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Anderson Japanese Gardens
Anderson Japanese Gardens has been named one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine since 2004. Inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12 acre award winning landscape is comprised of koi-filled ponds, winding paths, gentle streams, cascading waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully trained pines, and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th century traditional architecture is found throughout the garden.
Black Hawk State Historic Site
Wonderful for families, friends for outdoor recreation. Additionally, the Watch Tower Lodge has hosted thousands of wedding receptions and offers a lovely setting in the beautiful historic park. This wooded, steeply rolling 208-acre tract, borders the Rock River in the city of Rock Island. Prehistoric Indians and 19th-Century settlers made homes here, but the area is most closely identified with the Sauk nation and its great warrior, Black Hawk. Voted one of the "7 Wonders of Illinois," this pristine park offers beautiful trails for hiking and walking only. Picnic areas are also available. While at the park be sure to visit the Watch Tower Lodge that houses a large reception area and the John Hauberg Indian Museum. The museum features Sauk and Meskwaki Native American Indian artifacts and displays depicting the four seasons and life of these tribes. A new exhibit tells the story of the Sauk and Meskwaki—how they came to live in the Quad City area, why they no longer live here, and, as the piece de resistance, a four-by-eight-foot scale model of the city of Saukenuk one of the largest Native American Indian settlements in the United States.
Blue Cat Brew Pub
Enjoy this micro brewery and restaurant situated in the downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District. The Blue Cat Brew Pub is a locally owned establishment that creates fine food and handcrafted ales and lagers for first hand sampling. Menu features homemade recipes and specials. A place to meet - friends, family, business partners, and whatever combination there may be. A place where the staff love to meet people and make new friends from around the country. Shoot some pool, throw some darts, or just hang out and relax.
The quintessential cocktail lounge of the Champaign-Urbana community. Located in the heart of downtown Champaign, Boltini offers a great selection of liquor, food, entertainment and fun. It's very welcoming to any and everybody from the downtown hipster to the professional enjoying a happy hour cocktail and everybody in between.
Celebration River Cruises
Hop aboard the family-owned Celebration Belle riverboat that cruises the mighty Mississippi River. Operating April through October, the 800-passenger riverboat offers a variety of cruises, ranging from sightseeing tours to theme cruises such as Big Band and fall foliage, captain's dinner and dance cruises, and overnight excursions.
Chester Street Dance Club
Located in downtown Champaign, this huge dance club features DJs spinning everything from Top 40 remixes to electro-industrial dance. Cool down on the outdoor patio.
Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Each year, nearly one million people visit the Garden's 26 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres of land on and around nine islands. Six miles of shoreline extend along 81 acres of water, including the Great Basin, North Lake, and Skokie River Corridor. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.
Chicago Marriott Schaumburg
Sophisticated and modern, our business class hotel with a boutique feel has gracious hosts waiting for you to experience our passion for hospitality. Step into the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg and discover the multitude of ways to combine work time and play time. Located in the heart of Schaumburg, near Arlington Heights, Itasca, Hoffman Estates, Addison, Rolling Meadows, Palatine and Elk Grove, minutes from O’Hare International Airport, this Schaumburg, Illinois hotel has it all. From Marriott Mobile Checkin to Marriott Mobile Meetings, explore the innovative technology created with the ease of the traveler in the mind. State of the art Fitness Center, Indoor and Outdoor pool, 32-inch LCD TV’s and Revive Marriott bedding package redesign the art of hosting. Located near several award winning restaurants, Blue Fire Grill will dazzle your culinary senses right from the start. Bevande Lounge is the perfect spot to put an exclamation point on your day. A full hot breakfast buffet is available each morning or let the Bean Counter, our Starbucks café, catch you on the fly with the first cup of fresh coffee and a wide variety of grab and go options. This suburban Chicago hotel is accented by the LegoLand Discovery Center , Woodfield Mall and The Streets of Woodfield shopping complex are located less than 2 miles from the hotel. Choose from nearby attractions which include Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, premier horse racing at Arlington Park Race Track, watching your favorite hockey teams at the Edge Ice Arena, or take a stroll in Busse Woods Natural Preserve. The Chicago Marriott Schaumburg is hospitality redefined.
Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street
Visit our award-winning Premier Main Street which is full of charming shops, delightful restaurants, quality entertainments and life-enhancing opportunities and events.
The Egyptian Theatre hosts film festivals, special movie screenings, and live entertainment events. This theatre is a 1929, fully restored Egyptian Art Deco movie palace and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Egyptian is also available for rentals, tours, weddings, graduations, parties and receptions. Capacity: 1,419 Raised stage with dressing room below; balcony and lobby space.
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown
This atrium hotel offers two-room suites equipped with a wet bar and mini-fridge. A cooked-to-order breakfast and two-hour evening Manager’s Reception with free drinks and appetizers are offered daily. The hotel is close to Magnificent Mile shopping and the River North gallery district.
Fairfield Inn - Springfield
65 rooms, indoor pool and spa, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, 24 hr. coffee and tea, elevator, in-room iron/board, copy/fax services.
Firefly Grill is a modern roadhouse restaurant located on the shores of Lake Kristie. This wonderful place operates on an oasis of American fresh cuisine in the heart of the Midwest. Firefly's menu changes daily and boasts fresh seafood, oak fire steaks and brick oven pizzas. Firefly uses local ingredients whenever possible and fresh herbs and vegetables from their garden. The beautiful facility and grounds make this the perfect place for a wedding or group event. Cooking demonstrations and tours are also available.
Everyone is welcome at FitzGerald's a nationally-known music venue located in Berwyn just minutes from Chicago and Oak Park. The venue also is available for weddings, parties, school functions, etc. Whether you want the main club, the smaller party room and SideBar or the outside beer garden, we can transform each to party specifications. Check out examples of parties and music on our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/109186657@N03/sets/72157637847655283.
Experience the grandeur of world-class artists and Broadway theatricals in the beautifully restored Genesee Theatre. After undergoing a $23 million renovation, The Genesee Theatre is now home to world-class performances including Broadway shows, musical acts, comedians and more. In addition to the shows, this venue is a historic hot-spot for weddings, corporate functions, holiday parties, and a variety of special events. There are also a number of completely renovated auxiliary rooms connected to the main auditorium that are perfect for receptions, birthdays, high school reunions, corporate dinners, cocktail parties, or any other festive gathering, meeting, or presentation. Visit the website for a list of upcoming shows.
Glen Rowan House
The Glen Rowan House is the perfect setting for weddings, social parties, private, and corporate events. An estate on Chicago’s North Shore designed by renowned architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, this significant landmark is named for its impressive rowan oak trees and is a part of the Lake Forest College campus.
Hampton Inn - Springfield
Located just off I-55, approximately 10 min. downtown, adjacent to a shopping plaza and many resturaunts; complimentary breakfast bar; indoor pool, whirlpool and work-out facility; all rooms include in-room coffee-makers, hair dryers and iron with board.
Hampton Inn & Suites
Featuring deluxe comp. hot breakfast bar, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, suite shop, business center. Refrigerator/microwaves, cable TV/HBO, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons, Free local phone calls. No pets. Internet connection available.
Heritage Prairie Farm
Farm dinners at Heritage Prairie Farm, in Elburn have been a tradition since 2007. All farm dinners include a welcome cocktail upon arrival to the farm with butler-passed appetizers, and live acoustic music. For dinner, an upscale five-course meal, introduced by the chef himself, is served family-style in a charming atmosphere, regardless of the season. Get an inside look at how the farm operates from one of their knowledgeable staff with a private tour of the farm.
Highland Park Country Club
Highland Park Country Club is an immaculately maintained 18-hole public golf course offering an unforgettable challenge for players of all skill levels. Located just 25 minutes north of Chicago, Highland Park's scenic beauty and world-class amenities make it the perfect locale for golf outings, weddings, banquets and fundraising events.
Hilton Garden Inn
Hotel is just 5 miles from the State Capitol, Convention Center and Lincoln Attractions. Shopping, over 20 restaurants and movie theater within 4 blocks. Lake Springfield with parks, fishing and boat ramps within 1 mile. Whether you're traveling for leisure or business, Hilton Garden Inn can accommodate you. And, for your family's comfort and convenience the hotel offers cribs, high chairs, playpens and a kid-friendly menu.
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
521 guest rooms atop Apparel Center across the street from the Merchandise Mart. 2 phone lines, voicemail, coffee makers, hair dryers, iron and iron board.
Holiday Inn Rock Island Hotel & Conference Center
Full service hotel that has 175 guest rooms and suites. Full fitness center with over 200 pieces of equipment. 11,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, on-site restaurant and bar and indoor swimming pool. Close to restaurants, clubs, and more. This hotel is located in the downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District and is centrally located and a quick drive to such attractions as Black Hawk State Historic Site/John Hauberg Indian Museum, Quad City Botanical Center, Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum, and John Deere Pavilion.
Hoogland Center for the Arts
Center for performing arts in Springfield.