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The Office Niteclub
Located in downtown Rockford’s historic River District, The Office offers dancing, drag shows, karaoke and an outdoor patio in warm-weather months.
Byron Museum Of History & Lucius Read House
The Byron Museum Complex consists of a large Exhibit Hall and the historic Lucius Read House, which was on the Underground Railroad and is a listed site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The Read House features a permanent exhibit entitled, ‘From Shackles to Freedom: The Underground Railroad’ which shines a spotlight on Byron’s participation in the Underground Railroad. We are happy to accommodate group tours outside regular hours. Tours are free and are self-guided or a docent can be arranged. We also have ample meeting space available.
Little Cubs Field
This replica of Chicago's historic Wrigley Field is complete with ivy, bricks, box seats, dirt and sod from the real Wrigley Field, plus a replica scoreborad and entry sign. It is open for exploring at no cost or is available for rental for birthday parties, picnics, corporate events and more. Rental fees are $45 per hour or $90 for two hours.Reservations may be made at our website.
Visit this delightful kitchen store full of artisan-quality, handmade, wooden spoons, spatulas, bowls and other kitchen products all made on site.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square
Experience the history of the second of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. It was at this site on August 27, 1858 that the Freeport Doctrine, an important statement regarding slavery and state's rights, was proclaimed by Douglas. The site is self-interpretative through a series of waysides that tell of the events and ideas which led up to the debates, as well as the life-size statues "Lincoln and Douglas in Debate."
BMO Harris Bank Center
Rockford's downtown arena hosts a variety of world-class entertainment, including concerts, circuses, rodeos and family shows. The BMO Harris Bank Center is also home to the Rockford IceHogs, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Polo Historical Society/Aplington House
Lincoln slept here two nights in 1856, as the guest of his friend Senator Aplington, the founder of the village of Polo. Learn about the history of Polo and view the Ogle County Military Museum, which showcases artifacts from all wars.
Edgebrook Farmers Market
Sample the area's best seasonal Farmer's Market. Dozens of local farmers display their highest quality vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants. On occasion, local musicians will perform to enhance your shopping experience. The market is open every wednesday 9am-1pm in the Edgebrook Shopping Center parking lot.
Abreo Restaurant, Wine Bar & Patio
In the heart of the up-and-coming 500 block, Abreo has become known as downtown's premiere restaurant and nightspot. Housed in vintage 1888 architecture, the atmosphere is uniquely its own. From its cozy wine bar with a beautiful stone fireplace, its whimsical dining room, its peaceful garden patio, to its intimate wine cellar, Abreo is an experience for all of the senses.
American country antiques/primitives. Restoring of 18th and 19th century and new furniture. Refinishing, cabinet making, and fire and water damage restoration. Accepting Master Card and Visa. Open: Monday thru Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm.
Lena Lions Fall Festival
This fall fest features carnival rides, games, food, a 5K run hosted by the Lena Park District, a parade on Saturday at noon, a pork chop BBQ, raffle drawings for a car and a 4 wheeler at 10pm on Saturday, musical entertainment, an antique tractor display, firemen water fights and much more. Friday: 6pm - 10pm; Saturday: Noon - 11pm
Garnhart's Oliver Museum
Explore the largest Oliver Hart-Parr collection in the Midwest, including farm toys, advertising, and collectibles dating back to 1860, and real antique tractors and machinery. Bus and group tours are available, but should be scheduled in advance.
CITY: German Valley
Andrew's Mill Park
Picnic area, pond for fishing & ice skating with handicap accessible fishing pier, Gerald Strohecker natural area with native woodland, prairie and wetland.
CITY: Pearl City
An 1857 Italianate limestone house with ceiling murals, parquet floors, pocket doors, stained glass, curved staircase, carriage house and stables. English garden. Special events. Guided tours for groups on Sundays by appointment.
57-acre wetlands preserve features wildflower, birds, and wildlife, which may be viewed from an observation deck.
Oakdale Nature Preserve
This Nature Preserve offers 133 acres of oak and hickory woodlands, restored prairies and shallow streams. Over four miles of winding trails are great for hiking, running, cross-country skiing, nature study and quiet reflection. Facilities, which are available to rent, include the Mogle Learning Center with meeting space for 20 people, a lodge with a kitchen and dining hall that can seat up to 80. The Oakdale Octagon Shelter has seating for up to 350 and a stage. Two picnic shelters as well as other picnic tables are available.
The Kable House
Dates from 1939 and is situated on 9 wooded acres on the sunset golf course. Five suites feature private baths, two with jacuzzi tubs, and all have refrigerators, microwaves, phones, tv, queen beds, and central air
CITY: Mount Morris
Lowden-Miller State Forest
A 2,225-acre state forest situated along the Rock River. Enjoy hunting, hiking, cross-country skiing and equestrian trails.
Motel 6 - Rockford
With newly renovated guestrooms and lobby, the hotel is convenient to I-90 and Illinois Business 20. Always fresh, always clean, our 131 guest rooms include a remote-controlled TV with free cable. No pets except service guide animals.
Freeport Farmers Market
All local products from certified organic to conventional fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meats, eggs, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, bedding plants, perennials, fresh flowers, loose leaf teas, and handmade bath and beauty products in a festive market atmosphere. The Freeport Farmers Market is in operation from May through October in the CVS parking lot on South Street in Freeport.
Winnebago County Forest Preserve District
Over 9,500 acres for outdoor fun in 40 locations throughout Winnebago County. 87 miles of hiking trails, 28 shelter houses, 4 campgrounds, 4 rivers, 5 education centers, birdwatching in many locations. Restored prairie and hiking paths at headquarters.
Artists' Ensemble Theatre
Artists's Ensemble is a thriving theater group that offers five professional productions a year in the Clark Arts Center at Rockford University. Tickets are available by phone or online.
Lena KOA Kampground
Visit the KOA for a complete camping experience, including cottages, cabins and campsites, at this friendly, quiet, and relaxing rural setting. The five log cottages offer shower baths, kitchenettes, gas log fireplaces and air-conditioning. One cottage is wheelchair accessible. There are six cabins with heat and air-conditioning. The guest provides bedding and utensils, but has use of the KOA's Kamping Kitchen. There are ninety campsites that include full hookup, open grassy or wooded sites, and big rig long and level pull through sites with 50 AMP service. The recreation/game roon, heated pool with slide, bike rental, jumping pillow, playground, and sand volleyball will be a hit with the kids. A wheelchair accessible family restroom is available.Pets on a leash and campfires are allowed. Small county store with groceries and gift shop, RV supplies, and LP gas are also available. Open: April 1 thru November 1 (Limited winter facilities). Please call for rates, or visit our website.
Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort
Cliffbreakers overlooks the beautiful Rock River. Whether you have come here to attend a business meeting or celebrate with loved ones during a wedding reception, enjoy an evening of fine dining in Cliffbreakers Restaurant, a view of the Rock River will offer a pleasant and memorable time. On-site fine dining restaurant, martini lounge, Swedish hot rock sauna, business center, 25,000 sq. ft. of function space.
4 Season Bowling Center
This is a forty lane bowling center with automatic scoring, Thunder Alley sound and light experience which is open to the public. Jumpin Joe's Sports Bar & Grill, Flip Pizza Restaurant and full service banquet facilities are also offered.
Prairie View Golf Course - Byron Forest Preserve
This 18-hole course has bent grass fairways, tees and greens, a practice area, full-service clubhouse, and rental carts with canopies.
23 Clark Street & Soap Shoppe
Full line of cross-stitch supplies with hand-dyed threads. Also available are "affordable luxury soaps," lotions and beauty accessories made in Oregon, Illinois. In addition, Longaberger baskets, antiques and more are sold. Located in Conover Square Mall.
Rockford College Performing Arts Department
Four productions per year in Clark Arts Center's Maddox and Cheek Theatres, performed by theater students, plus student-directed 3-Penny Theater productions, the Rockford College Forum Series, and Common Destines programs.
Lena Water Tower
Built in 1896, the 100-foot-tall tower is believed to be one of only three in Illinois of similar construction, and has become the symbol of the Village of Lena.
This 105-acre sports complex, host to local and national tournaments, features eight lighted softball diamonds, eight regulation and 11 practice soccer fields, nine sand volleyball pits, concession stands, a soccer center with lockers, a boat ramp and a walking path.
Memory Lane Retreat
Located in the serene countryside, this is the perfect location for a getaway with friends. The home has three bedrooms which accommodate up to nine, a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and three bathrooms. There is a beautiful and spacious Great Room with natural light overlooking the pond and countryside which is a perfect spot for a group to enjoy scrapbooking, quilting, knitting, or just getting away. Rates: Week Day: $75 per person; Weekend: $125 per person.
Spare Time Lanes (Lena)
Enjoy the fun of bowling.
Hilton Garden Inn Rockford
Close to major businesses, sports centers and Interstate 90/39. Rooms have two speaker phones and large ergnomic work desk; complimentary USA Today on weekdays.
A.G. Spalding: From Byron to the Big Leagues Exhibit
Located at the Byron Museum of History, this exhibit features Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Albert Spalding, from his youth in Byron to his league pitching career and the founding of the Spalding Sporting Goods Company.
On Any Sunday Motorcycle Museum
See 40 motorcycles on display, including European bikes built from 1942-1978.
Studio Theatre at Rock Valley College
During the fall and spring semesters, Rock Valley College sponsors a Studio Theatre program, giving students and amateur actors in the area a chance to perform with guest professionals in plays such as Wings, Black Coffee, and 1940's Radio Hour. Each year the Studio Theatre presents a William Shakespeare classic. The Studio Theatre also has a new play development program with productions that have included American Rock!, Kite's Book, and Christmas With the Conroys.
Byron Civic Center
Musicals, comedies and mysteries are performed August-May at this civic center located in Byron High School.
Der Rathskeller German Restaurant & Bar
One of Rockford's oldest restaurants, featuring German cuisine in a warm, intimate old-world setting. German ancestry shines through at this favorite eating place since 1931. Banquet facilities available. Delicious sandwiches for lunch and traditional family style German specialities for dinner. Live accordion on weekends. Outside dining in the Biergarten.
Rockford University Art Gallery
Six exhibitions per year featuring local and national artists, including Rockford University students and faculty.
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Rockford
Boutique-style, all-suite hotel offers luxury at a reasonable price with oversized guest rooms offer space and comfort for business or family needs. Our business center offers free fax and copy services. Our banquet space covers 10,000 sq. ft. for all functions. The O'Hare International Airport bus shuttle depot is located conveniently next door.
Five Forks Market
Tapas-based cuisine plus a variety of sandwiches and soups. Extensive gourmet "to go" menu. Wine sales and free wine tasting Saturday afternoons.
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Rockford
The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Rockford, IL is centrally located near dining, shopping and local attractions and some of the areas leading manufacaturers. such as Anderson Japanese Gardens, BMO Harris Bank Center, the Sportscore complexes, Chrysler, Hamilton Sundstrand, Textron and Woodward Governor. Hotel Highlights include comfortable guest rooms at a superior value for both business and leisure travelers, free hot breakfast, Marriott Rewards, indoor pool, whirlpool and exercise room. This hotel has a smoke-free policy.
SK 8 Park
Located in Read Park, this skate park offers 11,000 square feet of skateboard heaven with obstacles, ramps, rails, ledges, spines and bowls. Built specifically for skateboards and in-line roller skates (sorry, no bikes allowed), the "street course" design mimics skateable features and obstacles found throughout the community. Helmets are required and pads are recommended.
Jane Addams Burial Site
Jane Addams, born and raised in Cedarville, was an internationally famous humanitarian and social work pioneer who founded Chicago's Hull House and won the Nobel Peace Prize. She is buried in this lovely old hillside cemetery.
Lincoln The Debater Statue
This famous statue was designed by Leonard Crunelle of Chicago, and was presented to Freeport at the 71st anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate on August 27, 1929, by local industrialist W. T. Rawleigh. It is located in Taylor Park.
Friendly neighborhood place for drinks, pizza, homemade soup or full dinners. Steaks, chops, chicken, seafood, ribs, barbeque, pizza, pasta and salads. Patio dining in summer. Full bar.
Red Roof Inn - Rockford
Newly remodeled rooms throughout. Conveniently located to I-90, Magic Waters waterpark, CherryVale Mall, antique malls, and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Machine Shed and Thunder Bay Grill restaurants across street. Free high-speed internet for T-Mobile customers. Free USA Today.
McArthurs Reclaimed Treasures Antiques
McArthurs specializes in reclaimed garden treasures and also has a wide variety of antiques, and collectibles on two floors. This wonderful shop is a must for lovers of garden antiques. Open: Sunday, Monday and Wednesday thru Saturday: 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Emerald Acres Campground
Open May 1 thru October 15. This campground offers 46 sites with electrical and water hookups in additions to 70 permanent sites, as well as tent sites. Sewer hookups are offered when available. Also offered are two bath houses with flush toilets, showers, beach swimming, a restaurant, and playground area. Pets on a leash and campfires are allowed. Special amenities include fishing, and activities on holiday weekends. Visitors are invited to enjoy the summer at this special place.
CITY: Pearl City
Giovanni's Restaurant & Big Al's Bar
A local favorite, Giovanni’s Restaurant is known for its good food, service and competitive prices. Extensive banquet facilities. Big Al's Bar, an upscale entertainment and jazz bar, has a bar menu that includes pasta dishes, sandwiches appetizers & much more.
Byron Natural History Museum
This natural history museum displays prairies, woodlands, wetlands and other interesting exhibits illustrating life as it existed hundreds of years ago in Northern Illinois. Be sure to make a stop at the museum gift shop.
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Fall Harvest Demonstrations
All aboard as a 36-ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and Silvercreek Museum. Weather permitting, there will be fall harvest demonstrations with horses and tractors. The museum will feature sauerkraut, brats, hot dogs, chili and dessert. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $3; Children under 12: Free.
Upbeat, casual dining in downtown Rockford's River and theater district. Great appetizers, salads and entrees. Try the Espresso Martini! Plus, free wireless Internet access. Outdoor drinking and dining in season.
Extended Stay America - State Street
Full kitchens in all rooms, in-room wireless Internet access. Conveniently located just off I-90 and Business Rt. 20. Near Magic Waters waterpark, CherryVale Mall, antique shops, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center.
Holiday Inn of Rockford
As Rockford's premier full service hotel, the Holiday Inn of Rockford invites you to experience a hotel stay unlike any other. Whether you are traveling on business to see such companies as Daimler Chrysler, planning a day of shopping at CherryVale Mall or taking the family to Magic Waters, the Holiday Inn of Rockford is the first choice for travelers. The Hoffman House Restaurant, located inside the hotel is known for its world famous prime rib. The Scoreboard Lounge is one of Rockford's finest sports bars. For conventions, nothing compares. Our banquet facilities can host from 5 to 500 complete with full service catering and technology needs. Relax, it's Holiday Inn, located right off I-90 on East State Street.
Super 8 Motel - Rockford
Conveniently located near I-90, E. State Street/Business Rt. 20, Super 8 offers a perfect balance of value and convenience. Centrally located between Chicago and Galena off Interstate 39. Each hotel room comes with time-saving amenities like a refrigerator and microwave — or book a personal Jacuzzi suite for extra comfort. Start your day right with free SuperStart continental breakfast, and enjoy the convenience of free Wi-Fi in your room. Handicapped-accessible hotel rooms are available, and free RV or truck parking is included. We are a pet-friendly hotel, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.
Zealous Art Studio
This exceptional art gallery features local artists - paintings, photography, ceramics, and woodworking. Also offered are children's art classes as well as pottery classes. Open: Monday thru Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm.
Erlander Home Museum
The cultural centerpiece of Rockford's Swedish-ancestry community, Erlander Home Museum is located in Rockford's first brick home, built by John and IngaStina Erlander family in 1871. Restored to its original Victorian decor, the twelve-room home features collections that include Rockford-made furniture, a renowned collection of more than 50 dolls created by Charlotte Weibull and many artifacts recalling Swedish immigration to northern Illinois and Rockford's Swedish heritage. Don't miss the Midsommar Dag festival in mid-June, and Lucia Fest in early December.
Midwest's finest Japanese restaurant where they prepare your meal right before your eyes at the Teppan tables. Traditional seafood, steak and chicken dishes and sushi bar. Karaoke Bar.
Rockford IceHogs Hockey
The Rockford IceHogs are a professional ice hockey team that plays in the American Hockey League.They began play during the 2007–08 AHL season at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, IL. They are the top affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL.
Mount Morris Motel
Nearest motel to White Pines, one level no stairs to climb, cable TV, A/C, eat, and 24 hour phone.
CITY: Mount Morris
With the most competitive rates in town and newly renovated rooms, Alpine Inn offers the best in clean, affordable comfort. Each room has been upgraded with new flooring and granite countertops, refrigerator and microwave, beautiful furniture, and much more. Providing free high-speed wireless internet, continental breakfast, and the friendliest staff; whether staying on business or leisure, you are guaranteed to feel at home. Conveniently located on the Miracle Mile in the heart of Rockford at E. State Street and Alpine Road.
Social Urban Bar & Restaurant
This hip Rockford restaurant cooks up seasonal dishes inspired by the produce and meats supplied from local farmers. The bar offers a nice selection of craft beers and wine, along with more than a dozen different absinthes.
Cedarville Historical Museum
This museum is located in an 1889 school building and features a permanent exhibit honoring Jane Addams, who was born and raised in Cedarville. Miss Addams was an internationally famous humanitarian and social work pioneer who founded Chicago's Hull House and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Museum exhibits include personal items and memorabilia from her life and the life of her family. There are also changing exhibits on topics of local historical interest and a research center and a research center. Open: May thru October: Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm; or by appointment.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad Antique Steam Train
All aboard, as a 36-ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, including an antique red caboose reported to be the oldest in the state, for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and visit the Silvercreek Museum across the street. Open: May thru October on selected holiday and weekends; 1 am - 4 pm. Train departs on the hour.
Extended Stay America - I-90
Extended StayAmerica was designed specifically for Road Warriors - the long-term, value-conscious traveler. If you're a Road Warrior, you need more than a place to stay when you're away from home. You need a place to live. Nightly and weekly rates available.
Days Inn - Rockford
Conveniently located off I-90 and Business Rt. 20, and only minutes to area attractions and golf courses. Cracker Barrel, Texas Roadhouse, Subway, Machine Shed within blocks. Complimentary high speed wireless Internet.
Cedarville Summer Celebration
The 9th annual Cedarville Summer Celebration is a collaborative effort by the Village of Cedarville, Cedarville Lions Club and RAMP. There will be free hot dogs, chips and soda starting a 5 pm. There will be demonstrations by Cedarville Fire Department, games for kids, a vendor market, pillow bingo and Cake-n-roll with all proceeds to benefit RAMP services. There is no charge to attend the event, but there will be charges for individual games.
The Civil War Soldiers Monument, on the southwest corner of the Stephenson County Courthouse, is inscribed with the names of those soldiers from Stephenson County who lost their lives in the Civil War. On the southeast corner is the Stephenson County Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial, which is a bronze statue of a full-sized M-16 with a bayonet stuck in the ground and a helmet on top.
The Victorian Farmstead
Peace and quite in the coutryside with an abundance of fresh air will make your stay. Enjoy bicycling, canoeing, antiquing or reading on the porch swing. In winter warm yourself in front of the fireplace when you return from skiing.
CITY: Mount Morris
Pec Playhouse Theatre
Performances produced by people dedicated to proividing quality community theatre in an intimate, rustic venue.
Enders Flowers at Edgebrook Shopping Center
Fresh and exotic flowers plus garden gifts.
Staybridge Suites - Rockford
Staybridge Suites welcomes you for an extended stay at our hotel in Rockford, Illinois. Ideally situated just over six miles from downtown, Staybridge Suites of Rockford, IL is in close proximity to the Chicago - Rockford International Airport. Our hotel is also located near prominent businesses, as well as popular area attractions. Our pet friendly Rockford hotel offers guests a free shuttle service to the Chicago - Rockford International Airport. Amenities include a 24-hour business center, high speed internet, laundry services and complimentary breakfast.
The first brick home built in Polo is now a tourist information center and home of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Enjoy this park offering a picnic area, playground, shelter and restroom facilities as well as access to the Pecatonica Prairie Path which is currently under construction. The Pecatonica River may also be accessed for boating and canoeing approximately 200 yards from the park.
Hickory Hideaway invites you to discover the diverse beauty of Northwest Illinois. located in historic Carroll County, which is host to many opportunities both relaxing and recreational - not too mention only one stoplight in the whole county. Relax in the rustic setting of our cozy cabins located on 10 wooded acres minutes from Lake Carroll. We offer three types of cabins: luxury cabins, rustic whirlpool cottages, extended-stay country cottages.
Hampton Inn - Rockford
Recently renovated, the Hampton Inn Rockford offers lodging accommodations near I-90 and Magic Waters Waterpark; and businesses including Hamilton Sundstrand, Chrysler, Ingersoll, UPS, and Anderson Packaging.
Lake House on Shadow Ridge
This beautiful lakefront rental property, located on Lake Carroll, consists of a cedar home located on a wooded lot with over 300 feet of shoreline on Lake Carroll, just north of Lanark, Illinois. The Rental Property is fully furnished and sleeps 10-12.
CITY: Lake Carroll
Quality Inn & Suites of Loves Park
Quality Inn & Suites of Loves Park is the perfect place to find comfortable and relaxing accommodations for the business traveler. It offers free deluxe continental breakfast, unlimited in-room high-speed Internet access, a unique business office to accommodate all of your needs, complimentary USA Today, indoor pool and fitness center to relax your mind, and many other services included in a great price. Discounted Magic Waters tickets available.
CITY: Loves Park
Step back in time to a gentler age when hospitality was an art form and life was unhurried. Relax in the elegant parlor, while away an hour on the front porch or explore many of the area's attractions and state parks. Located in a restored 1840's inn, guest rooms feature restored and functional antiques along with individual room telephones and cable TV. The lower level is a great place to hold meetings or celebrate special events.
Slip and Slurry Pottery
Full working pottery studio and store for 24 years, stoneware and porcelain.
Comfort Inn - Rockford
The hotel is centrally located within one mile of several restaurants and shopping areas, close to I-90 and Business 20. Pets allowed with fee.
Rockford Ski Broncs Water Ski Show
This world-class water ski team gives free shows from early June until Labor Day at Shorewood Park.
CITY: Loves Park
Book Stall of Rockford
Used and rare books: history, military, cookbooks, art, antiques, poetry, fiction, technology, natural history. First editions, hard-to-find and antiquarian books. By chance or by appointment.
Shogun Japanese Restaurant
Highly skilled chefs prepare and demonstrate the art of Japanese cuisine right at your table.
Gensler Gardens is a family owned operation specilizing in greenhouses and locally grown vegetables.
CITY: Loves Park
Hansens Hideaway Ranch & Campground
Tents, pop-ups and RV camping sites with water and electric hookups, swimming, nature trails, arcade, snack bar, playground, horseshoe pits, covered pavilion, restrooms, showers, sanitary dumping station, fire rings, firewood, and ice available.
Hoffman House Restaurant
Continental cuisine, steaks and prime rib in a relaxed setting. Banquet facilities to 400 people. Full bar, plus Rockford's hottest sports bar, the Scoreboard. Inside the Holiday Inn, but owned separately.
Freeport Art Museum
Explore five permanent galleries: European (19th century paintings, sculpture), Art of the Near and Far East (Egyptian, Chinese, and Southeast Asia), Native American (pots, baskets and Kachina dolls), African and Oceanic Art (masks, ceremonial pieces and textiles), and Contemporary (prints and paintings). Two galleries feature new exhibitions every 8-12 weeks and are devoted to regional art or national exhibitions. A student gallery features aspiring young artists from local schools. The museum also offers educational programs, performances, and special events. Open: Tuesday thru Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: Noon - 5 pm. Free admission, but donations are appreciated.
Uniquely Yours Quilt Shop
Enjoy this store offering over 7000 bolts of the finest quality 100% cotton quilting fabric, quilt books, patterns, supplies and classes. Original designs and patterns plus kits galore. Open: Tuesday thru Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday, Monday and Evenings: by appointment.
Lincoln/Douglas Debate Ceremony
Annual public ceremony with speakers, marking the anniversary of the historic, 1858 meeting and debate between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln in Freeport, Illinois. 7 pm
Freeport Canoe Company
Enjoy canoeing from the McConnell Bobtown Landing to McNeil's Damascus Landing or to Tutty's Crossing in downtown Freeport. Groups, individual canoeists, and beginning or seasoned paddlers are welcome. $50 rental per canoe. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 18 to 18 must have parental consent form.
Macktown Living History Education Center
Built in 1834 on the Pecatonica River by fur trader Stephen Mack, one of the area's first settlers. See the walnut cradle Mack made for his children, plus Native American artifacts, donated by Mack's descendents. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Macktown is where Stephen Mack, his Native American wife, Hononegah, and the people who inhabited the village conducted their daily business. Remnants of 8,000 years of Native American occupation of this same site can be seen. Stephen Mack’s Home and the Whitman Trading Post still stand, and a reconstruction of the village is being undertaken, including the disassembly of the 2-story shop and schoolroom to be rebuilt at its original site. There are many historic and prehistoric artifacts in the Education Center.
Richland Creek Trailhead
The Richland Creek Trailhead serves as the main trailhead for the northern end of the Jane Addmas Recreation Trail. It features parking, a large shelter house with electricity, lights and picnic tables, a restroom, water and a primitive campground area.
9 East Coffee
Coffee house and cafe specializing in espresso-based drinks, homemade desserts, pastries, soups and sandwiches, plus daily specials to accompany a superb cup of coffee. Free internet access, outdoor dining, and entertainment. Look for 9 East on Facebook. Credit Cards accepted. Open: Monday thru Friday: 7 am - 3 pm; Saturday;: 7 am - 2 pm.
McConnell Bobtown Landing
Enjoy the natural wonders of the Pecatonica River, Stephenson County's water trail, as is meanders nearly 60 miles through undisturbed Midwestern beauty. This landing offers ample parking, two picnic areas, portable toilet, 10' x 20' floating dock, fire pits and charcoal grills, two ADA fishing piers and canoe/kayak and boat launch. Camping at the site is available for canoes, kayaks and boaters. Reservations required.