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DAR Governor Duncan Mansion Annual Ice Cream Social
Annual Ice Cream and Dessert Social, held on the lawn of the Governor Joseph Duncan Mansion. Presented by the Reverend James Caldwell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Suggested donation includes cake, ice cream and beverage. All proceeds to benefit the renovation of the Duncan Mansion.
Guardian Angel Bassett Bash & Waddle
Join in for two days of fun, friends and fundraising to help our favorite four-legged friends. This event, held at the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue Park in Dwight, will raise money for the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue to help Basset Hounds in need of a home. The 'Largest Basset gathering in the World' includes a picnic, 'bassetball' and waddle. A weekend filled with Bassett’s, games, contests, entertainment & the huge finale of the Bassett Waddle with hundreds of Bassett’s leading off the Harvest Day’s Parade.
Martin Ranch Bed & Breakfast
Newly constructed French Country style home located on 100 acres featuring equine hotel, nature trails, and fishing pond. The outdoors is as enchanting and as lively as it is indisde. Each of the 4 guest rooms is tastefully decorated.
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Rockford
Boutique-style, all-suite hotel offers luxury at a reasonable price with over-sized guest rooms offer space and comfort for business or family needs. Radisson's business center offers free fax and copy services. The banquet space covers 10,000 sq. ft. for all functions. The O'Hare International Airport bus shuttle depot is located conveniently next door.
Art Dans La Rue
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
CITY: Oak Park
Spirit of Peoria Cruises
Enjoy the river by boarding the Spirit of Peoria sightseeing cruise. The cruise will travel the Mississippi River and people will have a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty found here. The boat will depart and return to Riverfront Park in Alton. There are sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises. For more information or to reserve your ticket, call (800) 258-6645.
Challenger Learning Center for Science & Technology
The mission of the center is to honor the memory and spirit of the Space Shuttle Challenger 51L crew by providing hands-on space exploration curriculum and center that enhances thinking skills and inspires those to meet the challenges of 21st Century.
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.
Challenger Learning Center
The Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College offers interactive, simulated space and science experiences through scheduled team missions for students and the public.
Villa Olivia Country Club Ski Area
Skiwee for kids 4-9 years old, snow tubing, ski, dining, golf, lessons, snowboarding, sleigh rides.
Allerton Music Barn Festival
It's hard to determine which has a greater effect on the soul—music or nature. Now, through a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois School of Music and the University's Allerton Park & Retreat Center, music and nature will become one with the creation of a world-class music venue—set amidst the beauty of an idyllic nine-acre historic farmstead. The natural rustic beauty of exposed timbers in this traditional two-story Dutch hay barn creates a space that is dramatic, inviting, and architecturally significant— resulting in a charming atmosphere with great acoustic sound quality for musical performances. This year's highlights include The Jupiter Quartet, the University of Illinois Jazz Ensemble, a performance of On the Twentieth Century, and selections from Bach.
Edwardsville Children's Museum
The museum focuses on expanding young minds through a variety of educational programs. It is available for birthday parties and field trips.
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham welcomes you to C-U! Featuring 198 suites, ample parking, complimentary hot breakfast buffet & convenient location to the University of Illinois Campus & downtown Champaign, Hawthorn Suites is the perfect spot for your leisure or business visit.
Hampton Inn Hotel - Gurnee
Enjoy one of the newly renovated comfy rooms with all new Cloud 9 beds and the little touches such as wireless Internet in all rooms, heated outdoor pool, complimentary passes to Gold's Gym with an indoor pool, fresh baked cookies and a House Hot Deluxe breakfast. Meeting facilities to accommodate groups of up to 100 are also available. This hotel is conveniently located a tenth of a mile from Six Flags Great American/Hurricane Harbor Waterpark and down the street from Gurnee Mills. Tour the Jelly Belly Center, play golf, see a sailor graduate from Navy Boot Camp or visit the Volo Auto Museum all within minutes away. So when you're ready to give yourself a break, head our way and discover the Hampton Inn hotel in Chicago/Gurnee.
Center Children's Farm
Experience life down on the farm during guided family tours, or take a hike on the peaceful nature trail.
CITY: Palos Park
Little Grassy Lake
Little Grassy Lake Campground and Marina is located on Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and is a destination stop for returning campers, boaters, and sportsmen. They offer full service camping, primitive camping, boat rentals, concessions, and a bait shop. Reservations accepted to reserve boats and campsites. Pontoon boats, fishing boats, and kayaks can be rented. You don't want to pass up the opportunities to explore the thirty miles of shoreline and embrace the solitude you will find on the lake. The 1200 acre lake is stocked with catfish, crappie, and bass, and offers plentiful oppourtunities for fishing, paddling, boating, and wildlife observation. Amenities include waterfront camping sites, remodeled bathrooms with hot showers, dump station, swimming, pets allowed, monthly educational programs and a renovated concession/bait shop which is stocked with minnows, crickets, camping supplies, cold beverages, food items, ice cream, firewood and ice.
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Rockford
The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Rockford, IL is centrally located near dining, shopping and local attractions and some of the areas leading manufacaturers. such as Anderson Japanese Gardens, BMO Harris Bank Center, the Sportscore complexes, Chrysler, Hamilton Sundstrand, Textron and Woodward Governor. Hotel Highlights include comfortable guest rooms at a superior value for both business and leisure travelers, free hot breakfast, Marriott Rewards, indoor pool, whirlpool and exercise room. This hotel has a smoke-free policy.
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery features art classes for both children and adults, along with holding various events throughout the year. The artist, Jamie Stang, also specializes in "paint parties." These parties are great for a group, as they feature great food, drinks, music and art. Jamie helps visitors discover their inner-artist while relaxing in a chic studio-style atmosphere. Check out her gallery while you're there too.
Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours
Learn about local, Underground Railroad sites on a shuttle tour with J.E. Robinson Tours and the Alton Regional CVB on the last Saturday of each month (10 a.m. to noon). The two-hour guided shuttle tours will stop at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad system including the Old Rock House, Rocky Fork Church and more. Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the northern states. Buried beneath the streets of Alton and Godfrey, remnants of this period in history still exist. For more information on the Underground Railroad shuttle tours or to make advance registrations, please contact the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.
Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena
A facility of the Kankakee Valley Park District, Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena features a NHL rink, Game Zone arcade and Breakaway Cafe concessions.
Autumn Drive in McHenry County
Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on a real country road. Fourteen family farms in rural McHenry County, Illinois are open to the public for three days the third weekend in October. Each stop along the way offers a unique country experience. There are antiques, arts & crafts, pumpkins, and many surprises to discover along the way. Follow us on Facebook - facebook.com/autumndrive
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.
Central Illinois Braggin' Rights KCBS BBQ Competition
Some of the top KCBS and backyard BBQ teams in the Midwest compete for $14,000 in cash prizes. Featuring BBQ equipment and BBQ food vendors, kids activities, and close up looks at some of the big time BBQ teams you have seen on the Food Channel.
Doubletree by Hilton Chicago
Located between the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier, this newly refurbished hotel features The Lobby Bar with infused organic vodkas and H2O, a seasonal poolside cocktail bar and restaurant with panoramic skyline views. The hotel’s Markethouse restaurant offers seasonal American fare.
Apple Branch Orchard
This orchard offers apples, jellies, honey, jams and many other fruits for sale.
Stop by and pick your own sweet corn.
47th Annual Willow Folk Festival
Amateur and professional bluegrass, country and spiritual singers perform with acoustic musicians from a hay wagon or on a country church lawn. Homecooked food is available.
Hollywood Park - Crestwood
This family entertainment center features two miniature golf courses, a large game room, a restaurant and Fangalangus Island, a children's interactive playland.
Rainforest Cafe - Gurnee
Rainforest Cafe is a wild place to eat and shop. The most realistic indoor rainforest created with amazingly lush surroundings, cascading waterfalls, giant fish aquariums and more.
Chicago Bears RC Cola Training Camp
Whether you're a hardcore football nut, or you just want to give the family a Bears experience they'll never forget, Bears training camp in Bourbonnais is the place to be! Every summer the Chicago Bears descend on Olivet Nazarene University for training camp, where fans can attend free family events and meet the players. Please visit the Bears website for dates and times. No open practices on July 29, Aug. 2, 3, 7, 8 & 9.
Effingham Performance Center
Arts Connection of Central Illinois has been established for the citizens of Effingham County and beyond to showcase arts and entertainment, to encourage interaction with and appreciation of live performance, to endorse the educational process and to enhance the quality of life and cultural vitality of the region.
Effingham County Fair
The annual County Fair offers a variety of events for residents and visitors alike. 4-H and open shows of agricultural products and animals, Queen pageants, horse racing, talent contests, rodeo, demo derby, tractor pulls, and professional entertainment are some of the events you can enjoy while at the County Fair.
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.
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.
Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette
At Peoria Marriott Pere' Marquette, it's our mission to make every business trip a pleasure and every vacation the trip of a lifetime. Enjoy amenity-filled guest rooms complete with custom bedding, spacious workspaces and high-speed Internet. Experience our superb on-site dining, exemplary meeting facilities and our time-honored 'spirit to serve®'. Close to the best Peoria attractions, our location puts you minutes from it all. Newly renovated and completely redesigned, our historic hotel is a landmark boasting unique elements preserved from the original 1927 Hotel Pere Marquette. Peoria Marriott Pere' Marquette is truly a choice destination among Peoria, IL hotels.
Sycamore Family Sports Center
Enjoy family fun at the Sports Center with a golf driving range, an 18-hole mini golf course, six batting cages from Little League to professional, go-karts and soccer kicking cages.
Vermilion County Museum
The Vermilion County Museum was built as a replica of the 1833 county courthouse where President Abraham Lincoln practiced law from 1841-1859. Exhibits include the Lincoln Law Office in Danville, a schoolhouse, coal mine shaft and more.
Apple and Pork Festival
Since 1968, the Apple N' Pork Festival with its delightful aroma of smoked ham and spicy apple butter, has ushered in autumn for Dewitt County. From its beginning as a modest event, centered around a kettle of soup and stack of sandwiches, the festival has grown to one of the state's favorite fall festivals. Wear comfortable shoes and stroll through booths offering foods, crafts, antiques, entertainment, and more! Be sure to tour the museum. Plan to spend the day! Tram and bus service to various locations available for a small fee. Located at C. H. Moore Homestead & throughout Clinton.
Exploration Station, A Childrens Museum
A hands-on exploration and discovery museum for children and their families. Tuesday & Thursday are donation afternoons, where after 2 p.m. a suggested donation of $1.00 per person is requested.
Lake County Forest Preserve
We currently manage 25,268 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy nearly 112 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, fishing ponds and lakes, public access to the Fox River, award-winning nature and history education programs and events, and three public golf courses. Facilities of special interest include Independence Grove near Libertyville, Ryerson Conservation Area near Deerfield, Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda, Greenbelt Cultural Center near Waukegan, and three golf courses (Brae Loch near Grayslake, Countryside near Mundelein, and ThunderHawk near Beach Park). Most Forest Preserves are open from 6:30 a.m. to sunset, every day of the year. Special hours apply at the golf courses, Discovery Museum, Greenbelt Cultural Center and Ryerson Woods.
Chaplin Creek Historic Village
Chaplin Creek is an evolving, full-scale historical restoration project depicting a prairie settlement typical of the mid-19th century. Several historically significant buildings and artifacts have been relocated here from the surrounding area. Photo courtesy of Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition
CITY: Franklin Grove
Quad Cities CVB Bike Rentals
Bike rentals through the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau are available at their Visitor Center located at 1601 River Drive, Suite 110 in Moline. Bikes are available in a variety of sizes and come with locks and helmets. They also offer Kiddie Trailers to hook on the back of adult bikes for toddlers and small bikes that can be attached to the adult bike for children still needing training wheels. Rentals are available from Memorial Day through October. Rent by the day or by the hour.
CITY: Rock Island
Somonauk Summer Fest
The Somonauk Summer Fest will have a parade, cruise night, top entertainment, beer garden, 5K run, ISP truck pull, bingo, Texas hold'em and much more!
Swissotel Chicago offers 632 luxuriously oversized rooms and suites. The all-glass triangular hotel, wedged into the confluence of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan has wrap around views from Navy Pier to Grant Park. Swissôtel has long been a favorite destination among VIPs, but we're quickly becoming the city's No. 1 choice for VIKs – Very Important Kids, that is. Every kid is a V.I.K at Swissôtel Chicago. See why we're known as the finest among Chicago’s kid-friendly hotels, and treat your own Very Important Kid with benefits that include: Fun-filled welcome packet, detailing fun things to see and do VIK check-in, which provides an area for kids to draw, color, read and play with our St. Bernard plush toy Enhance your next Chicago family vacation with our Swissôtel Kids Suite, and experience a stay that's specifically designed to ensure your children are happy campers. Before arriving, guests will choose from one of three area museums: Shedd Aquarium, featuring the brand-new Polar Play Zone, a hands-on exhibit especially for kids; Adler Planetarium, with its renowned sky shows; or Field Museum, featuring the world-famous Sue dinosaur exhibit.
Black Dog Gelato
Located in the Ukrainian Village, Black Dog Gelato serves artisanal gelatos an sorbets with unique flavor combinations.
Gardens of Heartland Hall
Located just minutes outside of Effingham. The Gardens of Heartland can fully satisfy your requirements for affordable & elegant receptions & outdoor weddings, or small gatherings.
13th Annual Monticellobration
Come and enjoy the live music, kid's activities, food vendors, games, craft booths and more! This features the Paint the Town activity and pet parade. Monticello's premier quality, hometown festival. Many new attractions will be featured this year.
Dr. Charles Wright House
Built in 1889 by Dr. C.M. Wright, this stately Renaissance Revival home holds three generations of Wright family furnishings, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The newly renovated Bowen park's theme for their new playground is "Forest Findings". The overall layout offers tiered play areas arranged on the northwest hillside of Bowen Park. Fun and learning will go hand-in-hand as children and their families enjoy modern playground amenities, combined with several environmental learning stations that represent a forest ecosystem. Parents and kids alike will also enjoy the six-station fitness/exercise trail located on the perimeter of the playground.
Opening of the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair
This exhibition is a continuation of the popular Opening the Vaults series. This one provides a never-before-seen glimpse into the Columbian Exposition of 1893, held right here in Chicago! Now 120 years later, the museum is opening its collections to display incredible artifacts from one of the most prominent events in our city's history. Fun fact: the Columbian Exposition of 1893 included the debut of The Field Museum.
Holiday Inn Crystal Lake Conference Center
Situated in resort-like setting, the Holiday Inn is minutes from the historic Downtown Crystal Lake Main Street filled with shopes and restaurants for every taste. McHenry County's premier conference facility.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Backwoods Berry Farm
Pick up fruits of the season from the roadside stand or head to the fields to pick your own strawberries, black raspberries or asparagus.
Boone County Fair
Come to one of the finest fairs in the state, where you'll enjoy animal shows, antique tractors, tractor pulls, entertainment, a carnival, food and much more.
Laser Quest - Arlington Heights
Laser Quest is a family entertainment venue combining the classic games of hide-and-seek and tag with a high tech twist. Our multi-level arenas have specialty lighting, swirling fog and energetic music to add to the excitement for up to 30 or more players in each game.
CITY: Arlington Heights
86th Annual Lake County Fair
Come out and enjoy 5 days of fun at the 86th Annual Lake County Fair. Events at the fair include live entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games, live animals, motor crossing, banana derby, demolition derby, flower show, expo hall and so much more. Please visit the website for updated information.
Bigard Orchard & Berries
Stop by for fresh strawberries May-June, and peaches from July-August.
Discovery Depot Children's Museum
Discovery Depot Children's Museum is a non-profit institution providing fun and educational programs for children and families. Interactive exhibits, programs, and collections will stimulate curiosity, promote discovery and encourage learning. Creative playground facilities outside for children too. Through these resources, visitors will gain a better understanding of our world.
The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Unique guest rooms featuring upgraded room amenities, Irish themed artwork, complimentary breakfast, day spa, pool, Wi-Fi and live entertainment in Frank O'Dowd's Pub. Suites w/whirlpools and valley views.
Pirates' Cove Theme Park
A unique park for children ages two to nine years. Pirates' ship, paddle boats, train ride, climbing wall, and many more creative attractions for children. Concession and picnic areas. Birthday parties and rentals. Open daily June through August. Admission fee for children. Adults are always free.
CITY: Elk Grove Village
Not only do they offer a huge variety of shoes, but they also offer a variety of sporting equipment at great prices.
Joe's Pizza And Pasta
Joe's Pizza and Pasta is a hometown favorite serving fine Italian dishes including pizza, pasta, submarine sandwiches, desserts and more. Recently renovated, Joe's makes the perfect place for lunch or dinner with the availability of large party reservations and delivery service.
Hot Wheels Skatium
Hot Wheels Skatium, a new state of the art skating rink, is located by the former Ike Auto Park location outside of Carbondale. We offer skating for those of all ages; skates for rent are available from a child's size 8 to an adult's size 15. We have numerous fun-filled family nights, and we can also accommodate your birthday parties or private parties.
Peace of Earth Lodge
Peace of Earth (an eco-friendly lodging experience) offers you the chance to relax and enjoy nature in a comfortable homey atmosphere in all seasons of the year. Guest rooms, cabins, and the ever-popular Tree House include queen-sized beds and a sitting/ reading area. All our lodging accommodations are television, telephone and internet free. Our great room in the Lodge includes a common area and dining room, both of which feature amazing wildlife viewing through the south-facing forty-foot-long window wall. Cedar decks wrap the Lodge and offer tree-top dining or relaxing. Take Highway 24 north of Rushville Middle School to Route 4 (Ray Road). Lodge is mailbox 41 on Ray Road.
30th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Festival
More than 100 handcrafted Scarecrows on display. View and vote for your favorites. Huge juried craft show, carnival, great food, continuous free live entertainment, many free children's activities, make your own scarecrow, and much more! A celebration of the autumn season!
CITY: St. Charles
Jonamac Orchard's Haunted Maze
This 10-acre cornfield and 3-miles of winding pathways will take on a Halloween makeover! Adventure seekers should prepare to be scared when they challenge the maze during the Haunting! Open on Fridays and Saturdays from October 3 - 31, 2014
This local favorite opens in April and closes in October. Homewood Grill is a snack stand that serves American meals, candy, ice cream, slushies and more.
Devil's Kitchen Lake
This 810 acre lake with a maximum depth of 90 feet and a 24-mile shoreline is part of the Crab Orchard Refuge. It is stocked with rainbow and brown trout and provides largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullheads, and carp. Boat ramps are available. Boats have a 10-horsepower limit. Camping is available.
Orangeville Farmers Market
Enjoy fresh produce, fresh baked goods, crafts and more provided by local farmers. Open: 8 am - Noon. First Saturday in July through Second Saturday in October.
DeKalb Kite Fest
Looking for a fun family day out? The DeKalb Kite Fest is great fun for the whole family whether you choose to make, fly, or just watch the kites fly. There are lots of large beautiful kites that fill the sky.
Little Cubs Field
This replica of Chicago's historic Wrigley Field is complete with ivy, bricks, box seats, dirt and sod from the real Wrigley Field, plus a replica scoreborad and entry sign. It is open for exploring at no cost or is available for rental for birthday parties, picnics, corporate events and more. Rental fees are $45 per hour or $90 for two hours.Reservations may be made at our website.
Spend the day tackling go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats and a video arcade.
Del's Popcorn Shop -- Decatur
"The Popcorn Shop" was opened in 1934 by John Baldwin. In 1945, Mr. Baldwin leased his business to Del and Emily Barnett. A year later the Barnett's purchased The Popcorn Shop and changed the name to "Del's Popcorn Shop". Lou Ann Jacobs purchased the Decatur business in 1978 and has added her own flare and expertise to the business taking it way beyond what anyone could have imagined. Del's always has a large variety of tempting treats, most of which can be found and ordered right here online. A package from Del's Popcorn Shop is always sure to put a smile on every face.
Libertyville Sports Complex
Libertyville's Sports Complex offers something for everyone in the family. A 360° climbing mountain for rock climbing, a 40 tee automated heated driving range for year round practice and a fitness center offering group exercise classes, life fitness with cardio and hammer strength equipment, personnel trainers, a free weight room, ¼ mile running/walking track and a kids club. It also offers an open gym for indoor soccer, basketball, youth sports and training sessions. There is also 3,503 sq. ft. of meeting rooms suited for events from small family gatherings to corporate events and trade shows.
This family fun spot features an 18-hole miniature golf course and batting cages.
Tempel Lipizzan's 2014 Performances
Witness artistry and history come to life as the Tempel Lipizzan stallions enchant audiences with their power, intelligence and grace. From the play of newborn foals to the leaps of athletic stallions, the Tempel Lipizzans are an experience for the entire family. This unique performance set to music has become a Lake County favorite. Save and buy tickets in advance. Come early and enjoy a lunch or dinner in the cafe. Please visit the website for performance schedule.
WhirlyBall Vernon Hills
WhirlyBall is a combination of basketball, hockey, lacrosse and bumper cars all rolled into one exciting sport. The Lake County location also includes a two-level laser tag arena, climbing wall, video games, pool tables and a sports bar. A second suburban outpost is located in Lombard.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Blackberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, tomatoes, and eggplant are the specialties at this orchard.
Jacksonville Main Street's Pumpkin Fest
Join them for a weekend of free family fun! Children and adult costume contest, pet costume contest, pumpkin decorating, food, games and entertainment.
Pekara Bakery & Bistro
Pekara Bakery & Bistro is a clean label artisan bakery in downtown Champaign serving the community since 2005. Pekara prides itself on delicious handmade pastries, cakes, and breads in which all-natural ingredients are used. From omelettes made from local, organic eggs, breakfast sandwiches and bagels, savory sandwiches on artisan breads, salads, crêpes, and hearty soups, to sweet pastries, pies, and cookies, you can find most anything you'd like at Pekara. Pekara's well-trained baristas serve up superb coffee that has been responsibly sourced and harvested from Abakundakawa, the certified Fair Trade cooperative in Rwanda where the heart of our house blend is grown. Pekara Bakery & Bistro even helps you stay ahead for that special event, baking pastries, baklava, breads and other treats for those special occasions.
The laser tag maze is a multi-level game floor with black lights, music, sound effects and automatic computerized scoring.
Didley's is a '50s outdoor restaurant with carhops on rollerblades, a playground, an outdoor movie theater, a miniature golf course and a concession stand.
Avenue of Lights
Avenue of Lights is a two-mile holiday display of animated lights at Moorman/Wavering Park in Quincy. It runs from Thanksgiving until New Years, nightly from 6-9:30pm. A staple attraction of Quincy during the holiday season.
Jacoby Arts Center
Jacoby Arts Center is dedicated to creating opportunities for individual artists in their pursuit of artistic excellence and economic success. The stunning gallery presents works of regional and national artists and the retail shop, known as The Artist Shop, showcases items in a variety of media while providing artists a retail outlet to their audiences.
Ultimate Sports Dome
This sports spot features go-karts, batting cages, miniature golf and an indoor driving range.
Danville Village Mall
Anchored by Sears, Carson's, Dunham's Sports, and Burlington Coat Factory, the Danville Village Mall features Ross Dress For Less, Book World, Christopher & Banks, Clair's Boutique, Deb Junior & Plus, Cellular One, Bath and Body Works, Maurices and others. Dining options include Garfield's Restaurant and Pub and Buffalo Wild Wings. The AMC Village Mall 6 is open daily for movie-goers.
Baseball Card Connection
Baseball Card Connection offers a wide selection of baseball memorabilia, but that isn't all they have to offer! Items pertaining to football, soccer, NASCAR and more are available as well.
Artesian Well at Paradise Cove
Nestled along Indian Creek is a natural artesian well where thousands of gallons of pure water flow each day - as it has since 1927. A ten foot water wheel is turned continually by the flowing water. The site, which is accessed by Stephenson County's only covered bridge, includes a waterfall, large flower beds and gazebo to enjoy while sipping the bubbling water. Open: 7 am - 8 pm.
Experience "Life on the Mississippi River" at this annual festival. Take free tours of working towboats. Enjoy live music, special deals, giveaways and much more. For more information, call (618) 786-7678.
Begin your holiday celebration escaping from the chaos of the season and experiencing the enchantment of Christmas at the "Christmas Wonderland" holiday light display. The "Grandpa Gang" has been at it again transforming Rock Springs Park in Alton, Illinois into a Winter Wonderland. Visitors can drive through the park to view more than 2 million lights, cascading waterfalls of lights, lighted trees and displays, and visit Santa Claus in the Enchanted Forest. Christmas Wonderland 2009 will be open from November 27th through December 27th. The suggested donation is $7 for cars and small vans or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people. Carriage rides will be available with advanced reservations by calling Greatting Horse Farm at 618-458-6986. For more information about Christmas Wonderland, call 1-866-465-7890.
Wilder Park Conservatory
A historic tradition lives on at the Elmhurst Park District Conservatory and greenhouses, located in Wilder Park. The conservatory holds four main plant displays a year: a Easter and Calla Lilies in the spring, Chrysanthemums in the fall, Poinsettias in December and an Environmental show with various themes in the Winter. In addition youth education programs are offered with our in house Horticulturist.
Scotties Fun Spot
Quincy's newest indoor attraction, offering Laser tag, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Ball-O-City, Mini-Lane Bowling, and large game arcade along with indoor skating arena and Winners Grill Restaurant. Open daily from 10 am-9pm and Sundays at 11 am. Fri/Sat open until 11 pm.
2nd Annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival
Bring the family out for this exciting new event held at Central Park in Grayslake. The Color Aloft Festival will begin with hot air balloons being inflated and compete in a "Fox and Hounds" contest in which competing balloons seek to land closest to the 'Fox'. Balloons will be retrieved and return to the park. After dark they will be internally illuminated by their burners and glow. Enjoy family activities, live music and food vendors.
Fever River Railroad
For model railroad aficionados -- and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains -- this model railroad is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 120X24-foot HO scale model of a hypothetical railroad running from Duluth, Minnesota to St. Louis, Missouri. This fully operational model railroad has detailed scenery, rail yards, factories, and interchanges with many other railroads. The model railroad allows for the operation of multiple trains along railroad right-of-way that portrays typical towns along the Duluth to St. Louis route. The Fever River Railroad is an ongoing project with upgrades to the layout and scenery that provides an exciting model railroad experience. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures, many from the surrounding area, are on display throughout the facility. The Stephenson Society of Model Trainmen, who operate the railroad, host an open house twice a year, and visitors are welcome at other times by appointment.
Heritage Harbor Resort & Marina
Heritage Harbor Ottawa is the premier Marina Resort Community. Located in the heart of Starved Rock Country, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is home port for your next great adventure!
45th Annual Threshing Show and Antique Show
The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club proudly presents this annual event, "The Freeport Show". It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines and equipment, and gas engines. This year's feature is Allis-Chalmers. There will be a huge parade daily at 1 pm, a large flea market, a large display building offering home antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and farm miniatures, Gasoline Alley featuring The Rawleigh gas engines, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. There will be threshing demonstrations with both steam and gas tractors, and working demonstrations throughout the show grounds. also ride the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad antique steam train. Great food is offered. Don't miss the Farmer's Hitch Class Horse Pull or the Midwest Championship Antique Tractor Pull.
Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park is located three miles south of Oregon on Highway 2. The 2,000-acre park includes rock formations, ravines, and unique northern plant associations. In one valley, 27 different types of ferns have been identified. A sandstone bluff, adjacent to the river, has given the park its name. Picnic area amenities include tables, shelters, grills, toilets, drinking water and playground equipment. Six miles of marked hiking trails have been developed, and a public boat ramp/parking facility is located across from the park's main entrance.