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DeKalb County Barn Tour
The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a self-guided driving tour of 5 DeKalb area barns, plus the Glidden Homestead historic site and barn, and the DAAHA gallery. Enjoy 6 different styles of barn architecture and various activities related to farming throughout your tour. Photography is encouraged. Carload tickets include a tour booklet and map. Admission is $20.00 per carload. List of sites: Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center – See the barn where Joseph Glidden first manufactured “The Winner” barbed wire, which earned Glidden the title “The Father of Barbed Wire”. The barn and home are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA) – an air-conditioned gallery exhibiting photographs of local barns taken by the Sycamore Library Photography Club. Jeff Marshall – A large historic barn interior camouflaged with contemporary aluminum siding. Joseph Marshall – Centennial farm with barn built in 1913 Robert Faivre – Two early 20th century barns and two 21st century barns on the picturesque acreage of Camelot Christmas tree farm. Larson/Martz Family Farms – Quonset barn built in 1955 on a large feeder cattle farm. Josie Hopkins – Preserved barn built in 1839, today filled to the brim with merchandise of Josie’s Antiques
Mansions of Middletown Shuttle Tours
Life was good and business was booming for many of Alton's philanthropic industrialists and the homes they and their families lived in showed it. During the Mansions of Middletown Alton tour, guests will have their own chance to step back into the 1800s, walk through the front doors and enjoy the splendor of some of the mansions that dot the landscape in Alton's Middletown Historic District. Tours are scheduled for April 17, May 3 and May 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call (800) 258-6645.
McPike Mansion Haunted Tours
Learn the history of the McPike Mansion and take a look at the documented photos of the mansion and paranormal activity. Then, take a tour of the surrounding grounds and the crypt. Talking with the spirits with Dowsing rods and join us for a dark session in the cellar with our experienced medium. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the mansion. For more information, contact Sharon at (618) 830-2179.
Great Rivers Festival
Celebrate the confluence of the three major rivers - Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois - during the Great Rivers Festival at the National Great Rivers Museum and The Audubon Center at Riverlands. You will have a chance to tour a working towboat and barge. There will also be children's activities, food vendors, live entertainment including animal and reptile shows, living history tours and more. For more information, call (618) 462-6979.
Festival of Trees
Annually, more than 14,000 visitors stream through the David S. Palmer Arena to see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, participate in activities and entertainment, special events, and the sounds and tastes of the holidays at the Danville Festival of Trees. Proceeds from the Festival of Trees fund outreach programs that give back to the greater Danville community.
11th Annual Spring House Walk: Elegant Estates of Oak Park
The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest will put the spotlight on six unique, architecturally significant homes in the famous Frank Lloyd Wright - Prairie School of Architecture Historic District. Elegant Estates of Oak Park is the theme for the Historical Society's 11th Annual interior walking tour from 1 to 5pm. on May 4th. The tour features six sumptuous homes that were built between 1905 and 1924 in the Fair Oaks subdivision, located north of Chicago Avenue between Oak Park and Ridgeland avenues.
CITY: Oak Park
32nd Annual Midwest Heritage Quilt Show
Beautiful quilts, some nearly 100 years old, will be on display at the Vermilion County Museum throughout the month of July. Awards will be given in 9 categories including bed quilts, purses and clothing, and wall hangings.
Peoria Historical Society
Our mission is to preserve and celebrate Peoria's story. We own two historic house museums and provide certified guides for the History Trolley and other tours. The focus has changed and evolved through the years, but our commitment to preservation remains strong. programs are offered for both local residents and out-of-town visitors. We seek to entertain the eye and stimulate the mind as well as support historical scholarship and collaborate with other preservation organizations. We look to the future with a vision to be the resource and advocate for historical preservation and research on the Peoria area, its organizations and its people. As a collaborative partner of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, we are pleased to have the opportunity to display some of the Society's artifacts and present the history of the Peoria area in the museum.
2014 Housewalk "Sustainability: Then and Now"
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside invites you to attend the 2014 Housewalk "Sustainability: Then and Now" on Sunday, June 1st, from noon-5pm. Tickets are $40 per person and go on sale May 1st. Inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. America's first planned suburb, Riverside, Illinois, is a pastoral, walkable community with homes of varied architectural styles and vintages. "Sustainability: Then and Now" features homes ranging from Victorian, Arts & Crafts and Mid-Century modern to contemporary green-build construction, with an emphasis on sustainable materials and design. Learn how these homes achieve high visual impact with reduced environmental impact and enjoy your stroll through this National Landmark community.
Dominican University Performing Arts Center
An accessible, vibrant, and progressive home for the creative spirit, Dominican University Performing Arts Center (DUPAC) is located just 10 miles west of Chicago's Loop. The center features two halls with superb acoustics and ideal sightlines. Ample free parking is available on-site.
CITY: River Forest
Tour the oldest remaining structure in the village. The home was originally owned by Montgomery’s founder, Daniel Gray. A museum offers an educational history of the Village of Montgomery. Open 2nd Tuesday and 3rd Sunday of each month, 12:30-2:30 p.m. May-October.
10th Annual Depot District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl
Grab your putter and 3 friends and tour the Depot District's repertoire of taverns and restaurants at the 10th Annual District Mini-Golf Pub Crawl. Each venue will display a handmade mini-golf green to challenge the event's spirited crowd! The event will tour Berwyn's Depot District and takes place rain or shine! A free heated trolley will be available. All participants must bring their own putters. Sign-in will be from 11am to noon at Connie's Family Restaurant and "19th Hole" after-party with food begins at 6pm at Perception Lounge.
Greenline Wheels rents ecologically friendly and affordable transportation - bikes, electric bikes, and neighborhood electric vehicles. Easy to use maps with self-guided tour loops and easy access to many of Oak Park's independent tour guides makes Greenline an ideal starting point.
CITY: Oak Park
Joe Bonamassa Live
Bonamassa has been lauded as one of the world's greatest guitarists and he is fast evolving into a full-blown truly charismatic and mesmerizing blues-rock star, as well as a singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. Joe has had many #1 Albums on the Billboard Blues Chart. To support his most Recent DVD/Blu ray Release "Tour De Force - Live In London" (Available October 29), Bonamassa is back on tour. Joe will perform an exciting new show including an entire acoustic set featuring international Musicians followed by his critically acclaimed electric set that will guarantee a once in a lifetime performance that will wow his audiences. For more information on Bonamassa visit www.JBonamassa.com
Red Oak Nature Center
A visit to the center will help folks learn about the native plants and animals of the Fox River Valley. Interpretive center, hiking trails and tours of "Devil's Cave."
CITY: North Aurora
Pride Inc. Home and Garden Tour
Tour the lush gardens of nine beautiful homes in Alton and Godfrey during this annual summer event. Enjoy a mix of contemporary, traditional and historic neighborhoods as you venture into some of the most beautifully landscaped gardens in the region.
Spirit of Peoria Full Day Cruise
Enjoy a full day of fun relaxing on the Illinois River. Your trip includes: all inclusive ticket pricing, all-you-can-eat meals, professional storytelling, unlimited complimentary drinks, historic information, wildlife sightings, indoor comforts, outdoor relaxation, live entertainment, ragtime piano, round-trip transportation, tax and gratuity. Cruising time: Grafton to Florence 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $140 per person inclusive. For more information or to reserve your ticket, call the Alton Visitor Center at (800) 258-6645.
100TH Anniversary of Union Dairy Celebration
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Union Dairy with a full weekend of special events. Friday is Entertainment Night with a 50s/60s band, Jimmy Fred and the Flames and a country band, Back Country Roads. Plus enjoy a beer tent. Saturday will feature a Car Show with entertainment by 3-D Sound, and Sunday will be Family Day with games, a bounce house, pony rides and more. All three days, enjoy an Historical Downtown Tour by horse and carriage. Plus there will be Union Dairy anniversary souvenirs for sale, "old timers" dipping one more time and more. Friday: 5 pm - 11 pm; Saturday: 4 pm - 8 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm.
Civil War Weekend
The Shawnee Hills Art Council of Anna Arts Center and P.A.S.T. of Union County are co-sponsoring a Civil War Weekend in Anna, IL. A quick snapshot of the planned events include: Historical bus tour: “Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro”; exhibits which include guns and quilts; re-enactors and encampment; storytelling; and Civil War era food and music. So mark your calendars and plan on coming to Anna Arts Center for a journey back in time.
Experienced birder, knowledgeable about a variety of birding habitats in the Galena/Jo Daviess County Area, offers guided field trips on selected Saturdays. Private trips available by appointment.
Monticello Railway Museum Father's Day Weekend
Fathers tour the train shed, then climb aboard a 1950s diesel powered train for an eight mile hour long round trip ride. Fathers ride free when accompanied by son or daughter. Reservations required.
Walking Tour of Historic Riverside's North Division
Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon in Riverside. Learn the history of this National Landmark, experience the beauty of Frederick Law Olmsted's landscape design and admire archtiectural gems by Frank Lloyd Wright, William Le Baron Jenney & many others. For more information visit www.olmstedsociety.org, or e-mail email@example.com. Special group tours by appointment.
Bement Old Glory Festival
Located in the beautiful City Park and lawns of the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site and Historic Bryant Home, the Old Glory Festival celebrates Bement’s patriotic and agricultural heritage by hosting 50+ events the second Saturday of every June. Events include patriotic themed events, live music, food, cricket spittin’ contest, stagecoach rides, camel rides, petting zoo, antique tractor show, classic car show, plus much more. Many events are free throughout the day. Bement’s Old Glory Festival is one small town festival you don’t want to miss. The event is from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Throw Momma on the Train at the Monticello Railway Museum
Make this Mother's Day special — treat Mom to a relaxing ride with her family on the vintage train at the wonderful Monticello Railway Museum. Reservations required.
Drivin the Dixie
Groups come together every year to "Cruise" the historic Dixie Highway from Blue Island to Momence. Many of the cars are classics, ranging from Model A Ford's to all kinds cars from past and prrsent. Stops are made along the way in several cities and everyone has a great time while celebrating a piece of history.
Hakuna Matata: Sunset Wine Cruise
Take a relaxing sunset cruise aboard the Hakuna Matata on the Mississippi River. You’ll have a chance to enjoy three samplings then two glasses of wine while also enjoying some appetizers including Wisconsin cheese, a fresh fruit tray, dips, breads and more. Boarding, which is at Alton Marina, begins 30 minutes prior to the cruise. The cruise will last 90 minutes. Cruises are scheduled for April 25, April 26, May 16 & May 17. For more information or to make reservations, call (800) 258-6645.
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
This highly interactive blockbuster exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts. Visitors will discover the real science behind the unbelievable phenomena featured in the six sections of the exhibit.
Ellwood Holiday Traditions Weekend
Start your holiday season by taking a guided tour of the decorated Ellwood House mansion. Local businesses, decorators, college groups, and clubs help to present the home in a new, elegant way each year. This is the place to get ideas for your own decorating or view what times were like while the Ellwoods inhabited the opulent home.
Holiday House Walk
Come and enjoy a tour of five beautifully decorated and historic homes in Hinckley open to the public. Five homes will be featured in this holiday event. Tickets will go on sale beginning November 1. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of as well. The house walk will be from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Sponsored by Hinckley Parks and Recreation. Tickets are available at the following locations: Hinckley Fresh Market, Hinckley Public Library, Hinckley Village Office, Jack and Jina’s BP, and Treasures Old and New
There Goes the Neighbor Hood - Tour of Gangster History
John Binder, mob historian and author of The Chicago Outfit, conducts the popular "There Goes the Neighbor Hood" tour of gangster history in Oak Park and River Forest. The exterior tour visits 15 houses in these two suburbs which were previously owned by major hoodlums, including Tony Accardo, Paul Ricca, Sam Giancana, "Tough Tony" Capezio and "Machine Gun Jack" McGurn. John will discuss the criminal careers of the former owners, the interesting features of each home, the family's time there, and answer questions from the audience. The tour lasts approximately two hours and travel is by minibus (seats 33 people) with no walking required. The tour departs from (and returns to) the Oak Park Visitor Center. *Custom tours of Chicago and suburban gangster sites to fit any schedule are available. Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org to plan a custom group tour.
CITY: Oak Park
14th Annual Barrington Country Garden and Antique Faire
Tour the gardens of private estates in beautiful Barrington Hills. Shop the French Market Boutique and wander through an historical barn brimming with antique and vintage furniture, and one-of-a-kind treasures. Attend fabulous home and garden workshops and be inspired by designer created garden party vignettes. Musical performances throughout the day and gourmet lunch available for purchase. Tickets are $45 until June 8th and $55 June 9th and after.
The Ragdale Foundation
Guided tours (by reservation only) of Ragdale, a nationally renowned artists' community built by noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, include a walk through the historic house and gardens as well as a studio visit with an artist-in-residence.
CITY: Lake Forest
CTA Holiday Train
Every year for the holidays, the Chicago Transit Authority decorates one of its trains, inside and out, with twinkling lights and festive decorations. As the holiday train pulls into each station, Santa waves to boarding passengers from his sleigh on an open-air flatcar while elves serenade riders between stops.
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
We are a family owned and run craft distillery that produces handcrafted quality spirits. We offer daily tours and tastings.
Solemn Oath Brewery
Solemn Oath Brewery makes craft beer in Naperville, IL. They are driven by a passion for Belgian-inspired and barrel-aged beers. Their brewery offers a taproom where you can sample a favorite ale or try something new.
All Wright Housewalk
In 2014, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust's internationally renowned annual housewalk will be an "All Wright" event, featuring interior architectural tours of eight private homes and three public buildings all designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Tour the private residences that Wright designed for his friends and neighbors in Oak Park, Illinois, which boasts the greatest concetration of Wright buildings in the world. Learn about the clients who recognized genius and took a chance on the young architect. The special architectural housewalk will mark the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.
CITY: Oak Park
Spirit of Carlyle Lake
This 36-passenger cruise boat gives one-hour tours of Carlyle Lake.
Embark on a culinary adventure to Chicago's finest restaurants. Guests are chauffeured around the city to enjoy hors d'oeuvres served at the first restaurant, the main course at a second restaurant and dessert at a third restaurant.
High atop a wooded hill, overlooking the Mississippi River, sits Carroll County's grandest mansion. Experience a guided tour of this six story, 63 room, hilltop home of Mr. & Mrs. Alan St. George.
Art at Ellwood and Ice Cream Social
Join in on the combination Art Fair and Ice Cream Social on the grounds of the Ellwood House. Featuring over 30 artist booths, tours of the Ellwood Mansion, a concert, ice cream, a Garden Club show and programming provided by the Ellwood House Museum.
Dry Hop Brewery
DryHop brews hop-centric ales, in addition, to traditional, Belgian, and experimental craft beers – all only available in Lakeview and to-go in DryHop’s 64- and 32-oz. growlers. DryHop’s kitchen menu showcases the flavors and seasonality of the brewery through unpretentious shared plates. Visiting DryHop is all about being in a brewery; feeling connected to the craft brewing and culinary worlds; and most importantly, feeling a personal connection to a community of craftsman.
Clayville Fall Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, reenactments by the 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment, Chris Camp-The Whip Guy and with musical entertainment. This will make a memorable day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Locally owned tour bus that can seat up to 12 people. Services available include wine trail tours, scenic tours, as well as sporting and special events.
Joseph F. Glidden Open House / Open Barn
Come and enjoy musical entertainment, working blacksmith shop, house and barn tours at the home of Joseph F. Glidden creator of barbed wire known as "the winner."
20th Annual Historic Cemetery Walk
Follow a guide through one of Galena's oldest cemeteries while costumed re-enactors bring to life some of the most interesting residents in this historic cemetery. Being portrayed this year are various notable Galenians. The last portion of the presentation will be titled “The Widows of Galena” and will highlight the lives of four Galena widows as they discuss the social conventions and attitudes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Whiteside County Barn Tour
Now in its 7th year, the 2014 tour of historic barns will feature 10 barns in the northern section of Whiteside County telling the history of agriculture in this region. Admission is $20 per vehicle and price includes tour book and map.
Monsanto Learning Center
You're welcome to visit the Monsanto Facility at Monmouth, home to many exciting facets of agricultural research and training.
Schurmeier Teaching Forest
Two miles of beginner and intermediate hiking trails, educational signage teaches about tree and forestry practices. This forest is the perfect place to spend the day. Horses welcome!
Come see noodles and sauce made from scratch. Baskets and shipping are also available.
Glidden Homestead Patent Day Celebration!
Joseph F. Glidden was granted a patent on November 24, 1874 for "The Winner," what became one of the most-widely used types of barbed wire in the nation. It all began on the Glidden farm, at the time “a mile west of the City of DeKalb.” Joseph began searching for a better fencing method after his wife, Lucinda, complained about livestock getting into the yard. Hours: Noon to 4:00 pm. Barbed Wire Sites Tour at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Take one-hour seasonal tours through Syngenta Seeds, a soybean processing plant.
Clayville Spring Festival
Imagine it's the 1820's at a stage coach stop and pioneer village. Come see how the early settlers lived, artisan demonstrations, historic tours, crafts & games for kids. Re-enactments throughout the day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Harrison/Bruce Historical Village
The Robert L. Mees Village Centre serves as the hub of the Harrison/Bruce Historical Village by providing a venue for College and community events. Historical buildings include: The Purdy School, a one-room public school in Perry County, IL from 1860-1951. The Julia Harrison Bruce House, a replica of the house the house that was built in 1868 by David Ruffin Harrison. The Harrison Storefront, this "double dog trot" style log cabin is a replica of the cabin the David Ruffin Harrison family occupied prior to the construction of the brick, "Harrison House". And The Hunter Cabin, Emmanuel Hunter built the Hunter Log Cabin in 1818; the year Illinois became a state.
North Point Marina - Lake Michigan Charter Fishing
Enjoy the beautiful blue of Lake Michigan aboard one of over one hundred charter fishing boats on the Lake County harbors of Waukegan and North Point. You will find the Coho running in the late spring, Lake Trout biting in mid-summer, and the Chinook come home to spawn in late summer and early fall. Whatever time of the year you go, you'll find expert charter fishing captains ready to make your time on the water a great one. For information on charter fishing opportunities and hotel information, please contact us.
CITY: Winthrop Harbor
Lewis Seed Company
The Lewis Seed Company presents seed processing and sales operations during group tours.
Mennel Milling Of Illinois
This mill produces everything from animal feed ingredients to cake, biscuit and organic pastry flour.
CITY: Mount Olive
Mineral Springs Paranormal Research Center
Share evidence and peruse scientific research on the paranormal at one of the most haunted buildings in Alton -- the former Mineral Springs Hotel -- now the home of the Mineral Springs Paranormal Research Center. Overnight paranormal events are held at the site, in addition to meetings with other paranormal experts, investigators and researchers. Ghost hunting equipment is used in every investigation and there are over 140 EVPs obtained over the years at the hotel and at other investigation sites.
Carriage Classics, Ltd.
This horse-drawn carriage service is available for scenic tours, weddings and other occasions. Equipped for all seasons. Evening rides in downtown Peoria Fridays and Saturdays during April through mid-October. Thursday through Saturday rides during June through August. Pick-up points at Hotel Pere Marquette and The Landing. $20 for two adults and $5 for each additional person. Children under 10 ride free. Carriage rides available 7 p.m. through midnight. May be hired any time of the year for service in the Peoria and surrounding area. We also have a horse-drawn trolley available for special groups outings. Call for details!!!
Fever River Railroad Fall Open House
For model railroad aficionados-and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains-this is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 103 by 24 foot HO scale model of a hypothetical railroad. The railroad intersects with models of "real" railroads, each of which can be operated independently. Up to 20 trains can be operating at one time. Industries along the railroad right-of-way duplicate either actual facilities or are typically correct of the industries that would be found in the Upper Midwest. The scenery represents the geographical area as well. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures are on display.
Uncorked Summer Nights
Experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a fresh perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights! Admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. Also, included is showcase tours of the Fern, Tropical and Desert rooms. Enjoy music by the Grosso Family Band and art by Phil Malhiot. Appetizers provided by New Rose Catering and wine and craft beer by Marion Street Cheese Market.
CITY: Oak Park
47th Annual Tour of Historic Homes
Tour five of the many privately owned and beautifully furnished houses in Galena. The tour also includes admission to the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum, housed in the Daniel Barrows Mansion built in 1858, and free shuttle service.
Historic Museum of Torture Devices
Displays of torture devices from around the world, pictures and written explanations are part of this self-guided tour. Hours: Jan. 1 - May 31: Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. June 1 - Aug. 31: Friday - Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Annual Heath Toffee Harvest Festival and Parade
Celebrating the delicious Heath Candy Bar, created in 1928 by Heath Brothers Confectionary in Robinson. Features Friday night entertainment, street dance, and car show, and Saturday craft show, live entertainment, toffee bake-off, and parade, capped off by a free chili supper.
Step back in history as you tour one of Illinois' most beautiful and unique show barns, the 1912 Show Barn, or visit the artistic home studio of commercial artist Shelly Rasche. Take a pottery class, kick up your heels at a genuine barn dance, or take in a breathtaking prairie sunset.
CITY: Camp Point
Southern Illinois University Animal Science & Nutritional Department
Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers guided field trips of its farms, conducted by student agri-ambassadors.
Amelia's Galena Ghost Tours, Inc.
Nightly ghost tours on a luxury air-conditioned shuttle bus with a theatrical flair exploring several locations in historically haunted Galena.
East End Historic District
The East End Historic District is distinquished by its grand collection of homes of every period and style since 1850. Most have been painstakingly restored with lawns of beautiful planted sugar maples, tulip trees, flowering dogwood and redbud trees. Enjoy Quincy's several historic districts through the Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's Self Guided Driving Tour, available online at www.seequincy.com.
River Forest Methodist Church
First stop of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trusts' River Forest Walking Tour.
CITY: River Forest
Built in 1869, the brick mansion boasts 14 rooms featuring Italianate architecture and local river lore history. Tours offered daily. The Historical Society hosts special events & luncheons.
Effingham County Courthouse
The courthouse was built in 1871 after Effingham was named the county seat. The courhouse retains a pristine exterior and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also features a museum inside. The museum displays two rooms devoted to the military, which gets changed throughout the year. It also has a room dedicated to the railroads in Effingham County. The Effingham County Courthouse is open Tuesday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Sanfilippo "Place de la Musique"
A private Estate located in Barrington Hills, featuring the World's finest collection of Automatic Music Instruments, including the World's largest Theater Organ. Private Group Tours or 40 or more. Charity Gala Events & Concerts. A Summer Concert Series and a Christmas Concert supporting the Sanfilippo Foundation open to the public with pre-purchased tickets. Concerts include time to explore the Sanfilippo Collection. See website for details and tickets.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Mt. Carroll Walking Tour
Take a self-guided walking tour through Mt. Carroll's historic district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
CITY: Mount Carroll
The Chicago Haunting tours follow a course of history that starts with the very beginnings of Chicago, traveling from its humble origins as a frontier outpost, through the 19th century -- including the Great Chicago Fire and its aftermath--, into the 20th century and the gangster era of the 1920s and 1930s, and forward to today. Chicago Hauntings cover a lot of information and many, many stories. There is no exact formula,and they don't set out to scare. Rather, they let the stories and their own experiences speak for themselves. They never fail.
Ridgeland Historic District Tour
This self-guided audio tour takes you through one of the "Prettiest Painted Places in America," the Ridgeland Historic District, to view great architecture and hear stories of famous Oak Lawn natives.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Cedarville Historical Museum
This museum is located in an 1889 school building and features a permanent exhibit honoring Jane Addams, who was born and raised in Cedarville. Miss Addams was an internationally famous humanitarian and social work pioneer who founded Chicago's Hull House and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Museum exhibits include personal items and memorabilia from her life and the life of her family. There are also changing exhibits on topics of local historical interest and a research center and a research center. Open: May thru October: Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm; or by appointment.
Shelby County Historical and Genealogical Society
Historical items are displayed throughout this former jail and previous sheriff's residence. Tour the basement where the old jails cells are located, or trace your family tree.
Peoria Journal Star Tours
Peoria's largest newspaper offers hour-long group tours of their printing facility. The tour includes mechanical, business and editorial aspects of the newspaper, and gives a basic overview of publishing a newspaper from news gathering to finished product.
St. Genevieve Modoc Ferry
Ride the ferry across the Mighty Mississippi the next time you visit historic St. Genevieve and Randolph County. The ferry travels between St. Genevieve, Missouri and Modoc Illinois, and holds approximately nine vehicles.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad Antique Steam Train
All aboard, as a 36-ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, including an antique red caboose reported to be the oldest in the state, for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and visit the Silvercreek Museum across the street. Open: May thru October on selected holiday and weekends; 1 am - 4 pm. Train departs on the hour.
Experience "Life on the Mississippi River" at this annual festival. Take free tours of working towboats. Enjoy live music, special deals, giveaways and much more. For more information, call (618) 786-7678.
Friends of Community Public Art
Offering scheduled tours of the FCPA murals and mosaic sculpture studios. See art being made by professional and local artists, and learn the details of their work. Art classes available. Visit www.facebook.com/fcpajoliet for more information.
Mendota Hills Wind Farm
The largest commercial wind farm in Illinois features 63 towering windmills that are an awesome sight to see, and generate an alternative source of electric power.
CITY: Paw Paw
The historic theatre features first-run movies, organ concerts, puppet shows, and other special events. Tours are available by appointment.
Voices of Jacksonville Audio Tour
Tune to radio frequencies at each of the seven locations throughout Jacksonville to see the actual places and hear the real stories of Abraham Lincoln as his friends and associates knew him.
The residence of the founder of the City of Zion, Dr. John Alexander Dowie, is a stately 23-room mansion that was built in 1901-02 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
O'Leary's Chicago Fire Truck Tours
Board a genuine open-air antique fire truck and take a tour that focuses on the Chicago FIre, and stops at two Chicago fire stations. Reservations required.
Walldog Walking Tour
Walldog sign and mural artists trace their trade back to the signpainters of old who painted advertisements on walls in communities all over the country. They worked like dogs in the hot sun and thus came to be known as "wall dogs". Walldog artists traveled from all over the world to paint our murals. Artists came from as far as New Zealand, with others coming from British Columbia, Hawaii, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas, California and many other locations. The walls were painted not only by visiting Walldogs, but also by anyone from the community who wanted to help.
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery features art classes for both children and adults, along with holding various events throughout the year. The artist, Jamie Stang, also specializes in "paint parties." These parties are great for a group, as they feature great food, drinks, music and art. Jamie helps visitors discover their inner-artist while relaxing in a chic studio-style atmosphere. Check out her gallery while you're there too.
Center Children's Farm
Experience life down on the farm during guided family tours, or take a hike on the peaceful nature trail.
CITY: Palos Park
Centralia's resident carilloneur performs on the town's 65-bell carillon, one of the few in the country. The surrounding park also features a museum and tours of the 165-foot-tall tower.
Carl Sandburg State Historic Site
Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born in the the three-room cottage at 331 E. Third Street in Galesburg on January 6, 1878. The modest house relfects the typcial living conditions of a late-nineteenth-century working-class family and features many furnishings that once belonged to the Sandburg family. Behind the home stands a small wooded park which features the Quotation Walk, a celebration of the Prairie Poet's work and words. It is in this tranquil setting that the ashes of Carl Sandburg and his wife Lilian were liad to rest beneath Remberance Rock.
Vermillion River Rafting
This outfitter in Oglesby offers river rafting excursions on the Class 3 rapids of this popular stretch of the Vermillion River. With 14 sets of rapids on this 9 1Ž2 mile trip, Vermillion River Rafting will supply you with whatever your party needs: from rafts, paddles, life vests even rafting instructions. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and for parties of 5 or more.
Constructed in 1857 as the southern division of the Illinois State Supreme Court, Abraham Lincoln successfully argued a famous tax case in 1859. In 1888, Clara Barton used the building as a hospital. Tours are available. Please call in advance.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Dr. Charles Wright House
Built in 1889 by Dr. C.M. Wright, this stately Renaissance Revival home holds three generations of Wright family furnishings, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
University of Illinois Champaign Urbana
The University of Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching and public engagement. It's distinguished by the breadth of their programs, broad academic excellence and internationally renowned faculty. This Big Ten school offers rich experiences beyond the classroom from the best in performing arts to world-class sports. Discover the scenic campus through tours of the historic buildings and those that are pushing the envelope in technology.
Big Muddy Brewing
Big Muddy Brewing began in Murphysboro, IL. This microbrew quietly puts out small batches of craft beer for beer enthusiasts to enjoy. Stop on in for a tour of the operation and stick around for a sampling.