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Starved Rock State Park East Hike
Starved Rock State Park has a beautiful East Hike that offers canyons galore, each with slightly different shapes, sizes and colorings. At 6.4 miles of dirt terrain, this hike is moderately difficult. Cool, shady and overgrown with ferns, the canyons offer a plethora of trees and flowering plants—a true delight to explore. You’ll also encounter scenic overlooks 100 feet above the Illinois River. The real crowd pleasers at Starved Rock are the numerous sandstone canyons that were carved deep into the bedrock as upland streams drained into the Illinois River. Some noted canyons of worth to explore are Kaskaskia Canyon, Ottawa Canyon and Hennepin Canyon Overlook.
Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center
The Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center has several interactive displays, free videos on the park, hiking maps, and more. Trailheads Concessions & Gifts, also located here, is a great place to buy gifts, souvenirs, and snacks (fresh fudge, too)! The Visitor Center and Trailheads are open year-round.
Starved Rock State Park West Hike
Starved Rock State Park West Hike offers a decidedly different set of attractions than its eastern counterpart. On this hike you’ll encounter a series of overlooks from wooded bluffs and rocky cliffs high above the Illinois River. This 2.9-mile hike varies in difficulty due to the large amount of stairs that need climbing. The dominant feature of Starved Rock can be found on this hike, via a narrow bluff that runs 4-miles along the south branch of the Illinois River. The park’s namesake towers 125 feet above the river, offering commanding views of the nearby islands and river. Some notable excursions include, French Canyon, Wildcat Canyon and Pontiac Canyon with sweeping views of the Illinois River.
All-suite hotel designed for business, leisure or relocating travelers. Spacious one-bedroom and two-bedroom two-bath suites come with complimentary hot breakfast buffet and midweek evening dinner receptions. Features indoor pool or hot tub, gym and outdoor sports court, walking distance to Metra train station to downtown Chicago and minutes from downtown Aurora.
Staybridge Suites - Aurora
Staybridge Suites is an all-suite, extended-stay hotel designed to make you feel more comfortable than ever before. One visit and you’ll understand what we mean by Get Comfortable. Our pampered guests will enjoy the options of spacious studio suites, one bedroom suites, and two-bedroom/ two-bath suites, all with fully equipped kitchens. Wake up and enjoy our complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Midweek, we hold complimentary evening Sundowner receptions which include dinner, beer, wine and soda. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub and workout facility along with an outdoor sport court. A walking path from the hotel leads to the METRA station and will take you directly Downtown Chicago. Our award-winning staff awaits your arrival!
Stone Mill Museum
Built in 1856, the Stone Mill was originally used to produce flour. In 1965, the building was deeded to the Sandwich Historical Society. The building itself is a museum exhibit which includes the original beams and support posts made of 125 year old timber. The historical society first opened the museum to the public in 1969 and now includes three floors of exhibits. Among the exhibits are fire fighting equipment, antique car, furniture, signage, photos and many other items from the area's past. The museum is open every Sunday, 1-4pm during warm months (April to October).
Stone Mill Museum
A four-floor large museum located in a former stone mill, including items from the area and a room dedicated to Native America artifacts. A 24' long mural depicts the different eras of Indians and a buffalo hide nearby showing life of an Indian tribe. Open Sundays 1-4 pm from April to October. Tours by appointment.
Motorcycle leather and accessories, Grateful Dead and rock memorabilia, gifts and jewelry.
Stonehouse Park - RV & Campground
The park has approximately 100 water, electric and sewer hookups. Each electric hookup has 20amp, 30amp and 50amp service. These hookups can be used with RV's, vendor vehicles, booths, tent or camp setups, and other purposes. Ample space is available for open or primitive camping. Rates may vary depending on group size and facility requirements.
Sugar Grove Corn Boil
Live entertainment, carnival, crafts, 5K run, fireworks and lots of corn! Fun for the whole family. Free parking and shuttles.
Sugar Grove Family Fun Center
Go-karts, mini golf, bumper boats, a driving range and a game room are the draw at this entertainment center.
Summer Solstice Festival
Craft Beer and Indie Music Festival along the Fox River. Stay tuned for detailed line-up.
View the spectacular display of 15,000 flowers of 15 varieties, plus a three-tiered fountain and the Four Seasons statues that complement this exquisite English garden.
Super 8 - Yorkville
The Super 8 has 42 rooms, some with whirlpool tubs. Complimentary continental breakfast, free local calls, cable TV. Major credit cards accepted.
Super 8 Aurora
66 rooms with hot tub suites, complimentary deluxe breakfast, free high-speed Internet, an indoor heated pool and spa, fitness room, free local calls and cable TV. Chicago Premium Outlets, restaurants, golf courses and other attractions are nearby.
Super 8 Hotel - Aurora
65 rooms, indoor pool and spa, continental breakfast, HBO cable.
Super 8 Motel - Aurora/Naperville
This Super 8 has 66 rooms with whirlpool suites available and offers free deluxe complimentary breakfast, an indoor pool and spa, exercise room, free local calls and cable TV.
Super 8 Motel - Ottawa
Award winning, Pride of Super 8. 100% Non-Smoking, no pets allowed, super start breakfast, 2-room and apartment whirlpool suites, microwave/fridge in all rooms.
This kinetic water sculpture, created by Christian Tobin, combines art with the law of physics to enable giant stones to rock, spin and swivel on a cushion of water.
The Brown Pub
The Brown Pub is a favorite hang out for college students and locals. Stop by and check us out anytime! We have a full lunch menu plus daily specials. We also offer the full menu for dinner with weekend specials. There is a fully stocked liquor store inside the bar.
Cafe serving a full menu.
The Carving Shop
The Carving Shop features the work of Joe Dillet, Master Craftsman, and specializes in custom hand carved heirlooms for the family, church and architectural carvings. We work from your designs, or ours, to create an awesome look that only hand carving can achieve. All wood is seasoned. All work is protected with a finish that will last many years. All work is guaranteed.
The Cheese Shop 'n' Deli
Featuring homemade soups, sandwiches, specialty foods and cheeses. Catering available. 35 year old antique collection. Open for lunch & dinner.
The Chocolate Shoppe
The Chocolate Shoppe in Utica is where lovers of this rich delicacy flock to. Featuring handmade confections, including world famous chocolate covered bacon; and offering a variety of sea-salted caramels, truffles, fudge, nut clusters, barks toffees, hand-dipped chocolate popcorn, graham crackers, pretzels, chocolate-covered fruits and nuts, and specialty items like chocolate pasta, chocolate balsamic vinegars and more.
The Class Room
A teacher's store and more. Educational toys, puzzles, games, children's books and teacher aids. We make learning fun!
The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off Road Park
Come check out our park, it has many miles of trails, created for the beginner all the way to the advanced rider. We have wooded areas, fields, creeks, and yes, the Famous Mud Hole. (Ask park personnel where it is). Plans are in progress to create a rock climb and bog for those who want more challenges. Call ahead for hours and track conditions.
The Comedy Shrine
Whether you're here to watch improv or stand-up, you're in for a great time! Come early and enjoy a drink and the thousands of pieces of comedy memorabilia that puts the "shrine" in The Comedy Shrine. Interested in classes? We have those too! You are never too old or too young to try your hand at comedy. Check out our website for upcoming class dates and prices.
The Foster Suite
Located in the heart of Utica, The Foster Suite has a King bed, Queen sleeper sofa, 50" Plasma TV, fire place and Jacuzzi and more. Also offer wireless internet.
The Hinckley Cafe
We provide a cozy cafe feeling with daily specials and homemade soups. Friendly staff in a family atmosphere. A must have in our place is the best cup of coffee you will get in Hinckley.
The Homestead Bed & Breakfast
Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds featuring a labyrinth and hedge maze this 1854 Italianate country cottage is reminiscent of rural Tuscan villas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests can choose from five bedrooms, with each room/bath combination offering a different level of amenities. The Homestead is ideal for small executive, group and personal retreats, a weekend getaway, an intimate wedding, commitment ceremony, renewal of marriage vows or other special events, bridal and baby showers, romantic getaways, girls weekend escapes, honeymoons, reunions with friends and family, and for business travelers. Our unique property provides the ideal setting to inspire creative minds and rejuvenate tired bodies. Group tours and catered lunches & dinners can be arranged.
The Homestead Sculpture Garden and Labyrinth
Art lovers will admire the beautiful brick labyrinth and distinctive contemporary sculpture garden here.
The Paper Co.
Specializing in custom printed invitations and announcements for all occasions. We also carry a huge selection of handmade greeting cards, gifts, journals and stationary. Appointments also available.
The Willows Hotel - Utica
The Willows Hotel is a quiet quaint boutique hotel quietly nestled in historic Utica, Illinois. We are located 90 minutes from downtown Chicago and the Quad Cities. There is no better escape from your day to day routine. We are one mile from the entrance of Starved Rock State Park, voted one of "Illinois Seven Wonders". Two miles from Matthiessen State Park. The Willows Hotel is a short stroll from shopping, organic food store,restaurants, wineries, and pubs. More than a place to rest your head, you can relax and rejuvenate. Make yourself at home in our warm residential-feel rooms or suites. For business or leisure, The Willows Hotel staff is eager to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable.
Timber Creek Inn and Suites and Convention Center
Convention center and Hotel
Serving the Best Soft Serve Ice Cream treats around. Open 7 days a week from 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Inside and Outside seating. Family Fun...
Tone's Dog House
Chicago style dogs. Italian beef, polish, hamburgers, Tom-Tom Tamales, appetizers and more. Eat inside or carryout.
Tracy's Boat House
Waterfront Dining open all year long overlooking Heritage Harbor Marina. Open 11am-9pm daily. Seafood, Pasta, Gourmet Salads, Sandwiches, Full Bar and much more! Only 15 minutes from Starved Rock State Park.
Tracy's Row House
Contemporary American Bistro cuisine. Hundreds of martinis to choose from. See our website for the latest specials, including the panini of the day.
Treasures Old & New Antiques
In this store you will find unique antiques.
Tree Farm Stable Bed & Breakfast
Private cottage suite, 4 rooms, horses, farm, close to state parks. $$$
Troll Hollow Campground
Troll Hollow is the “summer home” to campers who come back year after year after year to make new memories with family and friends. In fact, the campers at Troll Hollow have become such good friends that they feel like family. Nestled in the beautiful Illinois Valley area, Troll Hollow is just minutes away from fun for every member of your family, whether they prefer biking, hiking or kayaking in the great outdoors, or strolling the charming streets of nearby Utica searching for the perfect antique.
Featuring steel drums, incredible percussion, great vocals, blue man style performance pieces and more high energy fun performed with an exotic twist.
Tumbleweed - Eagles Tribute
A tribute to the Eagles and classic rock from the 60's until today including other legendary artists.
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Two Brothers Roundhouse is the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States. As they bring new life to this 155 year old building, enjoy a casual atmosphere in the main dining room gastropub, our sports tavern and music venue or our new cafe and bakery. There is more to do than dinner at the Roundhouse. As with the beer and food, the live entertainment has a local flair. Whether it be a wedding, reunion or corporate event, they have a variety of spaces for friends and family to gather. Cheers!
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Originally constructed in 1855-1865, the roundhouse was renovated and now houses Illinois' largest microbrewery and brewpub. Passion for beer, love of food, and appreciation for great architecture flourishes in the walls of this historic 70,000 square foot facility. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Two Brothers Roundhouse is the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States. As they bring new life to this 155 year old building, enjoy a casual atmosphere in the main dining room gastropub, our sports tavern and music venue or our new cafe and bakery. There is more to do than dinner at the Roundhouse. As with the beer and food, the live entertainment has a local flair. Whether it be a wedding, reunion or corporate event, they have a variety of spaces for friends and family to gather. Cheers!
Two Sisters Then & Now
Antiques galore. Come find hidden treasures, or maybe just exactly what you are looking for.
Ultimate Sports Dome
This sports spot features go-karts, batting cages, miniature golf and an indoor driving range.
Union Depot Railroad Museum
Model railroad, locomotive display, railroad memorabilia.
Vaughn Athletic Center and Indoor Water Park
The Vaughan Athletic Center is dedicated to fitness excellence with quality equipment and programs designed to offer members the best value for their fitness dollar. The newest facility in the Fox Valley Park District is the Vaughan Athletic Center located on Indian Trail near Orchard Road on the far west side of Aurora. The Vaughan Athletic Center features 225,000 square feet of athletic, fitness, and aquatic fun. The Vaughan Athletic Center is home to an aquatic center with three indoor pools. The aquatic center offers lap swimming, diving boards, warm water therapy, swim lessons, and aquatic fitness classes. In addition, there is an indoor water park featuring two water slides, a lazy river, and spray and play areas. In the Vaughan Athletic Center’s 10,000-square-foot, full-service fitness center, members can use a wide variety of equipment, attend the Fox Valley area’s best group exercise classes, and receive personalized, one-on-one help from certified trainers. This year-round indoor water park has tube slides, zero-depth entry and interactive water play.
Village Cafe of Shabbona
Serving breakfast and lunch 7 days a week 5 a.m - 2 p.m
Come to the Village Courtyard for the "home-like" feel. Between our friendly service and comfort food, you wont leave disappointed. We have alot of regulars, but enjoy meeting and serving new people! Come in for just one meal, or become one of our regulars-it will be hard not to! Try one of our specials!
Village Green House Inc
"For the usual and the Unusual" Beer, wine and spirits located between the canal and the river on Rt. 178/ Clark St.
Your store for unique country gifts and home accents.
The Warrior Dash in Channahon, IL is the world's largest running series. Held on challenging and rugged terrain, people come from all over to participate in feats of courage and strength; like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K. From couch potatoes to novice runners to extreme athletes, Warrior Dash truly is an event for all athletic abilities.
Waterfall Glen Hike
Waterfall Glen Hike in DuPage County is a nice, moderate hike. This trail wraps around Argonne National Laboratory and is 11.4 miles long. The main path consists of crushed limestone, but it is ok to take the side trails that are mowed grass or part of an abandoned railroad track. Most of the path is under a tree canopy. Marshes and swamps abound in this area so be sure to bring some insect repellent.
Waterman Winery & Vineyards
Waterman Winery produces wine that is made from homegrown grapes right here in DeKalb County. They offer wine tasting events, and tours upon request. Can host outdoor or indoor events.
Wayne's World - Downtown Aurora
This excellent comedy follows the pursuits of a pair of suburban Aurora slacker friends who have a public access cable show and a penchant for ‘70s rock. The movie was filmed on location in Aurora and Chicago. One of the notable Chicago sites includes a kitschy gift shop with a large Indian statue on its roof.
Welcome Matt is located in downtown Hinckely. We offer our Fish Fry Dinner every Friday night, and karaoke every other Saturday. Check out our menu and seasonal drink specials. We offer burgers, soups, salads, sandwichs, and more! Stop by and see why The Welcome Matt has become a regional favorite!
Westfield Fox Valley
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - One of Illinois' largest malls, this three-level enclosed shopping center features over 180 stores and restaurants, including Carson Pirie Scott, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears.
Westfield Fox Valley Mall
More than 180 stores anchored by Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, JC Penney and Sears.
William G. Stratton State Park
Although only 613 acres in size along the Illinois River, this state park is widely used by boaters and anglers of northeastern Illinois. Launching ramps with docks serve boaters from the Illinois River Bridge in Morris.
William Tanner House
Built in 1856, this Italianate building is home of the Aurora Historical Society and where you’ll find historic photos, books, documents and maps covering Aurora’s history from the 1830s to now. Tours of fully furnished home & exhibits offered. Call for hours.
Windy City Soaring
Windy City Soaring Association is a non-profit organization (club) dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of soaring (flying sailplanes aka gliders). Based at Hinckley Airport (0C2) in the friendly village of Hinckley IL, situated about fifty miles West of the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago.
Wine on the Fox
Don’t miss the opportunity to sample award-winning Illinois wines while enjoying live entertainment and delicious local fare. Free & Open to the Public. Wine Tasting is $15 per day for a souvenir wine glass, a wristband and 5 tasting tickets. An Advanced Two-Day Pass may be purchased for $25 which includes 1 souvenir wine glass and 20 tasting tickets (10 per day). Advanced Two-Day Passes are non-refundable. Additional tasting tickets are $1 each. Must be 21 with proper identification to taste wines.
One of the oldest restaurants in LaSalle County. Continental gourmet dining featuring steaks, seafood and pasta. Full service bar and lounge. I-80 to exit 90 Rt. 23 2 miles.
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp Resort
412 sites 219 W/E/S, 165 W/E, 12 primative, 10 rustic cabins, 6 rental trailers, open all year, 2 heated pools, spa, hayrides, store, snackbar, laundry, firewood, ice, lp gas, gameroom, minigolf, etc. Free wireless Internet. 20 mi sw of Aurora.
Zipline Canopy Tour Chicago
Looking for that perfect daring escape for you, your friends or family? Zip Chicago Canopy Tours provides an experience you will not soon forget. It will create memories that last a life time. The tour is completely guided and contains no motorized machines for propulsion. All you have to do is enjoy your flight! Our guests can reach speeds of up to 45 mph. The platforms and suspension bridges are surrounded by an assortment of native trees. Check out our different tours to see which adventure is the right one for you!