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Scuba dive at this unique spring-fed stone quarry and marvel at underwater treasures such as a submerged airplane (actually used in the movie U.S. Marshals) and a cement petting zoo. Mermet Springs offers on-site instruction and equipment rental.
Birding at Wolff Wetland Guided Hike
Join Master Naturalist Anne Parmley on a birding walk at Cache River State Natural Area, Michael Wolff Memorial Wetland. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at Marshall Ridge Access, located ¾ of a mile north of the Cache River State Natural Area headquarters, 930 Sunflower Lane, Belknap, IL. 9am to 11am.
Located at Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery, Wineaux's offers American cuisine, including certified Angus Beef steaks and burgers, ribs and seafood. Specializing in food cooked with wine!
U.S. Marshals - Mermet Springs
In this flick, the U.S. Marshal character from The Fugitive is on the hunt for a wanted man after he escapes from a prisoner transport plane during a spectacular crash. This action thriller filmed extensively in Southern Illinois, including along the Ohio River near Metropolis and in rural Vienna. The Boeing 727 used in the crash scene is now submerged in Mermet Springs, a spring-fed quarry where you can scuba dive and actually swim through the plane.
Cache River State Natural Area
Renowned for its ancient cypress-tupelo swamp, this natural area has been named one of America's 10 Most Beautiful Hidden Gems by Budget Travel. This sprawling area contains 100 threatened or endangered plant and animal species, and 11 state champion trees that have stood for centuries. Visitors enjoy birding, hunting, wildlife watching, canoeing and hiking. Bikers can access the Cache River via the Tunnel Hill State Trail.
Plum Creek Nature Center
This center features local natural history exhibits, hands-on displays for children, and family programs that are offered throughout the year. Picnic facilities and camping are available by reservation.
Goodenow Grove Fall Fest
An estimated 3,500 guests attended Goodenow Grove Fall Fest in Beecher in 2014. This free, annual event features family-friendly fun including music, entertainment, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, childrens activities and hayrack rides.
The Princess Cafe
Fine dining specializing in prime steaks and fresh seafood.
Civic Center Authority Visitor Center
The Bedford Park Heritage Corridor Visitor Center is full of information and literature of exciting things to do and see throughout the Heritage Corridor. The Visitor Center provides National Heritage Corridor promotional literature and I&M Canal related resources to the public. It is operated by the Civic Center Authority in partnership with Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Village of Willow Springs. The Center is staffed by volunteers recruited and managed by the Civic Center Authority. Open Saturday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
CITY: Bedford Park
Coal Miners Monument
Joseph Koch, who along with eight other local miners died in a mine explosion in 1947, is depicted here.
Fey Orr Memorial Mural
This mural honors the late Fey Orr, a prominent local businessman and philanthropist. The mural is painted on the Chebanse Grain & Lumber Co. building, and depicts the people and lifestyle of Beaverville.
Iroquois County State Wildlife Area
The area features some of the finest and most extensive prairie-marsh and sand dune vegetation remaining in Illinois. Primarily operated as a permit pheasant hunting area, hiking, picnicking, and snowmobiling opportunities are also available.
This family-run dairy is located on the edge of Logan County. Call to set up an appointment to visit.
Super 8 Motel - Beardstown
2-story facility. Indoor pool. Handicap accessible and pet friendly.
Budget Inn - Beardstown
Facility is one story with all outside entrances. 20 rooms available. Pet friendly.
Lincoln Courthouse Square Historic District
The Lincoln courtroom in Beardstown was the site of the famous Duff Armstrong case, and now features a museum with daily tours.
Greenshire Golf Course
A well-maintained par 27-layout, with holes ranging between 100 and 210 yards. With the course length being 1,265 yards, Greenshire will test the best of golfer's short game and provides a course for all skill levels to enjoy. The ability to play a round in less than 1.5 hours offers experienced players an alternative to the driving range. Comprehensive instruction from PGA professionals, ladies leagues and exciting events are also offered. Located just north of Waukegan in Beach Park, this course offers everyone, from the novice golfer to even the most accomplished golfer, a real short-game challenge. Open seasonally.
CITY: Beach Park
ThunderHawk Golf Club
This public golf facility, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., is one of the most challenging courses in the Chicago area. This 18-hole, par 72 c golf course is nestled on 241 acres of beautiful forest, marsh and prairie. This is the first public course in the United States to achieve Audubon Signature Sanctuary certification. Banquet facilities to accommodate a wide range of group sizes from small private outings to a full-course tournament. Golfers can spot bluebirds while playing one of the hottest courses in the Chicago area.
CITY: Beach Park
Villa Batavia B & B
Magnificent 150 year old country mansion on a parklike setting on the Fox River. Seven acre grounds include the picturesque barn, meadow and Christmas tree farm. Direct access to a 35 mile bike path along the Fox River.
Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium
The mission of the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series is to celebrate the artistic and intellectual vision of Fermilab by actively fostering an appreciation of science and the performing arts in neighboring communities.
Batavia Depot Museum
Experience railroad and war history alongside Batavia-related exhibits. The original bed and dresser from Mary Todd Lincoln's room at Bellview Sanitarium are displayed here.
A 32-acre park built in cooperation with Batavia Park District, the city of Batavia and the Batavia Riverwalk Committee. Park your bikes by the Depot Museum and stroll the boardwalks through the wildflower garden.
Goodrich Randall 15
The Goodrich Randall theater complex includes the only IMAX screen in the Fox Valley area.
This local theater troupe is located in the "attic" of Batavia's Government Center.
Hall Quarry Beach
Hall Quarry features a zero-depth sand beach, two islands, a youth water slide, drop slide, and a diving tower with two- and four-meter platforms.
Fermi is the site of the world's most powerful particle accelerator, where particles circle the four-mile ring 57,000 times each second. Restored prairie grass areas, historic barns and a buffalo herd are also on display.
Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Batavia
Dotted along the 179-mile byway, you’ll find an unprecedented series of interpretive murals. Each artistically embodies the cultural heritage of the community where it is located and the legacy of the historic highway. Needless to say, taking a road trip to all or a couple makes for a nostalgic adventure.
First Street Playhouse
This cozy, professional theater presents year round productions, including comedies, dramas and musicals.
Red Oak Nature Center
A visit to the center will help folks learn about the native plants and animals of the Fox River Valley. Interpretive center, hiking trails, and tours of Devil's Cave.
Funway Entertainment Center
Illinois' largest family entertainment center. Year round: bowling, bumper cars, roller skating, arcade, lazer tag and Rock-n-Roll mini golf. Seasonal: western trails miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, soccer cages, jumpshot, Water Wars and bumper boats.
The Country Star
This furnished 2-bedroom farm house provides the luxuries of the quiet life, just outside of Nauvoo, IL. Enjoy over 100 acres, pond, walking trails, and even a barn for your horses.
Coyote Creek Golf Club
Championship course with a country club atmosphere. A challenging 18-hole course designed by the late Bruce Borland, senior designer for Jack Nicklaus.
Peoria Motorcycle Club
Professional motorcycle racing. Oldest continuing dirt track in the world. Featuring Spring Poker Run, Annual Busch 600cc National TT, AHRMA TT, Camel Pro Challenge Cup, TT Steeplechase and the annual Turkey Run.
Tyroni's Italian Cafe
You could say that Tyler Barnes made a name for himself going dough to dough… from spinning pizza to owning the business. Like others attending college, Tyler worked summers to help off-set expenses by making pizzas in a family-owned Bartonville business called Terry’s Pizza. A couple of years later, Tyler returned to Terry’s Pizza as manager. In 1986, Tyler bought the business and subsequently renamed it Tyroni’s, a nickname his in-laws created by eliding Tyler and pepperoni. Today Tyroni’s Italian Cafe is one of greater Peoria’s favorite dining spots. We appreciate our Senior Citizens 62 and older ~ 10% discount... Dine-In only, alcohol not included. From our family to yours, we'll serve you the best Italian food. We make every item to order - please tell us how you like it. Thanks for visiting!
Formerly known as the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane. Come take a tour and hear stories of the history of the hospital, employees and the inmates. See how this nationally recognized historic
Echo Valley Meats
Echo Valley Meats is located in beautiful Bartonville, IL where the local community has come to know and trust Dave Alwan and his staff to provide products that are "a cut above" the large grocery store's offerings. "It's simple", says Dave. "We offer the best quality meats at affordable prices". That, along with impeccable customer service from the owner himself, makes Echo Valley Meats the obvious choice. So try a steak package or a grilling bundle and see what the locals in Bartonville, Il (Right outside of Peoria, Il) are raving about. You will NOT be disappointed. Guaranteed. Bonus trivia: Dave Alwan represented Echo Valley Meats on the hit t.v show, "Shark Tank"!
Leiseberg Park plays host to local Bartlett events, festivals and fairs.
BAPS-Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Experience peace and enjoy hours of discovery at Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir. This traditional Hindu Mandir (or temple) is a masterpiece of exotic design and workmanship.
Sir Nick's Pizza
Silver Lake Restaurant - Bartlett
Healthy Chinese food. Mo M.S.G. and fresh ingredients. Dining room, carry out and delivery service.
Good food, good drinks, good company.
Villa Olivia Country Club Restaurant
Fine dining in a beautiful setting. Sunday brunch is offered.
Jaynesway Farms (Bartlett)
A complete equestrian center offering English & Western riding lessons, boarding trail rides, pony rides, hayrides, carriages rides and barnyard zoo. Heated indoor arena.
Villa Olivia Country Club Ski Area
Villa Olivia is a public facility. Slope ticket required to access ski and snowboard activities including 7 runs, quad chair lift and 6 rope tows. Villa Olivia has skiwee for kids 4-9 years old, snow tubing, ski, dining, golf, lessons, snowboarding, sleigh rides.
Sports clothing and equipment
Gogo's Goodies & Gifts
Candy and gourmet chocolates, party bags, balloons, beanie babies, and a variety of gift items.
Back In Bloom
Vintage and country home accent treasures; antiques, florals, hand-painted furniture and wall art, also shabby chic.
Above and Beyond Framing and Gallery
Custom framing, art and gift gallery. Featuring Steve Hanks, Tom Lynch and Scanlan.
Dance wear and gift items. Call for hours.
Morgan Christopher Salon and Spa
Hair and nail service, waxing and make-up, massage.
Unique shopping experience specializing in folk art classes, supplies and wooden ware; seasonal antique barn and petting zoo on site.
Bartlett HIlls Golf Course
This 18-hole course features a practice range, pro shop, snack shop and banquet facilities.
Apple Orchard Golf Course
Apple Orchard is a par 27, nine-hole course with a pro shop and snack bar.
Villa Olivia Country Club
This Killian/Nugent-designed course features five water holes. An Olympic-size pool is available for free to golfers, along with sand volleyball, tennis, a softball area and more.
Great mexican food!
Horn Valley Whitetail Lodge
Rural setting, enjoyable for hunters visiting Pike County.
Annual Barry Apple Festival
Over 50,000 people join this quaint historic town to celebrate the apple industry. Old-time crafts, specialty food, entertainment, a car show, and a parade are highlights of the weekend of festivities.
Collver Family Winery
Family-owned winery that features unique wines, great food, and hilarious dinner theater productions.
Smokin' Gun Hunting Lodge
Lodge featues seating for 150 Tables and chairs furnished, 3 Beds in 5 rooms, a nice attached breeze way for evening relaxing, charcoal grills big enough for 20 steaks and a 47" flat screen TV
Sprague's Kinderhook Lodge
Sprague's Kinderhook lodge is perfect for hunting parties, business meetings, or retreats. Home-cooked meals along with large meeting rooms, nestled in the heart of hunting and recreational opportunities in Pike County.
Barrington Area Library
This full-service library presents a variety of arts events throughout the year.
Barrington Ice House Village Mall Shops and Restaurants
Explore this historic mall, built in 1904, featuring more than 20 specialty shops and Chessie's, an authentic 1915 train station restaurant with its own railroad car.
Barn of Barrington
Casual or intimate gourmet dining for lunch or dinner.
Barrington Art Festival
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at the Barrington Art Festival. The festival offers the work of 125 juried artists from around the country in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, photography, watercolors and wood. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids make the Barrington Art Festival a perfect family experience!
Chessie's was built around Barrington's former train station and features a unique dining experience in a vintage Illinois Central railroad dining car. The Menu ranges from appetizers to salads, sandwiches, pasta, fresh fish, and USDA choice steaks from the Stockyards Packing Company. Daily specials including $5 Burger Day, Friday Fish Fry, Saturday Prime Rib Specials and Sunday Brunch. Our banquet facility is available for your next event for groups of 25-80.
A traditional Irish Pub setting with a warm, fun and inviting atmosphere. We have twenty beers on tap and have been repeatedly told by customers that our Guinness pint is nothing short of outstanding. The menu has a nice variety of options and features delicious Irish fare, fish and chips, shepherd's pie and boxtys are some of our top sellers, plus we easily have the best burger in the region!
Days Inn - Barrington Chicago Northwest
Newly renovated, value-driven rates, weekly rates, business class rooms.
We sell only products made in the United States! We offer an eclectic mix of common household items from toys to tools, glassware to garden supplies, fashions to food and so much more. When you shop at Norton's U.S.A, you help keep America working!
LaQuinta Inn & Suites - Bannockburn
Unwind at La Quinta Inn & Suites with complimentary breakfast, swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center, Club Room and more. Enjoy our oversized rooms and upscale accommodations complete with in-room coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, and high-speed wireless internet access.
Kaskaskia River State Fish and Widlife Area
One of the largest state-owned and managed sites in Illinois, located 35 miles southeast of St. Louis. The land and water area total more than 20,000 acres of river and bottomland. It contains 36 miles of river.
Peabody River King State Fish Wildlife Area
Boat docks and fishing areas are easily accessed for all skill levels - even special docks for kids.
Located within the Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area, Baldwin Lake boasts excellent fishing and migratory bird watching for outdoor enthusiasts. A two-lane boat ramp, camping, and picnic facilities are nearby.
Kaskaskia River Motel
7 rooms, Non-smoking rooms, credit cards accepted, and cable television available
Baileyville Christmas Trees
Christmas trees - cut your own or pre-cut, wreaths, roping, decorations, ornaments, gifts, crafts and complimentary cider, coffee and cookies
Swan Creek Golf Club
This nine-hole golf course offers cart rental.
Hidden Lake Winery
Walk the trails around the five-acre lake, or sit and enjoy the waterfall and views of the Silent Forest as you sip a glass of wine.
Big Bang at Hidden Lake Winery
Dueling piano's. Meal prepared by Winery Chef.
3 room bed and breakfast, credit cards accepted, breakfast, deposit required, cancellation policy, private bathrooms.
Barrel Room Grill & Steakhouse
This restaurant is part of the Hidden Lake Winery. Enjoy beautiful views while enjoying your meal.
Sharp Rock Falls
This campground on Kinkaid Lake is open year round. There are 81 permanent sites available for annual rental. There are 20 sites with electricity, water, and sewer, plus 40 tent sites. There is also a snack bar.
Shawnee Country Store
Quaint little marketplace that is nestled in the peaceful countryside among grazing horses. Deli-style fine cheeses, quality luncheon meats, summer sausages, dry goods, culinary supplies, canned items, homemade items hard-to-find and unusual items and fresh baked bread every Saturday. Lawn furniture by local craftsmen.
The Bluffs Vineyard & Winery
Buttermilk Hill is home to this vineyard & winery, the location and view are quite unique and allow all who visit to truly feel like they are back to nature. The grounds are large enough to have a picnic or a private conversations over a glass of wine. And at the same time, the winery is accommodating to larger groups. The wine list has several whites and reds made with local grapes.
Crazy Joe's Fish House
Hot Fish. Cold Beer! For the best in food, fun and atmosphere you've gotta get to Crazy Joe's!
Super 8 Hotel - Aurora
65 rooms, indoor pool and spa, continental breakfast, HBO cable.
Aurora Historic Districts/Aurora Historic Preservation Commission
Tour the Near Eastside (350 homes dating from the 1800s), Stolp Island, Westside and Riddle Highlands, two of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Bicycle Trails - Aurora
More than 35 miles of trails, from Aurora to Crystal Lake, pass through scenic landscapes. Routes include the Fox River, Virgil Gilman and Red Oak Trails, and the Illinois Prairie Path.
Fox River Games Paintball
Bring a group of friends to play a round of paintball at Fox River Games. Open play or "walk-on" play is recreational play for all ages (age restrictions) and skill levels. Play as an individual or play in groups. Typically we are open every weekend Saturday and Sunday and during the summer we operate on Wednesdays and Fridays too. Please check our website for our operating schedule and specific hours of operation.
Fox Valley Symphony
Top-notch pop, classical and family performances are presented under the guidance of Maestro Fusao Kajima.
Oakhurst Forest Preserve
Explore the acres of woods and lakes, with scenic trails, shelters and views of Aurora and Chicago's skyline.
Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago
This temple is one of only three Sri Venkateswara Hindu temples in the United States, constructed by Native American artisans.
Grand Army of the Republic Hall
Built in 1878 from funds raised by the people of Aurora, this structure was originally built as a monument to Aurora's Civil War veterans and as a shrine to their fallen comrades.
Located on over 325 acres including a 28-acre fishing lake with a one-mile multiple use trail and a restored prairie grass development. The remains of the extinct elephant-like mastodon were found in this lake in the 1930s. Attractions include a life-size sculpture of a mastodon at the Mastodon Gallery, the gorgeous Sunken Garden, an 18-hole golf course and driving range, a zoo, war memorials, a winter recreation area and a 8,000-square-foot BMX & Skate Park.
Phillips Park Zoo
Established in 1915, this free zoo is open daily, year round. Exhibits include bald eagles, wolves, mountain lions, foxes, otters, elk, goats, llamas, turkeys and peacocks.
View the spectacular display of 15,000 flowers of 15 varieties, plus a three-tiered fountain and the Four Seasons statues that complement this exquisite English garden.
Aurora Area Architecture
The Aurora area features diverse architectural styles, including designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie. The area is also home to one of the largest collections of Sears mail order homes.