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Boone County Fairgrounds
Location for many events including craft shows, auto shows, animal shows, softball & volleyball games, and the Boone County Fair (held in August). Also see one-room school house relocated from northern Boone County.
Apollo Activity Center
The Apollo is an all-purpose activity center, featuring a renovated historic 1912 theater.
Belvidere Park District
The Belvidere Park District spans stretches of the Kishwaukee River and Mill Race. It's a great place for fishing, biking and playing tennis, and includes a playground, picnic shelters, pool, swinging bridge and the historic Baltic Mill.
Belvidere Cemetery and Pettit Memorial Chapel
Established in 1847, this is the burial ground for Belvidere's illustrious pioneers. Want to go right to a Frank Lloyd Wright landmark? Visit the Pettit Memorial Chapel.
Boone County Historical Museum
Explore this varied collection of local memorabilia. The museum includes a log home, Civil War artifacts, a natural history room, historic dolls, clothes, tools and transportation ranging from a 1906 Eldredge Runabout to Belvidere's first Chrysler.
We specialize in Fish, Steaks, Pastas and Grampa's own special Pizza, as well as Sandwiches & Melts for your dining pleasure!
Taqueria El Molcajete
Authentic Mexican restaurant serving breakfast too. Daily specials, seafood, salads, tacos, burritos, and more.
Restaurant serving Italian foods. Dine-in, delivery, or carry-out available. Pasta, steaks, chicken, sandwiches, fish, pizza and more.
Steam Plant Family Restaurant
Family restaurant located in an old steamplant building. Boone County memorabilia throughout. Banquet room available.
Pizza and Italian restaurant. Dine in, Carry out, and Delivery. Everything from pizza to sandwiches, Friday fish fry to pasta.
When in Belvidere, stop by, walk-up and enjoy a refreshing desert or a quick meal. Many choices to choose from and quality is always the best.
Exclusively Yours Leiza-George
A shopping experience like no other, this store has floor-to-ceiling gifts from around the would. Its specialties include handmade oak and Amish furniture, jewelry, linens, cards, Christmas items and more.
Tom Guirl's Beaver Creek Pottery
Find skillfully handmade and kiln-fired pottery to decorate your home.
We've been told we're "Not just the usual" garden and gift shop. We focus on Garden and Yard Art that is both functional and fun. You never know what unique, new or crafted item you might find here!
All My Stitches Quilt Shop
Quilting fabric, books, patterns, notions, and classes. Come check us out!
Belvidere Rent All & Party Store
Get all your party supplies here! We rent just about everything, from blow-up obstacle courses, to tables and chairs, to wedding trellises. We also carry all sorts of tools and machinery to suit your needs.
Flower Bin Specialty Shoppe
Stop by and see their new location in Winter Plaza in Belvidere. Many wonderful gift items, fresh flowers, green plants, personalized service, and silk arrangements for home and office. Delivery all around the world -- AFS and Teleflora wire services.
Furniture from primitives to Victorian, advertising, signs, country accessories and more. Call ahead.
Large European and American furniture from 1840's to 1930's: armoires, sideboards, tables, bureaus, chairs. More than 1,000 stained and beveled glass windows, some matching. Owner makes several annual European buying trips.
Then and Now Gift Shop
Unique and specialty items located in the Boone County Historical Society Museum.
This beautiful 18-hole golf course is enjoyable for all levels of golfers, located just minutes from Rockford in Belvidere.
Newly renovated Budget Inn. Comfortable rooms at a reasonable price.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
The Country Club
Here, at The Country Club, we produce handmade candles, soaps and bath products. Our wonderful soaps, lotions and bath bombs are carried in stores nationally and locally. Our hand-raised goats provide us with milk, which is used in many of our products. We have a full line of glycerin soap by the slice, and cold process soaps, as well as silky goat milk lotion in many fantastic fragrances. Our candles are well-known, and come in a huge variety of scents. We are really just a little shop full of unique soaps, candles and bath products.
The Sweetery Co.
Over 150 varieties of novelty candy, nuts and chocolate covered nuts. Antique soda fountain, shake machine, and freezers in use to bring back the memories of the good old days. Music from the 1950s and 1960s. Come by and turn back the clock. Closed during winter months.
Frank Lloyd Wright Pettit Memorial Chapel
Pettit Memorial Chapel, located in Belvidere Cemetery, was designed by Frank Llyod Wright and erected in 1907. Brochures available for self-guided historic tours. Open daily, 8am - sunset. Tours available by appointment.
Summerfield Farm & Zoo
Summerfield Zoo is home to a large variety of exotic animals, ranging from reindeer and monkeys to camels and mountain lions. We are proud to offer an up close and personal animal experience. While at the zoo, enjoy our education and fun animal encounter presentations. Summerfield Zoo is open selected weekends May through November.
America's Best Value Inn - Belvidere
Welcome to the Americas Best Value Inn of Belvidere, IL. We are located in north central Illinois, approximately 75 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and 12 miles east of Rockford. Our newly renovated exterior access facility offers 44 guest rooms and 2 efficiencies. All guest rooms and efficiencies are furnished with complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, cable TV, complimentary local calls, and wake-up service. Our efficiencies also feature a kitchenette with a stove. For your convenience, we offer fax and copy service at our 24-hour front desk and complimentary wireless Internet access in our 24-hour lobby. Take a moment to enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast served every morning and our picnic area. Come experience the value of staying at Americas Best Value Inn Belvidere/Rockford.
Belvidere Farmer's Market
Community Farmer's' Market. Due to their commitment to quality and freshness, not all products are available all year round. The farmers bring only their produce to market in their freshest state so not all selections are in stock every week. The Market does its best to ensure seasonal produce is abundantly available during harvest time. Open seasonally June through October.
Illinois Lincoln Highway
Take a journey on the Illinois Lincoln Highway, a 179 mile National Scenic Byway. From the Indiana border, west toward the mighty MIssissippi, you will find an adventure filled with variety, rich in history and heritage. As you travel the Lincoln Highway route across northern Illinois, take time to discover each communities' unique culture and special offerings and find a past era woven together with the present.
Boone County Conservation District
The Boone County Conservation District manages over 3,00 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands in scenic Boone County, Illinois. Minimum impact recreational opportunities, special events and educational programs are offered to the public throughout the year.
Northern Illinois Wine Trail
The Northern Illinois Wine Trail is a unique collection of 40 wineries and vineyards, each distinctive and picturesque in its own way. Follow the Northern Illinois Wine Trail from downtown Chicago’s urban splendor to the unmatched scenic beauty of Galena and Northwest Illinois. You can choose to visit one winery, experience several wineries within one of our three geographic loops, or go all out and experience everything the Northern Illinois Wine Trail has to offer from East to West. Regardless of how you choose to experience the Northern Illinois Wine Trail; the staff of our family-owned wineries and vineyards are there to welcome you with incomparable Midwest hospitality and service - not to mention numerous award-winning Illinois wines.
Blackhawk Trail Lodge
Hospitality abounds! Nestled along the beautiful Rock River, this cozy six-guestroom lodge offers a wonderful all-season porch with fireplace. Perfect for your next group retreat. Offering breakfast buffet for groups. Close to many attractions. Guest are welcome to use our private boat ramp. Or just relax and fish from our quiet river bank, or in a hammock at the river's edge. At Becky & Don's small but quaint lodge, it's all about relaxation and "Old Time Hospitality". Visit us on our FUN Web site for more information. Pets welcomed. Open year round.
Byron Civic Center
Musicals, comedies and mysteries are performed August-May at this civic center located in Byron High School.
A.G. Spalding: From Byron to the Big Leagues Exhibit
Located at the Byron Museum of History, this exhibit features Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Albert Spalding, from his youth in Byron to his league pitching career and the founding of the Spalding Sporting Goods Company.
Byron Natural History Museum
This natural history museum displays prairies, woodlands, wetlands and other interesting exhibits illustrating life as it existed hundreds of years ago in Northern Illinois. Be sure to make a stop at the museum gift shop.
Byron Museum Of History & Lucius Read House
The Byron Museum Complex consists of a large Exhibit Hall and the historic Lucius Read House, which was on the Underground Railroad and is a listed site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The Read House features a permanent exhibit entitled, ‘From Shackles to Freedom: The Underground Railroad’ which shines a spotlight on Byron’s participation in the Underground Railroad. We are happy to accommodate group tours outside regular hours. Tours are free and are self-guided or a docent can be arranged. We also have ample meeting space available.
View the stars and planets every Tuesday and Saturday. Free public viewing is guided by our staff. Closed if cloudy.
Italian murals, fireplace, candlelit tables, white linen tablecloths. A touch of "Old Italy".
Lake Louise Resort
The finest family recreational camping experience in Northern Illinois. Sandy beaches, slides, rafts, paddle boats, fishing, kiddie beach, sand volleyball, basketball, game room, bonfires, bands, dancing, music, horseshoes and 13- acre spring-fed lake.
Byron Recreational Path
Biking, running, and walking path. Starts at Byron Forest Preserve and crosses the Rock River to Sunshine Park then north of town.
Byron Forest Preserve District (skating)
The Forest Preserve has one outdoor skating rink and warming shelter - open weekends.
See NHRA championship drag racing.
Prairie View Golf Course - Byron Forest Preserve
This 18-hole course has bent grass fairways, tees and greens, a practice area, full-service clubhouse, and rental carts with canopies.
Hailey's Winery specializes in handcrafted wines from grape varieties native to Illinois, as well as other varietals, and seasonal fruits. We are a fully functioning winery, with all wines produced and bottled on the premises. Wine tastings are available in our tasting room any time during our business hours, and we also have weekend music events. In addition to wine, we have homemade bread, cheeses, chocolates, and gift items.
Long Prairie Trail
This 14.6 mile paved recreational trail runs south of Illinois Route 173 and winds past the Northern Boone County towns of Caledonia, Capron, Belvidere and Poplar Grove.
Harmony Water Garden
This aquatic nursery has hundreds of water lilies, marsh plants, fish and related products. In business for a decade. Pond maintenance services available, call for an appointment.
Wind Ridge Herb Farm
Wind Ridge Herb Farm in Caledonia, IL grows over 400 varieties of culinary and medicinal herbs without the use of chemical fertilizers. The herbs produced by Wind Ridge Herb Farm are Certified Naturally Grown. They carry only natural products with no artificial dyes, preservatives, or additives; personally harvesting, inspecting, drying, and packaging the herbs in order to guarantee quality and freshness. The garden is available for meetings, tours, groups and catered lunches. Lunches are provided for groups of 8 or more, and include a garden tour.
The McEachran Homestead is offically recognized by the State of Illinois as a sesquicentennial farm. In addition to preserves and fresh produce, the farm sells its own line of grape and fruit wines.
Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle
Home of the largest and best collection of farm equipment and antiquites of yesteryear. Over 700 cast iron implement seats, 50 antique tractors, windmills, windmill weights, and antique washing machines. Wagons, spreaders, cultivators, planters, and the most extensive collection of Rockford, Illinois-made Emerson Brandingham equipment. A model tractor and toy collection is as large as it is unique. Individual tours available. The main building is heated and available all year round for weddings, birthdays, social gatherings, or auctions.
Angelic Organics Learning Center
We offer public and custom programs for children, adults, and families on our beautiful, organic farm to help build the local food system. Whether its a day camp or a cheese making workshop, participants gain hands-on experience preparing farm-fresh food, from field to table, while learning about organic agriculture and the whole farm system in the process. The Learning Center also offers farmer training and support to beginning farmers and facilitates youth-led urban agriculture projects in Chicago and Rockford.
At Kinnikinnick Farm, you’ll sleep in tents and feed off the land as you experience life in a more relaxed environment. This is a 30-acre organic market farm that sells organic produce to some of Chicago’s best chefs and restaurants and direct to the public at the Evanston and the Chicago Green City Farmers Markets. In addition to organic vegetables, the farm produces eggs, raises chickens, and is the home for a small herd of sheep, hogs, 6 dogs, a rabbit named Bandit, and Shelly, the family’s Nubian milk goat.
Italian restaurant in Capron serving pizza, sandwiches and dinners.
The quaint shop opened in the fall of 2001, selling pumpkins and barn wood crafts. Antiques and crafts, from furniture and home decor to primitives, tools and vintage farm equipment -- there's a wide assortment to choose from.
Magic Waters Waterpark
Some of the many fun water attractions include the five-story Abyss (a dark tunnel tube ride), the two-person Splash Blaster water coaster, Tsunami Bay (Illinois' largest wave pool), Splash Magic River, and Little Lagoon for the tykes. The newest ride is the Double Dare Drop speed slides. Each slide drops riders 75 feet, making the thrill ride the steepest speed slide in northern Illinois.
Enclosed 2-level regional shopping mall with many external businesses on same property. Many public activities including craft and car shows, community and holiday events. Food court, children's play area, early morning walking. CherryVale Mall is also one of just a few locations with new Tesla Supercharging Stations. These stations are for the all electric-powered Tesla cars to use to charge up the vehicle.
Cherry Valley Festival Days
Great food, carnival, on-site activities, and of course, the bands are what make a summer music festival an event to remember. Valley Days at Bauman Park has proven to be the fun-filled summer music festival your family shouldn't miss.
The Buss Stop
Daily specials, Friday fish fry, Saturday pizza specials and ice cream specialities in a friendly atmosphere. Cheese available for purchase. Carryout, smoke-free. No credit cards.
Dakota Nature Trail
The Dakota Nature Trail for biking, hiking, and cross-county skiing links Dakota Park with the Dorothy Wirth Nature Area. The trail surface is crushed limestone and follows a former railroad right-of-way. The trail begins on Main Street in Dakota.
Megz Country Cheese
Cheese direct from local factories in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Enjoy over 55 varieties of cheese! Also a variety of deli meats, sausage, crackers, snacks and other goodies. Plus meat and cheese sandwiches, mustards, and honey from local bee keepers. Cedar Crest Ice Cream is available in sugar, waffle or cake cones, cup/bowl, shake, sundae or malt. Cheese can be shipped across the United States. At Christmas, they can prepare a beautiful cheese box or gift certificates for the holidays.Open: Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm; Monday thru Friday: 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm (Hours may vary in winter.)
Wenger's Springbrook Cheese
Visit this artisan cheesemaker with a small retail outlet featuring Muenster and Swiss cheese made on the premises; also featuring cheeses from other area cheesemakers. Open: Monday thru Friday: 8 am - 2 pm; Saturday: 8 am - Noon.
Susie's Garden Patch
Find u-pick asparagus, strawberries, tomatoes and pumpkins. Roadside produce includes sweet corn, muskmelons, peppers and pumpkins. Susie's hosts a Strawberry Festival every June.
Prairie State Winery
Established in 1998, this family winery produces many award-winning wines, all of which are made exclusively from Illinois grape varieties, including those grown in the family's own vineyard
Authentic Chicago pizza, plus ribs, chicken, and pasta for all your catering needs.
Crumpets Tea Room and Ice Cream Parlor
Enjoy a unique dining experience in our Victorian tea room and turn of the century ice cream parlor.
Shop for antiques, home accessories and collectibles, from homespun country to Victorian elegance.
Oak Club of Genoa
This picturesque, 18-hole watered course winds through wooded and lowland areas along the meandering Kishwaukee River. Oak Club is rated among the region's top 20 courses by Chicagoland Golf.
Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Genoa
The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition has produced many Interpretive Murals along the Illinois Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway and its corridor in northern Illinois. The Genoa mural depicts the history, heritage, and events of the highway and its impact on Genoa and the other communities along the Illinois route.
Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society
In 1977, the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society was formed to bring together area people who had an interest in local and regional history and its preservation.
Natural Resource Center
The Natural Resource Center is located at Russell Preserve, and is open to the public on weekends. The Center offers a great stop for exploration and live animal viewing for all members of the family. The Center can be reserved by school groups and other organizations for outdoor educational field trips. While there, take a walk through Russell Preserve, beneath mature oaks and hickories, surrounded by woodland wildflowers. In the winter, Russell Preserve is a great place for tobogganning.
Laughing Cat Antiques Shop
The Laughing Cat Antiques Shop is the purrfect place to find that vintage treasure, your own personal key to the past! We have 17 dealers here to make sure you have plenty to choose from. you will find vintage Indian jewelry as well as rhinestone and sterling. Come in, walk down memory lane, and see our eclectic mix of antiques, rare antique post office items, depression glass, antique dolls, advertising signs, and Victorian children's items. We also have a primitives room for you, featuring the most fantastic American primitives...a must see!
Corner Grill on Main
We are known for our Italian beef, gyros (cooked on the spit), 10oz. burgers, Chicago-style hot dogs, and BBQ ribs. We pride ourselves on having great food, big portions, and fair prices. Located in downtown Genoa, stop in today!
Genoa Cafe is located in the heart of Downtown Genoa. Stop in for breakfast or lunch and achieve that small town feel. We have an extensive menu that is sure to please. We look forward to seeing you!
Joe's Pizza and Pub
Stop in for an ice cold beer and enjoy a hot pizza pie. We offer burgers, salad, pasta and more! You will just have to come in and explore our menu yourself. While your here, enjoy our outdoor dining area. Great for friends and family!
Karlsbad constantly has specials and a changing menu. Every Friday night is our famous Fish Fry, and every Sunday we have biscuits and gravy starting at 10am. We are a small tavern located in Downtown Genoa. Come in for good food, friendly service, and a nice conversation. Kids are welcome.
Offering premium baked goods, specialty cakes, wedding cakes and lunch items, including soups, salads and sandwiches.
Helping you dodge life's curveballs since 1969. Founded in 1969, legend has it because Curt wasn't allowed into a tavern within 30 miles of Genoa, Hill's Tap remains nearly the same as the day it opened. It's hard to imagine why, 45 years ago, he thought he could provide for a growing family with a shot and a beer saloon, but I think many of us are a bit better off because of it.
Moscato's Pizza is a family-owned, family-operated Italian restaurant offering pizza, pasta, and sandwiches for carry-out, delivery, or catering!
The Trading Post
Antiques, Arts & Collectibles
Genoa Farmers Market
The Genoa Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Last Saturday of the month (May 30th - Sept. 26th: 9am - 2pm) Located on the corner of Genoa & Main Street. For more information call 815-784-2212 or visit http://genoaareachamber.com/
German Valley Historical Museum
This newly refurbished museum features displays of memorabilia relating to the history of German Valley and the surrounding area, including items from the Ostfriesian area of Germany. A kitchen area, bedroom, dining room, parlor, military room, and children's playroom are furnished with items from the past, and a display room offers a variety of exhibits. A schoolroom contains items of interest from German Valley's Pleasant Prairie Academy and other area schools. Farm and other outdoor exhibits are featured in an outdoor facility. Special events and displays are featured throughout the year. Open May through October, last Sunday of the month, 1 to 4pm or by appointment (815-362-3671).
Garnhart's Oliver Museum
Explore the largest Oliver Hart-Parr collection in the Midwest, including farm toys, advertising, and collectibles dating back to 1860, and real antique tractors and machinery. Bus and group tours are available, but should be scheduled in advance.
Bunker Hill Dog Training and Specialty Store
This specialty store offers dog and cat food, toys, collars, leads, carriers, coats, mugs, picture frames, shampoos, and training and grooming equipment. Also specialty breed purses, wallets, sweatshirts, and more. Grooming and training are also available.
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary
Tour Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary. Animal lovers can learn about, pet, hold and feel some of the 350 rescued animals, comprised of 30 different species. All income supports the rescued animals. Critter Camp is a non-profit, tax exempt, charitable, volunteer operated, no-kill facility that does not buy, breed, sell or exploit any animal.Personally guided tours are available seven days a week year round for up to six people per tour, but all tours are by appointment.
Ben Miller Memorial Park
This park provides a quiet scenic area ideal for family reunions and group gatherings. A large and a small shelter house, softball diamond, volleyball and basketball courts, playground, and wooded area are offered. A concession stand is open during softball season.
Van Raden Memorial Park
The Van Raden Memorial Park features Lake Baalton, a three acre man-made lake stocked with bass, crappie, blue gill and catfish. A small shelter and playground area are also offered. A Veterans Memorial honoring all German Valley area service men and women, past or present is at the park
Heritage Inn & Suites - Harvard
Fitness center, indoor pool, sauna/spa, meeting facility. Complimentary breakfast.
Ben's Christmas Tree Farm
Ben's Christmas Tree Farm was founded in 1983. Since then, Ben's has provided visitors with organically grown fir and pine trees in an authentic country atmosphere. Besides trees, enjoy the animals, wagon rides and more.
The Family Gathering Amish Furniture
Handcrafted Amish furniture, can be custom built to your specifications. Built only by true Amish craftsmen, with every attention to detail using only solid pieces of wood. Built to last for generations to come! Onsite gourmet coffee bar.
Harvard Antique Emporium
Come see our selection of antiques. Something for everybody's taste.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
Steel Heart Ltd.
Unique showroom & warehouse sprawls over an impressive 50,000 square foot inside the historical Starline building, which is the perfect showroom for their pieces. With the outside of the building encased with climbing ivy, huge skylights, and old wooden beams and floors, their products feel at home here. Shop a vast collection of home and garden decor featuring arbors, gazebos, trellis, planters, wall baskets, chandeliers, statuary, antiques, cast iron and more.
RavenStone Castle B&B
Step back in time and delight in the ambience of a 16th century style, greystone castle. Located in rolling farm country just south of Harvard, IL. RavenStone Castle features three Medieval theme guest rooms, private baths and European-style breakfast.
Royal Oak Farm Fruit Orchard
Enjoy 22 varieties of pick-your-own and pre-picked apples from August through October, breakfast or lunch in the Country Restaurant, a miniature train ride, carousel, petting zoo, gift shop and bakery, and seasonal events that include Applefest and Pumpkinfest.
RavenStone Castle Bed & Breakfast
RavenStone Castle may look medieval, but it is the newest edition to McHenry County's collection of B&Bs. It's straight out of Camelot and is the perfect place to indulge your royal fantasies.
Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast
Located in the quite farm country on the outskirts of Harvard enjoy a quite night stay close to apple orchards, farm markets, golfing, and the annual Harvard Milk Days celebration.