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Fort Lamotte is a construction of a civilian style early 19th century American fort, featuring a two story block house and small log cabin. Construction began in spring of 2007 with all volunteer labor, donations of materials by various people and businesses. The block house is mainly constructed of popular logs as is the cabin. Local hickory was used for the cantilever logs, between 1st and 2nd stories with a puncheon 2nd story floor and persimmon trusses. The stockade walls are of locally grown hedge and black locust. This is the third fort to bear the name Lamotte.
Illinois Beach State Park
Stretching leisurely for 6 1/2 miles along the sandy shore of Lake Michigan, this 4160-acre park is recognized for its geological structure, unique flora, spectacular beauty and recreational opportunities for swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking, biking,
Kryptonite is a live, original music venue specializing in Elite Craft Beers, customer service, and signature cocktails.
The Chocolatier, Inc.
The Chocolatier is a local candy shop offering a wide range of products they create in store and a variety of your favorite bulk candies.
Route 66 Park & Tourism Center
This small park is right on Route 66, and it's a great place to check out the town of Atlanta. It is a great park, including flat area to run and playground for the kids to climb and run on, you and your family are sure to enjoy.
Lake of Egypt
Lake of Egypt is a privately owned reservoir located six miles south of Marion, Illinois and covers 2,300 acres with 90 miles of shoreline. The lake has an average depth of 18 feet. The lake is owned by the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC), who created the impoundment in 1962, by damming the South fork of the Saline River, to supply cooling water for a coal-burning electric power plant.
Ohio River Scenic Byway
Running parallel to the Ohio River, this scenic route rolls through Southern Illinois' Ohio River Valley, offering stunning views of the lush Shawnee National Forest, dotted by quaint river towns chock-full of Civil War history.
Jeni J's Guest House
Stroll the streets of Grafton with the great rivers at your doorstep. From a stone terrace overlooking the junction of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, Jeni J's offers the choice of 3 cottages with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. Built in the early 1800's, the cottages are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Situated between the two cottages, take the time to stop into Jeni J's gift shop for a memento of your trip.
Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Downers Grove Oak Brook
With 121 sleeping rooms and meeting space available, this hotel is conveniently located at Butterfield & Finley Roads. Enjoy access to local health club, continental breakfast, local shuttle, and more.
Mansion View Inn & Suites
Conveniently located across from the Governor's Mansion, within walking distance to State Capitol and all state offices in downtown.
Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Recently renovated, the Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center is very welcoming to all guests -- either travelers or meeting planners in the area. Eastland also provides an excellent conference center to provide for group meetings. Centrally located just on the outskirts of Urbana, the Eastland Suites sits off of Interstate 74 on Cunningham Avenue, and just a few seconds' drive from the University of Illinois campus. Eastland Suites is nearby to Route 45 that takes you straight into Rantoul, and right next to Camp Rantoul (home of Fighting Illini football), and the Rantoul Aquatic Center, also recently renovated.
Santa Fe Train Cabooses
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind overnight stay at Wildlife Prairie Park in one of the Santa Fe Train Cabooses!
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago provides a soothing escape in which to relax and rejuvenate in Chicago's Gold Coast. Experience innovative spa treatments that combine natural ingredients with the nurturing care of our expert therapists. Private spa treatment rooms are soundproofed for peace and privacy and include massage rooms, a wet treatment room, an aesthetics room and a manicure/pedicure suite.
Little Lusk Trail Lodge & Campground
Centrally located in the Shawnee National forest, campgrounds have all the hookups; lodge has 6 rooms; beach, fishing, horseback riding at its best; box stalls for horses; hunters welcome; great hiking & mountain biking.
Aalto's Station House Cottages at Irish Hollow
Delivered gourmet breakfast by a wood burning fireplace, hiking trails, relaxing massage, seasonal packages, beautiful gardens, seven-course candlelight dinners, lush furnishings and amenities, all nestled in a gorgeous countryside setting.
We offer all the comforts of home without the responsibilities. Located 5 miles SW of Carbondale, Woodland Cabins site at the edge of Southern IL rolling hills. Two ponds offer fishing, paddle boating, bird watching & relaxation. All four cabins sleep 2.
Cabin Nature Center
Nature center, nature trail and dog park. Free admission, cost for some activities.
A Hundred Acres Orchard and Market
A fun-filled orchard featuring apples, berries, melons. The indoor market is filled with jams, jellies, sauces, dips, salsas, candy and homemade "take n bake" pies. Also unique is the Krazy Kernel Kettle Korn, produced right in Princeton! Specialty cheeses, such as Antonella, Buffalo Wing Jack, and Tomato Basil Yellow Cheddar are also available. Pair these cheeses with some of the wines that are sold in the new wine shop, or enjoy your purchase on the newly constructed outdoor patio area. The Cider Mill banquet room has been expanded to accommodate 200 guests, so plan your wedding, reception, party, or reunion here!
Located in Boystown, this European-style boutique hotel offers suites with butler pantries equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and wet bar. The Majestic is located close to Belmont Harbor, and within walking distance of Boystown bars and restaurants.
Piasa Bird Mural at Piasa Park
Located on the edge of Alton, Piasa Park is an attractive stop for motorists, picnickers and bicyclists. The park is set at the base of the giant Piasa Bird mural that is painted on the side of a huge bluff. A large granite arrowhead tells the story of the Piasa Bird, which, according to legend, Chief Ouatoga and his 20 warriors killed with poison darts.
North Branch Bicycle Trail
Bicyclists and hikers can travel this trail that runs from Caldwell and Devon Avenues in Chicago, to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. The 20-mile trail winds along the Chicago River past the Skokie Lagoons and through forest preserves.
Walnut Point State Park
State park with hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and picnicking. Concession stand and boat rental available.
Starved Rock Inn
Eight room rustic country inn, decorated in handcrafted wood furnishings. A unique tranquil get-away. Open April - November. For reservations, call 815-667-4211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fon du Lac Park District
Experience what 1600+ acres of parks, natural areas, riverfront and trails have to offer. Enjoy 2 golf courses, a picturesque marina and campground, Splashdown Water Park, and a variety of recreational programs and activities for all ages.
Illinois State Museum
At the Illinois State Museum, permanent and changing exhibits tell the story of Illinois' land, life, people and art. "Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments”, an interactive natural history exhibit, explores 500 million years of Illinois environments. The second floor galleries exhibit an impressive array of historical and contemporary Illinois art, and a family gallery, and the Play Museum for ages 3-10 can be discovered in the lower level. Experience an art project or science experiment every Saturday during “Satur-Play!” Self-guided tour. Open daily.
Located 4 miles north of I-80 at exit 19 and adjacent to the historic Hennepin Canal. Shady, quiet camping in the midst of nature's wonders. Spend a night in one of our four rustic cabins. Try the Yurt Accommodations. It is 20 foot diameter, and sleeps 8. It has one queen bed and 2 bunk beds with a full on bottom and twin on top Rent a canoe or kayak and relax on historic Hennepin Canal. Bring you own bicycle or simply walk to enjoy the recreational trail along the Hennepin Canal. The town of Geneseo has great Victorian homes with welcoming porches. In additional to the RV camp sites, there are 12 tent sites available. Internet services on site.
Rockford Ski Broncs Water Ski Show
This world-class water ski team gives free shows from early June until Labor Day at Shorewood Park.
Ballard Nature Center
Just minutes away from the city but a world away, Ballard Nature Center is home to dozens of species of birds and wildlife. Natural prairie, wetlands, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, ponds and creeks round out the outdoor experience.
Prairie Fire Glass
Since its inception in 2002, Prairie Fire Glass has delighted visitors with the mesmerizing art of traditional glassblowing. Featuring a gallery in the front of the store and a working studio in the back, you can peruse original art glass creations while enjoying live glassblowing demonstrations.
Chicago Botanic Garden Farmer's Market
First and third Sundays of the month from May until October (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Gather seasonal produce, flowers, herbs, and other local, sustainable products at this bimonthly Garden event that is held rain or shine. Talk with vendors and sample fresh fare. Visitors may purchase a special market bag from the Garden Shop to carry their purchases home. Free admission; $25 per car (includes tax) .
Hickory Ridge Golf Course
This 18-hole golf center is the highest-rated public golf course in Southern Illinois, earning four stars from Golf Digest. The course offers discounted "twilight hours" rates for unlimited play after 4pm.
Chicago Chocolate Tours
Take a fun, educational guided walking and tasting tour of select chocolate shops along the Magnificent Mile or in the Loop. Learn about the history of chocolate and sample chocolate delights on this tasty tour
Science Storms at the Museum of Science & Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago presents Science Storms, an unprecedented and dramatic permanent exhibit in the Allstate Court that reveals the extraordinary science behind some of nature’s most powerful and compelling phenomena—tornadoes, lightning, fire, tsunamis, sunlight, avalanches and atoms in motion. Inside the 24,000-square-foot exhibit, you’ll investigate the basic scientific principles responsible for nature’s biggest wonders while you get a hands-on, up-close look at these wonders themselves. Science Storms puts you in the middle of the action and lets you search for answers as to how and why things happen in nature.
John Deere Harvester Works Combine Factory Tours
Tour Deere & Companies largest combine factory and Visitors Center. Minimum age 13, closed toe shoes required, tours subject to availability and factory production schedules. Watch combines made from beginning to end. Watch them dipped in the famous green paint and watch workers and machines create these amazing agricultural machines. To Schedule a tour call 800-765-9588. Tours are Monday through Friday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by appointment. Tours are guided and take place aboard motorized vehicles.
Starved Rock Lodge Restaurant
Open to the public year ’round, offering a wide variety of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether you’re looking for a casual break from hiking or dinner with friends, we welcome you to join us. We also have gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options on our menu. Later this year, we’ll roll out a gluten-free menu! In the spring, we’ll replant our on-site herb garden to offer our guests a garden-to-table freshness on many entrees. Please call the Dining Room directly at (815) 220-7321 if you have special dietary needs.
Rock Cut State Park
With over 3,000 acres of rolling plains and two lakes, Rock Cut State Park is a hiker's paradise. It's also home to some of the best mountain biking in northeastern Illinois, offering 10 miles of dirt and sand terrain, doubletrack and singletrack trails. One of the loops is 4.25-miles, the Main Trail, which runs around Pierce Lake. Another loop snakes around the northeast corner of the park and leads through dense trees and hills.
Cabin on the Hill
If you are looking for a peaceful and private retreat look no further than Cabin on the Hill. We're nestled on a wooded hill, south of Carbondale, close to many wonderful and picturesque places to explore. You can enjoy hiking, boating, horseback riding, wine festivals and much more. The cabins are beautifully decorated in an old-fashioned cabin style – like stepping back into time, yet they have all of the comforts of today's living. Premier Luxury Cabin sleeps 10, Cabins 1&2 sleeps 6. The Little Red Barn sleeps 6. Winter Special - if a guest rents two week nights during the months of January or February 2012, they will get the the third week night free.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - This one-of-a-kind museum features displays of Chinese jade and other hard stone carvings, dioramas, minerals, gemstones, earth science, hands-on exhibits, and a unique gift shop. Group tours are available with reservations, and educational programs are offered.
Lincoln Speedway Auto Racing
Lincoln Speedway's quarter-mile track is located on the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln. The dirt track opened in 2004. Races are scheduled from April through September.
Apple River Canyon State Park
Apple River Canyon State Park is in the hilly northwest corner of Illinois in Jo Daviess County near the Wisconsin border. Limestone bluffs, deep ravines, springs, streams and wildlife characterize this area. Once a part of a vast sea bottom that stretched from the Alleghenies to the Rockies, the scenic canyon area was formed by the action of the winding waters of the Apple River. The park offers hiking, day use, camping and fishing, plus Millville, a National Historic Register site.
Jackson House - Alton
Jackson House offers a Victorian elegance in the main house, or secluded luxury in a guest house. Sink into a king-sized bed in the spacious master bedroom or snuggle under a quilt in the atmospheric Fireplace room. After slumbering in the loft of The Barn, enjoy the woodland landscape while lounging on the enclosed porch. In The Cave, a cozy earth house, you might bask in the glow of the fireplace, or in the summer, relax on the romantic patio.
Blackbird in Chicago is a must eat. Voted one of Chicago's top 5 restaurants by Gourmet Magazine, it has received 3.5 stars from the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times. Blackbird is home to Chef Paul Kahan, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004.
Mineral Springs Haunted Tours
Take an eight-block tour of some of the haunted locations in downtown Alton, investigate the four floors of the Mineral Springs Hotel, be part of a seance and top the evening off with a tarot card reading. All tours begin and end at the Mineral Springs Mall. Tour options include New Moon Haunted Tours, Waking the Dead Walking Tours, Cemetery Tours and Haunted Overnights.
Hollywood Casino Hotel Joliet
100 Room Hotel and a 80-spot RV park offering complimentary hot breakfast and WiFi. Complimentary shuttle service between hotel and Hollywood Casino-Joliet.
Arthur Amish Country Information Center
This visitor's center offers maps and information on the entire Amish area, including the 150 Amish craft shops that dot the countryside surrounding the village of Arthur.
Built in 1833 this Italianate mansion entertained prominent solialites and politicians at many lavish dinner parties, summer picnics and political rallies in mid-19th century Springfield, Hold hands with your honey next the the authentic "Lincoln Courting Couch" still present in the home.
Lynfred Winery Bed and Breakfast
Lynfred Winery's lavish and elegant bed and breakfast suites are designed to represent French, Italian, German and turn-of-the-century American Vineyards. Escape to another world without leaving the country!
Willow Ridge Vineyards & Winery
Family owned and operated on a Sesquicentennial farm. Nestled in a rural setting, there is a relaxing Tuscan style atmosphere. Facilities include a banquet room that seats 190 people and a wine tasting room with seating for an additional 40 people. Both are available to rent for special occasions.
Long Grove Historic Village
Nestled in historic homes and buildings that date back to the community's roots in the 1800's, Long Grove's over 80 shops specialize in unique gifts, boutiques, antiques, clothing, exceptional art and home décor, and distinctive menus. Visitors can stroll the cobblestone walks that wind through the historic downtown and enjoy seasonal lush gardens and scenic views. And they can make it a quick trip or a day's outing, shopping and indulging their tastes with a variety of food and bakery products, cafés, and fine eating establishments. Fun and festivals throughout the year including the famous Chocolate Fest, Strawberry Fest, Apple Fest and a month of Holiday Festivities to name a few.
Frank Lloyd Wright's B. Harley Bradley House
The B. Harley Bradley House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1900 The B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, Illinois, is widely acknowledged as Wright's first Prairie Style design. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places individually and as part of the Riverview Historic District. Following an extensive restoration, the Bradley House now enjoys the opportunity to be appreciated by architecture fans from around the world. This Prairie Style house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright along with its neighboring home. The houses are acknowledged by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy as Wright's first house designs that ushered in Wright's Prairie Style. The B. Harley Bradley House is open for 1 hour tours.
Tour the walk-through gardens and browse the nursery selling 170 different ornamental grasses, trees and shrubs.
LaSalle Peru KOA Campground
Camping in a country setting away from interstate noise. RV, Tent Sites & Cabin Rentals. General Store, showers, heated pool, WiFi & cable TV.
Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center
Resort located on the shores of Lake Michigan. 92 guestrooms and suites, many with Lakeviews. 12,000 square feet of Meeting and Event space. Full-service Restaurant and Lounge serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Full-service Health Club with heated
Warrenville Holly Days
Holly Days, sponsored by the Warrenville Park District is the City's annual holiday celebration that marks Santa's official entry into Warrenville. Guests can enjoy a warm bonfire, raffles, free horse and carriage rides, hot cider and cookies, and, of course, a visit with Santa. Local Park District and school dance troops, singers, and bands entertain attendees during the event. It is at this event that Warrenville officially turns on its holiday lights creating an array of colors for passersby along Route 56 to see. Holly Days, primarily for Warrenville residents, gives the community an opportunity to come together and kick off the holiday season.
Hollywood Casino Aurora
Hollywood Casino Aurora has all of the newest and hottest slots. Denominations ranging from 1 cent to $100 including multi-denomination machines. One blockbuster hit after another, plus find all traditional favorites, popular themes and progressive machines that deliver big pay outs, plus the best variety of table games and Poker Room.
Du Quoin Annual Holiday Lights Fair
Starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through the month of December. Come experience Du Quoin Tourism’s transformation of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds into a magical place with lights and decorations. The event features a 1 1/2-mile drive through over $250,000 worth of lighted displays as well as decorated trees, entertainment, food, crafts and visits with Santa in the Expo Hall. The light trail opens nightly from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., and the Expo Hall will be open on the second and third weekends in December from 5:30 — 9:30 p.m. The Expo Hall features Santa’s train ride and Santa’s Workshop.
A-Frame Cabin at Cave-in-Rock
A-frame cabin located along the Ohio River National Scenic Byway overlooking the Ohio River on Tower Rock Road west of Cave-in-Rock. Managed by Anne and Marty Kaylor, concessionaires at Cave-in-Rock State Park Lodge.
Mercury's Urban Adventure Cruise
Immerse yourself in Chicago's rich history with a live commentated, family-friendly 90-minute tour cruising the Chicago River and Lake Michigan aboard Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline. Learn fun facts and hear fascinating tales as you cruise amongst the city's famous architectural giants. Capture incredible photos as only can be experienced from the unique vantage point of the Chicago River, and marvel at incredible skyline views from the expansive waters of Lake Michigan. Cruises depart daily, May through October.
Located at the southeast end of Lake Shelbyville and 1/4 mile from Lithia Springs Marina and access area for launching boats. Wireless internet in office. Lithia Lodge, Luxury Cabins, Motel Rooms. 12 rooms and 10 Luxury cabins. Campfire rings, grills, picnic tables, playground, parking with electric, catch and release fishing pond. Fishing Guide Service Available. Open April-November every year.
Bear Branch Lodging
Features 5 cabins and a lodging facility on the highest hilltop in Pope County, overlooking and literally surrounded by the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. Most cabins have private baths, kitchenettes and charcoal grills outside.
Nestled in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. Excellent deer and turkey hunting. Only 6 miles to the Ohio River and Golconda Marina, but still tucked away in the forest. Just above Lusk Creek. Come visit our little piece of heaven in the Shawnee.
Cave-In-Rock Frontier Day
Cave-In-Rock Frontier Festival is held on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River. The festival, which commemorates the extensive and colorful history connected to Cave-In-Rock and the surrounding community, is an entertaining and fun filled community event. First held in the 1960’s, the celebration includes a parade, carnival, various entertainment held in the Old Opry House, food and craft vendors. A Little Miss and Mister Frontier Days and Frontier Queen pageant is a highlight as well as various other activities. Come join the festivities for a weekend of fun and entertainment.
CITY:Cave In Rock
Maxson Riverboat & Restaurant
An authentic, elegant paddlewheel boat is docked at Maxson Restaurant on the Rock River. Dining and sightseeing cruises are offered.
Rock Island Arsenal Museum
The nation's second-oldest US Army museum features exhibits that highlight the history of the island, items manufactured there, and a display of firearms portraying the history of small arms development.
Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum
The Mission of the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum is to identify, research, collect, catalogue, restore, house, maintain and interpret documents and artifacts relating to and chronicling the history and legacy of African Americans in Springfield and Central Illinois. The Museum will provide research opportunities, educational programming and interpretive services for historians, authors, educators, and others interested in the lives and legacies of African Americans in Central Illinois.
Lake County Fairgrounds
The annual Lake County Fair runs for five days beginning the last Wednesday in July. The Expo Building is available for rent for meetings, shows, weddings, and events year-round. Monthly events including Antique Shows, Swap Meet, Crafts Shows, Dog and Horse Shows, and much more. Visit the website for event schedule.
Approximately 25 weekend sites and 200 permanent sites on the east side of Litchfield's Lake Lou Yaeger. Site offers trail hikes, lake frontage, 30 amp RV service, city water and convenience store.
The Streets of Woodfield
A lifestyle and entertainment center offering streetside shopping and dining in a suburban setting. A vibrant shopping alternative including Carson Pirie Scott, AMC-Loews Theater, GameWorks, Laugh Out Loud Improve Theater, and some of Chicago's top restaurants. Store, restaurant, and theater hours vary.
Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Exposition Center
Home to the annual St. Clair County Fair, several craft shows and monthly flea markets, the complex also includes the Belle-Clair Speedway, with stock car races and demolition derbies.
One Eleven Main
Great chefs working with local producers to provide the flavor of Galena's culinary past, present and future. Local flavor cuisine.
State Street Shopping
The landmark State Street Retail Historic District and the surrounding area in Chicago's Loop are considered by many to be the heart of Chicago's culture and commerce. While exploring State Street, you'll find a delightful mix of shopping, entertainment, food and fun. State Street hosts gigantic flagship department stores like Macy's on State and Sears, with a variety of shopping options, including H & M, Nordstrom Rack, Urban Outfitters, Old Navy and Forever 21.
Peoria Rivermen Hockey
The Peoria Rivermen, AAA affiliate of the NHL's St. Louis Blues, compete in the American Hockey League (AHL), which is the primary professional developmental league for all NHL prospects. In addition to the premier level of professional or collegiate sports between St. Louis and Chicago, the Rivermen are "More Than Just Hockey!" Each season, the Rivermen host celebrity appearances with stars from various Disney and Nickelodeon shows, in addition to high-profile Christian and Country acts. Serving Central Illinois for 27 seasons, the Rivermen play at Carver Arena in the Peoria Civic Center. www.rivermen.net
Bobber's River Tap
Bobber’s is an open-deck, outdoor bar along the banks of the Pecatonica River. It is a relaxing stop for travelers by road or river. Bring your own pole or just sit and relax with a cold drink as you watch the river flow by. Weekly entertainment on the Pontoon Boat stage; never a cover charge. Open: May thru October: Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm; Thursday thru Saturday: 11 am - 2 am.
DeKalb Corn Fest
Corn Fest is one of the last, free, summer, music festivals in Illinois. Well over 100,000 people from around Illinois and the Midwest attend the music festival over a three day weekend. This festival features a carnival complete with rides and games, food booths, free live music, kiddie korner with large inflatables, family entertainment and much more. Festival areas feature food and business vendor booths, and a beer garden.
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Step inside and be transported to another place and time! We invite you to take a journey to the Lincoln Park Conservatory where you will find tropical palms and ancient ferns right in the heart of Lincoln Park. Designed both to showcase exotic plants and grow the thousands of plants needed for use in the parks, the Conservatory offers visitors a tropical experience within its four display houses: Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House and Show House, which is home to the annual flower shows. This historic facility continues to provide an escape to nature to the millions that live in and visit Chicago. No matter the time of year, Lincoln Park Conservatory is always green and lush. Come take a stroll and let yourself be transported away. Admission is free.
Allen's Log Cabin Guest House
Boyhood estate of Civil War General Augustus Chetlain. Five 1800s original log cabins boast rustic charm, double whirlpools, wood burning fireplaces, full baths, satellite TV/DVD, mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers. Pets welcome!
The plush Rosemont Theatre is your ticket to lavish Broadway musicals, full-scale productions and world-class entertainers. We also get raves for our extra-wide aisles, on-site parking, and our superior sound system. The Theatre presents unforgettable show-going experiences.
Rink Side Sports and Family Entertainment
Fun for the whole family in this state of the art entertainment center featuring a regulation-size ice skating rink offering hockey games, public skating and lessons, 180 video and interactive games, virtual reality laser tag arena, 18 holes of glow in the dark miniature golf, and snack bar featuring awesome home made pizza. Group events and birthday party packages with several packages to choose from with many different activities, or we can cater to fit your needs. Visit the website for special events and hours as they can vary during the season.
Forest City Queen Riverboat
The Forest City Queen gives you an up close and personal glimpse of some of the most stately homes gracing the banks of the Rock River. You will hear about Rockford's humble beginnings on the Rock River and its continuing influence today. A variety of cruise options are available, from hourly narration tours, private rentals, family-style picnics, Ski Broncs performances, to elegant dining.
Firehouse Flea Market & Antiques
We have a wide variety of items including glassware, pyrex, VCR tapes, DVD's, CD's, lamps, Fenton glass, jewelry, vintage clothing, books, small furniture & knick-knacks. We have something for everyone!
Chicago Architecture Foundation/ ArchiCenter
Chicago: You Are Here, a permanent exhibition, is free and open to the public daily in the ArcelorMittal CitySpace Gallery from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Designed to encourage visitors to explore the architecture and infrastructure that make up the environment of Chicago, You Are Here includes a scale model of the Loop, along with bold images, artifacts, and multimedia presentations. Temporary, architecture-themed exhibitions throughout the year. Free and open daily. Check website for details. Full schedule of lectures, workshops, special events and presentations at noon, evenings, and weekends throughout the year. Free or low cost. Check website for listings.
Touch of Nature Enviornmental Center
Just 8 miles south of Carbondale, Touch of Nature borders the Shawnee Forest. It is a 3,100 acre wooded retreat area perfect for group events. Located in the City of Makanda, IL.
Murdale Shopping Center
Opened in 1958, this is one of the first strip-mall shopping centers in America -- 27 stores are locally owned and operated. Bakery, hardware, liquor, florist, restaurant, and the Neighborhood Co-op featuring local grown produce.
Oak Grove Cabin Rental
Brand new private and spacious 3 - 2 bedroom cabins located on 10 wooded acres right in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. Minutes from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and the orchards. Enjoy hiking, biking and much more.
Hickory Hollow Campgrounds
Wi-Fi available at no charge. Meeting/banquet space available. 37acres with 89 water, sewer & electric sites and 45 tent sites, plus cabins. Store, laundry, showers, and swimming pool. Near Starved Rock.
Middle Fork State Fish & Wildlife Area
The Middle Fork State Fish & Wildlife Area consists of 2,700 acres of grass, forest and cropland, and wildlife habitat. The area also includes a portion of the Middle Fork River, a State and National Scenic River, with over 1,000 feet of scenic corridor for canoeing and fishing. The area also allows for hunting, hiking, picnicking, and camping.
The University of Illinois Pollinitarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. Its location in the midst of the Arboretum brings together flowers and pollinators physically and conceptually. Changing exhibits relate to world events and ongoing research on pollinators. Guests can explore beekeeping equipment, see live demonstrations and play interactive games. Because so much depends on pollination, the UI Pollinatarium is dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of pollination as a remarkable ecological partnership and an essential ecosystem service.
The bright lights of Vegas have nothing on the Casino Queen, home of the loosest slots! The Queen has had the loosest slots in the entire country for six years running, plus the hottest table games in town. Hungry? The Queen has you covered from fine dining to casual. The best view in town is from the Casino Queen Hotel.
CITY:East St. Louis
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 155-acre living museum filled with spectacular gardens and rare trees. There’s beauty in every season from fragrant magnolia trees in spring and a butterfly garden in summer to the brilliant colors of fall and snow-capped evergreens in winter, when trails are cleared for walkers, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing. A 1.8 mile, handicapped-accessible paved path winds through the arboretum plus many secondary, chipped trails. Kids will have fun navigating the maze in the Children’s Garden. Klehm is dog-friendly and any leashed dog is welcome. Filled with four season beauty, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is waiting for you to explore.
Rendleman Orchards Farm Market
Tree ripened peaches & nectarines from July - August, and apples from September - December. This farm market is open 7 days a week with seasonal produce, preserves, pickles and other specialty food items and gifts.
The Tempel Lipizzans
Lipizzaner Stallions have been enchanting audiences for 450 years. Witness art and history come to life at one of our summer performances or a behind-the-scenes tour. From the playful bounding of new foals to the strong, precise jumps of our stallions, the whole family will be captivated by the strength, beauty, and intelligence of these horses. Each performance, to music, is a study in classical horsemanship which has been practiced in Europe since the 16th century; the Lipizzaners have been performing at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria since the 1500’s. There are very few places in the United States where such an art can be observed. We offer a taste of Vienna, Austria right in your back yard. Matinee and Evening performances starting mid-June and running through mid-September. See website for full calendar. Behind-the-scenes tours available by appointment only.
The Farm includes 23 theme gardens, a rustic shop in the barn featuring herbal gifts and supplies, picnics, hayrides and a greenhouse.
Scovill House & Oriental Gardens
Serenity envelopes this intimate area, where visitors are welcomed by a Chinese Fu dog and flowering dogwoods, star magnolia, Japanese lilac, and rhododendron -- foliage native to the Orient. Originally commissioned by Guy and Rose Scovill in the 1920's and reconstructed in the 1980's, the gardens' soothing nature encompasses a small reflective point, sod bridge, and oriental sculptures, and surrounds a small cottage, which is available for gatherings and retreats.
Bell Hill Mansion
On a hill in Union County, Illinois, just outside of Cobden, stands a historic mansion with 5 guest rooms available. Bell Hill is the perfect place for large and small outdoor weddings or, if you prefer, a more intimate setting indoors is available for smaller weddings. Catering services are available.
American Discovery Trail
What a way to travel - about 75 miles, from one major river to another (the Illinois and the Mississippi), all on one newly built trail. The Hennepin Parkway State Trail (a linear state park) offers surcease from the flat, treeless Illinois prairie with a lock-strewn straight course of water and a green tunnel over the old tow path of a canal that was obsolete before it was completed. Quaint towns lie nearby, camping spaces (usually primitive) abound, and history is there for the dipping of your fingers in the water. At Sheffield, a comprehensive trail museum more than fills the gaps in your experience of a very unique way to travel through the heart of America.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The urban gateway to nature and science. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a place where city dwellers can reconnect with the wonder of the natural world. From a hands-on water lab to a wilderness walk to the only international, year-round butterfly haven, science comes alive.