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We currently manage 25,268 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy nearly 112 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, fishing ponds and lakes, public access to the Fox River, award-winning nature and history education programs and events, and three public golf courses. Facilities of special interest include Independence Grove near Libertyville, Ryerson Conservation Area near Deerfield, Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda, Greenbelt Cultural Center near Waukegan, and three golf courses (Brae Loch near Grayslake, Countryside near Mundelein, and ThunderHawk near Beach Park). Most Forest Preserves are open from 6:30 a.m. to sunset, every day of the year. Special hours apply at the golf courses, Discovery Museum, Greenbelt Cultural Center and Ryerson Woods.
A fifteen-year-old girl has a crush on the most popular boy in school, the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her, her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement, her family forgets her 16th birthday! This 1980s teen-angst classic was filmed in several Chicagoland suburbs, including Highland Park, Evanston, Glencoe and Winnetka.
Hotel features newly renovated guest rooms and facilities. Rooms feature a comfortable sitting area, large work desks, two phones with data ports, free Internet access, custom comforters, thicker mattresses, fluffier pillows and an ergonomic chair. Enjoy a healthy breakfast buffet with eggs cooked to order at the Courtyard Café or visit 'The Market' for snacks & beverages 24/7. We also offer a 5-mile complimentary shuttle (excluding Ravinia Festival). The two meeting rooms totaling 1,274 sq. ft. help bring visions of extraordinary reality to joyous celebrations, small fairytale weddings, and business meetings.
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, across from the Art Institute, Archicenter features exhibits, a city model, galleries, special events, daily tours and great shopping.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Sephora presents beauty, fragrance & skincare enthusiasts an unparalleled selection of prestige cosmetics that you can touch and try. We offer complimentary color, skincare and fragrance consultations with our beauty experts and free samples!
St. Charles' newest source for rubber stamps, supplies and classes. Also offering custom invitations and announcements created for your special occasions.
The newly renovated Chicago O'Hare hotel promises greater comfort and enhanced productivity with redesigned guest rooms and added business features. The Bistro offers healthy choices, a variety of breakfast and dinner options, an evening bar, and specialty beverages made with Starbucks coffee.
Art, architecture, and garden tours of Howard Van Doren Shaw's summer retreat. The house and gardens, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places among examples of the Arts and Crafts movement in the country. It house 12 artists at a time.
This cool rock and roll bar, co-owned by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz (a Chicago native), boasts over-sized celebrity mug shots adorning its walls. Stop in and croon on the karaoke stage with a live band or dance to the DJ-driven music.
Geneva Commons has a wonderful mix of 75-plus merchants, from familiar favorites to new and unique shops. Spend time shopping, eating and relaxing in this open-air center. Dine at a wide variety of eateries, most of which provide outdoor seating.
Discover hundreds of well-known speciality and chain stores, and dozens of great dining locations, along the Route 59 Corridor in Naperville.
The annual Lake County Fair runs for five days beginning the last Wednesday in July. Our Expo Building is available for rent for meetings, shows, weddings, and events year-round. Monthly events including antique shows, swap meets, crafts shows, dog and horse shows, and much more. Visit our website for event schedule.
This public park exhibits 100 varieties of roses, with historic Centennial Fountain as the garden's focal point.
Argonne is one of the country's premier facilities for energy-related research and development. Visitors must be at least 16 years old.
One of Chicagoland's largest antique malls offering exceptional service and top quality antique merchandise - true antiques - no crafts or new collectibles. The spacious 24,000 square foot building is home to 200 dealers featuring a range of items.
The Obama family home is a lovely red brick manse located on a tree-lined street in the historic Kenwood neighborhood, near the University of Chicago. Tour the area's points of interest with a local volunteer from Chicago Greeter, a free service offered by the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.
119 renovated-room hotel, turn down service, 6 blends of different coffee, pet friendly, handicap accessible rooms. Close to restaurants, shopping and businesses. Conveniently located off I-88 Tollway.
This museum located on the campus of Wheaton College is devoted to the history of Christian evangelism and its influences on society. View rare artifacts, art and displays that include a powerful 3-D presentation of the gospel message.
"The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere." Up to 1000 dealers. 1st Saturday of the month and the following Sunday. Food served all day.
Redmoon Theatre was founded in 1989 in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Redmoon has won national acclaim as the country's leading creator of spectacle theatre -- a highly visual and inventive theatre style that embraces the act of transformation through pageantry, puppetry, contraption-type mechanical objects, robust physical movement, and surprising use of scale and special effects. Using this unique visual language, Redmoon transforms streets and stages into places of public celebration, capable of speaking across cultural, ethnic, and generational boundaries.
Enjoy fresh produce, flowers, cheeses, bakery good, jams, jellies, and more from local farmers. Open June through October.
Stop by the Visitors Center for an audio walking tour, maps, books, souvenirs and unique gifts. Tickets are available for Hemingway's Birthplace Home and Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, Historic Pleasant Home and the Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - 45 fully-appointed rooms in a boutique hotel setting. Every guest room features goose down comforter, cd/dvd player, refrigerator, microwave, Evening homemade choc.chip cookies, and complimentary breakfast buffet.
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.
Offering good par fours with difficult par threes, this course is architecturally classic and slightly rolling, with medium-size greens.
Embark on a three-hour walking tour that's an unforgettable food adventure, offering the traditional tastes of Chicago.
Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, Illinois, has everything an outdoors fanatic could want. Hikers, bicyclers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers can enjoy more than 6 miles of turf and limestone trails, including a convenient route to the Illinois Prairie Path. Trails around the McKee Marsh area feature two observation decks, a bird blind, and signs that describe the history and ecological significance of the marsh.
Custom framing, art and gift gallery. Featuring Steve Hanks, Tom Lynch and Scanlan.
Your personal stylist will bring you to the most unique boutiques that you won't find in any other city. Tours include a personal shopping stylist and perks like local treats and drinks, and discounts and gift certificates from the hottest boutiques.
Par 70. Open Sunrise to Sunset. 18 hole golf course, club house, pro shop, and restaurant and bar. Private parties upon request and availability.
CITY:Elk Grove Village
This chic hotel offers a beautiful spa, the Asian-inspired Aja cafe, and the 26th- floor Vertigo Sky Lounge, with breathtaking city views, nightly DJs and cool cocktails. Dana is close to River North’s gallery district.
One of the first vegetarian restaurants in the city offers dishes that include a macrobiotic plate and vegan desserts.
Built in 1926, this historic ballroom quickly became Chicago's premier place for world-renowned live entertainment. Its unique architecture, design and ambiance have made it a multiuse facility that often hosts live concerts.
Republic delivers an inclusive ambiance of styles and scenes in a lavish, ultra modern 11,00 sq ft facility.
The Peninsula Chicago is a Five Star, Five Diamond luxury hotel perfectly situated in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. Well-appointed guest rooms—among the largest in Chicago—are complemented with exemplary service and indulgent amenities that include a large indoor swimming pool, modern gym, an outdoor sun deck with city views and exquisite onsite dining. Guests can also retreat to the Peninsula Spa, rated the “#1 Hotel Spa in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler.
For your shopping needs, including stores such as Carson Pirie Scott and Circuit City.
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.
In 1996, Magnolia Bakery opened its first location on a quiet street corner in the heart of New York City’s West Village. From its inception, Magnolia Bakery has been cherished for its classic American baked goods, vintage decor and warm, inviting atmosphere. In 2007, Magnolia Bakery’s original owner passed her oven mitts to Steve and Tyra Abrams. Together, the Abrams’ have thoughtfully expanded the bakery from its first West Village shop to locations worldwide. Today, Magnolia can be found in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Kuwait City, Doha and Tokyo. Patrons are also invited to shop the online store, which features a selection of freshly baked cupcakes, cookies, brownies and bars, as well as corporate gift packages and seasonal assortments.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center is a nonprofit educational art school that offers classes for adults in a wide range of fine arts, as well as workshops taught by guest artists from around the world. Two galleries are included on the Fine Line campus, where local, national and international artists' works are featured year-round. Special events are hosted by Fine Line throughout the year, including Fine Line Arts Festival, Uncommon Threads, and Christmastime at the Fine Line Show & Sale.
Guests will enjoy spacious, newly updated guest rooms with 32" plasma TVs, alarm clocks with iPod docking, free high-speed Internet access and complimentary expanded hot breakfast buffet. Guests will have use of our Jacuzzi and workout room and have access to our 24-hour business center. Meeting rooms are available. Enjoy drinks and snacks at our complimentary Manager's Reception Monday through Thursday evening.
Founded in 1979, Lynfred Winery produces over 50 varieties of wine per year. Visit the tasting room and gift shop and enjoy.
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.
Comfort Inn & Suites Geneva received the Platinum from Choice Hotels International in January 2010 and is ranked in the top 3% of Comfort Inns nationwide.
Stroll around the downtown theater district and hear stories from the golden age of Chicago theater, a century defined by a pioneering spirit and cataclysmic events.
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.
This opera company specializes in a unique repertoire that focuses on works from the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries, performed beautifully in a small venue.
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.
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 city’s second-tallest building, located at 200 E. Randolph St., rises 82 floors. Interestingly, the structure was first clad entirely in marble, but the slabs turned out to be too thin and were later replaced with thicker slabs of white granite.
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.
The Federal Reserve Bank Visitors Center features interactive displays that explain the Federal Reserve's functions, the U.S. economy, banking history, money and consumer interests.
The Chicago Slaughter is a member of the Indoor Football League, which has teams in over 25 cities nationwide. Come see an exciting game and cheer on your team! Headed by Coach Steve "Mongo" McMichael and William "The Refrigerator" Perry, former Chicago Bears.
Performing Arts Chicago is dedicated to the presentation of new work by local, national and international artists.
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.
Amadeus, the renowned tale of Mozart as seen through the eyes of his most envious competitor, composer Antonio Salieri. The play is an interesting representative style of the style and values of the time. Jeff Recommended!
135 acres, natural history museum, handicapped-accessible trails, 1880s living history farm and pioneer cooking demos.
Get creative at this crafter's paradise! Beads from around the world, unique rubber stamps & papers, Ranger inks, paints, and stamp pads. Sit at our "crystal bar" and work on your projects. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. Classes for all skill levels. Parties are our specialty! Birthdays, bridesmaids, "girls night out" -- we do them all. Come take a look!
Like most any restaurant you’ll find in the tropics, The Crazy Toucan specializes in refreshing tropical drinks for all ages! Located in the KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, the ambiance is sheer island fun and includes crazy and colorful décor, classic beach music, huge plasma TVs, and everything from Jerk Chicken Salad and Pulled Pork Sandwiches to Toukie's Fresh Catch the Day. A fun gathering place where great food and good fun are the special of the day, every day. Enjoy a refreshing tropical drink with or without the kick.
A 1,000 seat live theatre providing family entertainment for more than 20 years. Season tickets are available. Call for gallery hours and reservations.
27 challenging regulation holes, driving range, two practice greens, full-service pro-shop and elegant clubhouse with an array of amenities.
Two full-sized rinks are open for year-round skating. All Seasons also offers a game room, ballet room, pro shop and party room.
The area's only boutique style hotel. 192 rooms, 3 suites.
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.
This large auditorium, seating more than 2400 people, is the site of campus chapels, concerts, commencements, and various community-related events such as the Artist Series.
FitzGerald's, just across the street from Oak Park in Berwyn, has built a legendary reputation for an eclectic mix of music in a casual, comfortable setting that attracts music fans of all ages. The New York Times calls the club "a musical gem" and it has consistently been ranked among the top five music venues in Chicago. For special events, FitzGerald's offers a unique setting for all types of gatherings from 30 to 300. The family's award-winning restoration and classic look extends from its intimate private party room to the courtyard and legendary music club next door. An in house event planner can assist with any and all aspects of your event as needed.
Citadel Theatre is dedicated to producing inspiring theatre by bringing together gifted professionals from all the theatrical disciplines to create exciting, compelling work of the highest caliber.
Over 25,000 acres, nearly 140 miles of trails and educational facilities. Enjoy relaxing, volunteering and exploring the forests, lakes, prairies, and open spaces.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Village Vintner Winery, a fully functional winery, is located in the heart of Carpentersville, Illinois. Come in, relax, and enjoy individually handcrafted award winning wines in the winery's distinctive atmosphere. They offer tastings daily of up to eight wines. Learn about different wines, food pairings or simply sample our blends of outstanding varietals. Their wine experts can help you select just the right wine for any occasion. Whether you are a beginner learning about wine, or an expert who enjoys wines from around the world, you'll find our winery the perfect place to explore new tastes and create your own personal vintage.
Home of the Elgin Public Museum, the park includes a petting zoo and the Family Aquatic Center.
If you've never been one for convention, ACME HOTEL is the right choice for you in downtown Chicago. Located 2 ½ blocks from the Magnificent Mile in the River North neighborhood, ACME is downtown Chicago's all new boutique hotel alternative. If you appreciate an eye for design and dig a high-tech vibe, you'll feel right at home. We'd like to call ourselves cool, or hip, because we are, but that just feels like bragging. But mostly, ACME is what we consider approachable - in more ways than one. The fact is, we want your experience at our downtown Chicago hotel to blow your mind, not your budget.
A historic 1800s family farm that is maintained in its original location. Programs depict settlers' lives with period accuracy.
The Silo has been a landmark on the North Shore for over 32 years, serving famous Pan Pizza. Award winning chili, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, dinner entrees, and a full service bar compliment our menu. The Silo seats customers on two different levels! We also provide a complete carryout menu. The Silo is an independently owned and operated family restaurant. Plan your next party or catering event at The Silo.
LIVE JAZZ NIGHTLY 7PM-12PM LENNY CAPP BAND WED.-SAT 8PM-12PM
Hailed by Golf Digest as "The best example of target golf yet built," the Golf Club includes pot bunkers, double greens, fescue-covered mounds and water hazards.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - 136 oversized guestrooms and two-room suites, complimentary breakfast and evening beverages, indoor pool and whirlpool spa, and garden courtyard with barbeque grills.
WhirlyBall is a combination of basketball, hockey, lacrosse and bumper cars all rolled into one exciting sport. The Lake County location also includes a two-level laser tag arena, climbing wall, video games, pool tables and a sports bar. A second suburban outpost is located in Lombard.
IPic Theaters has a passion for movies and provides you with the ultimate escape. A premium and affordable movie-going experience, there is something for everyone. Enjoy fresh seasonal cocktails at Salt Sports Bar, full menu selection, billiards and more.
Carson Pirie Scott & Company’s former flagship store, designed by Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924) was also built in stages, beginning in 1899, 1903, augmented by an addition by D. H. Burnham & Co. in 1906, and ending with a 1961 addition by Holabird and Root. Although Carson’s wide windows and narrow piers are expressive of the internal steel frame, the building is more famous for its exquisite ornament by Sullivan. The embellished storefronts, newly restored decorative cornice, and ornate columns capitals on the interior all bear Sullivan’s personal style of ornament. It was both named a Chicago Landmark and listed in the National Register in 1970. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975. Copy and descriptions courtesy of AIA Illinois and the 150 Great Places in Illinois www.illinoisgreatplaces.com
A Puerto Rican family living in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood faces what may be their last Christmas together.
Explore displays featuring rare photos of Hemingway, his childhood diary, letters, early writings and other memorabilia. Enjoy videos documenting the author's life and work. Museum store on site.
Legend has it that if you get close enough to touch the Paradise Mist that surrounds the Fountain of Youth, the magical feeling will be yours forever. This Paradise Mist offers relaxation areas and tropical decor allowing their guests (women, men, teens, tweens and the weary traveler) to be treated to body treatments, massages, facials, nail treatments along with make-up and hair styling away from the daily grind. Come experience the Paradise Mist located inside the Keylime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort!
Ryerson Conservation Area is one of the best examples of a northern flatwoods forest, a rare northern Illinois landscape. The 552-acre Preserve supports some of Illinois' most pristine woodlands and several state-threatened and endangered species, and offers 6.5 miles of scenic trails that wind through a stately forest to the quiet Des Plaines River. The Welcome Center, opened in 2006, features "green" architecture and was designed using LEED standards. In addition to preserve information, it offers a nature library, exhibits and meeting rooms.
DuPage County, Chicago's Western Suburbs - Ten minutes from O'Hare, Bensenville Park District offers everything for your leisure, fitness & banquet needs. From the outstanding White Pines Golf Club to the award-winning Deer Grove Water Park, come and enjoy a variety of activities, parks & events.
An emporium of style since 1923, Barneys is the go-to department store for celebrities and fashion mavens from all over the world.
Cemetery Trail in Palos lives up to its name with narrow tracks that snake through dense foliage. A must ride for any thrill-seeking trekking enthusiast.
Garrett Popcorn Shops are a third-generation family-owned business specializing in a variety of tantalizing flavors of popcorn. Featuring caramel crisp, which has been dubbed "the best in the world."
Featuring concerts, plays, art exhibits and dance. Wireless headsets for hearing impaired and wheelchair seating available.
Take a walk through Riverside's history by spending the afternoon with the Frederick Law Olmsted Society, your guide to learning more about the village's unique community and landscape design. Riverside was designed in 1869 by famous landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
Located in Hyde Park, this stunning Gothic chapel (funded by a gift to the University of Chicago by John D. Rockefeller) hosts regular performances by the Rockefeller Chapel Choir and visiting musical artists.
Macy's on State Street is a quintessential Chicago experience. As one of the world's largest department store, the State Street location has been a Chicago destination for more than a century. Today, this flagship Macy's store covers an entire city block and features 10 floors of retail space, a variety of unique restaurants, annual signature special events and outstanding visitor services. Macy's on State Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and remains a leader in trends and merchandise--from beauty and fashion to home decor and entertaining. Visitors are eligible for 10% Visitor Savings Pass with appropriate identification.
The Illinois Institute of Technology's Mies van der Rohe Society offers dynamic tours of its architecturallly significant campus. Architects Mies, Koolhaas and Jahn are all represented here.
Enjoy a contemporary and social environment that will make you feel welcome and at home. Every suite offers a full size stainless steel kitchen, sofa sleeper, 32" HDTV with DVD, complimentary breakfast and shuttle service within a 5 mile radius.