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Emmett's Tavern & Brewery Co.
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.
CITY: West Dundee
Norton Knolls Golf Course
Norton Knolls offers a nine-hole, par 34 course.
Weeze's Country Barn
Popular with locals and travelers alike, Weeze's Country Barn, located in the Potato Barn, offers a variety of gifts and novelties and features locally made items. The restaurant offers a down home atmosphere and a delicious variety of foods to tantalize your taste buds, including homemade pies, made fresh every morning. Sundays they offer a plate lunch menu with down home variety of grandma's favorites, including fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, fried catfish, and salmon patties along with all the fixings. Come on in to Weeze's Country Barn and experience Southern Illinois hospitatlity at its finest! Open Daily 11-2
RJD Hobbies & Raceway
This motor raceway located in Lincoln allows a field of 18 different cars, including big buggies, electric bugs, trucks, sprinters and modifieds.
Twin Groves Wind Farm
Located on the wind-swept Bloomington Moraine in eastern McLean County, Twin Groves Wind Farm offers 396 megawatts of affordable, pollution-free wind energy, enough to meet the annual energy needs of about 118,000 homes. Learn more about this exciting new facility with a farm tour.
Art de Triumph & Artful Framer Studios
Art of Chicago and the World. Originals, prints, fine art cards and expert framing. Corporate gifts and event space. Consultation and installation. Open daily.
Arches Antique Marketplace
Antiques of all sizes and descriptions, from books and clothing to kitchen utensils and baby items.
Court Street Antiques
Located in one of the city's oldest structures. Vendors of great variety feature hand-painted furniture, array of clocks, Fenton Collection, vintage kitchenware and much more. Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm.
My Best Friend's Wedding - The Drake Hotel
In this romantic comedy a food critic jealously tries to put a stop to her best buddy's wedding. The movie filmed extensively around Chicago, including the historic Drake Hotel on North Michigan Avenue; on a Mercury boat cruise as it sailed down the Chicago River; and at the suburban Cuneo Museum & Gardens, a Mediterranean-style mansion that features 75 acres of beautiful formal gardens. The gazebo featured in one of the wedding scenes was built for the film, but Cuneo's owners decided to keep it permanently.
The Tower of Baa-Goat
The one and only goat tower in the U.S. It is modeled after a tower that Dave and Marcia Johnson saw in a wine magazine from S. Africa. The original goat tower was in Portugal. The Johnston's tower is 31 foot tall and has 5,000 bricks with 276 spiral steps that encompass the tower.
Garden Market at Elawa Farm
Seasonal flowers and vegetable crops will be supplemented from the kitchen with soups, jams, pestos, breads and muffins. Please visit our market, kitchen and garden when you come to shop, it's a lovely trip worthy of time spent in a most beautiful place. Open June through October.
CITY: Lake Forest
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
Set atop Water Tower Place, above prestigious North Michigan Avenue, this property is just an elevator ride from over 100 shops & boutiques and offers exceptional Lake Michigan and skyline views from each spacious guestroom. Recently opened, The dec Rooftop Bar provides a new and chic outdoor spot for sipping, savoring and socializing. Casual elegance and brasserie-inspired cuisine come together at deca RESTAURANT + BAR, serving inventive fare from morning to night. Enjoy easy access to such famed attractions as The Magnificent Mile, The Museum of Contemporary Art and The John Hancock Observatory or stay in and request an in-room visit from the popular Candy Man.
Canopy Club is committed to diversity in the entertainment it provides for its diverse patron base. The Canopy Club also strives to foster an environment of activism for positive social and environmental change through hosting various benefits and informational gatherings. In striving to achieve the highest level of entertainment, the Canopy Club prides itself on being able to offer entertainment for all walks of life. Whether you like rock, country, hip hop, jazz, funk, indie or anything in between, the Canopy Club has something to offer you. If you're a fan of live music and entertainment, the Canopy Club is your home in central Illinois! Come see live music at the Canopy!
Aurora Historic Districts/Aurora Historic Preservation Commission
Tour the Near Eastside (350 homes dating from the 1800s), Stolp Island, Westside and Riddle Highlands, two of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Dr. Charles Wright House
Built in 1889 by Dr. C.M. Wright, this stately Renaissance Revival home holds three generations of Wright family furnishings, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Black Jewel Popcorn
Stop by and sample black kernels of corn that pop to the whitest popcorn you've ever seen. Tours are available.
Joliet Mosaic Walking Tour
Take a self-guided walking tour of the magnificent murals, sculptures and mosaics found throughout Joliet's city center.
Lakeview Nature Center
Borders Spring Lake Park and is habitat for deer, turkey, fox, geese, beaver and coyotes. Trails and educational programs offered.
Whisper Creek Golf Course
This beautiful course is set on 240 acres rich in bluegrass, protected wetland environments, and even magnificent rock formations with casading waterfalls.
The History Museum of Monroe County
Anchored by items gifted by Col. Edd & Violet Kueker, this collection represents the settlement of the West, numerous U.S. wars and early transportation. There is even a display of items from the Stone Age retrieved during a local archaeological dig. Changing displays and Special Exhibits from the Museum collection and "on loan" items provide awesome journeys through the pages of history.
Gold's Bed & Breakfast
3 rooms, 1874 farmhouse furnished with country antique furniture, continental plus breakfast. 6 miles west of Champaign on I-74.
31st Annual Cruise Nite and Classic Car Show
One of the largest Cruise Nites in Illinois. This event brings in classic and antique autos for a full day and night of fun for the whole family. Attend the car show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cruise from that evening from 5-9 p.m.
Crow Valley Campground
Grassy shaded lots with gravel pads. Electric and water or primitive sites. Located on the Rock River. Basketball court, playground, good fishing, pool and complete bath facilities. Boat ramp to Rock River. Open April 15 – October 15. Easy access from I-88.
The Homestead Bakery
We are very pleased to continue bringing all our valued customers the freshest, made-from-scratch delights such as caramel-iced cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, honey white and wheat breads, sweet and specialty breads, a variety of cookies, iced cut-out cookies and classic angel food cakes of various flavors. And we feature specialty pumpkin items in the fall. Load up on baked goodies, as well as all the other scrumptious items that we stock on our shelves. These include a substantial assortment of mustard's, pickled vegetables, relishes, salsas, jams, jellies, butter spreads, noodles and a generous selection of fine candies and fudge.
Elegant lodging in downtown Pontiac. Full kitchen, living room, bedrooms. Lydia's Loft is a circa 1890's building that has been renovated from its original use as retail store to a beautiful 1600 square foot loft apartment. It features a second story view of the beautiful and historic downtown Pontiac IL. Entering Lydia’s Loft from the street level entrance located just behind the Route 66 Museum you will climb two stories into complete privacy and solitude. Your stay includes 1600 square feet of space, complete with two bedrooms; one king size bedroom and one queen size bedroom. You also have two twin sofa sleepers also with which to accommodate your entire family.
Weddings at Brookfield Zoo
Say I Do at Brookfield Zoo! Imagine a breathtaking water fountain as the backdrop for your ceremony. Enjoy "Cocktails with the Animals" in one of our magnificent animal habitats. Savor an elegant dinner in one of our beautiful dinner venues. Let your Brookfield Zoo Consultant assist you to create the celebration of your dreams!
Custom House Museum
This renovated 1872 Romanesque-style structure houses historical artifacts from the surrounding area.
Sit back, sip your drink and enjoy the serenity of the Mississippi River as it flows past The Loading Dock Bar and Grill in Grafton, Illinois at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Like being on vacation, it's the only place like it where you can sit by the water and watch the boat traffic on the river while enjoying stunning views of the palisades. Bring the kids along by day or at night, listen to live music while enjoying a full menu of hot fresh food served right off the grill. Make sure you begin your meal munching on a basket of chips dipped in the famous Dock Salsa!
The People's Choice Family Fun Center of Waukegan
The Fun Center consists of a 43,000 sq. ft. entertainment facility offering over 150 redemption and arcade games, a Redemption Area with over 1,000 items from which to choose, Rocky's Pizzeria, a Food Court, Hershey's® Ice Cream Shoppe, a main Party Area with a 12 ft. movie screen, three private party rooms for birthdays, showers, meetings or any occasion and Rocky's Fun House Miniature Golf. Video gaming also available.
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival
The festival showcases the work of 95 unique artists in a pristine setting overlooking a lake, spectacular gardens and 385 acres of majesty. All of the artwork embodies a botanic theme, use or material. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to see the masters at work, with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long!
Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch - Hampshire
Ride the wagon to pick your own pumpkin, shop the Harvest Market and visit the Farmers Wife Cafe and Bakery. Goebbert's has a second location in South Barrington.
River Trading Post
Native American art and antiquities including Navajo weavings, Pueblo pottery, sculptures by Cliff Fragua, and work by other Plains Native American artists.
CITY: East Dundee
Addison Ice Arena
Addison Ice Arena is one of the premier family ice sports complexes in the Chicagoland area, featuring one NHL rink, one Olympic rink, the Grace St. Bar and Grill, and an Advanced Pro Shop.
Oakdale Nature Preserve
This Nature Preserve offers 133 acres of oak and hickory woodlands, restored prairies and shallow streams. Over four miles of winding trails are great for hiking, running, cross-country skiing, nature study and quiet reflection. Facilities, which are available to rent, include the Mogle Learning Center with meeting space for 20 people.
Clark St. Studio & Village Pottery
Wheel-thrown pottery by resident potter.
Springbrook Golf Course
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Springbrook Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole, 72-par championship facility with a natural turf driving range, short range, putting green and two practice bunkers. The clubhouse features a well-stocked golf shop and an eating area that seats 60.
Collver Family Winery
Family-owned winery that features unique wines, great food, and hilarious dinner theater productions.
The Informant! - Illini Country Club
The vice president of an agri-business giant is recruited by the FBI to uncover evidence of his company’s suspected illegal price-fixing. But in his zealous attempt to become the ultimate informant his lies begin to pile up and erode the secret agent world he has created for himself. Look for Alexander Calder’s giant red outdoor Flamingo sculpture as two of the movie’s main characters walk through downtown Chicago’s Federal Plaza.
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery features art classes for both children and adults, along with holding various events throughout the year. The artist, Jamie Stang, also specializes in "paint parties." These parties are great for a group, as they feature great food, drinks, music and art. Jamie helps visitors discover their inner-artist while relaxing in a chic studio-style atmosphere. Check out her gallery while you're there too.
Turkey Creek Lodge
A 3,000 sq. ft. lodge features a master bedroom with a private bath and two bedrooms with semi-private bathrooms. Located in rural Jasper County, Turkey Creek is perfect for hunters or individuals wanting a weekend retreat.
Little Lusk Trail Lodge
6 lodge rooms with full baths, fireplace and big screen TV with satellite dish.
PM&L Theatre is a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization located in downtown Antioch. Each annual season contains six shows, ranging in style from musicals to comedy and drama.
Watershed Nature Center
A 3,000 ft. wheelchair-accessible pathway at lake level and wood-chipped trails wind through forested areas. An elevated walkway spans the wetlands and two observation towers, a wildlife viewing blind, an outdoor amphitheater and classroom.
The Village Framery
Featuring original art by Regional artists, fine art photography, fine art prints, custom framing.
Rushville Antiques and Trumpery
Antiques and trumpery. Located in Rushville, IL.
Round Lake Area Park District
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.
CITY: Round Lake
Salvation Army Thrift Store
The Salvation Army offers a wide variety of below-cost items. From dining ware to clothing, a person is able to find anything they need.
Village of Greyslake Heritage Center and Museum
The Grayslake Historical Society was founded in 1976 and is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the greater Grayslake area. The Historical Society stages regular programs, works with the Executive Director on engaging exhibitions, conducts tours and keeps residents and visitors connected with Grayslake’s rich past. For more information, visit the Grayslake Historical Society's website at www.grayslakehistory.org.
Homer Soda Festival
The Homer Soda Festival is genuine and unique. We bring together family owned bottlers from all across the country to one place where you can enjoy their family traditions of flavor and fizz. We create an environment where you can not only taste the unique sodas, but meet many of the actual bottlers themselves. The food is high quality and unique, the vendors are all hand crafted, genuine artistic creations, reclaimed relics, and antiques. The music is Americana bluegrass/roots that has stood the test of time much like the bottlers. Everything works to bring generations together to make memories with each other and take them all back to the Main Street USA of yesteryear.
CU Woodshop Supply
The midwest's premier woodworking destination is a haven for woodworkers. Their top-tier educational facility offers project and skill courses for all levels with classes running evenings, weekends and weekdays. The adjoining 8,000 square-foot supply store, open six days a week, is unique to Central Illinois and offers "all things woodworking" including 60 varieties of hardwoods. Free demos and seminars are available many Saturdays. Making the CU Woodshop even more of a destination is the DreamShop, where hobbyists can perfect their skill.
James R. Thompson Center
Immense glass and steel structure, designed by Helmut Jahn, houses State of Illinois government offices and three levels of stores and restaurants in an atrium mall.
4 Season Bowling Center
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.
The Auditorium Building original configuration combined a theater seating, a four-hundred-room hotel, and 136 offices and stores. The hotel lobby with a notable interior is now Roosevelt University. The Auditorium Building is one of the best-known designs of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975 and it was designated a Chicago Landmark on September 15, 1976.
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.
More Than Delicious Orchard
This seasonal orchard offers more than 80 varieties of apples and pears.
Ten Mile Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
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.
Country Corner Treasurers
Features many items such as birdhouses, quilt racks & shelves, benches, stools, tables, chairs, Coca Cola items and much more.
The newly renovated Bowen park's theme for their new playground is "Forest Findings". The overall layout offers tiered play areas arranged on the northwest hillside of Bowen Park. Fun and learning will go hand-in-hand as children and their families enjoy modern playground amenities, combined with several environmental learning stations that represent a forest ecosystem. Parents and kids alike will also enjoy the six-station fitness/exercise trail located on the perimeter of the playground.
Samuel Park's Office
A friend of Abraham Lincoln, Samuel Parks shared a law office with the future president and served on the Eighth Judicial Circuit with him.
Enjoy big city dining in a small town atmosphere. The unique American cuisine, and premium wine selections are a treat for anyone visiting Galesburg and especially for our regular customers.
With locations throughout Illinois, REI is on the leading edge of outdoor adventure and stewardship in the environment. With name brand gear and a knowledgeable staff to help you gear up for whatever adventure you have in mind, you can rest assure the equipment and information you get is above par. From running, hiking, biking, paddling, climbing REI has everything you need to make the outdoors great again. REI’s passion for the outdoors runs deep and it’s their core purpose to inspire, educate and outfit people for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.
America's Best Value Inn
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.
Marcotte's Family Motel
On three acres overlooking Jo Daviess countryside, a short drive to Galena, Chestnut, Mississippi, Apple Canyon. Some rooms include fridge/microwave/table/chairs. Apartments with full kitchens. Coffee/muffins, hot tub, grill, campfire, dog-friendly.
This Lower Mississippi-style house was built in the early 1800s, and has been completely restored to reflect life during this period.
CITY: Prairie du Rocher
Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society
The genealogical and historical society encourages the preservation of Logan County's history and maintains a research center that treasures and collects Logan County family histories. They're the only research center that includes ALL of Logan County. Their research resources include historical books, maps, obituaries, cemetery records, marriages, births, family surname genealogy and more! Stop by for a visit to see the artifacts, old photographs, museum pieces, veteran's exhibit, as well as the new "Abraham Lincoln Room."
Bridget's Kid Closet
Bridget has clothes from size newborn to size 12/14 girls and boys. She carries baby equiptment, dvds, toys, outdoor toys, all at a fraction of what it costs new.
Flint Hill Vineyard
Flint Hill Vineyards began growing grapes in the Mid 1990's with the efforts of brothers-in-law, Louis Bertino and John Molinarolo. Louis had a vineyard of Concord and Niagara at his home site some years earlier. After courses in the development of a vineyard, two acres of vines were planted from cuttings acquired from an established Southern Illinois vineyard. The varieties planted were Chambourcin and Vignoles, French hybrids proven to fare well in our climate and produce fruit that vinted into excellent wine. In the late 1990's another two acres of vines were planted adding the Seyval Blanc variety, a proven and hardy producer.
Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park
A site interpreter at Pere Marquette State Park, will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles this winter. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature bald eagles, what eagles eat, why they spend winter months in the area and much more. All programs will begin at the park's visitor center at 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required. There will be a short video presentation followed by an observational drive to view the wintering bald eagles. Please dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. For more information on dates or reservations, call (618) 786-3323.
The Whitehall Hotel
Four star European boutique hotel located just off the Magnificent Mile, one block from the famous Water Tower Place and nearby dining and shopping.
Scenic Country Getaway- 5 minutes from downtown Nauvoo Private room, homecooked breakfast and baked goods.
Ben Winter Museum
This museum's fascinating collection of memorabilia includes scale model locomotives and stationary industrial engines. Take a trip on the miniature train that travels through the surrounding orchards.
"A Million Reasons -- A Single Store!" From home decor, clothing, fashions and groceries to home improvement and more.
CITY: St. Charles
Old fashion general store, specializing in Deli sandwiches and local souvenirs
CITY: Alto Pass
Boulder Recreation Area
Swimming and fishing, boating, tent camping
Civil War Fort
Visit an exact replica of a Civil War Fort complete with a jail, one-room home, livery, and log cabins.
Collinsville Historical Society Museum
Local and world histories are combined in these exhibits.
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site (Ellis Grove)
Open year round with 50 camp sites
CITY: Ellis Grove
Illinois Prairie Path
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.
Lake Katherine Trail
Lake Katherine Trail is a 3.2-mile trail of moderate difficulty, located near Palos Heights, Illinois. This 1.5-hour hike over wood chip, dirt and gravel roads is one of the best urban nature walk trails in the area. The Preserve features an attractive lake, an arboretum, a waterfall garden, an herb and conifer garden and expansive views from atop a ridge in the eastern section.
CITY: Palos Heights
Rainforest Cafe - Gurnee
Rainforest Cafe is a wild place to eat and shop. The most realistic indoor rainforest created with amazingly lush surroundings, cascading waterfalls, giant fish aquariums and more.
Vel Terra Ranch and Family Campground
Campsites are spacious, shaded or sunny; accommodates tent campers, pop-ups or RVs. Modern bathhouse. Water, 50/30/20 electric, free firewood. Peaceful!
Blessings on State
Blessings on State is a beautiful two-story home located in the prestigious West State Street/Duncan Park district. This beautiful 100-year-old home has been magnificently restored. Architectural details include a wrap around porch, an impressive staircase, five distinctly different tiled fireplaces, pocket doors, and stunning chandeliers in each room. Each suite features a fireplace, a full private bath en suite, and an attached sitting room. Furnished with a mix of the past and present, "high tech" meets "high style" as you find your satellite television and DVD player behind closed doors. High-speed Internet is available throughout the home. Come experience warm southern hospitality in the heart of the Midwest as you are pampered with exceptional upscale amenities, memorable gourmet breakfasts and gracious personal service. Deaf-friendly. Create memories of a lifetime at Blessings on State!
Established in 1884, Maldaner's Restaurant and Catering is one of Springfield's finest restaurants. If you have visited The Old State Capitol, Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House or the State Capitol, you can imagine the wonderful celebrations Maldaner's likely was a part of at the turn of the last century and to the present day.
Features a distinctive entertainment and dining venue. Celebrate "sophisticated fun" in our warm and inviting 45,000 square foot indoor/outdoor facility complete with 20 bowling lanes and 10 bocce courts, exceptional Italian-American bistro with wine cellar, outdoor patio, fireplace, and beautifully appointed event and party room that can accommodate groups from 20-600.
CITY: South Barrington
Backdraft - Chinatown Fire Station
This action film centers on two feuding firefighter brothers who battle Chicago blazes and an arsonist on the loose. Many of the extras used in the movie were actual Chicago firefighters. Much of the filming took place at the Chinatown Fire Station, located right across the street from the ornamental gateway to Wentworth Avenue, Chinatown's main drag that's filled with shops and restaurants.
Black Dog Gelato
Located in the Ukrainian Village, Black Dog Gelato serves artisanal gelatos an sorbets with unique flavor combinations.
River Rose Inn Bed And Breakfast
Elegant Greek Gothic mansion nestled on the historic Ohio River. Four luxurious rooms plus a romantic cottage. Private baths, fireplaces, outdoor swimming pool, and whirlpool tubs for two. Gourmet breakfast included.
Embarras River Canoeing
Spend the day canoeing and fishing on the Embarras River.
40 lanes, automatic scoring, ABC approved fluorescent lighting, seating for 200, free parking, restaurant and lounge.
Albion Bowling Center
The Albion Bowling center features automatic scoring and league as well as open bowling throughout the week.
Antioch Bowling Lanes
Antioch Bowl is back with 28 premier Brunswick Synthetic Prolanes, AMF's Elite scoring system, and good folk in great leagues. Birthday parties, arcade games, cosmic bowling and Quick Strike snack shop.
Village Green Home & Garden West
A fascinatingly large garden center with outdoor furniture supplying customers from all over the Midwest. The center also takes care of holiday needs with trees, trims and gifts. Home center, same location, 815.637.8840. There's a Village Green East, too.
Market Street General Store
Craft store, country crafts and gourmet foods.
New Beginnings Thrift Shop
This store is located on the Lincoln Square. It is a great place to find clothing, glassware, furniture and other things you might need for your home. Have a great shopping experience on the square at New Beginnings.
Williamson County Historical Museum
Located in an historic brick building in Marion, the museum features artifacts, antiques, and records of a bygone era. 17 rooms contain exhibits, including an old-fashioned school room. Tours may be arranged through the Marion Chamber of Commerce.
City of West Chicago’s Gallery 200
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Gallery 200 is fast becoming a haven for art lovers as a quality destination for buying and browsing great local art. The gallery, a cultural initiative supported by the City of West Chicago, hosts artist opening receptions, art talks and workshops.
CITY: West Chicago