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Stop by and pick your own blueberries and red raspberries.
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.
Kane County Flea Market - December 2016
Monthly flea market at the Kane County Fairgrounds. "The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere". Up to 1000 dealers display and sell antiques, collectibles & Fancy Junque. Food served all day.
Westfield Fox Valley
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - One of Illinois' largest malls, this three-level enclosed shopping center features over 180 stores and restaurants, including Carson Pirie Scott, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears.
First Street Playhouse
This cozy, professional theater presents year round productions, including comedies, dramas and musicals.
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Two Brothers Roundhouse was awarded Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination Award by the Illinois Office of Tourism! Passion for beer, love of food, and appreciation for great architecture flourishes in the walls of this historic 70,000 square foot facility. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Two Brothers Roundhouse is the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States. As they bring new life to this 155 year old building, enjoy a casual atmosphere in the main dining room gastropub, our sports tavern and music venue or our new cafe and bakery. There is more to do than dinner at the Roundhouse. Enjoy a fine steak or a burger. As with the beer and food, the live entertainment has a local flair. Whether it be a wedding, reunion or corporate event, they have a variety of spaces for friends and family to gather. Cheers! Two Brothers Roundhouse was also voted one of 17 Best Bars in the Chicago Suburbs by Thrillist Chicago!
Comfort Inn & Suites Geneva
Comfort Inn & Suites Geneva received the Platinum from Choice Hotels International in January 2010 and is ranked in the top 3% of Comfort Inns nationwide.
Norris Cultural Arts Center, Theatre & Art Gallery
A 1,000 seat live theatre providing family entertainment for more than 20 years. Season tickets are available. Call for gallery hours and reservations.
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.
Shabbona Lake State Park
Shabbona Lake State Park has 1,550 acres of rolling prairie and features a 318 acre man-made fishing lake. Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area provides a convenient, natural haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With facilities for picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and winter sports, Shabbona Lake is a convenient and comfortable retreat where you can refresh and reinvigorate yourself in a rare, unspoiled environment.
SciTech Hands-On Museum
Aurora's interactive science and technology center offers over 200 hands-on exhibits demonstrating the principles of electricity, weather, astronomy and nuclear energy.
Lord's Park Pavilion
Home of the Elgin Public Museum, the park includes a petting zoo and the Family Aquatic Center.
Honey Hill Orchard - Waterman
Honey Hill Orchard is a family-owned and operated orchard that was started as a hobby by Hawken Askelson in 1965. Today, the original orchard location has 2,100 apple trees, with an additional 500 trees at a second farm location. What started out as a simple farm stand has grown to include pick your own apples, raspberries and pumpkins, honey from Honey Hill's own bee hives, a bakery, the Apple Barn Country Store and some old-fashioned family activities. In addition to providing customers with quality products, Honey Hill Orchard gives families a chance to spend a relaxing time on the farm and create some great family memories and traditions.
Oswegoland Civic Center Aquatic Park
This community water park features colorful slides, tubes, a zero-depth pool and concession booth.
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.
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.
Art gallery featuring original artwork as well as Thomas Kinkade, H. Hargrove and Giuseppe Armani figurines.
Olde Timers Antique Centre
One of the biggest and most beautiful antique stores in Illinois. More than 100 dealers in 50 large booths and 175 lighted showcases. Thousands of the finest antiques from primitives to china, toys to jewelry, rooms full of beautiful furniture.
Kane County Flea Market - March 2017
"Best in the Midwest or Anywhere" monthly Flea Market with more than 1000 dealers displaying and selling antiques, collectibles & Fancy Junque. The monthly Flea Market is held the first Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday. Food served all day.
Charlestowne Mall has a unique collection of boutiques, specialty shops and nationally famous stores and enchanting two-level carousel.
Geneva Commons has a wonderful mix of 75-plus merchants, from familiar favorites to new and unique shops. Spend time shopping, eating and relaxing in this open-air center. Dine at a wide variety of eateries, most of which provide outdoor seating.
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.
Marengo Ridge - McHenry County Conservation District
The major glacial feature at Marengo Ridge Conservation area is the Marengo Ridge, from which the site derives its name. Left by the retreating Wisconsin glacier, the Marengo Ridge moraine is 40 miles long and 3 miles wide, creating one of the steepest vertical moraines in Illinois, at 1,050 feet above sea level. This rugged, fire-protected topography supported wooded communities dominated by oak species. Site features hiking trails, campground, picnic shelters, scenic views, x-country skiing, and fishing.
The Cottage Stamper, Inc.
St. Charles' newest source for rubber stamps, supplies and classes. Also offering custom invitations and announcements created for your special occasions.
Kane County Flea Market - September 2016
Monthly flea market at the Kane County Fairgrounds with more than 1000 dealers displaying and selling antiques, collectibles and Fancy Junque. Food served all day.
The Sanfilippo "Place de la Musique"
Contact Visit McHenry County for information on tours. A private estate located in Barrington Hills, featuring the world's finest collection of automatic music instruments, including the world's largest theater organ. Private group tours or 40 or more. Charity gala events & concerts. A summer concert series and a Christmas concert supporting the Sanfilippo Foundation open to the public with pre-purchased tickets. Concerts include time to explore the Sanfilippo Collection. See website for details and tickets.
Hilton Garden Inn - St. Charles
120 guest rooms. Amenities: Business center, exercise room, indoor pool, restaurant, lounge.
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.
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.
Fox Bend Golf Course
Fox Bend offers a challenging and scenic tour of streams, ponds, willow trees and elevation changes. This highly regarded course has played host to several tournaments and qualifiers.
Phillips Park Aquatic Center
Deluxe water park with tube slides, simulated river, zero-depth pools and sand activity areas.
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.
Midwest Museum of Natural History
The mission of the Midwest Museum of Natural History is to encourage an appreciation of the world's diverse natural environment and human culture through exhibits and interactive learning experiences for children and adults. Offering a kid's play area with hands-on learning fun, a gift shop, national traveling exhibits, and world-renowned celebrities Ruud Kleinpaste, Jack Hanna and Jeff Corwin.
Susie's Garden Patch
Find u-pick asparagus, strawberries, tomatoes and pumpkins. Roadside produce includes sweet corn, muskmelons, peppers and pumpkins. Susie's hosts a Strawberry Festival every June.
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.
Marge Cline Whitewater Course
The Marge Cline Whitewater course is located in Yorkville at Bicentennial Riverfront Park on the Fox River, just 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The paddling community is all a dither about this course. Whether you’re a novice or an avid canoeist or kayaker, you’re sure to have a great experience.
Judy's Quilt 'N' Sew
A nice selection of fabric, notions, books and threads. Experienced quilters to assist with all your quilting needs. Quilting classes available.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum
The museum features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families, and firefighters. Visitors can pass a leather fire bucket. Marvel at a strange looking firemen’s smoke mask. Explore the differences in fire hose nozzles. See and hear how fire engines clear the streets with sirens, horns, and devices that control traffic lights. Watch vintage firefighting films on five video touch-screens. All this, in addition to 5 pieces of fire apparatus on display in a fully restored fire station built in 1894. Suggested donation $5 adult and $3 child.
Smitty's On The Corner
Smitty’s, in St. Charles is family owned and operated, using only the freshest, most flavorful ingredients to prepare all of their mouthwatering sandwiches, homemade soups, crisp salads, ice cream and more.
Atwood Park War Memorial
The memorials here are a tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War, Korean War, Gulf War and World War II. The war memorials are the only ones built in the U.S. by youth, constructed by Boy Scouts of Troop 312 Rochelle as Eagle Projects.
Enjoy lunch, dinner or a snack at Geneva's landmark restaurant. For over 80 years, fine food and spirits have been served at very reasonable prices in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
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.
Blackberry Oaks Golf Course
This 18-hole course is par 72.
Rox City Grill at Hotel Baker
Hotel Baker's intimate dining features prime steaks, chops, seafood, desserts. Lunch May through December 11:30-2pm. Dinner Tues-thru Sat. Lounge open nightly. Live entertainment Thurs-Sat.
Bowl - Hi Lanes
Enjoy bowling as well as karaoke every Friday and Saturday.
Sycamore RV Resort
Sycamore RV Resort offers water, electric and sewer hookups on shaded and open sites. Picnic tables and fire rings are at each site. Some other amenities are clean restrooms, hot showers, laundromat, Campground Store, two fishing lakes, swimming beach, paddle boats, row boats, pedal karts, sand volleyball and more!
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!
Espo's Country Lanes
Elgin's finest 40-lane bowling center.
Sycamore Family Sports Center
Enjoy family fun at the Sports Center with a golf driving range, an 18-hole mini golf course, six batting cages from Little League to professional, go-karts and soccer kicking cages.
Fermilab's 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. Most of the Arts and Lecture Series performances and lectures take place in Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium.
Aurora Historical Society.
This local history research archives houses historic photos, books, documents and maps covering Aurora's history from the 1830s to the present. Open by appointment only.
Air Classics Museum of Aviation
Vintage military and training planes, plus displays of aviation uniforms and memorabilia. Open by appointment only.
The Haeger Potteries
World's largest manufacturer of art pottery. Factory outlet salesroom and Haeger Museum open to the public at original manufacturing site.
A' Salute Lounge & Grill
A' Salute is a high class lounge featuring entertainment every Friday and Saturday night with room for dancing. The menu will feature a selection of small sandwiches called "trios" which are served in threes.
Geneva History Center
They offer award winning educational programs and professional exhibits that make the Geneva History Center a source of great community pride.
This popular local theater group performs original plays, musicals, murder mysteries, comedies and children's theater.
Old Town Pub & Eatery - Geneva
Neighborhood bar and grille that beckons friends to get together and join in the fun. Specializing in fresh salads, appetizers, mouth-watering sandwiches and tasty homemade french fries.
Goodrich Randall 15
The Goodrich Randall theater complex includes the only IMAX screen in the Fox Valley area.
Historic Geneva Step-On Tours
Discover Geneva's historic districts - from the refurbished downtown storefronts to the dozens of treasured Third Street Victorian homes that now house over 100 unique specialty shops and quaint eateries.
The Nehring Gallery is a space within DeKalb dedicated to promoting arts and culture. It is currently the home of the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, an organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the storied history of agriculture in northern Illinois, through exhibits, educational programs and community outreach. Visit their website to see what exhibit is on display today!
Kane County Flea Market - October 2016
"The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere." Up to 1000 dealers. 1st Saturday of the month and the following Sunday. Food served all day.
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.
Geneva Kayak Center
Geneva Kayak Center is a paddlesport school and adventure travel company that’s proud to be recognized as a ACA Pro School and offer both whitewater and sea kayak instruction. Their goal is to promote the sport of kayaking through safety and education. In addition to local offerings, they offer spectacular Adventure Paddling Trips for beginner to advanced paddlers, to amazing locations. Whether you want to enjoy an afternoon on the river or are preparing for a two-week expedition, Geneva Kayak Center believes the sport of kayaking should be fun, and enjoyed by all.
Pizza Cucina (Wasco)
5 minutes west of downtown St. Charles in Wasco. Open daily. Delivery available. Catering too.
Larson's Family Farm
Open throughout October, enjoy scenic hayrides on weekends, a pumpkin patch, the Barn Store, and Christmas trees after Thanksgiving.
This university boasts a beautiful quad, and features the Schingoethe Center and Dunham Gallery of student art.
Blue Goose Super Market
Known throughout the Fox Valley for top-quality meats, produce, and fresh bakery products. Where service has been a family tradition for more than 70 years in St. Charles.
Northern Illinois University Sports (NIU Sports)
The Northern Illinois University Huskies play in the MAC Conference and have a diverse athletic department. Their many sports teams include: Men’s football, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis and wrestling, while their women’s teams include: Basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
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.
"A Million Reasons -- A Single Store!" From home decor, clothing, fashions and groceries to home improvement and more.
Natural Resource Center
The Natural Resource Center is located at Russell Preserve, and is open to the public on weekends. The Center offers a great stop for exploration and live animal viewing for all members of the family. The Center can be reserved by school groups and other organizations for outdoor educational field trips. While there, take a walk through Russell Preserve, beneath mature oaks and hickories, surrounded by woodland wildflowers. In the winter, Russell Preserve is a great place for tobogganning.
1930's living history farm with farmhouse, barns, livestock, farm discovery trails, fruit orchard, garden plots, picnic pavilion.
The Sugar Path
The Sugar Path in Geneva is an innovative dessert bakery offering cupcakes, artisan cakes and pies. They bake farm-to-table, using ingredients sourced locally from farmers and vendors they have existing relationships with. The menu changes seasonally so you’ll be sure to get the freshest ingredients available.
Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden
The Fabyan Villa Museum, a 1907 Frank Lloyd Wright redesign, is located in the Fabyan Forest Preserve. It houses unique natural and Oriental artifacts from the collection of Colonel George and Nelle Fabyan.
Rocktown Adventures is a specialty outdoor retailer and adventure club. They offer sales, rentals, lessons, guided trips and related apparel for kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. They also carry camping equipment, lifestyle apparel and transportation equipment. Rocktown's mission is to help you gear up and head out. They carry top equipment sold by knowledgeable staff. Their experienced instructors love to share their passion for the outdoors. The trip guides know the waterways and trails like the back of their hand. The shop is conveniently located near an abundance of recreational assets waiting to be discovered by you!
Valley View Model Railroad
Experience the glory days of mainline railroading as you watch model trains in operation on a detailed scenic railroad.
Great Western Trail
This 17-mile trail replaces the abandoned main line of the Chicago Great Western Railroad. It is a flat easy ride connecting the communities of St. Charles and Sycamore.
Bridget's Kid Closet
Bridget has clothes from size newborn to size 12/14 girls and boys. She carries baby equiptment, dvds, toys, outdoor toys, all at a fraction of what it costs new.
Spring Hill Mall
Shop more than 140 retail and specialty stores.
Fabyan Estate and Forest Preserve
Created by Colonel and Mrs. George Fabyan, who lived on the 600-acre estate from 1905 to the 1930s, the estate includes a restored villa with diverse collections, a Japanese garden and a Dutch windmill.
La Za Za Trattoria
Unique architectural shape and cozy atmosphere makes you a special part of this trattoria. Come experience friendly service and great food, where family and friends still matter.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
From the southern midlands of Ireland to the Chicago suburbs Ballydoyle carries the tradition with classic Irish brews, excellent food and live entertainment. Irish fare, boxtys, entrees and burgers. Brews on tap, by the pint, bottle and cans. Live music, parties and events. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day all year!
Chicagoland Skydiving Center
Jump with the best skydiving school in the United States - Chicagoland Skydiving Center now located at Koritz Field in Rochelle! Come see why more people from the Chicago area choose tandem skydiving at CSC. We service more first-time skydivers than any other skydiving center in Chicago and the Midwest. At CSC, our priority is on safety and customer service. Check out our skydive center and book your tandem parachute jump online. Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois (formerly in Hinckley, IL) is your safest source for skydiving - period! Check out our brand new skydive aircraft and see how we maintain our safety record and reputation as the BEST!
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora - Naperville
Experience the brand new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora/Naperville, Illinois. They are within walking distance of the Paramount Theater, Two Brothers Roundhouse Complex, RiverEdge Park, Hollywood Casino and Metra Rail Station serving downtown Chicago. Families will enjoy staying at this Downtown Aurora location, within minutes of Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, Aurora University, Waubonsee Community College, Great Lakes Center, SciTech Hands On Museum, Stuart Sports Complex and miles of running/biking trails. Other area attractions include Phillips Park Zoo, Red Oak Nature Center, Fermilab, Raging Waves Waterpark, Vaughan Athletic Center & Indoor Waterpark. Additional amenities include indoor pool and spa, fitness center and Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet. Conference Services available for up to 50 people and you will stay productive away from the office with fast high-speed Internet and a Business Center. A preferred hotel with easy expressway access to O'Hare International Airport (ORD) & Midway International Airport (MDW). They are also located just minutes from Aurora Municipal Airport (ARR). The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora / Naperville, Illinois proudly serving business and leisure travelers visiting Chicago and the metropolitan area.
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead
Joseph Farwell Glidden's invention of one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire in 1873 helped change the history of the American West and had far-reaching impact throughout the world. His Homestead, a Victorian Mansion, in DeKalb, IL, is being preserved and restored by a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. Both the home and the barn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We welcome your visit and encourage your membership!
Rouge Wine Cellar
Located in the small village of Creston, Rouge Wine Cellar is a unique shop in northern Illinois specializing in fine wines, gifts and imported pottery. The store is located in the remodeled cellar of a historic building which has been brought back to glory by Eric and Debbie who returned to Creston after living abroad for many years. The Rouge Wine Cellar offers the relaxing atmosphere of Europe while also providing the visitor with a choice of today's greatest wines from 15 countries, including local Illinois wineries. Not only are we confident that you will find the perfect wine for your special occasion, but we invite you to try some of the bottles carefully selected by Eric for daily tastings. Let Debbie inspire you with her personal selection of imported pottery, glassware and accessories that will turn your gifts into unique conversation pieces. Come and see us, we promise you will be amazed!
Atwater's Restaurant at Herrington Inn & Spa
Experience AAA Four Diamond fine dining on the waterfront. Atwater’s fresh regional cuisine, and an outstanding wine list combine to offer guests a unique and upscale dining experience with beautiful waterfront views. Reservations are suggested. Al fresco dining on our patio is available seasonally.
Oakhurst Forest Preserve
Explore the acres of woods and lakes, with scenic trails, shelters and views of Aurora and Chicago's skyline.
Kavanagh and Dempsey Galleries
The Kavanagh Gallery displays nation-wide invitational and juried shows of paintings, pottery, textiles, photography and sculpture, as well as one and two person shows, Fine Line member and faculty exhibits, and our annual holiday extravaganza. The Dempsey Gallery is filled with beautiful works of art in a wide variety of media, created by Fine Line Members. All works on display in this gallery are available for purchase.
Fox Valley Mall - Centennial Collection
Fox Valley Mall is the premier shopping center in Illinois, featuring 130+ specialty stores and dining options! Anchored by Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, J C Penney and Sears. Fox Valley Mall has three levels of shopping, a full food court, and a merry-go-round. This mall is a must-shop-stop for everyone!
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.
Afghans, books, baby quilts, birdhouses and feeders, ceramics, goose clothes and geese, southwest artifacts, lawn and garden decor and more.
Jambalaya Restaurant & Night Club
Jambalaya offers a Cajun/American menu for lunch from 11am-2:30pm. A lighter menu is available after 2:30. It is open 8:30pm-1am Thursday through Saturday, with live entertainment Friday and Saturdays.
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.
Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Cortland
The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition has produced many Interpretive Murals along the Illinois Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway and its corridor in northern Illinois. The Cortland mural depicts the history, heritage, and events of the highway and its impact on Cortland and the other communities along the Illinois route.