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This one hour musical play tells the story of life in the early 1840s, as immigrants came up the Mississippi River to Nauvoo on the Maid of Iowa, a beautiful little paddle-wheeler. You’ll laugh at the antics of young Eli, thrill at the dancing and music, and feel the depth of devotion of these early settlers in Nauvoo as they face the martyrdom of their leader, and the violent and dangerous exodus from their homes in the middle of winter. Tickets are free but required for admission.
Saukie Golf Course
This golf course is a stunning example of a golf course designed from the early part of the 20th century. Saukie was built in 1927 (opened in 1928) and designed by Thomas Bendelow. This public course is considered to be an “executive length" course and is a classic example of a short course that will challenge every golfer. Tee times available 6 a.m to 6 p.m.
CITY: Rock Island
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.
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.
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
Located inside the Swissôtel Chicago, The Palm is a mainstay on the Chicago Social Scene. In a town known for its steak, The Palm has more than held its own, being named one of the "Top Steakhouses" in Chicago by Chicago magazine.
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
Christmas Market - Julmarknad
Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas past. Swedish folk characters roam the village, music plays, shop the Swedish Food specialties, abundance of handmade wares, folk art, antiques. Select homemade chocolate delicacies for your holiday enjoyment at the Steeple Building from 10am to 4pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Christmas Lights Wonderland
Tour the animated Christmas boxes and lights, then visit the Lil Red Barn Museum for free cookies, hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Visit with Santa every Friday and Saturday, ride the Polar Express and enjoy 1800s Christmas at Hill's Fort.
A modern Italian kitchen and late night bar in a family relaxed atmosphere.. Offers inside and outside dining and also provides full-service catering.
CITY: St. Charles
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.
Metamora Court House Museum
The Metamora Courthouse was built in 1845 and served as the center of county government until the county seat was moved to Eureka in 1896. It is one of two surviving courthouses on the historic Eighth Judicial Circuit traveled by Abraham Lincoln. In 1978 the Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The first floor of the two-story brick structure contains a central hall flanked by two exhibit rooms, one displaying artifacts of early local history, the other with exhibits describing the 1850s court system and Lincoln's life on the Eighth Judicial Circuit. On the second floor, the former courtroom and two small chambers are furnished to represent the era during which Lincoln practiced law.
Farmers Market Homewood
Homewood's Farmers market is one of the longest running in Chicagoland. Shop produce, flowers and baked goods. Enjoy live music, kids projects and green events.
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!
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.
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.
Pease's Fine Candies & Salted Nuts
Pease's Candy is a locally owned, fifth generation candy shop. For over 75 years, Pease's has been making old fashioned, homemade candies and treats. The store offers boxed candies, salted nuts, popcorn, gourmet foods, special event candies, and seasonal sweets.
Oswego Christmas Walk
Come hear the sound of Christmas, the natural warmth and ambience that draws thousands to the downtown, Mason Square, and Douglas Square, the first weekend of December. Carolers, cookie walk, crafts, entertainment, and more.
Greene Gables Inn
Greene Gables Inn is perfect for couples wanting a weekend of total privacy. Guests may enjoy swimming, games, reading (great travel and historical books are available), or just conversation in the airy drawing room. Breakfast may be at a table for two, in the sunroom or join a group in the dining room. Greene County grazes contently near Scott, Morgan, Jersey, and Calhoun counties with views of Illinois.
CITY: White Hall
Barclay's American Grille
Barclay's American Grille, located in the Carleton Hotel, opened its doors in November 2009, with much anticipation and excitement. The restaurant went through an extensive restoration, as well as, a new concept, focusing on affordable, casual dining, The decor blends contemporary and traditional styles resulting in an inviting and comfortable dining experience with exceptional food and service. It is the perfect gathering place for friends and families. The Barclay Room is available for private dining and larger parties and during the summer months, dine al fresco at our outdoor patio.
CITY: Oak Park
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.
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.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"
Experience the award winning and ever popular dramatic story of Beethoven through the eyes and ears of the young boy who "lives below his apartment" in Beethoven Lives Upstairs presented by the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
Carthage Jail & Visitor's Center
Built of native yellow limestome from 1839-1841, this was the site where Mormon leader, Joseph Smith Jr. and his brother were killed by an angry mob on June 27, 1844, resulting in the Mormons' famous trek west that led to the founding of Salt Lake City, UT.
The Colaw Rooming House
Return to Rt. 66, circa 1947, when you overnight at The Colaw Rooming House. Where you'll experience travel on the Mother Road before Interstates and motel chains were the norm. Located just 2 blocks from Rt. 66 in quaint Atlanta, Illinois, The Colaw Rooming House offers three bedrooms, two full baths, a charming living room with fireplace, dinning room, curved front porch, and delightful yellow and red 1940's kitchen. To further enhance your step back in time, your stay includes a complimentary breakfast at The Palms Grill Cafe-Atlanta's fully restored, circa 1935 small town diner. For more information please visit our website www.thecolawhouse.com
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
Heritage Hall & Chapel on the Green
Dating back to 1855, the chapel is Kendall County's oldest church building and is adorned with stained glass windows and a restored 1899 pipe organ.
Fine dining in an upscale beautiful atmosphere. We offer daily specials and incorporate locally grown seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables.
Oriental Gardens offers family gourmet dinners and daily specials. They have been serving Princeton for over 20 years.
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!
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.
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.
Lock & Dam 21: Bald Eagles
Bald Eagles have been wintering in Quincy at Lock & Dam 21 since it began in 1938. The lock & dam is listed on the National Register of Historic Places covering 1,075 acres. For the best view of the eagles just drive to the boat ramp. Mark your calendar for the last weekend each January when Quincy hosts FAB Getaway Weekend...Food, Architecture & Bald Eagles! Visit seequincy.com for details.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel/Elements Conference Center
The Homewood Suites by Hilton is nestled in the heart of the Village of Orland Park. It is perfectly situated within a premiere upscale lifestyle center featuring restaurants, shopping, state of the art Marcus Cinema and the 118,000 sq. ft. Life Time Fitness. It is conveniently located on South LaGrange Road, only 1.5 miles from I-80 and with easy access to local businesses.
CITY: Orland Park
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
Quality Inn & Suites - Peoria
Welcome to the new Quality Inn & Suites of Peoria! Quality Inn is convenient to Northwoods Mall and Lakeview Museum. They are also within close proximity of Bradley University and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Relax at their newly renovated, modernized property that joins style and comfort in an affordable package. Complimentary wireless internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, and you can also request rollaway/extra beds. A beautiful layout, numerous amenities, and unparalleled service are here for you to enjoy! Featured amenities include a business center and express check-out. Planning an event in Peoria? This hotel has facilities measuring 988 square feet, including conference/meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).
Buzz - Burgers, Barrels & Beer
Enjoy a gourmet burger experience at affordable prices and a large selection of crafted beers! The burgers are the epitome of aesthetic perfection: griddle-cooked fresh grass fed ground beef (sirloin), cheddar cheese, a toasted rustic bun, and toppings.
Route 26 Sports Bar & Grill
Enjoy great food, great atmosphere, and good company. Full bar, carry outs, children's menu, live entertainment, and catering. Banquet space for 200. Lunch: under $10; Dinner: under $15. Credit cards accepted. Sunday: 11 am - 11 pm; Monday thru Saturday: 11 am - 1 am.
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.
Cache River Days
This fun fest includes a flea market, parade, softball tournament, yard sales, BBQ and music.
Visit beautiful Glazebrook Park lit up with twinkling lights to celebrate the holiday season. Everyone is invited to attend this free old-fashioned festival complete with carolers, hot cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides and pictures with Santa! Bundle up since it may be chilly! All ages are welcome. In honor of the giving season, please bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Crisis Food Center.
Neil & Shorty's BBQ
Neil and Shorty's BBQ offers mouthwatering beef briskets, pulled pork sandwiches and baby back ribs.
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.
The BoodaLu Steakhouse / Muddy Dog Bar is located in Quincy, IL a few hundred feet from the Mississippi River in a beautiful, old, restored building. Our staff is dedicated to consistently providing great service, delicious food, and superb beverages all within a warm and inviting place with a view of the Mississippi River. We want our guests to have a satisfying dining experience every time they visit. Our menu is “classic steakhouse” and features great steaks, chops, seafood and salads. We serve only aged, certified Angus beef, which includes prime rib eye and KC strip steaks. We buy the best we can and cook it the way you like. We have an extensive wine list and offer classic cocktails like a Rob Roy or a Harvey Wallbanger but we can make nearly any libation you want.
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
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.
John Wood Mansion
The Mansion is the restored home of Quincy's founder and the twelfth Governor of Illinois. It's one of the Midwest's finest existing examples of Greek Revival architecture. Also on the grounds are the History Museum & Visitor's Center houses a gift shop (Quincy's History Shop) & The Lincoln Gallery.
Donnybrook Bakery Cafe
They offer a bakery & café in a beautiful historic building. Check out their specialty ice cream, a coffee & smoothie bar. as well as a retail shop and beer/wine bar.
Hyrum Smith Farm
The Hyrum Smith Farm is perfect for extended family get-togethers! This historic farm is just one mile from the temple and sleeps up to twenty comfortably. A complete remodel was finished in May 2008 and the home was made ready for families to enjoy beginning June 2008. The original pioneer brick home is 16 x 24 and is used as a dormitory with four bunk beds. The two story brick addition added in 1850 contains two master bedrooms upstairs with king beds, and two bedrooms downstairs with queen beds, plus a parlor with a queen size sofa sleeper. A later addition to the home has a family room with another sofa sleeper, TV/DVD and full bath and laundry. Adjacent to the family room is a full kitchen with all the appliances and kitchenware needed for all the guests in the home. Another addition to the north side has another bedroom with queen size bed, and a large game room and full bathroom. Remodeling included new paint, carpeting and furnishings throughout this home plus the addition of two more bathrooms for convenience and central heat and air for comfort! All utensils, dishware, linens, and towels are provided. A washer & dryer are also provided for guest use. High speed internet is available as well.
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.
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.
Old House New House Home Show/Fall 2015
Explore 300 deluxe displays with the latest in kitchens, baths, building, remodeling and landscaping. Meet award-winning contractors and creative craftsmen to improve your home and surroundings.
CITY: St. Charles
Chestnut Street Inn
Award winning bed and breakfast and restaurant featuring Mediterranean Cuisine using locally available ingredients. If you are a foodie, you will love the Chestnut Street Inn. Chef Monika prepares Mediterranean inspired menus featuring locally sourced foods. Her passion for all things food related shines through in her creativity in the kitchen. You can enjoy an overnight and breakfast, a special prix-fixe dinner or even a cooking class. From free snacks and beverages available in the Butler’s pantry to chocolates in the room to an expansive beer and wine list for purchase, anything your palate could desire is available here. Conveniently located off I-80. Four uniquely appointed guest suites, including private bathrooms.
Green Box Boutique
Green Box Boutique is the store with unique and earth-friendly gifts for friends, family, or for yourself! Browse our Products and learn more about what we have to offer. We are located on the Square, at the heart of Woodstock, IL.
White House Inn
This beautifully restored 1860s home offers four rooms, a full kitchen, a hot tub and the convenience of walking distance to everything in beautiful Nauvoo.
The Potted Fern
They are a gift shop that specializes in gifts, home decor, gift baskets & special coffees. Stop in to browse the latest in home furnishings and gifts or just kick back and relax with a cup of coffee.
The Pickwick Society Tea Room, Gifs & Antiques
Loosely based on Louisa May Alcott's novel, Little Women, with menu items named for characters. Specialties include homemade bakery items, adult tea parties and showers. Check website for special events.
Delia's Kitchen is a contemporary snack shop that is open 7 days a week, serving breakfast and lunch. We feature Intelligentsia Coffee, Loose Leaf Teas, Olive & Well products, full-range chicken and vegetarian selections. Customers interested in gluten-free offerings are welcome. Dine in or carry-out. You'll enjoy great homemade food and top-notch service. We are a kid-friendly restaurant that also welcomes large groups.
CITY: Oak Park
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
Oh My Pies
Let 'em eat cake, we're gonna have Pie! Delicious fresh baked pies are our specialty. Orders welcome.
The Star Motel
This 27-room property offers budget lodging conveniently located near many restaurants, a laundry center, gas stations, grocery stores and a wide variety of shops. Free parking is offered during your stay.
CITY: Chicago Heights
Christmas Feast at the Lodge
The weather outside is frightful, but the Christmas Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge is so delightful! Enjoy our fabulous, mouth-watering spread! Serving from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Reservations for parties of six or more will be accepted. Brunch Prices: Children 0-3: FREE, Children 4-11: $9.95, Adults 12 & Up: $24.95. Call (618) 786-2331 ext: 502 to make your reservations.
Four and Twenty Cafe
Four and Twenty Cafe commits to buying their produce from a local source to create their pies, pastries, smoothies, and more.
We are locally owned since 1985. We pride ourselves in having a quiet setting, clean comfortable rooms at reasonable rates. We are minutes away from, restaurants, shopping, Quincy University, and Interstate I-72. We also provide affordable fax and copy service.
Rufus Abbot Manor
The Rufus Abbott Manor affords you the opportunity to stay in a Nauvoo Mormon Pioneer home! This historic home is just seven blocks from the Nauvoo Temple and sleeps up to ten comfortably. This home feels and looks like what it may have in the 1840’s thus letting you ‘Sleep Where the Pioneer’s Slept’. The original pioneer brick home has three bedrooms (two upstairs) and an old fashioned parlor with library, collectible curio cabinet, historic fireplace and mantle, and a queen size sofa sleeper. The sun porch also contains a breakfast bar with toaster and microwave for our guests. The master suite is on the main level in a 1903 addition to the original brick home. This large suite has a king size bed, full-size sofa sleeper, armoire, and 32” flat screen TV.
Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum
This impressive collection includes Civil War and Indian artifacts, fashion items circ 1840-1920, fossils, rocks, geodes and other historic Hancock County aritfacts. New to the museum are the Funeral Customs display and the "Lincoln: Making of the Man" display. The majority of the collection was generously donate by Dr. Alice Kibbe.
Roberts' Roost Country Guest House
Located in the scenic rolling hills of Northwest Illinois just minutes from the Mississippi River, Palisades State Park & Great River Bike Trail. Two bedrooms, one bath, living room and kitchen.
Home for the Holidays in Downtown Oak Park
Catch the old fashioned holiday spirit in Downtown Oak Park! Celebrate the season with free horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa!
CITY: Oak Park
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza
Ugly Sweater Extravaganza. 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.
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!
Bella Italian Restaurant
Bella's prides themselves on using the freshest and highest quality ingredients in all their delicious entrees to make your Italian dining experience tasty and nutritious.
Modern Japanese Cuisine Restaurant offering gorgeous decor in the venue and fresh and delicious items on the menu. Shakou features city caliber cuisine in a city caliber venue with city caliber service.
Illinois Veterans' Home All Wars Museum and Deer Park
Dedicated in 1886, the Illinois Veterans' Home is one of our nation's largest and oldest veterans home. It has often been labeled "the city witin the city" because of its size and unique set up. It is equipped with its own post office, bank, chapel, cemetery, television station and utility system. Also on the grounds is the All Wars Museum, which has 10,000 artifacts and exhibits spanning from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism.
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.
Midnight in Morris
Celebrate the season and shop in beautiful downtown Morris, located on the historic I & M Canal. Check out all the specials and shop late for all your holiday gifts and supplies. The shops are open from 8:00pm to midnight specifically for this event.
A Carpenters Christmas
Based on the music of The Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her six-piece band bring their unforgettable songs to the stage. Enjoy tunes such as Merry Christmas Darling and the jazzy Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. A holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all!
Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant
The Miss Illinois Scholarship Association is a duly-accredited state preliminary scholarship association in the Miss America Organization - the world’s largest provider of scholarship and cash assistance to young women. For four nights, the Marion Cultural and Civic Center will host preliminaries, Outstanding Teen and Pre-Teen pageants, and overall finals.
Riverfront Dining and a menu with something for everyone. 37 Big Screen Televisions showing all of the big games. 48 Draught Beer Handles and a huge selection of Bottled Beer. Quincy Riverfront, with outdoor seating and views of the Mississippi River.
Hyrum Kimball Village
The Hyrum Kimball Village is comprised of both historic and new homes. Some of these homes have identical floor plans comprised of 2,690 square feet and sleep twenty-plus guests. Each home has five bedrooms and six full bathrooms between the three levels. The two story great room with living area, dining area and large windows provide an excellent view of the pavilion and recreation area. Each home is fully furnished and tastefully decorated.
Village Vineyard & Winery
Friendly and relaxing, Village Vineyard is just off the beaten path and offers a tasting room with 16 varieties of wine. Relax on the outdoor terrace overlooking 3 acres of vineyards.
CITY: Camp Point
Home for the Holidays
Start the season of good cheer off right with an old-fashioned holiday feeling in downtown Morris. The nostalgic street lights downtown take on a festive glow with wreaths and lights adorning the lampposts. The celebration features a house walk, a night time lighted parade, carriage rides, trolley rides, a children's winter carnival, the festival of trees, live reindeer and of course, Santa!.
Cerno's Bar and Grill
Gather your friends for fabulous food in a warm atmosphere featuring a spectacular 19th century historical bar. The menu selection offers great sandwiches, fantastic pizza, and dinner entrees. Enjoy over twenty different beers on tap at the mahogany back bar imported from Belgium by the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewing Company.
Elizabeth Inn Freeport
Always a friendly, warm comfortable place, the new Elizabeth Inn in Freeport serves guests traveling in the area with 50 well appointed rooms, both smoking and non-smoking, free wireless high speed internet access, cable TV, in room refrigerators, microwaves, irons and ironing boards, and hair dryers. Also exercise facilities, game room, on site laundry, pets allowed, and breakfast included. Indoor pool and whirlpool, restaurant, lounge, and banquet facilities will open in the future. Elizabeth Inn is committed to a comfortable, relaxing experience for all its quests at a budget friendly price.
One Restaurant and Bar
A fusion restaurant created for a common ground for all to eat at and enjoy fun company. the best dishes from different countries and areas combined into "ONE." Now serving Thai, American, Tapas, Lickin's Smoked BBQ and additional Worldly foods from various Culinary Traditions.
Monroe Street Suites
Monroe Street Suites is the first place to call when you need a place to stay in Pike County, IL. Their beautiful building is located in Pittsfield, the heart of Pike County. Just a block and a quarter southeast of the city square, they are within walking distance of many Pittsfield attractions. Guests enjoy luxurious hotel rooms, at affordable prices.
The Mix House
Experience Nauvoo in an original pioneer brick home. Built in 1846, the Mix house is located on historic Parley Street. With many period furnishings, this accurately restored home retains the feel of the period while providing modern comforts. The Mix House is 1.3 miles from the Temple, 1 mile from the Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds, Nauvoo State Park and the Rheinberger Museum. With farm ground on all four sides, enjoy country living within the city limits, complete with cattle and horses! In addition, Illinois’ oldest operating winery is located an easy 5 minute walk along Parley Street.
Ursa Creek Lodge
Perfect place to meet for a company retreat, family gathering or to celebrate a bride or mother to be. Relax in front of the hand crafted fireplace or sit outside and let the sounds of nature take you away. Enjoy the beautiful lodge, scenery and activities Ursa and the surrounding area has to offer.
William Watson Hotel
Our hotel was built in 1838 by William Watson. It was frequented by Abraham Lincoln and his contemporaries when practicing law in the old Pike County courthouse. We renovated for over two years and reopened in December 2008. All of us here at WWH are passionate about Pike County, and want to share that passion with you. Our hotel has turned into a great meeting place and a secluded getaway all in one. Give us a call and we will be happy to help you plan your visit.
Black light space-themed laser tag, bumper cars, roller skating, mini-lane bowling, plus Winner's Grill. Scotties was awarded the "Best Roller Skating Anchored Center" for 2012 at the Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards.
Deseret Heritage Manor
Deseret Heritage Manor is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath vacation home conveniently located in the quiet neighborhood of the Hyrum Kimball Village. It will sleep 20 comfortably. It also has a crib for the little ones. It has access to a picnic pavilion (available for day rental) which makes is doubly desirable for reunions & family gatherings. There is a old wagon bench off of the back porch so you can “sit a spell” and watch the fireflies or just enjoy the sounds of Nauvoo. This home has a very spacious living & dining area with a large table & plenty of room for all. The main floor has 2 bedrooms, a king bed suite with a walk in closet and bathroom and a large bedroom with 2 queen beds & huge closet. The kitchen and dining area provide all you appliances & kitchen needs with lots of seating. There is a 40 inch HD TV with DVD player & DVDs for some “quiet time” at home. There is a bathroom with shower with handicap access located on the main floor. There are three bedrooms on the second floor, a queen size bed with a closet, a king bed suite with walk in closet and bathroom and a family bedroom with a queen size bed and two sets of bunk beds (this bedroom will sleep 6). There are 2 bathrooms with tub/shower combo and double sinks off the hall. There is also a loft with a sitting area with a couch, chair & writing desk. The basement has a game room complete with foosball table, air hockey table, big screen TV with DVD player & a futon for lounging. A sleeping area with 4 twin beds and a bathroom with a walk in shower complete the basement living space. The laundry room is complete with washer and dryer for guest use. The home is a geo thermal heating & cooling system and ceiling fans in all bedrooms for your comfort summer & winter. There is ample off street parking for 6 vehicles.
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
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.
Stroll on State - Downtown Rockford
Stroll on State, a new Rockford tradition, returns for a second year on Nov. 29 from 4-9 p.m. with a wide variety of family-friendly activities, including a candlelight stroll to the tree lighting, ice sculptor Randy Finch and his team from Ice Brigades, horse and carriage/wagon rides, a visit with Santa and some of his reindeer, a fireworks show, “Frosytland” with local artist Lisa Frost, live entertainment, music, and food vendors. There will be shopping opportunities at downtown stores and pop-up shops special to the evening. Shuttles are available from remote parking areas. Visit the website for more details.
Long Grove's Holiday Festivities
Charming, historic downtown Long Grove is the destination for the holiday season. Visitors will enjoy a variety of family fun beginning Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas Eve, such as the Humbug Scavenger Hunts for kids. Check back for upcoming details about additional family-friendly winter weekend activities including our annual tree lighting ceremony, cookie walk, snowman building, caroling, storytelling, kids’ Humbug coloring contests, Christmas with Santa, and more! Plus, warm up with, hot apple cider in the Visitors’ Center!
CITY: Long Grove
Cambridge Main Street Christmas on the Square
70 plus crafters will be featured at the Cambridge Parent Club’s annual craft show. Visit beautifully decorated homes during the Tour of Homes, area churches will feature “specialty treats.” Stop at Cambridge Community Hall and enjoy a visit with Santa, Holiday Music, supper and view the Festival of Trees. End the day and partake in the Baptist Church Christmas Cantata. Hours: 10am to 8pm.
Habanero Mexican Grill & Cantina
Habanero Mexican Grill & Cantina promises fast, fresh, and authentic Mexican food.