class gaming destination. Be sure to catch live entertainment and amazing dining options when you need a break from playing your heart out. XFree

Dixon Welcome Center, Dixon 

(773) 285-1000 X (312) 787-2900 Xd o



(800) 800-8301 (773) 281-2900 X


Best Western Grant Park Hotel 1100 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(800) 528-1234 (312) 922-2900 Xo


Best Western Hawthorne Terrace 3434 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago

(888) 800-7615 (773) 244-3434 X



Best Western inn & Suites Midway 8220 S. Cicero Ave, Chicago

(800) 528-1234 (708) 497-3000 Xo



Carlton Inn Midway 4944 S. Archer Ave., Chicago

(877) 722-7586 (773) 582-0900 Xd



• $=under $100 • $$=$100–$199 • $$$=$200–$299 • $$$$=$300 and up

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Harrah’s Joliet Casino, Joliet 

151 N. Joliet St., (800) HARRAHS, (815) 740-7800,  Step into a world of casino excitement and experience the thrill of gaming in Chicagoland. Voted Best Slot Club and Best Service by Casino Magazine, Harrah’s Joliet is also adjacent to a hotel. X  Free

Historic Geneva Step-On Tours, Geneva 

(630) 232-6060, Discover Geneva’s historic districts, from refurbished downtown storefronts to the dozens of treasured Third Street Victorian homes that now house more than 100 unique specialty shops and quaint eateries. X$

Joliet Slammers, Joliet 

1 Mayor Art Schultz Dr., (815) 722-2287,  Watch this Frontier League baseball team. Affordable family  $ entertainment May–Sept. X

Kane County Cougars Baseball, Geneva 

Elfstrom Stadium, 34W002 Cherry Lane, (630) 232-8815,  Spend an afternoon or evening cheering on the Cougars, Kane County’s professional minor league baseball team. The Class A team affiliate of the Kansas City Royals plays Apr.–Sept. X  $

About Tours, Glen Ellyn 

Kankakee County Speedway, Kankakee

3886 Rte. 45/52, (815) 935-9000, Kankakee Motor Speedway’s dirt track has seasonal stock-car racing, including UMP Late Models, UMP Modified, UMP Street Stocks or the I-Mods. X  $

LaSalle Canal Boat & Lock 16 Visitor Center, LaSalle 

460 N. Main St., (630) 545-0904,  Tour Chicago and the surrounding area with an expert guide. X  $

Sears Centre Arena, Hoffman Estates 

5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy., (847) 649-2270,  An 11,000-seat multipurpose family entertainment, cultural and sports center. X  $

Chicagoland Speedway/Route 66 Raceway, Joliet 

754 1st St., (815) 220-1848,  The LaSalle Canal Boat is two blocks south of the visitors center at Rte. 351 and the I&M Canal. Visitors board a mule-pulled 1848-replica canal boat for a one-hour ride on the I&M Canal with period-costumed interpreters. Enjoy a bite to eat and explore the offerings at the Lock 16 Visitor Center.$

Hollywood Casino & Hotel, Joliet 

4503 Interstate Blvd., (815) 885-2255,  The Riverhawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league. X  $

Rockford Speedway, Loves Park 

9572 Forest Hills Rd., (815) 633-1500,  Exciting NASCAR stock-car races and novelty races take place Apr.–Oct. X  $

Machesney Park Raceway, Machesney Park 

1220 Shappert Dr., (815) 282-1311  This raceway is known as the quarter-scale race capital of the Midwest and is home to the Midwest Quarter Scale Tri-State Nationals. X$

Sycamore Speedway, Maple Park 

50W086 Old State Road, (815) 895-9712,  A great location if you want to race your car or bring the whole family out to experience a racing event. X  $

Maywood Park Racetrack, Melrose Park 

LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle 

Stagecoach Trail, Lena 

27341 Ridgeland Avenue, (708) 534-8499,  Monee Reservoir is a 46-acre fishing lake. Boat rentals for on-water fishing. XFree

Off U.S. Hwy. 20, near Lena, (800) 369-2955,  Drive the scenic route from Lena to Galena along an old stagecoach route. You’ll pass by Charles Mound, the state’s highest natural point, and Waddams Hill, which overlooks battlegrounds of the Black Hawk War. Free

Lincolnshire Marriott Resort and Theatre, Lincolnshire 

Moser Tower & Millennium Carillon Visitors Center, Naperville

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile 540 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(800) 228-1265 (312) 836-0100 Xo


Dana Hotel & Spa 660 N. State St., Chicago

Chicago’s Essex Inn 800 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(800) 621-6909 (312) 939-2800 Xo


Days Inn Lincoln Park North 644 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago

Chicago South Loop Hotel 933 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago

(773) 404-3400 X


Doubletree Chicago Hotel Magnificent Mile 300 E. Ohio St., Chicago

Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown 15 E. Ohio St., Chicago

(888) 775-4111 (312) 894-0900 X


Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown Lakefront 511 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago



Comfort Suites Michigan Ave./Loop 320 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(312) 376-1887 X



443 W. Aurora Ave., 630-848-3611,  The 14-story tower and recital location for many talented local carillonneurs is a majestic attraction. With fascinating views of the Naperville cityscape, the open-air observation deck will take your breath away.$

Fitness Center

10 Marriott Dr., (800) 228-9290, (847) 634-0200, 

Monee Reservoir, Monee


777 Hollywood Blvd., (888) 436-7737, (815) 744-9400,  Experience exciting casino action at Hollywood Casino, which features more than 1,100 popular slot and video poker machines and table gambling. X  $

Rockford Riverhawks, Loves Park 

8600 W. North Ave., (708) 343-4800,  Since 1946, Maywood Park has proudly entertained Chicagoland’s harness-racing fans with fun and exciting racing action on America’s fastest half-mile track. X$

578 E. U.S. Hwy. 6, (815) 223-6900,  Drivers compete in thrilling side-by-side stock-car racing on Mid-America’s 1⁄4-mile dirt oval track.$

500 Speedway Blvd., (815) 722-5500,,  The Speedway’s 1.5-mile track hosts Nationwide races plus the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Catch exciting NHRA Nationals drag races at the Raceway. X$

Enjoy swimming, racquetball, tennis, a championship-caliber golf course and an award-winning theater presenting Broadway shows  $ and children’s productions. X


(312) 642-3262 Xd

(888) LPN-DAYS (773) 525-7010 Xo


1160 W. Empire St., (800) 369-2955,  Baseball fans will enjoy visiting this highly accurate, small-scale Wrigley Field replica.$

Fitness Center

Little Cubs Field, Freeport 




(800) EMBASSY (312) 836-5900 Xo


Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago–Downtown 600 N. State St., Chicago

(866) 866-8098 (312) 943-3800 Xo



(312) 787-6100 Xo

Congress Plaza Hotel & Conference Center 520 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(800) 635-1666 (312) 427-3800 X


Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown 216 E. Ontario St., Chicago

(888) 236-2427 (312) 787-3777 

Conrad Chicago 521 N. Rush St., Chicago

(800) 705-7129 (312) 645-1500 Xd


The Fairmont Hotel 200 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago

(800) 526-2008 (312) 565-8000 Xd


Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown 30 E. Hubbard St., Chicago

(800) 321-2211 (312) 329-2500 Xo


The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago

(800) 332-3442 (312) 280-8800 Xd o


Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile 165 E. Ontario St., Chicago

(800) 321-2211 (312) 573-0800 Xo


Four Points Sheraton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile 630 N. Rush St., Chicago

(888) 627-7088 (312) 981-6600 Xo



Four Points Sheraton Midway 7353 S. Cicero Ave., Chicago

(800) 325-3535 (773) 581-5300 Xo



Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown 33 W. Illinois St., Chicago

(800) HAMPTON (312) 832-0330 Xo


The Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro 733 W. Madison St., Chicago Crowne Plaza Chicago–The Silversmith 10 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago

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the Illinois waterway features displays on the river, canal and transportation history, along with information on boating and water safety. A wildlife viewing site hosts bald eagles in the winter. XFree

7 Oakbrook Center, (630) 575-8744,  Pinstripes features exceptional Italian/American food and wine, bowling, bocce ball, outdoor patio and fireplace, and banquet space that accommodates 20–600 for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, anniversaries and more! X  $

Blackhawk Chocolate Trail, Polo 

Various locations, (800) 678-2108,  Savor sweet treats as you meander through a four-county area of northwest Illinois. Stops along the trail offer amazing confections.$

Heart of Oak Park Walking Tour, Oak Park 

1010 Lake St., (708) 848-1500,  Take a self-guided, state-of-the-art walking tour through the heart of Oak Park. View the exteriors of more than 15 painted ladies, see the evolution of architecture from the early Victorian period to the Prairie  $ School to Art Deco. X

Riverside Landscape, Riverside 

Architectural District, Village of Riverside,  (708) 442-7675,  Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the famed landscape architect who designed New York City’s Central Park, the entire Village of Riverside was designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its role as one of the country’s first planned suburban communities.  Free X

Oak Park Conservatory, Oak Park 

615 Garfield St., (708) 386-4700,  Discover this botanical gem, where you’ll find fern, tropical and desert greenhouses. See birds, fish and turtles, too. X  Donation

Rochelle Railroad Park, Rochelle 

Tempel Lipizzans, Old Mill Creek 

124 N. 9th St., (815) 562-7031, gift shop: (815) 561-1231,  Rochelle Railroad Park was the first park in the nation built just for visitors to see operating trains. Now, the railroad sees 80–90 trains a day, hauling millions of tons of merchandise combined. See the original railroad, generators and the Whitcomb locomotive. Donation

17000 Wadsworth Rd., (847) 623-7272,  Watch the famous Lipizzan stallions of Tempel Farms perform their  $ intricate ballet. X

Lorado Taft’s Black Hawk Statue, Oregon 

Lowden State Park, 1411 N. River Rd., (815) 732-6828,  Lorado Taft created this 50-ft.-tall tribute to Native Americans, which presides over the Rock River. It’s dubbed “Black Hawk” in honor of the great Sauk leader and is one of his most famous statues. The park offers boating and canoeing. X  Free

Standard Oil Filling Station, Rochelle 

500 Lincoln Ave., (815) 562-7031,  The first gasoline filling station in Rochelle, the Standard Oil Filling Station features travel memorabilia, vintage artifacts, 1918 pumps and more. Now serving as the visitors center for Rochelle, the filling station is a little piece of the city’s interesting history. Free

Pride of Oregon, Oregon 

1469 Rte. 2 N., (800) 468-4222, (815) 732-6761,  Take a ride on an authentic paddle-wheel boat with 102 ft. of elegance. Enjoy music, cocktails, dancing and fine dining. Sightseeing and dinner cruises are available. X$

Forest City Queen and Trolley #36, Rockford 

Heart o’ Chicago Motel 5990 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago

(866) 966-5166 (312) 345-1000 Xd

Chicago Wolves Hockey, Rosemont 

Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd.,  (800) THEWOLVES,  Experience a ferocious and exciting game of the Chigago Wolves hockey team, which will stop at nothing to beat their opponents. Starting at just $10 per ticket, games are an affordable way to spend a day with the family or friends.$

Legoland Discovery Center, Schaumburg 

The Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Rd., (866) 929-8111, (847) 592-9700,  Legoland Discovery Center welcomes you on a journey through a colorful and creative Lego world where interaction, family fun and learning go hand-in-hand. Features 14 great attractions, including The Factory Tour, Miniland Chicago and The Jungle Expedition. X  $

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, Schaumburg 

2001 N. Roselle Rd., (847) 843-3900,  Eat and be merry as you cheer on the knights on horseback during this


Hard Rock Hotel 230 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(312) 332-5052 X

Allstate Arena, Rosemont 

6920 N. Mannheim Rd., (847) 635-6601,  Catch the world’s top musical performers, exciting sports and funfor-everyone family entertainment. Regular performances include Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney On Ice, DePaul University basketball, Wolves professional hockey and Chicago Rush arena football. X$

Fitness Center

Hampton Majestic Chicago Theater District 22 W. Monroe St., Chicago



4007 E. State St., (815) 398-2300,  Arlington Park, Calder Racecourse, Churchill Downs, Hollywood Park, Hoosier Park and more are brought to you. Simulcast racing from the best thoroughbred and harness tracks across the country. X  Free


Illinois Waterway Visitors Center, Ottawa 

Rte. 1 at Dee Bennett Rd., (815) 667-4054,  This visitors center overlooking an operating lock and dam on

Trackside Off-Track Betting, Rockford 

Fitness Center

Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison St., (815) 987-8894,  Cruise the scenic Rock River aboard the Forest City Queen, or ride an open-air trolley car along the river through the beautiful Sinnissippi Gardens. Dining cruises available on the Forest City Queen. X  $

Rockford IceHogs, Rockford 

300 Elm St., (815) 986-6465,  The Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League are affiliated  $ with the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. X


Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown 40 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

(800) 225-5466 (312) 644-2222 Xo



Hotel 71 71 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago

(800) 621-4005 (312) 346-7100 Xd





(773) 271-9181 X


Pinstripes, Oak Brook 



Hotel Blake 500 S. Dearborn St., Chicago

(312) 986-1234 Xd

Hilton Chicago 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(800) 445-8667 (312) 922-4400 Xd o


Hotel Burnham 1 W. Washington St., Chicago

(877) 294-9712 (312) 782-1111 Xd

Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport O’Hare International Airport, Chicago

(800) 445-8667 (773) 686-8000 Xd o


Hotel Cass, a Holiday Inn Express Hotel 640 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago

(800) 227-7850 (312) 787-4030 X

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Chicago 10 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

(877) 865-5298 (312) 595-0000 Xo


Hotel Felix Chicago 111 W. Huron St., Chicago

Hilton Suites Chicago–Magnificent Mile 198 E. Delaware Place, Chicago

(800) 222-8733 (312) 664-1100 Xo


Hotel Indigo Chicago 1244 N. Dearborn Pkwy., Chicago


Hotel Monaco 225 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago

(800) 397-7661 (312) 960-8500 Xd


Hotel Palomar Chicago 505 N. State St., Chicago

(877) 731-0505  X (877) 569-3742 (312) 245-0333 Xd

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza 350 W. Mart Center Dr., Chicago Holiday Inn Chicago Midway 6624 S. Cicero Ave., Chicago Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Downtown 506 W. Harrison St., Chicago Holiday Inn O’Hare Chicago Area 5615 N. Cumberland Ave., Chicago

(312) 836-5000 Xo

(708) 563-6490 X (312) 957-9100 Xo


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Hotel Sax Chicago 333 N. Dearborn St., Chicago


Howard Johnson Inn 720 N. LaSalle St., Chicago

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WhirlyBall, Vernon Hills 

11th-century-style medieval banquet, complete with sword fights and jousts in a climate-controlled castle. X  $

Schaumburg Boomers, Schaumburg 

1999 Springinsguth Rd., (847) 461-3695,  Enjoy wholesome, inexpensive family entertainment at one of Illinois’ professional minor league baseball facilities. X  $

Exploritorium, Skokie 

4701 Oakton St., (847) 674-1500 Ext. 2700,  Rated as the Best Rainy Day Activity Site by Chicago Magazine in 2002, the Exploritorium is a place where children and adults can explore together through interactive play. X  $

Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit 

15538 Prairie Rd., (815) 389-2000,  Enjoy sports car events, autocross, motorcycle and go-cart races. X  $

St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats, St. Charles 

Pottawatomie Park, (630) 584-2334,  Cruise the scenic Fox River as Mark Twain might have in the 1800s. Ride one of the double-decker paddle wheelers, replicas of steamboats that ran on the river a century ago. Daily cruises  $ and group charters run May through mid-Oct. X

Donley’s Wild West Town, Union 

8512 S. Union Rd., (815) 923-9000,  Visit an Old West town complete with mock gunfights, blacksmith shop, gold mine and jail. Check out the cowboy display, antique phonograph collection, vintage movies and photos. Take a pony ride and stop by the ice-cream parlor. X  $

Belle of the Rock, Utica 

Latitude 42, Warrenville 

28250 Diehl Rd.,  This 35,000-square-foot entertainment complex includes dining, bowling and the Latitude LIVE performance theater. X  $

Lyon Farm and Village, Yorkville 

Rte. 71 south of Oswego, (630) 553-6777,  Tour 15 original historic structures: a farmhouse, school, town hall, train depot, caboose, blacksmith shop, general store and more.$

Raging Waves Waterpark, Yorkville 

4000 N. Bridge St., (630) 882-6575,  This Australian-themed water park features the Great Barrier Reef Wavepool, Kookaburra Kreek, a lazy river ride and many exciting water slides.$

Orchards & Farms

The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Caledonia 

3178 Rte. 173, (815) 765-2587,  This dairy barn is full of spooktacular gifts, costumes and home-decorating ideas. Stop by for treats such jams, honey and fresh-baked doughnuts daily. The grounds feature a haunted shed, challenging corn maze, face painting, pony rides, food and more. Open mid-Sept. through Oct. XFree

Dollinger Family Farm, Channahon 

811 E. State St., (815) 332-9696  Pick raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Enjoy several varieties of apples, pure cider, doughnuts, honey, jams, pumpkins and more. Free

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, Crest Hill 

17250 S. Weber Rd., (815) 741-2693,  Home of Pumpkinfest Fall Festival, play lands, corn maze, new fun attractions, gem mining and Statesville Haunted Prison. Siegel’s Garden Center is famous for its extra-sweet corn. Find flowers, shrubs  $ and plants all year long. X

Yeager’s Farm Market, DeKalb

14643 Rte. 38, (815) 756-6005,  The farm market has always offered customers a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables and has a tremendous reputation for its bicolor sweet corn. Kids will enjoy our Harvest Playland where, they can explore a corn maze, petting zoo, wooden castle and more! Pick your own pumpkin in the fall. X  $

Heritage Prairie Farm, Elburn 

2N308 Brundige Rd., (630) 443-5989,  The Farmers Market is home to a variety of products such as raw and infused honey and organic produce. X  Free

Wagner Farm, Glenview 

1510 Wagner Rd., (847) 657-1506,  Wagner Farm is an 18.6-acre farm preserved for the educational and recreational enjoyment of all. See how bread was made in a wood cookstove, hear a rooster marking time or milk a cow! Take part in a genuine American farm. X  Free

Boggio’s Orchard & Produce, Granville 

12087 Rte. 71, (815) 339-2245,  Fresh vegetables, bakery, fudge, jar products, u-pick apples and pumpkins. Petting zoo, corn maze, pedal cars and food stands. Free

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch, Hampshire 



Fitness Center


42W813 Reinking Rd., (847) 464-5952, 

Fitness Center

7420 E. Hansel Rd., (815) 467-6766,  Take the family to this farm to enjoy the fall decorations, farm animals, petting zoo, hayrides, corn maze, honey products available for purchase and haunted barn, which is open during the Halloween season.$

Valley Orchard, Cherry Valley 


Starved Rock State Park, Rte. 178, exit 81,  (815) 434-9200,  Take a narrated tour on this authentic paddlewheeler at Starved Rock State Park. The 45-minute tour offers beautiful views of the park from the Illinois River. Canoe and kayak rentals also available. X  $

285 Center Dr., (800) 894-4759,  A combination of hockey, basketball and lacrosse, Whirlyball is a competetive sport that proves to be difficult for even the best athletes. Slide around the court on an individual bumper car wth your team of five in a great attempt to outscore your opponents.$

Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago

(800) 233-1234 (312) 565-1234 X


Omni Ambassador East 1301 N. State Pkwy., Chicago

(800) 843-6664 (312) 787-7200 Xd o


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 2233 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago

(800) 233-1234 (312) 567-1234 Xo


Omni Chicago Hotel 676 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(800) 843-6664 (312) 944-6664 Xd o


Inn at Lincoln Park 601 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago

(866) 774-PARK (773) 348-2810 X


Palmer House Hilton 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago

(800) 445-8667 (312) 726-7500 Xd


Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile 162 E. Ohio St. at Michigan Ave., Chicago

(800) 557-2378 (312) 787-3100 X


Park Hyatt Chicago 800 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(800) 778-7477 (312) 335-1234 Xd o


InterContinental Chicago 505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(800) 327-0200 (312) 944-4100 Xd o


Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel 221 N. Columbus Dr., Chicago

Majestic Hotel 528 W. Brompton, Chicago

(800) 727-5108 (773) 404-3499 


Radisson Hotel and Suites  160 E. Huron St., Chicago

(800) 333-3333 (312) 787-2900 Xd o

Marriott Chicago at the Medical District/UIC 625 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago

(800) 356-3644 (312) 491-1234 X


(708) 594-5500 Xo

Raphael Hotel 201 E. Delaware Place, Chicago

(800) 983-7870 (312) 943-5000 X


(312) 645-1500 Xd o

Ramada Lake Shore 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago

(800) 237-4933 (773) 288-5800 Xo


Ramada Plaza Hotel Chicago O'Hare 5615 N. Cumberland Ave., Chicago


Renaissance Chicago Hotel 1 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago


Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Hotel 8500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago


Marriott Chicago Midway 6520 S. Cicero Ave., Chicago Le Meridien Chicago 520 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel 163 E. Walton Place, Chicago Ohio House Motel 600 N. LaSalle St., Chicago

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Mary’s Berries, Momence 

9495 E. 1500 N., (815) 472-6015  Call for the latest picking conditions or to place your order. Berries include strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and black raspberries. Bring containers for taking home u-pick berries.$

Von Bergen’s Country Market, Hebron 

Basu Natural Farms, Pembroke Township 

9805 Rte. 173, (815) 648-2332,  The market features farm-fresh produce and hosts a fall festival each year with wagon rides, entertainment, children’s activities, corn maze and farm zoo. X  Free

13643 E. 2000 S. Rd., (815) 295-7357, (815)944-8211,  Organic produce with a wide variety of personal-care and culinary items. Clients visiting the farm may also visit the Basu Farms Store and Museum.$

Lambs Farm, Libertyville 

Edwards Apple Orchard, Poplar Grove 

14245 W. Rockland Rd., (847) 362-4636,  Lambs Farm is a vocational-training center for adults with mental disabilities adults who live and work on-site. The farm welcomes visitors to the Country Inn Restaurant, petting zoo, miniature golf course, country shops and the area’s largest pet shop. X  $

7061 Centerville Rd., (815) 765-2234  Enjoy 10,000+ apple trees, tractor-drawn wagon rides, an apple barn and the cider cellar, where apple cider and doughnuts are served daily. Second location in Winnebago. Open Sept. through Nov.$

Jonamac Orchard, Malta 

Didier Farms, Prairie View 

19412 Shabbona Rd., (815) 825-2158,  Enjoy the horse drawn hay rides, 10 acre corn maze (Beginning Labor Day Weekend), kid’s activity area with a barn, bale pile, tractor cab and more. Pick your own apples from any of our nearly 5,000 trees (Begins late August). X  $

16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., (847) 634-3291,  May and June bring flowers, vegetables, bedding plants and hanging baskets. Enjoy vegetables and specialty items July–Oct., plus festivities around Halloween. XFree

Curran’s Orchard, Rockford 

Kuipers Family Farm, Maple Park 

6385 Kilburn Ave., (815) 963-7848,  Find more than a dozen varieties of apples, cherries and raspberries. Enjoy a glass-sided beehive, petting corral, pony rides, straw-bale maze, autumn crafts and hayrides.$

1N318 Watson Rd., (815) 827-5200,  Kuipers Family Farm is a 230 acre entertainment farm. U-Pick Apple Orchard September thru October. Orchard Store is open thru Mid-December offering apples, pasteurized apple cider, our famous cider donuts, home baked pies, cream & butter fudge  $ & country gifts and goodies. X

Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, Schaumburg 


Hotels Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile 201 E. Walton Place, Chicago Residence Inn Chicago Downtown River North 410 N. Dearborn St., Chicago The Ritz-Carlton Chicago 160 E. Pearson St., Chicago River Hotel 75 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago

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Norton Farm, St. Charles 

39W369 Rt. 64, (630) 377-8118,  Norton’s offers fresh produce, perennials, herbs and vegetables, and  Free seasonal events. X

Primrose Farm, St. Charles 

5N726 Crane Rd., (630) 513-4370,  Primrose in a 1930s living history farm with a farmhouse, barns, livestock, discovery trail, orchard and picnic pavilion.XFree

Johnson’s Family Farm, Sycamore 

1765 W. State St., (815) 895-3752,  Come find that perfect pumpkin in the farm and get lost in the  $ challenging corn maze. X

Forest View Farms, Tinley Park 

16717 S. Lockwood Ave., (708) 560-0306  Trail rides, hayrides, pony parties and petting zoo.$

Honey Hill Orchard, Waterman 

11747 Waterman Rd., (815) 264-3337,  Pick Your Own & Roadside Market. Fresh apples, raspberries, pumpkins, apple juice, donuts, pies and candy for sale. X  $


Stade Dairy Farm, McHenry 

3709 Miller Rd., (815) 675-6396, 

Richardson Farm and Corn Maze, Spring Grove 

9407 Richardson Rd., (815) 675-9729,  The Richardsons provide a family experience with pedal carts, kids’ maze, picnic area, 50-ft. slide, observation tower and one of the largest corn mazes in the world. X$

Fitness Center

1111 E. Schaumburg Rd., (847) 985-2100,  Stroll the many walking trails spread over 135 acres. Also visit the log cabin and 1880 Heritage Farm, a working farm with live animals and history exhibits. X  Free

40 W. Higgins Rd., (847) 428-6727,  Home to the highly celebrated fall festival, Goebbert’s Farm is a town gem. When not harvesting and selling pumpkins, the farm focuses on greenhouse growing and farming vegetables that are sold to local stores. Don’t miss “Happy Jack,” the farm’s 15-ft.-tall fiberglass pumpkin and landmark.$


Travelodge Hotel Downtown 65 E. Harrison St., Chicago


Tremont Hotel 100 E. Chestnut St., Chicago


W–Chicago City Center 172 W. Adams St., Chicago

(888) 625-5144 (312) 332-1200 Xd



W–Chicago Lakeshore 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago

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(312) 357-9900 X

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15908 Hebron Rd., (815) 648-4141,  U-Pick and fresh-picked produce, featuring more than 10,000 apple trees with 24 varieties, plus peaches, raspberries and fall pumpkin fest. Includes apple house, market, bakery, country restaurant, wagon tours of orchard, carousel, train ride and petting zoo. X  Free

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm and Garden Center, South Barrington 

Fitness Center

Royal Oak Farm, Harvard 

U-Pick and fresh-picked produce and fruits. Shades of Autumn festival features pumpkins, food, crafts, entertainment, corn maze, pumpkin cannon and wagon rides. X$


Ride the wagon out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own. Visit the petting zoo, country kitchen, corn maze, haunted barn and more. X  $


Seneca Hotel 200 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

(800) 800-6261 (312) 787-8900 X


Waldorf Astoria 11 E. Walton, Chicago

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers 301 N. Water St., Chicago

(877) 242-2558 (312) 464-1000 Xd o


The Westin Chicago River North 320 N. Dearborn St., Chicago

(800) 937-8461 (312) 744-1900 Xd


Sofitel Chicago Water Tower 20 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

(877) 813-7700 (312) 324-4000 Xd


Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel 909 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

(888) 627-8385 (312) 943-7200 Xd



The Whitehall Hotel 105 E. Delaware Place, Chicago

(800) 948-4255 (312) 944-6300 Xd


(800) 787-3108 (773) 528-8400 

Springhill Suites Downtown/River North 410 N. Dearborn St., Chicago

(312) 644-4071 Xo

The Sutton Place Hotel 21 E. Bellevue Place, Chicago

(866) 3-SUTTON (312) 266-2100 Xd


The Willows Hotel–City Inns 555 W. Surf St., Chicago

Swissotel Chicago 323 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago

(888) 737-9477 (312) 565-0565 Xo


theWit 201 N. State St., Chicago

The Talbott Hotel 20 E. Delaware Place, Chicago

(800) 825-2688 (312) 944-4970 Xo


Wyndham Hotel Chicago 633 N. St. Clair St., Chicago

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(312) 467-0200 Xo

(800) 996-3426 (312) 573-0300 Xo




• $=under $100 • $$=$100–$199 • $$$=$200–$299 • $$$$=$300 and up

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More Than Delicious Orchard, Woodstock 

ThunderHawk Golf Course, Beach Park 

39700 N. Lewis Ave., (847) 968-4295,  ThunderHawk is a par-72 course with 243 acres of forest, marsh and prairie. Corporate or private outings and full tournament groups of up to 144 players.$

Woodstock Country Orchard, Woodstock 

17015 Garden Valley, (815) 923-4359,  With a variety of apples such as Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious and Honeycrisp, Woodstock Country Orchard is the perfect place to take the family to pick apples and spend the day. $ 

Date Night!

Swanhills Golf Course, Belvidere 

2600 Gustafson Rd., (815) 547-3232  Featuring three sets of tees for different skill levels, the public Swan Hills Golf Course is the perfect destination for all levels of golfers. The course offers 6,359 yards of golf from the longest tees.$


The brand-new MB Financial Park at Rosemont is an adult playground for every season. Featuring a lively bar and restaurant atmosphere with live music, the Park also has an outdoor courtyard perfect for movies in the summer and ice skating in the winter.

Oak Meadows Golf & Banquet, Addison 

White Pines Golf Club & Banquets, Bensenville 

900 N. Wood Dale Rd., (630) 595-0071,  Golfers enjoy classic play on this tree-lined, 18-hole course built in the 1920s. The Tudor-style cluhouse is perfect for weddings and other events. X$

500 W. Jefferson St., (630) 766-0304,  These links have been a favorite among Chicagoland golfers since 1928. Two meticulously maintained 18-hole courses cover 240 alluring acres.$

Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale 

Golf Club of Illinois, Algonquin 

Edwards Apple Orchard West, Winnebago 

8218 Cemetary Rd., (815) 963-2261  Edwards orchard has a variety of apples, cider, apple-cider donuts and pie, plus a play area and petting zoo for the kids.$

All Season Farm & Orchard, Woodstock 

14510 Rte. 176, (815) 338-5637,  Apples abound at this orchard, featuring more than 10,000 apple trees of 12 varieties. Visit the farm market and zoo or take a hayride. Free

Homestead Orchard, Woodstock 

Enjoy golf in summer, and downhill skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Fine dining in the country club is a treat.$

9905 Thompson Rd., (815) 338-2309,  Family owned and operated, the More than Delicious Orchard offers a quaint, friendly environment for visitors. With dozens of varieties of fruit, the orchard is as abundant as it is beautiful.$

1575 Edgewood Dr., (847) 658-4400,  Set in beautiful Algonquin, the Golf Club of Illinois adds a scenic landscape to a popular pastime. Split into two, the 18 holes represent the Front Nine and the Back Nine. Be sure to take some practice shots, as the course’s difficulty starts off strong.$

Bolingbrook Golf Club, Bolingbrook 

2001 Rodeo Dr., (630) 771-9400,  Test your skills and patience on this award-winning course. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing meal at The Nest restaurant.$

Arlington Lakes Golf Club, Arlington Heights 

1211 S. New Wilke Rd., (847) 577-3030,  Arlington Lakes Golf Club, located in the heart of the northwest suburbs of Chicago, offers rich, luscious greenery and a challenging 18-hole course.$

Chalet Hills Golf Club, Cary 

943 Rawson Bridge Rd., (847) 639-4540,  Chalet Hills Golf Club is a picturesque paradise for lovers of golf. This championship course is nestled among scenic lakes and ponds and majestic hardwood trees. The bar and grill at the club is the perfect place for a relaxing lunch break.$

Orchard Valley Golf Course, Aurora 

2411 W. Illinois Ave., (630) 907-0500,  Take a swing at one of Chicagoland’s top five courses. This par-72 course features natural hazards such as wetlands, lakes and waterfalls.$

Heritage Bluffs Golf Club, Channahon 

Villa Olivia Golf Course; Ski Area and Country Club, Bartlett 

24355 W. Bluff Rd., (815) 467-7888,  This highly awarded course is placed on 166 rolling, wooded acres. Fitness Center


(800) HAMPTON (708) 597-3330 Xd o


Residence Inn by Marriott 530 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield

(800) 331-3131 (847) 940-4644 Xd o


Comfort Inn 595 E. Tracy Trail, Crystal Lake

(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 444-0040 Xd o


Baymont Inn & Suites 1314 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb


Country Inn & Suites 600 E. Tracy Trail, Crystal Lake

(800) 456-4000 (815) 477-3500 Xo


(877) BAYMONT (815) 748-4800 Xd o

Best Western DeKalb Inn & Suites 1212 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb



(800) 780-7234 (815) 758-8661 Xd o

Super 8 800 W. Fairview Dr., DeKalb


(800) 800-8000 (815) 748-4688 Xd o

Travel Inn 1116 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb


Best Western Des Plaines Inn  1231 Lee St., Des Plaines


Crystal Lake Holiday Inn & Conference Center 800 S. Rte. 31, Crystal Lake Super 8 577 Crystal Point Dr., Crystal Lake Hampton Inn & Suites 21660 W. Lake Cook Rd., Deer Park

(800) 315-2621 (815) 477-7000 Xd o

(800) 800-8000 (815) 455-2388 Xd (847) 726-0500 Xo


Hampton Inn 13330 S. Cicero Ave., Crestwood



1401 W. Lake Rd., (630) 289-1000,  Fitness Center

11802 Charles Rd., (815) 338-7443,  This quiet country orchard features 20 varieties of apples, pie cherries, red raspberries and pears. Sit under one of the oldest McHenry County maple trees or browse the 1880 horse barn turned gift shop.$

250 W. Schick Rd., (630) 529-6466,  These two championship courses are among the most challenging in the Midwest. Reservations recommended; soft spikes and collared shirts required. Practice net and greens are available. X  $



(815) 756-3398 Xd o


(847) 297-2100 X


Courtyard by Marriott 800 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield

(800) 321-2211 (847) 940-8222 Xo


Comfort Inn O’Hare 2175 E. Touhy Ave., Des Plaines

(877) 4-CHOICE (847) 635-1300 Xd


Embassy Suites Chicago­–North Shore 1445 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield

(800) EMBASSY (847) 945-4500 Xo


Courtyard by Marriott Chicago O’Hare 2950 S. River Rd., Des Plaines

(800) 321-2211 (847) 824-7000 Xo


Hyatt Deerfield 1750 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield

(800) 233-1234 (847) 945-3400 Xo


Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O’Hare 2930 S. River Rd., Des Plaines

Marriott Suites Deerfield 2 Parkway N., Deerfield

(800) 228-9290 (847) 405-9666 Xd o


Radisson Hotel Chicago O’Hare Airport 1450 E. Touhy Ave., Des Plaines

(800) 333-3333 (847) 296-8866 Xd o

Red Roof Inn 340 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield

(800) RED-ROOF (847) 205-1755 Xd


Best Western Reagan Hotel 443 Rt. 2, Dixon

(800) 528-1234 (815) 284-1890 X

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offering a challenging mix of traditional and links-type holes for the weekend golfer or serious golfer. X  $

Golf Center Des Plaines, Des Plaines 

353 N. River Rd., (847) 803-4653,  Practice your game in this three-story outdoor heated driving range with 80 stations, automatic tee-up system, lighted par-3 golf course, putting greens, pro shop and dining facilities.$

Hughes Creek Golf Course, Elburn 

1749 Spring Valley Dr., (630) 365-9200,  This 18-hole course features a putting green, pro shop, clubhouse, lounge and restaurant.$

Chicago Park District Golf Courses, Chicago 

(312) 245-0909,  Affordable, unique and conveniently located Park District Golf Courses are golf destinations unlike any other. With majestic views of Lake Michigan, six courses and three driving ranges, the courses are as diverse as they are beautiful.$

The Highlands, Elgin 

Harborside International Golf Center, Chicago 

11001 S. Doty Ave. E., (312) 782-7837,  Modeled after golf’s ancient Scottish and English beginnings, Harborside International Golf Center emulates the windswept, treeless grassy dunes of the past. Experience two unique courses that take you back to where it all began.$

Balmoral Woods Country Club, Crete 

26732 S. Balmoral Woods Dr., (708) 672-7448,  An 18-hole championship course cut through 10,000 oak trees, with water hazards on 9 of 18 holes, complete clubhouse, bar and restaurant. Chicagoland Golf five-star facility.$

875 Sports Way, (847) 931-5950,  This award-winning course provides golfers with an adventure through a variety of unique holes in a beautiful setting.$

Fox Run Golf Links, Elk Grove Village 

7900 Redtail Dr., (815) 477-0055,  An 18-hole championship golf course. Rated four stars by Golf Digest and 4.5 stars by Chicagoland Golf and voted one of the best values in all of Illinois. X  $

Mill Creek Golf Club, Geneva 

33600 N. Hwy. 45, (847) 968-3444,  This 18-hole, par-70 Certified Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary Course is walker friendly. Great for newcomers to the game.$

11770 Ellwood Greens Rd., (815) 784-5678,  This challenging course includes strategically placed hazards, rolling topography and the Kishwaukee River.$

Park Hills Golf Course, Freeport 

Oak Club Genoa, Genoa 

1100 S. Annie Glidden Rd., (815) 758-1550,  An 18-hole facility winding along the banks of the Kishwaukee River,

(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 284-0500 Xd o

Super 8 1800 S. Galena Ave., Dixon

(800) 800-8000 (815) 284-1800 X

Comfort Inn 3010 Finley Rd., Downers Grove

(877) 4-CHOICE (630) 515-1500 Xd o

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton 2111 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove

(800) 222-TREE (630) 971-2000 Xd o

Holiday Inn Express 3031 Finley Rd., Downers Grove

(800) 315-2621 (630) 810-9500 X

Marriott Suites Downers Grove 1500 Opus Place, Downers Grove

(800) 228-9290 (630) 852-1500 Xo

Red Roof Inn 1113 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove

(800) 733-7663 (630) 963-4205 Xd o

Whispering Pines of Dwight 10940 S. Dwight Rd., Dwight

Stonewall Orchard Golf Club, Grayslake 

25675 W. Hwy. 60, (847) 740-4890,  Host site for the Illinois PGA Section Championship and other recognized competitions, this Arthur Hills creation is a recognized golf course for the area. Dine in on Friday after a game of golf at the popular Friday Night Fish Fry.$

Willow Glen Golf Coub, Great Lakes 

2821 Great Lakes Dr., (847) 688-4593,  This picturesque 18-hole layout is one of the finest golf experiences on the North Shore. Buckley’s Restaurant and Pub on site.$


Comfort Inn 136 Plaza Dr., Dixon

Brae Loch Golf Club, Grayslake 

Fitness Center


11770 Ellwood Greens Rd., (815) 784-5678 


Classic Inn 15 E. Northbrook Dr., Dwight

The Glen Club Golf Course, Glenview 

Oak Club Genoa, Genoa 

3240 W. Stephenson St., (815) 235-3611,  This public course offers two 18-hole, par-72 courses on gently rolling terrain, a driving range, a putting green and concessions. X$

River Heights Golf Course, DeKalb 

Glencoe Golf Club, Glencoe 

621 Westley Rd., (847) 835-0250,  Recognized for environmental excellence, this sanctuary-status golf course is a unique sight. The course features tree-lined fairways and native prairie-grass corridors and is spotted with ponds. This naturesurrounded course is located just 20 miles north of Chicago.$ 2901 W. Lake Ave., (847) 724-7272,  Renowned golf-course architect Tom Fazio has transformed a former naval air base into a beautiful 18-hole course ranked by Golf Magazine as the best public course in Illinois in 2008.$

333 Plum Grove Rd., (847) 228-3544,  This 18-hole, par-70 course has 6,287 yards and a pro shop.  $ Reservations are recommended, and soft spikes are required. X

39W525 Herrington Dr., (630) 208-7272,  Come experience the game at a level that will test your shot-making   abilities. X

Redtail Golf Club, Crystal Lake 

Village Links of Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn 

485 Winshell Way, (630) 469-8180,  Recognized as one of the elite layouts of the Midwest, this 7,200-yard championship course is a sought-after destination for golf lovers. Try the regulaton nine-hole course for a relaxing, casual game.$


Candlewood Suites 1780 Capital St., Elgin

(877) 226-3539  X


Comfort Suites 2480 Bushwood Dr., Elgin

(877) 4-CHOICE (847) 836-9500 Xo


Country Inn & Suites by Carlson 2270 Point Blvd., Elgin

(800) 456-4000 (847) 426-6400 Xo


Days Inn 1585 Dundee Ave., Elgin

(800) DAYS-INN (847) 695-2100 Xd o


Hampton Inn 405 Airport Rd., Elgin

(800) HAMPTON (847) 931-1940 Xo


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Chicago Northwest 495 Airport Rd., Elgin

(800) 315-2621 (847) 488-9000 Xo


Quality Inn 500 Tollgate Rd., Elgin

(800) 424-6423 (847) 608-7300 Xd


Super 8 435 Airport Rd., Elgin

(800) 800-8000 (847) 697-8828 X

(815) 584-1200 Xd

(260) 433-4888 X



Baymont Inn & Suites O’Hare 2881 Touhy Ave., Elk Grove Village

(847) 803-9400 Xd

Knights Inn 17214 S. Halsted St., East Hazel Crest

(800) 843-5644 (708) 647-8800 Xo


Country Inn & Suites by Carlson 1160 W. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village

(800) 456-4000 (847) 985-0101 Xo

Super 8 17220 S. Halsted St., East Hazel Crest

(800) 800-8000 (708) 957-5900 Xd o


Days Inn Elk Grove/Schaumburg 1000 W. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village

(800) 367-3935 (847) 895-2085 Xd

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888 S. Lyford Rd., (815) 332-5130  This 18-hole, par-72 championship course has 6,393 yards of rolling terrain, large trees and spacious greens. Lighted driving range is open evenings. Clubhouse/snack shop.$

Fitness Center

Earl F. Elliot Park & Golf Course, Cherry Valley 

This Charles Maddox-designed course has been in business since 1971. The 18-hole course includes strategically placed hazards, rolling topography and the Kishwaukee River. This challenging course is a true test to golfers of all levels.$


The challenging championship course includes elevation changes, lakes, bunkers and wetlands. Stop in the Grille Room for a meal to complement a perfect day of golf.$












• $=under $100 • $$=$100–$199 • $$$=$200–$299 • $$$$=$300 and up

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Plum Tree National Golf Club, Harvard 

19551 Lembecke Rd., (815) 943-7474,  Joe Lee designed this 18-hole course, featuring bentgrass fairways among the unspoiled rolling hills of northern McHenry County. Includes full-service pro shop and clubhouse. X  $

Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Lemont 

12294 Archer Ave., (866) COG-HILL, (630) 257-5872,  Golfers enjoy 72 holes plus a driving range, pro shop and restaurant. X$

Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, Hoffman Estates 

1400 Poplar Creek Dr., (847) 884-0219,  At this 18-hole course, the championship tees play 6,321 yards. Reservations and soft spikes are required. Check out the pro shop and lounge. X  $

Ravisloe Country Club, Homewood 

18231 South Park Ave., (708) 798-5600,  Ravisloe Country Club is a 110-year-old golf facility. X  $

12840 Del Webb Blvd., (847) 515-7682,  This 18-hole, par-72 course offers four tee distances for players. Nonmembers must make reservations 14 days in advance. Soft spikes are required. Visit the pro shop, driving range and putting green. X  $

Gleneagles Country Club, Lemont 

13070 McCarthy Rd., (630) 257-5466,  “Home of the Shotgun Start,” Gleneagles Country Club has two unique courses to suit all types of golf enthusiasts.$

Ruffled Feathers Golf Club, Lemont 

1 Pete Dye Dr., (630) 257-1000,  This Pete Dye-designed course makes a great setting for golf outings and banquets. X$

Lena Golf Club Wolf Hollow Course, Lena 

6546 N. Shippee Rd., (815) 369-5513,  This club offers the 18-hole Wolf Hollow Course, a driving range, a putting green, lessons and concessions. X  $

Crane’s Landing Golf Course, Lincolnshire 

Days Inn O’Hare West 1920 E. Higgins Rd., Elk Grove Village

(800) DAYS-INN (847) 437-1650 Xd

Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village 1000 Busse Rd., Elk Grove Village

(800) 315-2621 (847) 437-6010 Xo

Howard Johnson Inn & Suites 1925 E. Higgins Rd., Elk Grove Village InTown Suites 2411 Landmeier Rd., Elk Grove Village La Quinta Inn Chicago O’Hare Airport 1900 E. Oakton St., Elk Grove Village

(800) 446-HOJO (847) 472-7000 X

(847) 439-6767 Xd o (800) 466-8356 (847) 981-9766 Xd

Quality Inn & Suites O’Hare North 100 Busse Rd., Elk Grove Village

(877) 4-CHOICE (847) 593-8600 X

Sheraton Suites 121 NW. Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village Super 8 Chicago O’Hare Airport 2951 Touhy Ave., Elk Grove Village Wyndham Garden O'Hare 2550 Landmeier Rd., Elk Grove Village

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(847) 593-6200 Xo

35666 Rte. 34 W., (815) 538-7241  Golfers can enjoy the simplicity and serenity of Mendota’s 18-hole regulation course.$

Nettle Creek Country Club, Morris 

5355 Saratoga Rd., (815) 941-4300,  Enjoy links-style golf in a beautiful prairie environment, rich with wildlife, wildflowers and greens.$

Mount Prospect Golf Club, Mount Prospect 

600 S. See Gwun Ave., (847) 632-9300,  Offering a challenge to all skill levels, this course asks players to draw and fade tee shots in order to gain access to the well-bunkered, tightly sloped greens.$

Old Orchard Country Club, Mount Prospect 

700 W. Rand Rd., (847) 255-2025,  Offering a country club experience to the general public, Old Orchard has superior personal service and course conditions. $

Pine Meadow Golf Course, Mundelein 

1 Pine Meadow Lane, (847) 566-GOLF,  Experience lush fairways lined with blue spruce, pines and wildlife in the scenic course offered at Pine Meadow.$

Country Lakes Golf Club, Naperville 

1601 Fairway Dr., (630) 420-1060,  Twelve of the eighteen holes are played around two picturesque lakes.$


Clarion Hotel Elmhurst 933 S. Riverside Dr., Elmhurst

(877) 424-6423 (630) 279-0700 Xd o


Courtyard by Marriott 370 N. Rte. 83, Elmhurst

(800) 321-2211 (630) 941-9444 Xo


Extended Stay America 550 W. Grand Ave., Elmhurst

(800) EXT-STAY (630) 530-4353 Xd


SpringHill Suites by Marriott 410 W. Lake St., Elmhurst

(888) 287-9400 (630) 782-6300 Xo


The Waverton Hotel 624 N. York Rd., Elmhurst

(888) 902-2048 (630) 279-1100 Xd o


Best Western University Plaza 1501 Sherman Ave., Evanston


Hilton Garden Inn Evanston 1818 Maple Ave, Evanston


The Homestead 1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston


Hotel Orrington/Evanston 1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston


Margarita European Inn 1566 Oak Ave., Evanston


Baymont Inn & Suites 1060 Riverside Dr., Freeport

(847) 981-0010 Xo

Mendota Golf Club, Mendota 

(847) 228-5500 X

Motel 6 Elk Grove 1601 E. Oakton St., Elk Grove Village

Ramada O’Hare 1600 E. Oakton St., Elk Grove Village

The Bourne, Marseilles 

2359 N. 25th Rd., (815) 496-2301  This 18-hole, regulation-length course was designed, and now owned, by Dick Wherli.$



17211 W. 135th St., (815) 838-1057,  This 81-year-old course is surrounded by tall oak trees complemented by five lakes, and is heavily bunkered.$

Fitness Center

Lincolnshire Marriott, 10 Marriott Dr., (847) 634-5935,


1401 Nordic Rd., (630) 773-1400, 

500 W. Deerpath, (847) 615-4290,  This 18-hole, par-70 course features mature trees and scenic water hazards, plus an indoor training facility.$ 658 E. Rte. 6, (815) 223-7273,  Enjoy an afternoon with friends on this 18-hole championship golf course.$

1201 Park Ave. W., (847) 433-4000,  A challenge for players of all skill levels, Highland Park Country Club is a one-of-a-kind course. Check out the Highland Park Golf Learning Center, which features 50 grass and mat lighted hitting stations.$

Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca 

Deerpath Golf Course, Lake Forest 

Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club, LaSalle 

Highland Park Country Club, Highland Park 

Whisper Creek Golf Club, Huntley 

400 E. Orchard St., 630-773-1800,  Itasca Country Club is rich in tradition and offers a cost-effective solution for golf outings in a picturesque setting. X $

Big Run Golf Club, Lockport 



16914 Oak Grove Rd., (815) 648-2550,  This challenging 18-hole course features a full-service pro shop and clubhouse. Golf Digest gave the course 4.5 stars, and it is a top 25-ranked toughest public course by Chicago Park District Golf Association. X$

Itasca Country Club, Itasca 

Enjoy 18 holes of par-70 championship golf. This mature course is set amid a rolling landscape that’s a pleasure for all levels of play.$

Fitness Center

Oak Grove Golf Course, Harvard 

Prairie-style resort and 18-hole championship course featuring rolling fairways, majestic trees and sparkling lakes. This course will challenge  $ golfers of all skill levels. X


Bittersweet Golf Course, Gurnee 

875 Almond Rd., (847) 855-9031,  This 18-hole championship course has four tees to suit all levels of play. Restaurant and pro shop on site.$






(800) 780-7234 (847) 491-6400 Xo


(800) HHONORS (847) 475-6400 Xo


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(888) 677-4648 (847) 866-8700 Xd (847) 869-2273 X

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Fox Bend Golf Course, Oswego 

Sandy Hollow Golf Course, Rockford 

The Links at Carillon, Plainfield 

Macktown Golf Course, Rockton 

3516 Rte. 34, (630) 554-3939,  The gently rolling fairways; mature trees; large, smooth, fast greens and water-challenging club sections make Fox Bend one of the top-20 public courses in the Chicagoland area. X$ 21200 S. Carillon Dr., (815) 886-2132,  With professional and friendly staff to guide your golfing experience, The Links at Carillon is the perfect destination for all golf lovers. $

3400 Club Dr., (630) 983-0012,  This Arnold Palmer Signature golf course boasts 27 holes of worldclass golf. $

22204 W. 111th St. at Hassert Blvd., (630) 378-4215,  Carved out of good Illinois farmland, this course features 10 ponds, native prairie grass and rolling hills.$

Naperbrook Golf Course, Plainfield 

White Eagle Golf Club, Naperville 

Fox Valley Golf Club, North Aurora 

Timber Pointe Golf Club, Poplar Grove 

2500 N. River Rd., (630) 879-1030,  Play 18 holes at this public course. Bentgrass greens, bluegrassryegrass fairways and tees, and several small ponds stretch across 5,927 yards.$

5750 Woodstock Rd., (815) 544-1935,  Club facilities include a beautifully maintained 18-hole course, practice facility, full-service clubhouse and more. X$

2606 York Rd., (630) 990-3032,  This spectacular natural setting calls for solid shot-making from tee to green on every hole.$

505 E. Camp McDonald Rd., (847) 253-4544,  Fifty-one acres and nine holes of challenging golf await you at Rob Roy Golf Course. $

Rob Roy Golf Course & Clubhouse, Prospect Heights 

Oak Brook Golf Club, Oak Brook 

Willow Crest Golf Course, Oak Brook 

Aldeen Golf Club & Practice Centre, Rockford 

Oak Brook Hills Marriott, 3500 Midwest Rd., (800) 445-3315, (630) 850-5530,  This 18-hole championship course designed by Dick Nugent offers multitiered tees and bentgrass tees amidst a beautiful landscape. X  $

Silver Lake Country Club, Orland Park 

The Ledges Golf Course, Roscoe 

7111 McCurry Rd., (815) 389-0979,  Built as a private course in 1966, this course was purchased by the district in 1978. Fairway bunkers and sand traps test your skill and accuracy. In addition, water hazards are featured on 10 holes.$

Edgebrook Golf Course, Sandwich 

2100 Suydam Rd., (815) 786-8392,  Designed by Killian Nugent, this 18-hole course features bentgrass greens with bluegrass tees and fairways. X$

Schaumburg Golf Club, Schaumburg 

401 N. Roselle Rd., (847) 885-9000,  This golf club and academy features three courses for golfers of all calibers.$

Kankakee Elks Country Club, St. Anne 

1902 Reid Farm Rd., (888) 425-3336, (815) 282-4653,  Aldeen features five sets of tees, with water hazards looming on 12 of 18 holes. The Practice Center offers 75 grass tee stations, two short-game areas, two practice bunkers and a putting green. X$

2283 Bittersweet Dr., (815) 937-9547,  The golf club offers an 18-hole, 6,329-yard, par-71 challenge to even the most seasoned golfer. Undulating and elevated greens help hone your short game as you approach and putt on the greens. Amenities include a full-service restaurant,  $ driving range and golf shop. X

101 Daisyfield Rd., (815) 987-8834,  Designed by Thomas M. Bendelow, this heavily wooded 18-hole course is located on Rockford’s west side. X  $

4051 E. Main St., (800) 999-3319, (630) 584-4914,  Enjoy 36 holes of championship golf on two award-winning courses. This resort course is rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest. X  $

Ingersoll Golf Course, Rockford 


Fairfield Inn by Marriott 4514 W. Lake Ave., Glenview


The Glen Club 2901 W. Lake Ave., Glenview


Motel 6 1535 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview

(815) 232-2191 X

(800) 466-8356 (847) 390-7200 X


Staybridge Suites Glenview 2600 Lehigh Ave., Glenview

West Motel 2084 W. Galena Ave., Freeport

(815) 232-4188 Xd

(800) 238-8000 (847) 657-0002 Xd o


Wyndham Glenview Suites 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview

Comfort Inn & Suites of Geneva 1555 E. Fabyan Pkwy., Geneva

(877) 4-CHOICE (630) 208-8811 Xo


(800) 222-8733 (847) 803-9800 Xo

Comfort Suites 1775 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake

The Herrington Inn & Spa 15 S. River Lane, Geneva

(800) 516-2466 (630) 208-7433 X


Comfort Inn 6080 Gurnee Mills Circle E., Gurnee

Crowne Plaza Hotel Glen Ellyn/Lombard 1250 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn

(800) 2CROWNE (630) 629-6000 Xd o


(877) 4-CHOICE (847) 855-8866 Xd o

Comfort Suites 5430 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee

Ramada Inn & Suites 780 E. North Ave., Glendale Heights

(800) 2-RAMADA (630) 942-9500 Xo


(877) 4-CHOICE (847) 782-0890 Xd o

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson 5420 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee

(800) 456-4000 (847) 625-9700 Xd o



EconoLodge Adventure Inn & Suites 3740 Grand Ave., Gurnee

(877) 4-CHOICE (847) 623-7777 Xd o



Extended Stay America 5724 Northridge Dr., Gurnee

(800) EXT-STAY (847) 662-3060 Xd




Pheasant Run Resort & Spa, St. Charles 

Fitness Center

14700 S. 82nd Ave., (708) 349-6940,  A beautiful 45-hole public golf course. It has an attractive clubhouse with a well stocked pro-shop, locker facilities, coffee shop and banquet rooms.$

2221 Freeport Rd., (815) 624-7410,  This sporty course is popular with beginners. X  $

Hotels Country Inn & Suites by Carlson 1710 S. Dirck Dr., Freeport

(800) 456-4000 (815) 233-3300 Xo

Hampton Inn 109 S. Galena Ave., Freeport

(800) HAMPTON (815) 232-7100 Xd o

Super 8 1551 S. Sleezer Home Rd., Freeport Town House Motel 1156 W. Galena Ave., Freeport

Baymont Chicago Glenview 1625 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview Courtyard by Marriott 1801 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview

(800) 454-3213 (815) 232-4455 Xd o

(847) 635-8300 Xd

(800) 321-2211 (847) 803-2500 Xo

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Springbrook Golf Course, Naperville 

2220 W. 83rd St., (630) 848-5060,  This course features some of the finest views of Naperville’s open space and trails while offering a challenging golf experience.$

2500 Sandy Hollow Rd., (815) 987-8836,  This popular 18-hole course, designed by Charles Dudley Wagstaff, is a tree-lined fairway course with strategically placed bunkers, and was rated 3 1/2 stars by Golf Digest. X  $

Fitness Center

22204 W. 111th St./Hassert Blvd., 630-378-4215,  This 18-hole links-style course features rolling hills, 10 ponds, native prairie grass, hidden bunkers and wide fairways.$


Naperville Golf Course, Naperville 

(847) 299-1600 Xo


(847) 724-7272 X



(847) 223-5050 Xo






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Sycamore Golf Club, Sycamore 

Traditions at Chevy Chase, Wheeling 

1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., (847) 465-2301,  Experience a recently renovated, parkland-style 18-hole championship golf course.$

University Golf Club & Conference Center, University Park 

23520 S. Crawford Ave., (708) 747-0306,  Eighteen-hole championship golf course.$

White Deer Run Golf Club, Vernon Hills 

250 W. Greggs Pkwy., (847) 680-6100,  Surrounded by lush greens and a picturesque natural setting, this club offers breathtaking scenery to the golfing experience.$

Bonnie Brook Golf Course, Waukegan 

Wilmette Golf Club, Wilmette 

3900 Fairway Dr., (847) 256-9777,  With narrow fairways and quick doglegs, golfers are presented with a challenge at Wilmette Golf Club.$

Maple Meadows Golf Course, Wood Dale 

2800 N. Lewis Ave., (847) 360-4730,  This 18-hole championship course includes PGA instruction, pro shop and a clubhouse.$

272 S. Addison Rd., (630) 616-8424,  Visit the 27 holes at Maple Meadows for outings, leagues, tournaments, individual play and great food in the restaurant. $

Salt Creek Golf Club, Wood Dale 

Only in Illinois

701 W. Thorndale Rd., (630) 773-0184,  This golf club features a driving range, putting green and two nine-hole courses. Reservations and soft spikes are required. $

351 Green Bay Rd., (847) 872-2080,  Operated by the Zion Park District, the 18-hole, 6,805-yard course reflects the golden era of golf course architecture with bentgrass fairways, berms, mounding and formidable water features.$

Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton 

Wineries/Vineyards/ Breweries

26W151 Butterfield Rd., (630) 653-5800,  Arrowhead offers country club elegance and magnificent views. The 27-hole Ken Killian-designed course is captivating for the most  $ discerning golfer and equally inviting to the novice. X

Two Brothers Brewing Co., Aurora 



Fitness Center


27W270 Mack Rd., (630) 668-3323, (630) 668-8463,  Set among mature oak and hickory trees, lakes and streams, this

205 N. Broadway, (630) 264-2739,  The oldest limestone roundhouse in the U.S. is open to the public as a brewery, gastropub, sports tavern and music venue. X  $


Fairfield Inn 6090 Gurnee Mills Circle E., Gurnee

(888) 236-2427 (847) 855-8868 Xo


Best Western Chicago Hillside 4400 Frontage Rd., Hillside

Grand Hotel & Suites 5520 Grand Ave., Gurnee

(866) 874-7263 (847) 249-7777 Xo


Holiday Inn Express Chicago O'Hare 200 S. Mannheim Rd., Hillside

Hampton Inn 5550 Grand Ave., Gurnee

(800) HAMPTON (847) 662-1100 Xo


Comfort Inn 2075 Barrington Rd., Hoffman Estates

Holiday Inn Gurnee–Convention Center 6161 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee

(800) 315-2621 (847) 336-6300 Xo


Candlewood Suites Hoffman Estates 2875 Greenspoint Pkwy., Hoffman Estates

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort 1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee

(877) 360-0403  Xo


Hampton Inn & Suites 2825 Greenspoint Pkwy., Hoffman Estates

La Quinta Inn & Suites 5688 Northridge Dr., Gurnee

(800) 531-5900 (847) 662-7600 Xd o


Hilton Garden Inn 2425 Barrington Rd., Hoffman Estates

Super 8 Hampshire 115 Arrowhead Dr., Hampshire

(800) 800-8000 (847) 683-0888 Xd


Hyatt Place 2750 Greenspoint Pkwy., Hoffman Estates


La Quinta Inn Hoffman Estates 2280 Barrington Rd., Hoffman Estates

(800) 531-5900 (847) 882-3312 Xd o

(800) 780-7234 (708) 544-9300 Xd o


Randall Oaks Golf Club, West Dundee 

4101 Binnie Rd., (847) 428-5661,  This 18-hole course is known for its lightning-quick greens and large  $ oak trees. Full banquet facilities are available. X

Fitness Center

Wilmington’s famous Gemini Giant stands as a time portal to the 1960s, when America was fascinated with the endless possibilities of space travel—check out his helmet and rocket ship! The 30-foot green giant greets hungry visitors outside the Launching Pad Drive-In, another Route 66 fixture perfect for a nostalgic day trip…and a craving for a burger and fries.

Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course, Zion 


Prairie Landing Golf Club, West Chicago 

2325 Longest Dr., (630) 208-7600,  Playing this spectacular course makes you want to call it your home course forever. One of three Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf courses in Illinois. X$

Cantigny Golf, Wheaton

27-hole course is nationally recognized as one of the best public courses in America. X  $

940 E. State St., (815) 895-3884,  Enjoy hometown atmosphere with a country club feel. An 18-hole, par-71 course with pro shop, clubhouse and putting green. X  $


(708) 544-2700 X


(877) 424-6423 (847) 884-6400 X (847) 490-1686 Xd

(800) HAMPTON (847) 882-4301 Xo (800) HILTONS (847) 277-7889 Xo

(847) 839-1800 Xo







Heritage Inn 1701 S. Division St., Harvard

(815) 943-0700 Xd o

Baymont Inn & Suites Harvey 16920 S. Halsted St., Harvey

(800) BAYMONT (708) 331-7000 Xo


Marriott Chicago Northwest 4800 Hoffman Blvd., Hoffman Estates

(800) 228-9290 (847) 645-9500 Xd o


Days Inn & Suites–Harvey 16900 S. Halsted St., Harvey

(877) DAYS-INN (708) 331-0700 Xd


Eaglewood Resort & Spa 1401 Nordic Rd., Itasca

(877) 285-6150 (630) 773-1400 Xd o


Highland Park Courtyard by Marriott 1505 Lake Cook Rd., Highland Park

(800) 321-2211 (847) 831-3338 Xo


Extended Stay America Chicago-Itasca 1181 N. Rohlwing Rd., Itasca

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Mill Rose Restaurant, Barrington 

Famous Fossil Vineyard & Winery, Freeport 

395 W. Cedarville Rd., (815) 563-4665,  This vineyard features distinctive Illinois wines, spectacular views of the vineyard, foods and eco-friendly, local gifts to its visitors.$

grapes from more than 6,000 vines, producing award-winning wines of classic varieties. Reservations are recommended for wine tasting with cheese plates and appetizers. The tasting room is also open  $ Fri.–Sun. Closed Jan.–Mar. X

Hailey’s Winery & Vineyard, Byron 

477 S. 3rd St., (800) 397-WINE,  This family-owned winery presses and ages award-winning fruit and table wines in a restored 1840s granary. Call for tours of the nearby vineyard, available for a fee. Visit the second location in Galena.$

47W614 Route 38, (630) 365-0333,  Acquaviva is a family-owned 40-acre estate vineyard and full-service winery with a tasting bar, Neapolitan-style pizza bistro and retail marketplace. X $

The Village Vintner Winery, Carpentersville 

217 W. Main St., (815) 784-4540,  Prairie State Winery produces wines made exclusively from Illinois grown grapes and hosts wine-tasting events.$

15690 S. Harlem Ave., (708) 633-0200,  Modern dining with handcrafted, award-winning wines. Tasting room and gift shop, too. X$

888 E. Belvidere Rd., (847) 634-WINE,  This winery is known for its small-batch and seasonal wines, particularly fortified dessert wines. Also located in Long Grove. X  $

15845 LaGrange Rd., (708) 226-0100,  Beer is made on the premises, with a full wine list and menu with a Cajun flair. X  $

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, Geneva 

Prairie State Winery, Genoa 

2273 Randall Rd., (847) 844-4900,  This winery produces 40 different varieties 12 times a year. Along with their tasting bar and retail shop, custom labeling is also a hit. X  $

Glunz Family Winery & Cellar, Grayslake 

Half Acre Beer Company, Chicago 

4257 N. Lincoln Ave., (773) 248-4038,  This small-batch brewpub features crowd-pleasers such as Chocolate Camaro and Ginger Twin. Guests drink from tall-boy cans and can also tour the brewery.$

Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery, Chicago 

Fox Valley Winery, Oswego 

Mickey Finn’s Brewery, Libertyville 

5600 W. Rte. 34, (630) 554-0404,  This family vineyard grows 13 grape varieties on more than 100 acres overlooking the Fox River. The winery specializes in small lots of handcrafted, award-winning wines. Second location in Sandwich.X$

Red Bar Winery & Bistro, Elgin 

412 N. Milwaukee Ave., (847) 362-6688,  One of Lake County’s oldest brewpubs serves award-winning beer and pub food daily. Take a seat in the beer garden overlooking Cook Park. X$

Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, Flossmoor

221 Robert Parker Coffin Rd., (847) 634-WINE,  Vintage & Tawny Port, Oak Aged Angelica and Fortified Raspberry wine are among the diversity of wines featured here. $

74 S. Grove St., (847) 695-1659,  This modern mix of a do-it-yourself winery and boutique provides a unique experience where you can produce and enjoy your own wine.$

Glunz Family Winery & Cellar Tasting Room, Long Grove 

1035 Sterling Ave., (708) 957-2739,  Located in a historic train station, the brewery offers a wide range of American heartland cuisine, and was named the best small brew pub in America. $

Harrison’s Restaurant and Brewery, Orland Park 

North Shore Distillery, Lake Bluff 

28913 Herky Dr., (847) 574-2499,  The first distillery in the Chicago area specializes in small-batch spirits. Visit the retail shop and tasting room or tour the distillery. X$

10033 S. Western Ave., (773) 233-7579,  Take a class to make your own wine or brew your own beer. Wild Blossom specializes in honey-mead wine.$

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Orland Park 

Valentino Vineyards and Winery, Long Grove 

15 S. Roselle Rd., (630) 529-WINE,  Opened in 1979, this family-owned, award-winning winery produces 300,000 bottles of barrel-aged wines annually. Tastings are held daily. Tours offered most weekends. Call ahead to confirm. See second location in Wheaton. X  $

Fox Valley Winery, Sandwich 


Holiday Inn Itasca 860 W. Irving Park Rd., Itasca

(800) 315-2621 (630) 773-2340 Xd o


Hampton Inn I-80 1521 Riverboat Center Dr., Joliet

(800) HAMPTON (815) 725-2424 Xo

Hyatt Place Chicago/Itasca 1150 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Itasca

(888) HYATTHP (630) 875-1400 Xo


Harrah’s Joliet Casino Hotel 151 N. Joliet St., Joliet

(800) HARRAHS (815) 740-7800 X

Westin Chicago Northwest 400 Park Blvd., Itasca

(800) WESTIN1 (630) 773-4000 Xd o


Holiday Inn Express 3231 Norman Ave., Joliet

(800) 315-2621 (815) 439-4200 Xo


Holiday Inn Hotel & Joliet Conference Center 411 S. Larkin Ave., Joliet


(800) 315-2621 (815) 729-2000 Xd o

Hollywood Casino & Hotel 2300 Empress Dr., Joliet

(888) 4EMPRESS (815) 744-9400 Xo


Best Budget Inn 4200 W. Jefferson St., Joliet

(815) 725-0111 Xd o







Fitness Center

120 S. Main St., (815) 786-3124,  This family vineyard grows 13 grape varieties on more than 100 acres overlooking the Fox River. The winery specializes in small lots of handcrafted, award-winning wines. Also has location in Oswego. X  $


5175 Aptakisic Rd., (847) 634-2831,  Established in 1995, Valentino Vineyards grows 20 different varieties of

Lynfred Winery, Roselle 


114 S. Franklin St., (815) 234-2220,  Often featuring live music to accompany their award-winning wines, Hailey’s Winery adds a friendly, entertaining atmosphere to the traditional winery experience.$

Acquaviva Winery, Maple Park 

Fitness Center

45 S. Barrington Rd., (847) 382-7673,  Six barns were renovated to create a home for this microbrewery, restaurant and country store. Contemporary American cuisine complements the rustic ambiance of the historic barns and fireplaces. X  $


Best Western Joliet Inn & Suites 4380 Enterprise Dr., Joliet

(800) 780-7234 (815) 730-7500 Xo

Comfort Inn North 3235 Norman Ave., Joliet

(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 436-5141 Xd o


Motel 6 North 3551 Mall Loop Dr., Joliet


Comfort Inn South 135 S. Larkin Ave., Joliet

(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 744-1770 Xd o


(800) 4-MOTEL6 (815) 439-1332 Xd

Ramada Limited South 1520 Commerce Lane, Joliet


Elks Motel 270 SE. Frontage Rd., Joliet

(877) 725-0101 (815) 725-0101 X


(800) 2-RAMADA (815) 730-1111 Xo

Red Roof Inn 1750 McDonough St., Joliet

Fairfield Inn North 3239 Norman Ave., Joliet

(888) 236-2427 (815) 436-6577 Xo


(800) RED-ROOF (815) 741-2304 Xd

Super 8 North 3401 Mall Loop Dr., Joliet

(800) 800-8000 (815) 439-3838 Xo


Fairfield Inn South 1501 Riverboat Center Dr., Joliet

(888) 236-2427 (815) 741-3499 Xo


Super 8 South 1730 McDonough St., Joliet

(800) 800-8000 (815) 725-8855 Xd


Hampton Inn I-55 3555 Mall Loop Dr., Joliet

(800) HAMPTON (815) 439-9500 Xo


Towneplace Suites Joliet South 1515 Riverboat Center Dr., Joliet

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Tour, or even dine in, one of Cooper’s Hawk’s beautiful winery barrel aging rooms while sampling some of the freshly made wines.$

Theatre in 1906 and was Chicago’s first million-dollar-plus venue and the city’s tallest building at the time.$

14317 Pleasant Valley Rd., (312) 718-0157,  Visit and sample the locally grown and locally made wine at Salute! Farm and Vineyard.$

2407 W. 111th St., (773) 445-3838,  A lively place for the arts, the Beverly Arts Center hosts exhibitions, plays, concerts, the Annual Festival of Ethnic Arts, and classes for children and adults in art, music, theater and dance. X$

Performing Arts

106 Mill St., (815) 667-5211,  This winery offers excellent wines and gifts, plus tastings.$

111 W. Campbell St., (847) 577-2121,  The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre hosts some 400 performances annually, from comedy to popular musicals to children’s shows. X  $

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Arlington Heights 

August Hill Winery, Utica 

Illinois River Winery, Utica 

Paramount Theatre, Aurora 

723 S. Clark St., (815) 667-4012,  Tour one of Illinois’ largest wineries, nestled into the bluffs along the Illinois River, facing Starved Rock State Park. Free tours on the hour Sat. afternoons. X$

23 E. Galena Blvd., (630) 896-6666,  This lovingly restored Art Deco movie palace presents live entertainment by national performers, plays, touring Broadway musicals and other special events. X  $

Waterman Winery and Vineyards, Waterman 

11582 Waterman Rd., (815) 264-3268, (815) 758-5062,  Waterman Winery produces wine that is made from homegrown grapes right here in DeKalb County. They offer wine tasting events, and tours upon request. Can host outdoor or indoor events. X  $

Emmett’s Ale House, West Dundee 

128 W. Main St., (847) 428-4500,  Serving upscale American cuisine and award-winning handcrafted beer  $ in a 135-year-old building with three dining rooms and two bars. X

Lynfred Winery, Wheaton 

127 Front St., (630) 752-WINE,  Home to a bed & breakfast and a top-notch winery and the perfect destination for finding a great gift, Lynfred Winery is a must-see spot in Wheaton.$

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Wheeling 

Apollo Theater, Chicago 

2540 N. Lincoln Ave., (773) 935-6100,  This venue located in Lincoln Park stages comedies, musicals and children’s theater. X  $

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Chicago 

50 E. Congress Pkwy., (312) 922-2110,  This acoustically perfect theater, designed by Louis Sullivan, presents  $ dance, music and Broadway performances. X

Bank of America Theater, Chicago 

Fitness Center


18 W. Monroe St., Ticketmaster: (312) 559-1212,  The recently rehabbed Bank of America Theater opened as the Majestic


583 N. Milwaukee Ave., (847) 215-1200, 

Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, Bolingbrook 

375 W. Briarcliff Rd., (630) 226-8415,  Concerts, theater, movies, community events. Come experience the  $ hidden jewel of Bolingbrook. X

Wingate by Wyndham 101 McDonald Ave., Joliet

(800) 228-1000 (815) 741-2100 Xo


Hilton Garden Inn Kankakee & Riverstone, Conference Center 455 Riverstone Pkwy., Kankakee

(800) HHONORS (815) 932-4444 Xo

Sleep Inn 3250 Bittersweet Ave., Lake Bluff

(877) 4-CHOICE (847) 578-9900 X


Deer Path Inn 255 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest Holiday Inn Express 197 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich

(847) 234-2280 

Comfort Suites 2235 173rd St., Lansing

(877) 4-CHOICE (708) 418-3337 Xo

Days Inn–Lansing 17356 S. Torrence Ave., Lansing

(800) DAYS-INN (708) 474-6300 Xo

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites–Chicago South–Lansing 2323 172nd St., Lansing

(800) 315-2621 (708) 418-1188 Xo

4450 N. Clark St., (773) 769-4451,  Recognized as one of the most diverse theaters in the country, Black Ensemble Theater stages mainstream musical theater on Chicago’s north side. X  $

Briar Street Theatre/Blue Man Group, Chicago 

3133 N. Halsted St., (773) 348-4000,  Catch the famed Blue Man Group at this intimate Lakeview neighborhood theater. X$

Broadway in Chicago, Chicago 

Box offices in various locations, (312) 977-1700,  Broadway in Chicago theaters make up the heart of Chicago’s Loop Theater District. See amazing performances at the Oriental Theatre, the Cadillac Palace Theatre and other awesome venues.$

Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago 

151 W. Randolph St., (312) 977-1710,  One of Chicago’s most opulent historic theaters stages many preBroadway hits. The 1927 beauty was a cinema for most of its life. X  $

Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago 

1300 S. Lynn White Dr., (312) 540-2668,  This venue rests between the horizon of Lake Michigan and the magnificent Chicago skyline, in the heart of the Museum Campus. The stunning surroundings make this a perfect place to enjoy live music from a variety of performers. X$

Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago 

777 N. Green St., (312) 733-6000,  Enjoy theater, music and local talent in the West Loop. X  $

StarWay Inn 2505 Bernice Rd., Lansing

(708) 895-7810 


Super 8 2151 Bernice Rd., Lansing

(800) 800-8000 (708) 418-8884 X


Holiday Inn Express 705 S. Persimmons Court, LeRoy

(800) 465-4329 (309) 962-4439 Xd o



Red Roof Inn 1 Demma Dr., LeRoy

(800) 733-7663 (309) 962-4700 Xd



Candlewood Suites Hotel 1100 N. Rte. 45, Libertyville

(888) CANDLEWOOD (847) 247-9900 Xd



Days Inn Libertyville 1809 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville


Hampton Inn & Suites 2061 Shell Dr., Libertyville


Holiday Inn Express & Suites 77 W. Buckley Rd., Libertyville

(800) 315-2621 (847) 549-7878 Xd o

(847) 726-7500 Xo


Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago 


Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, South Barrington 

100 W. Higgins Rd., (847) 836-WINE,  A modern, casual restaurant with a menu created with handcrafted wines in mind. X  $

Beverly Arts Center, Chicago 

Fitness Center

Salute! Farm & Vineyard, Woodstock 


Ram Restaurant & Microbrewery, Schaumburg 

1901 McConnor Pkwy., (847) 517-8791,  This family-owned restaurant and brewery offers a cozy setting for dining and an impressive bar, including a selection of microbrews made on-site. X$

$ $


(800) DAYS-INN (847) 816-8006 Xd o (847) 680-8828 Xo




Howard Johnson Inn & Suites 17301 Oak Ave., Lansing

(800) 446-4656 (708) 474-6900 Xd o


Courtyard by Marriott 505 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire

(800) 321-2211 (847) 634-9555 Xo

Red Roof Inn 2450 E. 173rd St., Lansing

(800) RED-ROOF (708) 895-9570 Xd


Hampton Inn & Suites 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire

(800) HAMPTON (847) 478-1400 Xo


Sleep Inn Hotel 2255 W. 173rd St., Lansing

(877) 4-CHOICE (708) 418-3700 X


Homewood Suites 10 Westminster Way, Lincolnshire

(800) CALL-HOME (847) 945-9300 Xd o


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Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago 

(312) 742-7638,  This free concert series features the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. Various celebrated ensembles and musicians represent many musical  Free genres and cultures. The 10-week season runs from June to Aug. X

Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., (312) 595-5600,   $ This theater presents the works of Shakespeare. X

The Chicago Theatre, Chicago 

Hot Tix, Chicago 

175 N. State St., (312) 462-6300,  This restored 1920s landmark building features theatrical productions. X$

ComedySportz Theatre, Chicago

929 W. Belmont Ave., (773) 549-8080,  Hilarious and competitive improvisation is featured here. Shows from family-friendly to late-night specials ensure there’s one for everyone. X$

Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago 

Performances at various locations, (312) 850-9744,  The city’s cultural ambassador to the country and the world performs throughout Chicagoland.$

3842 S. Archer Ave., (773) 247-1522,  This company’s productions include pre-Columbian indigenous dance and other styles of dance from around the world that have influenced Mexican culture. Performances at various locations.$

Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St., (312) 742-1168,  This architectural beauty plays host to the Grant Park Music Festival and other free concerts and events. The state-of-the-art sound system mimics the acoustics of an indoor concert hall, making sure that even listeners at the far reaches of the Great Lawn can enjoy the music. Free

ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Chicago 

Joan W. & Irving B. Harris Theater for Music & Dance, Chicago 

Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, Chicago 

Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St.,  (312) 334-7777,  This nonprofit theater partners with performing arts and cultural institutions to bring music and dance to the public.$

126 E. Chestnut St., (312) 787-4570,  Directly across from the John Hancock Center, this church holds concerts year-round. They include organ concerts (featuring the largest pipe organ in Chicago), jazz trios, choirs, string quartets, solo singers, steel drums, classical guitar and more. X  Donation

Joffrey Ballet, Chicago 

170 N. Dearborn St., (312) 443-3800,  Since 1925, Goodman Theatre has presented the work of an extraordinary group of local, national and international artists. X  $

Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.,  (312) 739-0120, (312) 386-8605,  This world-renowned ballet company presents a cutting-edge vision of American dance. Founded in 1956, the company performs innovative, accessible works for audiences worldwide. X$

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 205 E. Randolph St., 

228 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 554-9800, 

Goodman Theatre, Chicago 

Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago 

821 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 337-0665,  Lookingglass is often referred to as “theater without a net.” X  $

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago 

7558 S. Chicago Ave., (773) 752-3955,  Chicago-based African-American performing arts group. The foundation hosts performances, classes and art exhibits. X  $

Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago 

72 E. Randolph St. and 163 E. Pearson St.,  Hot Tix provides half-price, day-of-performance tickets and full-price advance tickets for theater, music and sports, Tue.–Sun. The Hot Tix website, which lists available performances, is updated daily.$

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Chicago 

Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., (312) 642-2000,  Featuring a broad range of shows, from Hairspray to Singin’ in the Rain, Drury Lane Theatre provides entertainment for the whole family. X$

With a range of more than 200 theaters, the diversity is as abundant as the entertainment. X  $

Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, Chicago 

Neo-Futurarium, Chicago 

5153 N. Ashland Ave., (773) 275-5255,  The Neo-Futurists present interactive theater that is a fusion of sports, poetry and living newspaper.$

Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago 

4544 & 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. and 909 W. Armitage Ave.,  (773) 728-6000,  This school preserves and promotes folk, ethnic and world music through classes and performances at both locations. X  $

Oriental Theatre/Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago 

24 W. Randolph St., (312) 902-1400,  Inspired by a theme called “opium dream,” this theater has a quasi-Arabian theme, from the statues that peer down on the audience to the intricate wrought-iron staircase. X$

Royal George Theatre Center, Chicago 

1641 N. Halsted St., (312) 988-9000,  This Lincoln Park theater presents musicals, plays and cabarets. X  $

The Second City, Chicago 


Hyatt Place Hotel Chicago-Lombard/Oakbrook 2340 S. Fountain Square Dr., Lombard

(800) HYATTHP (630) 932-6501 Xo

(888) 287-9400 (847) 793-7500 Xo


Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Lombard 2001 S. Highland Ave., Lombard

(800) 331-3131 (630) 629-7800 Xd o

Staybridge Suites 100 Barclay Blvd., Lincolnshire

(800) 238-8000 (847) 821-0002 Xd o


Stay Inn Chicago Lombard 222 E. 22nd St., Lombard

Hilton Lisle/Naperville 3003 Corporate West Dr., Lisle

(800) 552-2599 (630) 505-0900 Xo


TownePlace Suites by Marriott Lombard 455 E. 22nd St., Lombard

(800) 257-3000 (630) 932-4400 Xd o

(800) 233-1234 (630) 852-1234 Xd o


Westin Lombard Yorktown Center 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard

(800) WESTIN1 (630) 719-8000 Xd o

(800) WYNDHAM (630) 505-1000 Xo


Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 7552 Park Place, Loves Park


Quality Inn & Suites 4313 N. Bell School Rd., Loves Park


(800) 228-9290 (847) 634-0100 Xo

SpringHill Suites by Marriott 300 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire

Hyatt Lisle 1400 Corporetum Dr., Lisle Wyndham Lisle–Chicago Hotel & Executive Meeting Center 3000 Warrenville Rd., Lisle Comfort Suites 530 W. North Ave., Lombard

(800) 228-5150 (630) 268-1300 Xo

Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago–Lombard/Oak Brook 707 E. Butterfield Rd., Lombard

(800) EMBASSY (630) 969-7500 Xd o

Extended Stay Deluxe 260 E. 22nd St., Lombard

(800) EXT-STAY (630) 424-1000 Xd

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chicago Lombard 645 W. North Ave., Lombard

(888) 236-2427 (630) 629-1500 Xo

Homestead Studio Suites Hotel 2701 Technology Dr., Lombard

(888) STAY-HSD (630) 928-0202 Xd

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Lincolnshire Marriott Resort 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire

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1616 N. Wells St., (312) 337-3992,  Entertaining audiences with satire since 1959, this Chicago landmark launched many famed comedians’ careers. $


League of Chicago Theatres, Chicago 

20 N. Wacker Dr., (312) 332-2244,  Catch a show at the renovated Civic Opera House, home to the worldfamous Lyric Opera of Chicago. The season runs Sept.–Mar. X  $






(800) 315-2621 (815) 654-4100 Xd o


(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 282-9300 Xd o


Country Inn & Suites 380 Cypress St., Manteno

(800) 456-4000 (815) 468-2600 Xd o



Howard Johnson Inn & Suites 157 N. Cypress Dr., Manteno

(800) 446-4656 (815) 468-8657 Xo


Comfort Inn & Suites 2850 W. 159th St., Markham

(877) 4-CHOICE (708) 331-5000 X


America’s Best Value Inn & Suites 5200 W. Lincoln Hwy., Matteson

(888) 315-2378 (708) 481-3900 Xd


(630) 916-9000 X




• $=under $100 • $$=$100–$199 • $$$=$200–$299 • $$$$=$300 and up

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Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago 

Tivoli Theatre, Downers Grove 

7300 W. Madison St., (708) 771-0700,  This artist-based company strives to produce exciting and innovative theater accessible to a widely diverse audience. Productions include everything from drama and comedy to musicals and new works. X$

Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin 

228 W. Clark St., (815) 232-6718, (815) 232-7023,  The Winneshiek Players provide quality live theater each season in one of the oldest continuously operating amateur theaters in the country. X  $

Circle Theatre of Forest Park, Forest Park 

114 S. Galena Ave., (815) 973-4318,  This theater was built on the original site of the Dixon Opera House, which was destroyed by fire in Feb. 1920. In 1922 the Dixon Theatre opened its doors, and it has been serving the community ever since. X$

Symphony Center, Chicago 

220 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 294-3000,  More than $100 million has gone into the renovation and expansion of Orchestra Hall, home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Echo Education Center, a restaurant and a six-story atrium. X$

Winneshiek Playhouse, Freeport 

5021 Highland Ave., (630) 968-0219,  Watch current movies in a beautifully restored French Renaissance 1920s movie theater with more than 1,000 seats and Dolby Sound.  $ A Wurlitzer pipe organ player performs Friday and Saturday. X

Tommy Gun’s Garage, Chicago 

2114 S. Wabash Ave., (800) 461-0178,  Experience Chicago’s longest running interactive dinner show modeled after the 1920s speakeasy. X$

Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, Chicago 

20 DuPage Court, (847) 888-4000,  This acclaimed symphony performs classical and pop music at adult and children’s concerts. X$

Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn St.,  NPR’s weekly, hour-long quiz program allows you to test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment industry. X$

McAninch Arts Center, Glen Ellyn 

425 Fawell Blvd., (630) 942-4000,  College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center is home to several resident professional ensembles, student productions and world-class touring attractions, plus the Gahlberg Gallery displaying visual arts. X  $

Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin 

45 Symphony Way, (847) 931-5900,  This 1,200-seat theater and 11,340-sq.-ft. exhibition hall hosts  $ big-name performances and Broadway shows. X

Drama Group, Chicago Heights 

330 W. 202nd St., (708) 755-3444,  The Drama Group has been producing shows in the Southland for more than 80 years. X  $

Raue Center for the Arts, Crystal Lake 

Historic Dixon Theatre, Dixon 

This progressive theater company tackles socially provocative, artistically adventurous themes and presents some of the edgiest plays staged in the Chicago area. X$

Stage Coach Theatre is a community theatre that performs live shows throughout the year. X  $

1650 N. Halsted St., (312) 335-1650,  This international performing arts institution thrives on ensemble collaboration and artistic risk.$

James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, Grayslake 

19351 Washington St., (847) 543-2077,  Catch professional touring series and regional entertainment at the College of Lake County. X  $

York Theatre, Elmhurst 

26 N. Williams St., (815) 356-9212,  This renovated 1929 theater, located in historic downtown Crystal Lake, is a treasured gathering place for the arts community. X$

150 N. York Rd., (630) 834-0675,  Enjoy first-run films in a renovated 1924 Spanish-style theater with  $ 10 auditoriums equipped with Digital projection and sound. X

Ravinia Festival, Highland Park 

135 N. 2nd St., (815) 758-1215,  The Egyptian Theatre is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The theatre hosts film festivals, special movie screenings, and live entertainment events. This theatre is a 1929, fully restored  $ Egyptian Art Deco movie palace. X

Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., (847) 869-6300,  Enjoy classical musical theater by this talented operetta company. X  $

200 Ravinia Park Rd., (847) 266-5100,  Enjoy concerts that feature performances of classical and chamber music, recitals, popular music, dance and children’s programs from the lawn or inside the covered pavilion. X$

1490 Chicago Ave., (847) 905-1500,  The Music Institute of Chicago Nichols Concert Hall presents various musical series and events, from classical to contemporary, by distinguished faculty, talented students and professional groups. X$

15 S. Richards St., (815) 722-2465,  Located on the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, this theater offers matinee and dinner-theater packages, including estate tours or excursions into Joliet’s vibrant downtown. X  $

126 S. 5th St., (815) 758-1940, 

Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., (847) 475-1875,

Next Theatre Company, Evanston 

Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet 


Red Roof Inn & Suites–Monee 25640 S. Friendship Dr., Monee

Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Southland–Matteson 20920 Matteson Ave., Matteson

(800) HAMPTON (708) 748-4102 Xo


Super 8 5825 W. Monee-Manhattan Rd., Monee

La Quinta Inn & Suites 5210 Southwick Dr., Matteson

(800) 531-5900 (708) 503-0999 Xd


Comfort Inn 70 W. Gore Rd., Morris

Matteson Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center 500 Holiday Plaza Dr., Matteson

(800) 315-2621 (708) 747-3500 Xd o


Days Inn & Suites 80 Hampton Rd., Morris


Holiday Inn Express & Suites 222 W. Gore Rd., Morris

Hampton Inn 1555 Rte. 31, McHenry

(800) HAMPTON (815) 578-1900 Xo

Super 8 110 S. Rte. 31, McHenry

(800) 800-8000 (815) 344-9200 X

Hilton Garden inn 26225 N. Riverwoods Blvd., Mettawa

(800) HILTONS (847) 735-8374 Xd o

Residence Inn by Marriott 26325 N. Riverwoods Blvd., Mettawa

(800) 331-3131 (847) 615-2701 Xd o

Super 8 Mokena/Frankfort 9485 W. 191st St., Mokena

(800) 800-8000 (708) 479-7808 Xd

Best Western 5815 W. Monee-Manhattan Rd., Monee

(800) 780-7234 (708) 534-3500 Xo

Country Host Motel 25542 E. Sunrise Dr., Monee

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Hampton Inn 1 Randhurst Village Dr., Mount Prospect

Mount Morris Motel 3691 W. Rte. 64, Mount Morris


White Pines Inn 6712 W. Pines Rd., Mount Morris

(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 942-1433 Xd o

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(815) 942-1321 

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson–O’Hare/Northwest 2200 S. Elmhurst Rd., Mount Prospect


$ $

(800) 315-2621 (815) 941-8700 Xd o

Quality Inn 200 Gore Rd., Morris

Holiday Inn 200 E. Rand Rd., Mount Prospect

(800) 800-8000 (708) 534-1900 X

(800) 225-3297 (815) 942-9000 Xd o

Park Motel 1923 N. Division St., Morris


(800) RED-ROOF (708) 534-0022 Xo


(800) 456-4000 (708) 748-4740 Xo



Country Inn & Suites 950 Lake Superior Dr., Matteson



102 N. Chicago St., (815) 726-6600, 

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Stage Coach Theatre, DeKalb 

Jacob Henry Mansion Estate Dinner Theatre, Joliet 

Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston 

Fitness Center

Egyptian Theatre, DeKalb 

Light Opera Works, Evanston 

(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 942-6600 Xd o

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(800) 456-4000 (847) 290-0909 Xo



(847) 590-1860 X


(847) 392-0123 X


(815) 734-4114 


(815) 946-3817 X


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The Rialto presents a variety of entertainment while retaining the grandeur and ambiance of a lavish 1926 vaudeville movie palace. X  $

Citadel Theatre Company, Lake Forest 

300 S, Waukegan Rd., (847) 735-8554,  This theater is dedicated to producing inspiring theater by bringing together gifted professionals from all the theatrical disciplines to create exciting, compelling work of the highest caliber. X  $

Theatre program with the prestigious National City Livability Award in 2009. X  $

An ornate movie palace and vaudeville hall built in 1927, Coronado PAC is host to many performing arts groups and traveling shows. X  $

Austin Gardens at N. Forest Ave., (708) 445-4440,  The Chicago area’s oldest professional outdoor Shakespeare ensemble  $ performs under the stars in Austin Gardens each summer. X

415 N. Church St., (815) 964-9713,  The oldest continuous community music organization in the U.S., MPAC presents quality music by local and world-renowned artists. X  $

Oak Park Festival Theatre, Oak Park 

Village Players Performing Arts Center, Oak Park 

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Rockford 

Rockford Dance Company, Rockford 

Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire 

1010 W. Madison St., (866) 764-1010, (708) 524-1892,  The center offers an eclectic mix of entertainment that empowers and inspires while exploring the human condition. Each production features some of the area’s most promising and talented professional performers and designers. X$

Viper Alley, Lincolnshire 

100 Drury Lane, (630) 530-8300,  This award-winning, proscenium-style theater features musicals and dinner theater. X  $

711 N. Main St., (815) 965-0049,  Each season brings spirited performances in Rockford’s ornate Coronado Performing Arts Center and at summer concerts in the Starlight Theatre. X$

203 W. High St., (815) 819-1310,  Comedies and dramas are presented in either dinner or dessert theater format.$

Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Rd., (815) 921-2160,  The area’s longest-running outdoor summer theater offers four musical productions in June and July. X  $

Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace 

275 Parkway Dr., (847) 499-5000,  Great acoustics, an intimate setting and an eclectic play list make this venue a favorite of live-music fans throughout the Chicagoland area. X$

White Pines Dinner Theater, Mount Morris 

Mighty Richland Players Dinner/Dessert Theatre, Orangeville 

Starlight Theatre, Rockford 

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Park Forest 

SummerWood Amphitheatre, Rockford 

377 Artists Walk, (708) 481-7774,  The 75-member orchestra is the largest performing arts organization in the Southland providing professional, orchestral music. X$

Forest State Park Lodge, 6712 W. Pines Rd., (815) 946-3817,  Musicals and comedies are performed Mar. through mid-Dec. Every Dec., the theater puts on a Scrooge show, based on A Christmas Carol. X$

Pec Playhouse Theatre, Pecatonica 

314 Main St., (877) PEC-PLAY, (815) 239-1210,  Quality performances in an intimate venue. Lively musicals, hilarious comedies, compelling dramas and heartfelt family stories.$

Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville 

171 E Chicago Ave., (630) 637-SHOW,  This premier venue in Chicago’s western suburbs features performances of classical, jazz and contemporary music. X  $

4625 W. 111th St., 708-857-2200,  Come and see the exciting Broadway musicals that led the U.S. Conference of Mayors to recognize the Oak Lawn Park District

314 N. Main St., (815) 968-0595, 

Lewis University, 1 University Pkwy., (815) 836-5500, 



Red Roof Inn 1698 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville

(800) RED-ROOF (630) 369-2500 Xd


Sleep Inn 1831 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville


(800) 753-3746 (630) 778-5900 Xd

Stardust Motel 890 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville

(630) 355-3467 d


TownePlace Suites by Marriott Naperville 1843 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville

(800) 257-3000 (630) 548-0881 Xd o



Baymont Inn & Suites North Aurora 308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora

(877) BAYMONT (630) 897-7695 Xd o



Days Inn 3000 Hwy. 41, North Chicago

(800) DAYS-INN 847-887-9000 X



Red Carpet Inn 3207 Buckley Rd., North Chicago

(888) 249-9119 (847) 689-9400 Xo



Hilton Northbrook 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook

(800) 328-6516 (847) 480-7500 Xd o



Radisson Hotel Northbrook 2875 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook

(800) 333-3333 (847) 298-2525 Xo



Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel 933 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook

(800) 468-3571 (847) 498-6500 Xo



Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Hotel 1110 Willow Rd., Northbrook



Comfort Inn Hotel 517 E. Hwy. 83, Mundelein

(877) 4-CHOICE (847) 566-5400 Xo

Crowne Plaza Chicago North Shore 510 E. Rte. 83, Mundelein

(800) 2CROWNE (847) 949-5100 Xd o

Super 8 1950 S. Lake St., Mundelein

(800) 800-8000 (847) 949-8842 Xd

Baymont Inn & Suites 1585 Naperville-Wheaton Rd., Naperville

(877) BAYMONT (630) 357-9817 Xd

Best Western Naperville Inn 1617 N. Naperville Rd., Naperville

(800) 937-8376 (630) 505-0200 Xd

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson 1837 Centre Point Circle, Naperville

(800) 456-4000 (630) 505-3353 Xd o

Courtyard by Marriott 1155 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville

(800) 321-2211 (630) 505-0550 Xo

Days Inn 1350 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville

(800) 329-7466 (630) 369-3600 Xd

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 1847 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville

(888) 236-2427 (630) 548-0966 Xo

Hotel Arista 2139 Citygate Lane, Naperville

(888) 504-0088 (630) 579-4100 Xd

(630) 505-4900 Xo

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Philip Lynch Theatre, Romeoville 

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Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford 

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Opera in Focus, Rolling Meadows 

Rockford College Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St.,  (815) 904-2277,   $ Professional actors produce challenging, ensemble-driven theater. X


Marriott Naperville 1801 N. Naper Blvd., Naperville

2223 N. Mulford Rd., (815) 877-7046,  See outdoor performances by nationally known Christian-oriented artists at the largest outdoor Christian amphitheater in the Midwest. Free admission to most events. X  $

Park Central, 3000 Central Rd., (847) 818-3220 Ext. 186,  Enjoy the entertainment of these highly articulated rod puppets, which perform scenes from famous operas such as La Bohème, Pagliacci and Rigoletto. Each performance is followed by a live demonstration of how the puppets are operated and a backstage tour. X$

Artists’ Ensemble Theater, Rockford 

Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre, Oak Lawn 

Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Rockford 



(847) 480-1922 Xo


10 Marriott Dr. (847) 634-0200,  First opened in 1975, the Marriott Theatre provides classical musical theater that is fun for the whole family.$

Fitness Center

Robert Manahan Theatre, 700 1st St., (815) 224-3025,  Since 1968, this valley community theater has been serving up laughs and entertainment to Illinois visitors.$

711 N. Main St., (815) 963-3341,  The mission of this not-for-profit organization is to pursue excellence in the art of dance through performance, education and outreach.$


Stage 212, Inc., LaSalle 




• $=under $100 • $$=$100–$199 • $$$=$200–$299 • $$$$=$300 and up

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Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles 

The theater offers a variety of comedic, dramatic and musical performances from Lewis University and touring companies. X  $

Akoo Theatre, Rosemont 

5400 River Rd., (847) 671-5100, Tickets: (312) 559-1212,  This magnificent theater is home to first-class entertainment year-round. X$

Sandwich Opera House, Sandwich 

140 E. Railroad St., (815) 786-2555,  The building brings community theatre and outstanding performers, ranging from country to classical, to its stage. X  $

Chicago Sports

Steel Beam Theatre, St. Charles 

Chicago Bears (Football) 

111 W. Main St., (630) 587-8521,  Steel Beam presents live theater in an intimate, historic setting. X$

Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr., (800) 745-3000, (312) 559-1212, X$

Engle Lane Theater, Streator 

Chicago Blackhawks (Hockey) 

 $ United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., (312) 559-1212, X

1012 Columbus St., (815) 672-3584,  This theater has staged plays and musicals for more than 45 years. X  $

Laugh Out Loud, Schaumburg 

601 N. Martingale Rd., Ste. 171, (847) 240-0386, Hilarious improvised comedy that combines live action, video and the audience. Shows every weekend star Chicago’s top improv comedians. X  $

Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg 

201 Schaumburg Court, (847) 895-3600,  As a center of cultural activity in Schaumburg, the Prairie Center hosts concerts, plays, art exhibits and dance performances. X$

Chicago Bulls (Basketball) 

First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, Tinley Park 

United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., (800) 4NBA-TIX, (312) 455-4000, X$

19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., (708) 614-1616,  Outdoor music theater with a capacity of 30,000 draws major acts. X  $

Chicago Cubs (Baseball) 

Follies Theatre, Utica 

Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St., Tickets: (800) THE-CUBS, (773) 404-CUBS, X  $

122 Mill St., (815) 667-7008,  Take a trip to Las Vegas without leaving town by experiencing the high-energy musical theater presented at Follies.$

Chicago Fire (Soccer)  7000 S. Harlem Ave., ( 888) MLS-FIRE, (708) 594-7200, X$

Clockwise Theatre, Waukegan 

221 N. Genesee St., (847) 489-7514,  Enjoy alternative entertainment with an emphasis on Midwestern  $ playwrights, new musicals and multicultural programming. X

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie 

9501 Skokie Blvd., (847) 673-6300,  The center is a premier, state-of-the-art facility providing world-class fine arts presentations and theatrical productions. The building has more than 68,000 sq. ft. and is home to Centre East, Northlight Theater Company and Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra. X  $

Chicago Park District (sports and recreation in the city parks) 

(312) 742-PLAY, $

Genesee Theatre, Waukegan 

Arcada Theatre, St. Charles 

Chicago Sky (WNBA) 

203 N. Genesee St., (847) 782-2366,  Lake County’s spectacular venue for live entertainment. The Genesee boasts Broadway shows, musical acts, comedians and more. Call for show times and availability. X  $

UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison St., (866) SKY-WNBA, X  $

2325 Brookside Ave., (847) 360-4740,  The orchestra and accompanying Concert Chorus perform six concerts each season, featuring a wide range of music for families. X  $

1410 S. Museum Campus Dr., (312) 235-7000,  Visit the newly renovated, ultramodern Soldier Field to take in a Bears game during football season.$

121 Van Buren St., (815) 338-5300,  Orson Welles and Paul Newman began their careers on this stage. Built

1901 W. Madison St., (312) 455-4650,  The world-famous Chicago Bulls basketball team calls this arena

Chicago White Sox (Baseball) 

U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W. 35th St., (312) 831-1SOX, X  $

Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, Waukegan 

105 E. Main St., (630) 587-8400,  Authentic and beautifully intact 1926 vaudeville-era movie theater features live entertainment, film showings and top performers. X  $

Fox Valley Repertory, St. Charles 

before 1900 in a style called Steamboat Gothic, the opera house hosts musicals, dramas, dance and touring groups. X$

1040 Dunham Rd., (630) 584-7200,  Founded in 1978, the center is a world-class visual and performing arts venue that can seat 1,000 in a professionally equipped theatre. X  $

Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock 

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Fitness Center


United Center 


Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., (630) 584-6342, Fox Valley Rep is the largest nonprofit theater producer in the western suburbs and is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres. X  $

Soldier Field 

Chicago Marriott Oak Brook Hotel 1401 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook

(800) 228-9290 (630) 573-8555 Xo


Courtyard by Marriott 6 Trans Am Plaza Dr., Oakbrook Terrace

(800) 321-2211 (630) 691-1500 Xo


DoubleTree Hotel Chicago Oak Brook 1909 Spring Rd., Oak Brook

(800) 222-TREE (630) 472-6000 Xo


Hilton Garden Inn Chicago/Oakbrook 1000 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(800) STAYHGI (630) 941-1177 Xo


Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus 2815 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook

(800) 233-1234 (630) 568-1234 Xo


Hilton Chicago/Oakbrook 10 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

(800) HILTONS (630) 941-0100 Xo


Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort 3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook

(800) 228-9290 (630) 850-5555 Xo


Holiday Inn Chicago/OakBrook 17W350 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace

(800) 315-2621 (630) 833-3600 Xd o




Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Oak Brook 790 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook

(800) 331-3131 (630) 571-1200 Xd o


La Quinta Inn Chicago/Oakbrook 1S666 Midwest Rd., Oakbrook Terrace

(800) 531-5900 (630) 495-4600 Xd o


Best Western Plus Chicago Southland 4375 Frontage Rd., Oak Forest

(800) 780-7234 (708) 687-4800 Xo


Staybridge Suites Chicago/Oakbrook 200 Royce Blvd., Oakbrook Terrace

(800) 238-8000 (630) 953-9393 X


Gateway Motel & Inn 4657 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn

(877) 872-9845 (708) 423-4330 Xd


Best Western Oglesby Inn 900 Holiday St., Oglesby

(800) 780-7234 (815) 883-3535 Xd o



Days Inn 120 N. Lewis Ave., Oglesby

(800) DAYS-INN (815) 883-9600 Xd o


Chateau Lodge 1326 N. Rte. 2, Oregon


Paddle Wheel Inn 1457 N. Rte. 2, Oregon


Comfort Inn & Conference Center 8800 W. 159th St., Orland Park

Midway Inn & Suites 9320 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn Carleton of Oak Park 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park The Write Inn 211 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park Comfort Suites 17W445 Roosevelt Rd., Oakbrook Terrace

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home. You can also see the Blackhawks hockey team here, as well as live concerts and other major events.$

Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours 

224 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-3432, X  $

City Segway Tours 

333 W. 35th St., (312) 674-1000,  The Chicago White Sox hit a home run with MLB fans every season at U.S. Cellular Field. Come show your pride and root for the home team.$

Chicago Blues Tour 

Mercury Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline 

Wabash Tap, 1233 S. Wabash Ave., (866) LIVE-BLU,$

Michigan Ave. at Wacker Dr., (312) 332-1353, $

Chicago Chocolate Tours 

(312) 929-2939, X  $

Chicago Dine-Around 

(312) 437-3463, X  $

Chicago Food Planet Tours 

 $ (800) 979-3370, (212) 209-3370, X

Chicago Gray Line 

Accenting Chicago Events & Tours 

333 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 425, (312) 819-5363,$ Palmer House Hilton, 27 E. Monroe St., Ste. 515, (312) 251-3100,  $ X

Navy Pier, South Dock, 600 E. Grand Ave., (866) 391-8439, X$

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., (312) 744-8000, Free

500 N. Dearborn St., Ste. 550, (800) 621-5327, X$

465 N. McClurg Court, (312) 527-1977, groups: (312) 527-2002,  $ X

Navy Pier, South Dock, 600 E. Grand Ave., (888) 636-7737, $

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 7(312) 742-1190, X$

Seecago Tours 

Chicago Line Cruises 

Anita Dee Yacht Charters 

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., (312) 379-3191,$

Chicago Neighborhood Tours 

Bike Chicago 

239 E. Randolph St. and Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., (312) 729-1000, $

Chicago Segway Experience Tours 

224 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 663-0600,$

Black CouTours 

(773) 233-8907,$

Bobby’s Bike Hike 

Chicago ShopWalk 

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruises on Chicago’s First Lady, Little Lady & Fair Lady 

Chicago Supernatural Ghost Tours 

(773) 255-7866, X  $

465 N. McClurg Court, (312) 915-0995,$

On the Scene 

Seadog Cruises 

See It All Chicago Tours 

(773) 525-6152, X  $

87 Radnor Lane, (708) 367-0875, X$

Set Sail Chicago 

Monroe Harbor at Grant Park, (877) 578-7245, X  $

Set Sail Chicago 

(708) 499-0300, X  $

Shoreline Sightseeing Company  Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., (312) 222-9328, $

Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St., (773) 648-5000, X  $

Spirit of Chicago 

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Tours 


AmericInn Lodge & Suites 1050 Douglas Rd., Oswego

(800) 634-3444 (630) 554-9090 Xd o


Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 2600 Lake Cook Rd., Riverwoods

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 2055 Wiesbrook Dr., Oswego

(800) 315-2621 (630) 844-4700 Xo


Baymont Inn & Suites 567 E. Rte. 38, Rochelle

Hampton Inn 4115 Holiday Lane, Ottawa

(800) HAMPTON (815) 434-6040 Xd o


Comfort Inn & Suites 1133 N. 7th St., Rochelle

Holiday Inn Express 120 W. Stevenson Rd., Ottawa

(800) 315-2621 (815) 433-0029 Xd o


Hillcrest Motel N. Rte. 251, Rochelle


Fitness Center

Cruises depart from the Chicago River at Michigan Ave. and Lower Wacker Dr., (312) 902-1500, X  $

Odyssey Cruises 

Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., (312) 251-3107, X  $

Chicago Greeter 

American Sightseeing Tours Chicago 

Mystic Blue Cruises 

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., (877) 299-7783, X$


Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., (866) 211-3804, X  $

Hotels (800) 315-2621 (847) 374-0260 Xo (815) 562-9530 Xd o

(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 562-5551 Xd o

(800) 800-8000 (815) 434-2888 X


Super 8 601 E. Hwy. 38, Rochelle

Fairfield Inn 4385 Venture Dr., Peru

(888) 236-2427 (815) 223-7458 Xo


Holiday Inn Express Hotel 1240 Dement Rd., Rochelle

La Quinta inn 4389 Venture Dr., Peru

(800) 531-5900 (815) 224-9000 Xd o


Alpine Inn 4404 E. State St., Rockford

(888) 398-3580 (815) 399-1890 


Baymont Inn & Suites 662 N. Lyford Rd., Rockford

(877) BAYMONT (815) 229-8200 Xd o

Forest Lodge 1246 S. River Rd., Prospect Heights

(847) 537-2000  •


Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center 7801 E. State St., Rockford

(800) 780-7234 (815) 398-6000 Xo

Wingate Inn Northbrook 600 Milwaukee Ave., Prospect Heights

(800) 228-1000 (847) 419-3600 X


Candlewood Suites 7555 Walton St., Rockford

(800) 465-4329 (815) 229-9300 Xd


Comfort Inn Rockford 7392 Argus Dr., Rockford

(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 398-7061 Xd o

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$ $

(815) 562-9994 Xd o

(800) 800-8000 (847) 459-0545 Xd

(815) 678-4711 Xd o


(800) 800-8000 (815) 562-2468 X

Super 8 540 Milwaukee Ave., Prospect Heights

Super 8 Richmond 11200 Hwy. 12, Richmond

(815) 562-8411 d

Super 8 500 E. Etna Rd., Ottawa


Chicago Tours

Mies van der Rohe Society 

Illinois Institute of Technology, 10 W. 35th St., (312) 567-5042,  $ X

Fitness Center

Wrigley Field 

1060 W. Addison St., (773) 404-CUBS,  Home to the beloved Chicago Cubs, this historic ballpark is the second oldest in the nation. X$

400 E. Randolph St., (877) SEG-TOUR,$


U.S. Cellular Field 







• $=under $100 • $$=$100–$199 • $$$=$200–$299 • $$$$=$300 and up

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Magnificent Mile 

Wendella Sightseeing Boats 

400 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 337-1446, X  $

Westfield Fox Valley, Aurora 

Oak Street 

Windy City Scooter & Bicycle Rental 

2151 W. Division St., (773) 276-5200,$

Chicago Shopping

State Street 

State St., between Wacker Dr. and Congress St.,  (312) 782-9160, Shop to the pulse of the city where historic Chicago retailers range from sassy to classy. 

Jewelers Row 

Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues, (773) 384-2672, Crowds of all ages seek out the sleek furniture and home decor sold in these neighborhoods. 

Armitage Ave., Halsted St and Clybourn Corridor,  (773) 880-5200, International crowds are drawn to the trendy fashions found here. 

631 E. Boughton Rd., Ste. 220 (630) 296-8340, Shop, dine and be entertained at this outdoor destination with an exciting variety of specialty shops and restaurants, plus Macy’s, Barnes & Noble and Gold Class Cinemas. X  

Algonquin Commons, Algonquin 

1900 S. Randall Rd., (847) 458-2700,  Don’t miss the sales and special events at Algonquin Commons, featuring DSW, Williams-Sonoma, Circuit City and more. X

Northfield Square Mall, Bourbonnais 

1600 N. Rte. 50, (815) 937-4111,  This mega-mall offers department and specialty stores, a food court and movie theaters. Events are held on most weekends year-round. X  

Chicago Premium Outlets, Aurora 

1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., (630) 585-2200, 

(800) 321-2211 (815) 397-6222 Xo

Days Inn 220 S. Lyford Rd., Rockford

(800) DAYS-INN (815) 332-4915 d

Extended Stay America 653 Clark Dr., Rockford

(800) EXTSTAY (815) 226-8969 Xd

Fairfield Inn & Suites 7651 Walton St., Rockford

(888) 236 2427 (815) 398-7400 Xo

Hampton Inn 615 Clark Dr., Rockford

(800) HAMPTON (815) 229-0404 Xo

Hilton Garden Inn 7675 Walton St., Rockford

(877) 782-9444 (815) 229-3322 Xo

Holiday Inn of Rockford 7550 E. State St., Rockford

(800) 315-2621 (815) 398-2200 Xo

(815) 397-9000 Xd o

Lexington Hotel at Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort 700 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford

(877) 539-7070 (815) 282-3033 Xd o

Motel 6 7712 Potawatomi Trail, Rockford

(800) 4MOTEL6 (815) 397-8000 Xd o

Quality Suites of Rockford 7401 Walton St., Rockford

(877) 4CHOICE (815) 227-1300 Xd o

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The Promenade Bolingbrook, Bolingbrook

National Brands

Courtyard by Marriott 7676 E. State St., Rockford

750 E. Boughton Rd., (630) 972-7900,  Sweden-based home furnishings superstore with more than 300,000 sq. ft. of home interior items. X  



Howard Johnson Hotel 3909 11th St., Rockford

IKEA, Bolingbrook 


Lincoln Park Neighborhood 

Wicker Park/Bucktown 

Fitness Center

Southport Ave. (773) 472-7171, Some of the best antique shopping in the city happens in the colorful shops of this neighborhood. 

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Bolingbrook 

709 Janes Ave., (630) 296-2700,  Part museum, part art gallery, part antique store, part aquarium, part entertainment center and part retail store, Bass Pro Shops offer all the gear needed to enjoy the sights and sounds of Illinois’ outdoors. X


Lakeview Neighborhood 

152 Stratford Square, (630) 539-1000,  Visit over 150 specialty retailers anchored by Macy’s, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Sears, Carson Pirie Scott and Burlington Coat Factory. The shopping center is also home to the 16-screen digital Century Theatre, as well as restaurants that suit all tastes. X 

Superior and Huron streets, between Wells and Orleans streets,  (312) 645-1047,  Treasure-hunt in these 60-plus art and antique galleries. 

Illinois Artisans Shop 

5 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 424-2664, Pick out the best cut in a dizzying array of gems in the Midwest’s largest jewelry district. X

Stratford Square Mall, Bloomingdale 

River North Gallery District 

Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., (877) AG-PLACE,  The first mall dedicated to dolls draws a unique crowd seeking  merchandise as well as a photo studio, doll hair salon and cafe. X

James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Ste. 2–200,  (312) 814-5321, For the made-in-Illinois flair, seek out works of art from more than 500 juried artists from around the state. X 

195 Fox Valley Center Dr., (630) 851-7200,  With more than one million sq. ft. under one roof and nearly 200 shops and restaurants, this is one of the area’s largest shopping malls. X  

Oak St., between State St. and Michigan Ave., (888) 909-5500, Considered an important style center the world over, the corridor is lined with exclusive boutiques. X


Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 200 S. Bell School Rd., Rockford

(800) 272-6232 (815) 226-2100 Xo


Red Roof Inn 7434 E. State St., Rockford

(800) REDROOF (815) 398-9750 Xd


Residence Inn by Marriott 7542 Colosseum Dr., Rockford

(800) 331-3131 (815) 227-0013 Xd o


Sleep Inn 725 Clark Dr., Rockford

(877) 4CHOICE (815) 398-8900 Xd


Staybridge Suites 633 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford


Studio PLUS 747 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford

(800) EXTSTAY (815) 397-8316 Xd


Super 8 7646 Colosseum Dr., Rockford

(800) 800-8000 (815) 229-5522 Xd


Extended Stay America Rolling Meadows 2400 Golf Rd., Rolling Meadows


Holiday Inn 3405 Algonquin Rd., Rolling Meadows

(800) 315-2621 (847) 259-5000 Xd o



Holiday Inn Express 3477 Algonquin Rd., Rolling Meadows

(800) 315-2621 (847) 259-6600 Xo



Motel 6 Chicago Northwest 1800 Winnetka Circle, Rolling Meadows

(800) 466-8356 (847) 818-8088 Xd



815 W. Dickens Ave., (312) 533-1256, X  $

Fitness Center

Urban Shop Guide 

American Girl Place 

Features 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores, such as Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Giorgio Armani, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Savings of 25–65 percent every day. X

N. Michigan Ave., between Oak St. and the Chicago River,  (312) 642-3570, This famous boulevard is Chicago’s premier shopping destination, thanks to the best department stores and nearly 500 high-end shops. 

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., (312) 595-5555,$


Tall Ship Windy 





(815) 397-0200 Xd o




(847) 357-1000 Xd



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River Oaks Center, Calumet City 

Gurnee Mills, Gurnee 

159th St. at Torrence Ave., (708) 868-5574,  Anchored by Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, JC Penney and Sears, River Oaks Center boasts more than 130 specialty stores and eateries. X 

CherryVale Mall, Cherry Valley 

Harrison Ave. at Perryville Rd., ( 815) 332-2440, Shop more than 130 stores, including Macy’s and Bergner’s. Stop by the food court, too. X 

Westfield Chicago Ridge, Chicago Ridge 

95th St. at Ridgeland Ave., (708) 499-0840,  Enclosed shopping center, featuring Carson Pirie Scott, Kohl’s, Sears, Michaels, a 6-screen Cineplex theater, food court and more than 140 fine stores. X

6170 W. Grand Ave., (847) 263-7500,  The Midwest’s largest value retail and entertainment mall has more than 200 outlet, discount and specialty retailers, plus two food courts. Be sure to visit the 20-screen Marcus Cinema complex, the ice arena and family entertainment center, and the Serpent Safari reptile zoo. X 

Cabela’s–World’s Foremost Outfitter, Hoffman Estates 

5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy., (847) 645-0400,  The first in Illinois offers 185,000 sq. ft. of hiking and boating— everything the outdoor enthusiast could imagine. X 

Deer Park Town Center, Deer Park 

9500 S. Western Ave., (708) 422-5454,  Enclosed shopping center, featuring Carson Pirie Scott and many other  fine stores. Conveniently located at 95th and Western Ave. X

The Glen Town Center, Glenview 

Louis Joliet Mall, Joliet 

The Popcorn Factory, Lake Forest 

151st St. at LaGrange Rd., (708) 349-1646,  Enclosed, two-level shopping center featuring Apple, Coach, A/X Armani, Lego, Gilly Hicks and over 150 fine shops and restaurants. X

Yorktown Center, Lombard 

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Gurnee 

Highland Ave. at Butterfield Rd., (630) 629-7330,  Literally hundreds of shops and restaurants make up this popular shopping district. Kids love the Yorktown Express train and the Treehouse Adventure play area. X 

Lincoln Mall, Matteson 

Orland Square, Orland Park 

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Rosemont 

I-294, I-90, I-190 and Balmoral Ave., (305) 932-6202,  This fully enclosed 530,000-sq.-ft. outlet center will lead the industry in world-class design, welcoming millions of residents and visitors alike to uncover a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. X 

IKEA, Schaumburg 

Fitness Center



Sofitel Chicago O’Hare 5550 N. River Rd., Rosemont

(800) SOFITEL (847) 678-4488 Xd o



Westin Hotel O’Hare 6100 N. River Rd., Rosemont

(800) WESTIN1 (847) 698-6000 Xd o



Radisson O’Hare 6810 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont

(800) WYNDHAM (847) 297-1234 Xd o



Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare 6600 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont

(800) 2RAMADA (847) 827-5131 Xo


(800) 222TREE (847) 292-9100 Xd o


Best Western Timber Creek Inn & Suites 3300 Drew Ave., Sandwich

(866) 99CREEK (630) 273-6000 Xo


Embassy Suites 5500 N. River Rd., Rosemont

(847) 678-4000 Xd o


Best West Plus Schaumburg 1725 E. Algonquin Rd., Schaumburg

(847) 397-1500 Xo


Hyatt Regency O’Hare 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont

(800) 233-1234 (847) 696-1234 X


Candlewood Suites 1200 E. Bank Dr., Schaumburg

(888) CANDLEWOOD (847) 517-7644 Xd


Hyatt Rosemont 6350 N. River Rd., Rosemont

(847) 518-1234 X


Comfort Suites 1100 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg

(877) 4CHOICE (847) 330-0133 Xo



Country Inn & Suites by Carlson 1401 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg

(800) 456-4000 (847) 839-1010 Xo



Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Schaumburg 1311 American Lane, Schaumburg

(800) 883-5770 (847) 619-8100 Xo



DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Chicago Schaumburg 800 National Pkwy., Schaumburg

(800) 222-TREE (847) 605-9222 Xo





1800 McConnor Pkwy., (847) 969-9700,  Sweden-based home furnishings superstore with more than 300,000 sq. ft. of home interior items. X


U.S. Hwy. 30 at Cicero Ave., (708) 747-5600,  This two-level mall features Carson Pirie Scott, Sears, Old Navy, New York & Company, Express and many dining options. X 

Orland Park Place, Orland Park 

Fitness Center

Gurnee Mills, 6112 W. Grand Ave., (847) 856-1229,  Bass Pro is 133,000 sq. ft. of pure shopping pleasure. Find equipment for any sport. The store also includes an apparel department, three freshwater aquariums, a two-story archery range, a pistol range, a rifle tube, a golf driving range and tracker boats. X

Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 

153rd St. at LaGrange Rd., (630) 218-5262,  Orland Park Place features an exceptional lineup of retailers, including Old Navy, Marshall’s, Nordstrom Rack, DSW, Jared Jewelers and many other fine stores and restaurants. X 

13970 W. Laurel Dr., (847) 247-3342,  This factory store in Lake Forest is delighting customers with delicious,  premium popcorn, cookies, candies, nuts and snacks of all kinds. X

Patriot Blvd. between Lake Ave. and Willow Rd., (847) 724-2025,  This perfectly planned center offers beautiful shops; restaurant-lined streets with wide walkways; parks; Kohl Children’s Museum; 10-screen theater and The Glen Club, featuring a much-heralded 18-hole championship golf course. X

2171 Northbrook Court, (847) 498-8161,  Spend the day at this elegant shopping center featuring nearly 150 specialty shops and restaurants, plus a 14-screen movie theater and the Children’s Tree House. X 

Rte. 83 at 22nd St., (630) 573-0700,  One of the premier open-air shopping centers in Chicagoland, Oakbrook Center has more than 160 shops and boutiques, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s Home Store. X 

3340 Mall Loop Dr., (815) 439-1000,  The Westfield shopping center features four department stores, plus 150 specialty shops and restaurants. X

The Plaza Shopping Center, Evergreen Park 

Northbrook Court, Northbrook 

Huntley Outlet Center, Huntley 

I-90 at Rte. 47, (888) 545-7222, (847) 669-9100,  The striking Jeffersonian architecture, food court, playground and more than 40 brand-name outlet stores at 25–65 percent off create a wonderful shopping experience. X

20530 N. Rand Rd., (847) 726-7755,  An open-air lifestyle center with 70 exclusive shops and restaurants. X

Randhurst Village, Mt. Prospect Rand Rd. and Elmhurst Rd., (847) 259-0500,  Randhurst Village is an open-air center with national and regional retailers. X

Hotels Country Inn & Suites Hotel 1265 Lakeview Dr., Romeoville

(800) 456-4000 (630) 378-1052 Xo

Super 8 1301 Marquette Dr., Romeoville

(800) 800-8000 (630) 759-8880 Xd

Best Western at O’Hare 10300 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont

(800) 780-7234 (847) 296-4471 X

Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare 5440 N. River Rd., Rosemont

(866) 242-1055 (847) 671-6350 Xd o

DoubleTree Hotel O’Hare Rosemont 5460 N. River Rd., Rosemont

InterContinental Chicago O'Hare 5300 River Rd., Rosemont

(847) 349-5200 Xo

Marriott Suites O’Hare 6155 N. River Rd., Rosemont

(800) 228-9290 (847) 696-4400 Xo

Residence Inn by Marriott O’Hare 7101 N. Chestnut St., Rosemont

(800) 331-3131 (847) 375-9000 Xd o

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The Streets of Woodfield, Schaumburg  601 N. Martingale Rd.,  This outdoor retail and entertainment center offers streetside shopping and dining in a suburban setting. Across the street from Woodfield Mall, this fun shopping alternative includes Carson Pirie Scott, AMC movie theaters, GameWorks, Legoland Discovery Center and some of Chicago’s top restaurants. X 

4650 Newburg Rd., (815) 547-8186,  Visit this 45,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and outdoor garden space filled with antique pine furniture, stained-glass windows, European furniture, folk art, blanket chests, garden art and accessories. X 

Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg 

Golf Rd. at Rte. 53, (847) 330-1537,  Experience great shopping at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears. Woodfield is the largest indoor mall in the region, with nearly 300 stores and restaurants. X 

Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie 

4905 Old Orchard Center, (847) 674-7070,  Go shopping, enjoy dining and see a movie at this open-air center with nearly 150 specialty shops and restaurants, plus two multi-screen movie theaters. X

The Arboretum of South Barrington, South Barrington 

100 W. Higgins Rd., (847) 426-6200,  Lush gardens surround an upscale mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues including L.L. Bean’s first Midwest store. X 

Westfield Hawthorn Mall, Vernon Hills 

122 Hawthorn Center, (847) 362-2600,  More than 140 retail and specialty stores, including Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, Ruby Tuesday, McCarthy’s and more. X 

Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee 

Lena Mercantile Company, Lena 

Funderburg Antiques, Belvidere 

Castle Antique Mall, Bradley/Bourbonnais 

1789 Rte. 50 N., (815) 936-1505  Explore more than 100 dealers of antiques, including furniture, collectibles, ceramics and glassware. X

Indian Oaks Antique Mall, Bradley/Bourbonnais 

Rte. 50 at Larry Power Rd., (815) 933-9998  Go antiquing at Indian Oaks. More than 165 dealers sell furniture, glassware, collectibles and bargains galore, all under one roof. X 

Elgin Windmill Factory Antiques, Elgin 

219 W. Highland Ave., (847) 717-0327, A variety of dealers offer a wide selection of quality antiques and collectibles: sterling silver and gold, rare bank notes and coins, cast-iron cookware, railroad watches and local memorabilia. X

Luecke’s Antique Mall, Freeport 

10 E. Main St., (815) 233-0013,   A multi-dealer antique mall in the 1892 Blust Building. X

Gurnee Antique Center, Gurnee 

1072 Spring Hill Mall, (847) 428-2200,  More than 120 retail and specialty stores, including Sears, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Carson Pirie Scott, Barnes & Noble and more. X 

5742 Northridge Dr., (847) 782-9094,  A 24,000-sq.-ft. mecca of antiques from 200 dealers. Merchandise is at least 50 years old and includes furniture, glass, porcelain, pottery, vintage jewelry, art, books, silver and clothing. X 

271 Town Square, (630) 260-8800,  With dining options and fashion choices to suit everyone, this shopping center has it all. X

Main, Stephen and Canal streets, (630) 257-0021  Spend a day in downtown Lemont exploring quality antiques shops. Enjoy the friendly, small-town atmosphere. X 

(800) EXTSTAY (847) 517-7255 Xd

Extended Stay Schaumburg 2000 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg Hilton Garden Inn Schaumburg 1191 Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg


(847) 524-0455 Xo (800) 315-2621 (847) 310-0500 Xd o

Homestead Studio Suites Hotel 51 E. State Pkwy., Schaumburg

(888) STAYHSD (847) 882-6900 Xd

35 E. 3rd St., (815) 468-0114  More than 100 dealers and 75 showcases; shop for antiques and collectibles. X  

Morris Antique Emporium, Morris 

112 W. Washington St., (815) 941-0200  Find an eclectic collection of items at good prices at this three-story, multi-dealer mall. X

Old Orland Antique Shops, Orland Park 

143rd St. and Beacon and Union avenues, (708) 403-5300,  The Old Orland Historic District has antiques and specialty shops nestled in an 1800s neighborhood of historic churches, charming houses and colorful gardens. X

Ridgefield Antiques District, Ridgefield 

Ridgefield Rd., off U.S. Hwy. 14, (815) 459-4220  In this village, eight antiques shops feature a variety of furniture, china, glassware and collectibles. Most are open Wed.–Sun.

Antiques on East State, Rockford 

5411 E. State St., (815) 229-4004,   This antique mall and consignment store has more than 90 dealers. X

Main Street Antique Mall, Rockton 

203 W. Main St., (815) 624-7514,  This warm and friendly antiques mall with 20 dealers offers quality antiques and collectibles in quaint, historic downtown Rockton. X 




(800) 331-3131 (847) 517-9200 Xd o


SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chicago/Schaumburg 1550 McConnor Pkwy., Schaumburg

(888) 287-9400 (847) 995-1500 Xo



Stay Inn Schaumburg 1300 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg

(800) HAMPTON (847) 619-1000 Xd



Staybridge Suites 901 E. Woodfield Office Court, Schaumburg

(800) 238-8000 (847) 619-6677 Xd o



Wingate by Wyndham Schaumburg/Convention Center 50 E. Remington Rd., Schaumburg



(800) 355-5053 (847) 882-5000 X

Comfort Suites–O’Hare 4200 N. River Rd., Schiller Park

(877) 4CHOICE (847) 233-9000 Xd


(800) CALLHOME (847) 605-0400 Xd o

Hotels Marriott Schaumburg 50 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg

(866) 385-6230 (847) 240-0100 Xo


Quality Inn 600 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg

(877) 4CHOICE (847) 517-7737 Xd o


Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center 1551 Thoreau Dr., Schaumburg

(800) 468-3571 (847) 303-4100 Xo


Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago/Schaumburg 1610 McConnor Pkwy., Schaumburg


(847) 882-7011 Xd

Holiday Inn Express Schaumburg 1550 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg

Homewood Suites by Hilton 815 E. American Lane, Schaumburg

Manteno Antique Mall, Manteno 


Extended Stay America Woodfield 1200 American Lane, Schaumburg

7114 Route 20 West, (779) 423-3402  Shop for antiques, collectibles and furniture in this multi-dealer market. X 

Fitness Center

(800) EMBASSY (847) 397-1313 Xo

Raccoon Hollow Antiques, Lena 


Embassy Suites 1939 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg



Fitness Center

Antiques District, Lemont 


Town Square Wheaton, Wheaton 

101 W. Railroad St., (815) 369-9955,  Shop here for antiques, collectibles, gifts, candy and country-store items. Enjoy lunch and dessert at the Mercantile Eatery. X 

Hyatt Place Schaumburg 1851 McConnor Pkwy., Schaumburg

(847) 330-1060 Xo

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago 1800 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg

(800) 233-1234 (847) 605-1234 Xo

Hyatt Summerfield Suites Schaumburg 1251 E. American Lane, Schaumburg

(800) 527-1133 (847) 706-9007 Xd o


Four Points Hotel by Sheraton–Chicago O’Hare 10249 W. Irving Park Rd., Schiller Park

(800) 323-1239 (847) 671-6000 Xd o


La Quinta Inn Schaumburg 1730 E. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg

(866) 725-1661 (847) 517-8484 Xd o


Comfort Inn Northshore 9333 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

(877) 4CHOICE (847) 679-4200 Xd o


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Sandwich Antiques Market, Sandwich 

restaurants. Discover unexpected treasures in quaint shops and eateries. Also see America’s oldest fine china company, Pickard China Outlet & Museum. X 

Sandwich Fairgrounds, U.S. Hwy. 34 at Suydam Rd.,  (815) 786-3337,  One of the best indoor/outdoor antiques markets around, selling quality antiques and select collectibles. X

Downtown Arlington Heights Shopping & Entertainment District, Arlington Heights 

1019 Gardner St., (815) 389-8800,  This mall has more than 22,000 sq. ft. of quality antiques all on one floor, including primitive to Victorian and Art Deco to retro ‘50s. X 

Historic Downtown Cherry Valley, Cherry Valley 

Roscoe Antique Mall of South Beloit, South Beloit 

Rte. 14 at Arlington Heights Rd.,  This downtown area boasts a diverse array of restaurants, shops, theaters, quaint boutiques and a performing arts center.

Clarks Run Antiques, Utica 

( 815) 332-7144,  Step back in time to this brick Main Street and enjoy shops and restaurants along the beautiful Kishwaukee River.

215 N. Division St., (815) 667-7190,  Come and visit Utica’s newest antique store, located just one block west of historic downtown. X 

Historic Downtown Crystal Lake, Crystal Lake 

Volo Country Village, Volo 

( 815) 479-0835,  This historic business district boasts more than 170 specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants and professional services, including an icecream store and performing arts center.

27640 W. Volo Village Rd., (815) 344-6062,  Browse four giant malls filled with antiques and collectibles of all kinds, located on 30 country acres with more than 400 dealers. X

Wheeling Sale Barn, Wheeling 

971 N. Milwaukee Ave., (847) 537-9886,  Shop this fine selection of antiques and collectibles, located in buildings that were part of the 1835 Redlinger Farm. X

890 Lake Ave., (815) 334-8960,  Browse through goods displayed in a 35,000-sq.-ft. mall. You’ll find lamps, jewelry, collectibles and more. Events are held year-round. X 

Main Streets

Downtown Algonquin, (847) 658-4184,  Riverfront parks and fountains along the Fox River add to the character of this historic shopping district featuring dozens of shopping and dining options, quaint B&Bs and charming cafes. X 

2 City Centre, (630) 993-1600,  Shopping, dining and entertainment options for the entire family include more than 70 shops and some 40 restaurants, plus special  events throughout the year. X

Downtown Hebron, (815) 648-2244  From rustic to refined, this country crossroads features several antiques shops, restaurants, an ice-cream parlor and other specialty shops.

Holiday Inn North Shore 5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie Best Western Legacy Inn 5910 Technology Dr., South Belloit Cherry Lane Motel 1122 E. 162nd St., South Holland Clarion Inn 610 Tollview Dr., South Holland Regency Inn 17301 S. Halsted St., South Holland South Holland Inn 17225 S. Halsted St., South Holland Best Western Inn 1635 E. Main St., St. Charles Country Inn & Suites 155 38th Ave., St. Charles Courtyard by Marriott 700 Courtyard Dr., St. Charles


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Hebron Shopping District, Hebron 

Main Street Kirkland, Kirkland

Main St.,  Come find that one-of-a-kind antique or perfect gift for your



(800) DAYS-INN (630) 513-6500 Xd o

Fairfield Inn & Suites 2096 Bricher Rd., St. Charles

(888) 236-2427 (630) 845-5500 Xo


Hampton Inn & Suites 2875 Foxfield Rd., St. Charles

(800) 228-2800 (630) 845-5500 X

Hilton Garden Inn 4070 E. Main St., St. Charles

(800) STAY-HGI (630) 584-0700 Xo

Holiday Inn Express 1600 E. Main St., St. Charles

(800) 315-2621 (630) 584-5300 Xd o


Hotel Baker 100 W. Main St., St. Charles

(800) 284-0110 (630) 584-2100 X

(708) 331-1621 Xd


Pheasant Run Resort 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles

(800) 474-3272 (630) 584-6300 Xo

(708) 596-8700 X


Super 8 1520 E. Main St., St. Charles

(800) 800-8000 (630) 377-8388 Xd

(800) EXTSTAY (847) 663-9031 Xd (800) HAMPTON (847) 583-1111 Xo


(800) 465-4329 (847) 679-8900 Xd o

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(800) 528-1234 (815) 389-4211 X (708) 331-7799 


(800) 4-CHOICE (708) 331-3200 Xo


Days Inn 100 S. Tyler Rd., St. Charles

(800) 222TREE (847) 679-7000 Xo








(800) 780-7234 (630) 584-4550 Xd o


Budget Inn & Suites 1705 N. Bloomington St., Streator

(877) 342.6099 (815) 672-0080 Xd o


(800) 456-4000 (630) 587-6564 Xd o


Comfort Inn 1475 S. Peace Rd., Sycamore

(877) 4-CHOICE (815) 895-4979 Xo



Country Inn & Suites 1450 S. Peace Rd., Sycamore

(800) 456-4000 (815) 895-8686 Xo


(800) 321-2211 (630) 377-6370 Xd o

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Genoa Main Street Shopping District, Genoa 


Hampton Inn & Suites–Chicago North Shore 5201 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie

Geneva Shopping District, Geneva 

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Extended Stay America 5211 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie

Kansas and Oak streets, (815) 469-3356,  Discover the charm of historic downtown Frankfort. Local eclectic  speciality boutiques offer unique selections and personal services. X

701 N. State St., (847) 695-3066,  This 1920 millworks building now houses an array of 35 quaint shops. X 

Hotels DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center 9599 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Frankfort Historical District, Frankfort 

Downtown Genoa, (815) 784-6961,  Enjoy a variety of unique shops featuring handcrafted items, primitive treasures, gifts, collectibles and more. Stroll Main Street and sample delicious food at one of the cozy restaurants.

Sherman and Church streets, (847) 866-6319,  Downtown Evanston entertains night and day with

Rtes. 173 and 83, (847) 395-2233,  Charming Antioch boasts more than 100 eclectic shops and

Madison St. west of Harlem Ave., (708) 366-2543,  This historic commercial district has numerous restaurants, lively  sports bars and antique stores. X

State Street Market, Elgin 

Downtown Evanston, Evanston 

Downtown Antioch, Antioch 

Main Street District, Forest Park 

Historic Shopping District, DeKalb 

Elmhurst City Centre, Elmhurst 

Algonquin Historic Shopping District, Algonquin 

Historic Downtown Freeport, Freeport 

( 815) 232-9000,  There’s something to suit everyone’s tastes in Freeport’s historic town center with more than 200 speciality shops and restaurants lining the gridded streets. X

State St. at S. 3rd St., (630) 232-6060,  Geneva offers more than 100 distinctive shops, riverfront restaurants, boutiques, antiques stores and sidewalk cafes within a 10-block area. X

Rte. 38, (815) 756-1336,  Stroll through historic downtown DeKalb to explore unique shopping and dining. You will find a variety of shops, including art galleries, vintage clothing, jewelry, antiques, and hand-dipped chocolates. X 

Colonial Antique Mall and Restoration Center, Woodstock 

200 specialty shops, more than 90 restaurants and a  state-of-the-art cineplex. X


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Downtown Morris, Morris 

( 630) 257-5997,  Stroll through downtown Lemont and stop in one of the locally owned restaurants, shops and pubs that are unique to the area.

Main Street, Libertyville 

133 E. Cook Ave., (847) 680-0336,  Historic, turn-of-the-20th-century downtown Libertyville features shopping, special events, a Victorian-home museum, a central park and a variety of restaurants. X 

Historic Downtown Lockport, Lockport 

Downtown Lockport,  A canal walk, bike path and Lincoln Landing are only a few of the   exciting ways to traverse Lockport’s bustling downtown district. X

Lombard Town Centre, Lombard 

102 W. St. Charles Rd., (630) 620-8063,  Enjoy unique shopping and dining in historic downtown Lombard and relax in beautiful Lilacia Park. X

Long Grove Historic Village, Long Grove 

Downtown Naperville, Naperville 

(630) 377-6161,  Enjoy picturesque views of the Fox River while browsing in antique shops and boutiques along the riverfront. X

Lake and Oak Park avenues,  In the heart of Oak Park, you’ll find restaurants, specialty shops and services, international and local designers of fashion and jewelry, antiques shops, galleries and fine restaurants.

Rte. 64, (815) 895-3456,  Sycamore is rich in charm and tradition. Explore quaint shops and dine in cozy restaurants.

The Avenue Association, Oak Park 

Historic Downtown Sycamore, Sycamore 

Historic Downtown Ottawa, Ottawa 

Downtown Utica, (815) 667-4356,  The quaint and historic Village of North Utica offers a small-town feel to a day of shopping.

McHenry Shopping District, McHenry 

Downtown Ottawa,  Ottawa’s downtown hosts an ice-sculpting celebration in winter, farmer’s market in spring, wine festival in summer and festival of lights in fall. X

Main Street Waterman, Waterman  Downtown Waterman, Lincoln Hwy.,  This cozy country town has much to offer. Browse a variety of stores or enjoy a nice home-cooked meal at one of the restaurants. X 

Main Street Plainfield, Plainfield 

Waukegan Main Street, Waukegan 

221 N. Genesee St., (847) 623-6650,  Dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Waukegan’s historic downtown, Main Street boasts the landmark Genesee Theatre, quaint shopping and fine dining just west of the Lake Michigan shore. X 

Downtown Richmond and Rte. 12, (815) 678-4040,  Spend a day in this quaint little town, visiting the antique dealers, custom-furniture artisans, and gift and collectibles stores. Fine restaurants, B&Bs and other lodging within walking distance.

Woodstock Square and Shops, Woodstock 

Downtown Woodstock, U.S. Hwy. 14 and Rtes. 47 and 120,  (815) 338-2436,  Spend the day browsing gift and antiques shops in this quaint town. The square hosts summer concerts, ice-cream socials, a folk festival and art shows. Much of the movie Groundhog Day was filmed here. X

Main Street Shabbona, Shabbona 

(800) 315-2621 (815) 748-7400 Xo

(815) 895-6789 X


Wingate by Wyndham 18421 N. Creek Dr., Tinley Park


Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort & Indoor Waterpark 2643 N. Rte. 178, Utica Starved Rock Inn Hwy. 178 and Rte. 6, Utica




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Comanche Ave.,  Explore many unique shops in a town full of history. Shabbona will give you that perfect “get-away-from-it-all” experience and make you feel right at home. X 


( 815) 539-6507,  Downtown Mendota provides a relaxing environment and the perfect opportunity for a stroll or for shopping.

Jane Fargo Hotel 355 W. State St., Sycamore

Village of North Utica, Utica 

Village of Richmond, Richmond 

Downtown McHenry, (815) 385-4300,  Enjoy spending a getaway in this city, which includes a downtown shopping district with artisans, antiques and other specialty shops, outdoor recreational activities and special events.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 1935 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore

Downtown St. Charles, St. Charles 

( 630) 544-3372,  Discover the charming shops and distinctive restaurants along the tree-lined streets. Nationally recognized retailers, family-owned businesses and shops make up the unique shopping array. X 

24044 Lockport St., (815) 436-5510,  One of Will County’s oldest communities, Downtown Plainfield offers shopping, dining, a walkable downtown entertainment district, historic buildings and events all year long.

Rtes. 53 and 83, (847) 634-0888,  Stroll cobblestone paths to one of 80 specialty shops filled with treasures from around the world, plus popular dining and entertainment options. X 

Downtown Mendota, Mendota 

Market St.,  Somonauk offers you a variety of shops full of artisan crafts, fine jewelry, antiques and more. Take a break and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the restaurants. X 


Motel 6 1860 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore

(800) 4-MOTEL6 (815) 899-6500 Xd


Comfort Inn & Suites 18400 Spring Creek Dr., Tinley Park

(877) 4-CHOICE (708) 342-1425 Xo


Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center Rtes. 178 & 71, Utica

Country Inn & Suites 18315 S. LaGrange Rd., Tinley Park

(888) 201-1746 (708) 560-9300 Xo


The Willows 325 Clark St., Utica

Fairfield Inn 18511 N. Creek Dr., Tinley Park

(888) 236-2427 (708) 633-1050 Xo


Holiday Inn Express 975 N. Lakeview Pkwy., Vernon Hills

Hampton Inn 18501 N. Creek Dr., Tinley Park

(800) HAMPTON (708) 633-0602 Xo


Hotel Indigo 450 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills

Hilton Garden Inn–Tinley Park 18335 LaGrange Rd., Tinley Park

(800) HILTONS (708) 429-2266 Xo


Intown Suites Chicago West 350 E. Roosevelt Rd., Villa Park

Holiday Inn Hotel & Tinley Park Convention Center 18501 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park

(800) 315-2621 (708) 444-1100 Xo


Motel 6 10 W. Roosevelt Rd., Villa Park

La Quinta Inn & Suites 7255 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park

(800) 531-5900 (708) 633-1200 Xd o


Hawthorn Suites at Midlane Golf Resort 4601 W. Yorkhouse Rd., Wadsworth

Sleep Inn 18420 Spring Creek Dr., Tinley Park

(877) 4-CHOICE (708) 342-1700 X


Candlewood Suites Chicago/Naperville 27W300 Warrenville Rd., Warrenville

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(800) 228-1000 (708) 532-9300 Xo (866) 399-FUNN (815) 667-FUNN Xo


Downtown Lemont, Lemont 

Main Street Somonauk, Somonauk 

( 815) 942-0113,  This original outdoor shopping destination features unique stores, dining and a variety of professional services. Located on the historic I&M Canal, downtown Morris also offers interesting pieces of history. 

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loved one, then experience Midwestern hospitality at unique dining options. X 



(815) 667-4238 

(800) 868-ROCK (815) 667-4211 Xo

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(630) 832-2850 

Brer Rabbit Motel 65 E. North Ave., Villa Park


(630) 941-9075 X

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Champagne Lodge & Luxury Suites 16W621 S. Frontage Rd., Willowbrook

(877) 97-THECL (630) 455-0555 Xo

Hyatt Place Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville 27576 Maecliff Dr., Warrenville

(800) 590-2796 (630) 836-9800 Xo


Holiday Inn Willowbrook/Hinsdale 7800 Kingery Hwy., Willowbrook

(800) 315-2621 (630) 325-6400 Xo

Hyatt Summerfield Suites Chicago Naperville/Warrenville 27544 Maecliff Dr., Warrenville

(866) 974-9288 (630) 836-2960 Xd o


La Quinta Inn Chicago/Willowbrook 855 W. 79th St., Willowbrook

(800) 531-5900 (630) 654-0077 Xd

Residence Inn by Marriott Naperville/Warrenville 28500 Bella Vista Pkwy., Warrenville

(800) 331-3131 (630) 393-3444 Xd o


Red Roof Inn 7535 Robert Kingery Hwy., Willowbrook

(800) RED-ROOF (630) 323-8811 Xd


Springhill Suites by Marriott Naperville/Warrenville 4305 Weaver Pkwy., Warrenville

(888) 287-9400 (630) 393-0400 Xo


Super 8 820 W. 79th St., Willowbrook

(800) 800-8000 (630) 789-6300 Xd o



Courtyard by Marriott Chicago/Wood Dale 900 N. Wood Dale Rd., Wood Dale

(800) 321-2211 (630) 766-7775 Xo


(800) 222-TREE (630) 860-2900 Xo


(815) 338-0629 Xo


(815) 334-9600 Xo



DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Wood Dale/Elk Grove Village 1200 N. Mittel Blvd., Wood Dale

Comfort Inn 3031 Belvidere Rd., Waukegan

(800) 416-1327 (847) 623-1400 X


Best Western 990 Lake Ave., Woodstock

Courtyard by Marriott 3800 N. Point Blvd., Waukegan

(800) 321-2211 (847) 689-8000 Xo


Holiday Inn Express 1785 S. Eastwood Dr., Woodstock

(847) 473-4400 X


Super 8 1220 Davis Rd., Woodstock

(847) 336-9000 Xd o


Town Square Inn 1121⁄2 Cass St., Woodstock


Hampton Inn Yorkville 310 E. Countryside Pkwy., Yorkville

Holiday Inn Express 611 Lakehurst Rd., Waukegan Motel 6 31 N. Green Bay Rd., Waukegan Quality Inn 619 S. Green Bay Rd., Waukegan

(847) 662-3200 X

Super 8–Yorkville 1510A N. Bridge St., Yorkville

Ramada Inn 200 N. Green Bay Rd., Waukegan

(800) 2-RAMADA (847) 244-2400 Xo


Residence Inn by Marriott 1440 S. White Oak Dr., Waukegan

(800) 331-3131 (847) 689-9240 Xd o



Springhill Suites by Marriott Chicago Waukegan/Gurnee 4101 Fountain Square Place, Waukegan

(847) 688-9800 Xo

Super 8 630 N. Green Bay Rd., Waukegan

(800) 800-8000 (847) 249-2388 Xd

Courtyard by Marriott 2175 Marriott Dr., West Dundee

(800) 321-2211 (847) 429-0300 Xo

TownePlace Suites 2185 Marriott Dr., West Dundee

Best Western Plus: The Inn & Suites at Market Square 2723 Sheridan Rd., Zion

(815) 337-4677 Xd





(630) 553-9806 X


(800) 800-8000 (630) 553-1634 X


(847) 872-4000 X

Country Inn & Suites 1100 33rd St., Zion

(800) 456-4000 (847) 746-0101 Xo

Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center One Lakefront Dr., Zion

(866) IL-BEACH (847) 625-7300 Xo






(800) 257-3000 (847) 608-6320 Xd o


Bed & Breakfasts

(800) HAMPTON (708) 409-1000 X


Victorian Rose Garden B&B 314 Washington St., Algonquin

(888) 854-9667 (847) 854-9667 


Hampton Inn 2222 Enterprise Dr., Westchester

(800) 780-7234 (630) 323-1515 X


Benedictine B&B 3111 S. Aberdeen St., Chicago

(888) 539-4261 (773) 927-7424 


Best Western Oakbrook Inn 669 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont Clubhouse Inn & Suites Hotel 630 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont

(800) CLUB-INN (630) 920-2200 Xd o

Homestead Studios Suites Chicago/Westmont/Oakbrook 855 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont

(800) EXT-STAY (630) 323-9292 d

Candlewood Suites 8000 Capitol Dr., Wheeling Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Center 1090 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling

(800) 800-8000 (815) 337-8808 Xd


(888) CANDLEWOOD (847) 578-5250 Xd

Candlewood Suites 1151 S. Waukegan Rd., Waukegan


Fitness Center

(847) 244-6100 Xd o


America’s Best Value Inn & Suites 411 S. Green Bay Rd., Waukegan




(877) STAY-HGI (630) 393-3223 Xo

Fitness Center

Fitness Center

Hilton Garden Inn Naperville/Warrenville 28351 Dodge Dr., Warrenville




Chicago & Beyond

(888) CANDLEWOOD (847) 520-1684 Xd (847) 537-9100 X

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Bronzeville’s First B&B 3911 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago $

(773) 373-8081 X

House of Two Urns B&B 1239 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago


(800) 835-9303 (773) 235-1408 

University Quarters B&B 6137 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago


Parkside B&B 203 E. Roosevelt St., DeKalb


Crawford House Inn 204 E. 3rd St., Dixon


(773) 855-8349 

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(815) 787-9526  (815) 288-3351 


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Muirhead Farmhouse B&B 42W814 Rohrsen Rd., Hampshire Morning Glory B&B 8701 N. Rte. 14, Harvard Ravenstone Castle B&B 4504 Rte. 23, Harvard Lake House Inn B&B 26318 W. Central Road, Ingleside Riverview Guest House B&B 641 S. Chicago Ave., Kankakee River House B&B 11052 Ventura Blvd., Machesney Park Lord Stocking’s B&B 803 3rd Ave., Mendota The Kable House Country Inn Sunset Hill, Mount Morris Round Robin B&B Inn 231 E. Maple Ave./Rte. 176, Mundelein Harrison House B&B 26 N. Eagle St., Naperville Mill Street Inn 107 Mill St., North Utica Harvey House B&B 107 S. Scoville Ave., Oak Park Under the Ginkgo Tree B&B 300 N. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park Brightwood Inn 2407 N. Rte. 178, Oglesby Harmony Hills B&B 1052 S. Harmony Rd., Oregon Patchwork Inn 122 N. 3rd St., Oregon Pinehill Inn 400 Mix St., Oregon Fox River B&B 3367 E 2072nd Rd., Ottawa Marcia’s B&B 3003 N. Rte. 71 & I-80, Ottawa Prairie River's B&B 121 E. Prospect Ave., Ottawa Stain Glass Inn B&B 2820 E. 2559 Rd., Ottawa Inn at Lake Elizabeth 11514 Lakeview Rd., Richmond

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Bayley House Suite B&B 723 N. 2150th Rd., Tonica

(630) 942-6888 


Old Victorian Farmhouse B&B 26668 S. Main St., Wauconda

(847) 464-5224 


Wakan Cove B&B 641 E. Liberty St., Wauconda

(815) 943-1633 


The Mansion B&B 305 Oregon Ave., West Dundee

(815) 943-5764 d


Victorian Veranda B&B 8430 W. State Rd., Winnebago

(847) 201-2258 


Alexandria House B&B 315 Dean St., Woodstock


(815) 636-1884 

Bundling Board Inn 220 E. South St., Woodstock


(815) 539-7905 

Royal Victorian Manor 344 Fremont St., Woodstock


(815) 734-7297 d


(708) 372-4978 (815) 928-9202 

(800) 301-7664 (847) 566-7664 X


Vacation Rentals

(309) 397-0564 


Leisure Lake Resort 21900 S.W. Frontage Rd., Joliet Race View Farms 19100 Schweitzer Rd., Joliet

(708) 524-2327 


The Foster Suite 155 1/2 Mill Sts, North Utica


Memory Lane Retreat 10006 N. Rote Rd., Orangeville

(815) 440-2147 


Cottage in the Woods Rt. 64, Oregon

(815) 732-4113 


On Holden Pond 5116 W. Penn Corner Rd., Oregon

(888) 667-0600 (815) 667-4600 X


Madison Street Living Rental 219 W. Main St., Ottawa

(815) 431-9257 


Starved Rock Adventures Harbor Villas 1 Dee Bennett Rd., Ottawa

(815) 434-5217 d


Landers House Country Lodging 115 E. Church St., Utica

(800) 851-0131 (815) 732-2067 

(815) 434-3226 


Starved Rock Rental Cabin 2643 N. Rt., Utica

(815) 795-4471 


Victorian Veranda 8430 W. State Rd., Winnebago

(815) 678-4335 


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(847) 426-7777 


(815) 963-1337 


(815) 206-5000 


(815) 338-7054 


(815) 308-5432 


(877) 872-8488 (847) 872-8488 Xd

(630) 420-1117 



Baltic Hills Farm Manor 3314 S. Country Club Rd., Woodstoct


(815) 442-3276 


(708) 848-6810 


(888) 298-WINE (630) 529-9463 X

Emanuelson Inn B&B 1241 Shiloh Blvd., Zion


Lynfred Winery B&B Suites 15 S. Roselle Rd., Roselle

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(877) ROXANA1 (847) 587-1705 

(815) 629-9999 


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Copperstone Inn 6702 Yale Bridge Rd., Rockton

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Inn at Water's Edge 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn


(847) 328-8966 

Fitness Center

Oscar Swan Country Inn 1800 W. State St., Geneva

Bed & Breakfasts


The Roxana Hotel B&B 94 Lippincott Rd., Fox Lake


Janet's Place B&B 935 Judson Ave., Evanston


Bed & Breakfasts


(815) 741-3010 d


(815) 667-4717 


(815) 494-3020 


(815) 739-6728 


(815) 946-9100 


(815) 434-1500 


(815) 434-9200 


(815) 667-5170 


(630) 551-5534 


(815) 963-1337 


(815) 337-8432 


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Great Rivers Country Experience the sights and sounds of the lazy rivers

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Courtesy of Galena CVB Alan Klehr

Courtesy of Quad Cities CVB

Courtesy of the Tourism Bureau Illinoisouth

Courtesy of Great Rivers Country CVB

Visitor Resources

Clockwise: Scenic overlook outside Nauvoo, downtown Galena, Eckert’s Country Store in Belleville, Alton eagle watching, Mississippi River cruise


Great Rivers Country Regional Tourism Development Office 581 Deere Rd., Macomb (309) 837-7460 Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau 200 Piasa St., Alton (800) 258-6645, (618) 465-6676 Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau 201 N. Franklin Ave., Polo (800) 678-2108, (815) 946-2108

Great Rivers Country is known for its postcard views of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, quaint country villages and fascinating historic sites. Take a look. Galena’s historic Main Street looks much as it did in the 19th century, although its storefronts now hold modern shops and restaurants, and its surrounding hillsides are dotted with cozy bed and breakfasts. History is on display at the Grant Home, once occupied by 18th U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant. For sports fun in Galena there’s skiing or snowboarding at Chestnut Mountain Resort, and championship golf at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Fulton’s claim to fame is De Immigrant Windmill, a working Dutch windmill that grinds grain. In Moline, climb aboard a giant tractor at the John Deere Pavilion, the largest agricultural museum in the world. Nearby Bishop Hill retains its Swedish heritage with authentic shops and restaurants. Stop in Galesburg to tour the Galesburg Railroad Museum and Carl Sandburg Home, where the iconic author

Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau 720 Park Ave., Galena (800) 747-9377, (815) 777-3557 Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 2163 E. Main St., Galesburg (800) 916-3330, (309) 343-2485 Henry County Tourism Bureau 307 W. Center St., Cambridge (309) 937-1255 continued

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Courtesy of Quincy/Herald Whig

Courtesy of Alton CVB

Macomb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 201 S. La Fayette, Macomb (800) RAMSCAMP, (309) 833-1315

James Strobel


Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 456 Fulton, Suite 300, Peoria (800) 747-0302, (309) 676-0303

Clockwise: Spirit of Peoria, Villa Kathrine in Quincy, Galesburg Balloon Festival, Apple River Fort in Elizabeth

Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau 1601 River Dr. #110, Moline (800) 747-7800, (309) 277-0937 Quincy Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. 532 Gardner Expressway, Quincy (800) 978-4748, (217) 214-3700 Southernmost Illinois Convention and Tourism Bureau Shawnee College Building, 1000 N. Main St., Anna (800) 248-4373, (618) 833-9928 The Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth 10950 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights (800) 442-1488, (618) 397-1488

Tourism Info Centers Homestead I-55 N., Hamel (618) 633-1875 Silver Lake I-70 E., Highland (618) 654-6597

was born. Leaf peepers flock to the area to see autumn in all its glory on the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive, Knox County Scenic Drive and Pike County Fall Color Drive. The Peoria RiverFront has two exciting new additions: the Caterpillar Visitors Center and Peoria Riverfront Museum. It’s also home to the Spirit of Peoria paddle wheeler, which cruises the Illinois River. See native Illinois animals at Peoria’s Wildlife Prairie State Park. Nearby in Lewistown, view excavated archaeological sites at Dickson Mounds Museum. Learn about the Mormon history behind Nauvoo at the Joseph Smith Historic Site, once the homestead of the Latter-day Saints prophet. The river town’s Nauvoo Temple is a meticulous replica of the 1800s original. Also in Nauvoo is the family-run Baxter’s Vineyards, the state’s oldest winery. Stop in for Quincy tourism information at Villa Kathrine, a historic Mediterranean-style mansion. Then stroll through Quincy’s East End Historic District, where you’ll see a range

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of home styles that span a century of design. Grafton’s scenic Pere Marquette State Park is known for its fall colors and winter eagle watching. Cool off in the summer at Raging Rivers WaterPark. Or brave the new Grafton Zipline Adventures that soar over limestone bluffs. Explore one of America’s most haunted small towns with Alton Hauntings Tour, Alton Haunted Odyssey Tours or Mineral Springs Haunted Tours and see the river town’s scary sites.

Brave a zipline that soars over limestone bluffs. The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Hartford traces the duo’s history-making expedition with exhibits that include a replica of Camp River Dubois. The close-by Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower offers a bird’s-eye view of the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Steer a virtual barge at the National Great Rivers Museum,

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located at the Melvin Price Locks & Dam, a great place for eagle watching in the winter. The Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway features amazing views of towering cliffs and the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers as it winds along Route 100. Cahokia Mounds holds the mysterious remains of an ancient Native American city in Collinsville. All faiths are welcome at Belleville’s National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Tour a French military outpost that’s been converted to a museum at Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher. And take your best shot at Sparta’s sprawling World Shooting & Recreational Complex, featuring trap fields and sporting clay courses. IL

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Cultural Attractions

St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville 

Albany Indian Mounds State Historic Site, Albany 

200 W. Harrison St., (618) 234-1166,  Built in 1866, this English Gothic masterpiece is the largest cathedral in Illinois holding regularly scheduled services. X  Donation

Alton Federal Military Prison, Alton 

210 E. Main St., (309) 221-0066,  Enjoy a glimpse into the past when horses were used for farming and transportation with displays protraying 100 years of history. X  $

12th Ave. at Cherry St., (309) 887-4335,  Take the trails to ancient burial mounds dating back to 2000 B.C. Enjoy picnicking, walking, biking and cross-country skiing. X  Free Williams and Broadway streets, (800) 258-6645,  The military prison reopened in 1862 as a Confederate prison. You can see a portion of it still standing in Alton. X  Free

Alton Museum of History and Art, Alton 

2809 College Ave., (618) 462-2763,  See exhibits devoted to Abraham Lincoln, Robert Wadlow, Elijah P. Lovejoy,  $ the Underground Railroad and Mississippi River steamboats. X

Alton’s Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail, Alton 

Downtown Alton, (800) 258-6645,  Walk in the footsteps of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln and Civil War soldiers. Experience 10 sites interpreting the unique heritage and  Free legacy of Lincoln and the Civil War in Alton. X

Lincoln/Douglas Square, Alton 

Broadway and Landmark streets, (800) 258-6645,  Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas held their last debate here while campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 1858. X Free

National Great Rivers Museum, Alton 

2 Lock and Dam Way, (877) 462-6979, This museum tells the story of the Mississippi River and the impact it has had on the region throughout history. Tour the locks and dam while you’re here. X  Free

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville 

442 S. DeMazenod Dr., (800) 682-2879,  Enjoy 200 acres of natural beauty while you walk, drive or take a trolley tour through the largest outdoor shrine in the U.S. X  Free

Horse and Buggy Museum, Biggsville 

Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill 

103 N. Bishop Hill St., (309) 927-3345,  Take in the history of this 19th-century settlement by visiting the  Donation museums, eateries, gift shops and art galleries. X

Jubilee College State Historic Site, Brimfield 

11817 Jubilee College Rd., (309) 243-9489 Founded as a seminary in 1840 by the first Episcopal bishop of Illinois, Jubilee College was the first American boarding college established in Illinois. X  Donation

Cahokia Courthouse State Historic Site, Cahokia 

107 Elm St., (618) 332-1782,  Built around 1730, this regional courthouse was dismantled in 1901, displayed at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, then reconstructed on its original site in 1939. X Free

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South of U.S. Hwy. 20 near Downtown, (815) 858-2343,  This 1888 depot, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built to serve the half-mile Winston Tunnel. Many Chicago Great Western photographs and artifacts are on display. $

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site, Ellis Grove 

4372 Park Rd. at Rte. 3, (618) 859-3741,  This fort protected Kaskaskia from British attack during the American Revolution. All that remains today are the earthworks around the perimeter and a view for picnickers. X  Free

Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site, Ellis Grove 

4230 Kaskaskia Rd., (618) 859-3031,  This is the early-1800s home of Illinois’ first lieutenant governor when Kaskaskia was the first state capital. X  Donation

Ronald Reagan Museum, Eureka 

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, Cahokia 

1008 Park Ave., (815) 777-0747,  This Italianate 22-room mansion is furnished with formal Victorian pieces, items from Liberace’s estate and the infamous green drapes from Gone with the Wind. $

116 Church St., (618) 337-4548 The earliest church west of the Alleghenies was built in 1799 in French vertical-log style. The restored church is part of the Colonial Cahokia State Historic Site complex. D onation 2300 Vector Dr., (618) 332-3664,  Learn about the St. Louis area’s storied history of aviation and see Gus  $ Grissom’s flight suit, TWA artifacts and a 1941 biplane. X

The Belvedere Mansion, Galena 

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, Galena 

1400 Washington Ave., (618) 734-9632 The 1872 house’s renovated first floor contains artifacts of the era, including a desk used by Ulysses S. Grant. X  Donation

601 S. Prospect Ave., (815) 777-4444,  The Chicago Athenaeum, an international museum, offers a satellite facility in Galena that features contemporary art, architecture and photography from around the world. Free

2700 Washington Ave., (618) 734-0201 This 14-room, Italianate-style structure has five levels filled with 19th-century furnishings and still contains the bed in which General Ulysses S. Grant slept in 1880. $

220 Diagonal St., (815) 777-1250,  Built of native limestone in 1826 as a general store and residence, this is Galena’s oldest house, furnished with primitives and an extensive collection of Galena pottery. $

Magnolia Manor, Cairo 

Dowling House, Galena 

Carthage Jail & Visitors Center, Carthage 

Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site, Galena 

Spinach Can Collectibles Museum, Chester 

Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, Galena 

310 Buchanan St., (217) 357-2989 Visit the historic site where Joseph Smith, prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his brother, Hyrum Smith, were incarcerated and subsequently killed by a mob on June 27, 1844. Free

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville 

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Chicago Great Western Railroad Depot Museum, Elizabeth 

Church of the Holy Family, Cahokia 

1001 State St., (618) 826-4567,  Check out Popeye memorabilia at this museum, located in the 1875 Opera House. X Free

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311 E. Myrtle St., (815) 858-2028,  Built in 1832 to protect a mining community during the Black Hawk War, this site was reconstructed from local trees using hand tools. It is  D onation listed on the National Register of Historic Places. X

300 E. College Ave., (309) 467-6407,  Ronald Reagan’s former school features a collection of memorabilia from his Hollywood years through his presidency. The museum and Peace Garden are part of the Ronald Reagan Trail, extending from Eureka to Dixon and Tampico. X  Free

Cairo Custom House Museum, Cairo 

Witness roadside Americana at its finest—and most quirky—in the shadow of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle. Named by Time as one of the Top 50 American Roadside Attractions, fans gather around the 170-ft.-tall tower each summer for the Catsup Bottle Festival, featuring a hula-hoop contest, car show and, of course, a hot dog eating contest.

Apple River Fort State Historic Site, Elizabeth 

30 Ramey Dr., (618) 346-5160, group tours: (618) 257-3403,  Visit the remains of a Mississippian Indian culture that flourished in A.D. 700–1400. A 33,000-sq.-ft. interpretive center is located near the largest prehistoric earthen mound in the New World. X  D onation

Wheels O’ Time Museum, Dunlap 

1710 W. Woodside Dr., (309) 243-9020,  Take a spin through time when you visit this hands-on museum featuring vintage automobiles, gasoline engines, airplanes, jukeboxes, toys, a miniature circus and full-size and model trains. X  $

Gramercy Park, East Dubuque 

Beecher St., (815) 747-6090 Discover 26 burial mounds built by the Hopewellian Native Americans dating back to around A.D. 500. F ree

1876 Banwarth House and Museum, Elizabeth 

408 E. Sycamore St., (815) 858-2014,  Join period interpreters on a journey through the fine Victorian home of Charles Banwarth. D onation

908 3rd St., (815) 777-3310,  Visit this fine Greek Revival-style home, built in 1843 by Elihu B. Washburne, a close associate of President Lincoln. Ulysses S. Grant’s presidential election news was received in the library via telegraph. X  D onation

211 S. Bench St., (815) 777-9129,  This Italianate mansion exemplifies Galena’s prosperity. See exhibits on lead mining, steamboating, Civil War years and 19th-century art, including Thomas Nast’s Peace in Union, depicting Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox. $

Galena Post Office and Customs House, Galena 

110 Green St., (815) 777-0225,  This great American post office is the second-oldest continuously operating post office in the United States. General Eli Parker built it in 1857 out of Nauvoo limestone. F ree

The Old Blacksmith Shop, Galena 

245 Commerce St., (815) 777-1893,  Listen to an on-site historian in the old shop, built in 1897, as they use original tools and equipment on working forges. X  Donation

Old Market House State Historic Site, Galena 

208 Perry St., (815) 777-3310,  Discover Galena’s historical, social and economic importance in this handsome brick Federal building built in 1845. X D onation

Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street, Galena 

123 N. Commerce St., (815) 777-1222,  Galena’s history comes alive in this 1820s log building, constructed as a shelter for women and children during the Black Hawk War of 1832.  Donation X

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Carl Sandburg State Historic Site, Galesburg 

313 E. 3rd St., (309) 342-2361,  Come see the birthplace of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg. The small cottage contains many family belongings. Behind it, Remembrance Rock covers Sandburg’s ashes. D onation

McDonough County Courthouse, Macomb 

1 Courthouse Sq., (309) 833-1315 This majestic brick courthouse was built in the summer of 1872 and continues to serve as the seat of county government. Abraham Lincoln visited Macomb twice in 1858. He spent the night at Randolph House and spoke at the courthouse yard to a crowd of 4,000 people. X Free

University Art Gallery, Macomb 

Discovery Depot Children’s Museum, Galesburg 

Western Illinois University, University Circle, (309) 298-1587,  WIU Art Gallery offers opportunities for study of the arts and the diverse cultures that produce art, as well as opportunities for aesthetic  Free enrichment and pleasure. X

Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg 

201 S. Lafayette St., (309) 837-2750,  This museum contains Native American clothing, trapper paraphernalia and Civil War items. Rotating exhibits showcase regional history and artifacts. X D onation

128 S. Chambers St., (309) 344-8876,  Discovery Depot provides a fun and educational experience for children and families. Interactive exhibits stimulate curiosity, promote discovery and encourage learning. X  $ 114 E. Main St., (309) 342-7415,  Eleven exhibits per year range in scope from regional shows to an annual national competition. The center also offers an artists’ gallery shop and educational programs. X Free

Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station, Galesburg 

Western Illinois Museum, Macomb 

Maeystown Rock Mill & Museum, Maeystown 

Mill St., (618) 458-6464,  The entire village of Maeystown is on the National Historic Register, with more history preserved in the museum. X Free

Mendota Museum & Historical Society, Mendota 

337 S. Cherry St., (309) 341-7757  The Old Knox County Jail houses exhibits and documents on the history of the Underground Railroad in the region. F ree

901 Washington St., (815) 539-3373,  The Mendota Museum is the parent organization of the Hume Carnegie Museum, Breaking the Prairie Museum, an agricultural museum, and Union Depot, a railroad museum. X  $

211 S. Seminary St., (309) 342-9400,  Experience railroading of the 1900s through memorabilia and a collection of restored railroad cars, including a Pullman car, steam  $ engine, postal and express agency car and caboose. X

675 Rte. 116, (309) 367-2551,  This museum offers tours of a restored house and barn, a farm museum and prairie-grass plot X $

Galesburg Railroad Museum, Galesburg 

Knox County Courthouse, Galesburg 

200 S. Cherry St., (309) 343-3121  The cornerstone of this Romanesque sandstone building was laid in 1884. On the east lawn, you’ll find the Mary Bickerdyke Memorial, dedicated to a Galesburg woman who served wounded Union soldiers during the Civil War. X  Free

Old Main at Knox College, Galesburg 

2 E. South St., (309) 341-7337,  Take in the architectural splendor of Old Main—the only remaining original building of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates. Built in 1857 and registered as a National Historic Landmark, the building is a significant example of American Gothic Revival architecture. X  Free

Mississippi River Museum & Interpretive Center, Grand Tower 

606 Front St., (618) 565-2227 Explore this museum for a step back in time and a glimpse of the experiences along the mighty Mississippi River. X Free

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, Hartford 

435 Confluence Tower Dr., (618) 251-9101,  Tower high above the departure point of the famous quest to explore the West and see breathtaking panoramas of the two meeting rivers. $

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Hartford 

1 Lewis & Clark Tr., (800) 258-6645,  Learn about the history of Hartford and visit the home of a 55-ft. full-scale replica of the keel boat used by Lewis & Clark. Other exhibits and educational videos for all ages are also featured. F ree

Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center, Metamora 

Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site, Metamora 

113 E. Partridge St., (309) 367-4470 One of two remaining courthouses on the judicial circuit where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, this courthouse features a restored courtroom and a museum. X  Donation

Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Moline 

817 11th Ave. and 1105 8th St., (309) 743-2701,  Visit the lovely gardens located at the historical Deere family homes. The grounds are open daily to the public. D onation

Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth 

64 Public Sq., (309) 734-3033,  This gallery boasts 2,600 sq. ft. of exhibit space. A new exhibit is featured each month. X  Free

Family Living Center, Nauvoo 

Main and White streets, (888) 453-6434,  Experience true pioneer living at the Family Living Center. Enjoy hands-on demonstrations of weaving, bread making, rope making and many more pioneer crafts. X Free

Historic Nauvoo Visitors Center, Nauvoo 

290 N. Main St., (888) 453-6434, (217) 453-2237,  View more than 60 restored homes and shops furnished with artifacts from 1840s-era Mormon life. X Free

Joseph Smith Historic Site, Nauvoo 

Rockwell Mound, Havana 

865 Water St., (217) 453-2246,  The site includes the homes and gravesites of Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his family. X  $

Center for American Archeology, Kampsville 

50 N. Wells St., (217) 453-6252,  The limestone replica of the original 1800s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple. X Donation

N. Orange and Franklin streets, (309) 543-6240  Imagine Native American life as it was 2,000 years ago at one of the largest burial mounds in the Midwest. F ree Rte. 100, (618) 653-4316,  The visitors center contains artifacts, exhibits and displays that explain the history of the lower Illinois River valley. The museum store features publications from the Center for American Archeology as well as retail merchandise. X  Donation

Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown 

10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., (309) 547-3721,  Study Native American culture at this archaeological museum. The building is filled with artifacts and interpretive exhibits covering 12,000 years of Native American life in Illinois. X  Free

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Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site, Galena 

500 Bouthillier St., (815) 777-3310,  This 1860s brick home in the Italianate Bracketed style is furnished and decorated as it was in 1868. X Donation

Nauvoo Temple, Nauvoo 

Weld House & Rheinberger Museum, Nauvoo 

Nauvoo State Park at Parley St., (217) 453-6590, (217) 453-6422 The Weld House was originally the home and office of Dr. John Wells and now features family records of the Nauvoo area. The Rheinberger Museum also displays the local history through 1,500 artifacts. F ree

African American Hall of Fame Museum, Peoria 

309 S. DuSable St., (309) 673-2206 Originated in 1987 as a nonprofit educational institution, this museum contains exhibits on African-American life and culture. F ree

Only in Illinois Be sure to eat your spinach before heading to Segar Memorial Park, where a six-foot bronze Popeye the Sailor Man statue has stood since 1977 in honor of the character’s creator, Elzie Segar. Part of a “Popeye and Friends Character Trail” set to finish construction in 2020, America’s favorite characters are the guests of honor in the park’s annual Popeye Picnic.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Peoria 

305 SW. Water St., (309) 674-6822,  Art exhibits, artists’ studios and art instruction are a few of the cultural happenings at the Contemporary Art Center, located in one of the Peoria RiverFront’s oldest buildings. X Free

Peoria Art Guild, Peoria 

203 Harrison St., (309) 637-ARTS,  Founded in 1878, the Peoria Art Guild is one of the oldest community arts centers in Illinois. Admire works by local, regional, national and international artists. X  Donation

Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, Prairie du Rocher 

1260 Rte. 155, (618) 284-7230,  This great stone fort was built in 1753 and became the seat of government for the French colony in America. X  Donation

Owen Lovejoy Homestead, Princeton 

Rtes. 6 and 26, (815) 879-9151,  A former station on the Underground Railroad, this was the home of abolitionist Owen Lovejoy. Rooms feature period furniture. $

All Wars Museum, Quincy 

1707 N. 12th St., (217) 222-8641 Located on the grounds of one of the nation’s largest and oldest veterans’ homes, this museum’s exhibits document wars from the American Revolution to America’s war on terrorism. X  Free

Dollhouses Then and Now, Quincy 

123 N. 4th St., (217) 222-1153 Take a tour of more than 70 furnished dollhouses circa 1920 to present, including the 1949 Disney House and the Tootsie Roll House. X  $

Dr. Richard Eells House, Quincy 

415 Jersey St., (217) 223-1800 A Quincy physician and leading abolitionist built this two-story brick house, which was an Underground Railroad site. X $

Governor John Wood Mansion, Quincy 

425 S. 12th St., (217) 222-1835,  The stately Greek Revival-style mansion of John Wood, an Illinois governor and Quincy’s founder, was built in 1835. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. X  $

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Mississippi Valley Historic Automobile Club Antique Car Museum, Quincy 

Front and Cedar streets, (217) 223-7909 A sheer delight for auto buffs everywhere, this museum houses 35 cars and displays. X $

Quincy Art Center, Quincy 

1515 Jersey St., (217) 223-5900,  Come to Quincy’s museum of visual arts and enjoy various activities,  $ such as exhibitions and classes. X

The Quincy Museum, Quincy 

1601 Maine St., (217) 224-7669,  Enter the Newcomb-Stillwell Mansion and step back in time. The first floor is decorated in 1890s fashion, and the second and third floors house rotating exhibits. X $

Villa Kathrine, Quincy 

532 Gardner Expwy., (217) 224-3688,  A 1900 restored Moorish villa, Villa Kathrine is perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Illinois Register of Historic Places. X $

Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island

( 309) 782-5021, (309) 794-5338,  Located in the middle of the Mississippi River, the island features the 1833 Colonel Davenport House, Fort Armstrong blockhouse, a museum, Confederate Cemetery, National Cemetery, and the Mississippi River  Free Visitors Center at Lock & Dam 15. X


Schuyler Jail Museum, Rushville 

200 S. Congress St. (217) 322-6975 View a showcase of pioneer life on the Illinois frontier. The museum’s collection includes soldiers’ uniforms, Native American relics, pioneer  Free furniture, farming implements and an early barbershop. X

Misselhorn Art Gallery, Sparta 

611 W. 2nd St., (618) 443-5668,  This converted railroad depot features the works of renowned artist Roscoe Misselhorn. The depot was featured in the 1967 Academy Award-winning film In the Heat of the Night. X  Free

Ronald Reagan Birthplace and Museum, Tampico 

111 S. Main St., (815) 438-2130,  See the restored furnished apartment where the 40th U.S. president was born, plus many photos, mementos and a gift shop. D onation

Thebes Courthouse, Thebes 

413 6th St., (618) 764-2658 This hand-hewn stone courthouse, built in 1845, crowns a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Abraham Lincoln practiced law here. Dred Scott—a slave who sued for his freedom—stayed overnight in the courthouse jail. F ree

Peoria Riverfront Museum is filled with high-quality interactive exhibits, within view of the majestic Illinois River. The 80,000 sq. ft. facility consists of six exhibition areas where visitors can learn about history, art, science and achievement. Experience the state-of-the-art Dome Planetarium and Giant Digital Screen Theater.

Wood River Museum and Visitors Center, Wood River 

40 W. Ferguson Ave., (618) 254-1993,  Learn the history of Wood River through a free museum tour. Also find information about all of the local sites. D onation

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Woodbine Glass Museum and Gift Shop, Woodbine 

3799 Woodbine St., (815) 947-3904 This museum displays 4,000 pieces of hand-blown glass, including contemporary and antique work from all countries. X  $



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Rte. 100 from Alton to Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton,  (800) 258-6645,  Take in some of the scenic vistas along the Mississippi River on this 20-mile paved trail. F ree 9500 126th St. W., (800) 383-4002, (309) 798-2666,  Take to the slopes and enjoy 14 ski runs catering to all skill levels. The facility features four chairlifts, a tubing hill, lighted slopes, lessons, rentals, a cafeteria and a lounge. X $

Apple River Canyon State Park, Apple River 

8763 E. Canyon Rd., (815) 745-3302,  Bald eagles, cliff swallows, wild turkeys and the rare bird’s-eye primrose live in these rugged cliffs and canyons. The park also has  Free hiking trails, fishing and camp sites. X

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Anderson Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Astoria 

647 Hwy. 100, (309) 759-4484,  Enjoy outdoor recreation on a backwater lake of the Illinois River. X  Free

Atkinson Motorsport Park, Atkinson

23354 U.S. Hwy. 6(309) 936-7878,  This 216-acre park features 100 acres of timber, lakes and hills, plus 116 acres of desert-like riding with several open and unrestricted areas. $

Weinberg-King State Park, Augusta 

Rte. 101, (217) 392-2345, This 770-acre park offers fishing and hiking. In the winter, enjoy  Free cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. X

Rice Lake and Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area, Canton 

515 N. 4th St., (815) 589-4545,  Located by the Mississippi River in an old 12-acre quarry, Heritage Canyon is a restored mid-1800s settlement. Paths through the wooded hillsides lead to a church, schoolhouse, covered bridge, swinging bridge and more. X Free

25302 W. Story St., (815) 467-4271,  Channahon State Park marks the beginning of the Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail. Enjoy 61 miles of biking, hiking and snowmobiling surrounded by fishing and canoeing. F ree

Galena River levee one mile north of Meeker St. footbridge,  (815) 858-9100,  The 18-acre property is being preserved by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. Stroll through the marked trails to enjoy the scenery. F ree

Channahon State Park/I&M Canal State Trail, Channahon 

Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve, Chester 

Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area, Baldwin 

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10981 Conservation Rd., (618) 785-2555,  Totaling more than 20,000 acres, this state fish and wildlife area contains 36 miles of river, the 2,018-acre Baldwin Lake and a variety of wildlife. F ree

4301 S. Lake Dr., (618) 826-2706,  Enjoy a spectacular view from the bluff overlooking the Mississippi floodplain. Prairie flowers and soaring eagles and hawks provide a breathtaking experience. F ree

Randolph County State Recreation Area, Chester 

4301 S. Lake Dr., (618) 826-2706,  Located five miles northeast of Chester, this area offers fishing and hiking. Free

Turkey Bluffs State Fish and Wildlife Area, Chester 

4301 S. Lakeside Dr., (618) 826-2706,  This wildlife area’s 2,200 acres of nature include hiking trails that take you high on the bluffs to a magnificent view overlooking the Mississippi River. F ree

Siloam Springs State Park, Clayton 

938 E. 3003rd Lane, (217) 894-6205,  Enjoy fishing and horseback riding in this 3,323-acre park. X  Free

Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley 

12908 Niabi Zoo Rd., (309) 799-3482,  This zoo is home to nearly 1,000 animals, including Asian elephants, giraffes, large cats, tropical birds, zebras and more. Special attractions include a miniature steam engine replica and the Endangered Species Carousel. X$

Argyle Lake State Park, Colchester 

Only in Illinois Stand in the shadow of the Giant of Illinois, Robert Pershing Wadlow, who at the time of his death in 1940 was 8’11”…and still growing. Children and full-size adults can take a picture with the tallest man in history, sit in his chair or compare their feet to his giant size 30s.

640 Argyle Park Rd., (309) 776-3422,  Find serenity at this beautiful 1,700-acre park situated along an old stagecoach route between Galena and Beardstown. Featuring 95-acre Argyle Lake, the park is home to countless beaver dams and more than 200 bird species. X Free

Donnelley/Depue State Fish and Wildlife Area, Depue 

1001 W. 4th St., (815) 447-2353,  Enjoy bird-watching, fishing, hiking and boating. F ree

Mid-Town Marina, East Dubuque 

285 5th St., (815) 747-3310,  This full-service marina and restaurant is located on the Mississippi River, south of the Hwy. 20 bridge. $

Frank Holten State Park, East St. Louis 

Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area, Braceville 

7705 E. Houston Rd., (815) 237-0063,  Hike, hunt or fish on more than 6,000 acres, including Braidwood Lake and expanses of grassland. X Free

Jubilee College State Park, Brimfield 

13921 W. U.S. Hwy. 150, (309) 446-3758,  Camp, picnic, hike and bike at this park near Peoria. X  Free

Brushy Ridge Motosports, Browning

24C Harris Branch Rd., (217) 332-4950,  More than 20 miles of trails with mud, sand and rock surfaces for motorcycles and quads, the park also has two riding tracks and hills that will test even the most skilled of riders. $

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Brussels 

( 618) 883-2524,  The 8,501-acre refuge is managed for migratory birds and fish and endangered species. Spring and fall are especially good times to witness waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and songbirds along the Mississippi flyway. Fishing for catfish, crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass is also popular. X  Free

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Heritage Canyon, Fulton 

19721 N. U.S. Hwy. 24, (309) 647-9184,  Enjoy more than 450 individual bodies of water and more than 200 acres of agricultural fields. Freshwater marshes provide fish and wildlife habitat along the Illinois River valley. You can also camp, fish and hunt. X  Free

4500 Pocket Rd., (618) 874-7920,  In addition to lakes, a golf course and recreational facilities, this 1,180-acre park features diverse plant and animal life, and a bridge that crosses over Whispering Willow Lake. Free

Schurmeier Teaching Forest, Elizabeth 

Reusch & Tower Roads, (815) 858-9100,  Complete with two miles of beginner and intermediate hiking trails, this forest is the perfect place to spend the day. F ree

Tapley Woods State Natural Area, Elizabeth 

Five miles west of Elizabeth on U.S. Hwy. 20, (815) 745-3302,  Hunt and hike through the area’s many acres, or just take in the beauty of nature. Free

Sand Ridge State Forest, Forest City 

25799 E. County Rd. 2300, (309) 597-2212,  Enjoy horseback riding and hiking. Free

Great River Trail, Fulton 

Rock Island to Savanna, (815) 589-4545,  Hike, bike or jog this 62-mile paved recreational trail with an unmissable view of the Mississippi River. X Free

Buehler Preserve, Galena 

Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve, Galena 

870 S. Pilot Knob Rd., (815) 858-9100,  This 85-acre property is the home to 51 burial mounds and some of the best views of the Mississippi River. Free

Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena 

8700 W. Chestnut Rd., (800) 397-1320,  Midwest skiing at its best, with 19 runs to 3,500 feet, plus night skiing and more. Enjoy snow-free fun with an alpine slide, mountain biking, river cruises and sightseeing from atop a chair lift. X  $

Galena Birding, Galena 

602 Monroe St., (815) 777-0621,  Birding trips to the banks of the Mississippi River, woodlands and meadows last 2 1⁄2 hours. $

Galena on the Fly, Galena 

444 Eagle Ridge Dr., (800) 690-1287,  For an experience of a lifetime, take a scenic hot air balloon ride. The one-hour flights start at sunrise and sunset year-round. Groups meet at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, six miles outside of Galena. $

Galena River Trail, Galena 

Depot Park just below U.S. Hwy. 20, (815) 777-1050,  Go hiking, biking or cross-country skiing on this six-mile scenic trail. Portions wrap around the banks of the Mississippi River. X Free

Keough Effigy Land & Water Reserve, Galena 

1683 N. Cross Rd., (815) 858-9100,  Explore the past along Keough’s hiking trails. Come and see its mining and Native American history. F ree

Linmar Gardens, Galena 

504 S. Prospect St., (815) 777-1177,  Take a guided tour of the 3.5-acre gardens and its seven water features, then view the foundation of the Union Baptist Church, the first African-American church in the region. $

Winston Tunnel State Natural Area, Galena 

Blackjack Rd., (815) 745-3302,  Enjoy hiking, nature viewing and an old railroad tunnel. F ree

Lake Story Recreational Area, Galesburg 

U.S. Rts. 34 and 150, (309) 345-3683  The recreational area offers beach swimming, paddleboats, picknicking, trails and a waterpark.X Free

Grafton Zipline Adventures, Grafton

800 Timber Ridge Dr., (618) 786-8439,  Adventure abounds on Grafton’s newest attraction. Soar through the trees up to the bluffs more than 250 feet in the air. $

Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area, Grafton 

17836 Hwy. 100 N., (618) 376-3303,  The park includes portions of both the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Fishing and boating available. Free

Pere Marquette State Park and Visitors Center, Grafton 

Rte. 100, (618) 786-3323,  Enjoy bike trails, horseback riding, hiking and power-boating. F ree

Raging Rivers WaterPark, Grafton 

100 Palisades Pkwy., (618) 786-2345,  A wave pool, two water flumes, a lazy river and splash pools provide fun for the entire family. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. X  $

Devil’s Backbone Park, Grand Tower 

Rte. 68 near Lappans Crossroads, (240) 313-2700 Hike, picnic or camp at this park overlooking the majestic Mississippi River. An unusual rock formation at the north end of the park is pitted with caves. Called Devil’s Bake Oven, the area harbored river pirates until the U.S. Cavalry drove them away in 1803. Free

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LaRue Pine Hills/Oakwood Bottoms, Grand Tower 

Witkowsky State Wildlife Area, Hanover 

Horseshoe Lake State Park, Granite City 

Green River State Wildlife Area, Harmon 

Rte. 3, north of Grand Tower, (800) 526-1500, (618) 529-4451,  This ecological area offers trails, limestone bluffs, woodlands, the  Free LaRue Swamp and the Greentree Reservoir Interpretive Trail. X 3321 Rte. 111, (618) 931-0270,  Evidence shows Native American groups began inhabiting the area around 8000 B.C. An earthen platform mound in the park is part of the nearby Cahokia Mounds, the site of an ancient Native American city. Fishing, boating, hiking and picnicking available. F ree

Ray Norbut State Fish and Wildlife Area, Griggsville 

Two miles south of Valley City, (217) 833-2811,  Enjoy fishing in this 1,380-acre fish and wildlife area located along the Illinois River. F ree

Wildlife Prairie State Park, Hanna City 

3826 N. Taylor Rd., (309) 676-0998,  Experience 2,000 acres of native species. Go on the Adventure Trek to get up close and personal with bison and elk. $

Hanover Bluff Natural Area, Hanover 

7982 S. Park Rd., (309) 968-7135,  This 1,285-acre lake is overlooked by a large sandstone bluff. Fishing and hiking are available. Free

375 Game Rd., (815) 379-2324,  This wetland prairie once covered nearly one million acres of lowlands. Enjoy hiking and birding. F ree

Rte. 3, two miles south of McClure, (618) 833-5175,  Wintering Canadian geese and waterfowl add to the natural appeal of this wildlife area. F ree

19031 E. County Rd. 2110 N., (309) 535-2290,  Some of the greatest concentrations of wild ducks and geese along the Illinois River can be seen each fall and winter at Chautauqua. In late summer, visitors will also be able to see a large number of shorebirds. X  Free

Rte. 3 seven miles north of Cairo, (618) 776-5689,  Enjoy fishing, hiking and biking. X  Free

Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Havana 

Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park, Kewanee 

28616 Sauk Trail Rd., (309) 853-5589,  If recreation is your goal, this state park delivers. The grounds are ideal  Free for fishing, hiking and picnicking. X

Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area, Lacon 

Hanover Hill Rd., (815) 745-3302,  Try catching largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish on the banks of the 16-acre lake. Free

236 Rte. 26, (309) 246-8351,  Enjoy fishing, hiking trails and power-boating. X Free

Whitton Rd., (815) 745-3302,  Hike 450 acres in the natural habitat of nine endangered or threatened plant and animal species of Illinois. F ree

11304 N. Prairie Rd., (309) 547-2730 One of the largest wetland restoration projects in the entire U.S., Emiquon’s 7,000 acres will be home to several varieties of prairie grasses and animals, including river otters, grassland birds and reptiles. X  Free

Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Hanover 

Rall Woods State Natural Area, Hanover 

3.5 miles south of Hanover on Rt. 84, (815) 745-3302,  Take in a breath of fresh air at this nature area with hiking areas. Free

Wapello Land & Water Reserve, Hanover 

8642 Rte. 84 South, (815) 858-9100,  Originally the home to the Fox Indians, Wapello was named after the village chief. Many important artifacts have been discovered here. F ree

Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Manito 

Seven miles north of Hanover on Blackjack Rd., (815) 745-3302,  Visit this wildlife area for nature viewing. The transcontinental Bluebird Trail segment starts at parking lot. F ree

Emiquon Preserve, Lewistown 

Woodford County State Fish and Wildlife Area, Low Point 

Rte. 26 N., (309) 822-8861,  This conservation area offers fishing, picnicking and boating. X  Free

Mackinaw State Fish and Wildlife Area, Mackinaw 

15470 Nelson Rd., (309) 963-4969,  This 1,423-acre state park offers fishing and hiking trails. F ree

Cape Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area, McClure 

Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Miller City  Morrison Rockwood State Park, Morrison 

18750 Lake Rd., (815) 772-4708,  This beautiful park offers fishing, horseback riding, hiking trails and boating. X Free

Mt. Sterling Lake, Mt. Sterling 

Rts. 1 and 99, (217) 773-2513  Whether it’s for a weekend trip or a week-long vacation, Mt. Sterling  Free Lake is a picturesque outdoor spot with picnic pavilions. X

Nauvoo State Park, Nauvoo 

980 S. Bluff St., (217) 453-2512,   Free Enjoy a nature trail, prairie and 14-acre fishing lake. X

Peabody-River King State Fish and Wildlife Area, New Athens 

8900 Darmstadt Rd., (618) 475-9339,  This 2,220-acre fish and wildlife area features more than 20 fishing lakes and a waterfowl refuge. X Free

Big River State Forest, Oquawka 

RR 1 at Keithsburg Rd., (309) 374-2496,  Launch your boat, walk on the beach or cross-country ski. You can also hike the Lincoln Trail or explore the Pioneer Trail Cemetery. F ree

Delabar State Park, Oquawka 

RR 2, north of town, (309) 374-2496, 


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Great Rivers Country

Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island 

Picnic under shady oak trees or make use of the boating access,  Free children’s play area and large pavilion. X

Powerton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Pekin 

7982 S. Park Rd., (309) 968-7135,  Located 20 miles southwest of Peoria on the east side of the Illinois River, this area offers fishing on a lake with a rocky shoreline. F ree

7071 Riverview Rd., (815) 273-2732,  Enjoy 55,000 acres of fishing, canoeing, hiking and biking. The learning center features hands-on exhibits. X Free

16327A Rte. 84 N., (815) 273-2731,  This 2,500-acre recreational facility offers picnicking, hiking and magnificent views of the Mississippi River. X  Free

Butter Ridge and Cache Chapel roads, (618) 634-2231,  Dedicated to waterfowl biologist Dr. Bellrose, this 1,000-acre reserve provides habitat for wood ducks and other waterfowl. X  Free

Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna 

Peoria RiverFront District, Peoria 

200 NE. Water St., (309) 671-5555,  Discover Peoria’s exciting RiverFront, with its beautiful views along 11⁄2 miles of the scenic Illinois River. Highlights include a hiking/biking trail, a sculpture walk and events all summer long. X  Free

Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area, Prophetstown 

16006–875 East St., (815) 454-2328,  This 104-mile waterway has more than 5,000 acres for canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, plus historic sites and a museum. X Free

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, Sheffield 

12010 Van Damme Rd., (815) 537-2270,  Enjoy hiking and fishing on 2,376 acres. Free

Mautino State Fish and Wildlife Area, Sheffield 

Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Hampton,  (309) 793-6300,  Hike and bike this scenic 62-mile multi-use path along the Mississippi River. Enjoy picnic grounds, playgrounds and fishing. X  Free

World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta 

One Main Event Lane, (618) 295-2700,  The WSRC sprawls across 1,600 acres and has 120 trap fields over 3.5 miles, two sporting clay courses and a recreational facility. X  $

Hennepin Canal State Park, Rock Falls 

E. 2nd St. at Emmons Ave., (815) 625-4500,  Hennepin Canal State Park boasts 5,400 acres of recreational and educational opportunities: boating, fishing, hiking/biking trails, horse trails, nature preserves and a whole lot more. X  Free

Wards Grove Nature Preserve, Stockton 


Best Western Plus Parkway Hotel 1900 Homer Adams Pkwy., Alton

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Comfort Inn 11 Crossroads Ct., Alton

(800) 228-5150 (618) 465-9999 Xd o

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Fitness Center

Will Rd., (815) 745-3302,  Visitors to the park can hike trails or hunt in season. F ree


(800) 315-2621 (618) 462-1220 Xd o

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With several rivers running through the state, it’s no surprise that fried fish is on many menus. Find some of the freshest catches at O’Jan’s Fish Stand in Grafton and E-Town River Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Find more at

Hotels Garden Inn U.S. Hwy. 51, Cairo

(618) 734-9554 


Canton Harvester Inn 150 N. Main St., Canton

(855) 422-6868 (309) 357-5820 X



Heritage Grand Inn 1150 E. Linn St., Canton

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Illinois Flavors


Brown’s Oakridge Zoo, Smithfield 

17732 N. Dairy Farm Rd., (309) 783-2112,  This is the only family-owned zoo in Illinois. See Siberian tigers, lions, leopards, bears and much more. X $

Great River Trail, Quad Cities 

Fitness Center

16006–875 East St., (815) 454-2328,  This fish and wildlife area includes 12 stocked lakes. X  Free

Riverside Dr. and Park Ave., (815) 537-2926,  This park offers fishing, a boat ramp, canoe access, hiking, picnicking  Free and the Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area. X


Prophetstown State Park, Prophetstown 

Super 8 1800 Homer M. Adams Pkwy., Alton

Robert Garcia

Peoria Zoo in Glen Oak Park, Peoria 

2218 N. Prospect Rd., (309) 686-3365,  This fun zoological facility is home to the World of Wonder, an entertaining hands-on discovery and activity area. X $

RiverView Suites 206 Market St., Alton

The Frank Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve, Ullin 

Shabbona Lake State Park, Shabbona 

100 Preserve Rd., (815) 824-2106,  Named after a Potawatomi chief, this park offers boating, picnicking, hiking and fishing and an interpretive nature trail. X  Free

Holiday Inn Alton 3800 Homer M. Adams Pkwy., Alton

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge/ Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, Thomson 

1510 46th Ave., (309) 788-9536,  Enjoy hiking trails and picnic areas along the Rock River and the John Hauberg Indian Museum at the Watch Tower Lodge, all part of one of  Free the Seven Wonders of Illinois. X

Super 8 2110 N. Main St., Canton


Prairie Winds Motel 1764 E. U.S. Hwy. 136, Carthage

(217) 357-3101 



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America's Best Inn & Suites 2423 Old Country Inn Dr., Caseyville

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Sprague’s Kinderhook Lodge 22168 Hwy. 106, Barry

(217) 432-1090 X


First Western Inn 8787 Sasak Place, Caseyville

(618) 398-5484 Xd


(618) 233-4551 Xd


Motel 6 2431 Old Country Inn Dr., Caseyville

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Belleville Inn & Suites 931 S. Belt W., Belleville

Quality Inn & Suites 2180 Patricia Ct., Caseyville

(618) 398-6745 Xo


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Reid’s Inn Best Western 2150 State St., Chester

(877) 826-4701 (618) 826-3034 Xd o


Days Inn 12 Commerce Dr., Collinsville

(800) DAYS-INN (618) 345-2000 Xo

DoubleTree 1000 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville

(800) 222-TREE (618) 345-2800 Xd o

Best Western Annawan Inn 315 N. Canal St., Annawan

Super 8 600 E. Main St., Belleville Comfort Inn & Suites 1607 Pontiac Dr., Cahokia Belvedere Motel 3901 Sycamore St., Cairo Days Inn I-57 & Rt. 3, Cairo

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Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area, Victoria 

Eagle Watching, Alton 

1936 Rte. 167, (309) 879-2607,  This wildlife area offers fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, bullhead, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie and trout. F ree

Alton and Grafton area along the Mississippi River and Rte. 100,  (800) 258-6645,  See the sites where American bald eagles roost Nov.–Feb. F ree

Melvin Price Locks and Dam, Alton 

Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area, Wilmington 

Mineral Springs Haunted Tours, Alton 

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Wilmington 

301 E. Broadway, (618) 465-3200,  Discover the paranormal activity that has given Alton the name of one of the “Most Haunted Towns in America.” $

30239 S. Rte. 53, (815) 423-6370,  The 20,000-acre landscape is the first national tall-grass prairie in the United States. Efforts to restore the area began in 1996. F ree

Robert Wadlow Statue, Alton 

Rock Island State Park, Wyoming 

2800 College Ave., (800) 258-6645,  Stand beside this life-size sculpture created in memory of Robert Wadlow, the tallest man in the world at 8 feet, 11 inches. X Free

311 E. Williams St., (309) 695-2228,  One of the premier rails-to-trails facilities in Illinois, this trail has 27 miles for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing between the communities of Alta and Toulon. X  Free

9301 Collinsville Rd., (618) 345-4300,  Thoroughbreds race seasonally on this one-mile track located on the National Road. It offers betting and simulcast wagering on high-stakes races across the country. X  $

World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, Collinsville 

2 Lock Dam Way Rd., (618) 462-6979 Watch the river traffic from the observation platform. F ree

24621 N. River Rd., (815) 423-5326,  Boating and fishing are some of the activties to enjoy. A 12-mile equestrian trail is open from Apr. to Oct. F ree

Fairmount Park Racetrack, Collinsville 

Underground Railroad Tours, Alton 

Various locations, (800) 258-6645,  Come see the actual buildings that served as Underground Railroad stations for many slaves seeking freedom. X  $

800 S. Morrison Ave., (618) 344-8775,  Constructed in 1949 and restored in 1995, the now-empty steel water tank and tower measures 170 ft. tall. Don’t miss this roadside attraction, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. X  Free

Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova 

19425 Rte. 84 N., (309) 654-2110,  This 1⁄4-mile drag strip boasts NHRA-sanctioned racing events. $

John Deere Harvester Works Tour, East Moline 

1100 13th Ave., (800) 765-9588,  Take a tour of the manufacturing facility to see how the famous green machines are built. $

Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, East Peoria 

Sightseeing/ Entertainment

Fort Defiance, Cairo 

513 E. 3rd St.  Tour 13 locations in and around Alton on walking or trolley tours. All tours start at historic Noll’s Bakery & Confectionery Co. $

Chester Bridge and Popeye Statue, Chester 

200 S. Front St., (800) 777-0777,  Visit the new Casino Queen, with a floating floor, gaming stations, restaurants, entertainment and plenty of available meeting space. Plan to stay in the hotel or RV park right on the Mississippi River. X $

Mary’s River Covered Bridge, Chester 

Ellis Grove to Prairie du Rocher With its towering limestone bluffs on one side and the magnificent expanse of the Mississippi River on the other, Bluff Road is one of the most spectacular drives in southwest Illinois. Free

Confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers at U.S. Hwy. 51, (618) 734-2737 General Ulysses S. Grant commanded this Civil War post 150 years ago. Today, you can enjoy picnicking and sightseeing. F ree

Alton Haunted Odyssey Tours, Alton 

Hwy. 3, (618) 826-2326,  The Chester Bridge leads to Elzie Segar Memorial Park, where you’ll see the Popeye statue, which honors Elzie Segar, creator of Popeye and native of Chester. From there, walk along the Popeye & Friends Character Trail. F ree

Argosy Casino, Alton 

Rte. 150 between Chester and Bremen,  Take a leisurely stroll across one of the few remaining covered bridges in the United States. Built in 1854, the bridge has a 90-ft. span. Free


Mississippi Riverfront, 1 Piasa St., (800) 711-GAME,  The Argosy Casino offers year-round, unlimited-stakes gambling. X  Free

Hotels Drury Inn 602 N. Bluff Rd., Collinsville

(800) 378-7946 (618) 345-7700 Xd o


downtown  Once a thriving river port, Alton today is known in part for its ghosts. Take a walking or bus tour of haunted sites in the area—tours developed from the book Haunted Alton. $

Fitness Center

Alton Hauntings Tours, Alton 


Extended Stay Suites 6 Gateway Dr., Collinsville

(618) 345-0800 Xd

Fairfield Inn 4 Gateway Dr., Collinsville

(888) 236-2427 (618) 346-0607 Xo

Hampton Inn 7 Commerce Dr., Collinsville

(800) HAMPTON (618) 346-4400 Xo

Motel 6 552 Ramada Blvd., Collinsville

(800) 466-8356 (618) 345-9500 Xd o


Super 8 2 Gateway Dr., Collinsville

(800) 800-8000 (618) 345-8008 X


Timmerman’s Hotel & Resort 7787 Timmerman’s Dr., East Dubuque Comfort Inn & Suites 2209 John Deere Expwy., East Moline Embassy Suites 100 Conference Center Dr., East Peoria



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Hampton Inn 11 Winners Way, East Peoria

(800) HAMPTON (309) 694-0711 Xo


Holiday Inn Express 300 Eastlight Ct., East Peoria

(800) 315-2621 (309) 694-4959 Xo


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Bluff Road, Ellis Grove 


Fairfield Inn 200 Eastlight Ct., East Peoria

Casino Queen Hotel & Casino, East St. Louis 


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21 Blackjack Blvd. (I-74, exit 95), (309) 699-7711,  The 1,600-passenger Par-A-Dice Riverboat offers year-round high-stakes gambling on the Illinois River, with dockside gambling, Art Deco design and a full-service customer pavilion. F ree

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Great Rivers Country

Ryan Mansion Tours, Galena 

De Immigrant Windmill, Fulton 

1st St. and 10th Ave., (815) 589-4545,  Manufactured in the Netherlands and erected in Fulton by Dutch craftspeople, this 90-ft.-high windmill is a copy of a windmill in the Brabant town of Vorstenbach. Fulton celebrates its Dutch heritage with its annual Dutch Days Festival in early May. X  Free

Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive, Fulton County 

11373 U.S. Hwy. 20 W., (815) 281-0408,  Entertaining tours of Victorian life. The servants invite you to join in the fun and time-travel to 1882. $

Tri-State Trolley, Galena 

4349 Industrial Park Dr., (800) 779-4869,  Galena’s only ADA-compliant and climate-controlled trolley service offers daily narrated tours in the summer. X $

West Street Sculpture Park, Galena 

620 West St., (815) 777-9591,  The park includes more than 12 steel sculptures by John Martinson, including two 40-foot towers. Smaller pieces are avaible for sale. F ree

(309) 647-8980,  Whether you want to take in the scenery, investigate the region’s rich history or search for that special item to take home, you can find it along the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive in Fulton County. F ree

Lincoln Statue, Galesburg 

DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S. Main St., (815) 777-9252,  Listen to researched and authentic stories about Galena’s ghostly past and present on this fascinating walking tour. $

Reagan Trail, Galesburg 

Amtrak Station, 225 S. Seminary St.  This life-sized granite statue of Abraham Lincoln is modeled after the one in the capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C. X  $

All About A Ghost Tour, Galena 

Annie Wiggins Ghost Tour, Galena 

(800) 916-3330,  Galesburg is one of a handful of communities on this self-guided driving tour that link landmarks that played a vital role in the former President’s life. In Galesburg, see Reagan’s home and school. Free

Galena Main Street Walking Tour, Galena 

Prairie Mills Windmill, Golden 

Galena Trolley Tours, Galena 

Tower Rock, Grand Tower 

1004 Park Ave., (815) 777-0336,  Take an original walking ghost tour of Galena’s historic legends, sites, cemeteries and famous ghostly tales. $

902 Prairie Mills Rd., (217) 696-4678,  View an 1872 wind-powered grinding mill with the original grist stones and wooden gears still intact. The museum contains memorabilia of prairie life. Open weekends May–Oct., or by appointment. X  $

DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S. Main St., (815) 777-9129,  This summer one-hour tour explores historic highlights, plus Field of Dreams movie locations. $ 314 S. Main St., (877) GALENA1,  Take a city tour of Galena, or enjoy a tour of homes, a nightly ghost tour or a wine tour. $

Motel 6 104 W. Camp St., East Peoria

(800) 4MOTEL6 (309) 699-7281 Xd

Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino 7 Blackjack Blvd., East Peoria

(800) PARADICE (309) 699-7711 X

Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center 101 Mariners Way, East Peoria

(800) 659-2220 (309) 694-1300 Xo

Super 8 725 Taylor St., East Peoria

(800) 800-8000 (309) 698-8889 Xd

Casino Queen Hotel 200 S. Front St., East St. Louis

(800) 777-0777 (800) GAMBLER Xo

Comfort Inn & Conference Center 3080 S. Rt. 157, Edwardsville

(877) 4CHOICE (618) 656-4900 Xo

Country Hearth Inn & Suites 1013 Plummer Dr., Edwardsville Marcotte’s Family Motel 2156 U.S. Hwy. 20 E., Elizabeth

Porthole Barn Trail, Greene County 

(217) 683-2103,  After the Civil War, Confederate shipbuilder Joe Minch created a new trend in barn design when he placed round windows, now known as portholes, in a barn wall. Travel the trail to visit the highest concentration of porthole barns in the country. Free

St. Mary of the Fields, Hooppole 

Three miles northwest of Hooppole, (309) 935-6911 This unique shrine, blessed in 1992, has rekindled a passion for prayer. Stretching 106 ft. by 65 ft., this pathway symbolizes the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Free

A Midwest Haunting, Macomb 

119 S. Randolph St., (309) 333-4133,  This walking tour guides you through buildings in downtown Macomb that are believed to be haunted. You’ll hear ghostly tales of the darker side of Macomb’s history. $

Historic Barn Tours, Macomb 

201 S. Lafayette St., (309) 833-1315,  Take a self-guided tour of McDonough County’s historic barns to see the unusual true-round and variations of the cross-gable barn, which is unique to the area. F ree

Western Illinois University, Macomb 

1 University Cir., (309) 298-1414,  Established in 1899, the university is recognized as one of the Best in the Midwest Colleges by Princeton Review and is ranked a Tier 1 Midwestern Masters Institution by U.S. News & World Report. X  Free

Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison 

700 Raceway Blvd., (855) RACE-TIK,  This versatile motorsports facility opened to the public in 1997. A full schedule of NHRA Drag Racing events highlight the Gateway season. Open Mar.–Oct. X $



Super 8 45 Ludwig Dr., Fairview Heights


Comfort Inn & Suites 1301 17th St., Fulton


Pine Motel 19020 13th St., Fulton

(815) 589-4847 


Best Western Designer Inn & Suites 9923 U.S. Hwy. 20 W., Galena

(800) 780-7234 (815) 777-2577 Xd o


Chestnut Mountain Resort 8700 W. Chestnut Rd., Galena

(800) 397-1320 (815) 777-1320 Xd o


Country Inn & Suites by Carlson 11334 Oldenburg Ln., Galena

(800) 456-4000 (815) 777-2400 Xo

(618) 656-7829 Xd


DeSoto House Hotel 230 S. Main St., Galena

(800) 343-6562 (815) 777-0090 X

(815) 858-2217 d


Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa 444 Eagle Ridge Dr., Galena

(800) 892-2269 (815) 777-5000 Xd o



The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel 9853 U.S. Hwy. 20, Galena

(866) 284-7474 (815) 776-0707 Xo


America's Best Inn & Suites 305 Salem Place, Fairview Heights

(618) 624-3636 Xd o

Drury Inn & Suites 12 Ludwig Dr., Fairview Heights

(800) 325-8300 (618) 398-8530 Xd o

Ramada Hotel 6900 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights

(800) 2RAMADA (618) 632-4747 Xd o

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Rte. 3 (Great River Rd.), (800) 526-1500,  Grand Tower took its name from this small rocky island on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River. The rock has long been feared by

riverboat captains because of the rapid currents that swirl at its base. Lewis & Clark visited Tower Rock. F ree


( 815) 275-9470,  Enjoy carriage rides, dinner rides or champagne-and-roses rides. $

Fitness Center

Jack’s Galena Carriage Co, Galena 

Rte. 100 and La Salle St., (800) 258-6645,  Elsah contains dozens of 19th-century stone structures. This community, a National Historic Landmark, is steps away from Principia College, an early 20th-century masterwork by renowned California architect Bernard Maybeck. F ree


Elsah Historic District, Elsah 

(800) 800-8000 (618) 398-8338 Xd


(877) 4CHOICE (815) 589-3333 Xo


$ •






Ramada Hotel & Spa 11383 U.S. Hwy. 20 W., Galena

(800) 272-6232 (815) 777-2043 Xo



Stoney Creek Inn 940 Galena Square Dr., Galena

(800) 659-2220 (815) 777-2223 Xd o



• $=under $100 • $$=$100–$199 • $$$=$200–$299 • $$$$=$300 and up

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Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Madison 

Quad City Mallards, Moline 

Chain of Rocks Rd. off Rte. 3, (618) 451-4838,  This bridge, part of the original Route 66, once carried auto traffic across the Mississippi River. Now it’s a multiuse recreational trail and is  Free one of the world’s longest bicycle and pedestrian bridges. X

Monmouth College, Monmouth 

700 E. Broadway Ave., (309) 457-2345,  This liberal arts college occupies 40 scenic acres in the heart of town. Dozens of free cultural events and exhibits are held throughout the  Free academic year. X

Maeystown Historic District, Maeystown 

Main and Mill streets, (618) 458-6660,  Historic Maeystown is notable for both its collection of 19th-century architecture and its topography. Maeystown’s elegantly simple stone buildings on rolling hills present a 19th-century landscape. Visit its shops, museum and restaurant. X  Free

Covered Bridge, Morrison 

Crosby Rd.  At 148 feet, this two-span covered bridge, located on the road to Morrison-Rockwood State Park, is much larger than others you’ll see.

Modoc Ferry, Modoc 

 Free X

Modoc Landing at Rtes. 3 and 155, (800) 373-7007,  Several miles from the village of Modoc, you can take a ferry across the Mississippi River between Illinois and St. Genevieve, Missouri. This is the connection between the French colonial heritage areas on both sides of the river. X  $

Learn Great Foods, Mount Carroll  203 E. Seminary, (866) 240-1650, (815) 244-5602,  Take an agri-culinary tour of northern Illinois. Visit organic farms and vineyards, meet local farmers and vintners, and take a cooking class to prepare an organic meal. $

Raven’s Grin Inn, Mount Carroll 

John Deere Pavilion, Moline 

A mythical creature comes alive on the Madison County bluffs along the Mississippi River, in the form of the reptilian Piasa Bird, or “bird of the cliffs.” A 48x22’, 20th-century version of the Native American mural has replaced the original that amazed regional explorers in 1673. But the mysterious legend, visible from the nearby Clark Bridge, lives on.

Henderson Covered Bridge, Oquawka 

Celebration Belle Dock, 2501 River Dr., (309) 788-3360,  The Channel Cats are 49-passenger boats that connect Moline, East Moline, Bettendorf and East Davenport with hour-long loops across the Mississippi River. They also have a bicycle storage area, allowing bikers to enjoy riverfront trails on the Iowa and Illinois sides of the river. X$

Rte. 164, two miles south of Oquawka, (309) 627-2069 Built in 1866, this is one of five covered bridges left in the state and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. X Free

Bradley University, Peoria 


(888) 315-2378 (309) 343-9161 Xd o


Relax Inn 1100 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City

(309) 343-7151 Xd o


(877) 4CHOICE (309) 344-5445 Xd

$ $

Best Western Geneseo Inn 1375 S. Oakwood Ave., Geneseo

(309) 932-2841 X (309) 945-9345 X


Michael’s Swiss Inn & Coffee Shop 425 Broadway Blvd., Highland

Super 8 765 W. Main St., Geneseo

(800) 800-8000 (309) 945-1898 Xd o


Super 8 1303 Hwy. 109, Jerseyville


AmericInn 925 Tenney St., Kewanee


The Fairbridge Inn Express 901 S. Tenney St., Kewanee

Hotels America’s Best Value Inn 29 Public Square, Galesburg Best Western Prairie Inn 300 S. Soangetaha Rd., Galesburg Comfort Inn 907 W. Carl Sandburg Dr., Galesburg Galva Inn & Suites 301 Commercial St., Galva

Hampton Inn & Suites 5723 Heritage Crossing Dr., Glen Carbon Grafton Inn 22 E. Main St., Grafton

(800) HAMPTON (618) 589-5000 Xo

(618) 786-2222 X

Pere Marquette Lodge 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton

(618) 786-2331 Xo

Ruebel Hotel 217 E. Main St., Grafton

(618) 786-2315 X

EconoLodge 3236 W. Chain of Rocks Rd., Granite City

(618) 797-9835 X


MidWest Motel 912 Thorngate Rd., Granite City

(618) 797-2400 


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Fitness Center

1501 W. Bradley Ave., (309) 676-7611,  Founded in 1897, Bradley University is consistently ranked as a top Midwest university. The Bradley Braves, the men’s and women’s athletic teams, have produced such well-known athletes as Kirby Puckett and Hersey Hawkins. X Free


1400 River Dr., (309) 765-1000,  Features interactive displays on food and farming, exhibits on agricultural equipment and a retail store. X Free

Only in Illinois

411 N. Carroll St., (815) 244-4746,  Tour this haunted house year-round for humor, bizarre artwork, theater and thrilling experiences. $



Celebration Belle Dock, 2501 River Dr., (800) 297-0034, (309) 764-1952,  This 800-passenger paddle-wheel riverboat offers several excursions, including 100-mile, Big Band, Dixieland and fall foliage cruises. Make  $ reservations online. X

Fitness Center

Celebration River Cruises, Moline 

Channel Cat Water Taxis, Moline 

Caterpillar Visitors Center, Peoria 

Peoria RiverFront,  Enthusiasts of the brand and fans of big machines in general tour interactive galleries that tell a worldwide story of product development, manufacturing and sustainability. X  $

1201 River Dr., (309) 764-2000, (309) 277-1364,  Cheer on the Mallards at a hockey game at the iWireless Center. $


Red Lion Motor Lodge 1020 E. Laurel Ave., Havana

(618) 877-7100 X

(309) 543-4407 d


Sycamore Motor Lodge 371 E. Dearborn St., Havana

(309) 543-4454 d


Cardinal Inn 101 Walnut St., Highland

(618) 654-4433 Xd


(618) 654-8646 Xd o (800) 800-8000 (618) 498-7888 Xd

Kewanee Motor Lodge 400 S. Main St., Kewanee Trailside Inn 2178 Lake Carroll Blvd., Lake Carroll

Days Inn 1400 N. Lafayette St., Macomb

$ $

(800) 634-3444 (309) 856-7200 Xd o


(309) 853-8800 Xd


(309) 853-4000 

$ $

(815) 493-8484 

Country Inn Motel & Café 536 Veterans Memorial Dr., Livingston Amerihost 1646 N. Lafayette St., Macomb

(618) 637-2600 Xd

(309) 837-2220 Xd o (800) DAYSINN (309) 833-5511 Xo

$ $ $

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George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden, Peoria 

Glen Oak Park, 2218 N. Prospect Rd., (309) 686-3362,  Enjoy this 5,000-sq.-ft. conservatory, which has special events and displays scheduled throughout the year. X  $

Peoria Pirates, Peoria 

The Red Covered Bridge, Princeton 

Carver Arena, 201 SW. Jefferson Ave., (309) 673-1000,  This professional arena football team plays home games in Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center. X  $

Hwy. 26, north of Princeton, (815) 875-2616 View one of the few remaining covered bridges in Illinois, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1863, the structure is a delight for artists, photographers and nature lovers. F ree

Peoria Chiefs, Peoria 

Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria 

Peoria Historical Tours, Peoria 

Peoria RiverFront, (309) 686-7000,  The area’s newest attraction includes a planetarium, fine and folk art galleries, exhibits on history, a giant-screen theater and many more ways to entertain kids of all ages. X  $

O’Brien Field, 730 SW. Jefferson Ave., (309) 680-4000,  Come cheer for the Chiefs, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. X $ 611 SW. Washington St., (309) 674-1912,  The society offers tours of historic homes, trolley rides and guided walking tours for visitors to learn the city’s history. $

Peoria Rivermen, Peoria

Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW. Jefferson Ave., (309) 676-1040,  Catch the puck-flying excitement of the Rivermen as they take on teams in the American Hockey League. X $

Spirit of Peoria, Peoria 

100 NE. Water St., (309) 637-8000,  Cruise the Illinois River valley aboard the Spirit of Peoria, an authentic replica of a turn-of-the-20th-century stern-wheeler. Enjoy a dinnertheater cruise, a weekend excursion or seasonal sightseeing trips. X $

Date Night! When Bent River Brewing Co. in Moline set up a second shop in Rock Island, production of its signature beers increased from 1,500 barrels to 4,000 barrels… that’s a lot of brew! The new location has added a tasting room and coffee shop.

East End Historic District, Quincy 

12th–24th streets, Maine–State streets, (217) 214-3700,  Admire the architecture of this historic district. Quincy’s East End features every formal architectural style found in the Midwest from 1830 to 1930. X Free

Quincy Raceways, Quincy 

8000 Broadway St., (217) 224-3843,  Enjoy dirt-track racing every Sun. evening at 6:30 p.m. Apr.–Aug.  $ Special racing events and concerts are held throughout the year. X

Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, Rock Island  120 16 1⁄2 St., (309) 788-6311,  Galleries, small shops, restaurants and pubs make up this historic  Free riverfront district. X

Tower Park, Peoria Heights 

Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, Rock Island 

1203 E. Kingman Ave., (309) 685-4812,  Ride 170 feet up to the top of the red, pure-well-water tower in a glass-enclosed elevator for magnificent views of the Illinois River valley on three observation decks. X  $

777 Jumer Dr., (800) 477-7747, (309) 793-4200,  Jumer’s offers 42,000 sq. ft. of gaming excitement. Relax in the luxury hotel and dine at the deli, buffet or steakhouse. Other amenities include a spa and nightclub. X  Free

Abe Lincoln’s Talking House Tour, Pittsfield 

Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island 

224 W. Washington St., (217) 285-2971,  To take this self-guided tour, simply tune your radio to the FM station printed on the signs outside the 14 homes and two historic sites with Lincoln significance. Free

2525 4th Ave., (309) 794-0991,  With more than 6,400 sq. ft., this conservatory features tropical trees and plants, a 14-foot waterfall and reflecting pools. Special events are held throughout the year. X $

5100 Nameoki Rd., (618) 931-7836,  Auto racing on the 3⁄8-mile dirt oval adds to the surge of motorsports in southwest Illinois. X $

2301 Grizzly Bear Blvd., (618) 337-3000,  This 5,000-seat stadium, home to the Gateway Grizzlies minor league baseball team, has party suites and box seats. X  $

(309) 836-6700 Xo

Star Motel 1507 E. Jackson St., Macomb Super 8 313 W. University Dr., Macomb


Holiday Inn Express 1655 E. Jackson St., Macomb

Fitness Center

(309) 833-4521 Xo

GCS Ballpark, Sauget 


EconoLodge 1414 W. Jackson St., Macomb


(800) 659-2220 (309) 743-0101 Xd o


(800) 527-1133 (309) 734-0909 Xd o



Hawthorn Inn & Suites 1200 W. Broadway, Monmouth

(800) 800-8000 (309) 734-8558 Xo



Super 8 1122 N. 6th St., Monmouth




Fitness Center


Tri-City Speedway, Pontoon Beach 



Radisson on John Deere Commons 1415 River Dr., Moline

(800) 333-3333 (309) 764-1000 Xo


Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center 101 18th St., Moline

(309) 837-4817 X


(800) 800-8000 (309) 836-8888 Xd

University Union Hotel Western Illinois University, W. Murray St., Macomb

(309) 298-1941 

EconoLodge 2701 Maryville Rd., Maryville

(877) 4CHOICE (618) 345-5720 Xd o


Baymont Inn & Suites 210 E. Ashland St., Morton

(800) 337-0550 (309) 266-8888 Xd o

Best Western Airport Inn 2550 52nd Ave., Moline

(800) 528-1234 (309) 762-9191 Xo


Best Western Ashland House Inn and Conference Center 201 E. Ashland St., Morton

(309) 263-5116 Xd o

Comfort Inn 2600 52nd Ave., Moline

(800) 228-5150 (309) 762-7000 Xd o


Days Inn 150 W. Ashland St., Morton

Country Inn & Suites 2721 69th Ave. Ct., Moline

(800) 456-4000 (309) 797-4249 Xo


Economy Inn 1191 19th St. & 12th Ave., Moline

(800) 800-8000 (309) 764-9644 Xd

La Quinta Inn 5450 27th St., Moline

(800) 531-5900 (309) 762-9008 Xd o

Quality Inn & Suites 6920 27th St., Moline,

(309) 762-1548 Xd o

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(800) DAYSINN (309) 266-9933 d o


Holiday Inn Express & Suites 140 E. Ashland St., Morton

(800) 315-2621 (309) 263-4400 Xd o



Quality Inn 115 E. Ashland St., Morton

(309) 266-8310 Xd



Travelodge 101 E. Ashland St., Morton

(309) 266-1600 Xd



Hotel Glenview 116 E. Market St, Mt. Carroll

(815) 244-1630 Xd



• $=under $100 • $$=$100–$199 • $$$=$200–$299 • $$$$=$300 and up

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9401 W. Hart John Rd., (815) 777-4200,  While visiting this working farm, walk an alpaca, play with goldendoodle puppies and interact with TV star, Quincy. X  Donation

Sterling Mural Society, Sterling 

Wooded Wonderland, Galena 

Downtown Sterling, Locust St., (815) 625-2400,  See the history of the community depicted in 18 beautiful and colorful murals. Walking tours available. X  Free

610 S. Devil’s Ladder Rd., (815) 777-1223,  Pick your own blueberries and other produce, all organically grown, and take a tour of the sawmill. $

Orchards & Farms 

20995 Eckert Orchard Rd., (618) 786-3445,  Specializing in peaches, blackberries, apples and pumpkins, Eckert’s also offers pick-your-own produce from July through Oct. X $

Country Corner Farm Market, Alpha 

Eckert’s Country Store & Farms, Grafton 

5333 U.S. Hwy. 150, (309) 629-2359,  Build a family farm tradition at this full-service 70-acre working vegetable farm. Enjoy seasonal festivities and pick fresh fruits and veggies. $

Braeutigam’s Orchards, Belleville 

2795 Turkey Hill Lane, (618) 233-4059 Blackberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, tomatoes and eggplants are specialties of these orchards. Free 951 S. Green Mount Rd., (618) 233-0513,  Choose from fresh produce, deli products and bakery favorites. Wine and cooking classes are offered at the store monthly. $ 7420 E. Hansel Rd., (815) 467-6766,  The famous pumpkin farm has been open since 1989, but the farm has been in the family since 1852. The farm’s barn is on the National Register of Historic Places. $

Fon du Lac Farm Park, East Peoria 

Hotels Irish House Hotel Rt. 4, Mt. Sterling Motel Nauvoo 1610 Mulholland St., Nauvoo

12087 Rte. 71, (815) 339-2245,  This family-run orchard is known for its drool-inducing fruits and vegetables. A craft store, corn mazes and a petting zoo are some of the fun activities offered. F ree

Roger’s Pumpkin Farm, Lomax 

RR 1, (217) 449-3486,  This pumpkin farm offers tipi tours, hayrides and train rides, a bounce house, storytellers, face painting and lots of farm-fresh produce. Open Labor Day–Halloween. X Free

Lavender Creek Farm, Mackinaw 

32379 Rte. 9, (309) 359-5555,  Walk the lavender fields, pick bouquets and browse the plants for sale. Shop for soaps, oils, candles, teas and more, made at the farmhouse the old-fashioned way. Open year-round Mon.–Sat. X Free

Extended Stay America 154 Regency Park, O’Fallon

740 Rte. 40, (309) 493-5442,  Tanners features wagon rides, orchards, a farm, an animal barn, an apple express train, a market, pony rides and a corn maze. Specialty products include apple fritters, taffy apples, apple cider and doughnuts. Open mid-July–Nov. X  Free

G & C Meyer Farm, Steeleville 

4370 Rock Castle Rd., (618) 965-3800 Find berries, green beans, okra, seasonal flowers, bedding plants, potatoes and other veggies. F ree





AmericInn 9106 N. Lindbergh Dr., Peoria

(800) 634-3444 (309) 692-9200 Xo


Baymont Inn & Suites 2002 W. War Memorial Dr., Peoria baymon