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Gingerbread Firehouse Contest & Holiday Open House
See more than dozen gingerbread fire stations, and burning buildings, which have been specially crafted for this annual holiday event. All gingerbread entries must depict a firefighting themed architectural structure, real or imaginary and everything must be edible. The exhibit opens and will be judged on Saturday November 29. All gingerbread FIREhouses will remain on exhibit at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum though Christmas.
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
Largest tall grass prairie in Illinois. Big bluestem, Indian grass, and switchgrass thrive here, as do broad-leafed flowering plants known as forbs. Hiking and cross-country skiing.
Gramma's Attic Antique Mall
3 floors - 7,500 square feet of antiques, gifts, linens, crafts, glassware, collectibles, furniture, cast iron skillets, farm toy collectibles, books, dolls and pottery. Come shop where the coffee is always on and cookies served.
Gramma's Family Restaurant & Pancake House
Breakfast and brunch seven days a week!
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.
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort and Enchanted Forest
Discover a magical family getaway just beyond the glow of Chicago at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. Nestled in the Starved Rock area of Illinois, Grizzly Jack's is an oasis of relaxation and adventure - a destination where water park fun meets natural wonder. Escape from the big city and enjoy a vacation in the scenic Northwoods at Grizzly Jack's - an unforgettable place to unwind, play, meet, dine and explore with family and friends.
Grundy County Historical Society
Museum hours of operation are Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM. Call in advance for guided tours (48 hour notice). The museum has extensive Mazon Fossils, a replica of an early 1890 store, a replica of a 1900 living room as well as a 'tool shed' showing many of the early tools used by pioneers and early farmers. There are many other exhibits as well.
Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora
Near major attractions like Blackberry Farm, great golfing and shopping. Short drive to Hollywood Casino, Paramount Theatre and more. Amenities include 6,000 square foot swimming complex, kiddie pool, 2,200-gallon hot tub, exercise room and free high speed internet.
Hampton Inn and Suites - Aurora
127 rooms with a 5,000 sq. ft. conf. center. 6,000 sq. ft. indoor pool complex with game room and fitness center. Free high-speed internet.
Hampton Inn- Ottawa
Interstate I 80 and 90. Indoor pool and whirlpool. Free hot breakfast. free local phone, in room movies and abusiness center.
Hampton Inn Yorkville
77 guest rooms, including single-room and whirlpool suites, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, business center, On the House™ hot breakfast, meeting space and free wired and wireless Internet. Near Raging Waves Waterpark, Yorkville canoe/kayak chute and more.
Your friendly everyday store, featuring groceries, produce, fresh meat, dairy, bakery, liquor, lotto and deli. Famous for a wide selection of hot and cold items. Open Everyday 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
Hank's Farm Restaurant
Hank's Farm offers casual Italian-American dining in a warm and rustic atmosphere. Enjoy outdoor views and animals from our converted dairy barn in a country setting. Also, visit Curious Goods and shop our collection of gifts, Antiques and Costume Company. Open Monday - Saturday at 4:00 P.M. Sunday Brunch 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. & Dinner from 3:30 P.M.
At Hansen's Motel, we offer a wide range of king, queen and double bed rooms. We also offer you the full range of amenities that you would expect in a quality motel.
Hardanger Hus is located in the quaint village of Lee. This shop boasts a wide selection of Norwegian and Swedish gifts, material and thread for needle work, jewelry, books, and other unique finds. Hardanger Hus has been a staple in the community for over 30 years.
Heidecke State Fish and Wildlife Area
State hunting, fishing, and wildlife refuge.
Heritage Bluffs Public Golf Club
This premier golfing destination was awarded 4-1/2 stars in Golf Digest's list of Places to Play.
Heritage Bluffs- The Grille Room
Daily specials, casual atmosphere in the Grille Room Restaurant at the Heritage Bluffs Golf Course. Patio area, meeting room available and banquets. Lunch from 11 - 2.
Heritage Hall & Chapel on the Green
Dating back to 1855, the chapel is Kendall County's oldest church building and is adorned with stained glass windows and a restored 1899 pipe organ.
Heritage Harbor - Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a premier Marina Resort Community located on the banks of the Illinois River. Visit our water front restaurant or rent a cottage.
Heritage Harbor Resort & Marina
Heritage Harbor Ottawa is the premier Marina Resort Community. Located in the heart of Starved Rock Country, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is home port for your next great adventure!
Hickory Hollow Campgrounds
Wi-Fi available at no charge. Meeting/banquet space available. 37acres with 89 water, sewer & electric sites and 45 tent sites, plus cabins. Store, laundry, showers, and swimming pool. Near Starved Rock.
Hide-A-Way Lakes Camping & Recreational Park
Open all year. Nestled on 150 acres are wooded and secluded campsites with Morgan Creek meandering throughout, surrounded by several lakes. There are more than 5,000 feet of frontage on the beautiful Fox River with primitive camping, trailer rentals, yearly sites and full hook-ups for rigs of all sizes.
Planned activities include a craft show, a dance contest, stein holding contests, antique tractor show, races, a church service and delectable international food and much more!
Easy-access, casual dinning offering a wide variety of foods, along with a selection of appetizers, salads, sides and desserts in a relaxing and casual atmosphere. Cocktails available. Open 7 days a week, 6am - 9pm.
Holiday House Walk
Come and enjoy a tour of five beautifully decorated and historic homes in Hinckley open to the public. Five homes will be featured in this holiday event. Tickets will go on sale beginning November 1. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of as well. The house walk will be from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Sponsored by Hinckley Parks and Recreation. Tickets are available at the following locations: Hinckley Fresh Market, Hinckley Public Library, Hinckley Village Office, Jack and Jina’s BP, and Treasures Old and New
Holiday in the Grove
Enjoy Christmas in the Grove this year! Children's Holiday Shop, sleigh rides, caroling, crafts, breakfast with Santa. Children's Free Raffle basket returns with goodies for all ages!
CITY: Sugar Grove
Holiday Inn - Aurora
The new Holiday Inn Aurora offers an unique upscale experience. Our contemporary and inviting décor provides the perfect ambiance for any occasion.
Holiday Inn Aurora
Holiday Inn Aurora North/Naperville is a new full-service hotel committed to providing the kind of service that you need and deserve. Offering all the luxury amenities you have come to expect with a warm and inviting atmosphere. We take great pride in our hospitality. Wake up to a breakfast cooked fresh to order, later enjoy a delectable dinner served in our own Kem’s restaurant, Unwind in our lounge. Tired, order room service delivered hot, prompt with a smile. Enjoy our indoor heated pool and 24-hour fitness center, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, and business center. Free parking is always available, easy access to major expressways. The Holiday Inn Aurora North/Naperville offers many inviting and inexpensive hotel package deals. Call the hotel or check our Web site for deals. Meeting and banquet space available.
Holiday Inn Aurora
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast cooked fresh to order or try our awesome breakfast buffet, later enjoy a delectable dinner with daily specials all served in our own Kems restaurant, Unwind in our lounge or sit in front of our dazzling fire place. Tired and just want to rest order some room service delivered hot and prompt with a smile.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Oswego
Features 64 rooms, including 6 jacuzzi rooms. Complimentary deluxe breakfast, exercise room, indoor pool/spa and meeting room.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Morris
Grundy County's only full service hotel. Indoor swimming pool. free coffee in the AM, Free Cookies in the PM.
Holiday Inn Express- Ottawa
Indoor pool and whirlpool, free breakfast buffet bar. in room movies. Whirlpool room available.
Holiday Lights Train
The Holiday Light Train is Pete's biggest event of the year. The park is decorated for the Holidays. See over 250,000 lights in various displays. Giant toy soldiers, candy canes, cascading snow flakes, flying reindeer, and swans swimming, just to name a few of Pete's displays!
Hollywood Casino Aurora
Hollywood Casino Aurora has all of the newest and hottest slots. Denominations ranging from 1 cent to $100 including multi-denomination machines. One blockbuster hit after another, plus find all traditional favorites, popular themes and progressive machines that deliver big pay outs, plus the best variety of table games and Poker Room.
Home for the Holidays
Start the season of good cheer off right with an old-fashioned holiday feeling in downtown Morris. The nostalgic street lights downtown take on a festive glow with wreaths and lights adorning the lampposts. The celebration features a house walk, a night time lighted parade, carriage rides, trolley rides, a children's winter carnival, the festival of trees, live reindeer and of course, Santa!.
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.
Houlahan's Tavern & Grill
A fun family atmosphere. Open for lunch everyday. We have a large menu for you to choose from. There is a smoke-free dining area for your enjoyment. Check in often for our Special Events!
Hume Carnegie Museum
Wild Bill Hickok, extensive photographic collection, memorabilia of yesteryear, and special exhibits.
I & M Canal State Trail
The I&M Canal Trail offers 61 miles of picturesque hiking and biking trails that follow the historic route of the I&M Canal from Channahon to LaSalle. The Trail also boasts Illinois’ longest continuous snowmobile trail, and is a favored route for cross-country skiers.
I&M Canal State Trail
Enjoy hiking, jogging, cross-country skiing, camping, snowmobiling, fishing, boating, canoeing and biking along the I&M Canal State Trail. This 61-mile recreational trail begins at Brandon Road in Rockdale and parallels the canal to LaSalle Peru.
Illini State Park
Illini State Park is the type of park you think of when you think of big picnics and family gatherings. With its rustic Civilian Conservation Corps buildings and riverside picnic areas, Illini State Park offers beautiful views and a sense of history not found in many other parks. Named for the native Americans who once inhabited the area, Illini State Park is located south of the Illinois River between Marseilles and U.S. Route 6. The northern edge of the 510-acre park is bordered by the Great Falls of the Illinois River. In just 2 miles, the river drops 3 feet, creating beautiful, roaring rapids.
The Illinois River slices a 273-mile long path through the state—its waters lapping along the shores of many cities, including; La Salle, Peru, Peoria and Ottawa to name just a few. It’s in Ottawa where the Illinois River meets Buffalo Rock. Buffalo Rock sits like a sandstone island above the surrounding land and the Illinois River, and offers sweeping views of this famed waterway. On your journey down the river, your eyes will never tire from all the wildlife that call the river home. From Black-crowed heron, river otters, Western ribbon snakes even bald eagles. In some spots you’ll traverse tight canyons with tall rock formations on either side, and in other areas you’ll share the river with barges and commercial boats. Whether you’re kayaking or canoeing, you’ll experience the shear power of the winding river that was carved by glacial melt water in all its seasonal colors, with its various incarnations of forests, wetlands, bluffs and prairies to enjoy.
Illinois River at Buffalo Rock State Park
The Illinois River slices a 273-mile long path through the state—its waters lapping along the shores of many cities, including LaSalle, Peru, Peoria and Ottawa to name just a few. It’s in Ottawa where the Illinois River meets Buffalo Rock. Buffalo Rock sits like a sandstone island above the surrounding land and the Illinois River, and offers sweeping views of this famed waterway. Whether you’re kayaking or canoeing, you’ll experience the shear power of the winding river that was carved by glacial melt water in all its seasonal colors, with its various incarnations of forests, wetlands, bluffs and prairies to enjoy.
Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park
The Illinois River slices a 273-mile long path through the state—but it’s in Utica where the Illinois River meets Starved Rock State Park. With 18 canyons, and sandstone bluffs for four miles, Starved Rock State Park is one of Illinois’ treasured nature habitats. On your journey down the river, your eyes will never tire from all the wildlife that call the river home. From Black-crowed heron, river otters, Western ribbon snakes, even bald eagles. Whether you’re kayaking or canoeing, you’ll experience the shear power of the winding river that was carved by glacial melt water in all its seasonal colors, with its various incarnations of forests, wetlands, bluffs and prairies to enjoy.
Illinois River Winery
Come tour the winery, visit the tasting room and outdoor wine garden, featuring award-winning wines made in the Illinois River Valley. Open everyday!
Illinois Waterway Visitor Center
View Starved Rock Lock & Dam. Enjoy interacting with towboat Pilot House. Learn Illinois River's unique history and watch wildlife (bald eagles in winter).
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life. Located on the historic I & M Canal, Nostalgic Downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. For more information visit www.shopmorrisil.com.
J&K Half Moon Tavern
J&K Half Moon Tavern staff will know you by name by the time you finish your meal. We strive to give you that true midwestern hospitality. Come in for our famous Oyster Sunday, or one of our many other specials! We take your dining experience to the next level. Try us out today!
Jeremiah Joe's Coffee
We offer the finest in espresso based drinks and fresh roasted coffee, pastries and biscotti. We also have fresh roasted beans for your own kitchen!
JJ'S Pub on Main
JJ's Pub is a sports bar & grill featuring 10 TVs, 16 taps, food, an outdoor patio & easy access to public boat docks on the Illinois River.
Jobst Monuments & Gifts
Unique Gifts featuring Garden Deco! Visit our fairy garden corner. Open Monday - Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-3 and Sundays 12pm-4pm (Seasonally).
Joy & Eds
Breakfast specials along with homemade soup, chili and daily lunch specials. Dinner Specials along with homemade pizzas! Carry outs available! Open: 6am Breakfast, 11am lunch and 4pm dinner
JR Antiques and Collectibles
Specializing in antiques, collectibles, furniture, primitives and much more.
Gift boutique and gift basket retailer.
Less than 1 hour from Chicago, Kayak Morris provides unique rentals, guided tours and lessons. Trips are approximately 2 hours in length. Kayak and canoe tours maintain a leisurely pace, making stops along the way to enjoy nature and to take a rest. For a faster pace try a specialty kayak or canoe tour. All kayak and canoe tours will be on the Illinois River, Mazon River or I&M canal. All tours include kayak or canoe, life vest, paddle, lesson, and safety briefing. Tours are kept small in size to maintain comfort and pacing, so make sure to reserve your place ahead of time.
Kendall County Flea Market
Held June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9 and Oct. 14.
Kendall County Historical Society's Heritage Hall & Chapel on the Green
Dating back to 1855, the chapel is Kendall County's oldest church building, adorned with stained glass windows and a restored 1899 pipe organ. The adjacent hall houses local artifacts, including photographs and clothing.
La Di Da Bridal
La Di Da Bridal specializes in gowns for the Bride, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, and Flower Girl. We also carry prom gowns, evening wear, and an array of accessories.
Lakeside Bait Shop, Boat Rental, and Tackle
The staff of Lakeside Bait Shop, Boat Rental, and Tackle are courtesy, friendly and willing to help you get the best of your trip to Shabbona Lake. This shop has everything you could ever need out on the lake from fishing line to boat rentals. The staff is knowledegable and can assist you in anyway possible.
Landers House is located a half a block from charming downtown Utica, home of historic Mill Street. We are country lodging in a truly unique setting geared to pamper. We have four cottages with 2 person whirlpools, fireplaces, large bathrooms with two person showers, loft bedrooms with down filled bedding and sky lights, cable TV, CD Players, wet bars stocked with coffee and teas, glassware and dishware for two. Our suites and rooms are designed with our guests comfort in mind. We encourage you to indulge in your fantasies, revive your romantic nature and relax in a secluded atmosphere.
Larson's Family Farm
Open throughout October, enjoy scenic hayrides on weekends, a pumpkin patch, the Barn Store, and Christmas trees after Thanksgiving.
Larson's Family Farm
Visit the Larson Family Farm for some old fashioned country fun. In the fall, the farm offers pumpkins and gourds, hay rack rides and fall home decor. Come to the farm to cut your own Christmas tree. The venue is available for special event rentals. They offer evening bonfires on fall weekends and host school groups during weekdays.
LaSalle County Historical Museum
LaSalle County history including Native American artifacts in an I & M Canal era warehouse, plus a blacksmith shop, a one room school and pioneer farm equipment.
LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
2,058 acre lake with rocky shoreline. Called a "perched" lake because it is formed by levees that rise above the surrounding land. High winds require that safety precautions be followed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
LaSalle Peru KOA Campground
Camping in a country setting away from interstate noise. RV, Tent Sites & Cabin Rentals. General Store, showers, heated pool, WiFi & cable TV.
Little White Schoolhouse Museum
Constructed in 1854 as a church, this Greek Revival building also served as a schoolhouse for nearly 50 years. A later addition now serves as a museum of Oswego memorabilia.
Lone Star Restaurant
Open 7 days a week at 6:00 AM serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Family restaurant with cocktail lounge. Serving homemade food and chef's specials. Excellent food, friendly service, great prices. Serving our area for more than Thirty years.
Lord Stocking's Bed & Breakfast
Thee-story, Victorian home decorated with original antique furnishings. Mendota has parks and three museums. Starved Rock State Park is close by. Please call for reservations.
Los Jinetes Mexican Grill
Hinckley's newest culinary experience! Authentic mexican cuisine and atmosphere will make your meal here memorable! Vegetarian options are available, but meat eaters will not be left hungry.
Enjoy traditional Italian dishes and authentic Italian-trained chefs' recipes while dining in one of Luigi's rooms from his beautiful Italian villa. Banquet facilities available.
Luigi's Pizza and Fun Center
Enjoy the fun here that includes laser tag, an arcade room and great pizza.
Lyon Farm & Village
Features 15 historic buildings that trace the history of Kendall County plus an 1819 Chicago Burlington & Quincy caboose, a fully-stocked general store, an 1840s schoolhouse, town hall, a working blacksmith shop, the Plano Train Depot, (c. 1850s) and Yorkville Firehouse (c. 1888).
M.J. Hogan Grain Elevator and Visitor Center
The earliest remaining elevator along the canal that was fully operational during the canal's heyday. Built in 1862, the grain elevator allowed farmers to unload their grain locally instead of hauling it to the Chicago market by wagon.
Madison Street Living Rental
Historic Queen Anne in downtown Ottawa within walking distance of dining, shopping & entertainment. Full Kitchen, washer/dryer, HDTV, Wi-Fi, jetted whirlpool tub. Special requests welcome. No pets/smoking.
Mae's Fine Design
Mae's Fine Designs deals with the same jewelry trade companies as the big mall jewelry stores deal with, but without the high up-scale pricing. Come in to find the perfect piece of jewelry for your loved one. Mae's has everything from engagement rings to necklaces. We also offer simple repairs such as broken chain to full customize channel set diamond ring.
Mann Made -- My Blankie
Home of My Blankie, invites you to "experience Ottawa" & experience the world of sewing excellence!! A family business since 1957.
Free High speed wireless internet. Free HBO and Showtime. Jacuzzi rooms available. Spacious rooms and guest laundry.
Marcia's Bed & Breakfast
Three separate self-sustaining buildings, The Round House, The Cottage and The Pine Room. All units feature air conditioning, a wood burning stove, kitchenette, private bath and dish television
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.
Fine, Italian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
Marie Olmstead Museum
Described as "a hidden gem" of local cultural, natural and prehistoric history for lower DeKalb and upper LaSalle Counties. Three rooms comprising some 5,000 square feet packed full of artifacts and antiques that could be featured on "Antiques Raodshow". One of the "must-sees" is a 32-round flitlock rifle reportedly presented to Chief Shabbona at the signing of the peace treaty at Prairie du Chien in 1829. A favorite of the youngsters to see while visiting the museum is a stuffed, two-headed calf.
Market on Main Street
Friday nights will never be the same. Don't miss the all new Market on Main Street in historic downtown Oswego. There will be quality antiques, re-purposed finds, vintage treasures, handmade items, entertainment, food and more. The shops and restaurants in downtown Oswego will be open late as well. Held the last Friday of the months of July, August, and September.
Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area
Containing 2,550 acres, the area is jointly used by the Illinois National Guard as a training facility and is open to the general public for hunting.
Matthiessen State Park
Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately four miles south of Utica and three miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. All of this, along with park and picnic facilities make Matthiessen State Park a popular choice for a special outing.
Matthiessen State Park
Enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing and more in this state park known for its waterfalls, bluffs and canyons.
Matthiessen State Park - Cross Country Skiing
Five miles of scenic trails amidst a spectacular geological backdrop enable hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, runners and cross-country skiers to experience a peaceful jaunt through the park, while families congregate around fully-equipped, shaded picnic areas neighboring playgrounds, trailheads and 17th-Century restored French fort.
Mega Stars of Country
Doug Brewin as Alan Jackson and Larry Turner as George Strait. Together, they are Brooks and Dunn! They're the closet thing to the real deal.
Mendota Hills Wind Farm
The largest commercial wind farm in Illinois features 63 towering windmills that are an awesome sight to see, and generate an alternative source of electric power.
CITY: Paw Paw
Mendota Museum and Historical Society
Dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the people, commerce, and industry of the Mendota area. Extensive photographic collection depicting over 100 years of Mendota area history. Three Western Cottage organs and a Carpenter organ manufactured in Mendota in late 1800s. Hume-Carnegie Museum Saturday & Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 3/1 - 12/15; Union Depot Railroad Sat & Sun Noon to 4:00 PM, 3/1 – 12/15 Breaking the Prairie Museum by appointment. Office hours Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Midnight in Morris
Celebrate the season and shop in beautiful downtown Morris, located on the historic I & M Canal. Check out all the specials and shop late for all your holiday gifts and supplies. The shops are open from 8:00pm to midnight specifically for this event.
Mill Street Inn
Mill Street Inn is a quaint upstairs deluxe suite featuring a King-size bedroom, pull-out Queen sofa and 50" Plasma TV, nestled in the center of downtown Utica. Fully-equipped kitchen and full-size bath. Just steps to shops, pubs and dining and just a few minutes drive to Starved Rock and other State Parks.
CITY: North Utica
Mill Street Market
Full-line grocery store. Fresh meat and homemade sausage. Liquor and beer. Camping and grilling supplies.
Monte's Riverside Inn
"For the finest steaks, seafood, and pasta in LaSalle County."
Morris Antique Emporium
A division of Rusty and Dusty Antiques Inc., built in 1879 and provides a nostalgic look back in time offering jewelry, collectibles, Howard products, toys, gumball machines, furniture, license plates, automotive &rRailroad memorabilia, die cast cars and many other treasues!
Motel 6 - Aurora
118 units convenient to I-88. Major credit cards accepted.