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Quality Inn & Suites of Loves Park is the perfect place to find comfortable and relaxing accommodations for the business traveler. It offers free deluxe continental breakfast, unlimited in-room high-speed Internet access, a unique business office to accommodate all of your needs, complimentary USA Today, indoor pool and fitness center to relax your mind, and many other services included in a great price. Discounted Magic Waters tickets available.
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.
A destination unlike any other features Fox Valley's natural treasures. Indoor turtle pond, wetland exhibit, live animal displays. Great for birthday parties or facility rentals.
Visit our website for discounts and packages. Games, Laser Tag, Batting Cages, Soft Playland, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Inflatable Park & more!
Family style dining, carry out available. Serves delicious homemade hamburgers and much more. Famous for their Chili Mac.
Splash park features interactive children's water play area with safety surface.Lazy River, tube and body slides, lap pool, zero-depth entry pool, toddler pool, diving boards, concessions, sand play area.
Casual and friendly family atmosphere. Quick, fast authentic Italian food and reasonably priced. Offers dine in or take out.
Explore the natural beauty and animal habitats of this 45-acre wetlands preserve. Nature programs for all ages include bird surveys, seed collections, planting, clean-ups and hiking.
KB Learning Center provides therapy and educational toys at competitive prices.Teaching supplies are also available.
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.
Old-fashioned ice cream shop featuring 51 flavors of ice cream, plus hamburgers and Chicago style hot dogs made with fresh, local products, chicken, pork tenderloins, grilled cheese and more. Also featuring custom made ice cream cakes, cookies and homemade German Chocolate Cake. Union Dairy has been a Freeport tradition since 1914. Dine in or carryout. March thru May and September thru October: Tuesday thru Sunday: 11 am to 9 pm Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Daily: 11 am to 10 pm Lunch: under $10.00. Credit Cards Accepted
The Lena Historical Museum tells the history of Lena and the surrounding area, with galleries focusing on various historical topics. Highlights include a Civil War regimental flag and an extensive clothing collection. Also on the grounds are a summer kitchen, the first log schoolhouse built in Lena, an Illinois Central Railroad caboose, a general store, a recreated chapel, and a barn filled with antique vehicles and farm tools. Open: Saturday: 1 pm - 4 pm; or by appointment.
297 rooms. 106 suites. Seven meeting rooms. 200 nonsmoking rooms. One restaurant - David Burke's Primehouse. The Spa. 24-hour room service and concierge service. The second in a dynamic new line of hotels that Travel & Leisure named "America's sexiest." James fuses modern American comfort, service and style with state of the art technology. A multiregional Italian restaurant, JBar and The Gym, our signature fitness center, are highlights. Located at Rush & Ontario at the center of the Magnificent Mile and gateway to River North.
Located at the intersection of I-57 and I-64, the Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon is just moments away from popular attractions, shopping, outdoor adventures and history lessons.
Come see live eagle demonstrations 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. every Saturday in January at the Alton Visitor Center. See a live bald eagle up close and personal! Ask and learn about their species and habitats. Then, grab your official All Around Alton Eagle Watcher's Guide as you journey out along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway to see eagles in their natural habitat. Free! For more information, call 1-800-ALTON-IL or go to www.VisitAlton.com.
Located in Nauvoo's Historic Downtown District the Woodruff Hotel welcomes its guests into the original 1871 Temple House building. Recognized in the National Registry of Historic Places, and standing high among the city's revered landmarks, this special Nauvoo hotel is named after one of Nauvoo's early distinguished and beloved residents. . . Wilford Woodruff.
The hotel is centrally located within one mile of several restaurants and shopping areas, close to I-90 and Business 20. Pets allowed with fee.
The Candlewood Suites Hotel provides a convenient location off I-55 near the Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI). With a meeting room that can accommodate 30 guests, a 24-hour business center and free high-speed Internet access, the Candlewood Suites Hotel is the perfect place to base an extended business stay. The hotel features premium amenities including an outdoor patio with two barbecue grills, a state-of-the-art fitness center and the Candlewood Cupboard convenience store. The Bloomington-Normal Candlewood Suites is a new, "green" hotel designed for the extended stay traveler.
The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest will boast fan favorites including all you can carve pumpkins, Trick or Treating, costume contests, Pumpkin Parade, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, two stages jam packed with solid entertainment, food and beverage vendors galore and a Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. As always, all lit jack-o-lanterns will be placed on pumpkin walls throughout the Festival grounds, with ceremonial wall lightings Friday and Saturday nights, and the grand lighting on Sunday evening.
This hotel, where you can feel like home is conveniently located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Illinois Highway 26 north of Freeport. There are 63 rooms and eleven whirlpool suites. Handicapped and non-smoking rooms, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, exercise facilities, cable TV, free wireless high speed internet access, microwave, mini fridge, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, safes, desks, pets allowed with a $20 fee, on site coin laundry, dry cleaning available, complimentary enhanced breakfast. Rates: $89 to $160
This award-winning public art program features benches that showcase the unique and colorful designs of professional and amateur artists. The theme for 2015 is "Heroes and Villains".
Ride the rails and experience train travel as it was decades ago on a 15-inch-gauge Crown steam locomotive that runs through Charley Brown Park.
The Itasca Historical Museum was the original Itasca Train Depot built in 1873. A 1939 Milwaukee Road Rib-side Caboose numbered 01839 was acquired and restored to its original bright orange appearance with all new doors, windows and wood interior. Kids love the interactive train display in the Depot which looks like Itasca in the late 1800’s with bells and whistles. Open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11am-4pm and the 1st and 2nd Saturdays each month from 9am-2pm.
In beautiful wooded surroundings, Timber Creek Inn & Suites' friendly, lodge-like ambiance adds to the adjoining state-of-the-art convention center. AAA diamond rated this full-service hotel provides big city amenities and is an ideal choice for business, wedding or leisure travelers. Choose from 100 relaxing, spacious guestrooms and suites. Enjoy a full range of lavish comforts, including plush beds, luxury bedding and 24-hour room service. Each well-appointed guest room or suite comes complete with a microwave, mini-refrigerator, cable satellite television and high-speed internet access. After a restful night enjoy a full decadent hot breakfast buffet, swim in the indoor heated swimming pool or work out in the 24-hour exercise facility. Relax again in the sumptuous spa or enjoy live entertainment on the outdoor deck. Step into the great outdoors and you’ll find sand volleyball courts, fire pits, and a plethora of hiking trails crisscrossing the woodland grounds. On-site restaurant bar & grill available for your dining convenience. Selected suites add the extra indulgence of whirlpool alcoves. Conveniently located off State Route 34 just minutes from top-rated antique shopping, Silver Springs State Park, Raging Waves Water Park and Farnsworth House. 100% non-smoking, energy-efficient and eco-friendly. (Luxurious on-site spa coming soon.)
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstration, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, with food and refreshments. Enjoy period music and audience participation entertainment throughout the weekend in an 1820's pioneer village.
381 rooms. 14 suites. 305 non-smoking rooms. 9 meeting/conference rooms. 2 restaurants. On-site health club. Room service. Special amenities include CD/DVD player in room, complimentary CD, hair dryer.
An exciting weekend workshop, just for dancers ages 8-13! Camp PULSE features the masterminds behind your favorite Nickelodeon and Disney TV Shows and Movies, including: Shake It Up, iCarly, Camp Rock, Victorious, High School Musical, Hannah Montana, and MORE! Dancers and teachers walk away from our conventions inspired and motivated to reach their next goals in dance. Our faculty and staff are proud of their dedication to building genuine relationships through personal interaction with dancers, parents and teachers. We realize there are many options out there for a dancer’s education, and we hope you will join us for a dance experience of a lifetime!
This one hour musical play tells the story of life in the early 1840s, as immigrants came up the Mississippi River to Nauvoo on the Maid of Iowa, a beautiful little paddle-wheeler. You’ll laugh at the antics of young Eli, thrill at the dancing and music, and feel the depth of devotion of these early settlers in Nauvoo as they face the martyrdom of their leader, and the violent and dangerous exodus from their homes in the middle of winter. Tickets are free but required for admission.
Annual Recreational League Soccer Tournament for ages 5 to 18. Hosted by Marion Soccer, Inc. and held at the Marion Soccer Complex. This invitational tournament will bring over 100 teams from six states to play for the Whirlwind Title.
Material Girl Fabric Shop located in downtown Crystal Lake, formerly The Fabric Shop, features fresh and modern fabric designers such as Anthology, Free Spirit, Westminster Including: Amy Butler, Kaffe Fawcett, Riley Blake, Alexander Henry, Michael Miller - Including Anna Griffin, Moda, Henry Glass, Kaufman, Hoffman and more. We offer an extensive variety of fabrics, trims and notions for Crystal Lake and the surrounding McHenry County area. In addition, we continue to add more fabric lines and designers such as RJR, Batik Textiles, Red Rooster, Andover, Art Gallery, Lecien, Clothworks, Dunroven House, James Thompson & Co., Marcus Fabrics, Oilcloth, Intl., P & B Textiles, Quilting Treasures, Shannon Fabrics, Studio E, and Mary Flanagan Wools. We now offer Sewing Classes and Sewing Instruction right here in our Crystal Lake store. These classes will be for beginners as well as experienced sewers of all ages looking for new ideas and inspirations.
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.
Constructed in 1857, Mann's Chapel is the oldest standing church in Vermilion County. The chapel is now part of the Vermilion County Museum Complex and can be rented for special occasions with seating for 125-150 available.
Most challenging course in the Fox Valley Area! Naturally landscaped greens - multiple obstacles - sand traps - waterfall and babbling brook - windmill - lighthouse - bridges. Daily specials & discounts. Scenic views along the Fox River.
The 1846 shop features original cabinets & an old-fashioned fountain. Popcorn, candy, lunch, Coca-Cola merchandise, coffee bar. American Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor is the best ice cream in town!
Come explore a child-sized world where children, birth to eight years old, experience creative play and develop their imaginations. Wonder Works is 6,400 square feet of fun and excitement with six permanent exhibits and special events. Memberships, daily admissions, field trip admissions, and during and after hours parties available.
Buena Vista Farms, Inc. and its Resort offers three luxury cabins lined with knotty pine interior. All with full baths, A/C, heat, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi access. Cabins overlook one of two stocked lakes, where you can relax over an open campfire. Amenities include a mini fridge, microwave and gas grill for your cooking convenience. Buena Vista Farms also offers one economy cabin. Guest can enjoy swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, kayaks, hiking, and many more outdoor games. Address for this location is 1630 Hwy 67, Chapin, IL 62628
Complete entertainment for all ages and interests. Bowling, mini golf, Go Karts, redemption arcade, batting cages, birthday parties and a haunted house. Lunch and dinner served daily. Bar and billards with various night time entertainment. A safe and fun environment for all members of the family. Kristof's is a smoke-free facility.
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Relax in one of Hampton's 77 guest rooms. Stay in a single-room or whirlpool suite. Located near Raging Waves Waterpark, Marge Cline Whitewater Course, Silver Springs State Park, Whitetail Ridge Golf Course. Rooms feature a 37” flat screen TV, microwave and refrigerator and Clean and Fresh Bedding™. Other features include indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, business center, On the House™ hot breakfast, meeting space and free wired and wireless Internet.
Unique ambiance and cuisine will provide you with an unforgettable Chinese and Hawaiian dining experience. Great food, wonderful service & family-friendly.
This historic movie theater, built in 1922, features first-run movies presented in the latest 4K digital projection and sound on nine screens. Stadium seating, digital 3D and party room.
Located next to the Palace Campgrounds and only two miles west from Galena, play on an 18-hole miniature golf course, complete with a cascading waterfall, rapids/streams and a fountain. Visit our video arcade and concession stand.
They have everything necessary for scrapbooking or for arts and crafts. The ladies who work there teach classes and do private lessons.
Luxury at a moderate price, the Comfort Inn is conveniently located in Bourbonnais off I-57, near Olivet Nazarene University, Legends Sportsplex and Northfield Mall. With 114 new guest rooms, complimentary hot breakfast, free WiFi and onsite meeting room facilities, this property is ideal for business guests and leisure travelers.
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.
As Rockford's premier full-service hotel, the Holiday Inn of Rockford invites you to experience a hotel stay unlike any other. Whether you are traveling on business to see such companies as Daimler Chrysler, planning a day of shopping at CherryVale Mall or taking the family to Magic Waters, the Holiday Inn of Rockford is the first choice for travelers. The Hoffman House Restaurant, located inside the hotel is known for its world famous prime rib. The Scoreboard Lounge is one of Rockford's finest sports bars. For conventions, nothing compares. The banquet facilities can host from 5 to 500, complete with full service catering and technology needs. Relax, it's Holiday Inn, located right off I-90 on East State Street.
Visit our award-winning Premier Main Street which is full of charming shops, delightful restaurants, quality entertainments and life-enhancing opportunities and events.
Indoor shopping mall with several stores such as Bath & Body Works, Bon Worth, Christopher & Banks, CJ Banks, Claire's, JC Penny, Maurices and many more.
Zona's on the Lake offers a full menu that includes pizza, burgers, subs, salads, appetizers and wraps, as well as wine and beer. Zona's on the Lake is located on Lake Sara in Effingham, IL. Come enjoy a great day on the lake and have some great food!
Skateland of Jacksonville is the sister rink of Skateland South in Springfield, IL. Whether you are looking for a good way to celebrate a special birthday or if you are just looking to have some fun with the family, come on out to Skateland! Please contact us with any questions you may have, (217) 243-4121.
Ladies boutique and spirit wear store. Custom designs with all the sequins to shine! Rhinestone T's, fashion jewelry, jeans, scarves, purses, and accessories are available.
This eclectic dessert café makes everything from drop cookies, brownies and bars to cupcakes and specialty cakes, to a variety of pastries ranging from éclairs, tarts and pies.
Calhoun County was a wild rugged land, and its fall re-enactment festival embraces its past history. Old time crafts, mountain-man activities, black powder shooting, historic demonstrations, food, music, fiddlers jamboree, carriage rides and a petting zoo round out the activities scheduled for the weekend. Admission is free. For more information, call (618) 465-2114.
What started as a retail shop in the small farm town of Homer, has expanded into a national wholesale soda distributor. Shop hundreds of flavors of soda in this adorable little shop located on Homer's main drag. Pick up anything from the classic orange soda to bacon and cherry infused, so you get as creative as you like. While you'll see these sodas at restaurants and shops all over town, there's nothing better than picking these up right from the distributor.
This fun family spot, open April-October, offers two miniature golf courses. This par 70 course exhibits excellent golfing conditions. The blue championship tees boast a 6191 yard layout; where as the white/silver/red tees cover 5833/5616/4946 yards respectively.
Theatergoers love that every seat is a great seat at The Raue Center for the Arts in downtown Crystal Lake. Since its restoration a decade ago, Raue Center has attracted the finest stars, Broadway shows, musicians and artists. Raue Center has become a destination in the heart of a bustling downtown area chock-full of pre- or post-show dining and shopping options.
Experience life down on the farm during guided family tours, or take a hike on the peaceful nature trail.
The Rockford City Market features local growers and vendors who sell natural products and unique retail items, live music, demonstrations and kid's activities. Enjoy the fun Fridays from 3:30-8:30 p.m. (3:30-7:30 p.m. after Labor Day). Located on Water Street in Downtown Rockford.
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. The Dickens Holiday Village is back and the handcrafted Dickens characters made by our volunteer artists will bring a Public Art Program that is free for everyone to enjoy! Antioch will proudly displayed 45 Dickens characters for people to tour. Each character has a plaque describing the scene and also serves as an educational tool for students. Take a self-guided tour with one of our Dickens Walking Brochure Maps or reserve a tour guide for groups of 24 or more. Plus there is plenty of Dickens Fun for everyone in November and December. You may enjoy Dickens Teas, an Antioch "Oliver" dog afternoon, Dress like Dickens event, and much more.
Enjoy the natural wonders of the Pecatonica River, Stephenson County's water trail, as is meanders nearly 60 miles through undisturbed Midwestern beauty. Access the river at McNeil's Damascus Landing which offers ample parking, a picnic area, fire pit and charcoal grills, portable toilet, 10' x 20' floating dock and canoe/kayak and concrete boat launch with access docking. Camping at the site is available for canoe, kayaks and boaters. Reservations required.
Toddlers to 12-year-olds can enjoy the unique interactive exhibits and seasonal events at this fun children's museum.
Little Egypt Off Road MC is a young club that aims to pursue, promote, and protect interest of motorcyclists in a social and athletic setting. They offer a public off road riding area. They have 860 Acres to ride, miles of trails, mud areas to play, hill climbs, scenic areas to stop and enjoy, and two MX tracks to play on.
Overlooking the Chicago River, this stylin’ hotel is within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile, State Street shopping and other downtown attractions. Hotel Monaco is extremely pet friendly, with no fees or size restrictions for your furry friend.
From the Field Cooking School and Catering, located in Morton, offers a variety of cooking classes and catering services. Classes are hands on; and From the Field is happy to build a class around your needs… just tell them what you’re looking for! There’s something for everyone: from couples’s classes to knife skills, kitchen rentals to corporate outings, and custom baked goods made just to your liking. We are a culinary education center designed for the everyday person. We teach you how to prepare great meals, cooking techniques, the science of cooking, kitchen safety and sanitation, some food history and other useful information presented in clear easy to understand and entertaining manner. We offer hands-on cooking classes, demonstration classes, couple's night, corporate team building, private group cooking classes and offer commercial kitchen rental.
Located on the campus of Highland Community College - features a variety of fine arts programming including vocal and music concerts, live theater, special performances, and the popular Summerset Theater Program, a community performing arts theater.
Witness the history of the universe from its fiery birth to the formation of our own solar system on a state-of-the-art digital projector that gives a multimedia and full-dome show. Open year round, there are several shows scheduled during the week.
The Richland Creek Trailhead serves as the main trailhead for the northern end of the Jane Addmas Recreation Trail. It features parking, a large shelter house with electricity, lights and picnic tables, a restroom, water and a primitive campground area.
Here you can explore the French involvement in the history of the Kankakee River Valley-the first explorers and missionaries; the coureurs de bois and fur traders and the pioneer settlers from France, French Canada, and Belgium.
Since opening in 1963, Larry's has been hand making cakes, donuts, brownies, cookies and more daily. Larry's is a local bakery known for their birthday and occasion cakes as well as wedding and specialty cakes and cupcakes.
Adventure Stage Chicago creates dynamic and transformative theatre for young audiences that activates the imagination, inspires dialogue and strengthens community among families, educators and artists.
Relax in one of Hampton's 127 luxury guest rooms and suites. Located right off I-88 near major attractions like Chicago Premium Outlets, Vaughan Athletic Center, Orchard Valley Golf Course. Amenities include 6,000 square foot swimming complex, kiddie pool, 2,200-gallon hot tub, exercise room, free high speed Internet access and On the House™ hot breakfast. 5,000 square foot conference center has five meeting rooms with full A/V and video-conferencing capability.
The Crowne Plaza Springfield hotel is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the area's history, culture and quirks. Whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, their goal is to make your experience a memorable one.
This 750 seat theatre features a full orchestra pit, large stage, air conditioning and convenient and ample parking for audience members. From a performance standpoint, the auditorium also features a large backstage dressing area and wondrous acoustics.
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.
This center features local natural history exhibits, hands-on displays for children, and family programs that are offered throughout the year. Picnic facilities and camping are available by reservation.
If there's one thing the Neighborhood Co-op is known for, it's good food. Between the grocery store and the deli area, this one-stop-shop has everything you need for the perfect meal. Enjoy the fresh taste of locally grown produce, shop the work of Carbondale's thriving art scene, and feast on a hearty sandwich, made with all-organic products.
The Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College offers interactive, simulated space and science experiences through scheduled team missions for students and the public.
Monticellobration celebrates the golden era of the railroad, especially the 20's & 30's, with a downtown celebration around the historic courthouse square. Visit over 50 vendor booths, restaurant cook outs, food trucks and enjoy live swing/jazz music on Charter Street. Buy a square and help Paint the Town. Kids will have a ball in the kids’ corner with bubbles, train rides, dunk tank, face painting and more! You won't want to miss the classic car show, either. There is something for all ages to enjoy!
The 26th Annual Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days will be held at John A Logan College. It is the largest celebration of Hunting and Fishing Day in the country. This 200+ vendor show offers something for the whole family. Bass Fishing and Crappie seminars, catfish contest, Goose calling contests, Dock Dogs competitions, retriever demonstrations and a kids fishing hole are just a few of the activities throughout the weekend.
Two miles of beginner and intermediate hiking trails, educational signage teaches about tree and forestry practices. This forest is the perfect place to spend the day. Horses welcome!
This museum is located in an 1889 school building and features a permanent exhibit honoring Jane Addams, who was born and raised in Cedarville. Miss Addams was an internationally famous humanitarian and social work pioneer who founded Chicago's Hull House and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Museum exhibits include personal items and memorabilia from her life and the life of her family. There are also changing exhibits on topics of local historical interest and a research center and a research center. Open: May thru October: Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm; or by appointment.
This family-owned and operated restaurant has been successfully serving delicious Italian cuisine in Carbondale's downtown for more than 20 years. Known for both thin and thick crust, there's no question that "Pag's" has set the standard high for "Carbondale Style" pizza!
Opened in 1986, this indoor rink is open seasonally from August to May. Public skating sessions are the main attraction but the rink is available for private parties as well. Large arcade, snack bar and Skate Shop on site.
Cannon Park Community Market is a producer-only market that features many of the Southern Illinois region’s farmers, growers, and artisans. Wednesdays from 3-7pm at the Carterville Community Center in Cannon Park, the market provides the Tri-C area with fresh local foods, artisan crafts, and family-friendly activities.
Mattoon Tourism & Arts Welcome Center is located in the historic Illinois Central Railroad Train Depot, which also still serves as the Amtrak Station for the Community. The original Railroad Depot was constructed in 1918 by the Illinois Central Railroad, and it was then remodeled in 2011. The Depot is still an active Amtrak Station with 3,000 passengers boarding and un-boarding per month. The welcome center offers a host of information: state-of-the-art schools & colleges, a growing economy, beautiful parks, lakes and sports amenities round out the more favorable quality of life found in Mattoon.
The newest addition to downtown Homer, the Main Street Belly Deli is soon to become your favorite sandwich and soda shop. Sit up at the counter, sip soda floats, and enjoy deli sandwiches, all in the unique environment of the Homer Soda Company.
Richardson's Adventure Farm - Home of the World's Largest Corn Maze! Their name says it all! This isn't your typical fall farm- Richardson Adventure Farm is an experience you can't find anywhere else!
Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on the country roads of McHenry County. Family farms in rural McHenry County open to the public for three days the third weekend in October. Each stop along the way offers a unique country experience with antiques, arts & crafts, pumpkins, apples, pottery and more. Pick up your map at 16105 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, then start exploring.
The courthouse was built in 1871 after Effingham was named the county seat. The courhouse retains a pristine exterior and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also features a museum inside. The museum displays two rooms devoted to the military, which gets changed throughout the year. It also has a room dedicated to the railroads in Effingham County. The Effingham County Courthouse is open Tuesday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Family fun for all ages! Manteno goes all out for this annual fest that features live music, games, crafts, food vendors and a lighted parade. The whole town joins in with city wide garage sales, contests, a 5K run and fabulous fall decorations throughout.
Experience the brand new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora/Naperville, Illinois. They are within walking distance of the Paramount Theater, Two Brothers Roundhouse Complex, RiverEdge Park, Hollywood Casino and Metra Rail Station serving downtown Chicago. Families will enjoy staying at this Downtown Aurora location, within minutes of Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, Aurora University, Waubonsee Community College, Great Lakes Center, SciTech Hands On Museum, Stuart Sports Complex and miles of running/biking trails. Other area attractions include Phillips Park Zoo, Red Oak Nature Center, Fermilab, Raging Waves Waterpark, Vaughan Athletic Center & Indoor Waterpark. Additional amenities include indoor pool and spa, fitness center and Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet. Conference Services available for up to 50 people and you will stay productive away from the office with fast high-speed Internet and a Business Center. A preferred hotel with easy expressway access to O'Hare International Airport (ORD) & Midway International Airport (MDW). They are also located just minutes from Aurora Municipal Airport (ARR). The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora / Naperville, Illinois proudly serving business and leisure travelers visiting Chicago and the metropolitan area.
Charlotte West is a Stadium built for champions. During its eight years of existance, the stadium has played host to three MVC Softball Championship and one NCAA Regional Championship. The SIU Softball Team alone is nationally ranked and an overall treat to watch. Not to mention the Stadium itself is recognized as being the best collegiate Softball Stadium in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The story of the Ellwood House reflects the central role of Isaac Ellwood in the development of the barbed wire industry in America. The magnificent estate is also a testimony to three generations of the Ellwood family whose tastes shaped the evolution of the house and grounds. As you visit Ellwood House you will be aware of the comfort and quality of workmanship. At the same time, you also sense the warmth and hospitality of a family home that was lived in for almost one hundred years. The Ellwood House provides historical tours of the grand Victorian and are approximately one hour tour times. Tours are available for teachers, students, groups, and families. Capacity: 80-100
A facility of the Bourbonnais Township Park District, The Willowhaven Interpretive Center is a free hands-on museum that houses natural and historical exhibits, provides the community a place to learn, explore, and enjoy the splendors of nature! Displays focus on Illinois wildlife, conservation and natural history. The most popular displays include hands-on discovery tables with pelts, nests, feathers, tracks and more. The center also has live animal displays, aquariums, a children's reading nook, computer tables and a microscope lab table.
Joseph Farwell Glidden's invention of one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire in 1873 helped change the history of the American West and had far-reaching impact throughout the world. His Homestead, a Victorian Mansion, in DeKalb, IL, is being preserved and restored by a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. Both the home and the barn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We welcome your visit and encourage your membership!