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Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel
The Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel is located close to 900 N. Michigan Ave., Bloomingdales, Water Tower, and Oak Street Beach.
The Flower Patch
Featured in Midwest Living magazine, the Arcola Flower Patch offers a lovely downstairs parlor, shaded porch swing, quiet gazebo for tea or coffee & gift shop. Lynn, the Artist in Residence, displays framed porcelain art and watercolors throughout the house. Every room abounds with floral arrangements, crafts, curios and family memorabilia. With floral rugs, potted plans and displays of fresh and dried flowers, it’s always spring at the bed & breakfast. Guests and non-guests alike are welcome to tour the backyard garden, where the Harshbargers grow the herbs used in their epicurean masterpieces
Kane County Events and Cultural Center
This 50-acre forest preserve houses the Philip B. Elfstrom Stadium (home of the Kane County Cougars minor league baseball team), the Roberta Campbell Cultural & Conference Center (used for art exhibits and community activities) and a picnic/park area.
Geneva History Center
They offer award winning educational programs and professional exhibits that make the Geneva History Center a source of great community pride.
Depot Veteran's Museum
This restored railroad depot houses memorabilia from all wars. Outside is a Southern Illinois Miners Memorial dedicated to coal miners of the region.
CITY: West Frankfort
The Old Barn Museum
Housed in an original 1840s barn, this museum features thousands of Native American artifacts, including arrows, axes, drills, stone implements, trade beads, beaded garments and natural history items.
All Seasons Ice Rink
Two full-sized rinks are open for year-round skating. All Seasons also offers a game room, ballet room, pro shop and party room.
Christian County Genealogical Society
The Genealogical Society is a research resource where you can find history on your family background, microfilm and microfiche, and books. The Society will also research your family for a donation.
Fairbury Echoes Museum
This local museum features a Fairbury Room and exhibits that change periodically. Open Wednesday and Fridays, or by appointment.
Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society
The Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society hosts a library of over 10,000 volumes used for genealogical research in Illinois and Indiana. The library is one of the oldest and largest in Illinois and welcomes guests from all over the United States and around the world.
Old Town Pub & Eatery - Geneva
Neighborhood bar and grille that beckons friends to get together and join in the fun. Specializing in fresh salads, appetizers, mouth-watering sandwiches and tasty homemade french fries.
The Yellowmoon Cafe is a cozy coffeehouse which features live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and most Sunday afternoons. We serve all types of coffee and coffee specialty drinks, local wines, and the best milkshakes in Southern Illinois.
Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
This 1,775 acre lake features 540 acres of shoreline as a day use conservation area. Recreational activities include fishing, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and hunting.
West Access Marina
A year-round facility for large and small boats located at the southwest end of Carlyle Lake. Suited for a complete variety of water sports.
Skinner's Coachhouse Antiques
General antiques, collectibles, lighting, restoration and repair. Call for appointment.
A friendly little store with a lot of new stuff on the east side of the square.
Comfort Inn - Moline
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.
Rockford University Art Gallery
Six exhibitions per year featuring local and national artists, including Rockford University students and faculty.
Coal Miners Monument
Joseph Koch, who along with eight other local miners died in a mine explosion in 1947, is depicted here.
Alfred Brown Museum
This museum has a large collection of post cards from the 1904 World's Fair, a drum from the civil war, Native American artifacts, old uniforms, and school artifacts.
InterContinental Chicago O'Hare
This luxury 556-room hotel features an impressive collection of international art, The Montrose Room live music club, and dining at Bistro Museo, The Capital Grille and McCormick & Schmick’s. The hotel is within walking distance of the Rosemont Theatre, and close to Rivers Casino and Allstate Arena.
Gastropub that offers ample space to lounge, dine, and imbibe on three different levels. English's layout allows a distinctive mood whether you are out for drinks, appetizers, dining, or private events.
Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum Fall Harvest Demonstrations
All aboard as a 36-ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses for a four-mile ride through farmlands. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts, and browse the Freight House Gift Shop and Silvercreek Museum. Weather permitting, there will be fall harvest demonstrations with horses and tractors. The museum will feature sauerkraut, brats, hot dogs, chili and dessert. Train: Adults: $7; Children under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $3; Children under 12: Free.
Will County Historical Society
Incorporated in 1964, the Will County Historical Society exists to connect people and organizations to the county's rich history. The Society's museum is housed in the original headquarters of the I&M Canal. Built in 1837, the structure played a central role in the design, financing, and construction of the Canal and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Changing exhibits highlight the history of Will County and the Canal. The Society's extensive collection includes significant county and canal-related records, including maps, plats, land records, obituaries, photographs, newspapers, receipts, and correspondence.
Hyatt Place - Schaumburg
The Hyatt Place Schaumburg is a hotel that puts style, innovation and The Hyatt Touch® within reach. Located in the heart of Schaumburg, across the street from popular attractions such as Woodfield Mall & IKEA, 15 minutes from O'Hare Airport and only 40 minutes from downtown Chicago. Our guests will enjoy a spacious guestroom with a 42 inch flat-panel HDTV, our signature Hyatt Grand Bed™, a plush Cozy Corner oversized sofa-sleeper that is separated from the sleeping area and complimentary Internet access. We also recommend our guests take advantage of our heated indoor swimming pool, state of the art fitness center, and complimentary shuttle service within a 5 mile radius. Guests enjoy a free continental breakfast along with Seattle's Best® coffee and can purchase hot breakfast entrees. We also offers a variety of freshly prepared items which guests can order 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Host a business meeting or elegant social even in our 3000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
Der Rathskeller German Restaurant & Bar
One of Rockford's oldest restaurants, featuring German cuisine in a warm, intimate old-world setting. German ancestry shines through at this favorite eating place since 1931. Banquet facilities available. Delicious sandwiches for lunch and traditional family style German specialities for dinner. Live accordion on weekends. Outside dining in the Biergarten.
An eclectic mix of new and vintage home furnishings and accessories. We are committed to offering sophisticated design to the savvy and urban-minded shopper.
This friendly bar in the Uptown neighborhood caters to a lesbian and gay clientele. Try Big Chicks’ next-door restaurant, Tweet, for a delish breakfast, lunch or brunch made with organic ingredients.
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.
CU Woodshop Supply
The midwest's premier woodworking destination is a haven for woodworkers. Their top-tier educational facility offers project and skill courses for all levels with classes running evenings, weekends and weekdays. The adjoining 8,000 square-foot supply store, open six days a week, is unique to Central Illinois and offers "all things woodworking" including 60 varieties of hardwoods. Free demos and seminars are available many Saturdays. Making the CU Woodshop even more of a destination is the DreamShop, where hobbyists can perfect their skill.
Country Pleasures Lodge
Turn-of-the-century hunting lodge, decorated in antiques & breath taking view kitchen & outdoor grill.
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.
Willows Hotel, The - Neighborhood Inns of Chicago
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.
Dominy Memorial Library
A resource to encourage education and to promote research, the library acts as a cultural center, housing 18,709 books. It is also home to large print books, audio books, newspapers, magazines, music cassettes, videos, bifocal kits, and art prints. Patrons have access to a fax machine, copy machine, microfilm printer-reader, genealogy materials, and the internet through two computers. The library offers a meeting room, outreach programs, children's programs, and a children's library.
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.
Crowne Plaza Chicago, The Silversmith
143 rooms. On-site health club. One restaurant. Room service. Recently restored historic landmark building, within walking distance to financial, theatre and shopping districts of Chicago.
Arts of Fire
Arts of Fire has a pottery painting studio, ceramics painting, silver jewelry, and parties.
SummerStage is an amateur thespian organization that began in 1981. The group presents five programs a year including dramas, comedies, and musicals.
CITY: Granite City
The Music Hount has live music nightly with no cover, full menu offering unique woodgire sandwiches, full bar with over 50 beers, 17 HDtvs, and music memorabilia. The Rick Club is an all ages venue. Shows and covers vary, check website for listings. Ask about our 80 passenger rock bus.
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.
Pleasant Home - Oak Park
Explore the opulent 30-room mansion designed by prominent Prairie School architect Geroge H. Maher
CITY: Oak Park
Roselle Historical Museum
The Sumner home, along with two others, features historical displays and replicas. One of the houses is restored as a 1920's working-class home.
Lovells of Lake Forest
Lovells of Lake Forest is a fine dining restaurant located in a beautiful French-styled mansion along Chicago's North Shore. A majority of our menu items are deeply rooted in the American culinary tradition. Private dining for events is also available.
CITY: Lake Forest
For more than 30 years The Cheesecake Factory has served more than just delicious food and cheesecakes, we helped our guests share lasting memories with family & friends. The Cheesecake Factory created the upscale casual dining segment in 1978 with the opening of our first restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA. And even with close to 150 restaurant locations, we're just as unique today as we were back then! The Cheesecake Factory is famous for our 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 our 50 legendary cheesecakes and desserts like our Godiva® Chocolate Cheesecake, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle®, and our new 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake. They're perfectly complemented by our extensive list of specialty coffee drinks and tea.
Olivier's Country Creations & Gifts
Fabric, craft supplies, beads, finished crafts, gifts, handmade quilts, birdhouses, collectibles, books, videos, furniture, and much more.
Balance Spa & Health Club
Located in the Palmer House, the new Chicago Spa, Balance offers a full menu of spa services in the 12 treatment room spa and also offers an array of fitness and wellness services, and memberships in the 10,000 square foot fitness center located within the Chicago hotel.
The Call Bar
This dance bar, located in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, plays music that ranges from retro to pop and show tunes. Themed video nights include Britney Spears videos all evening long on the last Friday of the month.
Walking Tour of Historic Riverside
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society is pleased to offer great opportunities to learn about our historic landmark village. Discover the winding roads, delightful parks, beautiful landscapes, varied architecture and much more!
Biggsville's Hotel Lynn
This restored 1902 hotel features four sleeping rooms, kitchen, living room, and meeting rooms with free parking.
Thomson House Villager Lodge
40 unit extended stay motel. All rooms have microwave, refrigerator, on site cafe, and laundromat, pets welcome
Best Western Gurnee Hotel and Suites
Stay at this pet-friendly Gurnee, Illinois hotel located less than one mile from Six Flags Great America. Ideally situated off Interstate 294 in Northern Illinois, the Best Western Gurnee Hotel & Suites offers the best in accommodations, customer service and location. This Gurnee hotel features 65 well-appointed guest rooms, each offering cable satellite television and free wireless high-speed Internet access for guests' convenience. This 100 percent non smoking hotel offers a variety of amenities including a complimentary continental breakfast, an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub, fitness center, guest laundry and full business services.
McLean County Arts Center
The McLean County Arts Center presents approximately twelve exhibitions yearly, including the annual Holiday Treasures exhibition and the annual Amateur Competition and Exhibition which for over 85 years has showcased the best amateur artists from the region. The Center also offers art classes, artist lectures, art workshops for children and adults and associated performing and literary arts presentations. Visitors can purchase or rent artwork through the Center's Sales & Rental Gift Gallery.
Matthew T. Scott Home
The traditional Victorian home belonged to Matthew T. Scott, a well-known agriculturalist, and his wife Julia Green, one of the founders of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Galena's oldest house, Dowling House, was built in 1826 by John Dowling. Built of limestone, it was once the only trading post in the city. The Dowling House was equipped with primitive living quarters and hosted many fur traders in years past. Tour guides provide a complete history of the development of the City of Galena and Dowling House while you browse through quaint artifacts from the early nineteenth century. Thirty-minute tours. Noreen's Old Tyme Photo & gift shop on site.
Steel Beam Theatre
Live performances of contemporary productions in unique, intimate, historic setting. This boutique venue is a star of the Chicago area theater scene.
CITY: St. Charles
Atkinson Historical Society Museum
This historical society museum has diplays and entertaining stories about the people and history of Atkinson, the Hennepin Canal, Rolle Bolle and Henry County.
O'Leary's Chicago Fire Truck Tours
Board a genuine open-air antique fire truck and take a tour that focuses on the Chicago FIre, and stops at two Chicago fire stations. Reservations required.
Lincoln The Debater Statue
This famous statue was designed by Leonard Crunelle of Chicago, and was presented to Freeport at the 71st anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate on August 27, 1929, by local industrialist W. T. Rawleigh. It is located in Taylor Park.
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.
Pizza Cucina (Wasco)
5 minutes west of downtown St. Charles in Wasco. Open daily. Delivery available. Catering too.
Belleville Philharmonic Society
The nation's second oldest continuously performing symphony orchestra (1867-2005) gives concerts throughout the year.
Wonder Works is 6,400 square feet of fun, a place of creative play for kids birth to age eight. Located in Oak Park, Illinois at 6445 West North Avenue, the children's museum helps kids, their parents and caregivers unleash their imaginations through art, performance, design, building and more.
CITY: Oak Park
Katherine Dunham Museum
Katherine Dunham is probably best known as a legendary dancer who propelled the awareness of the cultures of the African Diaspora via her choreography. Her famous dance technique reflects a fusion of many cultures. Miss Dunham was a true renaissance woman. She was an artist, anthropologist, author, activist, manager, movie star, producer, educator, wife, mother, and so much more. The world needs to know about her wonderful life story and there's no better learning environment than the Museum and Centers for Arts and Humanities she created. The museum houses Miss Dunham's outstanding collection of symbolic and functional art, including more than 250 African and Caribbean art objects from more than 50 countries.
CITY: East St. Louis
Everett Moody Park at Longacre
This park is a ball player's dream with two lighted diamonds, including one with grandstand seating and a concessions stand. In the late 1990s this park hosted the Pan-American Games Junior Baseball Tournaments.
CITY: Fairview Heights
Red Roof Inn - Rockford
Newly remodeled rooms throughout. Conveniently located to I-90, Magic Waters waterpark, CherryVale Mall, antique malls, and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Machine Shed and Thunder Bay Grill restaurants across street. Free high-speed internet for T-Mobile customers. Free USA Today.
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook Hotel
Experience the results of our $8.5 million renovation, featuring 350 guest rooms with state-of-the-art amenities and technology, nearly 20,000 square feet of meeting space, indoor pool, and fitness center. Conveniently located across from Oakbrook Center.
CITY: Oak Brook
Three Story, six bedroom log home on 30 acres with fireplace, large deck, kitchen, central air, spa, large meeting room, trail rides, continental breakfast, TV, VCR, 5-person spa, gas grill and 2 charcoal grills. Next to Hidden Springs State Forest.
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
Ft. Sheridan's history is closely tied to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Lt. Gen. Philip Sheridan was put in charge of settling the unrest after the fire. Members of the Commercial Club which represented Chicago businessmen petitioned to establish an artillery school and military installation north of Chicago for their safety. Ft. Sheridan is now a beautiful forest preserve with rolling terrain, bluffs and ravines full of rich history. Trails wind through the preserves for outdoor enthusiasts or tour groups may take a walking or motorcoach windshield tour of the preserve.
CITY: Fort Sheridan
Fox Creek Vineyards
Situated on a farm settled by the proprietor's great grandmother, the vineyard sits amid low rolling hills. Enjoy sampling the wines and spend some quality time in the country.
Ancient Stone Inspirations/ Mac's Home Brew
Jewelry, books, gifts and home brew retail supply store for beer and wine making. Located in the Historic Quincy Business District. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.
Henry County Historical Museum
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.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Rock Island Sports Complex
This complex includes softball diamonds, three junior soccer fields, three full-sized fields and concessions.
CITY: Rock Island
A 2.2 mile run paved trail on Springfield's southwest side, beginning at Robbins Rd. and continuing to Park Street.
Built in 1830, this is the only stagecoach stop still intact along the 60-mile Kaskaskia-Cahokia trail.
Galena Trolley Depot Theater
Check out live performances in 135-seat, creatively renovated theater. Call for information. Rent theater for private events.
The residence of the founder of the City of Zion, Dr. John Alexander Dowie, is a stately 23-room mansion that was built in 1901-02 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Emerald Acres Campground
Open May 1 thru October 15. This campground offers 46 sites with electrical and water hookups in additions to 70 permanent sites, as well as tent sites. Sewer hookups are offered when available. Also offered are two bath houses with flush toilets, showers, beach swimming, a restaurant, and playground area. Pets on a leash and campfires are allowed. Special amenities include fishing, and activities on holiday weekends. Visitors are invited to enjoy the summer at this special place.
CITY: Pearl City
Streatorland Historical Society Museum
Displays include 19th-century clothing, music room, local artifacts, and many photographs depicting Streatorland 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.
H & M
Trendy, high-quality fashion at great prices from this European chain with a definite flair for chic.
Groundhog Day - Woodstock Square
This hilarious comedy concerns a crabby weatherman who finds himself reliving Groundhog Day over and over. Filmed in the quaint town of Woodstock, the bell tower that the weatherman leaps from is actually the Woodstock Opera House (which today presents concerts and plays). A small plaque in Woodstock's historic town square marks the spot where the character repeatedly stepped into a puddle in the movie.
Civic Center Authority Visitor Center
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.
CITY: Bedford Park
Celebrate the pepper harvest from 11am to 5pm, A favorite gathering for all chile heads and hot pepper fans. Walk the pepper field and see many varieties of hot peppers in bloom, meet the vendors and see who makes the best hot/spicy food, visit the Pepper Farm Store and select your favorite salsa, jellies, spices and pepper products, relax, visit with friends, enjoy great local music and soak in great southern Illinois pepper heat. 618-893-1443. www.darnhotpeppers.com
With the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue Bridge just outside the windows, this downtown Chicago bar is a chic sophisticated lounge and the perfect end to any busy day. Located on the mezzanine level, Rebar offers neo-Japanese cuisine and signature cocktails in a vibrant and warm atmosphere.
Hammitt's Lakeview Cottages
Two-bedroom cottages with kitchens, living rooms, bath and shower, AC, TV, and microwave.
America's Best Value Inn - Marion
Motel with 90 rooms including a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee pot. Easy on/easy off access to I-57, exit 54A. Offers: Indoor heated pool, free Wi-Fi, and a hot breakfast.
Little Red Schoolhouse
Originally called the Mount Airy School, the Little Red Schoolhouse was moved to its present location in 1983. This 1850's school house has been restored and contains period memorabilia and artifacts. (Circa 1853). Open by appointment only.
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant Harrisburg
Authentic Mexican food; the best in Saline County.
Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area
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.
The University Museum Gift Shop
After you finish your touring of the University Museum wonderful exhibits and collections, stop by the museum gift store. Special gifts and offerings from around the world can be purchased.
Oak Park Visitors Center Walking Tour
This PDA guided tour will show you the evolution of architecture in Oak Park, from the Victorian period through to Prairie School and the 1930s Art Deco period. Hear the reflections of the famous people who walked these streets and nurtured their creativity in Oak Park.
CITY: Oak Park
Watch the fish swim in four 2,000 gallon aquariums as you enjoy one of the Fin Inn's signature catfish, Alaskan White Fish, or frog legs dinners. Adults and kids alike love to watch the fish swim in the aquariums with 21 table-side aquarium viewing windows. Enjoy a full menu of fried fish, homestyle meals and a local favorite - turtle soup! Children's menu available. Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Meriwether Lewis is reported to have stayed here. It is home to some of the earliest settlers in Illinois (1782) and was named by the French for a spring located on the beautiful site.
Stephen A. Forbes State Park
Located among the rolling hills of Southwestern Illinois, this park has a beach and offers boating, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, and other activities. 140 camp sites open year round for outdoor lovers
Tri-Country Stockdale Company of Joliet, Inc.
For over 30 years, Tri-County Stockdale Company of Joliet has focused on quality products, backed up with the highest standards for customer service. Our landscape division is striving to grow with your needs. Additionally, our new retail facility continues our focus on landscape products, with the addition of lawn ornamentation and, as always, our personal service. Plus, we are excited to offer expanded selections in our bird seed & feeders, pet feed, soy candles & seasonal gifts.
One of the first vegetarian restaurants in the city offers dishes that include a macrobiotic plate and vegan desserts.
Tinley Park Convention Center
70,450 square foot Convention Center features 18 versatile meeting rooms with the ability to accommodate up to 4,000 making this the ideal location for trade shows, conventions and social events. Ample free parking!
CITY: Tinley Park
Winston Tunnel State Natural Area
230 acres for public hunting, hiking, nature viewing and an historic railroad tunnel.