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The original wooden cross was erected in 1850 by a farmer in thanksgiving for his family being spared during a cholera epidemic. Subsequent owners of the property have repaired and replaced it.
Amelia's Galena Ghost Tours, Inc.
Nightly ghost tours on a luxury air-conditioned shuttle bus with a theatrical flair exploring several locations in historically haunted Galena.
Quad Cities Restaurant Week
Celebrate food during Quad Cities Restaurant Week! Enjoy the best the area has to offer with special pre-fixed menus. Sample the flavors that make the Quad Cities a perfect destination for food lovers. Bon Appetit.
Quincy’s spring event opener includes a parade, an annual tradition held the first weekend in May when traditionally the dogwood trees that line Maine street are in their glory. The parade travels from 24th to 4th & Maine beginning at 9:30am Saturday. Washington Park brings vendors, contests for children and carnival rides both Saturday and Sunday.
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.
Elwin Antique Mall
Fourteen individual rooms hold antiques of every sort, including pine, oak, & walnut furniture; wicker, glassware, advertising signs and posters, books, jewelry, linens, quilts, primitives, granite ware, stoneware, cast iron, Fostoria, Fiestaware, country florals, crafts, tin chandeliers, country accessories and much more!
Vernon Hills Golf Course
This golf course has been ranked as one of the top ten 9 hole golf courses in Chicagoland. Situated in Vernon Hills, this challenging 9-hole municipal course boasts small greens, rolling terrain, tight fairways and seven holes featuring water. Golfers of all skill levels will appreciate both the playability and the eye-catching views. The full-service clubhouse features a varied lunch menu, which is served all day and a full-service bar. Banquet facilities available for up to 80 people.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Jeni J's Gifts & Guest Houses
The boutique gift shop offers several lines of unique women’s clothing, trendy handbags, artisan jewelry and stylish scarves. Each season brings exciting new fashions and accessories for shoppers to choose from. The adjoining IceHouse Winery features our private label wines, award-winning wines from the Midwest and imported varietals from abroad. Visit the store to see for yourself the large assortment of exquisite items to adorn yourself and your home. Choose from our beautiful selection of fashion jewelry, women's sweaters, flags, wind chimes, scented candles, scented night lights, seasonal items, and gifts. Friday - Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Annabel Lee's Tea Room and Boutique
Take a timeout for tea and lunch in this elegant tea room, in a historic building with shopping located within the building.
Aunt Bea's Attic Antiques
Unique antiques and collectibles from all over the world.
Rosebud Rentals, Inc.
Our properties provide either seclusion or being close to amenities. Enjoy hiking, biking, golfing, horseback riding, outdoor pool, indoor pool, fitness and game room, and much more.
Running Scared - James R. Thompson Center
Two Chicago cops work to bring down a drug kingpin before they retire and head off to sunny Key West to open a bar together. The climax of the movie takes place in the Thompson Center. One of the movie's most memorable scenes is a car chase that takes place on the city's El (elevated) train tracks.
Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is the city's leading presenter of contemporary dance, showcasing artists of regional, national and international acclaim.
Hollywood Palms, A Cinema, Bar & Eatery
Experience first run movies at Hollywood Palms while you enjoy our full bar and dinner menu including appetizers, entrees, desserts all while catching a flick, 18 & older after 5:30 pm. Call for “all-ages” showtimes.
Cross at the Crossroads
Soaring nearly 200 feet into the Midwestern sky, the Cross is a landmark for the more than 19 million travelers who pass through Effingham each year along Interstates 57 and 70. Other features of the site include a visitor center, chapel and a 10 Commandments display.
Known for its live salsa music and dancing, Esteban’s hosts Expression Nite on Thursdays, featuring drag performers. The dinner menu, served Wednesday through Saturday evenings, offers Latin American specialties.
Courtyard By Marriot- Deerfield
Courtyard surrounds travelers with the conveniences that make business and pleasure travel easy. Newly renovated in 2001.
John Deere Commons at Moline Centre
A tourism destination offering a variety of restaurants, concerts, special events, top name entertainment at "iWireless Center," and live music at the many pubs and bars. Also visit the famous John Deere Pavilion and John Deere Store, Lagomarcino's old fashioned soda and candy shop. Celebration Belle Riverboat and Channel Cat Taxi is nearby so you can explore the mighty Mississippi River. The downtown area also includes gift shops, antique stores, restaurants and hotels!
14 tables, ample parking, arcades, dart games, restaurant, lounge, pro shop.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches"). Several are located at the Rivers Project and interested individuals can attend this free 1 hour program on Saturdays, June through August,to learn more and get involved in geocaching.
On west Boyton street in Marion. This bar has DJs, drink specials, karaoke, and we do birthday parties. We have a pool table and a jukebox.
SK 8 Park
Located in Read Park, this skate park offers 11,000 square feet of skateboard heaven with obstacles, ramps, rails, ledges, spines and bowls. Built specifically for skateboards and in-line roller skates (sorry, no bikes allowed), the "street course" design mimics skateable features and obstacles found throughout the community. Helmets are required and pads are recommended.
Relive your childhood memories or visit and make new ones at Central Illinois' original old fashioned candy store and soda fountain. Featuring a huge selection of bulk, individual, and many hard to find candies, gourmet chocolates, and a full service soda fountain. Hollands also recently added a full line of unique toys, including Klutz, Melissa and Doug, Manhattan Toy, Schliech, learning resources, and many, many hard to find toys from your childhood.
DuPage County, Chicago's Western Suburbs - Elmhurst College is home to a state of the art high tech conference and event facility that can host groups from 20 - 900 people. The campus also boasts a first-rate sports facility in an arboretum-like setting.
The Outdoor Stage is an outside venue for a wide variety of shows and performances in beautiful Nauvoo.
Omni Chicago Hotel
The 4-star - 4-diamond all suite hotel located on Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, just a few short steps from world-class shopping, dining and cultural attractions. And if you are traveling with children, they can enjoy the The Omni Sensational Kids program, which provides four-diamond service to the hotel's youngest guests. Your children will enjoy plenty of kid-minded amenities, including games and books, a backpack upon check-in and menu choices prepared especially for young travelers. Parents are provided with a list of top family attractions in Chicago, local emergency numbers and a safety/first-aid kit which includes a night light and outlet covers.
Deerwood Cabin Rentals
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.
Hilton Garden Inn Addison
The Hilton Garden Inn Addison is located only 11 miles from O'Hare and 22 miles from Midway Airport. Certain to please executive travelers are the hotel's wide array of amenities including complimentary high-speed internet, in-room hospitality center, Herman Miler chairs and much more!
Brunswick Zone - Carol Stream
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Brunswick Zone offers bowling, billiards, Laser Tag, an arcade/game room plus meeting space for corporate parties, team-building and special events.
CITY: Carol Stream
Shawnee Hill Bed and Breakfast
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.
Assumption Historical Society/Museum
This museum displays old school pictures and artifacts from the town of Assumption. Open by appointment.
Dargon Park Sculptures
"Seasons of Life," created by sculptor and artist Barry Tinsley, stands 25 feet tall and is made up of three sculptures that symbolize the human "seasons" of growth during our lives.
National Road Interpretive Center
The National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia, Illinois tells the story of the surveyors, laborers and travelers of the National Road, sometimes called the Cumberland Road or National Pike. The Interpretive Center is a museum with hands-on activities for children including a Conestoga wagon that the youngsters can load for its journey. Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Illinois National Road towns is also spotlighted. One of the largest artifacts is an original National Road timber dating to the 1830s. Visitors will develop a better understanding of the importance of this road to Illinois and American history as well as an appreciation for the people that were involved in its construction.
Shawnee Country Store
Quaint little marketplace that is nestled in the peaceful countryside among grazing horses. Deli-style fine cheeses, quality luncheon meats, summer sausages, dry goods, culinary supplies, canned items, homemade items hard-to-find and unusual items and fresh baked bread every Saturday. Lawn furniture by local craftsmen.
Home Alone - Trinity Methodist Church
An eight-year-old boy is accidentally left home alone as his family rushes off for a vacation to France, leaving him to fend for himself against a pair of bungling burglars. Filmed along the North Shore, movie sites include Wilmette's Trinity Methodist Church and the Hubbard Woods Metra Station in Winnetka. Right across the street from the Metra train tracks is the former drugstore where the stranded kid stole a toothbrush in the movie.
Center for History
Museum and education center highlighting our nation's social heritage through captivating exhibits and programs. Stories of the 1915 Eastland Disaster, and experience life on the run following the Underground Railroad.
Lancaster's Restaurant, located in historic Downtown Bloomington, serves a fusion-style cuisine in a casually sophisticated setting.
Boudreau Vegetables and Grain
Farm-fresh pumpkins and watermelon are sold here.
Rhythm Room Bar & Bistro
Located in the lobby of the CineArts Theatre, Rhythm Room invites you to stop by before or after the movies...or anytime.
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
American country antiques/primitives. Restoring of 18th and 19th century and new furniture. Refinishing, cabinet making, and fire and water damage restoration. Accepting Master Card and Visa. Open: Monday thru Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm.
Lake house vacation rental home; one large bedroom with kitchen, laundry room, patio room with spectacular view of the lake, family room with dining table, deck, screened porch, fireplaces, one acre of land on beautiful Vernor Lake, and walking distance to Richland County Country Club. Relax and fish from the dock on this quiet lake side retreat.
Downtown Bar and Lounge
Windy City's newest and premier gay and lesbian destination located in the heart of Downtown Chicago. The place to relax and meet new friends.
Aurora Regional Fire Museum
This museum features vintage firefighting equipment, memorabilia from the 1871 Chicago Fire, photographs and a gift shop.
Giordano's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria - Buffalo Grove
Pioneer of the award winning famous stuffed and equally renowned thin-crust pizza. Enjoy a variety of pizzas including cheese, vegi, tropic delight, and shrimp or choose from over 15 ingredients to create your own masterpiece. Other menu choices include an array of appetizers, sandwiches, pastas, soups, fresh salads and desserts. Open for lunch and dinner. Dine-in and enjoy a beverage from the full-service bar. Carry-out, delivery and catering are also available. Live too far to enjoy Giordano's, use our mail order system and have the partially cooked, frozen pizza delivered overnight to you. Visit our website for more information.
CITY: Buffalo Grove
The Shelby Inn
Charming lodging with Victorian and modern-styled rooms. Registration and office in a turn-of-the-century, restored National Registry Home. Standard, Deluxe, and King accommodations. 45 rooms; Free Wi-Fi, expanded boat parking with electricity; 24 hour voice mail; flat screen TVs w/cable; comfortable and charming setting; convenient to golf, boat ramps, recreational areas, attractions & events. AAA rated. Open all year.
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.
End of the Trail Inn
Enjoy the comfort of this guest house. Amenities include a cozy sitting room, kitchen, and a deck with a view of the Mississippi River. Perfect for a couple looking for a relaxing getaway. The End of the Trail Inn is close to restaurants, shops and area attractions.
Oscar Swan Country Inn
This historic building, a Colonial Williamsburg Revival, dates back to 1902. The Inn opened in 1988. It is decorated with antiques and collectables, giving the house a feeling of charm and delight. The Inn has eight bed-rooms, all unique and different, as well as several dining rooms and a glassed in Garden Room. Available for weddings, receptions, banquets, private parties, meetings, retreats and more!
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.
This fresh water shrimp (prawn) farm offers agricultural tours and harvest festivals in the fall. Prawn, catfish and hushpuppies are available for purchase.
Find scotch and white pine, douglas and fraser fir trees, along with wreaths and farm-raised whole sausage.
The Alexis Museum houses numerous fascinating displays that depict the early days of the community.
Mug Shots Bar
Located across the street from the Law and Justice Center. This is a great place to visit after work or party late into the night.
Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
Enjoy 9,300 acres of great outdoor picnicking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing. Fall foliage, winter offers ice fishing, snowmobiling on frozen lake. 308 campsites, Private marina.
Great family fun at this completely remodeled bowling alley.
Jacob Henry Mansion Estate Dinner Theatre
Located on the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, guests are greeted with our famous family hospitality, homemade meals and heartwarming musical productions. Lunch matinees and dinner shows are complimented by itineraries that include tours of our other historic properties, or excursions into Joliet's vibrant downtown. The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate Dinner Theatre welcomes groups with onsite motorcoach parking and handicap accessibilty.
Friendly atmosphere and a full menu of delicious items such as pizza, burgers, nachos, and much more. Great service and affordable prices.
Mon Ami Gabi - Oak Brook
The menu at Mon Ami Gabi signals a return to simple French food, featuring Classic Steak Frites and a variety of fresh seafood. Let the feel of Paris surround you as you enjoy a glass of wine from the rolling wine cart.
CITY: Oak Brook
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.
Boone County Historical Museum
Explore this varied collection of local memorabilia. The museum includes a log home, Civil War artifacts, a natural history room, historic dolls, clothes, tools and transportation ranging from a 1906 Eldredge Runabout to Belvidere's first Chrysler.
Midwest Museum of Natural History
The mission of the Midwest Museum of Natural History is to encourage an appreciation of the world's diverse natural environment and human culture through exhibits and interactive learning experiences for children and adults. Offering a kid's play area with hands-on learning fun, a gift shop, national traveling exhibits, and world-renowned celebrities Ruud Kleinpaste, Jack Hanna and Jeff Corwin.
Berger-Kiel Log House
The log house gives a glimpse into local life in the 1800s. While at the park, visit the refurbished caboose and passenger train.
Centralia Historical Society Museum
Centerpieces of the collection are newspapers and memorabilia from the coal mining days with tributes to railroad history.
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.
D.W. Anderson's Eatery and Ice Cream Parlor
D.W. Anderson's is an old-fashioned, authentic soda fountain - an oasis of Americana. Every meal at D.W. Anderson's Eatery is turned into a celebration of flavor and freshness. The menu includes everything from salads and sandwiches and homemade soups to seafood and steaks to chili and pizza pie, and of course ice cream. The ice cream parlor offers over 15 flavors, made into shakes, malts, sundaes and Scoop-tacular Ice Cream Creations including The Carnival, Banana Bonanza and The Kitchen Sink. With good times, great people and a healthy dose of nostalgia, it's not just dinner - it's a memory in the making!
Country Cheese & More
Sandwiches, soups, cheese, quilts & crafts. An excellent variety of cheese!
Heritage Harbor - Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a premier Marina Resort Community located on the banks of the Illinois River. Visit our water front restaurant or rent a cottage.
Berwyn Cruise Nites in the Depot District
Head to the Depot District for the 9th Annual Cruise Nites presented by Berwyn Kia, Paisans Pizzeria & Bar, Mike & Sons Auto Services, Cicero Auto Parts, Deece Automotive! Cruise Nites take place on Tuesdays from 6-9pm in the Depot District at Windsor & Grove Avenues steps away from the Berwyn Metra Station. Enjoy your summe evenings while taking a stroll through a combination of car show and nightlife.
For more than 30 years The Cheesecake Factory has served more than just delicious food and cheesecakes, helping guests share lasting memories with family & friends. The Cheesecake Factory created the upscale casual dining segment in 1978 with the opening of the first restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA. And even with close to 150 restaurant locations, The Cheesecake Factory is just as unique today as back then! The Cheesecake Factory is famous for generous portions which are ideal for sharing or taking home for a second meal - but be sure to save room for dessert! Enjoy one of 50 legendary cheesecakes and desserts like Godiva® Chocolate Cheesecake, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle®, and the new 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake. They're perfectly complemented by our extensive list of specialty coffee drinks and tea.
Glessner House Museum
Located on Chicago's historic Prairie Avenue, the Glessner House Museum explores urban life and design through the preservation of this H. H. Richardson designed architectural treasure. Guided tours Wed - Sun at 1pm & 3pm. $10/adult, $9/senior, $6/child. Combo price w/Clarke House.
Sterling Mural Society
The town of Sterling features 10 colorful murals in its downtown area that depict the history of the community.
Blue Goose Super Market
Known throughout the Fox Valley for top-quality meats, produce, and fresh bakery products. Where service has been a family tradition for more than 70 years in St. Charles.
CITY: St. Charles
23 Clark Street & Soap Shoppe
Full line of cross-stitch supplies with hand-dyed threads. Also available are "affordable luxury soaps," lotions and beauty accessories made in Oregon, Illinois. In addition, Longaberger baskets, antiques and more are sold. Located in Conover Square Mall.
Bunn Park Golf Course
This 18-hole course is a par 72.
Clay County Speedway
This speedway features racing on a 1/3-mile clay oval track Saturday evenings from spring through fall.
The subject of intensive historical interest, the Mansion is probably the oldest brick house in the state of Illinois. It was built in 1810 by Nicholas Jarrot, who was a native Frenchman and landowner in Cahokia.
Spring Valley Nature Center/Volkening Heritage Farm
135 acres, natural history museum, handicapped-accessible trails, 1880s living history farm and pioneer cooking demos.
The Pavilion of the City of Marion
The Pavilion is centrally located near excellent area shopping, lodging and restaurant facilities. The 40,000 sq. ft. multipurpose facility features banquet and meeting rooms as well as an exposition hall, great for providing the perfect solution for meeting, gatherings, receptions, banquets, trade shows, conventions, etc. Free parking, Wi Fi, catering options and many other amenities make this the Premier Event Center in Southern Illinois.
Contagion - Tellabs
An international team of doctors is contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak of a deadly disease.
Dorothy Menker Theater
The Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center (FPAC) presents quality cultural programs and popular entertainment in this 600-seat Theater.
CITY: Palos Hills
W.H. Sommer Park
Use-by-reservation facility: 1850's pioneer homestead living history site, teams course programs, special events, picnic shelter rentals including fishing, canoeing, hayrides, and hiking trails.
Courtyard by Marriott Naperville
147-room hotel, conveniently located off I-88, offering spacious rooms with many amenities, indoor pool, whirlpool and public areas designed to provide the comforts of home.
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.
Rosamond Grove Cemetery
Located on a high mound overlooking the prairie, this cemetery is home of the famous Lincoln the Orator statue by artist J. Mulligan and the Lincoln-commissioned cannon called Mary Lincoln.
A 143-acre extreme sports park featuring paintball, mountain bike trails, skate park and monthly airsoft games. Available for open or private play year round. Visit www.cpxsports.com or call 815/726-2800 for more info.
North American Vintage Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show
This is the "granddaddy" of all shows and It's open to the public. For a discount coupon go to the website. One of the largest shows of its kind in the entire country. All types of hunting and fishing memorabilia. Buy, sell and trade. On Wednesday there will be two decoy seminars for collectors and the public. There will be a major exhibition featuring Louisiana Decoys. This exhibit will coincide with the show and is located in the Mega Center.
CITY: St. Charles
Washington County Nature Preserve (Nashville)
Enjoying the out-of-doors is easy with tent and trailer spaces readily accessible. Electricity and disposal are available for trailers. A shower building is also located in the camping area.
Art "takes off" in the Lobby Gallery at the main terminal of the Decatur Airport. Exhibits range from watercolors and acrylics to oils, pastels, and fiber art.
Congress Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
Historic landmark hotel built in 1893. Across from Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park with many views of Lake Michigan.
Joe's Crab Shack
Affordable seafood in a casual, upbeat, energetic waterfront setting.
One of the first vegetarian restaurants in the city offers dishes that include a macrobiotic plate and vegan desserts.
Super 8 - Bloomington
The Super 8 in Bloomington is located just off Veterans Parkway in the center of restaurants, malls and dozens of retail locations all within walking distance. The hotel offers free high speed wireless internet, business center, complimentary SuperStart breakfast, complimentary weekday newspaper and guest laundry facilities. The rooms feature 25 inch televisions with 76 cable channels including HBO, AM/FM alarm clock radios and hair dryers. Many rooms also have micro-fridges.