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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.
This u-pick orchard features 14 varieties of apples, plus rhubarb and raspberries. The Homestead's store is located in a century-old horse barn, stocked with homemade honey, candles, dried flowers, dried apple chips and more.
Stade Dairy Farm
A producer of milk, vegetables and grains since 1977, the farm offers tours, and presents the annual Shades of Autumn festival during the month of September.
"A Million Reasons -- A Single Store!" From home decor, clothing, fashions and groceries to home improvement and more.
CITY: St. Charles
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne is one of the country's premier facilities for energy-related research and development. Visitors must be at least 16 years old.
Ventanas-Revolving Roof Top Restaurant
Relish the unparalleled views and cuisine of our revolving roof top restaurant and lounge, featuring Pacific Rim dining.
Uncle Buck - New Trier High School, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield
n this sweet comedy, irresponsible Uncle Buck is left to baby-sit his rebellious niece and her two siblings when their parents leave to visit a sick relative. The movie was filmed in several towns along the North Shore. Sites include New Trier High School in Winnetka, one of the most prestigious high schools in the Chicago area.
Rainforest Cafe - Gurnee
Rainforest Cafe is a wild place to eat and shop. The most realistic indoor rainforest created with amazingly lush surroundings, cascading waterfalls, giant fish aquariums and more.
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook
DuPage County, Chicago's Western Suburbs - 211 suites surround a 10-story atrium and feature separate living room, bedroom and wireless high speed Internet access. Great food at the Atrium Restaurant & Lounge. Adjacent to Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center and within ½ mile of Oakbrook Center.
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Emmett's Tavern & Brewery Co.
Emmett's uses only traditional ingredients - water, malt, hops and yeast. When you try a German Pilsener or an English Pale Ale at Emmett's, your pint will be as close to the original as you can get (without actually getting on a plane and flying across the pond). Brewery tours are available.
CITY: West Dundee
Oscar Swan Country Inn
This historic building, a Colonial Williamsburg Revival, dates back to 1902. The Inn opened in 1988. It is decorated with antiques and collectables, giving the house a feeling of charm and delight. The Inn has eight bed-rooms, all unique and different, as well as several dining rooms and a glassed in Garden Room. Available for weddings, receptions, banquets, private parties, meetings, retreats and more!
Greenbelt Cultural Center
Nestled within the native landscape of Greenbelt Forest Preserve, the Center and its outdoor amphitheater can be rented for meetings, conferences, classes, weddings, showers, receptions or family reunions.
CITY: North Chicago
Walking Tour of Historic Riverside
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society is pleased to offer great opportunities to learn about our historic landmark village. Discover the winding roads, delightful parks, beautiful landscapes, varied architecture and much more!
Victorian Rose Garden Bed and Breakfast
Home is listed by the McHenry County Historical Society. Located in downtown Algonquin, it has a quiet, romantic flavor. We specialize in personal attention for our guests.
This kinetic water sculpture, created by Christian Tobin, combines art with the law of physics to enable giant stones to rock, spin and swivel on a cushion of water.
Rhythm Room Bar & Bistro
Located in the lobby of the CineArts Theatre, Rhythm Room invites you to stop by before or after the movies...or anytime.
Bill's Pizza & Pub
Bill's Pizza & Pub is a family-friendly restaurant, since 1957, with a unique, comfortable, rustic, northwoods-inspired dining room with incredible wildlife mounts. World's renowned first double-decker and famous thin crust pizzas are outstanding! Bill's also offers delicious sandwiches and desserts. The atmosphere is relaxed, the beer is cold and served in a frosty mug, and the food is great. Throw your cares out the window and your peanut shells on the floor. Have Kids? Great! Bill's offers a large selection of video games for children. Convenient carryout and prompt delivery service, allows quality pizzas, sandwiches, and munchies to be enjoyed in the comfort of home or a hotel.
Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch - Hampshire
Ride the wagon to pick your own pumpkin, shop the Harvest Market and visit the Farmers Wife Cafe and Bakery. Goebbert's has a second location in South Barrington.
Westfield Old Orchard
One of the Midwest's most celebrated shopping malls. With over 140 specialty stores including retail giants Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, and Nordstrom, this spectacular outdoor mall features beautiful gardens, landscaped walkways, sparkling fountains and children's play areas. McCormick and Schmick's, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, and Wilde and Greene offer a superb dining option. Catch a movie at the 13 screen AMC Garden Cinema.
Round Lake Area Park District
Round Lake Area Park District offers visitors a wide range of activities and facilities to enjoy. They include the Renwood Golf Course, the new sports center, the Prairie Grass Nature Museum, community theatre, outdoor pool/aquatic center, fitness center, child development center, teen center, senior center and acres of picturesque parklands. Private parties/outings at any of the facilities can be accommodated.
CITY: Round Lake
Village of Greyslake Heritage Center and Museum
The Grayslake Historical Society was founded in 1976 and is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the greater Grayslake area. The Historical Society stages regular programs, works with the Executive Director on engaging exhibitions, conducts tours and keeps residents and visitors connected with Grayslake’s rich past. For more information, visit the Grayslake Historical Society's website at www.grayslakehistory.org.
Features a distinctive entertainment and dining venue. Celebrate "sophisticated fun" in our warm and inviting 45,000 square foot indoor/outdoor facility complete with 20 bowling lanes and 10 bocce courts, exceptional Italian-American bistro with wine cellar, outdoor patio, fireplace, and beautifully appointed event and party room that can accommodate groups from 20-600.
CITY: South Barrington
Weddings at Brookfield Zoo
Say I Do at Brookfield Zoo! Imagine a breathtaking water fountain as the backdrop for your ceremony. Enjoy "Cocktails with the Animals" in one of our magnificent animal habitats. Savor an elegant dinner in one of our beautiful dinner venues. Let your Brookfield Zoo Consultant assist you to create the celebration of your dreams!
Aurora Downtown Walking Tour
Take a self-guided tour of Aurora's historic downtown. Tour brochures are available at the Aurora Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Espo's Country Lanes
Elgin's finest 40-lane bowling center.
Whisper Creek Golf Course
This beautiful course is set on 240 acres rich in bluegrass, protected wetland environments, and even magnificent rock formations with casading waterfalls.
Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District
Take a guided or self-guided tour of this historic district that contains the world's greatest concentration of Wright-designed structures built in the Prairie School of Architecture style. Tours are offered daily.
CITY: Oak Park
Ordinary People - The Original Pancake House
This wrenching drama focuses on an affluent Lake Forest family as they deal with the accidental death of their eldest son. North Shore movie sites include The Original Pancake House in Wilmette, known for its homestyle breakfast dishes, including the popular baked apple pancake. Locations ,
The newly renovated Bowen park's theme for their new playground is "Forest Findings". The overall layout offers tiered play areas arranged on the northwest hillside of Bowen Park. Fun and learning will go hand-in-hand as children and their families enjoy modern playground amenities, combined with several environmental learning stations that represent a forest ecosystem. Parents and kids alike will also enjoy the six-station fitness/exercise trail located on the perimeter of the playground.
Springbrook Golf Course
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Springbrook Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole, 72-par championship facility with a natural turf driving range, short range, putting green and two practice bunkers. The clubhouse features a well-stocked golf shop and an eating area that seats 60.
Garden Market at Elawa Farm
Seasonal flowers and vegetable crops will be supplemented from the kitchen with soups, jams, pestos, breads and muffins. Please visit our market, kitchen and garden when you come to shop, it's a lovely trip worthy of time spent in a most beautiful place. Open June through October.
CITY: Lake Forest
Town Square Wheaton
Lifestyle shopping center with leading shops, restaurants & services including Barnes & Noble, Chico's, Victoria's Secret, Express, Banana Republic, Talbot's, Ann Taylor, William Sonoma, Corner Bakery, Starbucks and more!
More Than Delicious Orchard
This seasonal orchard offers more than 80 varieties of apples and pears.
Nickol Knoll Golf Course
Large bentgrass tees and greens give this fun layout a big course feel. Several shots from elevated tees provide a beautiful view of the area. Features pro-shop, snack bar and club house.
CITY: Arlington Heights
Illinois Prairie Path
The Illinois Prairie Path was the first successful "rail-to-trail" conversion in the United States and inspired a national rail-to-trail movement in the United States in the mid-1960s. The trail is named for its rare segments of original, thousand year-old prairies. With 62 miles of biking, hiking, jogging, equestrian, and nature trails, this is an amazing natural resource that encompasses 4 towns: Elgin, Aurora, Batavia and Geneva and 3 counties. The surface is both asphalt and crushed stone.
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!
Whether you are new to tea or far along on your journey, you will enjoy discovering farm-fresh teas at Adagio Teas. Come to experience a fresh and flavorful selection from around the world. Tea, tea-to-go, teaware, and tea classes.
Theatre Historical Society of America
Theatre Historical Society of America features archives and gallery space featuring the history of America's theatres in photos, blueprints and artifacts.Rotating exhibits highlight the history of different theatres.
City of West Chicago’s Gallery 200
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Gallery 200 is fast becoming a haven for art lovers as a quality destination for buying and browsing great local art. The gallery, a cultural initiative supported by the City of West Chicago, hosts artist opening receptions, art talks and workshops.
CITY: West Chicago
Native American Art Gallery. Movies and music performed to enrich the public on Native American culture.
We are a printmaking workshop open to the public, displaying local artists' original prints at reasonable prices. We also offer jewelry, cards, pottery and one-of-a-kind works.
CITY: Oak Park
River Trading Post
Native American art and antiquities including Navajo weavings, Pueblo pottery, sculptures by Cliff Fragua, and work by other Plains Native American artists.
CITY: East Dundee
Weird Science - Niles East High School, 7700 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
Two teenage nerds, unpopular and unable to meet girls on their own, use their computer to design the perfect woman - beautiful with a genius IQ. When this woman turns "real", she helps transforms the boys from nerds to cool through a series of wacky and bizarre adventures. Set in the fictional "Shermer, Illinois", the movie is filmed in several northern suburbs of Chicago - Highland Park, Northbrook and Skokie.
Lord's Park Pavilion
Home of the Elgin Public Museum, the park includes a petting zoo and the Family Aquatic Center.
Nick's Fishmarket Restaurant
Elegant, romantic, and incredible service. From Motown to Classic Rock, from Jazz standards to current chart toppers, music to dance to by the Pearl St. Band!
Crane's Landing Golf Course at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort
Crane's Landing Golf Course offers 18 holes of par 70 championship golf. This challenging, mature course is set amid a beautiful rolling landscape that's a pleasure to play for everyone from beginners to scratch golfers.
Berwyn Route 66 Museum
The Berwyn Route 66 Museum is not quite what you might be expecting. Aside from hundreds of Route 66 related artifacts, there's also a wall of art hubcaps, a bell from the original LaVergne School that predates Route 66, an electric vehicle charging station in front of the museum. The museum also provides gallery space for the Berwyn Arts Council. Several times every year the Museum hosts shows for area artists. In addition, the Museum has several ongoing restoration projects including cars from the Spindle Sculpture that appeared in Cermak Plaza from 1989 until 2008.
Located in an 1847 Georgian-style mansion, featuring tapas, the authentic dishes of Spain. Indoor and garden patio dining available.
Founded as part of the International Hockey League in 1994, the Chicago Wolves have enjoyed two decades of consistent success on the ice as home to some of the most prominent names in American hockey, like Chris Chelios, Troy Murray and Rob Brown.
Dole Mansion at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
Black walnut doors, detailed wood carvings in the Eastlake style, amazing marble fireplaces: there's so much to see on a tour of the historic Dole Mansion and the original Crystal Lake Country Club (now the Creative Arts Center).
CITY: Crystal Lake
Downtown Wheaton Association
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Warm, friendly service is the hallmark of historic Downtown Wheaton. Stroll the tree-lined streets of this upscale retail and service district and delight in the quaint shops, award-winning restaurants, indulgent day spas and unique boutiques.
The Attic Playhouse strives to showcase a broad spectrum of theatre as an art form by producing classic plays, small musicals, one-acts, improvisational and skit comedies and theatre for young audiences. Special attention is given to producing original scripts and encouraging new talent. At least one production a year is dedicated to these original works.
CITY: Highland Park
Regal Cinemas' CityPark 20 & IMAX Theater
In November of 1998, the CityPark 20 & IMAX Theater operated by Regal Cinemas opened its doors and within one year became one of the top five grossing movie theaters in the state of Illinois. This 93,908 square foot theater has 4,400 stadium seats divided among 21 first run and art film theaters. The 270 seat 3D IMAX, complete with IMAX PSE sound system and 5-story screen, is the only IMAX serving greater Chicago's north and northwest suburbs. Moviegoers enjoy advance ticketing and on-site gourmet cafe.
The 185,000-square-foot retail showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.
CITY: Hoffman Estates
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Rock Bottom is all about the beer. Every tank tapped here represents hours of planning, experimentation, ingenuity and precision by a local Rock Bottom Brewmaster. The folks here pride themselves on the remarkably consistent quality of their handcrafted beers as well as their tasty menu of made-from-scratch food.
87th Annual Lake County Fair
Come out and enjoy 5 days of fun at the 87th Annual Lake County Fair. Events at the fair include live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games, live animals, motor crossing, banana derby, demolition derby, flower show, expo hall and so much more. Please visit the website for updated information.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
Fine Line Creative Arts Center is a nonprofit educational art school that offers classes for adults in a wide range of fine arts, as well as workshops taught by guest artists from around the world. Two galleries are included on the Fine Line campus, where local, national and international artists' works are featured year-round. Special events are hosted by Fine Line throughout the year, including Fine Line Arts Festival, Uncommon Threads, and Christmastime at the Fine Line Show & Sale.
CITY: St. Charles
Sixteen Candles - New Trier High School
A fifteen-year-old girl has a crush on the most popular boy in school, the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her, her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement, her family forgets her 16th birthday! This 1980s teen-angst classic was filmed in several Chicagoland suburbs, including Highland Park, Evanston, Glencoe and Winnetka.
Holiday Inn Crystal Lake Conference Center
Situated in resort-like setting, the Holiday Inn is minutes from the historic Downtown Crystal Lake Main Street filled with shopes and restaurants for every taste. McHenry County's premier conference facility.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Wing Park Golf Course
Accessible and perfect for a quick nine, Wing Park's greens are small and hard to hit. The course is a manageable length for beginners and seniors.
Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort
Brand new theater includes stadium seating for 320 people with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.
CITY: St. Charles
In the heart of Chicago's prestigious North Shore, Hyatt offers suite-size guest rooms, state of the art StayFit health club, indoor lap pool, hot tub, hi-speed wireless internet access & more. Easy on-off access at I-294 and Lake Cook Road. Convenient to O'Hare International Airport and close to Ravinia Festival, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Cuneo Museum, shopping, the Metra train station to downtown Chicago and many other attractions. Please visit the website for more details.
Above and Beyond Framing and Gallery
Custom framing, art and gift gallery. Featuring Steve Hanks, Tom Lynch and Scanlan.
Round Lake Beach Sportscenter
CITY: Round Lake Beach
Ryerson Woods Conservation Area and Visitors Center
Ryerson Conservation Area is one of the best examples of a northern flatwoods forest, a rare northern Illinois landscape. The 552-acre Preserve supports some of Illinois' most pristine woodlands and several state-threatened and endangered species, and offers 6.5 miles of scenic trails that wind through a stately forest to the quiet Des Plaines River. The Welcome Center, opened in 2006, features "green" architecture and was designed using LEED standards. In addition to preserve information, it offers a nature library, exhibits and meeting rooms.
Chicago Botanic Gardens Farmers' Market
The Garden welcomes local, sustainable farmers and producers to this public farmers' market on the first and third Sundays of the month from June through October. Admission to the market is free to Garden visitors and will be held rain or shine. Visitors may purchase a special market bag from the Garden Shop to carry their purchases home.
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Experience Cooper's Hawk... a modern, casual restaurant with a menu created with our own handcrafted wines in mind. Start in our Napa-style tasting room, where you can view our wineries and sample our winemaker's latest creations. Shop in our gift store for unique food or wine related gifts.
CITY: South Barrington
Doubletree Hotel Chicago - Oak Brook
CITY: Oak Brook
This fourth generation, family-owned pottery company features an on-site museum and a factory store that holds an annual summer sale.
Forest Park Chamber of Commerce & Development
The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce & Development is dedicated to the continued growth and revitalization of Forest Park's business districts as well as the enhancement of quality of life for both businesses and residents. Investment in the Chamber partners you with a comprehensive group of business owners and residents throughout the community who want to be involved, stay informed and work together towards making Forest Park an even better place to live, work, shop, dine and play. We invite you to join us!
CITY: Forest Park
Laser Quest - Arlington Heights
Laser Quest is a family entertainment venue combining the classic games of hide-and-seek and tag with a high tech twist. Our multi-level arenas have specialty lighting, swirling fog and energetic music to add to the excitement for up to 30 or more players in each game.
CITY: Arlington Heights
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.
The Ragdale Foundation
Art, architecture, and garden tours of Howard Van Doren Shaw's summer retreat. The house and gardens, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places among examples of the Arts and Crafts movement in the country. It house 12 artists at a time.
CITY: Lake Forest
Briolette Beads & More
Get creative at this crafter's paradise! Beads from around the world, unique rubber stamps & papers, Ranger inks, paints, and stamp pads. Sit at our "crystal bar" and work on your projects. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. Classes for all skill levels. Parties are our specialty! Birthdays, bridesmaids, "girls night out" -- we do them all. Come take a look!
CITY: Forest Park
The Painted Lady
Gifts, collectibles, fine furniture and accessories. Coffee and treats.
CITY: South Elgin
Comfort Inn - Gurnee
Located within walking distance of Gurnee Mills Shopping Mall, and one mile from Six Flags . This Gurnee, IL hotel is centrally located close to area attractions like the Bittersweet Golf Club.
Now celebrating its 34th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like "cosmopolitan” and "sophistication." The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.
Bonnie Dundee Golf Course
Offering good par fours with difficult par threes, this course is architecturally classic and slightly rolling, with medium-size greens.
The Avenue shops are located at Oak Park and Lake Street and across from picturesque Scoville Park. It's All Here! In the "Heart of Oak Park" you'll find specialty shops that offer personal service as the norm -- not the exception! International and local designers of fashion and jewelry, antique shops, galleries and fine restaurants.
CITY: Oak Park
Bittersweet Golf Course
Challenging and scenic 18-hole golf course that offers the public a fantastic practice facility with lighted driving range and natural grass tees. PGA golf instructors on staff to help improve your game. In addition, we can help you plan the perfect golf outing, small wedding or special event. Or stop by the Fireside Grill for breakfast, lunch, dinner or Friday fish fry.
Kline Creek Farm
A "living history" farm depicting life in the 1890s DuPage County. Original structures, authentic recreations and livestock combine to make a realistic 1890s working farm.
The Village Vintner Winery
The Village Vintner Winery, a fully functional winery, is located in the heart of Carpentersville, Illinois. Come in, relax, and enjoy individually handcrafted award winning wines in the winery's distinctive atmosphere. They offer tastings daily of up to eight wines. Learn about different wines, food pairings or simply sample our blends of outstanding varietals. Their wine experts can help you select just the right wine for any occasion. Whether you are a beginner learning about wine, or an expert who enjoys wines from around the world, you'll find our winery the perfect place to explore new tastes and create your own personal vintage.
Fox Valley Symphony
Top-notch pop, classical and family performances are presented under the guidance of Maestro Fusao Kajima.
Fox River Trail
32 miles of biking, hiking and cross-country skiing featuring some of the most scenic trails of the Fox River. Points of interest include Carpenters Dam, Fox River Shores, Tyler Creek, Voyageur Landing, Shoemaker Nature Center and Fabyan Forest Preserve.
CITY: St. Charles
Mother Rudd House and Museum
This original 1844 building was once a stagecoach stop, tavern, post office, town hall, and candy store. Completely restored by the Village of Gurnee, this historical home is reported to have been part of the Underground Railroad. Slaves would be housed in the basement or the barn. View artifacts from the Civil War, see the "Crystal Ballroom" where traveling guests would be entertained or the room dedicated to the family of a local man that died on the Titanic.
Mother Rudd House and Museum
This original 1844 building was once a stagecoach stop, tavern, post office, town hall and candy store. Completely restored by the Village of Gurnee, this historical home is reported to have been part of the Underground Railroad.
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.
Spring Hill Mall
Shop more than 140 retail and specialty stores.
Goodrich Randall 15
The Goodrich Randall theater complex includes the only IMAX screen in the Fox Valley area.
Located in the heart of Chicago's affluent North Shore, Northbrook Court is home to a powerful anchor alignment: Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Lord & Taylor and a free-standing, 36,000 square foot Crate & Barrel Home Store. Also featuring BCBGMAXAZRIA, Cole Haan, CUSP, Tommy Bahama's, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Dining and entertainment options include P.F. Chang's, Stir Crazy, Di Pescara, and AMC Theatres providing 14 screens.
Fox Run Golf Links
Par 70. Open Sunrise to Sunset. 18 hole golf course, club house, pro shop, and restaurant and bar. Private parties upon request and availability.
CITY: Elk Grove Village
Comfort Suites Lombard
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - The 66-room hotel features spacious king and double queen suites with separate sleeping and sitting areas. Features microfridge, coffeemaker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Complimentary breakfast buffet. Fitness room and indoor heated pool.
Route 59 Corridor
Discover hundreds of well-known speciality and chain stores, and dozens of great dining locations, along the Route 59 Corridor in Naperville.
Muirhead Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast
Private Master Suite surrounded by nearly 800 acres of prairie, this Frank Lloyd Wright designed home offers a private bath, historical artifacts, hearty country breakfasts and beautiful views.
Plays host to community festivals in Hanover Park.
CITY: Hanover Park
Pirates' Cove Theme Park
A unique park for children ages two to nine years. Pirates' ship, paddle boats, train ride, climbing wall, and many more creative attractions for children. Concession and picnic areas. Birthday parties and rentals. Open daily June through August. Admission fee for children. Adults are always free.
CITY: Elk Grove Village