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McDonald's #1 Store Museum
This museum is a replica of the first McDonald's restaurant opened by Ray Kroc on April 15, 1955. View an array of memorabilia, from the original kitchen equipment to the 1950s classic cars parked on site.
CITY: Des Plaines
Amboy Depot Museum
Built in 1876, this 19-room museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the division headquarters for Illinois Central Railroad. The museum showcases local artifacts from Amboy and the surrounding area.
Atwood Visitor & Information Center
Early trains made an "at-the-woods" stop, and in 1873 the town of Atwood was formed. Main Street today features split-rail fences, benches, grassy areas and country crafts, collectibles and antiques.
Located at Cache River Basin Vineyard and Winery, Wineaux's offers American cuisine, including certified Angus Beef steaks and burgers, ribs and seafood. Specializing in food cooked with wine!
Centralia's resident carilloneur performs on the town's 65-bell carillon, one of the few in the country. The surrounding park also features a museum and tours of the 165-foot-tall tower.
Rox City Grill Lounge
Relax or celebrate with your friends amidst the contemporary urban decor highlighted with authentic historic detailing. Enjoy the offerings of our full bar, our exceptional wine list, select samples from the extraordinary Rox City Grill menu, and live entertainment of piano bar favorites every Thursday through Saturday.
CITY: St. Charles
Geneva Underground Playhouse
Producing mainstage productions throughout the year, and also hosting performances by comedy groups, musicians, playwrights and any number of other entertainers.
Vintage Karma opened in downtown Tuscola in 2012 to offer handmade goods, funky antiques, unique jewelry and local art. Many of the creations are repurposed items, giving new life to discarded things and turning them into one-of-a-kind works of art.
Peoria Push Derby Dames
Peoria Push is an all female flat track roller derby league that was founded March 2010. The mission of the Peoria Push Derby Dames (the “Push”) is to create a charitable organization to benefit the public interest and provide an opportunity to build a positive relationship with women in the community through the sport of roller derby. We intend to empower women by continuing to demonstrate that women of all walks of life can be strong and independent, while managing career and personal lives. We are a not-for-profit charitable organization using roller derby as a vehicle to strengthen the community. No part of the organization’s net earnings will inure to the benefit of private shareholders or individuals. The Push is not organized for or operating for the benefit of private interests. It is a skater owned and operated roller derby league, in compliance with the WFTDA requirements.
Robbie's - Springfield
Located across from the historic Old State Capitol, this Springfield staple offers homemade soups, sandwiches and pie. Live jazz and blues performers play during dinner on Friday nights.
Lake Glendale Stables
Trail ride in beautiful Southern Illinois. Hourly to full-day rates. Over night pack trips and lunch or dinner outings. Group rates and boarding available. Great horses for all riders, experienced or not. Professional guides, cool wooded trails.
DuPage Heritage Gallery
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Located in a three-story atrium, renovated in 2000, visitors learn of the stories, accomplishments and lives of famous DuPage citizens portrayed through memorabilia and photo panels.
Bishop Hill Bakery
This is a family owned and operated business. Step up to the counter and watch fresh bread and cookies being baked right before your eyes. Be tempted with many baked goods or stay for lunch with homemade soup, casseroles, or a sandwich from the daily lunch menu. The bakery is located across from the Colony Store and Steeple building.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Strawn Art Gallery
Strawn Art Gallery features monthly changing art exhibits, Early Mississippian and Native American pottery, and the Miriam Cowgur Allen Doll Collection.
Prophetstown Park District Pool & Recreational Center
Indoor/outdoor pool with aerobic classes and open swims. Rec Center has volleyball and basketball courts.
Apple Orchard Golf Course
Apple Orchard is a par 27, nine-hole course with a pro shop and snack bar.
Inwood Golf Course
Inwood offers a lighted range, pro shop and concessions.
Log Cabin Museum
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.
Mascoutah Heritage Museum
The museum focuses on the businesses that helped the city grow, particularly milling.
1500 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, full kitchen, large living room. 4 twin beds, 1 king and 1 full bed. 1/2 block off Main St in Golconda. Boat parking available. All are welcome.
African American Civil War Soldiers Monument
This unique artwork is one of only a handful of sculptured tributes to the African American Civil War soldier in the entire United States. Commissioned by the City of Decatur, the work was designed and created by renowned artist, Preston Jackson. Jackson created several concepts for the statue and allowed the citizens of Decatur to vote to select the final design.
Public Enemies - Aragon Ballroom
The Feds hunt notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson during a 1930s crime wave. The restored period exterior of Chicago’s Biograph Theater, site of Dillinger’s infamous demise, is featured in a pivotal scene in the movie.
1930's living history farm with farmhouse, barns, livestock, farm discovery trails, fruit orchard, garden plots, picnic pavilion.
CITY: St. Charles
Santa Fe Train Cabooses
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind overnight stay at Wildlife Prairie Park in one of the Santa Fe Train Cabooses!
CITY: Hanna City
Social Urban Bar & Restaurant
This hip Rockford restaurant cooks up seasonal dishes inspired by the produce and meats supplied from local farmers. The bar offers a nice selection of craft beers and wine, along with more than a dozen different absinthes.
Located in Edinburg, this farm specializes in organically produced and certified pork, chicken and turkey products.
Assumption Historical Society/Museum
This museum displays old school pictures and artifacts from the town of Assumption. Open by appointment.
Ingram's Pioneer Log Cabin Village
Pre-Civil War log structures rescued from destruction by the Ingrams. Many of the 17 homes and other buildings are furnished with authentic pieces and open to the public. Visit Jacob's Well Inn, frequented by Abraham Lincoln.
Lake Vermillion County Park
Lake Vermilion County Park includes a boat ramp, dock complex, concession building, playground, and an open shelter. The park is open year round and considered 'high-use' during summer weekends with power boating (unlimited HP), jet skiing, water skiing, and fishing tournaments. Wildlife observation includes herons, river otters, and eagles. Lake Vermilion, 1,000 acres in size, is one of Illinois' most heavily stocked fishing lakes with bass, tiger muskies, catfish, crappie, and walleye being frequently fished.
National Road Covered Bridge
The Embarras River, near Greenup, was the site of a covered bridge built by Abe and Thomas Lincoln and Dennis Hanks. The original bridge was 200 feet long. The reconstructed bridge was dedicated in 2000.
Spitler Woods State Natural Area
Two-thirds of the area is a dedicated nature preserve containing one of the few remaining stands of old-growth timber in Illinois. Two trails wind through the nature preserve, allowing the hiker to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the forest.
CITY: Mount Zion
Fairview Family Aquatic Center
Fun for the whole family! Zero depth activity pool, six lap swim lanes, separate pool for drop slides and diving boards, as well as a sand/water play area for children and two competition sand volleyball courts.
Bowling, cosmic bowling, video arcade, Pizza Hut Express and more.
Spare Time Lanes (Lena)
Enjoy the fun of bowling.
Jefferson County Historical Village
Experience the past as you walk through a pioneer village of authentic log cabins featuring a calaboose (circa 1820), the Mount Olive Church (circa 1873), a one room school house and more.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Rustic Acres Campgrounds
155 sites available April 1 - October 31, recreation building, swimming pool, lake fishing, boat rentals, tent camping, handicap access.
CITY: New Douglas
Marissa Academy Museum & Coal Miners Monument
Memorabilia celebrating the city's growth from a coal-mining town to the present makes this a fascinating touchstone of local history.
Garnhart's Oliver Museum
Explore the largest Oliver Hart-Parr collection in the Midwest, including farm toys, advertising, and collectibles dating back to 1860, and real antique tractors and machinery. Bus and group tours are available, but should be scheduled in advance.
CITY: German Valley
Harvest at Pheasant Run
Located in the unique and fitting setting of a stylishly renovated barn, Harvest offers traditional regional cuisine with outstanding steaks and seafood, extraordinary game selections and seasonal dishes inspired by fresh ingredients available in local markets. The extensive bar not only features a wine list including outstanding vintages from Napa and Sonoma and unique selections from regional wineries. We will gladly suggest wine pairings to enhance your experience. Or try a refreshing fruit infused martini. Reservations encouraged.
CITY: St. Charles
Chicago Pizza Tours
This bus tour allows visitors to sample four types of Chicago pizza: thin crust, deep dish, stuffed and Neopolitan. Learn about and see Chicago one slice at a time.
Country Cheese & More
Sandwiches, soups, cheese, quilts & crafts. An excellent variety of cheese!
NASCAR Racing Experience
You can’t get much closer to the real thing than this. At the NASCAR Racing Experience, you’ll drive a race car that’s been driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and other NASCAR drivers. You’ll get a true NASCAR driving experience: There’s no pace car to follow. Passing is allowed. And you’ll have in-car Racing Electronics radio communications. In 2014, the NASCAR Racing Experience will be at Chicagoland Speedway May 9-10, July 4, 5, 11, 12, and August 29-30. See their site for more details.
Modern motel, built in 2000, with king and queen beds, indoor pool, continental breakfast, tourism information and more. Only minutes from Garden of the Gods Rec. Area and Shawnee Nat'l Forest.
Derailed - Union Station
In this thriller, two married business executives meet on a Metra train to Chicago and begin a dangerous affair. Chicago filming sites include Union Station, a 1920s stunner designed by Daniel Burnham that is still a major rail hub in the city today; and the ice rink at Millennium Park, Chicago's 24-acre showplace for the arts that also features the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a unique outdoor performance venue.
Otto’s Place is the off-Main Street alternative for locals & tourists seeking a quiet, peaceful retreat with exceptional, unique food.
Center Children's Farm
Experience life down on the farm during guided family tours, or take a hike on the peaceful nature trail.
CITY: Palos Park
Dennis Hanks Gravesite
View the burial site of Abraham Lincoln's tutor in the Old City Cemetery.
Martin House Museum
The Fulton Historical Society is located in this Civil War-era home donated to the city by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Martin.
The Alexis Museum houses numerous fascinating displays that depict the early days of the community.
Albion Bowling Center
The Albion Bowling center features automatic scoring and league as well as open bowling throughout the week.
Macomb Park District
12 parks that offer diverse activities. Fishing, picnics, baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, hiking trails and playgrounds.
Sharp Rock Falls
This campground on Kinkaid Lake is open year round. There are 81 permanent sites available for annual rental. There are 20 sites with electricity, water, and sewer, plus 40 tent sites. There is also a snack bar.
Joyce's Country Quilts
Beautiful hand-stitched quilt,; plus a large supply of quilt and dress fabrics and notions in a quaint country store.
Golf Club of Illinois
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.
Spring Valley Nature Center/Volkening Heritage Farm
135 acres, natural history museum, handicapped-accessible trails, 1880s living history farm and pioneer cooking demos.
Hoosier Grove Schoolhouse Museum
Originally built as a one-room schoolhouse in 1904 on the corner of Old Church and Barrington Roads, the museum was moved to its present site in 1991.
Joliet Prison Park
Once you arrive, a huge steel and barbed wire entry sign will beckon you into a park unlike any other. Information kiosks on site offer an insight into the prison’s past and inmate history, as well as the famous films that have been shot here.
31st Annual Pilot Home Tour & Tea
Visit beautifully decorated homes, sponsored by the International Pilot Club of Jacksonville.
Doubletree by Hilton Chicago
Located between the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier, this newly refurbished hotel features The Lobby Bar with infused organic vodkas and H2O, a seasonal poolside cocktail bar and restaurant with panoramic skyline views. The hotel’s Markethouse restaurant offers seasonal American fare.
The Mar Theatre opened for business on June 15th 1937, and today much of the original stage and decorative ceiling are intact. The lobby and ticket booth area are in the original configuration. Much of the original architectural hardware and lighting fixtures are still in use. The original auditorium comfortably seats 300 moviegoers and a new second auditorium accommodates 64 patrons. Outside the original marquee is still used to inform moviegoers of the current movies.
Rock Bottom Brewery
Rock Bottom is all about the beer. Every tank tapped here represents hours of planning, experimentation, ingenuity and precision by a local Rock Bottom Brewmaster. The folks here pride themselves on the remarkably consistent quality of their handcrafted beers as well as their tasty menu of made-from-scratch food.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - A 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse featuring the finest certified Angus beef, select seafood and great live jazz in a sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance. Sullivan's has an award-winning wine list & full inventory of bourbon, single malt scotch & cognac.
Talk about setting the mood. With an atmosphere flushed with warm reds and bathed in caramel and gold lighting, the mood at Soma is always one of urbane expectation. Anything can happen here, and it does.
Ameri Host Inn - Tuscola
59 rooms with 2 jacuzzi suites, indoor pool, free deluxe continental breakfast.
Danada Equestrian Center
Danada Equestrian Center welcomes visitors of all ages to learn about riding and horsemanship through hayrides, group barn tours, riding lessons, summer camps for kids and its annual Fall Festival.
Stop by and pick your own sweet corn.
Ventanas-Revolving Roof Top Restaurant
Relish the unparalleled views and cuisine of our revolving roof top restaurant and lounge, featuring Pacific Rim dining.
A Danville tradition where friends and families have met for years to enjoy a selection of quality food including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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.
CITY: Lake Bluff
Hannah Free - G Keith House
This film focuses on the love affair between two women who grew up in the same small Midwest town. Weaving back and forth between the past and present, the movie reveals how the women maintained their relationship despite marriage, a world war and the denial of their families.
DragonLand Water Park
DragonLand has something for everyone, all on three-plus acres of immaculately kept park land with ample room to stretch out and soak up the rays! DragonLand is handicapped accessible and has an award winning lifeguard staff ready to make your visit a safe one. Zero depth, play / entry area and two water slides that twist and turn you "Dude" the dragon slide with mushroom waterfall geyser play features Sand beach play area with water equipment and extended deck / patio with lounge chairs "Adults only" patio with large turf for sunbathing Reasonably priced cafeteria style concessions Sand beach volleyball courts with changing, shower and locker facilities Heated pool with lighting for night activities Fully handicapped accessible
O'Connell's Yogi Bear Jellystone Park
287 acres of clean camping. Large pull-thru site with 50 amp electric available. Daily activities June-August. Swimming, mini golf, water slide, 5 comfort stations, laundromats, and Yogi Bear. Rustic cabins and furnished park model trailers, and cindy's deluxe cottage in a clean family campground.
Hampton Inn Hotel - Gurnee
Enjoy one of the newly renovated comfy rooms with all new Cloud 9 beds and the little touches such as wireless Internet in all rooms, heated outdoor pool, complimentary passes to Gold's Gym with an indoor pool, fresh baked cookies and a House Hot Deluxe breakfast. Meeting facilities to accommodate groups of up to 100 are also available. This hotel is conveniently located a tenth of a mile from Six Flags Great American/Hurricane Harbor Waterpark and down the street from Gurnee Mills. Tour the Jelly Belly Center, play golf, see a sailor graduate from Navy Boot Camp or visit the Volo Auto Museum all within minutes away. So when you're ready to give yourself a break, head our way and discover the Hampton Inn hotel in Chicago/Gurnee.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
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.
Wingate by Wyndham Schaumburg/Convention Center
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.
General John A Logan Museum
General John A Logan (1826-1886) is the most significant nineteenth century native Illinoisian. Creator of Memorial Day, he's named in the state song with Lincoln and Grant. The General John A Logan Museum's mission is designed to interpret the the turbulent life and times of Logan.
The Babe - Danville Stadium
The life of legendary baseball star Babe Ruth is the focus of this biopic. The Danville Stadium (home to the present-day Danville Dans college baseball team) was used to portray Fenway Park and Forbes Field in the film. Wrigley Field in Chicago was used to represent all of the other baseball parks featured in the movie. Cubs fans can tell the location just by looking at how the grass is distinctively cut near first and third bases.
Open in season, with peaches available mid-August.
Renaissance House: A Working Art Gallery
The gallery offers classes in art, as well as original art and gifts for sale. Exhibits and events in the performing arts are scheduled throughout the year.
Centralia Area Historical Museum
Artifacts, pictures of coal mining, railroading, business, farming in and around Centralia. A work in progress by the Centralia Area Historical Society to preserve the past of Marion County.
Marissa Academy Museum and Coal Miners Monument
Memorabilia celebrating the city's growth from a coal mining town to the present makes this an interesting stop.
Aurora Area Architecture
The Aurora area features diverse architectural styles, including designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Bruce Goff and George Grant Elmslie. The area is also home to one of the largest collections of Sears mail order homes.
This monument memorializes Elijah P. Lovejoy, whose work and death in Alton gave him a place in history for the abolition of slavery. During the slavery era, Elijah Lovejoy was a pastor who wrote anti-slavery editorials so controversial he became an object of hatred by slaveholders. Despite threats to his life, he continued his anti-slavery writings in the Alton Observer, even after three of his printing presses were thrown into the Mississippi River. It was this persistence that led an angry pro-slavery mob to attack and kill him in 1837.
WildCountry opened its doors over 36 years ago. We are family owned and operated. We take pride in the gear we stock, and the services we offer. At WildCountry, our motto is: "If we don't have it, we'll do everything we can to get it." Stop by and you'll find a great selection from many of our key vendors such as The North Face, Mountain Hardwear,Patagonia, Columbia, Keen, Garmont, Merrell, K2, Volkl, Burton, Woolrich, Aqua Lung and Aeris, just to name a few. Our staff is well versed and factory trained in the gear we promote.
Pocahontas Antique Mall
Located just 1 mile from the center of Pocahontas, Illinois, Pocahontas Antique Mall has a large variety of antiques and treasures.
Springers Creek Winery
Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of cushy chairs, antiques, and the welcoming hospitality of owners Sam Makler and Colette Andre as you sample a fine glass of wine.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Chicago Board of Trade
This classic Chicago teen comedy involves the wise-cracking title character who decides to cut school and see the city with his friends. Their romp around Chicago includes stops at The Art Institute (one of the world's leading art museums that's known for its important collection of French Impressionist paintings), Chicago Board of Trade (the world's oldest futures and options exchange that's housed in a magnificent Art Deco building), and the Willis Tower Skydeck (offering dizzying views of the city from atop one of the world's tallest buildings). The movie's famed Twist and Shout scene was filmed during the city's annual Von Steuben Day Parade.
Clockwise Theatre's goal is to offer alternative entertainment choices, including world premiers of plays with an emphasis on Midwestern playwrights, new or unusual small-scale musicals, and programming for the teenage-young adult audience. Clockwise hopes to offer a welcoming canvas on which to work, mobilizing the energy of the young, wisdom of the old, vision of the artist, and the rich cultures woven throughout Waukegan and the Midwest.
A' Salute Lounge & Grill
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.
CITY: St. Charles
Timber Lake Playhouse
Illinois' oldest continuously-running professional summer stock theatre. Live performances June-August. Reservations required. Children's program July-August.
CITY: Mount Carroll
Comfort Inn & Suites - East Moline
Welcome to the Comfort Inn & Suites, an East Moline hotel near TPC Deere Run golf course. All of our spacious guest rooms come with standard amenities and have flat-screen televisions, coffee makers, curved shower rods, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards and cable television. Some rooms are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, sofa sleepers and spacious work desks. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms can be requested. We are a pet-friendly hotel; additional fees apply. For added convenience we offer coin-operated laundry facilities and valet cleaning services. Ample parking is available for cars, trucks and buses.
CITY: East Moline
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Rockford
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.
Byron Civic Center
Musicals, comedies and mysteries are performed August-May at this civic center located in Byron High School.
Kleiss Produce Farm and Country Market
This Champaign-Urbana area farmer's market sells in-season vegetables, melons, pumpkins and fruits.
Ecology Action Center
This walk-in information and environmental education center offers workshops on recycling, composting and energy saving.
Great family fun at this completely remodeled bowling alley.