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Barbakoa is a fun, eclectic restaurant serving delicious Latin cuisine infused with passion, love and an unrivaled quality of service. This modern Latin bistro brings casual fine dining with an urban vibe to the Western suburbs. The restaurant is a lively and upbeat, featuring modern interpretations of Latin cuisine with roots in Central and South America, the Spanish Caribbean, and enriched by European influences.
CITY: Downers Grove
Traditional and contemporary Mexican food.
A modern American take on an ancient Italian concept. La Madia offers the perfect experience. A quick business lunch or a leisurely evening with friends is made great by the ideal union of great pizza and wine.
Lockwood Restaurant & Bar
Lockwood is the oasis of contemporary style in Chicago history. Chef Phillip Foss prepares cuisine with an artisan's care, thought and understanding.
Viaggio Ristorante & Lounge
Viaggio is a culinary journey to southern Italy. From al denta pastas to hand-made sausage, Viaggio is Italian-American with an emphasis on fresh.
Eclectic seafood restaurant in the French-American style. Ranked number one seafood restaurant by the prestigious Zagat Guide since 1993. See website for fabulous specials and promotions. Reservations recommended. Valet parking. Outdoor dining as weather permits.
Takashi in Chicago features contemporary French-American fare with Japanese influences, a mixture of Chef Takashi's previous ventures working in large, world class establishments. The atmosphere is unique in that it allows for a more personal dining experience, combining the cuisine and service of a fine dining establishment with the warmth and accessibility of a neighborhood tavern. The contemporary cuisine features ingredients of the highest quality from throughout the world including Maine, Japan and Australia. Chef also uses sustainable fished seafood and local seasonal products whenever possible. No preservatives are used, including MSG.
The casual elegance of art-deco-inspired décor and contemporary classic cuisine come together in deca RESTAURANT + BAR, a brasserie-inspired experience on the Magnificent Mile in The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Named for its 2010 debut, deca celebrates the latest culinary trends with new twists on classic dishes. Executive Chef Mark Payne’s market-driven menus showcase ingredients from farmers near and far in his innovative cooking style. The authenticity of the cuisine and the warmth of deca's stylish, comfortable setting complement the personable service of its staff, making for a memorable experience morning to night.
Kai Zan is the brainchild of local sushi legends Melvin and Carlo Vizconde. Also known as the sushi twins. With modern and traditional cooking techniques the twins will create an omakase dinner experience that you will come back for over and over again.
Enjoy affordable rates in a convenient location when choosing the Quality Inn® in Mount Vernon, IL, ideally located off of Interstate 57 near many area points of interest.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Fulton's on the River
Fulton’s on the River, located on the Chicago River with views of downtown, offers the best of both worlds. A classic seafood and steak house, with an unparalleled devotion to procuring nothing but the highest quality ingredients. Quality service and an extensive wine and cocktail selection provide a great place to dine, relax and celebrate!
Prairie Sky Orchard
Our small family-run business is celebrating over 20 years of bringing your family the delights of the autumn harvest. Apple picking is a great way to spend a crisp autumn day with friends and family. We planted our first 100 apple trees in 1996. Since then we have planted an additional 1900 trees.
Nauvoo Mansion on the Hill
For those who want to experience life in Old Nauvoo but want to stay in spacious elegance, rent an entire mansion and bring your extended family. Six bedrooms and top notch amenities near the Mississippi River.
The Starner-Stuff nine room homestead located on Hillcrest Farm boasts original woodwork, parlor doors, dining room pass-through, and period furniture and rests on 100 acres of farmland, woods, and rolling pasture with flowing creek. It is the perfect setting for a Victorian country wedding, a relaxing get-a-way, family reunion, romantic weekend, business meetings or seminars and any kind of special event. We want your stay to be comfortable and relaxing for you; and so, we offer 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a formal living room, a formal dining room, a study with parlor doors for privacy and a buttermilk warm kitchen to gather for morning coffee plus all the extras.
Rosebud Theater District
A Rosebud restaurant, located in 3 First National Plaza. Charming and fast paced by day, elegant and relaxing at night. Customers continuously select Rosebud as the ultimate lunch spot, pre-theater dining destination and post work haven, serving the finest complimentary appetizer buffet in town. Mon.-Fri. 11am-10pm; Sat. 4pm-10pm,
Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris' second restaurant downtown serves American fare utilizing local farmers and seasonal ingredients.
A unique blend of authentic Asian and classic American dining. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner available. Grab and go options and full espresso bar as well.
Dear Diva Desserts Bake Shop
We offer quality baked goods, made the old-fashioned way, handcrafted with love and care just for you. Everything is made fresh from scratch daily and in small batches to deliver the best taste and quality using only the finest ingredients... pure sweet butter, Valhrona and Guittard chocolates, Madasgascar Bourbon vanilla and the freshest fruit. We strive to make our desserts deliciously divine, beautiful and distinctive!
Francesca's Bryn Mawr
Delicious northern Italian fare, comfortable surroundings and friendly service. Menu rotates bi-weekly in order to offer fresh, seasonal ingredients.
The Grateful Gourmet Co.
A unique kitchenware and specialty food store for the gourmet chef in all of us.
P.J. Clarkes Streeterville
Streeterville restaurant and bar serves classic American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Best Sunday brunch and late night dining in the bar.
Firehouse Pizza & Pub
Firehouse Pizza & Pub in East Peoria is a family friendly pizzeria offering made-to-order pizzas using the freshest meats, cheeses and vegetables available and using our own dough made daily on-site. Try our special "sweet sauce" or one of our original 8 sauces. After enjoying the highest quality pizza in town, visit our contemporary pub right next door. Small group tours welcome!
CITY: East Peoria
Downtown Crystal Lake Main Street
Visit the award-winning Premier Main Street which is full of charming shops, delightful restaurants, quality entertainments and life-enhancing opportunities and events.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Historic Nauvoo Visitor Center
Begin your exploration of historic Nauvoo by examining the 1846 relief map of Nauvoo, viewing an introductory video, and studying historic artifacts and displays. Gather information on over two dozen restored homes, shops, and religious buildings in Nauvoo.
Jerseyville Harvest Inn
Whether you are in Jerseyville for business or pleasure, be sure to check out the Jerseyville Harvest Inn. This motel is conveniently located in the middle of the business district and is located on U.S. 67 and near Illinois Route 16. Amenities include in-room microwave, refrigerator, free Wi-fi, and free Continental breakfast.
Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run
Behold the bright bursts of color all around Quincy as nearly 900 sweet pre-1949 vehicles roll into town for the 39th Annual Color Run.
The Millennium Reserve
The Millennium Reserve stretches from downtown Chicago to the Indiana border and suburban Park Forest. It encompasses numerous neighborhoods, the Southeast lakefront, and 37 South suburban municipalities. In aggregate, the Reserve includes a collection of over 15,000 acres of open space such as parks, trails, wetlands, and forest preserves; Making it ideal for runners, bikers and kayakers alike.
Calling all chocolate lovers! Taste the finest chocolates from exclusive confectioners. Participate in the bake off, judges will determine who has the best chocolate recipe!
Sled Dog Demos
Spirit Siberian Rescue will return for two sled dog demos in 2015. The first is on January 11 (with seminars in the LaSalle Room) and the second one is on February 1 (with seminars in the LaSalle Room). Outdoor sled dog demos will take place along the sea wall (just southeast of the Starved Rock Visitor Center).
The freshest fish, prepared using local and regional ingredients with a bold, attentive flavor in a Hawaiian state of mind.
Georgio's Pizzeria and Pub
Come enjoy a variety of items, including deep dish Chicago style pizza, calzones, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, salads, dessert, and more. Something for everyone.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Jam, one of the nation’s most celebrated brunch restaurants, is located in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Helmed by acclaimed Chef Jeffrey Mauro, formerly of Charlie Trotter’s and North Pond, Jam treats breakfast & lunch with the same level of reverence and devotion to culinary craftsmanship, all the while, maintaining a commitment to affordability.
Opart Thai House Restaurant
Opart Thai House Restaurant has been serving the Chicago area for many years. Providing great traditional Thai cuisine with an extensive menu of many different kinds of dishes.
Sen Sushi Bar in Oak Park features an array of fish, some imported from Japan. Fresh and flavorful fits the bill at this Bib Gourmand restaurant.
CITY: Oak Park
Graham Elliot Bistro
Opening its doors on Chicago’s fabled Randolph Street in 2012, Graham Elliot Bistro offers contemporary takes on American classics, and lives by the mantra of "less is more.” The menu focuses on the technique and craft rather than artistry, with each item created using just three main components. Comprised of a mix of updated American classics including share plates, chops, steaks and sides, the menu combines seasonally-driven ingredients with Old World techniques and is complemented by a beverage list of creative cocktails and an eclectic wine selection. The restaurant also offers brunch on Sunday mornings, featuring twists on American favorites. Situated in a historic, century-old building, Graham Elliot Bistro features a 60 seat dining room, floor-to-ceiling whitewashed brick walls, and an open kitchen. Additional seating is available in the hidden outdoor patio from May to October.
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
Under the Ginkgo Tree Bed & Breakfast
A magnificent Queen Anne Victorian Home built around 1890, air conditioned, with a wrap around front porch. Located one block from Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio; savor a light breakfast in our elegant dining room or bright homey kitchen; weather permitting, breakfast on the veranda; 20 minutes from downtown Chicago and all the museums and points of interest. Also, not your ordinary meeting place, host your next event in a warm gracious setting. Non-Smoking establishment and use only green products for cleaning. Now offering wi-fi throughout the house.
CITY: Oak Park
The new Hotel Lincoln is a window to the most dynamic part of Chicago's North Side, Lincoln Park. Like the neighborhood, the hotel is historic yet fresh, fun though eccentric and active but relaxed. It's where the energy of urban life meets 1,200 green acres and Lake Michigan.
Von Bergen's Country Market
Our farm market features a large variety of farm fresh family grown vegetables. Our sweet corn is picked fresh every morning when its the sweetest. Tomatoes, green beans, pickling cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini and other summer squash, a variety of specialty peppers are among the fresh vegetables we grow here on our farm. If fruit is what you are looking for, you will find our homegrown muskmelon, honeydew and watermelon delicious. We also carry Michigan peaches, pears, nectarines and other in season fruit from the Midwest. We are a working family operated farm. We want you to have a day on the farm experience when you stop by during the summer or the fall. Our tractor/sand box play areas are available all during the season. Our own animals are always here for you to visit, but we do bring in more during the fall season. In the fall we have our family grown pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks, Indian corn and other specialty decorations. Of course we will still have the fall veggies, squash and more, plus the continuing of the summer treats! KNOW YOUR FOOD! KNOW YOUR FARMER!
Hubbard Inn is a tavern and brasserie featuring inventive but classic American & European cuisine in a "not too shabby" setting.
Elizabeth serves local, organic, sustainable, and hand-harvested goods. The menu changes seasonally and is influenced by the icons of the logo - Elizabeth's totem: the barn owl for farm-to-table, the deer for the woodlands, and the diamond for the elegant. This award winning restaurant's mission is to highlight nose-to-tail, root-to-branch, and farm-to-table Midwestern bounty. For the best experience, come with an adventurous palate and an open mind.
Jin Thai Cuisine
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Edgewater, in Chicago, Jin Thai takes the authentic cuisine to another level. Stop into this award-winning restaurant and savor the bright colors and flavors of Southeast Asian dishes.
Owen & Engine
Owen & Engine is based on a simple idea of offering rustic British-inspired comfort food with real ales and a carefully crafted beverage program.
Willard Richards Inn
People that come to Nauvoo looking for a unique experience stay at the Willard Richards Inn. Instead of simply visiting the historic sites, stay in one and make the whole experience more memorable. The Willard Richards Inn is located in the heart of the Historic District of Nauvoo, boasting beautiful views of the Nauvoo Temple and only steps away from the Nauvoo Pageant.
Nauvoo Temple & Grounds
The Nauvoo Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was recently rebuilt in Nauvoo, one of the early settlements of the Mormon people. The structure is 150 feet tall and overlooks the Mississippi River. The temple was reconstructed on the site of the original temple which was built from 1841-1846, but later destroyed by arson after the Mormons left Nauvoo. Sacred ordinances are performed daily in the Nauvoo Temple, therefore the building is not available for tourist visits. The beautiful gardens and grounds are open to the public, located just north of the temple. The temple Information Cernter presents a free 14-minute virtual tour.
A unique Japanese, concept restaurant offering complex flavors and textures from Japan, with subtle Asian & French flair. Michelin recommended 2010-2012.
T and D Toy & Hobby
T and D Toy & Hobby specializes in diecast toys, both old and new, but also offers new and old model kits, including resin kits, hobby paints and tools, and model railroading items. Open: Monday thru Friday: 11 am - 12:30 pm; 3 pm - 5:30 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm
Using grass-fed beef makes all the difference. It's half the cholesterol of a regular burger and includes some of the "good" fatty acids you can find in olive oil.
CITY: St. Charles
Belly Shack is Chef, Bill Kim's latest Latin/Asian culinary adventure. Mixing the foods of Argentina and the flavors of Korea, Belly Shack is a delight to both sides of your hunger.
Located in Chicago, Homestyle Taste carefully picks their ingredients and uses only the freshest and natural ones to prepare every dish. Much attention has been attached to ensure you a cozy and inviting ambiance where you not only enjoy a great meal but also an authentic atmosphere.
Juno is a humble offering from partners Chef BK Park and Jason Chan, this small upscale casual restaurant strives to offer Chicago the perfect combination of quality and consistency in food and service. Their integrity and passion for Juno and their customers is paramount as they attempt to create a menu and environment that will exceed everyone's expectations.
Vito & Nick's II
Good fun, good people, good food, local neighborhood joint. Now serving deep dish pizza too! Outdoor seating.
CITY: Tinley Park
Built in 1905, Scoville Square was designed by E.E. Roberts and is one of the few examples of Prairie style architecture applied to commercial buildings. In 1980, commissioned architect John Vinci restored the building to its original grandeur. Ideal atmosphere for social and business fundraisers and receptions. Various shops and Winberie's restaurant are on the first floor.
CITY: Oak Park
Anna Marie's Pizza
We deliver! All day! Everyday! Plus we do catering! And did we mention that we've got some of the most delicious slices in town?
Good's Furniture Showplace
Start your exploration with a visit to Good’s Furniture. America’s Furniture Showplace is one of the oldest and largest family-owned furniture stores in the Midwest and is the centerpiece of Kewanee’s downtown. The 250,000 square-foot showroom spans two city blocks and encompasses twelve restored buildings that feature over fifty furniture brands. It’s a complete shopping experience: visit Good’s Market Square Gift Emporium with unique gifts including upscale clothing and accessories, fine luggage, gourmet food and wine, and much more! Grab a bite to eat at the Wine Cellar Restaurant on Good’s lower level. For an afternoon pick-me-up, stop by the Coffee & Wine Bar. A skywalk, glass elevators, and a Koi Pond add to the ambience. Visit for the day and pamper yourself with an overnight stay at the in-store European Bed & Breakfast.
EL Ideas is a micro restaurant located on a back alley street in downtown Chicago. The name - in addition to being homage to the elevated train system of Chicago (and many other meanings of ‘el’) – is an abbreviation for Elevated Ideas in Cuisine and Dining. The cuisine reflects the approach, standards and experience developed over the career of Chef Foss. Prepared with the heart and precision of classical cooking techniques with modern twists thrown in, items roll onto and off of this award winning restaurants menu, quickly.
Esther's Place - A Fiber Arts Studio
Handmade items from local wool - classes, gifts and more. Bed and breakfast service available.
CITY: Big Rock
Oak Park Public Library
Architectural award-winning Main Library features extensive contemporary art collection and Art Gallery with rotating exhibits by local artists. Library meeting rooms vary in capacity from 17 to 120 and offer Internet access and a selection of audiovisual equipment. Completely ADA accessible. Convenient parking.
CITY: Oak Park
The Publik House
Nestled in the heart of Restaurant Row on Prospect Road in Peoria Heights, the Publik House was established in 2010. The classic, casual room has an old-world feel that is rich, comfortable and as satisfying as a room temperature Harp in a London pub. It is a locally owned English style, American pub pouring pints Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 4:00 pm, serving English pub fare and American classics beginning at 5:00 pm.
CITY: Peoria Heights
Annual Robbie McEvers Memorial Golf Tournament
The 36th Annual Robbie McEvers Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Links Golf Course. This free tournament for junior golfers attracts over 350 players each year.
Brew Cruises with Shoreline Sightseeing
Enjoy beer samplings, specially prepared appetizers and meet guest Brewmasters from Lagunitas Bewing Company on this 90-minute lake Cruise. Cash bar also available. Shoreline Brew Cruises depart Gateway Park at Navy Pier at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays June 20, July 11 and August 8. Must be 21. Information on website or 312-222-9328
Brook Farm is your stop for local produce this season. We grow a wide variety of fresh vegetables, popcorn kernels and produce delicious flavored popcorn products.
Paddle-board lessons and rentals are provided by Alpine Accessories at Three Oaks Recreation Area. Make reservations by calling 847-854-4754 or online. Walk ups on availability.
CITY: Lake in the Hills
Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Come out and cheer on the Chicago Fire! Experience the fun and excitement of Major League Soccer at Toyota Park today!
Cache River Days
This fun fest includes a flea market, parade, softball tournament, yard sales, BBQ and music.
This is old school Italian. It could be very romantic, or you can bring your mama. Sabatinos has been in Chicago for 25 years; serving traditional Italian cuisine including warm crusty loaves and addictive pizza bread that comes to the table in a blink of an eye. With dimly lit flowers on every table, tuxedo-clad hosts and strolling musicians, this Italian-American restaurant is everything you’ve come to expect, and more.
Mott Street serves a menu inspired by the post-service cravings of a hungry Ruxbin team. Partners Chef Edward Kim, Jennifer Kim, Vicki Kim and Nate Chung are proud to share feel-good comforts, spanning poached chicken breast with salt & pepper to eggs in hangtown fry form. Mott St is family style dining and straightforward cuisine paired with a pointed beverage selection.
sushiDOKKU boasts a cult following due to the trust the owners have developed with their guests over the years. They have also been awarded a Bib Gourmand for 2014.
Stone Mill Museum
Built in 1856, the Stone Mill was originally used to produce flour. In 1965, the building was deeded to the Sandwich Historical Society. The building itself is a museum exhibit which includes the original beams and support posts made of 125 year old timber. The historical society first opened the museum to the public in 1969 and now includes three floors of exhibits. Among the exhibits are fire fighting equipment, antique car, furniture, signage, photos and many other items from the area's past. The museum is open every Sunday, 1-4pm during warm months (April to October).
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC.
Just as you were converted to craft beers after sipping that first microbrew, you’re sure to be won over by the quality of craft whiskey. You’ll never go back to gulping run-of-the-mill whiskey after experiencing the smooth, warm flavor of our whiskey and bourbon made in small batches in pot stills. At J.K. Williams, our passion is your pleasure. Open to the public Saturdays & Sundays for group-friendly tours and tasting!
CITY: East Peoria
Al Sear Jazz Festival
The Al Sears Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival that takes place in the Fall in Chandler Park. Free to the public, enjoy great music all three days with music also Saturday evening. More information can be found at the Al Sears Jazz Festival Website.
The Second City Hits Home
Come out for a night of laughter as The Second City takes on all the news that’s fit to twist. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! All served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss this chance to see the superstars of tomorrow live on stage now!
The Longbranch Grill
Located in Historic Downtown Shelbyville, this family-owned restaurant has unique clockwork decor, original tile ceiling and exposed brickwork walls. The Longbranch Grill pride itself on its homemade food and casual atmosphere.
St. Charles Home Show/Spring
Talk to local contractors, learn how to renovate, repair, decorate, and update your home and yard. Shop for marketplace items for the whole family.
CITY: St. Charles
Super Car Show
Cars and trucks are polished to perfection and fill Fort Massac State Park for a popular summer show. Winners are determined in various classes, including Mayor's choice and Superman's Choice.
Grace in Chicago is an award winning restaurant that doesn’t shy away from the days of multicourse tasting menus, pristine table linens, customized serving pieces and, yes, a hefty price tag. Inside this 64-seat restaurant, Chef Duffy and his army of chefs create progressive, ingredient-driven cuisine that’s as pretty to look at as it is to eat. Elegant, thought provoking and delicious, Grace is all of that and then some.
GT Fish & Oyster
GT Fish & Oyster opened in March of 2011, and has helped redefine the American seafood restaurant. Michelin starred, and Food and Wines Best New Chef 2008, Giuseppe Tentori, has developed a menu that’s half-traditional, half modern, in an ever-changing small plates format.
Adjacent to Oakley-Lindsay Convention Center and near South End Industrial Complex businesses. Visit downtown shops and dining, plus historic districts within walking distance of the Hampton Inn. Complimentary breakfast, fitness center, indoor pool and wireless high speed internet.
C-Note Pub is a quaint basement pub with a "Cheers-like" atmosphere. They offer a full-service bar and supper menu with appetizers, sandwiches, and fries or sweet potato fries, plus salads.
Odyssey Fun World
Visit our website for discounts and packages. Games, Laser Tag, Batting Cages, Soft Playland, Miniature Golf, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Inflatable Park & more!
CITY: Tinley Park
Enjoy a retreat along the Mississippi River in Grafton in this guest house near the public boat ramp and within walking distance of shopping and restaurants. This newly renovated, two-bedroom house has a beautiful view of the river from its 35-foot elevated height. A full kitchen and large wrap-around deck are among the amenities.
Little Goat Diner
Chicago's favorite "Top Chef" Stephanie Izard has again teamed up with Boka Restaurant Group for her spin on an East Coast diner. Experience old-school diner traditions like a stool-lined counter and breakfast served all day. Stop in before closing to grab a late night bite like tiramisu and milkshakes. The attached bread shop serves up coffee drinks and sandwiches all day, and visitors can purchase merchandise or attend a private event or cooking class there.
America's Baking and Sweets Show
North America’s first and biggest baking and sweets event, America’s Baking and Sweets Show, takes you on a gourmet grand tour of the most delectable and hottest trends in the world of baking and beyond. Following our inaugural success in 2013, the exciting America's Baking and Sweets Show returns to the magnificent Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, November 14 to 16, 2014. The show is set to draw crowds of amateurs, enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and professionals, besides the loyal consumers of the baking and sweets industry. From across the world, for three days, America’s Baking and Sweets Show will woo, entertain, and educate fans through amazing competitions, celebrity demos, and hands-on classes at the venue. Our theme this year is ‘Wizard of Oz’ so join our showgirl DOROTHY in the magical world of baking and sweets at The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, and ‘Explore. Discover. Shop’.
A perfect spot to enjoy excellent Italian cuisine in downtown Skokie. Brothers Ruben and Oscar serve all dishes made to order and the wine options combine perfectly with each dish. Pastas as well as meat and fish dishes round out a full range of entree options. Desserts should not be missed with the cannoli made fresh on site. Serving lunch and dinner.
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
The Oak Park Arms, a luxury hotel originally built in 1922, has a beautifully appointed ballroom and additional spaces available for special events. Residents choose from spacious apartments or single rooms. Independent, Assisted living, and short-term stay services are available. Our social life includes dances, performances, exercise, art, clubs and much more. Some events are open to the public. Our comfortable and convenient facility has been a retirement community for 30 years.
CITY: Oak Park
Hunters Ridge Golf Course
A beautiful mature 18-hole public course, perfect for group outings! Featuring a practice driving range, putting green, locker rooms, cocktail lounge, rolling hills and tree-lined fairways!
Heinz Orchard is only 37 miles from downtown Chicago making it the closest apple orchard to Chicago. There are a number of different apples to pick from: Golden Delicious, Empire, McIntosh, Jonathan and Red Delicious. If you’re looking for something different to do, without traveling too far from home, this is a great orchard to check out.
CITY: Green Oaks
Country Corner Pumpkin Cannon Weekend
Have you ever seen pumpkins fly at the speed of sound? Watch the Q-9 pumpkin cannon – always shooting for a world record, or pick and shoot your own pumpkin. Distance and accuracy competitions are held twice daily.
The Terrace at Trump
A sophisticated outdoor oasis showcasing superb al fresco dining amidst the iconic views of Chicago's dramatic landscape is The Terrace at Trump. This Chicago rooftop restaurant and bar offers a specially crafted menu served alongside a variety of boutique wines and hand-crafted cocktails. With a serene ambiance highlighted by vivid, green landscaping guests can relish in the summer sun while taking in vistas that are quintessentially Chicago including the Wrigley Clock Tower, Lake Michigan and Chicago River. Sit and enjoy a cocktail while watching the fireworks from The Terrace at Trump on Wednesdays and Saturdays after Memorial Day.
Highland Park's Art Center's Festival of Fine Arts
Situated on the beautiful tree-lined streets surrounding TAC, the revamped festival will showcase original works from 120 juried artists. Exceptional examples of fine arts and fine craft, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, wood and more will be featured at the festival. The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Arts will offer activities for children and families, as well as live entertainment and tasty festival treats throughout the weekend. Art enthusiasts will get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making these original works of art with live art demos taking place at the festival.
CITY: Highland Park
Bacchanalia, located in the Little Italy section of Chicago, has been a family-owned business for over 34 years. In fact, it’s the longest single-family owned Italian restaurant in the city. If you’re looking for an authentic Italian restaurant with recipes that go back to the Old Country, look no further than Bacchanalia.
Larson's Family Farm
Visit the Larson Family Farm for some old fashioned country fun. In the fall, the farm offers pumpkins and gourds, hay rack rides and fall home decor. Come to the farm to cut your own Christmas tree. The venue is available for special event rentals. They offer evening bonfires on fall weekends and host school groups during weekdays.
Across from Northwoods Mall, is where you’ll find our Peoria location. We’ve been serving delicious food and beverages here for 27 years now. Kouri’s Pub on Sterling has been known as the cool place for the hip crowd and we aim to keep it that way. Our fire pit is one of the reasons why folks consider our beer and burger patio to be the best in Peoria. Seating for 300 patrons, you’re sure to enjoy our comfortable environment and friendly efficient service. We’ve got all your “fun food” favorites: catfish strips and fries, hot wings, boneless zinger wings, third pound and half pound hamburger platters, ribeye sandwiches, reubens, tenderloins, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms, ham and cheese, chili, and more. Settle down with a domestic or imported beer, a glass of wine, or a perfectly mixed and garnished cocktail — and let the party begin. Open daily from 11 AM - 1 AM, 7 days a week.
With dishes paying homage to our Midwestern roots and served with warmth by our service team, each dining experience will make guests feel as if they are at "Table 19." Chef Matthew Lanetta's passion for featuring farm fresh items from our community is evident in all of our selections. Just as Table 19 is a new twist on the past, Chef Lanetta's menu makes classics new again with fresh perspective and integration of modern techniques.
Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Center
Welcome to 100 acres of prairies, savannas, woodlands, wetlands, and ponds- otherwise known as Loyola University Chicago's Retreat and Ecology Campus. Located in beautiful Woodstock, Ill., our retreat facility welcomes guests to visit our ecologically friendly campus and experience the great outdoors through a multitude of interactive team building activities. The Retreat and Ecology Campus provides a serene setting for overnight conferences, retreats, workshops, classes, and special events, while allowing individuals to connect intellectually, spiritually, and through nature.
Location, location, location! You can't stay closer to the Nauvoo Temple than at the Hart House, across the street from the temple! This location has an unobstructed view of the temple, in addition to a panoramic view of the Mississippi River.