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22 species of fish are found in this lake, including bass, white crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, yellow bass, bluegill, and carp. This 1,100-acre lake is surrounded by native oak and hickory forests. Picnicking, hiking, and limited hunting and trapping.
Otto’s Place is the off-Main Street alternative for locals & tourists seeking a quiet, peaceful retreat with exceptional, unique food.
Escape into Chicago's underworld on a crime and mob tour with Chicago Crime Tours. Some of the world’s most famous criminals, mobsters and gangsters bamboozled their way through Chicago. Sit comfortably on a climate controlled bus and enjoy sightseeing famous Chicago crime scenes from the 19th century through modern times. Investigate Al Capone, The Untouchables, The Chicago Mob, John Dillinger, H.H. Holmes, George Streeter, The Chicago Black Sox, Leopold & Loeb, and more. See the site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, one of Chicago's most notorious murder scenes. Stakeout crime scenes like the Biograph Theatre, Holy Name Cathedral and other Chicago landmarks. Check out the historic criminal courthouse, a Chicago architectural landmark where some of Chicago's most notorious cases were tried. Escape into the criminal past of Chicago's River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Loop and Magnificent Mile neighborhoods. Get off the bus and explore where Chicago gangsters John Dillinger and Hymie Weiss stood just before their deaths.
258 room, 7 story hotel adjoining Harrah's casino and attached event center with meeting space and restaurant
Watch these yummy dressings being made from the storefront in downtown historic Palestine, or go in and take a tour that includes samples.
Andover's quaint chapel was endowed by the world-famous opera singer Jenny Lind. Built in 1850, this chapel is the "Mother Church" of the former Augustana Lutheran Synod of America.
Enjoy lunch, dinner or a snack at Geneva's landmark restaurant. For over 80 years, fine food and spirits have been served at very reasonable prices in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
A quaint red cottage with a unique gathering of primitives, folk art, florals, and garden decor. Also seasonal garden to enjoy. Open: Thursday thru Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm. Or by appointment.
The LEGO store features an assortment of products covering nearly every square inch of space. The “Pick-A-Brick Wall”, by far the most popular store feature, offers the option to hand pick and purchase specific LEGO bricks and elements in a variety of colors and shapes in bulk. The “Living Room” is an interactive play area prominently positioned in the center of the store, giving consumers a chance to get “hands-on, minds-on” with LEGO products. Finally, a “Brand Ribbon” runs the circumference of the store, featuring LEGO® model displays, company history and fun facts to entertain guests. Guests will find a full selection of LEGO products and branded merchandise for children ages 2 and up, including LEGO DUPLO® sets, toys based on the new feature film The LEGO Movie, and exciting themes such as NINJAGO, Legends of CHIMA, Friends and CITY and popular licensed items such as LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Super Heroes and LEGO The Hobbit.
Our green spaces boast bike and walking trails, picnic and camping facilities, and gardens.
The state-of-the-art Argus Brewery is located in Chicago on the second floor of the Joseph E. Schlitz distribution stables at 113th and Front Avenue, which was built in the early 1900’s. Two large terra cotta horse heads on the parapet still identify this unusual building that once housed the Schlitz horse teams and carriages. To create truly remarkable beers, the brewers relied on their family’s more than 100 years experience in the food and beverage industry as food technologists and chemical engineers. Tours and tastings occur on Saturdays. Tour includes the history of the brewery and its famous neighborhood, samples of the latest Argus brews and a commemorative Argus Brewery glass.
Enjoy the environment of this local Inn. Conveniently located near New Salem State Historic Site. Just a short drive from Springfield, IL.
The Whitehall Hotel is a standout among boutique hotels in Chicago that sits at the confluence of the city's civic and cultural life, allowing guests an upfront view of luxury, innovation and exploration. Exquisite dining, thrilling nightlife, phenomenal public transit, unforgettable neighborhoods, and an ineffable sense of history permeate the experience of staying at The Whitehall Hotel. We are proud to represent the height of romantic Chicago accommodations, and are looking forward to your stay at our luxurious gem among boutique hotels in Chicago.
Stay at this Gurnee, Illinois hotel located less than one mile from Six Flags Great America. Ideally situated off Interstate 294 in Northern Illinois, the Baymont Innl & Suites offers the best in accommodations, customer service and location. This Gurnee hotel features 65 well-appointed guest rooms, each offering cable satellite television and free wireless high-speed Internet access for guests' convenience. This 100 percent non smoking hotel offers a variety of amenities including a complimentary continental breakfast, an indoor heated swimming pool, fitness center, guest laundry and more.
The world's only statue of Abe Lincoln and a pig commemorates Lincoln's bemused request for a "writ of quietus" to calm noisy pigs gathered under the courthouse floor. "The Last Stop" refers to the location on the old 8th Judicial Circuit.
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.
The 1878 Henry School, located on the Galena Trail, was used as an operating school until 1957. The Polo Historical Society has turned it back into an old country school, which includes displays on the Black Hawk War of 1832.
This local history research archives houses historic photos, books, documents and maps covering Aurora's history from the 1830s to the present. Open by appointment only.
This natural area comprimises 532 acres of forest, prairie and flowering trees, with a trail and pond.
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A spacious, sophisticated saloon atmosphere, a deliciously varied menu and Chicago's finest Live Jazz! Dining is delightfully casual, served with Live Jazz steps from Michigan Avenue, rub shoulders with celebs and jazz buffs from around the world. Andy's renown is international.
The Main Street Gallery was created to display the works of juried artist. The art is professionally shown and is available for sale. Blown glass, pottery, paintings, drawings, metalwork, and jewelry are just a few of the art pieces available.
A Lionel train set shares space with a Li'l Abner Dogpatch Band windup toy and British toy soldiers. Antique collectibles, clothing, glassware, a mule deer antler chandelier, and many more unusual items fill the 2,000 sq. ft. "extra room" added onto the house.
Private Master Suite surrounded by nearly 800 acres of prairie, this Frank Lloyd Wright designed home offers a private bath, historical artifacts, hearty country breakfasts and beautiful views.
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham welcomes you to C-U! Featuring 198 suites, ample parking, complimentary hot breakfast buffet & convenient location to the University of Illinois Campus & downtown Champaign, Hawthorn Suites is the perfect spot for your leisure or business visit.
82 rooms, 6 executive suites. Extended continental breakfast. Meeting facilities for up to 35 people. Two full service restaurants within walking distance. Indoor pool and fitness center.
Come inside the intimate Riverfront Playhouse and discover a treasure. Since 1978, Riverfront Playhouse has been a destination in downtown Aurora. Located along the pedestrian-friendly Water Street Mall, Riverfront Playhouse continues to draw unique talent and appreciative crowds. This popular local theater group performs original plays, musicals, murder mysteries, comedies and thrillers in an intimate setting. See their web site for indoor and outdoor performances.
Driftstone Pueblo carries many craft supplies including sinew, heshi, findings and cords. Also, kid's toys, beads, jewelry, canes, soapstone, metaphysical items, artifacts, crystal cubes, knives, swords, and much more.
Historic Museum of Torture Devices is a privately-owned collection of unique historic torture devices. This museum features over 50 displays from nearly all over the world. Devices such as these were once used to kill, maim, terrorize, punish and force confession, all in the name of The Law. Exhibits include, the pillory, the Chinese death cage and so much more. This unique museum is a must see. Open Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.
Atlas Brewing Company is one of Chicago’s newest craft brew pubs. Building on the tradition of Chicago’s neighborhood breweries, they brought back the Atlas name. Atlas was a Chicago brewery that began in 1896 and closed after Prohibition. Now, Atlas Brewing Company is a craft brew destination. The brewing brothers, Ben and John Saller, have created a diverse selection of craft beers that are sure to satisfy. Paired with creative craft cuisine, Atlas is a great place to meet friends and enjoy great beer and great food.
Located on 200 acres of Shawnee National Forest, in a country setting. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, and fishing in stocked ponds. Explore a cave that Daniel Boone carved his name in 1766. Three units are separate from the house.
The first brick home built in Polo is now a tourist information center and home of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Offers a timbered nature trail, a small prairie plot, and a quiet fishing lake on its 148 acres.
This 18-hole course has bent grass fairways, tees and greens, a practice area, full-service clubhouse, and rental carts with canopies.
Neighborhood pub - fresh casual themed restaurant with upscale billiards, shuffleboard, ping-pong, and darts. Party space available.
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.
The Busse Woods Trail system is located within Ned Brown Forest Preserve, a 3,700-acre property in the western suburbs. There are 11.2 miles of paved trails for cyclists, equestrians and pedestrians. The main loop is nearly 8 miles, circling some lakes and meadows, while a couple of much shorter side loops will take you to the north and south end of the forest preserve. The Busse Woods Trail connects with the Schaumburg Bikeway on the west, and on the north, Busse Woods links to the Rolling Meadows Bikeway system. Some key features of the forest preserve include fishing, boat rentals and a small herd of captive resident elk. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset.
The Northern Illinois University Huskies play in the MAC Conference and have a diverse athletic department. Their many sports teams include: Men’s football, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis and wrestling, while their women’s teams include: Basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
7-story building with 1 bed king rooms and 2 bed queen rooms, lighted parking lot, indoor pool & hot tub, onsite restaurant & lounge.
Board a genuine open-air antique fire truck and take a tour that focuses on the Chicago FIre, and stops at two Chicago fire stations. Reservations required.
The gallery's mission is to continue to expose the art community and provide a portal to fine art and artists of different parts of the African Diaspora. A collaborative of artists, collectors and art administrators who have come together to create a unique art experience, and ensure fine art has a place in the rebirth of Bronzeville.
We invite you to experience Midwestern golf in its finest form. Test your shot-making skills on a course built to challenge golfers of all ages and abilities. Enjoy the magic of a course that stays with you long after the final hole is engaged and beckons you back for another round. This 18-hole golf course was designed by Pete Dye.
In the park next to Hamel School, this building was built between 1820 and 1852 and moved to Hamel in 1980. Artifacts from the period are displayed inside.
Quad City Arts is a regional arts council serving the citizens of Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island counties in Illinois and artists within a 90-mile radius. The Gallery features paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, mix-media, and more. Works are created by regional artists and are for sale. The gallery also features Artist Openings and special events throughout the year.
Tapas-based cuisine plus a variety of sandwiches and soups. Extensive gourmet "to go" menu. Wine sales and free wine tasting Saturday afternoons.
Original pastels, oil paintings, note cards, posters. Specializing in figurative art, portraits, land and seascapes. Commissions accepted. Classes, workshops.
Opened in 2001. Includes 43 rooms, indoor pool, fitness center and a complimentary breakfast.
An extensive collection of genealogical materials offers visitors an opportunity to research local Mt. Vernon history.
Sit at a picnic table along the Mississippi River in Grafton and enjoy fried buffalo fish, catfish fritters and homemade coleslaw from Beasley Fish Stand. Beasley has a fish market on one side and an outdoor dining area on the other. Hours: T - S 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Come out to Allstate Arena this summer to enjoy a night of world-class basketball and family fun with the Chicago Sky! With a season that runs May through August, the Sky provides summer-fun for all ages. Chicago's premier women’s professional basketball team offers fans the unique opportunity to get their group in the game, and on the court. Groups can register to high five the Sky players, deliver the game ball to the referee, play on the same court as the Sky or sing the National Anthem. No other sporting event allows you to get as up-close-and-personal with the players!
Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers guided field trips of its farms, conducted by student agri-ambassadors.
Surrounded by gardens and a reflection pool, this magnificent bell tower in Washington Park is the third largest in the world, and one of the few that is actually open to the public.
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.
The Clark County Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and education of all things pertaining to the people and places of Clark County, Illinois. Learn about the Lincoln-Douglas debates and unique area country architecture here.
"For the usual and the Unusual" Beer, wine and spirits located between the canal and the river on Rt. 178/ Clark St.
The Illinois High School Association’s Individual Wrestling State Championships brings out the best in high school wrestling talent under the bright lights of the Assembly Hall. This two-day event showcases the elite wrestlers from across the state as they try to wrestle their way to Saturday night at the Assembly Hall to become apart of IHSA Wrestling history being dubbed individual state champion!!
Upland game bird hunting from Oct. 1 - April. Dogs & guide service available. Located 3 miles west of Jct. Hwy. 37 & Hwy. 169, or, 4 miles east of I-57 just off Shawnee College Road.
A family-owned operation since 2007, Sweety Pies is a bakery, cakery and cafe serving up delicious handmade goodies in he heart of downtown Skokie. Featured are family favorites such as buttery cinnamon rolls, scones, croissant, quiche and famous pies. Specializing in custom cakes, cupcakes and old-fashioned handmade desserts. Also serving omelets, sandwiches and homemade soups.
The Robert L. Mees Village Centre serves as the hub of the Harrison/Bruce Historical Village by providing a venue for College and community events. Historical buildings include: The Purdy School, a one-room public school in Perry County, IL from 1860-1951. The Julia Harrison Bruce House, a replica of the house the house that was built in 1868 by David Ruffin Harrison. The Harrison Storefront, this "double dog trot" style log cabin is a replica of the cabin the David Ruffin Harrison family occupied prior to the construction of the brick, "Harrison House". And The Hunter Cabin, Emmanuel Hunter built the Hunter Log Cabin in 1818; the year Illinois became a state.
A' Salute is a high class lounge featuring entertainment every Friday and Saturday night with room for dancing. The menu will feature a selection of small sandwiches called "trios" which are served in threes.
Courtyard surrounds travelers with the conveniences that make business and pleasure travel easy. Newly renovated in 2001.
The mission of the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series is to celebrate the artistic and intellectual vision of Fermilab by actively fostering an appreciation of science and the performing arts in neighboring communities. Most of the Arts and Lecture Series performances and lectures take place in Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium.
Features many items such as birdhouses, quilt racks & shelves, benches, stools, tables, chairs, Coca Cola items and much more.
A museum established to promote and preserve the history of the Ottawa area and the colorful and proud traditions of Boy/Girl Scouting and Camp Fire. Features national traveling exhibits from museums and libraries. Open Thursday-Monday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Closed on Holidays.
Deli sandwiches, burgers, fish on Fridays, groceries and gas. Located on the way to Garden of the Gods. Formerly Shaffer's Country Store.
We have two guest rooms available, along with two furnished apartments for extended stays. Our guest rooms do not have private baths -- they share a newly remodeled toilet and shower. The Hotel Glenview was built in 1886 and remained a working hotel until the mid 70's when it fell into disrepair but it is in the process of being refurbished. We are within walking distance for great shopping, dining and night caps. We are only 10 miles from the Great River Trail, and we do offer bicycles sag support. Upon consideration, pets are welcomed. We are strictly non-smoking.
Discover Geneva's historic districts - from the refurbished downtown storefronts to the dozens of treasured Third Street Victorian homes that now house over 100 unique specialty shops and quaint eateries.
Built 1812, one of the oldest "hotels" still in existence; listed on the national register of historic places. The stately home with a sweeping verando and gazebo over looks the mighty Ohio River. Gourmet breakfast.
Lipe Orchards is one of the few Southern Illinois orchards that raise Lodi apples, and is part of the Shawnee Hills Orchard Trail. Summer brings more than 20 varieties of peaches, apples, nectarines, plums and a wide variety of vegetables.
12 parks that offer diverse activities. Fishing, picnics, baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, hiking trails and playgrounds.
Friendly atmosphere and a full menu of delicious items such as pizza, burgers, nachos, and much more. Great service and affordable prices.
The 9-mile Green Bay Trail covers North Shore towns such as Kenilworth, Winnetka, Highland Park and Lake Bluff. Because the trail stays generally within a mile of Lake Michigan, you can take any number of on-road side trips for beachfront views of the lake. The trail is suitable for even the youngest of riders, although the route does use some sidewalks and even a very small portion of residential road in Kenilworth. In addition, the surface alternates between asphalt and crushed limestone. Inexperienced cyclists and those with young children should use particular caution at road crossings and with any road riding.
The World Shooting & Recreational Complex was designed for shooters, built for recreation. The complex has 120 trap houses stretching 3.5 miles, 2 sporting clays courses, 24 combination trap/skeet fields, and cowboy action shooting. The complex has 7,000 square foot event center, conference rooms, restaurant, gift shop, 1,001 campsites, multiple fishing lakes, and much more!
Timber Lakes Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course conveniently located on Interstate 55. We have one of the most beautiful and enjoyable golf courses in the Metro East. We invite you to enjoy our friendly atmosphere and experience the improved course conditions and design.
Previously known as O' Brien Field, Dozer Park is home to Minor League Baseball’s Peoria Chiefs and Bradley University Baseball. Located in downtown Peoria. Within walking distance of the Peoria Civic Center and minutes from several downtown hotels. A modern state of the art facility with private dining areas and business meeting accommodations all year round. The perfect fit for all types of group outings.
Vigneto del Bino Winery is a boutique winery specializing in “Wines grown from local Vines”. The winery sits on one acre of a 10 acre property surrounded by 2,300 grapevines. Vigneto del Bino specializes in producing unique wines from grapevines that grow here in Illinois. The winery building encompasses the manufacturing of the wines, a tasting room and gift shop. Relax and shop for gift items; while sampling our crisp and refreshing wine selection.
Antiques, collectibles, primitives, old tools, glassware, pottery, toys, lamps, jewelry and Lincoln souvenirs. Located in Salisbury.
The log house gives a glimpse into local life in the 1800s. While at the park, visit the refurbished caboose and passenger train.
Dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the people, commerce, and industry of the Mendota area. Extensive photographic collection depicting over 100 years of Mendota area history. Three Western Cottage organs and a Carpenter organ manufactured in Mendota in late 1800s. Hume-Carnegie Museum Saturday & Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 3/1 - 12/15; Union Depot Railroad Sat & Sun Noon to 4:00 PM, 3/1 – 12/15 Breaking the Prairie Museum by appointment. Office hours Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM.
Stop into this great thrift store where you can find many bargains and new merchandise as well.
The Sugar Path in Geneva is an innovative dessert bakery offering cupcakes, artisan cakes and pies. They bake farm-to-table, using ingredients sourced locally from farmers and vendors they have existing relationships with. The menu changes seasonally so you’ll be sure to get the freshest ingredients available.
Mercy Sportscore 2, a 124-acre site, has 19 regulation soccer fields and 14 practice fields outdoors, and four sand volleyball courts. Home to Wedgbury Stadium, which seats 2,000 spectators, and has hosted IHSA State High School Soccer Finals, pro football games, National Rugby Finals, college rugby championships, professional soccer games with international teams, and USSL W. League Soccer Finals. Recreational activities include: Soccer, Sand Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee®, football, walking, and running. The complex also includes the MercyRockford Indoor Sports Center, which contains three multi-sport indoor fields for indoor soccer, five volleyball/basketball courts, locker rooms, sports equipment store and SkyBox, a family friendly casual restaurant and sports bar. The facility is completely wheelchair accessible and adaptive equipment is available.
Housed in a historic 1890s home, this museum covers everything from the history of the Mississippi River to dinosaurs, Native Americans and NASA.
Sited outdoors over some 300 acres, the 21-piece collection contains monumental works by many of the 20th century's most important sculptors, including Puryear, Nauman, Disuvero and Hunt.
The 1,683-acre site has a 75-acre lake where families can picnic, fish, paddle boat, camp and enjoy the good food at the on-site restaurant.
St. Louis Street in Lebanon is paved with brick and lined with many unique antique boutiques and specialty shops. Several of the stores specialize in Victorian and country collectibles, distinctive gifts, music, foods, fine glassware, and books. Shoppers can find a little bit of everything here.