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The Museum of the Grand Prairie has an extensive collection interpreting 19th and early 20th century life in east-central Illinois. Two floors of exhibits present architecture, trades and occupations, decorative arts, and childhood and domestic life of the time. The Discovery Room offers hands-on opportunities for children to interact and learn about the residents of the Grand Prairie. Educational programs are offered for all ages throughout the year.
The Village Vineyard & Winery has a large tasting room where guests can sample 16 wine varieties, as well as a patio facing three acres of vineyard. All wine is made, bottled and sold at the vineyard.
The Vault Café on the Square is located in a 100-yr-old historic 5-story building in downtown Marion, IL. The café is located on the first floor in what used to be a bank. The vault is still there, and we have seating for four inside of it! Seating is first come/first serve, but feel free to request it with the hostess!
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.
Built in 1899, the restored depot is the departure point for a weekend afternoon train ride to the Monticello Railway Museum. It also serves as a visitor center for Monticello and Piatt County.
Owens Center is an indoor ice skating facility features two full-size ice rinks with a full-service pro shop, concessions stands and party rooms. It offers year-round ice skating lessons for ages 3 and up, as well as comprhensive hockey and specialty figure skating. Owens center is a great place to host a birthday party or unique event, and with the group discounts they offer, it's an affordably great time for all!
Historic Downtown Alton is better known as "Antique Row," boasting of more than 40 antique and specialty shops offering a wide array of treasures, trinkets, antiques and unusual gifts. Pick up a piece of Alton's rich history from one of the many local antique dealers. From the simple to the sublime, just about everything can be found along Broadway, Third Street and the surrounding neighborhood.
Highly skilled chefs prepare and demonstrate the art of Japanese cuisine right at your table.
Vegan, herbivore heaven! At Karyn's, they are committed to using only whole fresh foods (organic) whenever possible. They create fresh delicious and high quality meals that are high in fiber and low in fat.
Take a guided or self-guided tour of this historic district that contains the world's greatest concentration of Wright-designed structures built in the Prairie School of Architecture style. Tours are offered daily.
Ice cream never tasted better than at Emack & Bolio's. This ice cream company uses high-quality ingredients, no added dyes, and all of its non-fat desserts and no-sugar-added products are kosher. Over 100 flavors are introduced each year, such as Grasshopper Pie (crème de menthe liqueur with Oreos and chocolate flakes), and the ice cream is made fresh each week. Come & visit in Peoria Heights.
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 15 Chicago hotels have lowered their rates and combined efforts with Chicago attractions for this promotion. These hotels vary in the number rooms, amenities and prices; log onto 877chicago.com or call 1-877-CHICAGO for more information.
Built in 1850 and retored in 2003, this three story brick building overlooks the Illinois river.
Canopy Club is committed to diversity in the entertainment it provides for its diverse patron base. The Canopy Club also strives to foster an environment of activism for positive social and environmental change through hosting various benefits and informational gatherings. In striving to achieve the highest level of entertainment, the Canopy Club prides itself on being able to offer entertainment for all walks of life. Whether you like rock, country, hip hop, jazz, funk, indie or anything in between, the Canopy Club has something to offer you. If you're a fan of live music and entertainment, the Canopy Club is your home in central Illinois! Come see live music at the Canopy!
Check out the store and bakery, where you can buy apples, peaches, cider, jams, jellies and apple butter. A playground and picnic area is available. An apple festival is held over Columbus Day weekend.
Discover Ulysses S. Grant, one of the most celebrated Generals of the Civil War and United States President, in this museum bearing his name. Featuring ‘Ghosts of the Grants’ hologram, Civil War exhibits, 1830s lead mine shaft. Book/gift shop. Galena merchandise.
Upscale wine bar in Downtown Champaign offering an eclectic menu and outstanding wine list. This local favorite utilizes resources from regional farms to create an outstanding menu. A lounge on one side is great for small groups desiring an intimate evening.
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.
Full service motel with standard and deluxe accommodations blocks from Lake Shelbyville. Registration in adjacent turn-of-the-century National Registry home. 45 rooms; Free Wi-Fi, expanded boat parking w/ electric; flat screen TVs. Fridge/microwaves available. Convenient to golf, wineries, boat ramps, recreational areas, marinas, attractions & events. AAA rated. Open all year.
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.
Home to a large visitor center, a museum, a restored farmhouse, nearly nine miles of hiking trails, and a paved bike trail.
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.
Whether you have been golfing your entire life, or have just begun to appreciate the game, Harrison Park Golf Course offers a membership option that suits you and your family. Our challenging Par 71 golf course and friendly staff ensures our members will enjoy bringing guests out for a drink, as well as perfecting their game. Our prices are as competitive as any course in the area, and course conditions and aesthetics parallel or exceed any other golf course around.
The earliest remaining elevator along the canal that was fully operational during the canal's heyday. Built in 1862, the grain elevator allowed farmers to unload their grain locally instead of hauling it to the Chicago market by wagon.
Located in west central Naperville and adjacent to the DuPage County Forest Preserve's Dragon Lake, Springbrook Golf Course commands some the finest views of Naperville's open space and trails. Built in 1974, the facility features a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, a 28-stall natural turf driving range, two practice putting green with bunkers. Its beautiful, mature and lush foliage and trees complement the manicured greens, tees and fairways. Combined with its exceptional course design, golfers of all skill levels return time and again to play.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - 130-room hotel with fitness center. In-room coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, 25" TV, voicemail and dataport phones. Free local calls, USA Today and breakfast bar.
Award-winning Executive Chef Baasim Zafar and team serve homemade scones, delectable pastries and tea sweets prepared in house daily, reflecting locally sourced ingredients to ensure an authentically memorable experience. From the original blend of “Palm Court” tea created specifically for The Drake Hotel to the china and sterling silver service with the enchanting ambiance of the live harpist in the background, afternoon tea is truly a memorable experience for all.
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.
A local favorite since 1928, White Pines is conveniently located minutes from O'Hare, and its two year-round 18-hole courses are situated on 240 beautiful acres. Banquet facilities are perfect for golf outings, weddings, business or social events, large and small.
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.
The Wright Woods Forest Preserve located in Mettawa offers 4 miles of scenic trails: a short loop for hikers, bicyclists and skiers that circles a pond, and a 3-mile loop for hikers, bicyclists, skiers and horses. This preserve also has footbridge spanning the Des Plaines River, which links Wright Woods to Half Day Forest Preserve.
Located in Grant park, this historic venue houses Chicago's summer music festivals put on by the Mayor's Office of Special Events, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Park District.
Contains a large bluff overlooking a long, narrow lake. Camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, and hunting opportunities provide a vast recreational experience. Concession and boat rentals are also available.
Shopping mall featuring Dillards, Sears, Target and the area's most unique specialty stores.
The historic theatre features first-run movies, organ concerts, puppet shows, and other special events. Tours are available by appointment.
Fresh, in season, apples, peaches, pears, strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, pumpkins and more are available at Schwartz Orchard. We offer both picked and you-pick fruits and berries. Come see our different varieties of blooming flowers and beautiful hanging baskets.
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.
This 32 lane facility offers bowling and a bar. There is a Pro-shop with ball drilling on site. Offers Highway 66 bowling for children on four mini lanes. There is a game room with three billiards tables, air hockey, arcade, and more. There is a bar and lounge on the premesis. They have youth programs, tournaments, leagues, and parties. Offers cosmic bowling. Also, four sand volleyball courts with seating for approximately 100 people.
This flick focuses on an IRS auditor who suddenly finds himself the subject of narration that only he can hear. Chicago movie locations include the East Campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), located just south of the Loop near Greektown; and downtown Daley Plaza, home to a huge outdoor Picasso sculpture.
The Hotel InterContinental Chicago is located directly on Michigan Avenue near Chicago's finest attractions. Guests of the hotel will be impressed with the original historic design combined with upgraded guest rooms. Be sure to ask about the American Girl Package consisting of complimentary specialty breakfast for two girls, themed turn down service for doll and child's bed, fresh cookies and milk each night and a Princess tiara.
Elegant Greek Gothic mansion nestled on the historic Ohio River. Four luxurious rooms plus a romantic cottage. Private baths, fireplaces, outdoor swimming pool, and whirlpool tubs for two. Gourmet breakfast included.
An alternative to hotels with 13 vintage apartment suites in a neighborhood setting. It is a wonderful base for visitors who want to see Chicago's many museums or catch a ball game or are here on business.
Experience the best of autumn and Christmas at Larson’s Family Farm. Fall features include pick-your-own pumpkins, gourds and squash. Hayrides and bonfires available on October weekends. Harvest decorations and antiques for purchase in the Barn Store. U-pick Christmas trees, handmade evergreen wreaths and lengths of roping available in winter. Enjoy a steaming cup of hot apple cider and shop the Barn Store for antiques and Christmas decorations. Contact the farm for special event and farm tour information. Lasting memories are made at Larson’s Family Farm!
A one-mile walking trail winds through the park, and a 13-mile horse trail is located at the north end alongside a campground for horses.
On the corner of 3rd and Rte. 3 St. Sells pottery, china, quilts, glassware, antiques, old signs, old toys, vintage clothing, old clocks, furniture, gas station memorabilia.
Bunn Golf Course is a regulation 18 hole facility. It is a tree lined course with narrow fairways and challenging holes. Water comes into play on several holes throughout the course. The 18th green is one of the most challenging greens in the area.
Enjoy a variety of gift shops, restaurants, antique stores and hotels throughout this corridor of downtown Moline and situated around one of Illinois's most visited attractions, the John Deere Pavilion.
A Boystown staple, Hydrate features late-night dance parties, high-energy beats and drag queens galore. Check out their resident DJ's and weekly events. Open until 4am Sunday-Friday/5am on Saturdays.
The statue acknowledges Noel's contributions to the Superman Celebration as the "First Lady of Metropolis" and her portrayal of Lois Lane in the Serials and the TV series of the 1950s, "The Adventures of Superman" with an honorable and permanent gesture of love from the citizens of Metropolis and from her countless fans around the world.
Historic landmark hotel built in 1893. Across from Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park with many views of Lake Michigan.
This boutique hotel is located in a historic landmark decorated with nineteenth-century French reproduction furnishings. Willows Hotel is close to Boystown bars and restaurants, as well as Lakeview and Lincoln Park shops.
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.
Full-service campground with pool, pavilion, grocery shop, RV supplies and laundry available. Modem hookups. Shopping, golf, Rend Lake water activities (1½ mi.), 20 shaded tent sites.
Antiques, collectibles, and things in between. Monday-Friday call for appt.
Stockton Heritage Museum is a not-for-profit entity dedicated to the preservation and teaching of Stockton area history. Discover exhibits on the Chicago Great Western Railroad, model trains, history of Kraft Foods, and Stockton-area history exhibits.
Abe Lincoln often stayed at Deskin's Tavern when he traveled to Postville. A well where he is said to have quenched his thirst is also located on this site.
This local thrift store, conveniently located on the square in Downtown Lincoln, offers a wide selection of items. They have anything and everything you might need, including books, clothing, furniture, toys, and glassware.
If you need longer-term accommodation this is a perfect vacation/executive rental, hotel alternative, or home away from home when visiting Carbondale or Southern Illinois University. This cottage is location adjacent to the Train-Inn B&B and has a comfortable, rustic charm. Recently renovated it offers modern comfort, with three bedrooms, easily sleeping six guests. Fully furnished and with its fully equipped kitchen, including dishes and cookware, towels, linens, washer & dryer a great place to stay while visiting the area. In addition, there is parking for up to four cars.
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.
This memorial commemorates the crossing of the Lincoln Family from Indiana to Illinois in early March of 1830.
Antioch Bowl is back with 28 premier Brunswick Synthetic Prolanes, AMF's Elite scoring system, and good folk in great leagues. Birthday parties, arcade games, cosmic bowling and Quick Strike snack shop.
Galena's original paper and ink art store. Rubberstamps, scrapbooking supplies, inspired gifts & art décor. Enjoy classes and free demos.
The marina offers modern concrete docks, an air-conditioned lounge, private showers, dry dock, and winter storage.
A true treasure trove for the more traditional antique hunter. Comb through booth after booth piled high with antiques, collectibles and refinished furniture. Pieces are moderately priced and there are store members on hand to help antiquers sort through the items. Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
We have everything from gift wrap, cards, specialty items, stuff animals, collectibles and seasonal items all 4 less! Located on the south side of Taylorville square.
As an official Department of the Navy Museum, the Great Lakes Naval Museum's mission is to select, collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the United States Navy with particular emphasis on the Navy's only "boot camp" at the Naval Training Station/Center at Great Lakes, Illinois. Exhibits feature an overview of the boot camp experience and the history of Naval Station Great Lakes. The museum is located at the Great Lakes Naval Station by the Main Gates. Admission and parking are free. Public transportation to the Great Lakes Naval Museum is available via Metra's Union Pacific North Line.
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.
The center at Olney Central College hosts many local and national performances 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.
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.
Situated on 140 acres of lakes, trees and grass. Excellent fishing for bass, crappie, catfish (no license required). Rental boats, bicycles, heated pool, water playground.
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.
This 18-hole golf course is known for its hilly terrain, and features a bar and clubhouse.
The 9-hole Norton Knolls Golf Course in Oakland, IL is a public golf course that opened in 1969. Norton Knolls Golf Course measures 2558 yards from the longest tees. The course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels.
Features steaks, ribs, and fresh seafood specials every weekend. Full bar, outdoor patio, and piano player every Friday - Sunday. Also offers large banquet rooms for large gatherings.
Large mature trees covering 50 acres surrounds a 5 acre lake for you to unwind in nature's glory. Activities for all ages - swim, fish, play horseshoes, volleyball or swing at the playground. 30 and 50 amp sites all with water and electric hookup. Pull through and tent sites are available.
A well-maintained par 27-layout, with holes ranging between 100 and 210 yards. With the course length being 1,265 yards, Greenshire will test the best of golfer's short game and provides a course for all skill levels to enjoy. The ability to play a round in less than 1.5 hours offers experienced players an alternative to the driving range. Comprehensive instruction from PGA professionals, ladies leagues and exciting events are also offered. Located just north of Waukegan in Beach Park, this course offers everyone, from the novice golfer to even the most accomplished golfer, a real short-game challenge. Open seasonally.
This Magnificent Mile flagship store features sexy lingerie, clothing, perfume and makeup.
Located in Kickapoo, IL (5 Min west of the Grand Prairie Mall on 150 across from Ludy's restaurant) This shopping destination features antiques, gifts, home accessories, lamps and custom re-purposed furniture. Holiday splendor starts Oct 1st! With the largest Christmas Shop in Central Illinois with over 65,000 ornaments on 80 trees and 10,000 lights you will be sure to be amazed and "yes!" you can purchase the ornaments. We also buy and sell estates so stop by and see us today!
Built in 1911 and listed in the National Register of Historic Sites, this house is now owned by the Andover Historical Society. Was built as one of nine Woman's League Chapter Houses in the state of Illinois, features stylistic characteristics of the arts and crafts movement.
Not only do they offer a huge variety of shoes, but they also offer a variety of sporting equipment at great prices.
Effingham has four community parks. All offer baseball diamonds, play grounds, basketball courts and great areas for family picnics.
Established in 1819, the oldest public library in Illinois houses many original books brought here by English settlers.
One of the unique places to visit while in Eldorado, Jimmy Dean's is easily located on US Hwy 45, and offers a variety of antiques, collectibles, glassware, primitives, jewelry and that special something.
Restaurant and pub with comfortable, friendly and casual atmosphere. Outdoor beer garden, dining room and separate bar area with TVs throughout. Full menu featuring classic American fare; average price $7-$12. Daily drink specials. Open daily 11:00 am.
The Snuggery is a 5,000 square-feet establishment that boasts a 40-seat 35-feet island bar surrounded by cushy bar-height booths and high top tables. For those who wish to have a more leisurely dining experience, the dining room of the restaurant features seating for over 200 guests. Guests can also drink and dine at one of the largest outdoor poolside gardens in Schaumburg.
Featuring local and Illinois made gifts, foods, and specialties. Enjoy specialty coffees, muffins, desserts and other goodies in their historic building built in 1906 which boasts the original art deco soda fountain from the 30's.
Ideally placed in the historic Downtown Alton antique district, the Tiffany Inn is walking distance from shops, restaurants and the casino, with beautiful views of the Mississippi River and Clark Bridge. Located above the Alton Stained Glass Works shop, the inn has three elegant rooms decorated with lovely stained glass and antiques. Amenities include: private baths, air conditioning, mini refrigerators and coffeemakers.
Art of Chicago and the World. Originals, prints, fine art cards and expert framing. Corporate gifts and event space. Consultation and installation. Open daily.
Built in 1834 on the Pecatonica River by fur trader Stephen Mack, one of the area's first settlers. See the walnut cradle Mack made for his children, plus Native American artifacts, donated by Mack's descendants. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Macktown is where Stephen Mack, his Native American wife, Hononegah, and the people who inhabited the village conducted their daily business. Remnants of 8,000 years of Native American occupation of this same site can be seen. Stephen Mack’s Home and the Whitman Trading Post still stand, and a reconstruction of the village is being undertaken, including the disassembly of the 2-story shop and schoolroom to be rebuilt at its original site. There are many historic and prehistoric artifacts in the Education Center.