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Bluffdale Vacation Farm
Bluffdale is an Illinois farm vacation dude ranch and bed & breakfast. Parent Magazine's "Top 10 Family Resorts in North America." Our family has been welcoming guests to our historic Illinois farm near Eldred, Illinois since 1963. Recreation activities include horseback riding, boating, fishing, swimming, hayrides, bonfires, sing-alongs and more. Bluffdale is famous for its generous home cooked meals with home baked bread, rolls and pies. Our luxury cabins, featuring a fireplace and hot tub, are ideal for romantic getaway weekend or honeymoon bed & breakfast lodging. Spring brings a wide variety of wildflowers and morel mushrooms. In fall the bluffs make a colorful drive and eagle watch from Alton to Bluffdale along the Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway. Check our website for rates and availability.
Knotty Pine Motel
10 rooms, credit cards accepted, cable television available, small meeting rooms, pets accepted, restaurant within walking distances, and lounge/bar on premises.
Urbana's Market at the Square
Join thousands of residents and visitors during Market season and connect with growers at Urbana's Market at the Square. Choose locally-raised foods and treasure-hunt among the art and craft vendor booths. Gather information about local non-profits, schools and other community groups on our Community Row. Catch up with friends, take in a set from local performers, and enjoy the public square atmosphere the Market has to offer. Saturday morning at Urbana's Market at the Square is one of our city’s signature institutions. It’s a great way to kick off your weekend! Open May through November.
Inn at 835
National Historic Registrar and city landmark. Antique-filled inn, private baths, full breakfast and evening wine.
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.
Gibsons Steakhouse and Lounge
LIVE JAZZ NIGHTLY 7PM-12PM LENNY CAPP BAND WED.-SAT 8PM-12PM
Egyptian Hills Campground & Marina
Eastern side of Lake of Egypt. Facility offers full service, boat rentals, restaurants, bait, tackle, guide service, launching and RV rentals.
CITY: Creal Springs
A gallery of handmade pottery and art by local artists and the studio of Adrienne Seagraves and Stephanie O'Shaughnessy.
Duryea Center & Northwestern Place
Located in Peoria’s most distinguished shopping area, across from the Metro Centre, Duryea Center & Northwestern Place offers upscale shopping. Visit Talbots clothing, Essential Wellness Pharmacy or Miracle Ear at Duryea Center and Natural Concepts Day Spa, Cloud Nine Bridal, and some sparkle from Bremer Jewelry located in Northwestern Place.
4th Annual Prairie Land Heritage Steam Show & Fall Festival Days
View antique tractors, period demonstrations from blacksmiths, plowing, threshing, baling, grinding and molasses production. Enjoy train rides, tractor pulls, great food and a HUGE flea market.
Arlington Heights Farmers Market
Enjoy fresh produce, flowers, cheeses, bakery good, jams, jellies, and more from local farmers. Open June through October.
CITY: Arlington Heights
Sweet Autumn Clematis Festival
See and smell hundreds of feet of walls covered in Autumn Clematis; followed by punch served in Luther Hall. The event runs from 10:00am- 5:00pm.
The McEachran Homestead is offically recognized by the State of Illinois as a sesquicentennial farm. In addition to preserves and fresh produce, the farm sells its own line of grape and fruit wines.
Decatur Civic Center
The Decatur Civic Center hosts trade shows, concerts, expos and more.
Grave Of Sarah Hanks Varnell
Abraham Lincoln's aunt was buried in the Ogden County cemetery in 1876 after living a long life in Edgar County.
The Lehmann Mansion
Historical landmark situated on 60 magnificent acres in the Village of Lake Villa. Beautifully restored and renovated for weddings, banquets and private parties. Three-season tent accommodates up to 350 guests.
CITY: Lake Villa
Amish Country Heirlooms, LLC
Area's largest of hand-crafted Amish and oak furniture, collectible prints, and accessories, along with Country Dreams furniture exhibit.
Walnut Greens Golf
Championship 9-hole. Perfect course for beginners and teens. Great practice course for all skill levels. Unique Killian and Nugent design.
Kickapoo Creek Park
Kickapoo State Recreation Area in Oakwood, IL has 22 deep-water ponds, ranging in size from 0.2 to 57 acres, providing a total of 221 acres of water for boaters, canoeists and anglers. Lushly forested uplands and bottomlands along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is habitat for enough birds, wildlife and wildflowers to please any nature lover, while nature trails and running trails provide pathways to inspiration and physical fitness. If you want a less demanding excursion in the outdoors, there are facilities for camping and picnicking. With 22 lakes and access to the Middle Fork River, Kickapoo is known for the opportunities it provides for water-based outdoor activities. Anglers find excellent fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie and redear sunfish. Especially popular are the annual fall and spring stockings of rainbow trout, which provide an unusual opportunity for central Illinois anglers to fish for catch-able size trout. There are 12 launching ramps on nine of Kickapoo's lakes. Boat and canoe rental is available for Clear Pond.
Didley's is a '50s outdoor restaurant with carhops on rollerblades, a playground, an outdoor movie theater, a miniature golf course and a concession stand.
Half Acre Beer Company
Half Acre brews, packages, and sells craft beers in Chicago's Northcenter neighborhood. Along with perennials Daisy Cutter, Gossamer, and Over Ale they put out small-batch specialty brews all the time. You can come get to know the beers and the people behind them in their Brewery Shop, where you can sample and purchase to-go, or in their Tap Room, where you can stay and get to know more about Half Acre.
This festive dining spot in downtown Springfield features Mexican and Caribbean-influenced food, plus great margaritas (try the pomegranate) and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Crooked Creek Winery
Enjoy fine handcrafted Illinois wines served with a personal touch in a relaxing country atmosphere. Experience the outdoor beauty of Southwestern Illinois' rolling farmland or sip wine indoors by a cozy fire.
Billy Graham Center Museum
This museum located on the campus of Wheaton College is devoted to the history of Christian evangelism and its influences on society. View rare artifacts, art and displays that include a powerful 3-D presentation of the gospel message.
Stop by and pick your own blueberries and red raspberries.
The Barrell Antique Mall
Antique shops in a new 27,000 square foot facility. Complete framing service is also available.
Blackberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, tomatoes, and eggplant are the specialties at this orchard.
127 Walnut Hill
Located in the in the resort core of the relaxing Galena Territory, 127 Walnut Hill offers plenty of privacy. Home has two bathrooms and sleeps two to four people. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation.
Owen Lovejoy Homestead
The Owen Lovejoy Homestead, built in 1838 was the home of the famous abolitionist minister. Part of the Underground Railroad, rooms are furnished with period furniture and visitors can peer into the hidden area above the stairs where runaway slaves hid. The 1849 Colton One-Room Schoolhouse is behind the house. Located on East Peru Street a half mile from downtown Princeton. Call for dates and times open.
The Stone Cottage - A Loading Dock Guest House
The Stone Cottage, located about 2 miles from the Loading Dock, is a recently remodeled and beautifully appointed home was built in 1840 and is Grafton's oldest original structure. It features a full kitchen and three bedrooms with beds to sleep eight. The charming modern decor is warm and inviting; the property is perfect for a group getaway.
Hilton Garden Inn - St. Charles
This 120-room, full-service hotel and corporate training center, also offers meeting space. Deluxe accommodations, fitness center, banquet facilities and restaurant.
CITY: St. Charles
Lotton Art Glass Gallery
See some of the most beautiful art glass ever made, decorated and blown in the Old World style.
Mari-Mann Herb Farm
Spanning six rolling acres on bluffs overlooking the Sangamon River Walk, Mari-Mann Herb Farm is a potpourri of herb beds, wildflower fields and formal gardens.
National Shrine of St. Therese
DuPage County, Chicago's Western Suburbs - The National Shrine of St. Therese sits peacefully on a 50-acre estate owned and operated by the Carmelites. The Shrine is home to the most wonderful collection of relics, personal effects and memorabilia of Therese, "the little flower," outside of France. Religious shop/bookstore.
Ray A. Kroc Museum
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Experience the story of the life and values of McDonald's Corporation founder, Ray A. Kroc. Here you will be able to "Talk to Ray" at individual monitors with interactive scrapbooks.
CITY: Oak Brook
Weird Science - Northbrook Court, 2290 Northbrook Court, Northbrook
Two teenage nerds, unpopular and unable to meet girls on their own, use their computer to design the perfect woman - beautiful with a genius IQ. When this woman turns "real", she helps transforms the boys from nerds to cool through a series of wacky and bizarre adventures. Set in the fictional "Shermer, Illinois", the movie is filmed in several northern suburbs of Chicago - Highland Park, Northbrook and Skokie.
Fossil Rock Recreation Area
Seasonal, monthly camping and full hook-up. Full hook-up sites to primitive tenting. Beach, fishing, fossil hunting, playground, showers. Near raceways. Shade. Open all year. Call for reservations and hours of operations.
In 2009, Lara & Joachim (Jay) Schneider bought the Apollo. Since then there have been quite a few changes. Just recently new seats were installed and the concession area was given a make-over. We offer "Buy Nachos For One Buck Mondays" and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bucket and fill it up for only 75 cents) Tuesdays! If you never been to the Apollo or haven't been in awhile, please come and see this Princeton landmark!
24th Annual Civil War Days
Make plans to attend Northern Illinois' largest Civil War reenactment. The Lake County Discovery Museum is proud to present the 23rd annual Civil War Days encampment. The event features infantry, cavalry and artillery re-enactors, as well as musicians, sutlers, medical personnel and civilians. A large-scale battle reenactment, ongoing drills, kids' activities, and Civil War era shopping are available both days. Please call (847) 968-3400 or visit our website for more information.
An antiquarian bookstore specializing in rare books, used books, prints, postcards, autographs, records, CD's and a few good antiques and all paper collectibles.
Artesian Well at Paradise Cove
Nestled along Indian Creek is a natural artesian well where thousands of gallons of pure water flow each day - as it has since 1927. A ten foot water wheel is turned continually by the flowing water. The site, which is accessed by Stephenson County's only covered bridge, includes a waterfall, large flower beds and gazebo to enjoy while sipping the bubbling water. Open: 7 am - 8 pm.
Framer's Market is a full-service framing shop that has been designing custom frames and enhancing art since 1981.
In the center of downtown Chicago, see the world-renowned Picasso sculpture. "Under the Picasso" entertainment features music dance and cultural programs weekdays at noon.
Quality Inn & Suites West - Bloomington
The Quality Inn & Suites West is conveniently located off Illinois Highway 9 and Interstate 74. The Quality Inn & Suites West offers free continental breakfast, free local calls, free issues of The Wall Street Journal, fitness center, sauna, indoor pool, hot tub, free high-speed Internet access and banquet and meeting rooms. Suites feature microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers and cable television with HBO.
Lewis and Clark Memorial
This memorial commemorates Camp Dubois, the 1803-04 winter camp of Lewis and Clark where they launched their Corps of Discovery expedition to the Pacific.
Theater on the Lake
Set in a red brick building beneath the towering trees of Lincoln Park, Theater on the Lake offers a great view of Lake Michigan and low ticket prices.
Olde Timers Antique Centre
One of the biggest and most beautiful antique stores in Illinois. More than 100 dealers in 50 large booths and 175 lighted showcases. Thousands of the finest antiques from primitives to china, toys to jewelry, rooms full of beautiful furniture.
Karen Vroman, MWS/Added Touch Gallery
Gallery. Appointment preferred.
The Scrapbook Factory offers all the supplies you need to create the scrapbook of your dreams.
Evergreen Tree Walk
The Evergreen Tree Walk features over 90 species of trees indigenous to Illinois. Markers beside the trees list the common and Latin names of each species. The tree walk is a relaxing experience, especially after a long day of travel.
Country Inn & Suites
The Country Inn & Suites Champaign North, offers guests stylish, modern rooms and impressive amenities including a Fitness Center with cardio equipment and weights, a large indoor pool perfect for swimming laps, a library filled with books to read, free Wi-Fi and a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet in the hotel's breakfast room. In Champaign, IL, you'll be close to all the attractions of downtown and the campus of the University of Illinois as well as excellent dining options that include Alexander's Steakhouse and Pita Pit. Book a spacious Standard Room for a good night's sleep or a Whirlpool Suite for a special occasion.
First Street Playhouse
This cozy, professional theater presents year round productions, including comedies, dramas and musicals.
Macy's on State Street
Macy's on State Street is a quintessential Chicago experience. As one of the world's largest department store, the State Street location has been a Chicago destination for more than a century. Today, this flagship Macy's store covers an entire city block and features 10 floors of retail space, a variety of unique restaurants, annual signature special events and outstanding visitor services. Macy's on State Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and remains a leader in trends and merchandise--from beauty and fashion to home decor and entertaining. Visitors are eligible for 10% Visitor Savings Pass with appropriate identification.
Monte Alegre Vineyard & Cellars
Monte Alegre is the first vineyard and winery within the Southern Illinois city of Carbondale. Come stroll down Ponce Wine Trail and taste the wines grown in this beautiful region of the heartland. Offering spectacular vineyard views and prime red and white wines that have made Southern Illinois a favorite tourist destination for wine lovers and their families throughout the Midwest. Southern Illinois residents and tourists alike flock to this wine trail to get immersed in the beauty of growing, bottling, and degustating wine. Monte Alegre Vineyard and Ponce Cellars form the perfect stop in Southern Illinois for learning how to cultivate grapes for white and red wine, touring the wine cellars, degustating wines. Come visit the Ponce Wine Trail and Monte Alegre Vineyard and Cellars in Carbondale, Southern Illinois!
This family fun spot features an 18-hole miniature golf course and batting cages.
Thomas Kinkade Gallery
The Thomas Kinkade Gallery of Belleville is full of beautiful works by Thomas Kinkade.
Chicago Athenaeum International Sculpture Park
This wonderful cultural resource includes the art of international and American sculptors chosen to fit the natural environment of this beautiful site.
The Golden Windmill was built in 1872, and is the only smock mill that still has its original stones and gears in place. Today it is home to the Windmill Museum and gift shop.
Lincoln Manahan Museum
Abraham Lincoln, then 47, came to Sterling to speak at a rally for presidential candidate, John C. Fremont. On July 18, 1856, a twist of fate brought Mr. Lincoln to the home of Sheriff William Manahan to spend the night. He slept on a sofa with two chairs placed at its end to accommodate his long legs. In the morning he graciously thanked his host and left Sterling for a speaking engagement in Chicago and the rest is history! The home has been restored and its interior, furnishings, and facade reflect the time when Lincoln visited in the late 1850s.
Sycamore RV Resort
Sycamore RV Resort offers water, electric and sewer hookups on shaded and open sites. Picnic tables and fire rings are at each site. Some other amenities are clean restrooms, hot showers, laundromat, Campground Store, two fishing lakes, swimming beach, paddle boats, row boats, pedal karts, sand volleyball and more!
I Hotel & Conference Center
A total guest experience— It’s in the attention to detail: The stylishly distinctive aura and upscale room essentials. Innovative spaces and dining that’s a little classic, a little daring. The desire to exceed your expectations. The commitment to “wow.” It’s more than just a stay—it’s a multi-sensory, total guest experience. Welcome to the I Hotel.
Bishop Hill Gallery Inn
Stay for a night, a weekend, or longer in the peaceful beauty of historic Bishop Hill. The Gallery Inn, located on the 2nd floor of the original 1856 Bishop Hill Colony Administration Building, offers three tranquil guest rooms, each with a queen bed and private bath, and a large shared sitting room overlooking the village park. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy Bishop Hill’s festivals and special events.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Merrick Rose Garden
This public park exhibits 100 varieties of roses, with historic Centennial Fountain as the garden's focal point.
Cairo Public Library
Museum quality working library of Queen Anne, Architecture on two floors built in 1884.
Geneva Commons has a wonderful mix of 75-plus merchants, from familiar favorites to new and unique shops. Spend time shopping, eating and relaxing in this open-air center. Dine at a wide variety of eateries, most of which provide outdoor seating.
Art gallery featuring original artwork as well as Thomas Kinkade, H. Hargrove and Giuseppe Armani figurines.
CITY: St. Charles
87th Annual Lake County Fair
Come out and enjoy 5 days of fun at the 87th Annual Lake County Fair. Events at the fair include live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games, live animals, motor crossing, banana derby, demolition derby, flower show, expo hall and so much more. Please visit the website for updated information.
Comfort Inn & Suites of Peoria
66 suites minutes from downtown, close to Northwoods Mall, restaurants and more. All the comforts of home.
Eagles Nest Hotel
Conveniently located across from the Oakely Lindsay Civic Center in downtown Quincy. Formerly an America's Best Value Hotel, the Eagles Nest hotel offers affordable accomodations, free breakfast, within walking distance to the downtown and visitor center.
Indian Springs Lodge Ltd.
This log cabin getaway is cradled by nature. Delighted guests fish from the pedal boat and canoe across the pond to the tepee. Star-gaze, listen to the woods' silence, be at peace.
Gillson Park offers 60 acres of beautiful lakefront property, including a harbor and beach. It is ideal for picnics, bicycling, volleyball, tennis and other outdoor sports.
Resh Frame Shop & Woodcarving
Resh Frame Shop offers quality custom framing for every budget and every style and professional, friendly service. All custom picture framing work is done on site, and uses archival materials to insure that your work is properly preserved. The frame shop has over 5,000 traditional, Italian & contemporary frame samples to choose from.
Arts & Artisans, Ltd.
One of Downtown's largest showcases of contemporary American art and jewelry, providing a vast collection of art media including stained and blown glass, metal and wood sculpture and much more!
Princeton Main Street
Two and a half miles of magnificent shopping! Unique specialty shops, antique malls and services. So many shops...so little time.
Home Garden & Business Expo
Annual Home Garden & Business Expo featuring over 40 exhibitors and 2 full days of "How To" demonstrations. Breakfast and lunch available, hourly door prizes, blood screenings on site and register for the "Grand Prize!"
Our Old House
1200 Square foot house with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, central air. Garage with electricity. Fully equipped kitchen, washer & dryer, all linens provided, satellite TV. Free Wi-Fi, Stocked fishing pond, fishing guide service available Campfire ring, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, BBQ grills, swimming pool, electric boat parking. Pets allowed. Open all year.
The Vow - The Art Institute of Chicago
A newlywed couple is involved in a car crash that sends the wife into a coma. Once she awakens with severe memory loss, her husband finds that he has to win her heart all over again.
The Blackthorn Grille is a traditional Irish Pub focusing on gourmet meals and a wide selection of top-quality wines and beers. You will find the finest quality in every detail at the Blackthorn Grille. From our Executive Chef to the tenured bar staff, we have created the ideal atmosphere to enjoy a meal or share a bit of drink.
CITY: Lake Villa
Carson Pirie Scott & Company
Carson Pirie Scott & Company’s former flagship store, designed by Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924) was also built in stages, beginning in 1899, 1903, augmented by an addition by D. H. Burnham & Co. in 1906, and ending with a 1961 addition by Holabird and Root. Although Carson’s wide windows and narrow piers are expressive of the internal steel frame, the building is more famous for its exquisite ornament by Sullivan. The embellished storefronts, newly restored decorative cornice, and ornate columns capitals on the interior all bear Sullivan’s personal style of ornament. It was both named a Chicago Landmark and listed in the National Register in 1970. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975. Copy and descriptions courtesy of AIA Illinois and the 150 Great Places in Illinois www.illinoisgreatplaces.com
Hammitt's Lakeview Cottages
Two-bedroom cottages with kitchens, living rooms, bath and shower, AC, TV, and microwave.
We Share Bed & Breakfast
Are you in need of a home away from home? Consider this lower level, one bedroom furnished apartment. Utilities, cable, laundry facilities, parking space, and private entrance are among the amenities included.
Chicago Park District
Come out and play with the Chicago Park District. Founded in 1934, the Chicago Park District is the largest municipal park manager in the nation and owner of more than 8,100 acres of green space. We invite you to take in a concert or a movie at one of our 580 parks.
This new lake is located on old Route 66 at the southeast edge of Dwight. Donated to the village in 1994 and improved with funding from local organizations, the lake offers a beautifully landscaped picnic are, fishing, and a bike trail. Open year-round.
65 artists selling and demonstrating artwork. Jewelry, pottery, stained glass, paintings, photography, wooden toys/pens, purses, more! Events, demonstrations & classes.
German Valley Historical Museum
This newly refurbished museum features displays of memorabilia relating to the history of German Valley and the surrounding area, including items from the Ostfriesian area of Germany. A kitchen area, bedroom, dining room, parlor, military room, and children's playroom are furnished with items from the past, and a display room offers a variety of exhibits. A schoolroom contains items of interest from German Valley's Pleasant Prairie Academy and other area schools. Farm and other outdoor exhibits are featured in an outdoor facility. Special events and displays are featured throughout the year. Open May through October, last Sunday of the month, 1 to 4pm or by appointment (815-362-3671).
CITY: German Valley
The Mermaid House
The beautiful house is an example of an 1830s hotel. Charles Dickens once visited there in 1842 while researching a book he wrote on prairies in America.
Atlanta's Abraham Lincoln Interpretation Site
The site of an early political rally during Abraham Lincoln's campaign for President, now showcasing an interpretive sign explaining the historic significance.
Spring Equinox Sunrise Observance at Reconstructed Woodhenge
Meet at the reconstructed Woodhenge to hear an explanation of the discovery, form end function of this post-circle sun calendar. Arrive by 6:45 a.m.
Never Forgotten Thymes Antiques
A wide variety of treasures for you - antiques, collectibles, jewelry, and furniture are just some of the fun items awaiting your inspection!
Two Thirteen East
The only gay club in Carbondale features drag shows, Salsa Night on Thursdays and ‘80s dance music on Saturdays.
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.
Ramada Limited & Suites - Bloomington
The Ramada Limited & Suites is located just off I-55/74/39, Business 51 and Route 9. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, business center, fitness center, free wireless internet, over 65 cable channels plus HBO and much more. After a restful night of sleep, guests can look forward to the express check-out and complimentary continental hot breakfast.
iPic Theaters & Salts Sports Bar & Lounge
IPic Theaters has a passion for movies and provides you with the ultimate escape. A premium and affordable movie-going experience, there is something for everyone. Enjoy fresh seasonal cocktails at Salt Sports Bar, full menu selection, billiards and more.
FitzGerald's, just across the street from Oak Park in Berwyn, has built a legendary reputation for an eclectic mix of music in a casual, comfortable setting that attracts music fans of all ages. The New York Times calls the club "a musical gem" and it has consistently been ranked among the top five music venues in Chicago. For special events, FitzGerald's offers a unique setting for all types of gatherings from 30 to 300. The family's award-winning restoration and classic look extends from its intimate private party room to the courtyard and legendary music club next door. An in house event planner can assist with any and all aspects of your event as needed.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra performs diverse concerts for the communities of Springfield and Bloomington-Normal. Single tickets or affordable subscription packages are available.
Great Western Trail
This 17-mile trail replaces the abandoned main line of the Chicago Great Western Railroad. It is a flat easy ride connecting the communities of St. Charles and Sycamore.
CITY: St. Charles