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Jaci’s Cookies is a gourmet cookie company based in Woodstock, IL. Open since Halloween of 2008, Jaci’s Cookies offers delicious versions of classic cookie favorites. Jaci’s also offers a variety of cookies catering to those with dietary restrictions, such vegan and gluten-free.
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Rockford hotel is located conveniently off of I-90, just twelve miles from the Chicago Rockford International Airport. We have a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Relax in one of our clean and comfortable guest rooms and enjoy access to our business center and new state-of-the-art fitness center. Our 100% non-smoking hotel offers free high-speed Internet access, a refreshing indoor pool and spa, as well as a guest laundry facility available at a nominal fee. Our guest rooms are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, 40-inch flat screen TVs, pillowtop mattresses, coffee makers, hair dryers, iron and boards, and free local calls. You can also stop by our Bright Side Market if you forget any of your essential amenities. Also, our meeting facilities make this a great place for your next meeting, baby shower or any special events. Start the day right with our free Bright Side Breakfast that includes an assortment of hot breakfast items, tea and hot chocolate, assorted juices, bagels, breads, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, and yogurt.
Come hug an aged oak tree, watch the cranes in their early morning graze or search out the scarlet cardinal flowers. Listen to nature's whisper.
Da Baffone Cucina Italiana, in downtown Crystal Lake, is a culinary gem and everything you want a family-owned restaurant to be. Sample old-world recipes made with fresh ingredients while you sip wines from around the world. With a knowledgeable and friendly wait staff, this restaurant is the best of Italiana without renewing your passport. Reservations highly recommended.
Crandall's is a local favorite and home to "world famous" broasted chicken. In 2015, they received the Golden Chicken Award for Operator Excellence. They offer a Friday fish-fry and Sunday brunch.
Crystal Lake's largest one-day event brings families and the community together to celebrate fall. Activities include live music, pony rides, petty zoo, pumpkin train, wagon rides, cider press demos, craft fair, farmers market and the Great Ball Race when thousands of balls race down Brink Street in Downtown Crystal Lake. Meet Johnny Appleseed as he strolls the streets of downtown telling his story.
McHenry County Conservation District manages over 25,000 acres of diverse woodlands, wetlands and prairie. Explore outdoor recreational opportunities, programs and special events at 33 sites.
For the third year, lorikeets are landing in Rockford! These bright, colorful birds will swoop in for a stay at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, but only for a limited time. Inside the Conservatory, guests will find a special lorikeet house custom designed for NCG by Spineless Wonders. The house provides guests with an intimate look into the fascinating world of the lorikeet. Visitors will be “face to beak” with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds. Guests will be able to purchase a nectar cup for $1 at the front desk and gift shop inside the Conservatory.
It has become far too easy in our consumer culture for us to forget that coffee is a crop. This means that coffee is something that is grown by farmers; it requires workers to harvest, to mill, to dry, and a list of other tasks that happen well before those beans ever arrive to us. We believe if handled properly at origin, coffee has the potential to be respected and treated like a fine wine. We aim to bring in coffees that have been grown properly and responsibly. Quality sourcing is just the first step in our journey toward the best possible flavor in the resulting cups of coffee we make.
Now in its 39th year, this festival hosted by the McHenry County Historical Society and Museum features Civil War re-enactors along with live music, old-fashioned cider making and barn-raising demo. Bakery items, kettle corn, antique clothing and white elephant items will also be available for purchase. During the festival, the museum, the Gannon 1843 log cabin and the 1895 West Harmony one-room school will be open and free.
Off Square Music's Open Mic Nights take place on the second and fourth Fridays of every month (first and third Fridays in August) at the Stage Left Café on the historic Woodstock Square. The evening starts at 7 pm, offering seasoned professionals and up and coming artists an opportunity to showcase their talents. A featured performer anchors each open mic night.
Steeped in tradition, the YMCA's Rowing Crew plays host to the Head of the Rock Regatta every October. This decades-old race draws more than 2,000 rowers from across the country and more than 5,000 spectators to the banks of the Rock River. The Head of the Rock Regatta is a rowing race of 5,000 meters (3.2 miles) on the Rock River, beginning at Martin Park and finishing at the YMCA. It is a sanctioned event of the United States Rowing Association, requiring the observance of USRowing race protocol. Suggested viewing spots are Martin Park, The Symbol, Sinnissippi Gardens, and anywhere along the east bank of the river between Riverside Boulevard and Whitman Street. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets and get a spot early to enjoy a relaxing event.
A group of Rockford natives made the decision to share their passion for fine beer and food with others in the form of a brewpub. Their home is the historic Prairie Street Brewhouse, an important part of Rockford’s history and currently coming back to life as a mixed-use development. Home to the original Rockford Brewing Company, this building was one of the first breweries in the nation, pumping out over 75,000 barrels a year and its peak. Their shiny new 15-barrel brewery is the backdrop to Rockford’s newest destination for handcrafted beer and food. They are proud and excited to bring this wonderful piece of Rockford history back to life and look forward to exceeding expectations.
We are a 35 acre family owned orchard with approximately 5,000 apple trees. You have a choice of either picking your own apples, or purchasing the apples that we pick daily. Also available to pick: raspberries, (both summer and fall), blueberries and blackberries. We make our own cider (100% pure apple juice), donuts, apple pies, and delicious taffy apples. Our store offers many fall decorations, linens, candles, and other unique items for your home. You will find a variety of jams, jellies, salsas, squash, pumpkins, gourds, and much much more.
This is a you pick berry business. Red Raspberries are available seasonally. Open every day from 8:00 AM to sunset during season. Check the website for all the details.
Come and see why our apple orchard is the best around! Country setting, peaceful atmosphere with no carnival extravganza! Free parking and admission. Great tasting apples at great prices! Enjoy our apple cider, donuts and raspberries too. Also available: Maple Syrup, honey and garlic.
Welcome to Meadowmoor Orchard, located at "the farm" in Woodstock, Illinois. We are a blossoming orchard specializing in homegrown apple varieties, including Honeycrisp, Fuji, Topaz, Crimson Crisp, Enterprise and SnowSweet and Sweet Sixteen. We also dabble in cherries, peaches, pears and pumpkins.
What began as a few dozen apple trees for family and friends in 1975, evolved to what it is today - Lang’s Orchard. we wanted an “old-fashioned orchard.” We recalled coming out of the city and going out to the country to just pick apples! We're happy to provide that experience to visitors and families. .
The National Short Track Championships (NSTC) return to Rockford Speedway for the 51st edition of "One Great Racing Weekend." Super Late Models are again the main attraction of NSTC weekend, competing both Saturday and Sunday, with a grand prize which could reach $10,000 at the end of the 200 lap main event on Sunday afternoon awaiting the winner! TEN total divisions are set to do battle during NSTC this year, including the Big 8 Late Model Series, Mid American Stock Car Series, Great Northern Sportsman Series, Midwest Dash Series, Illini Racing Series Midgets, Roadrunners, the Hornet/Bandit Challenge, Vintage Racers of Illinois and Super Cups.
Grab the kids, put on your jacket and come on down to Klehm Arboretum for a memory filled day of free outdoor activities. The crisp fall air and beautiful autumn foliage is sure to put you in the mood for horse drawn wagon rides, scarecrow building and other fun activities for kids of all ages. Bring your camera for all the great family photo opportunities.