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The Illinois Prairie Path was the first successful "rail-to-trail" conversion in the United States and inspired a national rail-to-trail movement in the United States in the mid-1960s. The trail is named for its rare segments of original, thousand year-old prairies. With 62 miles of biking, hiking, jogging, equestrian, and nature trails, this is an amazing natural resource that encompasses 4 towns: Elgin, Aurora, Batavia and Geneva and 3 counties. The surface is both asphalt and crushed stone.
The Albion Bowling center features automatic scoring and league as well as open bowling throughout the week.
Folk art, primitive cupboards, Boyd's Bears, antiques, candles, baskets, decor and more.
Eshelman Pottery, featuring the work of Paul Eshelman, is contemporary, functional red stoneware utilizing glazed and unglazed surfaces for a visual and tactile contrast.
This Annual AKC Dog Show boasts many additional amenities. Sign up to bring your dog to the hearing clinic or get their nails trimmed while you wait. Over 100 breeds will try to make it to the Best In Show ring. There will also be vendors of dog treats, toys, beds, blankets and more.
There are 41 individual forest preserves for the purpose of protecting the natural beauty of Winnebago County, as well as for education and recreation. The forest preserves provide over 9,700 acres of property for the use and enjoyment of the general public. Lush woods, picturesque streams, dramatic cliffs and dells, unspoiled prairies and native wildlife are treasures to be enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages. Hiking, camping, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, bird watching and cross-country skiing are recreational activities available at sites throughout the county.
6-acre park donated to the village in 1891 by David McWilliams, the first banker and business person in the community. It is named after the Prince of Wales, Baron Renfrew, who visited the area while on a hunting expedition in 1860.
The house, built in 1800, is an example of French and American architecture.
CITY:Prairie du Rocher
Eastland Suites is conveniently located one block off of Veteran's Parkway in Bloomington. Guests start their mornings with a hot breakfast and unwind in the evenings with a complimentary cocktail hour Monday thru Saturday. Guests can also enjoy our indoor pool and fitness center, along with discounted passes to nearby Gold’s Gym. Whatever may bring you to Central Illinois, Eastland Suites offers the finest accommodations and service whether you are staying a day, week, month or even longer.
As Chicago's oldest Mexican dance institution, MFDC has received countless recognitions and awards, performed for three presidents and represented Mexico in the 1994 USA World Cup opening ceremony, as well as numerous national television performances, most recently at the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards. MFDC's performances reflect Mexico's rich history which shapes its traditional arts, culture, and values. The historical periods revealed in the dances include pre-Columbian indigenous times, the Spanish Colonial Period, the Struggle for Independence and the 1910 Mexican Revolution.
The Yost house was built in 1898 by Z.F. Yost. The museum portrays the life of an upper-middle class family during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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.
One of Harrisburg's most popular home cooking restaurants, the speciality is fresh pit style BBQ sandwiches. Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop in before hiking in the Garden of the Gods.
Fine art gallery / sculptor, Jeff Adams studio. Tour full-service casting facility. Saturday by appointment.
A charming cottage on 19 acres. Adjacent to Apple River Canyon State Park. Fishing, golf, shopping at your fingertips. Paradise for the birder, artist or author. Full kitchen, pet-friendly and quiet.
Theatre Historical Society of America features archives and gallery space showcasing the history of America's theatres in photos, blueprints and artifacts.Rotating exhibits highlight the history of different theatres.
Portrait studio and gallery conveniently located in downtown Utica. Providing photographic services to the area, including a gallery of local artists. Open Monday-Saturday.
Named best new boutique by Time Out Chicago, Milk Handmade is a women’s clothing boutique that specializes in small-run, handcrafted goods. Whether you’re looking for the softest tee, the perfect handbag, or your new favorite Saturday-night top, Milk has the one-of-a-kind piece for you. Come on in, hang out, and prepare to fall in love.
The McLean Super 8 is conveniently located just off I-55, 15 miles south of Bloomington-Normal. The hotel provides free high speed wireless internet, complimentary Super Start breakfast, guest laundry facilities, and a heated indoor pool. The rooms feature micro-fridges, 27 inch TVs, hair dryers and AM/FM alarm clock radios. Try one of our Jacuzzi Suites for a relaxing evening away from home.
If you don't know what holograms are, put this museum on your sights-to-see list. This is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the holographic art form. Marvel at the more than 200 three-dimensional laser-generated images.
Scuba dive the spring-fed quarry of 12 acres in a park-like setting. Call for reservations.
Antique shops in a new 27,000 square foot facility. Complete framing service is also available.
Louis Joliet Mall features four department stores and over 120 specialty shops. Step into Macy's, JCPenny's, Carson Pirie Scott or Sears to do some of your shopping and then don't forget to get a bite to eat in one of our many restaurants. You are sure to have a great time in the Louis Joliet Mall!
This bronze statue was originally dedicated in 1931 to commemorate Lincoln's "Fool the People" speech.
This historical tour of Old Main at the Knox College campus includes stories about the Lincoln-Douglas debate held at Old Main, the sole remaining original site of the famed political debates.
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.
Thirty craft and antique shops under one roof in this old, historic city hall.
A unique hands-on winery dedicated to the production of premium fine wines in the germanic styles of the masters. Our wines, both berry fruit and grape, are intended to express the pure natural attributes of the fruit with minimal interference of the winemaker. Which means, very little oaking, no added tannins, very discrete fining,and the purest of yeasts. Of course,we will occasionally take a flight of fancy and ferment a Honeysuckle or a Banana-chocolate-caramel wine for the novelty of it. We love to discuss wine making techniques with our guests at the tasting room and showcase our unique products.
Minutes from O'Hare International Airport, Hotel Indigo Chicago-Schaumburg North provides convenient access to downtown Chicago by car or rail. This Schaumburg hotel offers breathtaking décor, an inviting lobby and social areas to relax, a quick service bistro for cutting edge cuisine, and fresh and modern meeting rooms for your business or social event. Hotel Indigo Schaumburg is pet friendly.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Enjoy deluxe continental breakfast, lobby computer access, 24-hour exercise room. Guest rooms each have free internet access, cable TV, microwave and refrigerator. Hotel is centrally located near restaurants, shopping and more! Easy access to I-88.
The Parkland Theatre, a flexible proscenium theater with 315 seats, is the performance home for many Parkland theatrical, choral, and instrumental groups. The theater is also used by community organizations, speakers, guest professional artists, and theater classes.
This unique landmark was restored in 1977, with its Korean/Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in May of 1988.
Enclosed 2-level regional shopping mall with many external businesses on same property. Many public activities including craft and car shows, community and holiday events. Food court, children's play area, early morning walking. CherryVale Mall is also one of just a few locations with new Tesla Supercharging Stations. These stations are for the all electric-powered Tesla cars to use to charge up the vehicle.
Laser Quest is a family entertainment venue combining the classic games of hide-and-seek and tag with a high tech twist. Our multi-level arenas have specialty lighting, swirling fog and energetic music to add to the excitement for up to 30 or more players in each game.
Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 1600 acres in northeast Champaign County, offers visitors a campground (53 of 65 campsites have electricty), brand new playground, swimming beach, fishing, hiking, boat rentals, cross-country skiing, picnicking, a Waterfowl Management Area, renovated meeting facility and programs. The campground now accepts online reservations.
Richardson's Adventure Farm - Home of the World's Largest Corn Maze! Their name says it all! This isn't your typical fall farm- Richardson Adventure Farm is an experience you can't find anywhere else!
Braeutigam Orchards has been in the family since 1831, but it wasn’t until 1935 that Rollin Braeutigam started raising fruit. Rollie enjoyed selling fruit to his friends so much that he raised more than he could sell! The tradition continues as blackberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, tomatoes, and eggplant are the specialties at this orchard.
Kincaid Mounds Archaeological Site is 4 miles south of Unionville Road on New Cut Road, Brookport, IL. Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site is a nationally significant Native-American archaeological treasure. From about 800 AD to 1500 AD it was the ‘capital' of a chiefdom that stretched from Brookport to Hamletsburg along the Ohio River. Large flat-topped mounds were erected on which the houses and temples of civil and religious elite stood. Today, the mounds still exist and a constructed overlook platform and interpretive panels tell the story of the significant contribution and historical value of this Native.
The Peoria Ballet offers a season of spectacular dance performances featuring the Peoria Ballet Company and guest artists from across the globe, while the Peoria Ballet Academy provides excellent dance education in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop.
Elegant award-winning 1850s mansion. Relaxing English gardens, gazebo, porches & parlors. Breathtaking views, walk to downtown. Antique décor, canopy beds, finest linens, Jacuzzis, fireplaces. Complimentary breakfast, beverage bar and chocolates.
The Decatur Civic Center hosts trade shows, concerts, expos and more.
The Guesthouse Hotel offers spacious, affordably luxurious, and fully furnished 2 bed / 2 bath and 3 bed / 2 bath vacation rental condominiums. Located on the southern end of Andersonville, one of Chicago's hottest neighborhoods, the Guesthouse is very close to public transportation for convenient access to downtown Chicago and tourist attractions. The affordable luxury of our Guesthouse and our unique location provide the perfect rental accommodation for travelers who want the comforts and independence of their own home while enjoying all that Chicago and its local culture has to offer.
One of the last actual places of its kind to find copies of thousands of magazines and posters for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Life, Rolling Stone, Motor Trend, Mad, Star Trek, Beatles, if you can remember it....Bob probably has it. All items are very reasonably priced and not only make great gifts but give you your chance to own history. The collection includes periodicals from centuries past. The store also features flags from over 200 nations.
Hogg Hollow Winery is Pope County's first winery, surrounded by the scenic hills of the Shawnee National Forest. View works by local artists and enjoy free wine tasting at this Golconda winery.
With Shopko as its anchor store, Capital City offers several shopping and dining opportunities as well as an eight-screen Cineplex.
Located in Illinois’ historic capital city of Springfield a quick drive from downtown and just down the road from the neighboring town of Chatham, Piper Glen has 18 holes of championship golf (including hosting the U.S. Amateur Qualifiers, U.S. mid-Am Qualifiers, Illinois Am Qualifiers and many local tournaments) on 177 acres of lush, green, tree-surrounded and well-maintained scenic property. It’s part of the beautiful Piper Glen community and has a private course, high-quality feel though it’s public and open to residents and non-residents alike. Warm up on the driving range and practice your short game at the putting area.
Located on the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, guests are greeted with our famous family hospitality, homemade meals and heartwarming musical productions. Lunch matinees and dinner shows are complimented by itineraries that include tours of our other historic properties, or excursions into Joliet's vibrant downtown. The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate Dinner Theatre welcomes groups with onsite motorcoach parking and handicap accessibilty.
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).
Two and a half miles of magnificent shopping! Unique specialty shops, antique malls and services. So many shops...so little time.
Arts & More Gallery offers custom framing, in-home consultations, art classes, hundreds of mats and frames, and thousands of prints. Also, original art by local, national, and international artists.
The Peoria Farmers Market at the Metro Centre was founded in 1977 by community leader Marvin L. Goodman. It was his vision to promote healthy eating while bringing together consumers and farmers from all over Central Illinois to a marketplace with a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown produce. Thirty plus years later his vision still holds true. The Peoria Farmers Market is a great place to get fresh produce, flowers, pasta, and much more. If you like to support local farmers and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere this would be your kind of place.
Imagine indulging yourself in the privacy of your own cabin with a full body massage & lingering leisurely over breakfast in bed provided by our own caterer. Extra Special touches available upon request. Arrangements can be made for extra-loving touches added to the cabin from rose petals, flowers & music, or send a special invitation asking them to join you for a relaxing getaway. Relax in the rustic setting of our cozy cabins located on 10 wooded acres just minutes from Lake Carroll. Enjoy our friendly atmosphere beside a bonfire or hot tub! A romantic whirl-pool cabin with fireplace or country kitchenette can accommodate everything from intimate parties to family reunions. Open year-round.
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.
No fee for camping but campers must register with the Police Department. Boat motors with 5HP or less allowed. Fishing is allowed at the lake. No swimming.
We offer upscale vacation rental homes (three-five bedrooms) with an attention to detail that will make you smile. Clean homes, comfortable beds and competitive rates.
This easy to traverse asphalt trail, starting in Sprigfield, winds you through wooded landscapes, over bridges and alongside a well-groomed community park.
This walk-in information and environmental education center offers workshops on recycling, composting and energy saving.
An unusual shop that runs the gamut from art, gifts & vintage. Uniquely individual. Owner and artist, Jeanine Guncheon, has a wide collection of her hand painted bowls, furniture, and one-of-a-kind sculptures. Commission pieces on request.
27 challenging regulation holes, driving range, two practice greens, full-service pro-shop and elegant clubhouse with an array of amenities.
One of the first vegetarian restaurants in the city offers dishes that include a macrobiotic plate and vegan desserts.
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.
Home is listed by the McHenry County Historical Society. Located in downtown Algonquin, it has a quiet, romantic flavor. We specialize in personal attention for our guests.
With newly renovated guestrooms and lobby, the hotel is convenient to I-90 and Illinois Business 20. Always fresh, always clean, our 131 guest rooms include a remote-controlled TV with free cable. No pets except service guide animals.
This perfectly-planned town offers beautiful shop and restaurant-lined streets—just like a European town. A 10-screen movie theater, shops including Von Maur, Hot Mama and Dick’s Sporting Goods as well as restaurants unique to the North Shore including RA Sushi, Jameson’s Charhouse and Ted’s Montana Grill. The Glen Town Center is also home to the Kohl Children’s Museum, a leading institution for hands-on, interactive learning.
Live entertainment. Monday night is jazz, Thursday offers an eclectic mix of local musicians, Sunday is DJ night.
Trail ride in beautiful Southern Illinois. Hourly to full-day rates. Over night pack trips and lunch or dinner outings. Group rates and boarding available. Great horses for all riders, experienced or not. Professional guides, cool wooded trails. Rustic Loft Lodging available
Nostalgic general store filled with Amish wood crafts, quilts, food products and souvenirs.
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.
This Queen Anne-style playhouse was built for Lucy J. Haskell, daughter of Dr. William A. & Florence H. Haskell. The playhouse was an exact replica of the family home. The Haskell's gave the estate to the City of Alton for educational & recreational purposes. The playhouse is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can be visited in Haskell Park.
The 1898 Battle of Virden, the tragic result of local coal miners fighting for worker’s rights, is memorialized on the northeast side town square by a large bronze mural created by sculptor David Seagraves of Elizabeth, IL.
The Alexis Museum houses numerous fascinating displays that depict the early days of the community.
Hedman Vineyards is a member of Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, located in scenic Alto Pas in Southern Illinois. The winery produces and serves estate bottled wine, while our restaurant offers authentic Swedish cuisine and a Scandinavian gift shop. Located in a restored 3-story barn, seating is available inside or outdoors, overlooking the pond and vineyard. Come see us!
Luxuries suites located just off exit 45 on I-57 within walking distance from a gas station, convenient store, restaurant, and lounge. There are 20 rooms. Some facility amenities include a business center, free parking, pets allowed, suites, laundry services, hot tub/jacuzzi, complimentary breakfast, and an on-site bar/restaurant.
1828 Stagecoach Inn -- Abe Lincoln stayed here as he was campaigning. White County artifacts also on display.
The Amboy Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary is 272 acre of wetlands offering a rare and fragile ecosystem, which includes endangered turtles, many birds and unique plant life. It is located near the intersection of U.S. Route 52 and Mormon Road about 3 miles south of Amboy. Open to the public 7 days a week for walking and bird-watching. No dogs are allowed due to sensitive plant and wildlife.
DryHop brews hop-centric ales, in addition, to traditional, Belgian, and experimental craft beers – all only available in Lakeview and to-go in DryHop’s 64- and 32-oz. growlers. DryHop’s kitchen menu showcases the flavors and seasonality of the brewery through unpretentious shared plates. Visiting DryHop is all about being in a brewery; feeling connected to the craft brewing and culinary worlds; and most importantly, feeling a personal connection to a community of craftsman.
Deluxe water park with tube slides, simulated river, zero-depth pools and sand activity areas.
Two lakes, a nine-hole golf course, a camping area, a cottage/residence area, as well as picnic shelters, are features of this great park.
At Quality Inn, we provide the little comforts that make you feel at home. Come see our newly-renovated property.
The Vermilion County War Museum, housed in a former Carnegie Library, contains over 25,000 artifacts and memorabilia ranging from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The museum enjoys a steady stream of both U.S. and foreign visitors who appreciate the ever-increasing collections of artifacts and research materials.
Full-service marina with slip rental by day, week, month and season with certified mechanics on duty. Cruise or fish on beautiful Lake Springfield on your rental pontoon boat, personal watercraft, conoe, kayak or paddleboat. Have a family or company outing on the 35 foot Party Barge.
This fun, challenging course includes nine, 36 par holes, and is open spring, summer and fall. The club offers a full pro shop and snack bar.
Family owned and located in Southern Edgar County, out in the country on a pond. We opened in August 1st, 2010 and produce and bottle our own wine. Our banquet hall is 40'x60' area which is used for weddings/receptions, murder mystery dinners, comedy shows, and other events throughout the year. You may sit inside in the tasting room, or venture outside to the wine garden area with tables and chairs or picnic tables around the pond to sit and enjoy your wine. You are welcome to bring in your own snack food, but absolutely no drinks allowed.
The 52-acre adventure park and golf center features year-round activities for all ages. If you are looking for a daring zipline escape for you, your friends or family, Zip Rockford provides an experience you will not forget. The Snow Park at Alpine Hills offers mountains of fun in the heart of the city! This 5-acre snow park is divided into separate tubing and terrain park (snowboarding) sections designed to accommodate riders of all abilities. The First Tee of Greater Rockford provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
A qualified museum guide will board your group's motorcoach and take you through Galena, with stops that can include the Galena/Jo Daviess History Museum, Ulysses S. Grant Home and Old Market House.
This facility features 50,000 square feet of flexible convention and exhibition space that can be configured for gymnastics, martial arts and dance/cheerleading. Each year Gateway Center hosts over 500 events, including state and regional gymnastics competitions.
Retail stores anchored by Carson Pirie Scott & Sears. Free standing JCPenney and Target. Variety of dining establishments. Perfect for tour operators. Close to hotels and Interstate 57.
Coffee house with deli sandwiches, pastries, soups and light fare. Located in the heart of the Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District.
Newman & Camden Co. is a walk in Bakery/Deli. They serve bagel, donuts, and great breakfast sandwiches. Lunch consists of a daily special, flatbreads, and like the Slow Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT. All Items are made from scratch!
One of Galena's most attractive hotels offering 72 uniquely decorated rooms, perennial gardens, catch and release pond, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness room, and banquet/meeting facilities for up to 300 people.
Nygren Wetland Preserve is a 721-acre tract near the confluence of the Rock River and Pecatonica River, making it an important stopover and nesting spot for many species of birds including Sandhill Cranes. The Natural Land Institute, a private, not-for-profit land conservation organization, owns the preserve and began restoration of prairies, wetlands and woodlands to the area in 2000.
This original 1844 building was once a stagecoach stop, tavern, post office, town hall and candy store. Completely restored by the Village of Gurnee, this historical home is reported to have been part of the Underground Railroad.
This Magnuson Hotels affiliate is within driving distance to the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, golf courses, and shopping areas. Guests will enjoy relaxing in the 10 acres of flowered gardens with gazebo and fish pond, an indoor pool, free wireless internet, local cuisine at the Captain’s Table Restaurant, refreshments at the Yacht Club Lounge, exercise facilities, meeting space is available, pets are welcome with additional charges and some restrictions. Rooms feature either one king bed or two double beds, patio, free wireless internet access, cable TV with extra stations, air conditioning, free local calls, coffeemaker, hairdryer, microwave, mini-fridge, alarm clock, and iron and board. Poolside rooms may be available upon request for an additional charge.