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Diamond G Ranch & Western Store
Large western store -- everything for the horse & rider. Also, indoor and outdoor arenas. Boarding available.
Discovery Center Museum
Named one of the top 12 children's museums in the nation by Forbes in 2012, here kids can explore more than 250 hands-on art and science exhibits, a planetarium, TV studio and the Tot Spot for toddlers. Discovery Center also boasts the nation's first community-built outdoor science park, the Rock River Discovery Park, featuring a two-story maze, water play area and dinosaur fossil dig.
Dry Gultch Ranch
Located across from the Conover Square Shopping Village. Offering a full line of antique furniture, collectibles, estate jewelry, gifts, porcelain dolls, vintage clothing & hats, dishes, glassware & framed art - a little bit of everything!
Eagles Nest Gifts and Gallery
Beautifully crafted silver jewelry, Minnetonka moccasins, log furniture, and an outstanding art gallery filled with sculptures and pottery can be found at the Eagles Nest.
Edgebrook offers local specialty shopping with a unique blend of eclectic boutique shops, excellent restaurants and convenient service-oriented businesses, where there is truly something for everyone. Please visit edgebrookshops.com for a list of merchants and events happening. Owned and operated by Orput Companies, Inc.
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.
Edwards Apple Orchard West
Edwards West is a popular destination for families to enjoy the sights, tastes, and activities of an apple orchard and farm market. For a fun family outing, enjoy the experience of picking your own apples, pumpkins and raspberries. Visit the play area featuring the wooden bus and train, the corn cribs, the wagon slide and our animals in the "Petting Farm." Stroll through the over 100 year old dairy barn with displays of bright colored apples, freshly squeezed cider, fresh apple cider donuts, and wonderful gift items that are on display.
Open August through November, come visit our farm this fall to share in our rustic culture and enjoy a taste of the season. Many varieties of apples to taste. Also available, in season, are raspberries, pumpkins, home-made goodies, and our famous apple cider donuts. Take a horse drawn ride out to the orchard to pick your own apples too. Family tradition starts here! There's a petting zoo too.
CITY: Poplar Grove
Elliot Golf Course
Located on Rockford's far east side, Elliot is an 18-hole course with 6,443 yards of rolling terrain, large trees and spacious greens. A smattering of water hazards and sand bunkers make Elliot a challenging course for any golfer.
Enders Flowers at Edgebrook Shopping Center
Fresh and exotic flowers plus garden gifts.
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.
Ethnic Heritage Museum
Six nationalities that helped shape the cultural region are represented in this home museum, built in 1850. Located in the heart of the old water power district, the house features a room for each ethnic group it represents: African American, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Hispanic. Call to confirm hours and admission fees. Visit the website for information about current exhibits.
Exclusively Yours Leiza-George
A shopping experience like no other, this store has floor-to-ceiling gifts from around the would. Its specialties include handmade oak and Amish furniture, jewelry, linens, cards, Christmas items and more.
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.
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.
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.
Fairways Golf Course
The Fairways Golf Course is a serene 18-hole golf course designed by Perry Maxwell, ASGCA, which is open to the public and cherished by those in the Rochelle area since 1929. We are host to immaculate tree-lined fairways and an exceptional restaurant, Beacon on The Green, for lunch, dinners and banquets.
Fatt Cat Cafe
Fatt Cat Cafe is a great place to enjoy lunch with friends, serving homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. It is a beautiful place for special occasions.
Casual dining in a renovated fire station. Burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, carry outs and full bar. Banquet room available. Stop in to watch your favorite sporting event! Friday is All-U-Can Eat fish fry. Beer garden May-September.
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.
Five Points Pub
Five Points Pub gives you that hometown feel and homemade meal. Come in today for one of our daily specials or see some live entertainment on the weekends. We are open for lunch, dinner, and late night drinks!
Welcome to Flatlander Market. There are so many great things to experience every time you visit. Fresh coffee and espresso drinks, delicious sandwiches, homemade chili and soups, cookies by Sally baked everyday, crafted cheeses from near and far, and the largest selection of Illinois wines in McHenry county. Try some freshly ground and brewed private blend coffee, or our flavor of the day. You may want to have something from our espresso bar: Steaming hot espresso, cappuccinos and cafe latte, or even a tasty steamer.
Flower Bin Specialty Shoppe
Stop by and see their new location in Winter Plaza in Belvidere. Many wonderful gift items, fresh flowers, green plants, personalized service, and silk arrangements for home and office. Delivery all around the world -- AFS and Teleflora wire services.
Forest City Queen Riverboat
The Forest City Queen gives you an up close and personal glimpse of some of the most stately homes gracing the banks of the Rock River. You will hear about Rockford's humble beginnings on the Rock River and its continuing influence today. A variety of cruise options are available, from hourly narration tours, private rentals, family-style picnics, Ski Broncs performances, to elegant dining.
Beauty, innovation, and culinary perfection only begin to describe the new Franchesco's Ristorante. The Salamone family proudly invites everyone to their new home for an unforgettable experience. The beautiful patio is perfect for lunch, dinner, small private events, or ceremonies with flowers blooming in season and a beautiful fountain to enjoy!
Frank Lloyd Wright Pettit Memorial Chapel
Pettit Memorial Chapel, located in Belvidere Cemetery, was designed by Frank Llyod Wright and erected in 1907. Brochures available for self-guided historic tours. Open daily, 8am - sunset. Tours available by appointment.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois is the only building ever designed by the famed architect for a person with a disability. Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent commissioned and lived in the home from 1952 until early 2012, when it was acquired by a private foundation and added to the National Register of Historic Places. This single-story Usonian home is both functional and beautiful, decades ahead of ADA accessibility requirements. The home features a solar hemicycle footprint, patio, fishpond, carport, and outdoor connectivity to the natural landscape. The modest home is built of Chicago Common Brick and Red Tidewater Cypress and much of the labor and materials were sourced locally from Rockford.
Fran's Fantastic Antiques, Collectibles
Shop this unique inventory for antiques and collectibles including antique toys, furniture, linens, rugs, jewelry, books and more. The inventory is constantly changing, so stop and shop in the country. Open: May thru November: Friday thru Saturday: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Large European and American furniture from 1840's to 1930's: armoires, sideboards, tables, bureaus, chairs. More than 1,000 stained and beveled glass windows, some matching. Owner makes several annual European buying trips.
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
Garrett's Restaurant and Bar
Upscale, casual bar and grill specializing in salads, soups, sandwiches and pastas with specials every night. Attached to The Golf Shack, the combination of a golf superstore, driving range and full-service bar and grill is one of the first of its kind in the nation. Outdoor patio overlooks the driving range in the warmer months.
Genealogical Research Library
Research early history, marriages, cemetery and census records, and family books, all pertaining to Ogle County.
Genoa Cafe is located in the heart of Downtown Genoa. Stop in for breakfast or lunch and achieve that small town feel. We have an extensive menu that is sure to please. We look forward to seeing you!
Genoa Open Air Market
Last Saturday of the month from June through October. Featuring locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers, and artisan crafts.
Gensler Gardens is a family owned operation specilizing in greenhouses and locally grown vegetables.
CITY: Loves Park
Ghost Town Antiques
Country furniture, copper, brass, country accessories, woodenware, smalls, iron and tin. Appointment necessary.
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.
Golf Club at Timber Pointe
This 18-hole golf course is open to the public, and includes a practice facility and full-service clubhouse.
CITY: Poplar Grove
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.
We specialize in Fish, Steaks, Pastas and Grampa's own special Pizza, as well as Sandwiches & Melts for your dining pleasure!
Stop by and pick your own blueberries and red raspberries.
Hailey's Winery specializes in handcrafted wines from grape varieties native to Illinois, as well as other varietals, and seasonal fruits. We are a fully functioning winery, with all wines produced and bottled on the premises. Wine tastings are available in our tasting room any time during our business hours, and we also have weekend music events. In addition to wine, we have homemade bread, cheeses, chocolates, and gift items.
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.
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.
Harlem Globetrotters - BMO Harris Bank Center
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to BMO Harris Bank Center during the Harlem Globetrotters "Washington Generals' Revenge" Tour. The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to match the franchise's historic last victory over the Globetrotters nearly a half century ago. It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.
Harmony Hills Bed & Breakfast
A relaxing country getaway for all seasons. Enjoy country hospitality and charm at this 5 acre retreat in Northern Illinois designed especially for couples seeking time away or small groups wanting to share time together. Also available for meetings, bridal or baby showers, or teas. In addition it can host small weddings, receptions, or reunions on wooded acreage.
Harmony Water Garden
This aquatic nursery has hundreds of water lilies, marsh plants, fish and related products. In business for a decade. Pond maintenance services available, call for an appointment.
The HearthRock Café is inside an upscale home furnishings and fireplace store, which was once a furniture factory and store with stone fireplaces, stone columns, carved balustrade, granite tables, and hardwood floors. Gourmet coffee and espresso, Belgian waffles and fresh bakery items are the norm for breakfast. Soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches and quiche are served at lunch.
Featuring 10 rooms with new electric heat and air conditioning for very reasonable prices. TV in each room.
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.
Historic Auto Attractions
More than 70 historic autos including presidential limousines, Al Capone's car and movie cars such as the Batmobile, PLUS hundreds of "pieces of history" and constantly changing exhibits make this museum a step above the standard auto museum.
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.
Holiday Inn Express
The Holiday Inn Express Rochelle is conveniently located to many of Rochelle area attractions and cities. We are the choice of many visitors who want to be near the cities of Rockford, Sycamore, Dixon and DeKalb, Illinois, which are only a short drive away. The hotel is also only minutes away from many area attractions including Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College, Magic Waters Water Park, Rochelle Rail Fan Park, and some of the best golf in Illinois.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Loves Park
Located just off I-90. As with all Holiday Inn Express hotels, our ample complimentary "Hot" Breakfast Bar and Simply Smart baths are the leaders in the industry. Complimentary WiFi and hard wired internet are included. Offers 119 beautiful rooms equipped with a mini refrigerator and microwave. A Business Center and meeting rooms are available. We also have a heated swimming pool and whirlpool with outside patio and grills, a cardiovascular fitness center. We are a pet friendly hotel.
CITY: Loves Park
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. The 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.
Howard Johnson Hotel - Rockford
Experience a winning combination of friendly service, newly renovated accommodations, and spacious, comfortable guest rooms with luxury touches. The hotel includes a heated indoor pool, fitness center and 24-hour game room. Home office rooms are available for business clientele. There is a restaurant and lounge on site.
Hub City Antique Mall
Hub City Mall features antiques, used furniture, and much more. We offer beautiful antiques that you will love and our friendly staff will gladly assist you with all your antique shopping questions and needs.
Illinois Lincoln Highway
Take a journey on the Illinois Lincoln Highway, a 179 mile National Scenic Byway. From the Indiana border, west toward the mighty MIssissippi, you will find an adventure filled with variety, rich in history and heritage. As you travel the Lincoln Highway route across northern Illinois, take time to discover each communities' unique culture and special offerings and find a past era woven together with the present.
Ingersoll Golf Course
This wooded 18-hole course with narrow fairways and gently rolling terrain offers 6,107 challenging yards on its par 71 course. Opened in 1922, it is named for Lt. Clayton Ingersoll, who lost his life in an air crash over France in World War I. This course is located on Rockford's far west side and was selected by the Tiger Woods Foundation to host Tiger Woods for a two-day golf clinic in 2001 and 2004.
Irish Rose Saloon
Cozy, neighborhood restaurant in downtown Rockford's River District offering fresh seafood, delicious appetizers and unique spirits.
J.R. Kortman Center for Design
Upscale shop and gallery, in downtown Rockford.
Jane Addams International Peace Garden
This peace garden honors Rockford College alumna and Nobel laureate Jane Addams. The garden is located at Fisher Chapel on the grounds of Rockford College.
Jeff Adams "Images In Bronze"
Fine art gallery / sculptor, Jeff Adams studio. Tour full-service casting facility. Saturday by appointment.
CITY: Mount Morris
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. There is also a karaoke bar.
Joe's Pizza and Pub
Stop in for an ice cold beer and enjoy a hot pizza pie. We offer burgers, salad, pasta and more! You will just have to come in and explore our menu yourself. While your here, enjoy our outdoor dining area. Great for friends and family!
Josef of Barbados
Renowned Austrian chef Josef Schwaiger offers fine continental dining from Barbados. Seafood and oyster bar with a simple but elegant interior. Reservations suggested for Friday and Saturday evenings.
Karlsbad constantly has specials and a changing menu. Every Friday night is our famous Fish Fry, and every Sunday we have biscuits and gravy starting at 10am. We are a small tavern located in Downtown Genoa. Come in for good food, friendly service, and a nice conversation. Kids are welcome.
Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza
This 2.5-acre park is dedicated to promoting peace and celebrating diversity. The plaza is located at the head of Rockford's 20-mile Perryville Path network of bicycle and recreational trails.
CITY: Loves Park
Celebrating 100 years in 2012 - Visit the World's Oldest Family Owned Harley-Davidson dealership. An award winning facility, with an expanded showroom that features Harley-Davidson motorcycles, H-D Authorized Rentals, Harley-Davidson Riding Academy, full service department, fashion and riding gear, collectibles, parts and accessories, and much more.
Located in the heart of the mid-west in Monroe Center, Illinois, just a 20 minute drive south from Rockford, a quiet, majestic dwelling sits among the trees that seclude Kilbuck Creek from sight of even its closest neighbors. This secluded sanctuary in the wilderness could be the location of your upcoming wedding, family reunion, church or business retreat or romantic getaway.
CITY: Monroe Center
At Kinnikinnick Farm, you’ll sleep in tents and feed off the land as you experience life in a more relaxed environment. This is a 30-acre organic market farm that sells organic produce to some of Chicago’s best chefs and restaurants and direct to the public at the Evanston and the Chicago Green City Farmers Markets. In addition to organic vegetables, the farm produces eggs, raises chickens, and is the home for a small herd of sheep, hogs, 6 dogs, a rabbit named Bandit, and Shelly, the family’s Nubian milk goat.
Kirkland Family Restaurant
A great place to meet and eat! Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our Friday fish fry begins at 11am. Join us for delicious food, friendly service, and great prices!
Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society
In 1977, the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society was formed to bring together area people who had an interest in local and regional history and its preservation.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 155-acre living museum filled with spectacular gardens and rare trees. There’s beauty in every season from fragrant magnolia trees in spring and a butterfly garden in summer to the brilliant colors of fall and snow-capped evergreens in winter, when trails are cleared for walkers, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing. A 1.8 mile, handicapped-accessible paved path winds through the arboretum plus many secondary, chipped trails. Kids will have fun navigating the maze in the Children’s Garden. Klehm is dog-friendly and any leashed dog is welcome. Filled with four season beauty, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is waiting for you to explore.
Krafty Korner - Located inside R & D Do It Best Hardware
Unique gift items including, paintings from Spain, tractor collectables, yard art, candles, glass work, specialty items, and hard-to-find gift ideas.
Kryptonite is a live, original music venue specializing in Elite Craft Beers, customer service, signature cocktails, a sweet patio, Stand Up Comedy on Tuesdays, Trivia on Wednesdays, BARGO on Thursdays and so much more.
Kuma's Asian Bistro
Executive Chef Kuma Kim, born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, has assembled a collection of Asian cuisine with emphasis on contemporary taste and popularity. Kuma's decades of experience in the restaurant business and her attention to customer satisfaction has positioned Kuma's as a restaurant dedicated to tasty food, excellent service, and memorable experience. Outside dining in season.
La Vigna Restaurant
Fine Northern Italian cuisine. We bring the best of Italy to your table. Seafood, poultry, aged steaks, pasta, homemade desserts, full bar.
Lake LaDonna Family Campground
A great place for kids! Beach surrounding the lake is perfect for sunbathing or building sandcastles. Waterfall, rope swing, diving boards, slides and tire swing. Certified lifeguards on duty. Good food served daily in the lodge. Camp store, pavilion, playground, volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoes, restrooms, shower facilities, water, electric hook-ups, dump station. Facilities include campsites with water & electric hook-ups and air conditioned cabins with kitchenettes & full bathrooms.
Lake Louise Resort
The finest family recreational camping experience in Northern Illinois. Sandy beaches, slides, rafts, paddle boats, fishing, kiddie beach, sand volleyball, basketball, game room, bonfires, bands, dancing, music, horseshoes and 13- acre spring-fed lake.
The laser tag maze is a multi-level game floor with black lights, music, sound effects and automatic computerized scoring.
Offering premium baked goods, specialty cakes, wedding cakes and lunch items, including soups, salads and sandwiches.
Laughing Cat Antiques Shop
The Laughing Cat Antiques Shop is the purrfect place to find that vintage treasure, your own personal key to the past! We have 17 dealers here to make sure you have plenty to choose from. you will find vintage Indian jewelry as well as rhinestone and sterling. Come in, walk down memory lane, and see our eclectic mix of antiques, rare antique post office items, depression glass, antique dolls, advertising signs, and Victorian children's items. We also have a primitives room for you, featuring the most fantastic American primitives...a must see!
A campground nestled in Marengo.
Levin's Shoes and Dry Goods
Family owned since 1922. Shoes and clothing for the whole family. Name brand as well as some unusual items.
Eight acres of beautiful landscaping and flower gardens include the Life of Christ Memorial Garden, featuring life-sized sculptures tracing the life of Christ from birth to ascension.
CITY: Monroe Center
Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Genoa
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 Genoa mural depicts the history, heritage, and events of the highway and its impact on Genoa and the other communities along the Illinois route.
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.
Come Home to Lino's for great food and great music. Lino's is a long-standing Rockford Italian eatery with lots of atmosphere. Full menu of pasta, pizza, veal, chicken and fish with nightly specials. Enjoy smooth Jazz from the Midwest's best musicians every Tuesday and Thursday, 6-9pm, at "Jazz Night in Old Italy." The core group consists of Eddie B. Jazz trio with special guest musicians from all over. Enjoy the music in the "Village" of Old Italy.
Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children's Farm
Forty acres of woods and meadows for riders eight years old and up; trail rides--excellent for first-time or occasional riders--offered on weekends. Also in Lockwood Park: pony ring, wagon rides, hayrides, petting farm and riding lessons. Special season opening activities in the spring and Halloween hayrides in the fall. Call for hours, rates and group outing opportunities.
Long Prairie Trail
This 14.6 mile paved recreational trail runs south of Illinois Route 173 and winds past the Northern Boone County towns of Caledonia, Capron, Belvidere and Poplar Grove.
Lowden State Park
One of the most picturesque sites along the Rock River is just north of Oregon in Ogle County. The bluffs are graced with a majestic image of an American Indian gazing over the Rock River Valley. This is no ordinary statue. It is a 50 foot, concrete-reinforced wonder that is awe-inspiring. A tribute to all Native Americans, but more commonly associated with Chief Black Hawk, the statue was designed by sculptor Lorado Taft. You can enjoy many wonderful views of the Rock River from the park, but the best view of the statue is from IL Rt. 2.
Lowden-Miller State Forest
Nestled in the Rock River Valley, just 3 miles south of the town of Oregon, lies a 2,291-acre wooded area that is one of Ogle County's most beautiful and historic sites. Its scenic qualities come from 120-foot bluffs along 3.5 miles of riverfront forested with hardwood and pine trees. The history stems from the individual who, in the early part of the 20th century, augmented the natural hardwood forest by planting pines. Frank O. Lowden (1861-1943), Illinois' governor from 1917-1921, ardently embraced proper land use and strongly believed in reforestation as a way to retard soil erosion. Over several decades, an estimated 500,000 trees were seeded directly by him or under his supervision.
Macktown Golf Course
This beautiful 18-hole, par 71 course was built in the 1930s with limited sand traps and one pond. It's located in Rockton, near the site of the earliest white settlement in Northern Illinois.
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.
Magic Waters Waterpark
Some of the many fun water attractions include the five-story Abyss (a dark tunnel tube ride), the two-person Splash Blaster water coaster, Tsunami Bay (Illinois' largest wave pool), Splash Magic River, and Little Lagoon for the tykes. The newest ride is the Double Dare Drop speed slides. Each slide drops riders 75 feet, making the thrill ride the steepest speed slide in northern Illinois.
CITY: Cherry Valley