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Vermilion County War Museum
The Vermilion County War Museum, housed in a former Carnegie Library, contains over 25,000 artifacts and memorabilia ranging from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The museum enjoys a steady stream of both U.S. and foreign visitors who appreciate the ever-increasing collections of artifacts and research materials.
Washington County Historical Museum
Built in 1871 as a private residence, this building now holds hundreds of artifacts from the country including a display of period wedding dresses.
Fisherman's Cabin at Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery
Walk in the vineyard, swim in the lake or just come and relax in the peace and quiet of the log home, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
When looking for the perfect personal gift, adding to someone's collection or decorating your home. Sentimental Journey should be the place to shop. They carry a large selection of Vera Bradley, Isabel Bloom, Crabtree & Evelyn, Jewery, New Baby, Inspirtational and Specialty Occasion gifts, along with Wee Forest Folk, Dept 56 and Byers' Choice Carolers. Sentimental Journey also offers a large selection of pictures, decorating and home accessories to help you make your house a home!
Historic Geneva Step-On Tours
Discover Geneva's historic districts - from the refurbished downtown storefronts to the dozens of treasured Third Street Victorian homes that now house over 100 unique specialty shops and quaint eateries.
Crawford House Inn
This Italianate style mansion offers year 'round hospitality for that romantic getaway or an extended stay in Dixon. Elegance and relaxation await your arrival in the 12 spacious rooms furnished with Victorian furniture.
Super 8 Motel - Rockford
Conveniently located near I-90, E. State Street/Business Rt. 20, Super 8 offers a perfect balance of value and convenience. Centrally located between Chicago and Galena off Interstate 39. Each hotel room comes with time-saving amenities like a refrigerator and microwave — or book a personal Jacuzzi suite for extra comfort. Start your day right with free SuperStart continental breakfast, and enjoy the convenience of free Wi-Fi in your room. Handicapped-accessible hotel rooms are available, and free RV or truck parking is included. We are a pet-friendly hotel, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.
Courtyard by Marriott - Highland Park
Hotel features newly renovated guest rooms and facilities. Rooms feature a comfortable sitting area, large work desks, two phones with data ports, free Internet access, custom comforters, thicker mattresses, fluffier pillows and an ergonomic chair. Enjoy a healthy breakfast buffet with eggs cooked to order at the Courtyard Café or visit 'The Market' for snacks & beverages 24/7. We also offer a 5-mile complimentary shuttle (excluding Ravinia Festival). The two meeting rooms totaling 1,274 sq. ft. help bring visions of extraordinary reality to joyous celebrations, small fairytale weddings, and business meetings.
CITY: Highland Park
Five Forks Market
Tapas-based cuisine plus a variety of sandwiches and soups. Extensive gourmet "to go" menu. Wine sales and free wine tasting Saturday afternoons.
Gobbie's Sports Pub & Eatery
Find something for everyone at Gobbie's Sports Pub & Eatery, featuring homemade Chicago-style, thin, pan, stuffed pizza in a friendly, sports pub. Every pizza is made from scratch with only the freshest and finest ingredients. Plasma TVs. Karaoke. Live entertainment nightly. Outdoor patio.
Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue/Loop
This 27-story hotel offers oversized studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens. Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and complimentary American breakfast. Comfort Suites is within walking distance of Magnificent Mile shops and restaurants, as well as Millennium Park.
Stella's Café & Catering
Offering excellent ambiance, exceptional food and decadent desserts. Homemade soups, fresh baked bread, serving your catering needs.
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Focusing on the art, history and culture of the American Indian. Permanent exhibits are dedicated to the Native cultures of the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Northwest Coast and Arctic regions of North America. Each gallery contains a “touching table” where visitors can handle real examples of Indian artifacts, as well as feel the raw materials—including snakeskin, caribou fur, birch bark, turquoise and buffalo skin—that were used by native Americans. Temporary exhibits showcase emerging and established contemporary Native artists. Lectures and performances throughout the year provide a venue for multicultural education.
Country Cabin Orchard and Nursery
This u-pick apple orchard (with eight varieties), also includes a petting zoo, gift shop, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, Christmas trees, donuts, pies, bakery and fall nursery. Open mid-September through December 24.
Illinois State University Planetarium
The night sky is recreated in this 100-seat celestial theater-in-the-round operated by ISU's Physics Department.
This traditional pub in Downtown Champaign is off the beaten path and likes it that way. A great selection of beers and a crowd of regulars keep this bar hopping. Live music weekly.
One of the newest parks with over 9 acres of natural habitat. Sporting a new playground, small fishing pond and a wooden gazebo on its shore.
Inwood Park is located southwest of Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. The park has tennis courts, fitness trails, a playground and picnic area. Horseshoes and bocce ball are also on the grounds.
Illnois Beach Resort and Conference
92 total rooms. Four suites. Indoor pool. On-site health club. Room service. Two bonfire pits, sand volleyball court,seasonal tent, private beach, bike rentals. Located near Gurnee Mills, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, located in state park
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad Antique Steam Train
All aboard, as a 36-ton, 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses, including an antique red caboose reported to be the oldest in the state, 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 visit the Silvercreek Museum across the street. Open: May thru October on selected holiday and weekends; 1 am - 4 pm. Train departs on the hour.
Streatorland Historical Society Museum
Displays include 19th-century clothing, music room, local artifacts, and many photographs depicting Streatorland history.
Ursa Retreat House
Located on 7 acres of rolling woodlands, just north of Quincy, IL. This rustic sanctuary is perfect for groups who want to get away. The lodge has a wrap around porch and outdoor pool. Also on the grounds are two bunk houses for retreats, basketball court and 1-acre pond with paddleboats.
Nothing Like The Holidays - Millennium Park
A Puerto Rican family living in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood faces what may be their last Christmas together.
Open since 1976, Irene’s features dancing to live DJs, drag shows and live entertainment.
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.
Angie's Originals is the place to shop for All-Things-Original, featuring creations by area artists and alpaca items from Massac County and Peru. Originals offers handcrafted items including Pottery, Jewelry, Wood Vessels, Cutting Board and Spoons, Soaps & Lotions and Alpaca Yarns, Scarves, Gloves, Hats & Apparrel. They also have Unique Photography, Paintings, Wooden Ink Pens and More. You just have to stop in and experience it! A unique shop devoted to showcasing the talents of area artists. Open Fridays and Saturdays, and, anytime you see the flag flying!
28 Farmstead Rental
Two-bedroom (can rent as a one-bedroom) townhouse with a golf course view in the Galena Territory near Eagle Ridge Resort. Pull-out sofa, washer/dryer, HDTV & WiFi. Call/e-mail for reservations, brochure.
With the most competitive rates in town and newly renovated rooms, Alpine Inn offers the best in clean, affordable comfort. Each room has been upgraded with new flooring and granite countertops, refrigerator and microwave, beautiful furniture, and much more. Providing free high-speed wireless internet, continental breakfast, and the friendliest staff; whether staying on business or leisure, you are guaranteed to feel at home. Conveniently located on the Miracle Mile in the heart of Rockford at E. State Street and Alpine Road.
Acme Hotel Company Chicago
If you've never been one for convention, ACME HOTEL is the right choice for you in downtown Chicago. Located 2 ½ blocks from the Magnificent Mile in the River North neighborhood, ACME is downtown Chicago's all new boutique hotel alternative. If you appreciate an eye for design and dig a high-tech vibe, you'll feel right at home. We'd like to call ourselves cool, or hip, because we are, but that just feels like bragging. But mostly, ACME is what we consider approachable - in more ways than one. The fact is, we want your experience at our downtown Chicago hotel to blow your mind, not your budget.
Dahnke's Pine Patch
Located in Martinsville, this tree farm features Colorado Blue and Norway Spruce, Douglas and Fraser Fir, and White and Scotch Pine trees.
Friendly tavern serving food made on site. Decorated with historic sports memorabilia from local Bishop Hill teams.
CITY: Bishop Hill
La Za Za Trattoria
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.
CITY: St. Charles
Bay City General Store
Come sit on the front porch where Tommy Lee Jones rocked during the filming of US Marshals. Enjoy a soda and a gooey moon pie and hear the cha-ching of a 1913 cash register.
Village of Albany
Wolf Creek Golf Club - Danville
This nine-hole course is open to the public seven days a week. Its two sets of tees both have a par of 36.
The Olive Tap
A specialty food store featuring artisanal, small batch extra virgin olive oils on tap, a variety of balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy, fresh spices from our spice locker, and a full menu of gourmet food items and accessories. Stop in for a taste and see why customers say wow!
CITY: Long Grove
Apple Villa Famous Pancake House & Restaurant
Chicagoland's famous breakfast spot! Only the highest quality ingredients used and baked fresh every day. Distinctive freshness, flavor, and quality! Enjoy omelettes, pancakes, french toast, blintzes and crepes!
CITY: Hoffman Estates
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 memorabelia. 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
Prodigy Glassworks, Inc.
Prodigy Glassworks is in the heart of the Oak Park Art's District at 207 Harrison St. Stop in to watch daily glass blowing demonstrations and to see our beautiful gallery offering unique hand-blown and fused pieces made by local artists. Classes are available weekly for adults and children ages 12+. Beginner classes offered Tuesdays from 6pm–9pm: $150/person, and Saturdays from 10am–1 pm: $150/person. Make your own paperweight Mondays and Thursdays from 12pm-5pm. Paperweights take approximately 30 minutes: $25 each for ages 12+. Call ahead to schedule at (708) 445-8000 or email us at email@example.com. For a full list of class offerings see our website.
CITY: Oak Park
Jackson County Historical Center
The museum has expanded, adding about 1,000 square feet to its headquarters building for more exhibit area. Included in its displays is a pump organ, a collection of early cameras, a display of Daniel Grocery Store items, and many textile items, military uniforms, 1850-era Chandler Printer Press and county courthouse records containing hundreds of files available for genealogy study.The museum also has an exhibit of women's vintage clothing ranging from 1865-1970s and continues to add exhibits.
Hike or bike into Buehler Preserve from Galena and experience the prairie life! Pets welcome. Fishing is allowed.
View local, regional and national fine art and crafts artisans in the spacious gallery amid the treetop view of Bishop Hill village park. Painters, sculptors, photographers and artisans showcase their natural art in the expansive upstairs exhibit area. Special exhibits are held throughout the year.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Grayslake Heritage Center
A state of the art history museum dedicated to collecting and sharing the history of the greater Grayslake area. The Grayslake Heritage Center offers programs, exhibitions and special events all year round and includes two galleries, a community room and classroom.
Uncorked Summer Nights
Experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a fresh perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights! Admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. Also, included is showcase tours of the Fern, Tropical and Desert rooms. Enjoy music by the Grosso Family Band and art by Phil Malhiot. Appetizers provided by New Rose Catering and wine and craft beer by Marion Street Cheese Market.
CITY: Oak Park
Blue Moon Balloon Company
Balloon bouquets, arches, flags, pillars and just about anything you can think of made out of balloons!
Everyone is welcome at FitzGerald's a nationally-known music venue located in Berwyn just minutes from Chicago and Oak Park. The venue also is available for weddings, parties, school functions, etc. Whether you want the main club, the smaller party room and SideBar or the outside beer garden, we can transform each to party specifications. Check out examples of parties and music on our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/109186657@N03/sets/72157637847655283.
Originally designed by legendary Chicago architect Daniel Burnham as an office building, this hotel is a beautifully restored architectural landmark. Hotel Burnham is just steps away from State Street shopping, Loop theaters, Millennium Park and The Art Institute of Chicago. The hotel’s acclaimed Atwood Café puts a modern twist on comfort food.122-room luxury historic hotel with 19th century detailing in deep mahogany, frosted Tiffany glass, Terrazzo mosaic tiling, and a wrought iron and marble staircase. Guestrooms are appointed in warm tones of burgundy, gold and cobalt blue with canopy beds.
Stone Creek Golf Club
Chip along dense forests on one of the most scenic courses in Southern Illinois. Nicely appointed cabins located right on the 18-hole golf course provide a convenient stay-and-play option.
Glen Prairie Fine Food & Drink, Crowne Plaza Glen Ellyn
Contemporary American cuisine with fresh local ingredients provided by the contemporary American farmer. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
CITY: Glen Ellyn
Anna Plaza Motel
16-room motel, restaurants within walking distance. Credit cards accepted. Pets allowed. Free local calls. Cable TV with remotes.
First National Bank of Dwight
Famed architecht Frank Lloyd Wright designed and engineered this bank in 1905, and it is the only one of his three designed banks still standing.
Rock Island Sports Complex
This complex includes softball diamonds, three junior soccer fields, three full-sized fields and concessions.
CITY: Rock Island
Historical Society Museum/Alton Railroad Depot
The restored railroad depot, designed by Henry Ives Cobb, is now the home of the Dwight Historical Society and is still an operating Amtrak train station.
Miller Park Pavilion
This unique landmark was restored in 1977, with its Korean/Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in May of 1988.
Havana Riverfront Campground
Twelve sites with electricity and water available year-'round for nightly, weekly, and monthly camping. Close to footbridge. Complimentary firewood. One shelter.
Eldon Hazlet State Park
The largest campground in the Illinois State Park system. The park covers 3,000 acres on the west shore of Carlyle Lake. Every year more than 3/4 million visitors come here to hunt, fish, picnic, camp, boat, water ski, and hike.
Turtle Run Golf Club
Turtle Run Golf Club offers a par 72 championship golf course, designed by Jim Spears and opened in 1970, with four sets of tee lengths to fit players of all skill and experience levels. In addition to the golf course, Turtle Run offers a fully stocked golf shop, public swimming pool, bar and grill, and banquet center.
Since 1988, a one-owner store with a 2,000 square foot of antiques and collectibles from pocket watches to furniture. Open last 2 weeks of each month. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Lights Fantastic Activities & Parade
Take pictures with Santa’s reindeer in Carbondale's Town Square, stop by the Polar Express Station (the Old Train Depot) for candy cane treats, and enjoy the Holiday Cookie Walk, where downtown businesses offer cookies and refreshments. The Lights Fantastic Parade kicks off at 6pm.
Road to Perdition - The Chicago Cultural Center
In this period drama a hit man for an Irish gangster finds himself on the run and looking for revenge after his young son witnesses a mob killing. The movie was filmed primarily on location in the Chicago area, including the interiors, which were shot on a soundstage that was specially constructed in a city armory. The iconic shot of the hit man's car driving into Chicago involved 120 1930s-era cars motoring over the downtown LaSalle Street Bridge on a quiet Sunday morning.
The Unborn - Helicopter Run
In this supernatural flick, a young woman is haunted by the spirit of her unborn brother who tries to take over her body. Desperate to survive, the woman undergoes an exorcism to prevent her evil sibling from being born.
Riverside Blues Festival
Enjoy a day of Blues music with 7 different bands at the historic band shell in Riverside park. Food & beverages available. $12 in advance; $15 day of event.
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile
This 300-room hotel is located just half a block from North Michigan Avenue shopping and dining. Amenities include an indoor pool with city views and 24-hour fitness center. The hotel is within walking distance of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Navy Pier.
Step back in time to a gentler age when hospitality was an art form and life was unhurried. Relax in the elegant parlor, while away an hour on the front porch or explore many of the area's attractions and state parks. Located in a restored 1840's inn, guest rooms feature restored and functional antiques along with individual room telephones and cable TV. The lower level is a great place to hold meetings or celebrate special events.
The Red Onion
Two-inch pork chops prime rib, steak, and catfish dinners. Also sandwiches.
River Trail Nature Center
Nature is wonderfully displayed in this silent forest that glaciers carved thousands of years ago. The prairie extends along the riverbanks, rich in plant and animal life.
Frank Holten State Park
A great place to spot water birds, fish, boat, or play a round of golf. The park covers 1,125 acres, including two lakes and a wetlands area.
CITY: East St. Louis
Franklin County Garage and Auto Museum
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.
Horseshoe Bend Campground
Located in ridge above creek, over two mile creek bank fishing, natural marina on three mile creek, peaceful, scenic beauty.
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
Rockford University Art Gallery
Six exhibitions per year featuring local and national artists, including Rockford University students and faculty.
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
Drost Park features a 7-acre lake, pavilions, 1-mile walking trail, boat ramp, playground, and restroom facilities. The University of Illinois' Master Gardeners keep it seasonally beautiful.
Deskin's Tavern & Postville Well
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.
Shoot for the Moon
This exciting permanent exhibition features the fully restored Gemini 12 spacecraft and tells the story of astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr.'s life and career using artifacts from his personal collection. Opens Nov. 6, 2008
Galena Area Rentals, LLC
Illinois premier vacation homes, Eagle's Nest & Retreat House, near Eagle Ridge Resort, are close to plenty of attractions and activities; including golfing, fishing, hiking, bicycling, wine tastings and shopping.
Authentic Mexican style restaurant. Mis Cuates serves fresh, handmade, authentic Mexican fare in a convenient location between Marion and Carbondale. Choose from the extensive menu for dinner or visit during lunch for the Mexican Buffet and enjoy your selection in our beautiful dining room.
Woodstock Groundhog Days
In 1992, something astonishing happened in the historic city of Woodstock, Illinois. People came to town and roped off the picturesque city square, moved all sorts of equipment into the park and started playing the Pennsylvania Polka, over and over and over again. They were filming a movie that has become a favorite of young and old for more than 20 years, and the city gathers each year to remember the fun and celebrate the special community that Woodstock has always been. There are events for everyone during this celebration: Groundhog trivia, free viewing of "Groundhog Day" at the movie theater, walking tours of the film sites, a Chili cook-off, a dinner and dance, bowling, and pancake breakfasts. The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication. Gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn't see his shadow, it means we will have an early Spring.
Market Days Flea Market & Vendor Fair
Held the first Saturday of every month, this farmers market and flea market features crafts, antiques, furniture, household items, baby furniture, produce, collectibles, art, food booths, and live entertainment!
CITY: Mount Vernon
Super 8 - Effingham
Suites available, small pets allowed, cable/movies, kitchenettes aveniable, in-room safe, free super start breakfast from 6:00 am - 10:00 am.
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
Port Edward Restaurant
One of Mid-America's most unusual restaurants. World-class chef. Real windmill you can eat in. Sail boat you can eat in also. Fresh seafood.
North Central College
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - North Central College offers a 5,000 seat football stadium with lights, and Olympic-size championship track, a multi-use 25,000 sq. ft.Fieldhouse, baseball and softball fields and tennis courts.
King's Wharf Restaurant
Serving classic American dishes, like savory steaks and seafood specialties, for dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Indulge in the sumptuous Sunday Champagne Brunch. Located in the 4-Diamond rated Lincolnshire Marriott Resort.
Clifton Country Inn & Bake Shop
If its biscuits and gravy you crave, then Clifton Country Inn & Bake Shop is the place to go in Godfrey. In addition to traditional bakery goods like donuts, this family-owned diner also features a full breakfast and lunch menu. There are also daily lunch specials. Hours: Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fiber Wild! - Galena's Knit Shop
Extensive selection of yarns, unique patterns, tools and books for knitters and crocheters. Handmade finished knitwear for the whole family.
676 Restaurant & Bar
We are an American Contemporary restaurant with excellent views of the Magnificent Mile.
Hilton Garden Inn Rockford
Close to major businesses, sports centers and Interstate 90/39. Rooms have two speaker phones and large ergnomic work desk; complimentary USA Today on weekdays.
17th Street Bar & Grill
Award-winning BBQ. Family style dine-in and carry out. "Best Ribs in the U.S." by Bon Appétit Magazine and featured on the Food Network show, Bon Appétit Picks the Best.
Jane Addams Burial Site
Jane Addams, born and raised in Cedarville, was an internationally famous humanitarian and social work pioneer who founded Chicago's Hull House and won the Nobel Peace Prize. She is buried in this lovely old hillside cemetery.
Civil War Monument
This monument features a statue of a Civil War soldier.
Hinsdale Parks & Recreation Department
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Over 600 programs are offered by the Hinsdale Parks & Rec Dept. annually. The year round activities are designed to meet the leisure interests of residents and visitors. Community special events and outdoor summer concerts are also organized annually.
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.
Corrie Art Glass
A custom stain glass studio.
Specializing in good home cooking, just north of Cave In Rock on Rt 1.
CITY: Cave In Rock
McHenry Drive-In Outdoor Theatre
One of the few remaining authentic drive-in movie theatres remaining in Illinois. Enjoy the nostalgia of double-feature movies in the comfort of your car. Unique family experience.