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University of Illinois Champaign Urbana
The University of Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching and public engagement. It's distinguished by the breadth of their programs, broad academic excellence and internationally renowned faculty. This Big Ten school offers rich experiences beyond the classroom from the best in performing arts to world-class sports. Discover the scenic campus through tours of the historic buildings and those that are pushing the envelope in technology.
Chicago Pizza Tours
This bus tour allows visitors to sample four types of Chicago pizza: thin crust, deep dish, stuffed and Neopolitan. Learn about and see Chicago one slice at a time.
Barn Quilts of Kankakee County
For an enjoyable leisurely drive through the scenic countryside; come to Kankakee County and do the barn quilt tour. Throughout the county mounted on historic barns or corncribs are 8 by 8 foot painted wood blocks with a colorful quilted pattern. Each Barn Quilt shares a unique story of growth, celebration, toil and tradition. For more information please call 800-747-4837 or log on to www.VisitKankakeeCounty.com
Center Children's Farm
Experience life down on the farm during guided family tours, or take a hike on the peaceful nature trail.
CITY: Palos Park
Carl Sandburg State Historic Site
Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born in the the three-room cottage at 331 E. Third Street in Galesburg on January 6, 1878. The modest house relfects the typcial living conditions of a late-nineteenth-century working-class family and features many furnishings that once belonged to the Sandburg family. Behind the home stands a small wooded park which features the Quotation Walk, a celebration of the Prairie Poet's work and words. It is in this tranquil setting that the ashes of Carl Sandburg and his wife Lilian were liad to rest beneath Remberance Rock.
Pleasant Home - Oak Park
Explore the opulent 30-room mansion designed by prominent Prairie School architect Geroge H. Maher
CITY: Oak Park
O'Leary's Chicago Fire Truck Tours
Board a genuine open-air antique fire truck and take a tour that focuses on the Chicago FIre, and stops at two Chicago fire stations. Reservations required.
Voices of Jacksonville Audio Tour
Tune to radio frequencies at each of the seven locations throughout Jacksonville to see the actual places and hear the real stories of Abraham Lincoln as his friends and associates knew him.
Friends of Community Public Art
Offering scheduled tours of the FCPA murals and mosaic sculpture studios. See art being made by professional and local artists, and learn the details of their work. Art classes available. Visit www.facebook.com/fcpajoliet for more information.
Experience "Life on the Mississippi River" at this annual festival. Take free tours of working towboats. Enjoy live music, special deals, giveaways and much more. For more information, call (618) 786-7678.
Ridgeland Historic District Tour
This self-guided audio tour takes you through one of the "Prettiest Painted Places in America," the Ridgeland Historic District, to view great architecture and hear stories of famous Oak Lawn natives.
CITY: Oak Lawn
Mt. Carroll Walking Tour
Take a self-guided walking tour through Mt. Carroll's historic district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
CITY: Mount Carroll
Effingham County Courthouse
The courthouse was built in 1871 after Effingham was named the county seat. The courhouse retains a pristine exterior and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also features a museum inside. The museum displays two rooms devoted to the military, which gets changed throughout the year. It also has a room dedicated to the railroads in Effingham County. The Effingham County Courthouse is open Tuesday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jacksonville History and Hauntings Tours
This haunted Jacksonville tour takes you to spirited sites in the downtown area, with each tour lasting approximately 2-1/2 to 3 hours. The tour includes the ghost stories and history behind each of the reputedly haunted sites.
Built in 1869, the brick mansion boasts 14 rooms featuring Italianate architecture and local river lore history. Tours offered daily. The Historical Society hosts special events & luncheons.
Illinois State University Farms
Open for group tours only, this farm includes a dairy operation, animals fed and monitored by computer, Crops of the world seen during growing season and the Aqua-Culture Center.
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.
East End Historic District
The East End Historic District is distinquished by its grand collection of homes of every period and style since 1850. Most have been painstakingly restored with lawns of beautiful planted sugar maples, tulip trees, flowering dogwood and redbud trees. Enjoy Quincy's several historic districts through the Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's Self Guided Driving Tour, available online at www.seequincy.com.
Amelia's Galena Ghost Tours, Inc.
Nightly ghost tours on a luxury air-conditioned shuttle bus with a theatrical flair exploring several locations in historically haunted Galena.
Ocean Farm is working to make a harmonious place where nature and agriculture complement each other. A contour strip rotation uses corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa, and buckwheat. 56 acres are used in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.
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!
John C. Flanagan House Museum
The John C. Flanagan House Museum was built in 1837 on Peoria’s east bluff by John C. Flanagan and is the oldest standing house in Peoria. This American Federal style house offers a spectacular view of the Illinois River Valley.
Carriage Classics, Ltd.
This horse-drawn carriage service is available for scenic tours, weddings and other occasions. Equipped for all seasons. Evening rides in downtown Peoria Fridays and Saturdays during April through mid-October. Thursday through Saturday rides during June through August. Pick-up points at Hotel Pere Marquette and The Landing. $20 for two adults and $5 for each additional person. Children under 10 ride free. Carriage rides available 7 p.m. through midnight. May be hired any time of the year for service in the Peoria and surrounding area. We also have a horse-drawn trolley available for special groups outings. Call for details!!!
Clayville Spring Festival
Imagine it's the 1820's at a stage coach stop and pioneer village. Come see how the early settlers lived, artisan demonstrations, historic tours, crafts & games for kids. Re-enactments throughout the day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Glidden Homestead Patent Day Celebration!
Joseph F. Glidden was granted a patent on November 24, 1874 for "The Winner," what became one of the most-widely used types of barbed wire in the nation. It all began on the Glidden farm, at the time “a mile west of the City of DeKalb.” Joseph began searching for a better fencing method after his wife, Lucinda, complained about livestock getting into the yard. Hours: Noon to 4:00 pm. Barbed Wire Sites Tour at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Come see noodles and sauce made from scratch. Baskets and shipping are also available.
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music holds diverse collections of personal papers, archival records, and museum artifacts documenting America’s music heritage from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as scholarship produced by nationally and internationally recognized composers, musicians, conductors, and inventors. The Center is home to the world’s largest concentration of original compositions by John Philip Sousa, one of many significant historical collections that document the American band movement and the early evolution of electronic and avant-garde music. The Sousa Archives strives to provide exceptional service, programming, access, and tours of our collections to all visitors.
Whiteside County Barn Tour
Now in its 7th year, the 2014 tour of historic barns will feature 10 barns in the northern section of Whiteside County telling the history of agriculture in this region. Admission is $20 per vehicle and price includes tour book and map.
Locally owned tour bus that can seat up to 12 people. Services available include wine trail tours, scenic tours, as well as sporting and special events.
Mid-America Air Center
The Air Center hosts many fly-ins and ultra-lights throughout the year.
Clayville Fall Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, reenactments by the 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment, Chris Camp-The Whip Guy and with musical entertainment. This will make a memorable day!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
The Heart Theatre is located across the street from the Effingham County Courthouse. The theatre is one of the two examples in Effingham of the Art Deco style that was popular from 1920 to 1940.
Embark on a culinary adventure to Chicago's finest restaurants. Guests are chauffeured around the city to enjoy hors d'oeuvres served at the first restaurant, the main course at a second restaurant and dessert at a third restaurant.
Historic 4th at Clayville
In 1842 the Broadwell family hosted a 4th of July celebration at Clayville with artillery, bands, speeches, food and refreshments. Over 300 people came from Springfield alone! Come and help recreate this historic event. You may even see Mr. Lincoln himself!
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Teutopolis Monastery Museum
See displays of early life in this German Catholic community, founded in 1838. The first Franciscans arrived in October 1858, and the three priests and six brothers quickly set about building a parish and friary.
Prairie Dreams-The Story of Clayville and Its People
This play is set and performed at the 1824 Clayville Stagecoach Stop. Featuring stories of the people who built and traveled through Clayville, includiing Peter Cartwright and Abraham Lincoln.
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Hakuna Matata: Sunset Wine Cruise
Take a relaxing sunset cruise aboard the Hakuna Matata on the Mississippi River. You’ll have a chance to enjoy three samplings then two glasses of wine while also enjoying some appetizers including Wisconsin cheese, a fresh fruit tray, dips, breads and more. Boarding, which is at Alton Marina, begins 30 minutes prior to the cruise. The cruise will last 90 minutes. Cruises are scheduled for April 25, April 26, May 16 & May 17. For more information or to make reservations, call (800) 258-6645.
Start the Christmas season off right, head downtown to the City of Effingham and Central Business District's Small Town Christmas and Christmas tree lighting event! Santa will arrive downtown around 4:00 p.m. to officially light the "City of Effingham" Christmas tree on the Courthouse square lawn. Be downtown to see Santa arrive with all of his elves and make sure you get in line to give him your Christmas list! There will also be Christmas Carolers serenading you with songs throughout the event, along with other goodies. Step back in time and take a ride on a horse drawn carriage through the downtown area. Bring the whole family downtown to kick off the holiday season right!
Experienced birder, knowledgeable about a variety of birding habitats in the Galena/Jo Daviess County Area, offers guided field trips on selected Saturdays. Private trips available by appointment.
Pride Inc. Home and Garden Tour
Tour the lush gardens of nine beautiful homes in Alton and Godfrey during this annual summer event. Enjoy a mix of contemporary, traditional and historic neighborhoods as you venture into some of the most beautifully landscaped gardens in the region.
Spirit of Peoria Full Day Cruise
Enjoy a full day of fun relaxing on the Illinois River. Your trip includes: all inclusive ticket pricing, all-you-can-eat meals, professional storytelling, unlimited complimentary drinks, historic information, wildlife sightings, indoor comforts, outdoor relaxation, live entertainment, ragtime piano, round-trip transportation, tax and gratuity. Cruising time: Grafton to Florence 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $140 per person inclusive. For more information or to reserve your ticket, call the Alton Visitor Center at (800) 258-6645.
Rickshaw Rick's Tours & Taxi
Let us save your soles today! We'll take you for a ride, give you a tour, provide shuttles for your party or even run errands with our fleet of pedicabs (aka bicycle rickshaws). Call us at 773-771-3922 or visit www.rickshawrick.com. Catch us at the Oak Park Visitors Center, Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Write Inn, Harvey House, Under the Ginkgo Tree B & B and other fun spots.
CITY: Oak Park
Great Rivers Festival
Celebrate the confluence of the three major rivers - Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois - during the Great Rivers Festival at the National Great Rivers Museum and The Audubon Center at Riverlands. You will have a chance to tour a working towboat and barge. There will also be children's activities, food vendors, live entertainment including animal and reptile shows, living history tours and more. For more information, call (618) 462-6979.
Elkhart Bird Watcher Walks
On Saturday, April 26, 2014 the Elkhart Historical Society will host Bird Watcher Walks on Elkhart Hill. Watchers will enjoy looking for migratory birds. This is a perfect opportunity for a spring family event. The outing will be on foot. Walks will last approximately 90 minutes. The walks will be offered at 6 am and 4 pm. Registration is limited to 15 people per walk.
Mineral Springs Haunted Tours
Walking Tours include visits to several haunted buildings as well as an exclusive guided tour of the most haunted building in Alton, the Mineral Springs Hotel. The only tour to enter Mineral Springs! Tour includes light refreshments. Bring cameras, recorders, flashlights, and any ghost hunting equipment you may have. For more info, call (618) 465-3200.
Guests have the opportunity to rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats to explore the rivers and lakes at Kickapoo State Park. Canoe and kayak trips (8 or 13 mile) are offered or rentals can be done by the hour. Following your adventure, guests can grab a bite to eat at the on-site Dockside Cafe which offers live music throughout the summer.
Mansions of Middletown Shuttle Tours
Life was good and business was booming for many of Alton's philanthropic industrialists and the homes they and their families lived in showed it. During the Mansions of Middletown Alton tour, guests will have their own chance to step back into the 1800s, walk through the front doors and enjoy the splendor of some of the mansions that dot the landscape in Alton's Middletown Historic District. Tours are scheduled for April 17, May 3 and May 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call (800) 258-6645.
DeKalb County Barn Tour
The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a self-guided driving tour of 5 DeKalb area barns, plus the Glidden Homestead historic site and barn, and the DAAHA gallery. Enjoy 6 different styles of barn architecture and various activities related to farming throughout your tour. Photography is encouraged. Carload tickets include a tour booklet and map. Admission is $20.00 per carload. List of sites: Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center – See the barn where Joseph Glidden first manufactured “The Winner” barbed wire, which earned Glidden the title “The Father of Barbed Wire”. The barn and home are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA) – an air-conditioned gallery exhibiting photographs of local barns taken by the Sycamore Library Photography Club. Jeff Marshall – A large historic barn interior camouflaged with contemporary aluminum siding. Joseph Marshall – Centennial farm with barn built in 1913 Robert Faivre – Two early 20th century barns and two 21st century barns on the picturesque acreage of Camelot Christmas tree farm. Larson/Martz Family Farms – Quonset barn built in 1955 on a large feeder cattle farm. Josie Hopkins – Preserved barn built in 1839, today filled to the brim with merchandise of Josie’s Antiques