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The Dearborn Observatory is open for limited public viewing via the historic 18.5" refracting telescope every Friday night from 9-11pm. Advance reservations required.
This museum's detailed exhibits include a one-room schoolhouse, doctor's and dentist's offices, the war room, restored ag implements, machinery, an authentic windmill and a hog house.
Looking for a friendly family like service restaurant, and excellent dining options? Well unlike any other restaurant in Urbana; the Apple Dumpling can't be more of a family-style dining establishment. With their featured menu item, the fried chicken which receives 4 stars in the local review, you can't beat the food here at Apple Dumpling.
The 185,000-square-foot retail showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.
The Lake Bluff Park District's 18-hole, 6,589 yard course boasts challenging greens set in a tranquil environment and grass teen practice facility. The Lake Bluff Golf Club is a wonderfully balanced golf course with mature tree-lined fairways and bent grass fairways and greens for a consistently enjoyable playing experience. The facility also includes an expansive practice facility with grass tee driving range, practice putting green, and short-game area with bunker. The professionally stocked Pro Shop and the Village Grill, which serves delicious food and a wide selection of beverages, are a couple of the superior amenities available to guests of the club.
Hotel with 131 rooms Some facility amenities include a business center, free parking, an indoor pool, on-site fitness center, a hot tub, on site-bar, banquet facilities/rooms, and complimentary continental breakfast.
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.
The DuSable Museum of African American History is located on University of Chicago's Hyde Park campus. Experience a unique cultural environment as you travel through African American history. DuSable Museum shares African American history through a variety of impactful traveling and insightful permanent exhibits, educational programs and special seasonal celebrations. Visit, learn, and enjoy! Ongoing: Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Services; A Slow Walk to Greatness: The Harold Washington Story.
Centerpieces of the collection are newspapers and memorabilia from the coal mining days with tributes to railroad history.
A friend of Abraham Lincoln, Samuel Parks shared a law office with the future president and served on the Eighth Judicial Circuit with him.
Enjoy a fully furnished apartment with breathtaking views of the sklyine located in the heart of downtown Chicago. Steps to everythng! These 1,2, and 3 bedroom apartments are exquisitely appointed. Why not book a whole apartment? Affordable nightly, weekly, monthly rates available. Stay in your home in Chicago!
The East End Historic District is distinquished by its grand collection of homes of every period and style since 1850. Most have been painstakingly restored with lawns of beautiful planted sugar maples, tulip trees, flowering dogwood and redbud trees. Enjoy Quincy's several historic districts through the Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's Self Guided Driving Tour, available online at www.seequincy.com.
Only 5 miles south of Rend Lake, this old 1910 Ford garage has been restored to its original condition and now displays vintage cars, Beatles and Charlie Birger, (the last convicted criminal to be hanged in Illinois) memorabilia.
This monument to Vermilion County's World War I veterans was sculpted by Lorado Taft. Its base displays the names of 51 area men who died in the war, and statues representing Red Cross nurses and each branch of the Armed Services guard the base.
The Renaissance Center is a restaurant and banquet facility. Open on Wednesday for themed lunch buffet and Friday night fine dining. Available for business meetings, corporate events, anniversary parties, weddings, banquets, showers and special events.
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.
We are one of the largest feminist bookstores in the country, stocking more than 30,000 books by and about women, children's books for all ages, and the best of lesbian and gay fiction and non-fiction. Our purpose in beginning the store 33 years ago was to promote the work of women writers and to create a place in which all women would find books reflecting their lives and interests. We strive to do this in an atmosphere in which all are respected, valued, and well-served.
The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum was founded in 1995 by Dr. Lyn Hughes. The facility is located in the Historic Pullman District in Chicago Illinois. The facility is named after men who made history - Asa Philip Randolph and Pullman Porters, the men who made up the membership of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) union. Randolph was the chief organizer and co-founder of the BSCP, the first African-American labor union in the country to win a collective bargaining agreement. Under Randolph's leadership, the Pullman Porters fought a valiant battle for employment equality with the corporate giant, the Pullman Rail Car Company.
Adlai Stevenson II was an important and influential figure in the political history of the United States. Stevenson was Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953 and ran twice for President as the Democratic National Candidate in 1952 and 1956. He also served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 1961 - 1965. The grounds are open daily for self-guided tours. The peaceful setting allows visitors to experience the historic landscape similar to when the family lived in the house. The house has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Group tours can be arranged through the Forest Preserves - 847-968-3422.
A kinetic water sculpture fountain sculpted by internationally acclaimed artist Christian Tobin Isaac(squared) brings Aurora the most mysterious essence of both science and art. Here the hydrostatic force of water unleashing the kinetic energy of stone creates a work of compelling vitality inviting us to look and linger, talk and even dream. These four massive granite obelisks - 12 feet in height, weighing 4000 pounds each- feature top-stone segments, rhythmically rocking and swiveling, balanced on cushions of water. Each time a top-stone centers itself on the middle of its tower and is restored to equilibrium, the power of gravity is once more proclaimed: each turn of a stone replying to the center of the earth. The elemental effect of the force of water through each of these commanding rock pillars cascading onto the pedestrian walk below brings us together with the laws of nature and the transformational power of art.
Pioneer of the famous stuffed and equally renowned thin-crust pizza, Giodano's menu also has great pastas, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Over 40 Chicagoland locations open for lunch or dinner including a full-service bar. Dine-in, carry out, delivery and catering are available. Located within 2 miles from Six Flags Great America and Gurnee Mills.
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.
For model railroad aficionados and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains, this is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 103 by 24 foot scale model of a hypothetical railroad. The railroad intersects with models of "real" railroads, each of which can be operated independently. Up to 20 trains can be operating at one time. Industries along the railroad right-of-way duplicate either actual facilities or are typically correct of the industries that would be found in the Upper Midwest. The scenery represents the geographical area as well. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures are on display.
The La Quinta Inn is conveniently located off I-55/74 at Exit 160. All rooms include free high-speed wireless internet access, a coffee maker, hair dryer, and iron with ironing board. Rooms with a micro-fridge are available upon request based on availability. The Grand Jacuzzi suites, nearly twice as large as the standard rooms, features a hot tub, microwave, refrigerator, sink and sitting sofa in addition to all the amenities of regular rooms. There is ample parking space for all guests.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - 262, two-room suite hotel with breath-taking indoor 10-story tropical atrium. Suites include living room, bedroom, wet bar, refrigerator, sofa bed, cooked-to-order breakfast and complimentary evening beverages.
Gallery 200 is fast becoming a haven for art lovers as a quality destination for buying and browsing great local art. The gallery, a cultural initiative supported by the City of West Chicago, hosts artist opening receptions, art talks and workshops.
The Bureau County Historical Society Museum is located behind the Courthouse square at the intersection of beautiful Park Avenue West and Pleasant Street in Princeton, Illinois. The museum consists of two buildings that are next door to each other: the Clark-Norris Home, a handsome Prairie Square mansion built in 1900, and the Newell-Bryant House, a stately Greek Revival house dating back to 1853. The Museum is behind the Courthouse. There is free parking on Park Avenue in front of the Museum.
Paradise Acres is a waterfowl hunters paradise.Located approximately 2 miles south of Route 37 in Southern Illinois. Seasonal or daily memberships available. Onsite lodging available.
Located 8 miles north of downtown Peoria on Route 40. Wheels O'Time features vintage and classic autos, Early Ford V8 Club rotating monthly, gas engines, fire engines, airplanes, tractors, musical instruments, juke boxes, toys, dolls, animated miniature circus, and many “hands-on” displays. Open May-October, Wednesday-Sunday, Noon-5 p.m. with a new Ford exhibit on display every month.
Breathtaking scenery forms the backdrop for Local in season farm to fork cuisine, pleasurable pastimes and world-class entertainment at Walker’s Bluff. What was planted as a family homestead long ago has grown into a picturesque vineyard that guests have been drawn to for its tranquility, style, unmistakable romance and fun family activities. We always extend an open-armed welcome to friends and visitors. We offer four venues to experience.
This museum displays hundreds of authentic items from the frontier period, including artifacts that were excavated from the hilltop site of James Latham's 1819 cabin.
This area currently winters nearly 100,000 of the 850,000 Canadian geese that spend the cold-weather months in Illinois. Numerous shallow sloughs and other water areas are scattered throughout its 6,202 acres.
Lovely four-story atrium serving breakfast daily. Join us for lunch (Sat. & Sun.) and for our wonderful brunch on Sunday.
This 260-acre timbered property provides public hunting areas, hiking and nature viewing.
Locally owned Cuban food restaurant serving wings, gyros, Philly cheese steaks, subs, salads,pastas and more. Breakfast is available and the cafe offers take out service.
Welcome to the Econo Lodge, conveniently located with easy access to Highway 9, Interstate 74 and Interstate 55. Guests of this Bloomington hotel are invited to enjoy full-service amenities like free continental breakfast, free coffee, free pastries and free local calls. Business travelers will appreciate the banquet and meeting rooms available. The spacious guest rooms allow every guest to relax in comfort. Truck and bus parking are available. Selected rooms feature in-room whirlpool bathtubs. In-room safes are offered. Non-smoking and handicap accessible rooms are also available. Pets are welcome with a nightly fee.
This 165-year-old building was the center of Galena's community life during the town's Golden Era. The Ulysses S. Grant exhibit features several artifacts from this president and Civil War hero.
Purchase your favorite salsa, chipotle, spicy jellies, spices, pizza flakes, and many more chile products plus 21 varieties of fresh peppers in season. Learn how to use Darn Hot Pepper products to make flavorful dishes.
Treasures abound at Country Meadows Antiques. From bone buttons (very hard to find) to quilts and antique furniture and everything in between, Over 5,000 square feet of floor space houses early country, textiles, jewelry, pottery, glassware, vintage clothing, collectibles, and glassware items, Open Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 4:30 p.m.
This golf course is a stunning example of a golf course designed from the early part of the 20th century. Saukie was built in 1927 (opened in 1928) and designed by Thomas Bendelow. This public course is considered to be an “executive length" course and is a classic example of a short course that will challenge every golfer. Tee times available 6 a.m to 6 p.m.
Gino's East pizza is legendary Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza with thick, golden "secret" recipe crust loaded with fresh mozzarella and chunky vine-ripened tomato sauce.
"A Million Reasons -- A Single Store!" From home decor, clothing, fashions and groceries to home improvement and more.
Authentic Italian family recipes for pizza and past dishes, salads, panini, lunch & dinner buffet.
Murphy’s Rooftop offers the most intimate setting among the Wrigley Field rooftops. You may recognize it as the rooftop adorned with the Harry Caray lighted sign. The rooftop holds just 75 guests and is perfectly situated just beyond the bleachers, giving you a ballpark vibe without the big crowds and long lines. Plenty of food and beer are just a few steps away. And as a bonus, Murphy’s Bleachers is located right below—a Wrigleyville institution that’s been a favorite hangout not just for Cubs fans, but also for many Cubs players over the years.
This non-profit art gallery presents rotating exhibits from local and national artists. Each year the center hosts GALEX, one of the longest running national competitions and exhibitions in the country.
Choose and cut your own Christmas tree here. On weekends, caboose rides help transport your tree out of the Enchanted Forest.
Unique architectural shape and cozy atmosphere makes you a special part of this trattoria. Come experience friendly service and great food, where family and friends still matter.
A full-size hockey rink and a smaller ice rink are open for public skating, lessons and leagues.
Lincoln Greens is a challenging 18-hole golf course situated on 240 acres bordering beautiful Lake Springfield. A driving range, fully stocked pro shop, snack bar and banquet room are also available. 5500 yards from the ladies tees or 6850 yards from the tips Lincoln Greens provides a layout that you never get tired of playing!
61-room hotel featuring indoor pool, hot tub, non-smoking rooms available, large deluxe continental breakfast with hot food, fax and copy machines, same-day laundry service and 24-hour coffee. Close to Quad City International Airport, SouthPark Mall, dining and pubs.
The Labor & Industry Museum is the only public institution devoted to the history of the labor and industry of Belleville and southwestern Illinois. The centerpiece is Jumbo, a 19th-century steam engine along with coal mining, carpentry, and stove-making exhibits.
Situated within the grounds of Lincoln Park, at the edge of a pond overlooking Chicago's dramatic skyline, North Pond can easily claim the city's loveliest setting. The structure that houses North Pond was originally built in 1912 as a warming shelter for ice skaters, and has been redesigned according to the Arts and Crafts tradition. Chef Bruce Sherman holds true to the Arts and Crafts ideal in the culinary philosophy of North Pond restaurant. Drawing inspiration from the local market, he utilizes exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. Whenever possible, Chef Sherman supports small local farmers and treats their products with respect in his kitchen. The path from earth to plate remains clear and his cuisine reflects the décor of the dining room - complex layers of subtle craft beneath a simple decorative style. Reservations recommended.
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.
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.
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.
The Goodrich Randall theater complex includes the only IMAX screen in the Fox Valley area.
The DuQuoin State Fairgrounds are located in the heart of Southern Illinois. A State owned facility, hosts several major events each year, including the annual DuQuoin State Fair. Grounds are open to the public year round.
This restored 1905 jail museum was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. It is near Rend Lake and features displays on General John A. Logan, The Beatles' George Harrison, actor John Malkovich, baseball star Doug Collins and Charlie Birger, the last convicted criminal to be hanged in Illinois. Only 5 miles of Rend Lake.
Fun for the entire family. Northern Illinois' largest roller rink. Top 40 music, live DJ, snack bar, arcade, complete supervision, birthday packages, private parties and group rates.
Offers affordable American and English antiques and curiosities in primitive, country, cottage, Victorian, and traditional styles. Includes furniture, architectural goods, lamps, glassware, stoneware, tools, artwork, etc. Spend a day in Hebron.
Quality antiques and collectibles at realistic prices: furniture, primitives, advertising, pottery, vintage toys, tools, jewelry, books, glassware and more.
The Bedford Park Heritage Corridor Visitor Center is full of information and literature of exciting things to do and see throughout the Heritage Corridor. The Visitor Center provides National Heritage Corridor promotional literature and I&M Canal related resources to the public. It is operated by the Civic Center Authority in partnership with Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Village of Willow Springs. The Center is staffed by volunteers recruited and managed by the Civic Center Authority. Open Saturday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
The Natural Resource Center is located at Russell Preserve, and is open to the public on weekends. The Center offers a great stop for exploration and live animal viewing for all members of the family. The Center can be reserved by school groups and other organizations for outdoor educational field trips. While there, take a walk through Russell Preserve, beneath mature oaks and hickories, surrounded by woodland wildflowers. In the winter, Russell Preserve is a great place for tobogganning.
Guest house in a quiet, comfortable, rural setting. Two bedrooms sleep 4 comfortably. House furnished with all new items.
The Jack Benny Center for the Arts provides year round classes in art, music, dance and theatre for youth and adults. Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus performs year round. The Waukegan History Museum offers tours, classes and programs. Special events include Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival the first Saturday in June and the Joseph A. Favero Memorial Do It Yourself Messiah is traditionally held on the third Saturday in December.
Nice clean newer hotel with many upgrades. Offers free interenet service and a friendly and caring staff.
From smoked salmon ragoon to the Thai barbeque pizzette, the seasonal menu is always fresh and healthy. Come for the food or just relax and try one of the fun martinis, approachable wine list, lots of beers and specialty drinks.
The Letourneau Home Museum is the one time home of George R. Letourneau. A contemporary of Abraham Lincoln, George R. Letourneau was the only person to have had the distinction of having been village president and mayor of the city of Kankakee. Today the Letourneau home is a museum that contains many artifacts and is maintained by the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society. The museum is open on the third Sunday of each month (except January, February and holidays). Call (815) 933-6452 for cancellations or further announcements.
Afghans, books, baby quilts, birdhouses and feeders, ceramics, goose clothes and geese, southwest artifacts, lawn and garden decor and more.
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.
A regional community theatre presenting 4 main stage musicals a year.
The Hayner Public Library District provides a variety of genealogy-related services to support research efforts. Information from various states in addition to Illinois and other countries is available. The digitized newspaper collection is a wonderful resource of The Hayner Public Library District for genealogy research. The collection includes the Alton Telegraph Archives dating as far back as 1836 and access NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE to locate newspaper articles in other parts of the country.
Relax in our comfortable rooms. Our rooms include a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, patio & grill. Be sure to enjoy the heated outdoor pool and new theater room. Laundry facilities.
This living tribute to naturalist and author Robert Ridgeway features more than 50 types of trees, flowers and wildlife.
The Galaxy movie theater features 14 screens, stadium seating, digital surround sound, full-service concessions and a mega screen.
Scuba dive in a 12-acre, spring-fed quarry and see several varieties of fish, along with underwater attractions that include a 33-foot cabin cruiser, a marine dump truck and an amphibious vehicle. Rental equipment, air-fills and dive instruction are available.
Scratch Brewing Company is a farmhouse brewery and restaurant located 5 miles from the Shawnee National Forest in Ava, Illinois. Named one of the top four breweries for foraged beer by Outside Magazine, and one of the most beautiful places to drink beer in the world by All About Beer Magazine, Scratch Brewing Company focuses on farmhouse beers and other styles brewed with home grown and locally farmed and foraged ingredients.
59 rooms with 2 jacuzzi suites, indoor pool, free deluxe continental breakfast.
Free continental breakfast, HBO with 50 cable channels, dataport phones, jacuzzi rooms, restaurants within walking distance.
A hands-on exploration and discovery museum for children and their families. Tuesday & Thursday are donation afternoons, where after 2 p.m. a suggested donation of $1.00 per person is requested.
This gallery features the works of renowned Southern Illinois sketch artist Roscoe Misslehorn, as well as exhibits by contemporary artists. The building is the GM&O railroad depot that was used as a location for the 1967 movie, In the Heat of the Night.
Midwest's finest Japanese restaurant where they prepare your meal right before your eyes at the Teppan tables. Traditional seafood, steak and chicken dishes and sushi bar. There is also a karaoke bar.
A challenging nine holes with zoysia fairways and tee boxes. Sand traps and two lakes provide a challenging, yet enjoyable, round of play. After your play is complete, stop by the clubhouse where we offer drinks, food and assorted golf accessories. The clubhouse is also available to rent for private parties.
Named in honor of Galena's nine Civil War generals, this restaurant offers casual dining with Galena's ambiance and historic charm.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - This Sheraton has 25,000 sq.ft. of meeting space including a 15,000 sq.ft. IACC-approved Executive Meeting Center, full-service business center, Union Station restaurant, and renovated fitness center with indoor pool and two racquetball courts.