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120th Big Rock Plowing Match Festival
This festival brings to you a plowing competition, horse show, arts and crafts show, children’s games, Junior and Ladies Fair auction, food, and much more! Make sure to bring your kids Friday night for kid's night with rides and attractions!
CITY: Big Rock
25th Pumpkin Pie Bicycle Ride
Ride between 28 and 103 miles along roads and rolling hills. Take a family bike ride on the I&M Canal! After biking, celebrate with pumpkin pie and goodies served at the YMCA. Preregister online by 9/18 at midnight for $23, or register after 9/18 for $30. Start biking as early as 7:00am!
3 French Hens Country Market
Bringing the tradition of Open Air Euro Markets to the Midwest, 3 French Hens Country Market is held on the grassy banks of the Historic I&M Canal in downtown Morris, IL. Featuring more than 140 vendors selling homemade, homegrown, antique, one of a kind and repurposed items. Open the second Saturday May, June, July, August, September and October from 8am-2pm, rain or shine!
3rd Annual Kayak Tour & Beach Camp Out
Come on down and camp out with on the sandy wooded beaches of the Illinois River. Primitive only camping at its best right between the I & M Canal and the Illinois River! No noisy RV's to listen to and better yet, there will be fireworks across from the campground area. At 7:30pm guests will be guided over to the state park where there will be a venetian boat parade guided kayak tour and then raft up and watch the fireworks show!
Afternoon Tea with Mary Todd Lincoln
Please join us for an afternoon of sweets, savories and tea. Mary Todd Lincoln will be in attendance and will tell stories about her life with her husband, the President. $15.00, Reddick Mansion Association.
Air Classics Museum of Aviation
Vintage military and training planes, plus displays of aviation uniforms and memorabilia. Open by appointment only.
CITY: Sugar Grove
A fun and exciting play land offering 10 inflatable play structures, four party rooms and two age-appropriate play areas.
Italian food with friendly, fun service and an local, comfortable atmosphere. Starting with the roasted garlic served with fresh bread, followed by homemade dressings for the salads, great pastas and a huge portion of fish.
All Season Motel
16 guest rooms conveniently located at the corner of Route 71 & 47.
All Town Garage Sale
Come and explore the treasures of the all town garage sale with about 100 garage sales. Maps are available on line at www.coalcity-il.com. 3 days before the event or you can pick them up at the following locations that day Rolando's Appliance Store - 140 S. Broadway Benson's Insurance - 155 S. Broadway Coal City Hall - 515 S. Broadway - come and shop till you drop! 8:00am - 4:00pm.
CITY: Coal City
AmericInn Lodge & Suites
Oswego 's newest lodging facility is the AmericInn Lodge & Suites featuring the unexpected charming lodge feel thought-out. Conveniently located in Mason Square on Douglas Road . Whether on business or pleasure the high quality beds and pillows to the INN-hanced Continental Breakfast Buffets big Belgian Waffles to the "Bears" will capture your attention. Other amenities include the large vaulted ceiling pool area, FREE high speed internet throughout with wireless option, fully supplied Business Center and Fitness Center, conference ability all enhanced with natural Hickory woodwork and Amish handcrafted accent furniture in all public areas and sleeping rooms. The (14) different room styles such as Business King, Deluxe Double Queens some with spa's, fireplaces, extended stay, two rooms or oversized rooms will meet any and all needs
Amish Ways Country Store
Quilts, crafts, florals, pottery, jams, jellies, popcorn, seasonal items and more. Christmas walk 1st weekend Nov.
CITY: Paw Paw
Family style chicken, pasta, seafood & steaks. Fine food and dining.
Annual Scarecrow Festival
Ottawa presents the 27th Annual Scarecrow Festival! Bring the kids for free buckboard rides, face painting and a petting zoo! While you're downtown check out the farmer's market as well as the shops, boutiques, and restaurants that will be offering special events inside their facilities! And don't forget what this fest is all about - the "Haunted" themed scarecrows that will once again line the streets! 10:00am - 4:00 PM.
Located in nostalgic downtown Morris is an extremely unique gift shoppe, Apple Butter and Shugie's. They have one of the largest gift giving inventories in the area. Open Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00am - 4:00pm
Art in the Park Fine Art Show & Sale
The Ottawa Art League will host the annual Art In The Park Fine Art Show and Sale. Art In The Park is an established Fine Art Show and Sale held at historic Washington Square Park in Ottawa. Art In The Park is a juried event showcasing the works of 40+ established and emerging artists and artisans in a variety of traditional and contemporary styles and media. Works include fine art paintings/drawings and prints, mixed media/collage, pottery, metalworking, jewelry, glass, woodworking, photography and more. The event features children's activities, community involvement projects and more!
Aurora Area Architecture
The Aurora area features diverse architectural styles, including designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie. The area is also home to one of the largest collections of Sears mail order homes.
Aurora Downtown Walking Tour
Take a self-guided tour of Aurora's historic downtown. Tour brochures are available at the Aurora Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Aurora Festival of Lights
The City of Lights will be even brighter as the holiday spirit shines at Phillips Park. A winter wonderland of animated displays, lighted tunnels, a forest full of lights and more.
Aurora Fox Valley Inn
114 rooms, lounge, and restaurant. Laundry, large outdoor pool, and game room. Free continental breakfast.
Aurora Historic Districts/Aurora Historic Preservation Commission
Tour the Near Eastside (350 homes dating from the 1800s), Stolp Island, Westside and Riddle Highlands, two of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Aurora Historical Society.
This local history research archives houses historic photos, books, documents and maps covering Aurora's history from the 1830s to the present. Open by appointment only.
Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival
Enjoy a family-friendly celebration of Puerto Rican heritage and culture. Experience ethnic foods, authentic music, a parade, the Aurora Talent Show and the Miss Puerto Rico of Aurora contest.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum
This museum features vintage firefighting equipment, memorabilia from the 1871 Chicago Fire, photographs and a gift shop.
Aurora Skate Center
Skate to the sounds of Top 40 music. The skate center also features special live organ music dance sessions.
This university boasts a beautiful quad, and features the Schingoethe Center and Dunham Gallery of student art.
Ayers Landing Canoe Rental
Canoe trips on lower Fox River.
Stop in our cosy little joint for bagel or donut. Our creamed filled donuts are popular with the locals. You can't miss us, we're the purple building!
Baymont Inn & Suites
Minutes from such major attractions like Chicago Premium Outlet, the Paramount Theatre, Two Brothers Roundhouse, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and Hollywood Casino Aurora. Wake up to free continental breakfast and a free issue of USA Today. Help yourself to free Wi-Fi Internet access while relaxing in your comfortable room. Head to the fitness center for a workout, then unwind with a swim in the heated indoor pool. This pet-friendly hotel offers free parking for all vehicles, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.
CITY: North Aurora
Bee Hive Restaurant
Downtown Ottawa, across from the courthouse. Family owned and operated for 25 years. Home cooking, serving breakfast all day. Groups up to 30 welcome!
Menswear -- suits from Hart, Schaffner and Marx, Austin Reed, Palm Beach, Sportswear from Ralph Lauren Polo.
Sports bar and grill sandwiches, appetizers, known for its Berta's Burger.
Best Western - Timber Creek Inn and Suites & Convention Center
The Aurora area's exciting new hotel and convention center, this 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.
Best Western Timber Creek Inn & Suites & Convention Center
The Aurora area's exciting new hotel and convention center, this 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. Dine in our Top Shelf restaurant. Enjoy our indoor swimming pool and spa, arcade and our 24-hour fitness room. We also offer a free continental breakfast and free high-speed Internet. Our multi-functional 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.
Bicentennial Riverfront Park
Bicentennial Riverfront Park is a five-acre community park on the south bank of the Fox River. Built by volunteers on Hydraulic Street, Bicentennial Riverfront Park makes optimum use of the river, with abundant fishing, plus canoe and kayak access to the white water chute. There is also a beautiful view of the Glenn Palmer Dam as you follow the trail along the river and the picnic area, playground and river-side pavilion are popular community gathering spots in the summertime.
Bicycle Trails - Aurora
More than 35 miles of trails, from Aurora to Crystal Lake, pass through scenic landscapes. Routes include the Fox River, Virgil Gilman and Red Oak Trails, and the Illinois Prairie Path.
Big Band Concert
Come and listen to the music of the big band era and the Legacy Girls on a warm Saturday Night! Concessions available and bring your lawn chair! Free - donations accepted - Village of Coal City.
CITY: Coal City
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 Welsh immigrants. Open by appointment.
CITY: Big Rock
Find all your home decor, rugs & candle needs at Bittersweets.
Black Sock Training Stable
A variety of equestrian services for beginning to advanced riders. Personalized professional instruction and scheduled trail rides.
Go on a one of a kind country adventure you'll never forget! Become pioneers for a day on a real 1800s farm and village. Miniature train rides, pony rides, petting zoo, pioneer craft demonstrations, and special events. In the Discovery Barn see chickens, sheep, piglets, baby goats and more.
Blackberry Farm Holiday Express
All aboard for the Blackberry Farm Holiday Express! Experience the holiday spirit of a magical train ride with Yuletide music and thousands of twinkling lights. Scheduled ticketing for fast service! New this year - caroling hayrides, storytellers and craft stations. Make a reindeer treat and warm up at the hot chocolate bar. It's all at Blackberry Farm first three weekends in December.
Blackberry Oaks Golf Course
This 18-hole course is par 72.
Bliss House Museum
The Bliss House Museum is operated by the Sugar Grove Historical Society and houses historical exhibits about the village of Sugar Grove and surrounding area. Anyone interested in researching their heritage, may contact the museum for access to probate and civil records dating 1839 - 1955. Hours: Open every Tuesday 1-4 pm or by appointment.
CITY: Sugar Grove
Handcrafted Soap, tea, chocolate and gourmet treats, fair trade clothing & goods, yarns, knitting & crochet supplies, fairy gardens, miniature plants, garden accents, home decor, lighting and more! Classes offered too!
Full service independently owned bookstore. Hardcover, paperbacks, magazines, cards, toys, games and local art. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am - 6:30pm.
Brickhouse Fine Food & Spirits
Brickhouse Fine Food & Spirits offers a wide variety of steaks, seafood and pasta sure to please any appetite! Join us for an evening out in our cozy inviting dining rooms. Enjoy a specialty cocktail prepared by a certified mixologist or specially selected wine at the fully appointed bar. Stop in for a quick sandwich or appetizer in our lounge.
Premier bridal salon in the Tri-county area. Full service from brides to flower girls.
Brown Bag Friday Live Entertainment
Live musical entertainment from 11am-1pm provided on the Grundy County Court House Lawn! Brown Bag Friday is sponsored by Grundy Bank and WCSJ-WJDK. Fridays through Sept 26, 2014.
Buffalo Rock State Park
On the bluffs of the Illinois River, this small but charming park is home to an enormous outdoor sculpture. Mounds representing five earthen sculptures molded from Illinois clay, known as Effigy Tumuli, invite visitors to walk around and explore. All five subjects, including a snake, turtle, catfish, frog and insect are native to the Illinois River area. This State Park offers the ideal terrain for the beginner hiker.
Explore the wonderful world of bugs! Travel the Fox River bike trail from Red Oak to Lippold Park and meet these amazing creatures that live in the ponds, prairies and forests. This stroller-friendly event includes demonstrations, hands-on activities, prizes and giveaways - all bug-inspired.
CITY: North Aurora
C & M Canoe Rental
Visit our friendly pub, canoe scenic Fox River.
This award-winning hotel with 82 suites offers a deluxe hot breakfast, indoor pool, fitness room, free high-speed Internet and business meeting facilities. Within walking distance of America's Historic Roundhouse, Hollywood Casino and Paramount Theatre. Next to Burlington Northern Railway with access to Chicago. Visit the Web site for more information.
Food, fun, foo-foo drinks, casual or banquet dining, seven days a week during the season. And a fantastic view!
Excellent dining in casual elegance. A culinary delight featuring steak, seafood, pasta and unique specials. Hours are Wed. - Sun. 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Prepare yourself to be immersed into a world like no other – the world of Jellicle Cats. It’s the most sacred night of the year for this tribe of felines as they prepare for the Jellicle Ball. Every member of the tribe tries to prove they’re worthy enough to be “the one” selected to be reborn in the afterlife and live for eternity in the glorious Heavy Side Layer.
Each year the Village of Montgomery's Historic Preservation Commission hosts a Cemetery Walk at Riverside Cemetery on the first Wednesday of October at 7:00 p.m. Guests are led through the cemetery in small groups to meet the fascinating "ghosts" of early pioneers and other residents of the cemetery.
Chapin's is an upscale casual restaurant located in the heart of Morris's historic downtown. Atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. Menu offers a wide selection of fine steaks and seafood, as well as fresh salads, vegetarian dishes, and scrumptious desserts. Enjoy a cappuccino or glass of wine in front of the fireplace late in the evening. Come in a stranger and leave as a friend. Traditional Olde World ambience.
Chapin's is an upscale, casual restaurant located in the heart of Morris's historic Downtown. Atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. Menu offers a wide selection of fine steaks and seafood, as well as fresh salads, vegetarian dishes, and scrumptious desserts. Enjoy a cappuccino or glass of wine in front of the fireplace late in the evening. Come in a stranger and leave as a friend. Traditional olde world ambiance.
Chasers Laser Tag
Join in a game of state-of-the-art laser tag.
Chicago Premium Outlets Midnight Madness Sale
Don't miss the deals at Chicago Premium Outlets After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness. Big saving throughout the huge variety of stores at Aurora's acclaimed Outlets.
Chicago Premium Outlets, Aurora
Find impressive savings at over 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores, such as Ann Taylor, Armani, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Elie Tahari, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors, Theory, Vera Bradley and more. The opening of an additional 80 stores in the Spring of 2015 will make this even more of a Midwest Shopping destination! In Aurora, 37 miles west of Chicago.
Christmas at the Farm
The Lyon farm and village is operated by the Kendall County Historical Society. For two Sundays in December, kids get to experience what an old time Christmas was like. Tables are set up with eight different holiday crafts. This exciting day includes a train display around the Christmas tree and naturally, they get to meet, and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. A story teller will read some holiday classics and they can enjoy roasted chestnuts. Chili and hot dogs are available for sale. Dec. 7 & 14 1-4 pm.
Christmas in the Country Craft Fair
Sandwich is well known for its craft fairs. Join them at Sandwich Schools for their Christmas in the Country Craft Fair.
City of Morris Concert on the Courthouse Lawn
July 17th - “The Chauffeurs” - Music from the 50's, 60's and 70's, 6:30 p.m. July 31 - “Ann Stewart and the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Band” - High Energy Dixieland Band, 6:30 p.m. Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc.
City of Morris Concerts on the Courthouse Lawn
The Neverly Brothers kick off the 2014 season! Join this popular event every other Thursday this summer for a concert on the Grundy County Courthouse Lawn. Every concert will feature a different performance from the area. Admission is free! Season runs from June 5 through August 14.
Civil War '64
Take a step back in time to the civil war! Honoring the life and times of Ottawa Resident General L.H. Wallace, Ottawa’s Civil War '64 has something to offer every member of the family. Events will include Union and Confederate encampments, a civil war era medical tent and rarely available, a Dickey-Wallace guided cemetery tour. Don’t miss these fun and educational two days including Sunday's vintage baseball match!
Clock Corner Treasures
Come see all we have to offer! Featuring Naturally Country unique gifts. Everything from dried wreaths, candles, benches, dolls, antiques, baskets, gourmet coffees and teas, soaps, and more. Located across from the Big Clock.
Clock Tower Antiques
Multi-dealer shop carrying glassware, jewelry, advertisements, collectibles, primitives, linens and furniture.
Columbus Day Weekend Fall Colors Kayak Tour & Beach Campout
Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. A potluck dinner on the beach, will be followed by a movie, via a pico projector, under the stars. There will be campfires on the beach to enjoy! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for approx. 2 hours. This trip will explore either the Mazon River or the Illinois River and the wildlife along the way!
Comfort Inn - Morris
Comfort Inn offers our guests an atmosphere that is friendly, dourteous and above all fun. Indoor pool/hot tub, coffee makes, iron/ board, hairdryers in all rooms. Free Continental Breakfast. Pet Allowed.
Comfort Suites Aurora
This award-winning hotel with 82 suites offers a deluxe hot breakfast, indoor pool, fitness room, free high-speed Internet and business meeting facilities.
Cops and Rodders Car Show
See police cars from departments all over, hot rods and show cars. Enjoy food and a DJ and participate in a 50/50 raffle drawing from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. All proceeds are donated to IL Special Olympics & Minooka Boy Scouts.
Country at Heart Antiques and Collectibles.
Country and primitive furniture, Victorian, oak and walnut furniture. Linens, vintage clothing, jewelry, pottery and porcelain.
Country Kitchen - Somonauk
Serving Good Home cooking for Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with daily specials.
Country Mill Square - Waterman
Gifts and antiques. Cards, gifts, and country furniture built and hand-painted by local artisans. Christmas room, baskets, candles, throws, collectible dolls, pottery, and more. We buy antiques.
Our menu features everything you love about country cooking, plus a few items that might just surprise you.
Cruise Night in Morris
Years ago, there was a tradition in Morris called "Buzzing the Gut", a simple way of saying cruising Liberty Street. Morris is bringing that tradition back to downtown. Any Classic car owners are invited to participate. For a minimal registration fee of $10.00, car owners can display their cars on Liberty Street starting at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Entry closes at 8:00 p.m. No rain dates. The public is invited to walk around and enjoy these classic cars at no cost! Proceeds go to Grundy Community Hospice. Second Saturdays through October 11.
Curious Goods and Antiques
Gift & antique shop featuring seasonal and everyday gifts, we also have a rental & retail costume company. Costumes-makeup-wigs-accessories. Open year round!
David L. Pierce Art & History Center
The Aurora Public Art Commission hosts rotating exhibits displaying a full spectrum of innovative arts. The History Center has a collection of photographs, books, maps and other memorabilia. The Museum Shop offers hand-crafted jewelry, pottery and textiles from local artists and Aurora-themed gifts.
Days Inn Morris
Business or Pleasure you will be treated to all the standard Days Inn extras that make your stay more enjoyable, like our FREE Daybreak Breakfast, refreshing SolTerre shower experience, free WI-FI in every room. Plus, if you are a Wyndham Rewards member, you will continue to receive Wyndham Rewards points for all eligible stays.
Enter and enjoy a 3,500 sq ft. building full of unique gifts, florals, and home décor.
Dinner and Christmas Concert
Lovely Christmas music by the Prairie Singers and a delicious holiday meal by the Cheese Shop of Ottawa. Reservations required. Reddick Mansion Association.
Downtown Alive! American English
It’s the 50th Anniversary of when four guys from Liverpool changed America. What better way to celebrate this rock-n-roll moment than with one of the most popular Beatles tribute bands on the planet. They look like the Beatles, they sound like the Beatles, even the Beatles former promoter Sam Leach calls American English “The Beatles Incarnate!” From that very first song on the Ed Sullivan show through to Abbey Road, it’s an evening of hit after hit from the guys who were hand-selected to headline International Beatles Week in Liverpool in front of 50,000 raving Beatles fans.
Downtown Trick or Treat Night
Located on the historic I & M Canal, nostalgic downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc. For more information visit www.shopmorrisil.com.
Ec Pages Bar and Grill
Ec Pages specializes in burgers. We also offer an array of other items to suit anyones taste buds. Wash down your meal with an ice cold drink from one of our skilled mixologists. Come in today, we're waiting for you.
Edgebrook Country Club
This semi-private course has tree-lined fairways and a hilly terrain. There is a creek and lake that come into play on six holes, and out-of-bounds stakes on just about every hole.
Ellis Ace Hardware, Rental & RadioShack
Founded in 1872, Ellis Hardware is Illinois' Oldest Family Owned Hardware Store. Ellis Ace Hardware, Rental and RadioShack received the Illinois Historical Society"s Centennial Award in the fall of 2009. At Ellis' you're a neighbor, not just a number. We have over 30 departments with brands you love like Stihl, Toro, Craftsman, Weber and so much more! M-F 8:00am - 8:00pm, Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 9:00am- 4:00pm. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ellisace & twitter at twitter.com/ellisace & Instagram #ellishardware.
Emerson Creek Pottery
It happens the moment you turn onto the long, gravel road; it might be the charm of the converted century-old farmhouse filled with handcrafted pottery, homemade candles and other unique finds. It might be savoring the last bite of Blackberry Peach Cobbler after a delicious, freshly prepared lunch in the tearoom. Or it might be the peaceful serenity found only in the countryside. Whatever “it” is, friends young and old, male and female, have been coming back to Emerson Creek to experience it again and again.
Esther's Place - A Fiber Arts Studio
Handmade items from local wool - classes, gifts and more. Bed and breakfast service available.
CITY: Big Rock
Ewe and Me Fiber Studio
Ewe and Me Fiber Studio offers their shoppers great gift ideas, accessories, classes, knitting groups, patterns, and yarn.
Clothing for all women -- casual, business and special occasions. Sizes 4 - 24 and petites.
Farmer's Daughter is located in an old two story house. Whether you are looking for the latest in primitive/country antiques or home decor, you are sure to find it here. Many of our pieces are handcrafted by local artisians.
Master architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created the ultimate minimalist masterpiece, the Farnsworth House, in pastoral Plano in 1951. The stellar structure of floor-to-ceiling glass seemingly "floats" above the rambling Fox River.
Festival of Crafts
The largest and oldest arts and crafts festival in Illinois. Celebrating 56 years of handmade gifts and home décor. Three locations and hundreds of vendors throughout Sandwich.
Fiestas Patrias brings the sound, culture and taste of Mexico to downtown Aurora. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and culture with a variety of music acts, food vendors, traditional dance and a carnival.
Fiestas Patrias brings the vibrant sounds, culture, and taste of Mexico to Aurora. The music festival showcases a variety of local and international music acts performing various genres of music, including banda, mariachi, cumbia, tejano, norteno, and rock. Along with music, Fiestas Patrias will host food and merchandise vendors, a parade, and a children’s amusement area featuring carnival rides and games.