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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.
Luxury & location in a historic mansion only 1.5 blocks to shops & dining. Wine time daily, three-course breakfasts, spacious guestrooms with fireplaces, billiard room & lovely gardens await.
The Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society is dedicated to preserving historical and educational information about the Illinois Central Railroad and the many predecessor railroads that have been part of the IC system. This headquarters feature a depot, museum and library.
A favorite of walkers and hikers, this park offers year-round camping and scenic hiking trails, many of them hugging Lake Shelbyville, Eagle Creek has 163 vehicular campsites, with 148 of those being Class A sites with electricity, picnic tables, and showers. There are 56 sites available by reservations made at least 2 weeks in advance by mail.
Along with Amish Oak furniture, the Calico Workshop offer a lot of, you guessed it, calicos and fabric. Pre-made quilts, patterns, and quilting supplies.
Beautifully crafted silver jewelry, Minnetonka moccasins, log furniture, and an outstanding art gallery filled with sculptures and pottery can be found at the Eagles Nest.
This nine-hole golf course features a pro shop, bar, snack bar and putting green.Night Golf, i.e. Glo Ball, is available for your group. Ask us about how you can have your own 8? Cup Tournament.A coordinator will help you plan your outing. Ask us about breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a cook-out for your gathering.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches"). Several are located at the Rivers Project and interested individuals can attend this free 1 hour program on Saturdays, June through August,to learn more and get involved in geocaching.
Walldog sign and mural artists trace their trade back to the signpainters of old who painted advertisements on walls in communities all over the country. They worked like dogs in the hot sun and thus came to be known as "wall dogs". Walldog artists traveled from all over the world to paint the murals in Downtown Danville in 2010 which depict the history and culture of the area. Guided tours can be scheduled through the Danville Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau.
Located in the heart of Andersonville, Huey's Hotdogs is a standout in a hotdog town. We’ve got a wide variety of dogs, brats, burgers, and sandwiches. Whether you want a classic Chicago-Style hot dog, a specialty sausage, or one of our many vegan specialties, Huey’s has a huge menu to explore.
Located in Palatine, IL, Deer Grove Forest Preserve has trails that offer a moderate level of difficulty. At almost 10 miles in length, the hiking trials make Deer Grove worth a visit. Split into two very individual sites connected by paved and unpaved trials, the east preserve features open wetlands surrounded by old fields and an in-progress savanna and prairie restoration. The west side is wilder, the forest denser and crisscrossed with footpaths along the rolling terrain. Quite woodlands, white-tailed deer and a completely different experience await the hiker on the west side. Both paths are equally enchanting.
A tandem Skydive with Skydive Greater is a fun safe way for you to experience the thrill of skydiving while securely attached to an experience instructor with 1,000 jumps and many years of experience.
Pizza, salads and sandwiches on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Dine in or carry out. Indoor & outdoor dining.
One of the largest state-owned and managed sites in Illinois, located 35 miles southeast of St. Louis. The land and water area total more than 20,000 acres of river and bottomland. It contains 36 miles of river.
Custom & ready-made frame shops with large selection of prints and framed pictures.
Known for its urban atmosphere and delicious dining options, Longbranch Coffee House serves as Carbondale's only vegetarian restaurant. Located in the historic Town Square, Longbranch embraces the local art scene by often hosting art shows and exhibits. The food is nothing short of delicious, as all of the ingredients are grown in southern Illinois and served fresh every day. If you're looking for a delightful dining experience - this is your place!
The Hilton Garden Inn Addison is located only 11 miles from O'Hare and 22 miles from Midway Airport. Certain to please executive travelers are the hotel's wide array of amenities including complimentary high-speed internet, in-room hospitality center, Herman Miler chairs and much more!
Explore this varied collection of local memorabilia. The museum includes a log home, Civil War artifacts, a natural history room, historic dolls, clothes, tools and transportation ranging from a 1906 Eldredge Runabout to Belvidere's first Chrysler.
Casual Mexican-American dining for the whole family. Enjoy one of the 14 flavors of margaritas.
This is a forty lane bowling center with automatic scoring, Thunder Alley sound and light experience which is open to the public. Jumpin Joe's Sports Bar & Grill, Flip Pizza Restaurant and full service banquet facilities are also offered.
25 feet tall, magnificent iron statues depicting the stages of man's life.
Cocktail, is one of the most inviting playful bars & restaurants in Lakeview, appealing to a broad-based clientele that is short on attitude and long on fun. Its two attractive bars (cocktail & garden bar) feature black crystal chandeliers, onyx-lit bar tops and a swank sidewalk café, known as the gardens. Cocktail is the perfect place to sip libations, enjoy great food and converse with friends, both old and new. Cocktail offers daily drink specials featuring djs that deliver the best music on Halsted!
Right in the middle of Energy you will find Bruce Park. A nicely manicured 8 acre park with trees, pavilions, ball diamonds and soccer fields. The park is a great place to take your family on an outing or for your kids to participate in local sports. While you are there, take a look at the military memorial. There is also a monument with the bell from a schoolhouse that stood on the site.
This is an outdoor facility that includes a zero depth pool with play equipment, water slide, diving well and wet sand play area. Children seven years and under must be accompanied by an adult 17 years or older.
Small motel with nearby restaurants. 16 quality clean & comfortable reasonably-priced new rooms.
The Midwest's premier semi-private golf facility - in a setting of mature hardwood trees, rolling hills, and the serene Rock River Valley. Designed to host the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic. A la carte & events dining, full service Golf Shop.
One-hour guided horseback rides, hayrack and carriage rides for private rental, and barn dances are available. Open through March and October.
Marketplace Shopping Center is K-Mart, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Borders Books & Music, Men's Warehouse, FedEx, Kinko's, and Bombay Company.
Open April 1 - November 11, with 19 sites available for rent. Outdoor recreation surrounds!
Enjoy a culinary and cultural walking experience through Naperville's historic neighborhood. One delicious taste at a time! Sample some great food and drink tastings from family run restaurants and shops. Along the way you will discover beautiful downtown Naperville, the Riverwalk and fun facts on the rich history that makes Naperville amazing.
Welcome to the Americas Best Value Inn- Murphysboro, which is located in the heart of beautiful Jackson County. We are just west off of I-57, approx. 20 miles to Carbondale. We are a newly remodeled property with a clean and comfortable home feeling.
The Geneseo Historical Museum features displays of local people and places in an Italianate-style home built in the mid-1800. Walk through the 27-rooms which tell the story of how people lived in the past and Geneseo’s history. See the Underground Railroad space used to hide runaway slaves. A wide variety of President Abraham Lincoln artifacts are the centerpiece of the museum. Visit the newly built carriage house home to Geneseo’s agricultural history. Explore and be delighted while learning about Geneseo’s heritage
Open May 1 thru October 15. This campground offers 46 sites with electrical and water hookups in additions to 70 permanent sites, as well as tent sites. Sewer hookups are offered when available. Also offered are two bath houses with flush toilets, showers, beach swimming, a restaurant, and playground area. Pets on a leash and campfires are allowed. Special amenities include fishing, and activities on holiday weekends. Visitors are invited to enjoy the summer at this special place. Camper Sites: $28; Tent Sites: $15; rates are for 2 adults and 4 children 17 and under; additional day visitor is $3 per person; additional overnight visitor is $5 per person.
Enclosed shopping center, just north of Oak Park. Featuring over 100 stores, including Carson Pirie Scott, Kohl's, Target and Best Buy.
Apples, peaches, strawberries, jam and a country store. Pick your own pumpkins, apples, peaches and strawberries. Special events in September and August. Our goal is to provide top-quality fruit that is freshly picked, along with a family atmosphere. We invite you and your family to come and experience our Festivals and Farm Market where your business is always appreciated!
WhirlyBall combines basketball, hockey, lacrosse and bumper cars all rolled into one exciting sport! Whether you're planning a holiday party, corporate outing or meeting, team building session, bar/bat mitzvah, bachelor/bachelorette or birthday party, WhirlyBall is the most complete venue in Lake County offering a variety of entertainment options including WhirlyBall, two-level lasertag, climbing wall, video games, pool tables, complete food & beverage menus, fully-loaded sports bar and flexible event facility that comfortably accommodates 400+ guests.
Hungry after a day shopping and seeing the sights in Grafton? Then stop by the Crazy Beaver Lodge for a hand-tossed fresh pizza made with the toppings of your choice. On Fridays only, you can buy a 5 pound deep dish pizza which is sure to satisfy even the biggest pizza lover in your crew. Sandwiches, salads and appetizers are also available. Live music on Sundays. Hours: W - F 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. S - Su 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Heath candy was invented in the early 1900s in Robinson, and Hershey's produced the Heath bar and all of your favorites here.
This museum displays old school pictures and artifacts from the town of Assumption. Open by appointment.
"Seasons of Life," created by sculptor and artist Barry Tinsley, stands 25 feet tall and is made up of three sculptures that symbolize the human "seasons" of growth during our lives.
A friendly little store with a lot of new stuff on the east side of the square.
Northfield Square has more than 65 fine retail shops, which include J.C.Penney, Carson Pirie Scott, and Sears. The mall also houses Movies 10, a 10-screen Cineplex. Just off I-57, exit 315, the mall is conveniently located near hotels and attractions.
Clean room? Absolutely. Comfy bed? You bet. Hot shower? Of course. Naturally, you should expect the basics. And at the Hampton Inn West, we're delighted to offer the more personal touches-those little "extras" you may not expect. These include baggage storage, complimentary beverage area, complimentary breakfast area, elevators, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, room service and a safety deposit box.
Enjoy home away from home in the new Nauvoo Vacation condos in historic Nauvoo. Full kitchen and laundry facilities.
In 1779 George Rogers Clark led his army from Kaskaskia through this area to Vincennes, Indiana, where they captured Ft. Sackville from the British. At the time, this building was named for being near the midpoint of the Vincennes-St. Louis Trail.
See large operating model train displays and railroad memorabilia within Kankakee's restored train depot. The museum also features a scale model replicating the city of Kankakee during the 1950's. A restored rail car and trolley can be rented for special events.
5,800 acres vary from flat bottomlands to rolling forestlands. Fields throughout the site provide for 1,000 acres of planted food for wildlife. Game hunting for rabbit, quail and waterfowl is allowed. Fishing is available at 25 strip-pit lakes and ponds.
Round Lake Area Park District offers visitors a wide range of activities and facilities to enjoy. They include the Renwood Golf Course, the new sports center, the Prairie Grass Nature Museum, community theatre, outdoor pool/aquatic center, fitness center, child development center, teen center, senior center and acres of picturesque parklands. Private parties/outings at any of the facilities can be accommodated.
Enjoy your favorite cocktails, snacks, sandwiches, salads, dinners in this historic pub. Serving everything from hand-cut steaks to fresh seafood. Enjoy our dining room, tavern and outside patio.
Located in the Nauvoo State Park next to the oldest vineyard of Nauvoo, this original brick home highlights an Abraham Lincoln room, quilt room, Icarian room, Victorian parlor, toy and doll antiques, summer kitchen and original underground arched wine cellar. View antiques of local families and churches. Most recent donations are Bibles, a spinning wheel, and the framed Lincoln prints of Lane K. Newberry.
Seven clean and comfortable kitchenette rooms with living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath within walking distance of Coon Creek Beach and Boat Ramp. Rooms are equipped with pots and pans, table settings, coffee maker & toaster, towels, and bed linens. Only 1/2 mile from Lake Shelbyville. Open April - November.
Located in the lower level of the historic Majestic Centre, this charming mall houses specialty shops and art galleries. The specialty shops offer collectibles, home décor, jewelry, purses, and art.
Biking and running trails, bird watching, camping, cross-country skiing, sledding, outdoor ice skating, canoeing and rafting and fishing. The district office provides all information on preserves and issues picnic permits.
Museum-quality, historic Shaker reproduction furniture and accessories handcrafted by local artist. Showroom by appointment. Listed as one of the top 200 craftspeople in the United States by Early American Magazine.
Watch the fish swim in four 2,000 gallon aquariums as you enjoy one of the Fin Inn's signature catfish, Alaskan White Fish, or frog leg dinners. Adults and kids alike love to watch the fish swim in the aquariums with 21 table-side aquarium-viewing windows. Enjoy a full menu of fried fish, home-style meals and a local favorite - turtle soup! Children's menu available. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Find something for everyone at Gobbie's Sports Pub & Eatery, featuring homemade Chicago-style, thin, pan, stuffed pizza in a friendly, sports pub. Every pizza is made from scratch with only the freshest and finest ingredients. Plasma TVs. Karaoke. Live entertainment nightly. Outdoor patio.
This south suburban gay club features DJ-driven dancing, karaoke and monthly drag shows.
Solemn Oath Brewery makes craft beer in Naperville, IL. They are driven by a passion for Belgian-inspired and barrel-aged beers. Their brewery offers a taproom where you can sample a favorite ale or try something new.
Movie Theatre with 8 theatres featuring special ticket pricing and traditional movie theatre concessions.
162 rooms. Four suites. On-site health club. 1 restaurant. Room service. Uniquely decorated and feature two TV's two phones, mini-bar and high ceilings. Located in the cultural and financial heart of Chicago's loop, the hotel is steps away from the Art Institute, Sears Tower, Museum Campus, Grant Park and Chicago's lakefront.
The Kankakee South KOA offers a quiet get-away-from-it-all retreat that's just an hour south of Chicago. Good restaurants, golf courses, canoe trips and Friday night stock car races are nearby.
Biaggi's is a casual Italian restaurant offering an extensive selection of house-made and imported pastas, soups & salads, pizza, seafood, steaks and desserts. Large portions of affordably priced menu selections are prepared with the freshest ingredients available and served in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. We offer an extensive list of affordably priced wines from around the world, including Italy and the United States.
Emmett's uses only traditional ingredients - water, malt, hops and yeast. When you try a German Pilsener or an English Pale Ale at Emmett's, your pint will be as close to the original as you can get (without actually getting on a plane and flying across the pond). Brewery tours are available.
The menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees like grilled salmon, cashew-crushed chicken and filet of beef served with seasonal vegetables. Music is part of the dining experience.
The Bensenville Park District and the DuPage County Forest Preserve have been working to restore this property and land. Fischer Farm is believed to be one of the oldest remaining homesteads in the county. Explore the buildings, touch the artifacts, and connect with history.
The historic Peterson House is a part of Peterson Park in Mattoon, and houses the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce. This beautiful building is rich in architectural history and is an key part of Mattoon's cultural story.
The Shoppes at College Hills is an open-air lifestyle center anchored by Von Maur, Gordman’s, Hobby Lobby and Target. The exciting blend of retailers and restaurants includes more than 25 specialty stores like Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, J. Jill, Ann Taylor Loft, Jos. A. Bank, Flat Top Grill, Coldstone Creamery and much more. The inviting landscaped outdoor environment creates a shopping experience second to none. Our state of the art water feature adds to the ambiance of the center. Other amenities include street lighting, seating areas, children’s play area and outdoor dining.
Pasfield Golf Course is a 9-hole public facility that has been part of the Springfield golf scene since 1898! At that time, it was known as "The Springfield Golf Club” which was founded by a group of prominent local businessmen. The Springfield Park District took control of the property in the early 1930's and renamed it Pasfield Golf Course. Since then, Pasfield Golf Course has been a landmark in the Springfield community for its customer service and affordable public golf.
Crossroads Center is T.J. Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Deals, and several specialty shops.
The Stage Company was born in 1982 when a small but enthusiastic group met to explore the possibility of founding a community theater in Southern Illinois. This community theater produces four shows a year. In 2008, the company moved into the Varsity Center for the Arts, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale. Call their box office at (618) 549-5466, M-F 5-7pm; S 12-4pm. For a current list of their plays, refer to their web site www.stagecompany.org
The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Rockford, IL is centrally located near dining, shopping and local attractions and some of the areas leading manufacaturers. such as Anderson Japanese Gardens, BMO Harris Bank Center, the Sportscore complexes, Chrysler, Hamilton Sundstrand, Textron and Woodward Governor. Hotel Highlights include comfortable guest rooms at a superior value for both business and leisure travelers, free hot breakfast, Marriott Rewards, indoor pool, whirlpool and exercise room. This hotel has a smoke-free policy.
18-hole golf course set in the countryside of Windsor. The Fox offers a golf experience for everyone from the casual golfer to those looking for a real challenge. The course was built on 160 acres of rolling farmland and woods in 1998. Located close to Lake Shelbyville. GPS ADDRESS: 1300 N 3050 E
Native American Art Gallery. Movies and music performed to enrich the public on Native American culture.
This 8-mile singletrack in Carpentersville, IL. is perfect for beginners without giving up on the excitement. The terrain is varied with steep descents, plenty of jumps, twisty trails through the woods and long stretches through meadows.
Lincoln slept here two nights in 1856, as the guest of his friend Senator Aplington, the founder of the village of Polo. Learn about the history of Polo and view the Ogle County Military Museum, which showcases artifacts from all wars.
Barack Obama taught constitutional law here from 1992 through 2004 (his favorite classroom was Room V, or the Harry A. Bigelow Lecture Hall). Take a self-guided audio tour year round, Monday through Friday.
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.
In the heart of Chicago's prestigious North Shore, Hyatt offers suite-size guest rooms, state of the art StayFit health club, indoor lap pool, hot tub, hi-speed wireless internet access & more. Easy on-off access at I-294 and Lake Cook Road. Convenient to O'Hare International Airport and close to Ravinia Festival, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Cuneo Museum, shopping, the Metra train station to downtown Chicago and many other attractions. Please visit the website for more details.
Located at the Byron Museum of History, this exhibit features Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Albert Spalding, from his youth in Byron to his league pitching career and the founding of the Spalding Sporting Goods Company.
Elegant, romantic, and incredible service. From Motown to Classic Rock, from Jazz standards to current chart toppers, music to dance to by the Pearl St. Band!
As a major stopping point for migrating ducks and geese, this 9,486-acre area offers excellent public waterfowl hunting opportunities.
57-acre wetlands preserve features wildflower, birds, and wildlife, which may be viewed from an observation deck.
From Our Hands to Yours, another unique DuQuoin Main Street shoppers delight. Find antiques, crafts and gifts of all sorts.
A nice selection of fabric, notions, books and threads. Experienced quilters to assist with all your quilting needs. Quilting classes available.
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!
Country cape cod style with large porches surrounded by woods and flowers. Stain glass on site.
You are invited to shop the ever-changing collection of traditional crafts, folk art, candles, furniture, home accents, decorative accessories, and much more. Displayed in room design design settings. Country Junction treats you to an enjoyable shopping experience.
Balena features Italian-inspired cuisine, sourced from Midwest farms by Executive Chef/Partner Chris Pandel. It offers artisanal brick-oven pizzas, hand-made pastas and spit-roasted meats, fish and vegetables prepared in a wood-fired oven and grill on the savory menu; while twists on Italian classics are the crux of the dessert program.
2120 S. Michigan Ave. is one of the most famous addresses in all of American pop history. Former home of the legendary Chess Records label from 1957 to 1967, 2120 housed the studio and recording company that begat legendary recordings by Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and dozens of others.
Scratch Brewing Company is a farmhouse brewery and restaurant located 5 miles from the Shawnee National Forest in Ava, Illinois. Named one of the top four breweries for foraged beer by Outside Magazine, and one of the most beautiful places to drink beer in the world by All About Beer Magazine, Scratch Brewing Company focuses on farmhouse beers and other styles brewed with home grown and locally farmed and foraged ingredients.
Located in the heart of Carbondale. Minutes away from Southern Illinois University Campus, Carbondale City Hall/Civic Center, John A. Logan College, shopping and restaurants. 10 minutes from the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
The memorials here are a tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War, Korean War, Gulf War and World War II. The war memorials are the only ones built in the U.S. by youth, constructed by Boy Scouts of Troop 312 Rochelle as Eagle Projects.
The museum features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families, and firefighters. Visitors can pass a leather fire bucket, marvel at a strange looking firemen’s smoke mask and explore the differences in fire hose nozzles. See and hear how fire engines clear the streets with sirens, horns, and devices that control traffic lights. Watch vintage firefighting films on five video touch-screens. All this, in addition to 5 pieces of fire apparatus on display in a fully restored fire station built in 1894. Experience the new Children’s Discovery Room for ages under 18. Our discovery room provides an opportunity for younger children to play and learn about fire safety. Admission $3 for children and $5 for adults.