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ed of glittering , stellar momen ts that are created, un expected and un summoned. Th ese moments add la yers of texture and bold splash es of color to a po tentially neutra l palette. The lo cals of the Aurora Ar ea Convention and Visitors Bu reau municipalities (Aurora, Batavi a, Big Rock, H inckley, Montgomery, No rth Aurora, Plan o, Sandwich, Sugar Grove an d Yorkville) ho ld out their arm s to welcome yo u to a host of potential mom ents garnered from the amazing si tes, feel-like-ho me lodgings, oneof-a-kind even ts and engaging arts and entertainm ent. Come. Crea te your stellar memories in th e Aurora Area.

outdoor recreation page 10-13 kids’ fun page 14-17 accommodations page 18-23 dining page 24-29 festivals & special events page 30-37 attractions page 38-41

Publisher Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, IL 60506 Ph: (630) 897-5581 Fax: (630) 897-5589 enjoyaurora.com President/CEO: Sue Vos Editor, Writer, Ad Sales: Laurie DiBerardino Photography Jimi Allen Productions 76 South La Salle St. # 201 Aurora, IL 60505 Ph: (630) 801-1644 info@jimiallen.com Design Jimi Allen Productions 76 South La Salle St. # 201 Aurora, IL 60505 Ph: (630) 801-1644 info@jimiallen.com

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shopping page 42-45

On the Cover Fox Valley Vineyards Special thanks to: Fox Valley Inn, Aurora; Batavia Historical Society, Batavia; Baymont Inn & Suites, North Aurora; Best Western Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center, Sandwich; Comfort Inn, Aurora; The Comfort Suites, Aurora; Dairy Joy, Hinckley; Elmer’s Doghouse, Montgomery; Esther’s Place, Big Rock; Hampton Inn & Suites, Aurora; Holiday Inn, Aurora; The Homestead B&B, Plano; Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition; Raging Waves, Yorkville; Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove; Solheim Cup; Staybridge Suites, Aurora; Super 8 Motel, Aurora

For visitor information and additional copies call (800) 477-4369 or visit enjoyaurora.com © 2009 by Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without the written permission of the AACVB is prohibited. Every attempt has been made to verify the information contained in this publication. The AACVB assumes no liability for incorrect, omitted, or outdated information contained herein. At the time of printing, all information was correct. To assure a safe and happy trip please call ahead to verify information.

maps & transportation page 46-49


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arts & entertainment My Current Location: Downtown, Aurora, IL Coordinates:

Elevation:

41.684861째 N 88.46981째 W

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arts & entertainment African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archives

Aurora Downtown iPod and Cell Phone Walking Tours

Dr. Charles Smith has developed a huge body of folk art based on the black experience. Self-guided tours of Dr. Smith’s outdoor “gallery.”

Self-guided tours of Aurora’s historic downtown; tour brochures available at the Aurora Area CVB offices.

126 S. Kendall Ave., Aurora

Albright Theatre This company has gained the reputation for producing cutting-edge dramas and comedies as well as family-friendly shows for over 30 years. 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia (630) 406-8838 albrighttheatre.com

America’s Brewing Company at Walter Payton’s Roundhouse Originally constructed in 1856, America’s first railroad roundhouse. Is home to the Walter Payton Museum, ComedyComedy and Illinois’ largest award-winning microbrewery. 205 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 264-BREW walterpaytonsroundhouse.com

Aurora Area Architecture The Aurora area features a diverse tapestry of architectural styles and sights by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie. Also home to one of the largest collections of Sears Mail Order Homes and Lustron Homes. Take an iPod, cell phone, Heritage or Downtown tour! (630) 897-5581 enjoyaurora.com

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Big Rock Historical Society Crib Museum Step into the restored corn crib and explore artifacts from the century-old Plowing Match or learn more about the Welsh immigrants. Open Saturdays 2 – 4 p.m. or by appointment. 48W445 Hinckley Rd., Big Rock (815) 286-3364 or (630) 556-3321

Aurora Historical Society Local history research archives. Historic photos, books, documents and maps covering Aurora’s history from the 1830s to the present. By appointment only. 305 Cedar St., Aurora (630) 897- 9029 aurorahistoricalsociety.org

Aurora Public Arts Commission Located in the David L. Pierce Art & History Center, the Aurora Public Art Commission provides programs in art education and exhibitions in the gallery. 20 E. Downer Pl., Aurora (630) 906-0654 aurora-il.org/publicarts

Batavia Depot Museum Housed in an 1854 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot, the museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers historic exhibits. 155 Houston St., Batavia (630) 406-5274 bataviahistoricalsociety.org

Blackberry Farm A 19th century farm and scenic village featuring pioneer history with five museums, craft shops, demos and hands-on fun. Admission includes unlimited rides on train, hay wagon, carousel and ponies. Gift shop with park concessions. 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

David L. Pierce Art & History Center The Aurora Public Art Commission hosts eight to 10 rotating exhibits displaying a full spectrum of innovative arts. The History Center has a collection of photographs, books, maps and other memorabilia. 20 E. Downer Pl., Aurora (630) 906-0650 (History) or (630) 906-0654 (Art) aurorahistoricalsociety.org

Esther’s Place — A Fiber Arts Studio Features classes in spinning, weaving, knitting and felting and also hosts retreats. 201 W. Galena St. (Rt. 30), Big Rock (630) 556-9665 esthersplacefibers.com

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Fabyan Dutch Windmill Considered to be the best example of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States, the 68-foot, five-story working windmill was originally built by German craftsman Louis Backhaus between 1850 and 1860. Fabyan Forest Preserve Rt. 25, Batavia (630) 232-4811

The Farnsworth House Estate NEW! Full-moon tours! Master architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created the ultimate minimalist masterpiece. The stellar structure of floor-to-ceiling glass seemingly “floats” above the rambling Fox River. 14520 River Rd., Plano (630) 552-0052 farnsworthhouse.org

Fermilab Arts Series Ramsey Auditorium is the site for Fermilab’s series of music, dance, and theater, plus lectures on the arts, sciences and culture. Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia (630) 840-ARTS (2787) fnal.gov/culture

Gallery 44 A cooperative gallery of area artists including watercolors, pen-and-ink, sketches and mixed-media pieces. 50 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora (630) 801-0818


Gallery at Lane Allen Architects Gallery openings featuring a variety of area artists on the first Friday of evennumbered months. 8 W. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 879-8831 laneallenarch.com

The Homestead Sculpture Garden and Labyrinth Art lovers will admire the beautiful brick labyrinth and distinctive contemporary sculpture garden. 611 E. Main St., Plano (630) 552-4322 thehomesteadbnb.com

Hollywood Casino – Aurora Simply the area’s best gaming facility with slots, blackjack, live poker and more. Enjoy over 53,000 square feet of gaming space and the finest air quality in Chicagoland. The pavilion offers two restaurants and an astounding collection of movie memorabilia. 1 New York St. Bridge, Aurora (630) 801-1234 or (800) 888-7777 hollywoodcasinoaurora.com

Paramount Theatre Home to “Broadway in the ‘Burbs,” this lovingly restored Art Deco movie palace presents live entertainment by world-class performers, plays, touring musicals and other special events. 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora (630) 896-6666 paramountaurora.com

Sandwich Opera House Built in 1878 and restored in 1986, the Opera House today provides performing arts from classical to country, dance, student recitals, summer theatre workshops and a children’s/senior citizen’s series. 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich (815) 786-2555 sandwichoperahouse.com

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Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures A rotating collection of historic and contemporary Native American arts, crafts and artifacts from indigenous people. Aurora University Dunham Hall Randall Rd. at Marseillaise Pl., Aurora (630) 844-7843 aurora.edu/museum

Enjoy the excitement and thrill of good quality gaming and great local fair as well! The Comfort Suites all-suite hotel is just steps away from the Hollywood Casino in historic downtown Aurora. Enjoy over 53,000 square feet of the best action-packed gaming around. This package also includes one night’s lodging for two in a standard suite and a $50 gift certificate for Walter Payton’s Roundhouse Complex—just a few feet away. In the morning wake up to the free deluxe Savory Starts™ Hot Breakfast.

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For complete details about booking this package and others, see page 21.


outdoor recreation My Current Location: Fox River, North Aurora, IL

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Elevation:

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outdoor recreation Aurora West Forest Preserve Hankes Rd. between Galena Blvd. and Rt. 56, Aurora kaneforest.com

Batavia Riverwalk Corner of Houston St. and Island Ave. Batavia (630) 879-5235

Big Rock Forest Preserve Jericho Rd. between Dugan and Granart roads., Big Rock kaneforest.com

Bliss Woods Forest Preserve 5S660 Bliss Rd. at Rt. 47, Sugar Grove kaneforest.com

Dick Young Forest Preserve Nelson Lake Rd., west of Randall Rd., off Main St., Batavia co.kane.il.us/forest

Rt. 56 at the Fox River, North Aurora (630) 897-0516 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Fox River Trail Galena Blvd. at the Fox River, Aurora (630) 897-0516

Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Oakhurst Trail and Patterson Lake 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora kaneforest.com

Phillips Park

Hall Quarry Beach

1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora (630) 978-4700 aurora-il.org

400 S. Water St., Batavia (630) 406-5275 or (630) 879-5235 bataviaparks.org

Phillips Park Sunken Garden

Hannaford Woods–Nickels Farm Forest Preserve

1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora (630) 978-4774 aurora-il.org

Merrill Rd., east of Rt. 47, Sugar Grove

Harris Forest Preserve Rt. 71, west of Rt. 47, Yorkville kaneforest.com

Illinois Prairie Path

Red Oak Nature Center On Rt. 25, 1 mile north of Rt. 56, North Aurora (630) 897-1808 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Richard Young Forest Preserve

Fabyan Dutch Windmill

About 14 miles along parts of routes 25, 59 and 56 Aurora, Batavia (630) 897-0516 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Fabyan Forest Preserve Rt. 25, Batavia (630) 232-4811

Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve

Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Dean St., west of Randall Rd., St. Charles kaneforest.com

13608 Fox Rd., Yorkville (630) 553-6297

Kirk Rd. at Pine St., Batavia (630) 840-3351 fnal.gov

Maramech Forest Preserve

Eldamain Rd., south of Rt. 34, Plano co.kendall.il.us/forestpreserves/ forest.htm

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South of Rt. 34, Plano co.kendall.il.us/forestpreserves/ forest.htm

Mastodon Trail 1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora (630) 898-7228 aurora-il.org

Rt. 71, east of Rt. 47, Yorkville co.kendall.il.us/forestpreserves/ forest.htm

Subat Forest Preserve

Virgil L. Gilman Trail Runs 11 miles from Hill Ave (Rt. 30) to Waubonsee CC in Sugar Grove (630) 897-0516 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Waubonsee Nature Trails Sugar Grove campus Rt. 47 and Waubonsee Dr., Sugar Grove (630) 466-7900

Waubonsie Lake Trail Eastern trailhead at Saugatuck Rd. off Douglas Rd., Montgomery (630) 897-0516

equipment & rentals Freeman’s Sports Canoe, kayak and fishing-equipment rentals. 129 E. Hydraulic St., Yorkville (630) 553-0515 freemansports.com

Pedal and Spoke Bicycles for rent/sale, bike repair and accessories. 157 S. Lincolnway (Rt. 31) North Aurora (630) 892-1010 pedalandspoke.com

Mudslingers Bicycles ‘N’ Gear Sales, apparel and repair. 420 W. Rt. 34, Plano (630) 552-7433


golf Blackberry Oaks Golf Course

Orchard Valley Golf Course

Eighteen holes, par 72. Distance: (Yards)/Rating: 6,404/71.0; 6,003/69.4; 5,294/70.8.

Eighteen holes, par 72. Distance: (Yards)/Rating: 6,745/72.8; 6,358/70.9; 5,861/68.7; 5,162/70.9.

2245 Kennedy Rd., Bristol (630) 553-7170 blackberryoaks.com

2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora (630) 907-0500 orchardvalleygolf.com

Bliss Creek Golf Course

Phillips Park Golf Course

Eighteen holes, par 69. Distance: (Yards)/Rating: 5,516/65.1; 4,651/64.9. Golfview Dr. and Hankes Rd., Aurora (630) 466-4177 blisscreekgolf.com

Cedardell Golf Club Nine holes, par 35. Distance (Yards)/ Rating: 5,920/67.9; 5,370/68.9. 14264 S. Hale St., Plano (630) 552-3242

Deer Valley Golf Course Nine-hole executive golf course, par 29. Distance: 1,358 yards. 46W994 Jericho Rd., Big Rock (630) 556-3333 deervalleygolfclubil.com

Edgebrook Golf Course Eighteen holes. 2100 Suydam Rd., Sandwich (815) 786-8392 sandwichgolf.com

Eighteen holes, par 72. Distance (Yards)/Rating: 6,187/69.1; 5,701/66.8; 4,826/66.5. 1001 Hill Ave., Aurora (630) 499-0670 aurora-il.org

Settler’s Hill Golf Course Eighteen holes, par 72. Distance (Yards)/Rating: 6630/72.1; 6223/70.3; 4945/68.9. 919 E. Fabyan Pkwy., Batavia (630) 232-1636 settlershill.com

Valley Green Executive Golf Course Eighteen holes, par 60. Distance: 3,841 yards. 314 Kingswood Dr., North Aurora (630) 897-3000 valleygreengc.com

Wolf Run Golf Course

Fox Valley Golf Club

Eighteen holes, par 62. Distance: 4,100 yards.

Eighteen holes, par 72. Distance (Yards)/Rating: 5,927/68.5; 5,279/70.4.

1700 Jericho Rd., Aurora (630) 906-1402 wolfrungolfcourse.net

2500 N. River Rd. (Rt. 25) North Aurora (630) 879-1030 aurora-il.org

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World-class Fun ! Enjoy a night of fun in the historic and exciting Aurora Area with the Night on the Town Package offered by the Baymont Inn & Suites. Enjoy tickets to performances like master satirist David Sedaris, Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out or crooner Frankie Avalon! Next enjoy your $50 gift card at Walter Payton’s Roundhouse. Choose from juicy burgers to succulent surf-and-turf. And don’t forget to try the award-winning microbrews. End the night as a big winner at Hollywood Casino and check out all the movie memorabilia.

Book it now! For complete details about booking this package and others, see page 20.


kids’ fun My Current Location: Dairy Joy, Hinckley, IL

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Elevation:

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kids’ fun AMF Valley Lanes

Blackberry Farm

Forty lanes and features glow-in-the-dark bowling on Friday and Saturday nights.

19th century farm and village featuring pioneer craft shops and demos, a discovery barn with petting zoo, pony, hay and miniature train rides and more.

310 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora (630) 897-0401 amf.com

Airtastic Play Land A fun and exciting play land offering 10 inflatable play structures, four party rooms and two age-appropriate play areas. 850 S. Frontenac St., Aurora (630) 851-7525 airtastic.com

Aurora Roller Skate Center Top 40 music, live organ music and dance sessions 34W113 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630) 898-5830 skateaurora.com

Batavia Skate Park Outdoor skate park for skateboarders and inline skaters. Open in good weather only. 411 S. River St., Batavia (630) 879-5235 bataviaparks.org

100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Chuck E. Cheese’s Chuck E. Cheese’s offers a huge selection of games and rides. From classics like Skee-Ball to the newest simulator rides and intense virtual race car games and Skytubes attraction.

Lyon Farm and Village

Paintball outings and equipment rentals

The farm and village has 15 historic buildings that trace the history of Kendall County.

1891 N. Farnsworth Ave., Aurora (630) 585-5651 foxpaintball.com

Fox River Lanes

Mudslingers BMX and Skate Shop

1205 A Bridge St., Yorkville (630) 553-0018 bowlfoxvalley.com

Mudslingers is a fully stocked BMX and skate shop. The pro shop can handle just about any repair and locate any part needed.

Funway Entertainment Center

420 W. Rt. 34 Unit 1, Plano (630) 552-7433 mudslingersshop.com

Bumper cars, roller skating, arcade, year-round bowling, mini golf, go-carts, batting cages and bumper boats April – Sept. 1335 S. River St. (Rt. 25), Batavia (630) 879-8717 funwaybatavia.com

Chasers Laser Tag

Hall Quarry Beach

State-of-the-art laser tag. Perfect for birthday parties and special occasions. Reservations only

Zero-depth sand beach, two islands, youth water slide, drop slide and diving tower.

4075 Fox Valley Center Dr. Suite. 8 Aurora (630) 851-6930 chasertag.com

400 S. Water St., Batavia (630) 406-5275 or (630) 879-5235 bataviaparks.org

Civic Center Aquatic Park

Outdoor skate and bike park. Inline skaters and skateboarders allowed Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; bikers allowed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Water park with slides, tubes, zero-depth pool and concessions.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Site of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Restored prairie grass areas, historic barns and a buffalo herd. School-, group- and self-guided tours offered. Kirk Rd. at Pine St., Batavia (630) 840-3351 fnal.gov

Hupp Skate Park

Illinois Ave. and Orchard Ave., Aurora (630) 897 - 0516 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Idle Hour Lanes Ten lanes, game room, lounge and pro shop 927 E. Railroad St., Sandwich (815) 786-8257 bowlfoxvalley.com

Luigi’s Pizza and Fun Center Laser tag and arcade room provide fun for all along with great pizza. 732 Prairie St., Aurora (630) 896-9861 luigis.com

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Rt. 71, Yorkville (630) 554-3064 or (630) 553-6777

16 lanes, galactic ball, banquet room, strobe and blackout lights

511 N. Randall Rd., Batavia (630) 482-2402 chuckecheese.com

5 Ashlawn Ave., Montgomery (630) 896-2016 oswegolandparkdistrict.org

Feel like a kid aga in.

Fox Paintball Sports

Parkside Lanes Fifty-four lanes with glow-in-the-dark late night bowling on Saturdays 34W185 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630) 898-5678 parksidelanes.com

Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center Dramatic drop slides, three tube slides, zero-depth leisure pool, small-kid’s attractions and sand-activity areas. 828 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630) 851-8686 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Phillips Park Zoo Established in 1915, the zoo is open daily, year-round and admission is free. Exhibits include bald eagles, wolves, cougars, foxes and otters. 1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora (630) 978-4700 aurora-il.org

Raging Waves Waterpark Named a “Fresh Summer Destination” by USA Today in 2008, this Australianthemed water park includes a wave pool, lazy river and numerous waterslides. 4000 N. State Route 47, Yorkville (630) 882- 6575 ragingwaves.com


Randall 15 IMAX

Sport Zone

Features the latest in digital sound (in select theaters), stadium seating and the only IMAX screen in the Fox Valley area.

Go-carts, batting cage, mini golf, indoor driving range and indoor baseball and soccer

550 N. Randall Rd., Batavia (630) 225- 8400 gqti.com

Red Oak Nature Center Learn first-hand about native plants and animals of the Fox River Valley. Interpretive center, hiking trails and tours of “Devil’s Cave.” On Rt. 25, 1 mile north of Rt. 56 North Aurora (630) 897-1808 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

SciTech Hands-On Museum Aurora’s interactive science and technology center offers over 200 hands-on exhibits demonstrating the principles of electricity, weather, astronomy and nuclear energy. 18 W. Benton St., Aurora (630) 859-3434 scitechmuseum.org

Sugar Grove Family Fun Center Go-carts, mini golf, bumper boats, driving range, game room and water wars Route 47 at Jericho Rd., Sugar Grove (630) 466-3866 sugargrovefamilyfuncenter.com

Splash Country Water Park Wet and wonderful with deluxe tube slides, 1,100-foot lazy river, zero-depth pools, small-kid’s play attractions and sand-activity areas. 195 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 906-7981 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

100 Business Rt. 30, Aurora (630) 820-8624 sportzonepark.com

The Magical Castle Come visit 23,000 square feet of totally fun indoor rides, hundreds of games, restaurant and 150-seat party room. 4034 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora (630) 978-8600 themagicalcastle.com

Vaughan Athletic Center Water Park Year-round indoor water park with tube slides, zero-depth pool, lap pool, therapy pool and interactive water play 2121 W. Indian Tr., Aurora (630) 907-9600 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Waves of Fun Water Park Illinois’ largest indoor water park featuring the first-ever standing wave surf machine, a 45-foot slide tower and a four-story interactive Hawaiian-themed play structure. 502 Terrace St., Sandwich (630) DO-U-SURF waves-of-fun.com

Family Fun 4 Four! To start, splash into some real fun in the indoor heated pool. Watch the kids go wild as they play at the hotel arcade, while you work out at the 24-hour gym. Then the family can reconnect at a movie (up to four free tickets) at the Wow 7 Cinema. Back at the suite, enjoy a complimentary large pizza and two liters of soda. This package also includes a free continental breakfast and one night’s lodging (for four) in one of the hotel’s suites overlooking lush woods.

Book it now! For complete details about booking this package and others, see page 20.

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accommodations My Current Location: The Homestead B&B, Plano, IL

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Elevation:

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accommodations Baymont Inn & Suites 308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora (630) 897-7695 baymontinns.com/hotel/17920

Located minutes from Chicago Premium Outlets, Paramount Theatre, Walter Payton’s Roundhouse Complex and Hollywood Casino, the Baymont Inn & Suites offers 71 guest rooms and fantastic amenities including complimentary WiFi, indoor pool and fitness center all at a great value. Packages based on availability. Please mention package at time of reservation.

Shop In Style Package One night’s lodging for two (standard room) $30 gift card for Chicago Premium Outlets • VIP Coupon Book for additional savings at Chicago Premium Outlets • $50 certificate for Walter Payton’s Roundhouse • Second night at a discounted rate • •

Package available Jan. 1, 2009–Dec. 31, 2009 Call for pricing

Night on the Town Package •

One night’s lodging for two (standard room)

15% discount on world-class Paramount Theatre tickets

$50 dining gift certificate to Walter Payton’s Roundhouse

Best Western Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center 3300 Drew Ave., Sandwich (630) 273-6000, (866) 99-CREEK timbercreekinnandsuites.com

Looking for more than just a hotel room? Then check into the Best Western Timber Creek Inn and Suites and Convention Center, the Aurora Area’s exciting new hotel and conference center. This new property is perfect for the business and leisure guest. We offer 100 mid-scale guest rooms and over 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. A variety of spacious guest rooms are available including luxury suites and whirlpool rooms.

2625 W. Sullivan Rd., Aurora, IL (630) 907-9977 ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cw/1/en/hotel/chiqa

The Candlewood Suites/Aurora features 83 guest rooms, including single-studio suites, double-queen suites and one-bedroom suites. All suites include a fully equipped kitchen including full-size refrigerator with icemaker, dishwasher, microwave and stovetop, plus a variety of dishes, cookware and utensils. Suites also include spacious work area with two-line phone, free high-speed Internet access. Our location is a perfect choice for business, leisure and extended-stay travelers.

Enjoy our indoor swimming pool and spa or our 24-hour fitness room. We also offer a free continental breakfast and free high-speed Internet. Our multifunctional convention center is ideal for weddings, parties, reunions, conferences, and corporate training. We are located minutes from major attractions such as the Farnsworth House, the Sandwich Fairgrounds, the Historic Opera House, Antique Market, the Old Barn Museum, and Silver Springs State Park. Packages based on availability. Packages require advance notice.

Family Getaway! •

One night’s lodging for four

One large pizza and two liters of pop

Up to four free tickets to WOW 7 Cinema (two adults & two children)

Hot breakfast included

Second night at a discounted rate

Package available Jan. 1, 2009–Dec. 31, 2009 Call for pricing

Candlewood Suites/Aurora

Package available Jan. 1, 2009–Dec. 30, 2009 Call for pricing

Shop and Stay! •

One night’s lodging for two Free VIP coupon book to the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall

Two $25 gift certificates for the mall

Shuttle service to and from the mall

Package available Jan. 1, 2009–Dec. 30, 2009 Call for pricing

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Comfort Suites Aurora

Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora

Holiday Inn Aurora

111 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 896-2800 comfortsuitesaurora.com

2423 Bushwood Dr., Aurora (630) 907-2600 hamptoninnandsuitesaurora.com

2424 Sullivan Rd., Aurora (630) 806-7400 holidayinn.com/aurorail

This award-winning hotel with 82 suites offers a deluxe Savory Starts™ hot breakfast, indoor pool, fitness room, free high-speed Internet and business-meeting facilities. Within walking distance of Walter Payton’s Roundhouse Complex, Hollywood Casino, Paramount Theatre, the all-new Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, as well as other attractions. Conveniently located next to the Burlington Northern Railway with access to Chicago. Visit the Web site for more information and a virtual tour. Packages based on availability.

This welcoming hotel offers 127 rooms with a 5,000-sq.-ft. conference center and banquet facility. Recreational amenities include a 6,000-sq.-ft. indoor swimming pool complex with separate kiddie pool and 2,000-gallon whirlpool, game room and fitness center. Complimentary hot On the HouseTM breakfast and high-speed Internet. Visit the Web site for seasonal packages and more information. Packages based on availability.

The new Holiday Inn Aurora offers an unique upscale experience. Our contemporary and inviting décor provides the perfect ambiance for any occasion. Every guest can appreciate the access to complimentary wireless Internet, Kem’s restaurant and 1,300 square feet of meeting space. Perfect for groups or individual travel, your experience will be exceptional. Opened in January 2008. Packages based on availability. Blackout dates apply. No discounts or coupons valid with packages.

Shop-A-Thon Package at Chicago Premium Outlets 120 Big name outlets in “store” for you! Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Theory and more. •

One night’s lodging for two in a Standard Suite

Free Chicago Premium Outlet VIP Coupon Book (hundreds of dollars of savings)

$25 gas card to help transport all those packages home

$25 gift card to Chicago Premium Outlets

Free deluxe Savory Starts ™ Hot Breakfast

Shoppers Survival Kit

Whirlpool and hot-tub suites available at additional charge

Shopping Spree Package Only minutes from Chicago Premium Outlet—the newest outlet mall in the Chicago Metropolitan area. •

One night’s lodging in a standard room (maximum occupancy five people)

Use of our indoor water facility including separate kiddie pool with water features and a 2,200-gallon hot tub

$25 gas card

$50 gift certificate to Chicago Premium Outlets

Complimentary Chicago Premium Outlets VIP Coupon Book

(hundreds of dollars of savings) •

Shopping Kit filled with valuable coupons, discounts, maps, snacks & water

New “On the House” breakfast that includes hot breakfast items

Call for pricing.

Call for pricing.

Pub Crawl Package

Family Values Package

Enjoy this great package and all our local neighbors’ establishments while walking from place to place. From Irish Music to Rock ‘n’ Roll or late night Comedy! Great views of the Fox River too!

Enjoy a night with the family! Take a swim in our pool complex with separate kiddie pool with water features, lap pool and a 2,200 gallon hot tub! •

One night’s lodging in a double Queen room

One night’s lodging for two in a Standard Suite

Pizza and 2 liters of soda

$50 gift certificate for Walter Payton’s Roundhouse Complex

Kids’ gift bag

$50 gift certificate to Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant

Use of indoor swimming pool complex

$25 gift certificate to Tavern on the Fox

$25 gas card

Pub Crawl Survival Kit

Complimentary “On the House” Hot Breakfast.

Free deluxe Savory Starts ™ Hot Breakfast

Kids under 18 sharing a room stay free

Walking distance to Hollywood Casino & Paramount Theatre

Call for pricing.

Whirlpool and hot-tub suites available at additional charge

inning ward-w a in p e s. Sle odat ion ac c o mm

Call for pricing.

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accommodations Staybridge Suites – Aurora/Naperville

Super 8 Motel – Aurora/Naperville

4320 Meridian Pkwy. Aurora/Naperville (630) 978-2222 staybridge.com/aurora

4228 Longmeadow Dr., Aurora (630) 898-5419 super8.com

Welcome to the Staybridge Suites–Aurora/Naperville where your special Chicago getaway begins. Staybridge Suites is an all-suite extended-stay hotel designed to make travelers feel more comfortable than ever before. Whether you’re relocating, on temporary assignment, in town for training, or on a weekend getaway, one visit and you’ll understand what we mean by Get Comfortable. Our hotel is located in the Meridian Business Park, two miles south of I-88 on Rt. 59. Minutes from the hotel you will discover numerous shopping and dining alternatives in both cities of Aurora and Naperville; Chicago Premium Outlets, downtown Naperville, Luigi’s House, Giordano’s Pizza, and Portillo’s are just a few. A walking path from the hotel leads to the METRA station that will take you directly to beautiful downtown Chicago. Our pampered guests will enjoy the options of spacious studio suites, one-bedroom suites, and two-bedroom/two-bath suites, all with fully equipped kitchens. Wake up and enjoy our complimentary full hot breakfast buffet or treat yourself to a breakfast On The Go! During our Sundowner Reception you can unwind with a complimentary light meal, beer, wine and soda. The Courtyard at Staybridge Suites overlooks a lake and is your place for fun and relaxation. There are grills to cook the perfect burger or steak and a sport court for outdoor recreation.

Aurora Fox Valley Inn 2450 N. Farnsworth Ave., Aurora (630) 851-2000 aurorafoxvalleyinn.com

This Super 8 has 66 rooms with Whirlpool suites available and offers free deluxe complimentary breakfast, an indoor pool and spa, exercise room, free local calls and cable TV.

Super 8 Motel – Yorkville 1510-A North Bridge St., Yorkville (630) 553-1634 super8.com

Family Night Package

The award-winning Pride of Super 8 Yorkville is located at the junction of routes 47 and 34. We are near the Fox River where you can enjoy fishing, canoeing, picnicking, and a play area for children. Visit the Yorkville Town Square, Farnsworth House and enjoy the Farmers Market on summer weekends. For entertainment the Super 8 Yorkville is close to the Aurora Hollywood Casino, Blackberry Golf Course and the Sugar Grove Family Fun Center. We provide free high-speed wireless Internet, complimentary SuperStart Breakfast and guest laundry facilities. Our rooms feature micro-fridges, hairdryers, alarm clocks, irons and ironing boards. King rooms have a sofa bed and our double queen rooms have a recliner and work desk.

Our award-winning staff awaits your arrival! Call the hotel directly at (630) 978-2222.

Sink into serenity.

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Conveniently located within walking distance of Chicago Premium Outlets, this 114-room hotel offers numerous amenities including high-speed Internet, laundry, large outdoor pool, game room, exercise room, lounge and banquet/meeting facility and nearby restaurants. Package requires 72-hour advance notice. Please mention package at time of reservation. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

One night’s stay for two adults and up to two children in a Queen Deluxe Room

One large pizza and pop delivered to your room

HBO & Disney Channel in room

Seasonal heated outdoor pool

Four free movie passes for AMC 30 centers

Package available Jan. 1, 2009–Dec. 30, 2009 $129 + tax


bed & breakfasts Esther’s Place

The Homestead Bed and Breakfast

201 W. Galena St. (Route 30), Big Rock (630) 556-9665 esthersplacefibers.com

611 E. Main St., Plano (630) 552-9060 thehomesteadbnb.com

Serenity and simpler times, this is what you’ll find at Esther’s Place, an 1895 Victorian-style home with three beautifully furnished vintage rooms and two baths. Adorned with period antiques, linens and decorations, each room offers a charm of its own. Jacuzzi/private bath also available. All retreats include: a scrumptious evening meal, late-night tea and crumpets, rise-and-shine breakfast, as well as a workshop, tour and round-the-clock pampering.

Nestled in white pines on two acres this 1854 Italianate country cottage, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was converted into an upscale boutique bed & breakfast featuring five cozy bedrooms, a spectacular dining room, quaint parlor and other beautiful common rooms. As you step inside this unique B&B, which also serves as an interior decorator’s show house, you will delight at the remarkable attention to details that carries over to the luxurious amenities awaiting your night’s stay. Adults only. Check with The Homestead for seasonal opening.

Culinary Retreat Join a personal chef in preparing the evening meal. Call for pricing.

A Taste of the Farm Tour Lamb of God Farm, learn sustainable farming methods, Q & A with the farmer. Call for pricing.

Intergenerational Retreat Go home with a memory book of your stay, learn scrapbooking with fiber. Call for pricing.

Step Back in Time… Step back in time with period music, food, film and special guests who will share their experiences from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s or ’50s. Call for pricing.

Our stell a r ac c o m modation await.... s

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dining My Current Location: Elmer’s Doghouse, Montgomery, IL

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Elevation:

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dining Ethnic BLACK FOREST CAFÉ 12 W. Main St., Plano (630) 552-1780 BOCA BURRITOS 929 Oak St., North Aurora (630) 844-9044 CASA SANTIAGO 227 Heustis St., Yorkville (630) 385-2046 CAZADORES 110 N. Lake St., Aurora (630) 264-2100 CHAPALA RESTAURANT 90 N. Island Ave., Batavia (630) 482-9033 CHINA GARDEN 1207-A N. Bridge St., Yorkville (630) 553-1168 EAST CHINA INN (4 locations) 140 W. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 879-7676 9 S. Randall Rd., Batavia (630) 879-5668 3450 Montgomery Rd., Aurora (630) 898-8889 915 Oak St., North Aurora (630) 896-8876 eastchinainn.com EL CRUCERO 817 Montgomery Rd. Montgomery (630) 499-9372 EL PASO 3 S. Lincoln Ave., Aurora (630) 896-2282

EL TACO GRANDE 6 N. River St., Batavia (630) 406-8415 FANTASTICO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 227 W. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 879-5900 FRIACOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 4405 Fox Valley Center Dr. Aurora (630) 851-3930 friacosrestaurant.com GOLDEN SEA CHOP SUEY 2908 W. Ogden Ave., Aurora (630) 851-7997 HONG KONG RESTAURANT 345 E. Indian Tr., Aurora (630) 859-9888 JADE’S GARDEN 411 E. South St., Plano (630) 552-9828 JOYCE LEE CHINA BUFFET 684 W. Veteran’s Pkwy. Yorkville (630) 553-8988 JUMBO (CHINESE) BUFFET 900 N. Lake St., Aurora (630) 897-7788 LA CABANA RESTAURANT 835 S. River St., Aurora (630) 859-8885 lacabanamexicancafe.com LA FLAMA DE ORO 281 S. Broadway, Aurora (630) 264-7191

LA QUINTA DE LOS REYES 36 E. New York St., Aurora (630) 859-4000 quintadelosreyes.net LOS JINETES MEXICAN GRILL 146 E. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley (815) 286-7900 PANCHO’S RESTAURANT 700 E. New York St., Aurora (630) 820-9391 SANTA FE RESTAURANT 132 E. Church St., Sandwich (815) 786-6737 SHAN-LI’S PLACE 850 N. Lake St., Aurora (630) 859-2788 TACO MOVIL #2 81 S. River St., Aurora (630) 844-6603 TAQUERIA DURANGO 101 S. LaSalle St., Aurora (630) 859-2947 TECALITLAN RESTAURANT 35 S. Broadway, Aurora (630) 892-8059 THAI LOTUS RESTAURANT 375 S. Rt. 59, Aurora (630) 851-2639 THAI VILLAGE RESTAURANT 4 N. Batavia Ave., Batavia (630) 879-5495 TIAWANNA’S CANTINA West Aurora Plaza 2115 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora (630) 264-0634 TORRESMANIA 10 N. Center St., Plano (630) 552-1625

LA FRANCE BAKERY 118 E. Galena, Aurora (630) 892-1900

Looking for the juiciest .. hamburgers.

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Family A&W ALL-AMERICAN FOOD 113 Lincolnway, North Aurora (630) 844-9393 awrestaurants.com ANDRE’S RESTAURANT 5 Webster St., Batavia (630) 482-9420 andresrestaurantil.com APPLE VILLA PANCAKE HOUSE 1961 W. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 406-8022 applevillapancakes.com AURORA PANCAKE HOUSE 321 N. Lake St., Aurora (630) 859-1122 BATAVIA DINER 20 S. Van Buren St., Batavia (630) 879-7694 BLUEBERRY HILL PANCAKE HOUSE 405 N. Eola Rd., Aurora (630) 499-1500 blueberrybreakfastcafe.com COLONIAL CAFÉ 1961 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora (630) 844-2444 colonialicecream.com COUNTRY CAFE 103 Galena (Rt 30), Big Rock 630-556-3610 DADDIO’S DINER 134 W. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 879-5299 DAIRY JOY 435 E. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley (815) 286-7701

DOGGIE DINER 737 Hill Ave., Aurora (630) 499-1063 ELMERS CAFÉ (2 locations) 1250 S. Broadway, Montgomery (630) 844-1115 165 S. River Rd., North Aurora (630) 859-9565 ELM’S RESTAURANT 912 Main St., Batavia (630) 879-1194 FOX RESTAURANT 2290 Ogden Ave., Aurora (630) 820-1177 FOX RIVER WAFFLE HOUSE 5 Webster St., Batavia (630) 482-9420 GOLDEN ACRES RESTAURANT Rt. 47 & Harter Rd. Sugar Grove (630) 466-7370 GRANDMA’S TABLE 1700 Douglas Rd., Montgomery (630) 892-1100 HARNER’S BAKERY & RESTAURANT 10 W. State St., North Aurora (630) 892-4400 KEM’S RESTAURANT (at Holiday Inn) 2424 Sullivan Rd., Aurora (630) 896-0898 LUIGI’S ITALIAN VILLA #2 732 Prairie St., Aurora (630) 896-9861 LUMES PANCAKE HOUSE 1902 W. Fabyan Pkwy., Batavia (630) 761-9676


MAIN STREET DINER 11 E. Main St., Plano (630) 552-8191 MOTHER’S PANCAKE HOUSE (2 locations) 2290 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora (630) 264-2526 459 Randall Cr., North Aurora (630) 264- 8007 OUR PLACE 400 E. South St., Plano (630) 552-8520

SUNFIELD’S FAMILY RESTAURANT 382 Veterans Pkwy., Yorkville (630) 553-3500 T.G.I. FRIDAY’S 888 N. Rt. 59, Aurora (630) 851-6565 fridays.com THE WURST KITCHEN 12 W. Main St., Plano (630) 552-1770

CAMILLE’S SIDEWALK CAFE 1033 Kilberry Ln. North Aurora (630) 897-6800 camillescafe.com CHICAGO CHAR HOUSE 32 N. Island Ave., Batavia (630) 879-9000 chicagocharhouse.com CHILI’S GRILL & BAR 1290 N. Orchard Rd., Aurora (630) 907-1365 chilis.com

PAPA BEAR FAMILY RESTAURANT 2340 N. Farnsworth Ave. Aurora (630) 851-1055

Pizza, Pubs & Casual

THE END ZONE BAR & GRILL 1650 N. Farnsworth Ave. Aurora (630) 851- 2555

RED LOBSTER 1036 N. Rt. 59, Aurora (630) 898-5782 redlobster.com

ACH-N-LOU’S PIZZA 1592 N. Farnsworth Ave. Aurora (630) 898-2626

ERNIE McCANN’S 120 E. Butterfield Rd., North Aurora (630) 844-8100

REULAND FOOD SERVICE DELICATESSEN 115 Oak Ave., Aurora (630) 859-2877 reulandfoodservice.com

APPLEBEE’S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL & BAR (2 locations) 449 S. Rt. 59, Aurora (630) 375-9868 350 Rt. 30 Bypass Montgomery (630) 966-8944 applebees.com

THE FOUNDRY Fox Valley Center 85 Executive Dr., Aurora (630) 978-2088 thefoundryonline.com

RUBY TUESDAY 1336 Fox Valley Center Dr. Aurora (630) 898-7779 rubytuesday.com SELECT RESTAURANT 29 Boulder Hill Pass Montgomery (630) 892-0231 SONIC DRIVE-IN 2974 Kirk, Aurora (630) 375-8360 sonicdrivein.com SOUTHERN BELLES RESTAURANT & PANCAKE HOUSE 56 E. School House Rd. Yorkville (630) 553-9977

BACCI PIZZERIA 29 W. New York St., Aurora (630) 896-4200 baccipizza.com BIG EASY BAR & GRILL 1447 Cannonball Tr., Yorkville (630) 882-8681 BRENDA’S BREAKFAST BASKET 9 N. Main St., Sandwich (815) 786-2820 BRIDGE STREET CAFÉ 213 S. Bridge St., Yorkville (630) 553-9230

SILVER DOLLAR Rts. 47 & 71, Yorkville (630) 553-1835

FOX GRILL 35 N. Water St., Batavia (630) 761-3930 FOX & HOUND ENGLISH PUB & GRILLE Yorkshire Plaza 4320 E. New York St. Aurora (630) 236-9183 tentcorp.com

Shop-a-Thon! Check out 120 big name outlets in “store” just for you! Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Nike, Theory, Salvatore Ferragamo, Calvin Klein and more. This package includes one night’s lodging for two in a standard suite, a free VIP CPO coupon book worth hundreds of dollars and a $25 gas card! Also, this package includes a $25 shopping gift card and a Shopper’s Survival kit. Before you head out, enjoy the free deluxe Savory Starts™ Hot Breakfast.

Book it now! For complete details about booking this package and others, see page 21.

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dining THE FRIENDLY TAP RESTAURANT 14 N. Center St., Plano (630) 552-3696 HEART AND SOUL CAFÉ 651 E. Lincoln Ave, Hinckley (815) 286-3131 HINCKLEY THE CAFÉ 116 E. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley (815) 286-9274 HOLLYWOOD CASINO EPIC BUFFET 1 New York St. Bridge, Aurora (630) 801-1234 hollywoodcasinoaurora.com/ dinning/epicbuffet

KELLY’S PUB & AMERICAN GRILL 14 E. Church St., Sandwich (815) 786-3632 kellyspubonline.com KENDALL PUB 209 S. Bridge St., Yorkville (630) 553-6910 kendallpub.com LITTLE BRO JOES 1200 W. Rt. 34, Plano (630) 552-3100 LUDS PLACE 149 W. Lincoln Ave, Hinckley (815) 286- 3949

HOOTERS OF AURORA 4395 Fox Valley Center Dr. Aurora (630) 851-4008 hooters.com

MACIANO’S PIZZA & PASTARIA 272 E. Veterans Pkwy. Yorkville (630) 882-8388 macianos.com

HOULAHANS TAVERN & GRILL 208 W. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley (815)264-3333

McCUE’S BAR & GRILL 255 E. Indian Tr., Aurora (630) 897-5925

JAKE’S BAGELS AND DELI 220 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 906-0332

THE DIRTY DUCK 1 S. Stolp Ave., Aurora (630) 844-0009

JAKE’S PIZZA 911 Oak St., North Aurora (630) 906-0900 jakespizza.com

MURPHY’S Northgate Center 900 N. Lake St., Aurora (630) 892-3032

KATHY’S RIVERWALK DINER 134 W. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 879-5299

NANCY’S PIZZERIA 2616 Ogden Ave., Aurora (630) 585-9600

O’BRIEN’S GRILLE & PUB 12 North River St., Batavia (630) 406-9200

UNCLE LAR’S PIZZA 108 W. Main St., Plano (630) 552-3535

THE OFFICE 746 S. Lincoln Ave., Aurora (630) 896-5510

VENICE TAVERN 31 N. River St., Batavia (630) 761-3334 venicetavern.com

ROSATI’S PIZZA (6 locations) 2990 E. Ogden Ave., Aurora (630) 851-8100 310A W. Indian Tr., Aurora (630) 892-2662 334 E. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 879-2992 710 E. Railroad St., Sandwich (815) 786-1500 495 N. Rt. 47, Sugar Grove (630) 466-9992 1185 N. Bridge St., Yorkville (630) 553-5533 rosatispizza.com SAXBY’S COFFEE SHOP 6572 W. Rt. 34, Plano (630) 552-2060 STAR BAR & GRILL 2150 Ogden Ave., Aurora (630) 236-0900 SWEET TOMATOES 986 North Rt. 59, Aurora (630) 978- 4017 sweettomatoes.com SUZY’S PIZZA (2 locations) 4353 Tuma Rd., Yorkville (630) 553-6500 141 E. South St., Plano (630) 552-1330 suzyspizza.com TAVERN ON THE FOX 24 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 896-6667 TAYLOR STREET PIZZA 1985 Marketview Dr., Yorkville (630) 553-8833 TOMMY O’s SPORTS BAR & GRILL 945 Oak St., North Aurora (630) 906-1400

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ZEPPES ITALIAN GRILL & PASTA RESTAURANT 207 S. Lincolnway North Aurora (630) 859-0255

Fine Dining ALESANDRIA LOCALE ITALIANO 6500 W. Rt. 34, Plano (630) 552-8601 alessandriaitaliandining.com AMERICA’S BREWING COMPANY at WALTER PAYTON’S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 264-BREW walterpaytonsroundhouse.com AMICI’S D’AMORE RESTAURANTE 604 W. Veterans Pkwy. Yorkville (630) 553-3555 amicifinedining.com BALLYDOYLE IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT 28 N. New York St., Aurora (630) 844-0400 ballydoylepub.com

BLACKSTONE BAR & GRILL 600 E. Veterans Pkwy. Yorkville (630) 882-8305 blackstonebarandgrill.com CHEF AMAURY 481 N. Commons Dr., Aurora (630) 375-0426 chefamaury.com DOMO 77 4097 Heathway Dr., Aurora (630) 692- 0030 DUE CUORI ITALIAN RESTAURANT 212 Mitchell Dr., Plano (630) 552-9797 ENTICING CUISINE 12 S. Water St., Batavia (630) 761-0399 enticingcuisine.com FIRESIDE GRILLE 49 Sugar Ln., Sugar Grove (630) 466-4557 FOX CLUB Bliss Creek Golf Course 1 Golfview Rd., Sugar Grove (630) 466-0727 blisscreekgolf.com HOLLYWOOD CASINO’S FAIRBANKS STEAKHOUSE One New York St. Bridge Aurora (630) 801-7333 hollywoodcasinoaurora.com/ dining LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE & SALOON 4309 E. New York St. Aurora (630) 820-6460 lonestarsteakhouse.com LORENZO’S STEAK HOUSE & ITALIAN SPECIALTIES 4000 Fox Valley Center Dr. Aurora (630) 585-1315 lorenzos-steakhouse.com


LUIGI’S HOUSE 778 N. Rt. 59, Aurora (630) 375-6400 portillos.com MIO AMORE TRATTORIA ITALIANO 11 W. John St., Plano (630) 552-9100 mioamore.org ORCHARD VALLEY RESTAURANT Orchard Valley Golf Course 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora (630) 907-0600 orchardvalleygolf.com THE RENDEZVU 1 E. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 406-9177 the-rendezvu.com SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE RESTAURANT 4440 Ogden Ave., Aurora (630) 585-1077 STONEFIRE RESTAURANT & PUB 2075 Marketview Dr., Yorkville (630) 553-4585 stonefiredine.com SWORDFISH 207 N. Randall Rd., Batavia (630) 406-6463 wildfishsushi.com THE TURF ROOM 650 Randall Crossings Ln. North Aurora (630) 906-9300 TRIBELLA BAR & GRILL 1900 Mill St., Batavia (630) 406-9696 tribellagrill.com

Banquets & Catering AMERICA’S BANQUETS at WALTER PAYTON’S ROUNDHOUSE 205 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 892-0034 walterpaytonsroundhouse.com CEDARDELL GOLF CLUB 14264 S. Hale St., Plano (630) 552-3242 FOX CLUB Bliss Creek Golf Course 1 Golfview Rd., Sugar Grove (630) 466-0727 blisscreekgolf.com FOX VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB EVENTS OF ELEGANCE 2500 N. River Rd. (Rt. 25) North Aurora (630) 761-3366 foxvalleycountryclub.com GASLITE MANOR COURTYARD WEST BANQUETS 2485 Church Rd., Aurora (630) 851-2300 thecourtyardbanquets.com

ORCHARD VALLEY RESTAURANT Orchard Valley Golf Course 2411 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora (630) 907-0600 PIPERS BANQUETS 1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora (630) 978-0383 ualocal501.org REULAND FOOD SERVICE 115 Oak St., Aurora (630) 859-2877 reulandfoodservice.com RIVERVIEW BANQUETS & CATERING 1117 N. Washington Ave. Batavia (630) 761-1590

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LINCOLN INN BANQUETS 1345 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia (630) 879-7147

Let your romantic side take over for the weekend. Crack open the complimentary bottle of champagne you receive at check in. Don’t forget to take home the keepsake glasses.

LONG ISLAND SOUND BANQUETS & CONFERENCE CENTER 1920 E. New York St., Aurora (630) 898-4671

Dine at Kem’s, Holiday Inn’s on-site restaurant, with your $30 gift card and later retreat to a dip in the indoor heated pool.

LUIGI’S CATERING 732 Prairie St., Aurora (630) 896-9861

This package includes one night’s lodging for two in a king-size room. After snuggling all night, dig into the complimentary continental breakfast the next morning.

Book it now! For complete details about booking this package and others, see page 21.

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the solheim cup My Current Location: Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, IL Coordinates:

Elevation:

41.752002째 N 88.48938째 W

722 ft


festivals & special events My Current Location: Fox Valley Winery, Sandwich, IL

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Elevation:

41.644885째 N 88.621725째 W

673 ft


festivals & special events Jan. – Dec.

March 27

An array of community art beautifully displayed in Yorkville’s City Hall all year long. Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

An event of various artists displaying their works and musicians performing in historic downtown Aurora buildings along with exhibits and free refreshments. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Art in City Hall

City Hall 800 Game Farm Rd., Yorkville (630) 553-8564 yorkville.il.us

Aurora ArtWalk

Downtown Aurora auroraartwalk.com

March 13

March 28

Bring the family for a look at the world of reptiles. Get a close-up look at snakes, lizards, tortoises, alligators and more. 10 a.m.- noon Admission is: $9 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under

The Midwest’s premiere Dixieland Jazz Band blends the best of traditional Dixieland music with a style all their own. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Reptiles are Cool!

Waubonsee Community College Erikson Hall Rt. 47 at Waubonsee Dr., Sugar Grove (630) 466-7900 ext. 2360 waubonsee.edu March 15

Foxfare: Batavia Mainstreet Spring Gala Fox Valley area chefs create sumptuous samples for tasting, along with an auction and live entertainment. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Lincoln Inn 1345 S. Batavia Ave (630) 761-3528 downtownbatavia.com March 21

MapleFest Annual festival. Help tap a maple tree and see how maple syrup is made. Starts 9 a.m. with programs running every hour through 1 p.m. Red Oak Nature Center Rt. 25, 1 mi. north of Rt. 56 North Aurora (630) 897-1808 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

The Ragtime Ramblers

Sandwich Opera House 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich (815) 786-2555 sandwichoperahouse.com April, July, September, December

Art In Your Eye Arts Walk Friday nights participating downtown Batavia businesses host Fox Valley artists and provide refreshments for guests. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Downtown Batavia 8 W. Wilson St., Batavia (630) 761-3528 downtownbatavia.com April 11

Bob and the Beachcombers Family fun show features the surfing hits of the ‘60s and ‘70s along with a few classic rock & roll favorites of the ‘50s as well. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sandwich Opera House 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich (815) 786-2555 sandwichoperahouse.com April 18

Earth Day Fun, interactive games will challenge your skills and test your knowledge on how to promote our planet’s good health. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Red Oak Nature Center Rt. 25, 1 mi. north of Rt. 56 North Aurora (630) 897-1808 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Tiptoe through our lush winery.

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April 26, May 17, June 21, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27, Oct. 25

Sandwich Antiques Market

Complete range of antiques and collectibles from the 19th and 20th centuries. Held rain or shine. More than 65,000 collectors. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sandwich Fairgrounds 1401 Suydam Rd., Sandwich (815) 786-3337 antiquemarkets.com May 1

Opening Day at Blackberry Farm Ride the train and carousel, visit with the animals and watch demonstrations of pioneer life. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org May 3

Batavia Loyalty Day Parade A local parade honoring past and present military men and women and celebrating Batavia’s 175th anniversary. 1:30 p.m. Downtown Batavia Wilson St. to Rt. 25, Batavia (630) 879-9630 bataviavfw.org May 9

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet Spanish folk songs featuring Flamenco Dancer Colette Illarde with the Guitar Quartet. 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sandwich Opera House 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich (815) 786-2555 sandwichoperahouse.com

May 16

Sheep to Shawl and Garden Sale Witness a sheep-shearing demonstration and see how wool is made. Garden plants also on sale. Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org May 17

Spring at the Farm FFA/4H kids present their animals. Refreshments, antique tractors, hayrides and more 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dickson-Murst Farm 2550 Dickson Rd., Montgomery (630) 272-0686 May 25

Memorial Day Parade Annual parade to commemorate Memorial Day. Noon Downtown Aurora (630) 844-4731 aurora-il.org/specialevents June – July

Concerts in the Park Food vendors and open air concerts. 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Park, River St. and Mill St., Montgomery (630) 896-8080 ci.montgomery.il.us June - August

12th Annual Music Under the Stars Musical variety abounds all summer long – country, rock, Reggae and much more under the stars. Every 2nd and 4th Friday evenings of the month. Free. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Town Square Park Rt. 47 & Main St., Yorkville (630) 553-4357 yorkville.il.us


June – August

June 19 - 20

Bring your popcorn and a blanket and enjoy free outdoor movies all summer long on a three-story high inflatable screen. Starts at dusk.

This annual highly attended blues fest pays homage to the legendary 1930s Bluebird recordings. Fri., 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Various locations throughout Yorkville (630) 553-4357 yorkville.il.us

Galena Blvd. in Downtown Aurora (630) 264- INFO downtownaliveaurora.com

June - Sept.

June 19 - 21

Movies in the Park

Sugar Grove Farmers Market Saturday mornings June through September. 8 a.m. – noon. Sugar Grove Village Hall 10 Municipal Dr., Sugar Grove (630) 466-4507 June – Oct.

Yorkville Farmers Market Saturday mornings June through October 8 a.m. - noon Town Square Park Rt. 47 & Main St., Yorkville (630) 553-4357 yorkville.il.us June 7

Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race Two-tiered race on Fox River, with 10-mile route from St. Charles and 6-mile route from Batavia, finishing in Aurora. McCullough Park at Illinois Ave. and Fox River, Aurora (630) 859-8606 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org June 14

Batavia Triathalon

Blues On The Fox

Parade: Downtown Aurora Fireworks: IMSA and Aurora Christian properties (630) 264-INFO aurora-il.org/specialevents July 4

Naper Settlement 523 S. Webster St., Naperville naperdays.org

Randall Rd. and Oak St., North Aurora (630) 897-8228 vil.north-aurora.il.us

June 20 - Oct. 3

July 4

Aurora’s Farmers Market Saturday mornings June through October 8 a.m. – noon. Aurora Transportation Center 233 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 844-4731 aurora-il.org/specialevents June 21

Father’s Day Antique Tractor Show and Smithing Day Enjoy antique tractors on display and watch the village smiths in action working their craft. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Various Batavia locations (630) 879-1424 bataviatriathlon.org

Saturday mornings June through Oct. 8 a.m. – noon

Antique trucks of all types and sizes, activities for kids and food available. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Parade step-off is at 10 a.m. at the corner of River and Benton.

Enjoy spirited activities, outdoor games and main stage entertainment. New this year – concerts and a beer garden. Includes a 5k run, kids’ run, water games, golf contest, a pet parade, flea market and arts and crafts show. 11 a.m.

Experience the best Naperville has to offer from its past, present and future in this family-friendly festival. Fri., 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun., 11 – 5:30 p.m.

June 27 - Oct. 17

Vintage Truck Show

July 10 - 12

Independence Day Parade, City of Aurora’s Fireworks and Concert

Naper Days

Swim, bike and run through Batavia’s beautiful outdoors. 6:30 a.m.

June 14

July 4

Batavia Farmers Market

Downtown Batavia Water St. between Wilson and First St. Batavia (630) 761-3528 downtownbatavia.com

North Aurora Fireworks & Concert Hours: concert at 7:30, fireworks at dusk Clock Tower

Yorkville’s 4th Of July Celebration This annual tribute features fireworks, a parade, music and fun for all ages morning to night. Hours: Parade begins at 9 a.m., festivities at Town Square 10:30 a.m. Town Square Park Rt. 47 & Main St., Yorkville (630) 553-6186 yorkville.il.us July 7 – Aug. 25

Aurora’s Farmers Market East Tuesday mornings July through August. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church 220 Ridge Ave., Aurora (630) 844-4731 aurora-il.org/specialevents July 8 – Aug. 26

Windmill City Festival

Batavia Riverwalk Houston St. and Island Ave., Batavia (630) 879-5235 bataviaparks.org July 10 – 11

Downtown Alive! Summer Jam Summer festival featuring live music (Alternative Rock) and food along the scenic Fox River. Free Admission. Fri., 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Galena Blvd. between Broadway and River, Aurora (630) 264-INFO downtownaliveaurora.com July 18, 25

Theater in the Park Short melodramas performed outside by local theater group Fox Country Players. Bring a lawn chair. 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Riverfront Bicentennial Park Rt. 47 & E. Hydraulic, Yorkville (630) 553-8564 yorkville.il.us July 19

Car Show & Horseshoe Demo Antique cars of various models and eras, along with horseshoe making and fitting demos. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Aurora’s Farmers Market West Wednesday afternoons July through August. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. West Plaza Shopping Center Galena Blvd. and Edgelawn Dr., Aurora (630) 844-4731 aurora-il.org/specialevents

Dickson-Murst Farm 2550 Dickson Rd., Montgomery (815) 955- 0052

best Experience the in fests in the Aurora Area.


festivals & special events July 24 - 26

July 31

Aug 14 - 15

Sept. 6

Forty-first year of this community event that features live music, food, craft, family fun and carnival amusements. Fireworks on Saturday night. Fri., 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Summer festival featuring live music (classic rock) and food along the scenic Fox River. Free admission. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Summer festival featuring live music (top regional bands) and food along the scenic Fox River. Free admission. Fri., 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Galena Blvd. between Broadway and River, Aurora (630) 264-INFO

Galena Blvd. between Broadway and River, Aurora (630) 264-INFO downtownaliveaurora.com

Labor Day weekend will never be the same in downtown Batavia as the Wilson Street bridge becomes a stage and the “Best of Batavia” restaurant samplers team up for a spectacular city-wide event. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sugar Grove Corn Boil

Volunteer Park 85 Main St., Sugar Grove (630) 466-5166 sugargrovecornboil.org July 25 - 26

Model Train Show Extravaganza See different model train layouts, including one built entirely of Legos. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org July 25 - 26

Puerto Rican Festival and Parade Parade, ethnic food, music and games. Sat., 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sun., 1 p.m.9 p.m. Sunday Parade at 1:00 p.m. Downtown Aurora (630) 859-3593 aurora-prcc.org July 30 – Aug 2

Kendall Couty Fair Local county fair that inludes truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, livestock shows, and great food Thurs., 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Kendall County Fairgrounds 10826 Rt. 71, Yorkville (630) 553-2860 kendallcoutryfair.com

Downtown Alive! Rock On The Fox

July 31 – Aug 2

North Aurora Days Annual community event that includes music, a siren-and-lights parade, nightlight golf, 5K and 10K runs, emergency vehicle show and the North Aurora Pet Parade. Throughout North Aurora (630) 897-8228 Aug. 8

All-American Girl Birthday Celebration Enjoy three traditional birthday parties with historical themes. Experience candle dipping, treats and more. 1 p.m. Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1559 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org Aug. 8 - 9

Art In Your Eye Fine Art Festival Featuring award-winning artists; musical entertainment; City Hall Art Exhibit; childrens’ art activities; sculpture adventure and more. Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun.,10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Day at the Farm There will be horses, farm equipment demonstrations with tractor plowing, corn shelling, tractor plowing, rock crushing and more. Tractor parade at noon. Hay rides all day. Kids’ Pedal Tractor pulls and other activities. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dickson-Murst Farm 2550 Dickson Rd., Montgomery (630) 272-0686 Sept 4 - 6

17th Annual Hometown Days

Sept. 6

Half Madness Half Marathon A rolling course that will bring athletes though historic Batavia and along the Fox River. Start/finish: Houston St. at Batavia Riverwalk 7 a.m. (630) 973-6191 halfmadness.com Sept. 13

Fall Harvest Festival Learn how the pioneers prepared themselves for Winter. Taste Early American foods and play old-fashioned games. 11 a.m.

Beecher Community Park 908 Game Farm Rd. Yorkville (630) 553-4357 yorkville.il.us Sept. 9 - 13

Sept. 19

Sandwich Fair

Sandwich Fairgrounds Suydam and Gletty roads, Sandwich (815) 786-2159 sandwichfair.com

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Batavia Bridge on Wilson St. (630) 761- 3528 downtownbatavia.com

Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Aug. 8 - 9

Montgomery Park, River and Mill streets (630) 896-8080 ci.montgomery.il.us/fest.htm

Bridge Bash

Yorkville’s annual tradition continues with nightly entertainment, carnival rides, magic shows, pet parade, Pride and Joy car show and food, crafts and family fun! Noon - 10 p.m.

Spanning 121 years, this is one of the largest in Illinois drawing thousands of people with live entertainment, food, games, shows, judgings, cook-offs, crafts tractor pulls and livestock shows. 8 a.m.

Two full days of fun including food, carnival rides, craft vendors, car show, fishing derby and music.

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Batavia Riverwalk 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia (630) 761-3528 artinyoureye.com

Montgomery Fest

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Fiesta De Luces Festival of Lights Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music, food, childrens’ games and rides. 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Commuter lot at Spring St. and Lincoln Ave., Aurora (630) 264-INFO aurora-il.org/specialevents


Sept. 19 - 21

Big Rock Plowing Match Festival – 115th Year Horse show, competitive field plowing, 4-H Beef Show, arts and crafts, ladies fair, junior fair, train rides, pedal tractor pull, round bale roll-off, concessions and more. 8:30 a.m. Plowman’s Park, 48W508 Hinckley Rd. Big Rock (630) 556-9599 bigrockplowingmatch.com

Oct. 3

Oct. 24

Compete in a scenic 5K run along the Fox River. The course is USTAF-Certified. Trophies awarded in seven age categories. Admission charge

Free family event including haunted houses, pumpkin judging, haunted trails, wagon rides, games for all ages, entertainment, raffles and more. 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest 5K River Run

Montgomery Park River St. and Mill St., Montgomery (630) 896-8080 ci.montgomery.il.us

Women’s Wellness Weekend Put together by WCC, this relaxing getaway for women offers workshops and programs throughout the weekend, participants can attend all or just some of the activities. Fri., 7 p.m. – Sun., 2 p.m. LaSalle Manor Retreat Center 12480 Galena Rd., Plano (630) 466-5750 (WCC) waubonsee.edu

Oct. 24

Ride the “pumpkin train” to the pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin to decorate. Carousel and hay wagon rides also offered. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All ages are welcome to enjoy trolley rides, prizes, a pumpkin carving contest and much more. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org October 9 – 11, 16 - 18

Seussical: The Musical

Sept. 26

Batavia Housewalk Unique and elegant homes in Batavia are featured in this 2nd annual walk to showcase great design and decorating. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Various homes in Batavia (630) 761-3528 downtownbatavia.com

This musical, based on the books of Dr. Seuss, is a complex combination of many of Suess’s most famous and beloved books including “The Cat in the Hat,” “Horton Hears a Who!” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Phillips Park Fall Festival Free activities and attractions including a petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, a super slide, live entertainment, face painting and hands-on activities. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1000 Ray moses Dr., Aurora (630) 264-INFO aurora-il.org

Montgomery Oktoberfest including 5K run, pumpkin painting, German food, beer and music. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Montgomery VFW, 121 N. River St. Montgomery (630) 897-8137 chamberofmontgomeryil.org

Christmas in the Country Two days of arts and crafts, instant door drawings and lunch. Benefits the Band Parents Association. Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun., 11 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 27

Naper Settlement 523 S. Webster St., Naperville (630) 305-5555 napersettlement.org

Batfest

Oktoberfest

Nov. 14 - 15

Oct. 23 - 24

Oct. 24

Oct. 2 - 3

Downtown Yorkville, Rt. 47 (630) 553-6853 yorkvillechamber.org

Historic Opera House of Sandwich 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich (630) 207- 8083

The creepiest characters of the 19th century come to life to haunt the grounds of Naper Settlement. Not recommended for children. Admission: $10 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Families enjoy a spooktacular time. Highlights include: BatRun, pumpkin roll, Batavia Mother’s club costume parade, downtown trick or treating, hayrides, games and contests. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Downtown Batavia and Batavia Riverwalk 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia (630) 761-3528 downtownbatavia.com

Nov. 29

Celebration of Lights Festival Come see the magical ceremonial lighting of the tree. Features holiday music, horse-driven hayrides, roasted chestnuts, caroling, entertainment and a visit from Santa. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Batavia Riverwalk Houston St. and Island Ave., Batavia (630) 879-5235 bataviaparks.org

Halloween Walk

(3 locations) Sandwich High School 515 E. Lions Rd., Sandwich Sandwich Middle School 600 S. Wells, Sandwich Haskin Elementary School 720 S. Wells, Sandwich (630) 466-4546

All Hallows Eve: A 19th Century Halloween

Sept. 26

Plowman’s Park 48W508 Hinkley Rd, Big Rock halloween-fest.com

Oct. 3 - 4, 10 - 12, 17 - 18, 24 - 25

Pumpkin Weekends Sept. 25 - 27

Halloween Fest

Holiday Magic Discover the wonder of Holiday Magic. Enjoy the spectacular fireworks display over the river and the “Parade of Lights.” 6 p.m. Downtown Aurora (630) 264- INFO aurora-il.org/specialevents Nov. 27 – Dec. 27

Aurora Festival of Lights This free Festival of Lights is a Spectacular drive-thru holiday light display sponsored by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club and the City of Aurora. Mon. – Thurs. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fri. – Sun. 5 p.m - 10 p.m Phillips Park 1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora aurorafestivaloflights.com

Dec. 4

Holiday Under the Stars Ice carving, cookie decorating, horse and carriage rides, holiday trolley lighting tour, musical performances, storytelling, Santa and his reindeer and much more. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Town Square Park Rt. 47 and Main St., Yorkville (630) 553-8564 yorkville.il.us Dec. 19 - 20

Polar Express Amid thousands of glittering holiday lights, the Polar Express train makes its rounds. Storytellers will read the book, “The Polar Express” at the one-room schoolhouse. Visit Santa and see his sleigh. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org Dec. 6

Breakfast with Santa Family fun activities throughout the day, hosted by a variety of community organizations. Free ornament making 8 a.m. Sugar Grove Community House 141 South Main St., Sugar Grove (630) 466-4539 sugargrovechamber.org Dec. 6

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Family event featuring Santa’s arrival, fireworks, free refreshments and caroling 5 p.m. Montgomery Park River St. and Mill St., Montgomery (630) 896-8080 ci.montgomery.il.us

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attractions America’s Brewing Company at Walter Payton’s Roundhouse Originally constructed in 1856, America’s first railroad roundhouse. Is home to the Walter Payton Museum, ComedyComedy and Illinois’ largest award-winning microbrewery. 205 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 264-BREW walterpaytonsroundhouse.com

Batavia Depot Museum Housed in an 1854 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot, the museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers historic exhibits. 155 Houston St., Batavia (630) 406-5274 bataviahistoricalsociety.org

Batavia Riverwalk

Aurora Downtown iPod and Cell Phone Walking Tours

As the centerpiece of downtown Batavia, the riverwalk extends along the depot pond and Fox River to a north point pavilion, where grand views of the river are available.

Self-guided tours of Aurora’s historic downtown; tour brochures available at the Aurora Area CVB offices

Corner of Houston St. and Island Ave. Batavia (630) 879-5235

(630) 844-8066 enjoyaurora.com

Aurora Historical Society Historic photos, books, documents and maps covering Aurora’s history from the 1830s to the present. By appointment only 305 Cedar St., Aurora (630) 897-9029 aurorahistoricalsociety.org

Aurora Regional Fire Museum Displays of vintage firefighting equipment, memorabilia of the 1871 Chicago Fire, thousands of photographs and gift shop 53 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 892-1572 auroraregionalfiremuseum.org

Big Rock Historical Society Crib Museum Step into the restored corn crib and explore artifacts from the century-old Plowing Match, or learn more about the Welsh immigrants of the 19th century. Open Saturdays 2 – 4 p.m. or by appointment 48W445 Hinckley Rd., Big Rock (815) 286-3364 or (630) 556-3321

Blackberry Farm 19th century farm and scenic village featuring pioneer history with five museums, craft shops, demos and hands-on fun. Admission includes unlimited rides on train, hay wagon, carousel and ponies. Gift shop with park concessions. 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Fabyan Dutch Windmill

Splash in to f un !

Considered to be the best example of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States, the 68-foot, five-story working windmill was originally built by German craftsman Louis Backhaus between 1850 and 1860. Fabyan Forest Preserve Rt. 25, Batavia (630) 232-4811

The Farnsworth House Estate NEW! Full-moon tours! Master architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created the ultimate minimalist masterpiece. The stellar structure of floor-to-ceiling glass seemingly “floats” above the rambling Fox River. 14520 River Rd., Plano (630) 552-0052 farnsworthhouse.org

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Site of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Restored prairie grass areas, historic barns and a buffalo herd. School, group and self-guided tours available. Kirk Rd. at Pine St., Batavia (630) 840-3351 fnal.gov

The Grand Army of The Republic Hall Built in 1878, this structure was originally built as a monument to Aurora’s Civil War Veterans. The building is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 23 E. Downer Pl., Aurora (630) 906-0654 or (630) 897-7221 aurora-il.org

Hollywood Casino – Aurora Simply the area’s best gaming facility with slots, blackjack, live poker and more. Enjoy over 53,000 square feet of gaming space and the finest air quality in Chicagoland. The pavilion offers two restaurants and an astounding collection of movie memorabilia. 1 New York St. Bridge, Aurora (630) 801-1234 or (800) 888-7777 hollywoodcasinoaurora.com

Kane County Cougars This Class A professional baseball team plays at Elfstrom Stadium every summer. Join Ozzie the Cougar in cheering for the home team! Philip B. Elfstrom Stadium, 34W002 Cherry Ln., Geneva (630) 232-8811 kccougars.com

largest Dive into the outdoor indoor AND in the state ! water parks

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Kane County Eagles Nationally ranked semi-pro minor league football Class AAA team. Entertainment for families and groups. Games June through Oct. 5n155 Prarie Lakes Blvd., St. Charles (847) 812-9361 kceagles.com

Kendall County Historical Society’s Heritage Hall & Chapel on the Green Dating back to 1855, the chapel is Kendall County’s oldest church building and is adorned with stained glass windows and a restored 1899 pipe organ. The adjacent hall houses local artifacts. 107 W. Center St., Yorkville (630) 553-6777

Lyon Farm and Village The farm and village have 15 historic buildings that trace the history of Kendall County. Learn about native prairie grasses found around the farm and enjoy a variety of history-oriented special events. Rt. 71, Yorkville (630) 554-3064 or (630) 553-6777

New York Street Memorial Bridge Over the Fox River, the bridge includes the circa 1930s “Memory” and “Victory” statues in honor of fallen soldiers. New York St,. Between Rts. 25 and 31 Aurora (630) 844-3648

The Old Barn Museum Featuring a collection of thousands of Native American artifacts such as arrows, axes, drills, stone implements, trade beads, beaded garments and natural history items. Presented in an original 1840s barn. By appointment only 7127B Oakbrook Rd., Newark theoldbarnmuseum.org


The Paramount Theatre

Red Oak Nature Center

Swimming Stones

Home to “Broadway in the Burbs,” this lovingly restored Art Deco movie palace presents live entertainment by world-class performers, plays, touring musicals and other special events.

Enjoy the outdoors and learn about native plants and animals in the Fox River Valley. Educational exhibits and interpretive center encourage hands-on participation. Riverside nature trails offer hiking and tours of “Devil’s Cave.”

A Kinetic water sculpture Commissioned by the Aurora Public Arts Commission and sculpted by Christian Tobin.

23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora (630) 896-6666 paramountaurora.com

Phillips Park Located on over 325 acres, popular attractions include the Mastodon Gallery, the gorgeous Sunken Garden, an 18-hole golf course/driving range, the zoo, a 28-acre fishing lake with a one-mile multiple use trail, war memorials and the Winter Recreation Area. 1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora (630) 978-4774 phillipsparkaurora.com

Phillips Park Zoo

Rt. 25, 1 mi. north of Rt. 56, North Aurora (630) 897-1808 foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

Sandwich Fairgrounds First opened in 1888, the fairgrounds serve as a meeting place for everything from antique markets to engine shows. Features the Sandwich Fair held every Labor Day week.

1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora (630) 978-4700 phillipsparkaurora.com

140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich (815) 786-2555 sandwichoperahouse.com

Phillips Park Sunken Garden

Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures

View the spectacular display of 15,000 flowers of 15 varieties, plus a three-tiered fountain and the “Four Seasons” statues that complement this exquisite English garden motif.

A rotating collection of historic and contemporary Native American arts, crafts and artifacts from indigenous peoples stretching from the Woodlands to the Pacific Northwest.

1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora (630) 978-4774 phillipsparkaurora.com

Aurora University Randall Rd. at Marseillaise Pl., Aurora (630) 844-7843 aurora.edu/museum

1000 Ray Moses Dr., Aurora (630) 978-4774 phillipsparkaurora.com

Built in 1856, this Italianate building is home to the Aurora Historical Museum, which offers tours of the fully furnished home. 305 Cedar St., Aurora (630) 897-9029 aurorahistory.net

Sandwich Opera House Built in 1878 and restored in 1986, the Opera House today provides performing arts from classical to country, dance, student recitals, summer theatre workshops and a childrens’/senior citizens series.

Get an up-close view of Ice-age Mastodon bones unearthed in the park in the 1930s, while glimpsing into the rich history of one of the area’s most beautiful parks.

William Tanner House

Suydam Rd. and Gletty Rd., Sandwich (815) 786-2159 sandwichfair.com

Established in 1915, the zoo is open daily, year-round and admission is free. Exhibits include bald eagles, wolves, cougars, foxes, otters, elk, goats, llamas, turkeys and peacocks.

Phillips Park Visitors Center & Mastodon Gallery

Northwest and corner of Stolp Ave. and Benton St,. Aurora (630) 906-0654 aurora-il.org

Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago This beautiful Hindu temple blends ancient and modern architectural technology. 1145 Sullivan Rd., Aurora (630) 844-2252 balajj.org

Family Values! Spend a night with the whole family! Take a swim in our indoor swimming pool complex that includes a separate kiddie pool with water features, a lap pool and a 2,200 gallon hot tub! Watch movies in the room while you dine on your complimentary pizza and soda. Wake up and enjoy the “On the House” complimentary hot breakfast and use the $25 gas gift card for the ride home.

Book it now! For complete details about booking this package and others, see page 21.


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shopping shopping centers

retail corridors

Chicago Premium Outlets

Randall/Orchard Rds. Corridor

Features 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores. 1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Aurora (630) 585-2200 premiumoutlets.com/chicago

These rapidly growing roads stretching through Montgomery, Aurora, North Aurora and Batavia are full of shopping and restaurant surprises.

Kendall Marketplace

Rt. 30/34 Corridor

Kohl’s, Super Target, Home Depot

Rapidly growing retail area anchored by JCPenney, Menards and Office Depot.

Cannonball Tr. and Rt. 34, Yorkville harlemirving.com

Northgate Shopping Center Anchored by Carson Pirie Scott and Ace Hardware 900 N. Lake St., Aurora

North Aurora Towne Center Anchored by JCPenney and Target Randall Rd. and Orchard Gateway North Aurora

Reaper Centre Furniture, services, jewelry and liquor. Rt. 34, Plano

West Aurora Plaza More than 15 stores, with Wal-Mart, restaurants, furniture and jewelry 1901 W. Galena, Aurora

Westfield Shoppingtown Fox Valley

Rt. 59 Corridor Discover hundreds of well-known specialty, chain stores and dozens of great dining locations. Rt. 59 between I-88 and 95th Rd. Aurora

213 Webster St., Montgomery (630) 859-1844

Cooper Home Furnishings

Joric’s Trading Company

Specializing in personal service and high-quality furnishings.

Authentic Native American artifacts such as bows and arrows and pottery

112 W. Main St., Plano (630) 552-8288 cooperhomefurnishings.com

Rt. 47 and Rt. 126, Yorkville (630) 553-3158

David L. Pierce Art & History Center

20 E. Downer Pl. , Aurora (630) 906-0654 aurorahistoricalsociety.org

Nello’s Motorcycles

Eclectibles

555 S. River St., Batavia (630) 406-6188

Antiques, embroidery service and unique items 4 S. Grant St., North Aurora (630) 906-0200

Fine yarns and fibers, in addition to books, accessories, classes and workshops 37 S. Main St., Sandwich (815) 786-6051 eweandmefiberstudio.com

Specialty antiques and unique collectables most by local artisans 303 S. Main St., Sandwich (815) 786-6370

Fox Valley Winery Award-winning winery including many wines made from local grapes 120 S. Main St., Sandwich (815) 786-3124

Boutiques, u niques or miles of mall s, get your shop on.

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Unique gift shop with unique jewelry, stained glass art and more 37 S. Main St., Sandwich (815) 786-7074 moonandstarltd.com

Farmer’s Daughter

Antiques, china, silver and furniture

Moon and Star Ltd.

Hand-crafted jewelry, pottery and textiles from local artists and Aurora-themed gifts.

Ewe And Me Fiber Studio

901 N. Batavia, Batavia Campagna Building (630) 879-5130 alldressedupcostumes.com

9 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia (630) 761-0813

21 W. Church St., Sandwich (815) 786-3240

201 W. Galena St. (Rt. 30), Big Rock (630) 556-9665 esthersplacefibers.com

Costume, makeup, event and design needs

Rt. 59 at New York St., Aurora (630) 851-7200 westfield.com

Spa Items, seasonal, home decor, gourmet food and more

Handmade items from local wool, classes, gifts and more

All Dressed Up

Bee-Attitudes Antiques And Collectibles

Fun In A Basket

Rugs, candles, curtains, Door County Coffee, locally handcrafted items

Esther’s Place — A Fiber Arts Studio

rare finds & specialty shops

More than 180 stores anchored by Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, JCPenney and Sears

Bittersweets

Specialty motorcycle-related merchandise

Quilter’s Heart For all your fabric needs, as well as cards, jewelry and novelty items 603 E. Railroad St., Sandwich (815) 786-6066

Tymely Ideas Boutique filled with beautiful home accents, country, garden and gift items 2 E. Railroad St., Sandwich (815) 786-1117

Village Peddler Perfect for unique country gifts and home accents 619 W. Rt. 34, Plano (630) 552-9005

Vignettes Fragrant candles, beautiful textiles, and one-of-a-kind items 101 E. Van Emmon, Yorkville (630) 882-6980 vignettesdecor.com

Wardell Art Glass Studio Hand-crafted art, glass, restoration and repairs 28 S. Stolp Ave., Aurora (630) 896-4181


Welcome Home Country Shoppe Candles, furniture and other home décor items 409 E. Church St., Sandwich (815) 786-7788

antique and flea markets

farmers markets

Happy Hen House

Aurora Farmers Markets

Kane County Flea Market

(3 locations) June 20 - Oct. 3 (Saturdays) 8 a.m. – noon. Aurora Transportation Center 233 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 844-4731

July 7 – Aug. 25 (Tuesdays) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church 220 Ridge Ave., Aurora (630) 844-4731 or (630) 844-4386

July 8 – Aug. 26 (Wednesday) 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. West Plaza Shopping Center Galena Blvd. and Edgelawn Dr., Aurora (630) 844-4731 or (630) 844-4386 aurora-il.org/specialevents

Batavia Farmers Market Saturdays from July 27 through Oct. 17. Hours: 8 a.m. – noon.

Antiques just outside of town 8329 East Sandwich Rd., Hinckley (815) 286- 9055

One of the Midwest’s largest flea markets with more than 1,000 dealers at Kane County Fairgrounds Rt. 38 and Randall Rd., St. Charles (630) 377-2252 kanecountyfleamarket.com

Kendall County Flea Market Held June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13 and Oct. 11. Kendall County Fairgrounds Rt. 71, just west of Rt. 47, Yorkville (630) 553-2860 kendallcountyfair.com

Olde Timers Antique Centre 25,000 square feet of collectibles, furniture decorative pieces and antiques 131 E. Church St., Sandwich (815) 786-6430 olde-timers.com

Water St. between Wilson St. and First St., Batavia (630) 761-3528 downtownbatavia.com

Sandwich Antiques Market

Sugar Grove Farmers Market

Sandwich Fairgrounds, Rt. 34, Sandwich (815) 786-3337 antiquemarkets.com

Saturdays June through Sept. Hours: 8 a.m. – noon. John Shields Elementary School 85 Main St., Sugar Grove (630) 466-5166 ext. # 76

Yorkville Farmers Market Saturdays June through October Hours: 8 a.m. – noon.

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Rain or shine, many exhibitors. Held April 26, May 17, June 21, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25.

Treasures Old & New Antiques In downtown Hinckley for antiques and more 358 West Lincoln Ave., Hinckley (815) 286-7921

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Serenity and simpler times, this is what you’ll find at Esther’s Place, an 1895 Victorian-style home that houses both a retreat and fiber arts studio. Book a stay in one of three beautifully furnished vintage rooms. Step back in time with period music, food, film and special guests who will share their “experience” from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s or ‘50s. All retreats include: a scrumptious evening meal; late-night tea and crumpets; rise-and-shine breakfast; as well as a workshop, tour and round-the-clock pampering.

Book it now! For complete details about booking this package and others, see page 23.

Town Square Park, West side of Rt. 47, Yorkville (630) 553-4357 yorkville.il.us

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AIRPORTS

CAR RENTALS

Aurora Municipal Airport

Budget Car Rental

43W636 Rt. 30 Sugar Grove (630) 466-7000 auroraairport.com

Chicago Midway Airport Chicago (773) 767-0500 chicago-mdw.com

O’Hare International Airport Chicago (773) 686-2200 airport-ohare.com

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Amtrak 101 W. Main St., Plano (800) 872-7245 amtrak.com

Pace Aurora Transportation Center 233 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 892-8466 pacebus.com

Metra (2 locations) Aurora Transportation Center 233 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 692-6313 1090 Rt. 59, Aurora (630) 820-7408 metrarail.com

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

1311 N. Lake St., Aurora (800) 527-0700

River Front Chrysler/Jeep 200 Hansen Blvd. North Aurora (630) 907-1700 riverfrontchryslerjeep.com

Enterprise RentA-Car (3 locations) 205 Hansen Blvd. North Aurora (630) 907-3011 95 Trade St., Aurora (630) 820-4511 849 N. Lake St., Aurora (630) 859-0900 enterprise.com

LIMOUSINE & CHARTERS A-1 Airport Limousine Service (630) 898-7200 a1limousine.com

Diamond Limousine Inc. (630) 552-1500

Fox Valley Limousine (630) 455-1910 exclusivecoach.com

Royal Dutch Limo LTD. (630) 553-1899

Silver Fox Limousine (630) 377-3805

Hertz

silverfoxlimousine.com

902 N. Lake St., Aurora (630) 859-2865 hertz.com

United Limousine Service LTD.

TAXICAB/VAN COMPANIES American Taxi (630) 305-0700 americantaxi.com

(630) 969-3865 united-limoservice.com

West Suburban Travelers Limousine (630) 668-9600 westsublimo.com

Aurora Deluxe Cab & Livery Service Inc. (630) 897-5900

Fox Valley Taxi (630) 892-1264

Montgomery Cab Inc. (630) 844-9778 montgomerycab.com

Greyhound

Quick Vanns

Aurora Transportation Center 233 N. Broadway, Aurora (630) 896-7750 greyhound.com

(630) 978-2667 quickvanns.com

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North Aurora

Steeped in rich history and yet with a foot in the future, Aurora emits an exciting energy hard to resist. From its historic downtown, to sizzling Hollywood casino, to world-class entertainment at the Paramount Theatre, to architectural tours, to outdoor festivals and concerts—Aurora delivers the pizzazz of a city, while retaining its own charm. In fact Aurora is the second largest city—yes, city—in Illinois. A major Riverfront revitalization plan is in the works and sure to showcase this impressive city.

Hugging the Fox River while keeping its arms open to residential and business growth, North Aurora strikes a perfect balance between natural beauty and urban amenities. Just having celebrated its 100th birthday in 2007, North Aurora is headed toward a great future with a proposed riverfront development and healthy retail growth. Visit the newly constructed North Aurora Veterans Memorial or celebrate the three-day North Aurora Days family festival held each summer.

Plano

Batavia Batavia is a town seemingly created as the perfect host for outdoor fests and cultural and fun events. Its rich history, the Donovan Bridge canopying the Fox River, the rolling riverwalk and of course, its signature windmills, charm all those who stroll through it. From the fine arts festival, “Art In Your Eye” to the invigorating midnight bike ride for charity, “Chase the Moon,” Batavia offers a picturesque framework that makes it hard to leave.

Sometimes you find the most engaging experiences in the most unlikely places. Farms still dot the roads. Wide open spaces abound. Yet, one of the most significant pieces of iconic architecture, the Farnsworth House and a historically significant home (renovated into the charming Homestead B&B) call Plano home. Indulge your outdoor passions at Silver Springs State Park, a 1,300-acre prairie-restoration area or the quaint shops. You won’t find pretension here, just delightful surprises.

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Big Rock Lose yourself in the century-old churches, open spaces and Victorian homes of Big Rock. A quaint village steeped in rich agricultural history and tradition, Big Rock celebrates its past with a vision toward the future. From the 115th Annual Plowing Match, to a round of rousing golf, to the peaceful serenity of the fishing quarry, to the giggles from a gaggle of novice fiber artists—a varied recreational menu awaits you here.

This “fair” city is home to the annual Sandwich Fair—the oldest continuing county fair in Illinois and a charming downtown filled with specialty shops and great restaurants. Home to the newly built Best Western Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center and the largest indoor water park in the state, Sandwich is poised for significant growth. Visit the 1879 historic Sandwich Opera House/City Hall, which still offers excellent entertainment.

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Hinckley The Village of Hinckley has a rich and proud history, which includes, hosting the first Harlem Globetrotters Game in 1927 and being home to the iconic Dairy Joy—a place inspiring people to drive up to 25 miles for their burgers, beefs and confections! Founded in the 1830s by a man from Mr. Hollenbeck of Chicago, it now contains the privately owned Hinckley Airport, base to Chicagoland Skydiving Center and Windy City Soaring.

Montgomery Montgomery truly knows how to play up one of its biggest assets: the outdoors. Proud of the acknowledgment as having one of the highest parkland-to-resident Ratios with more than 13 acres of parks per thousand population, Montgomery is the perfect site for a host of outdoor activities including recreational fishing and a burgeoning spread of picturesque bike trails. Even with a growing population and booming residential development, Montgomery still maintains its small-town charm.

Sugar Grove is as sweet at the name suggests, what with its lush greenery and small-town feel. But don’t be fooled, Sugar Grove comprises a community brimming with a lot of ambition and a desire to stretch its legs and grow. Watch out for Sugar Grove as it continues to sweeten the deal for its residents by courting new opportunities. Sugar Grove is also the proud host of the 2009 Solheim Cup.

Yorkville Yorkville has no lack of things to do. Stroll through antique shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Enjoy fantastic festivals and events. Explore the 1,300 acres of the Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area with fishing, hunting, picnicking and other year-round activities. Step into a canoe or kayak and ramble down the Fox River at this prime starting point. In addition to flourishing residential development, the city’s retail and commercial segments continue to multiply. They are also home to the country’s largest outdoor water park—as highlighted in USA Today!

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