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Featured on The Golf Scene with Steve Kashul and Heralded as one of Chicagoland's best buys for 18 holes, Settler's Hill is a favorite in Kane County and beyond. Here links, parkland and water holes combine to create a truly varied and memorable golf experience. Quirky greens, deep bunkers and colorful seasonal wildflower displays add to the course's charm. Superb conditioning and a casual atmosphere make Settler's Hill welcoming and enjoyable for all levels of golfers. The course's west-central location in Batavia near the Fox River makes Settler's Hill a natural choice for meeting friends for a round or planning an outing.
Dine at La Quinta de los Reyes for the best in authentic Mexican cuisine, drinks and live entertainment. Located on the corner of Broadway (Rt. 25) and New York Street in downtown Aurora between the Aurora Transportation Center and Paramount Theatre.
Golfers will enjoy all that Bliss Creek has to offer, from the casual atmosphere of the bar and grill, to cocktails on the deck overlooking the first hole. With the addition of the Pine Room, a dedicated building designed specifically for golf outings, it is the perfect course for any size outing or fundraiser. Open to the public daily, it offers beautiful, tree-lined fairways, well-placed water hazards and a challenging 18 holes of golf that can most often be played in less than four hours. Truly one of the best golf values in the Chicagoland area.
Hyatt Place in Normal, IL is adjacent to Uptown Station’s various public transportation services, enabling ease of access in and around Central Illinois. The Illinois State University (ISU) art gallery, the historic Normal Theater and the always fun Children’s Discovery Museum are within a short walking distance. Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal hotel also provides a gateway between the City of Bloomington and Uptown Normal’s buzzing restaurant, bar and nightlife scene. In addition, an array of specialty boutiques and music shops waiting to be explored.
Begin your winter holiday season on Thanksgiving weekend with festive music, simmering foods, friendly greetings and a visit with St. Nicholas. Take home natural Christmas trimming and exquisite one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends. End your visit with a horse-drawn wagon ride through the walnut grove! Admission: a generous gift of non-perishable food items for Knoxville Council of Churches’ Christmas baskets.
Classic fun food, cruise nights, neon lights and service with a smile. Situated on the historic Illinois Lincoln Highway, Route 30 next to Phillips Park Golf Course & Mastodon Visitors Center and the Illinois Lincoln Highway gazebo.
Interesting variety of vintage books, postcards, jewelry, glass, porcelain, military, coins and deco lighting.
Tour and explore three floors of the largest Dutch/German Illinois Windmill built in 1872, filled with antiques and exhibits. Su 1-3PM.
BatFest is Batavia's annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 2,500 ghouls. Includes downtown Trick-or-Treating, Mothers' Club Parade, pumpkin roll, contests, BatArt and games for free family fun. Before the festival, join Batavia United Way for their BatFest 5K walk/run and 10K Run along the Fox River Trail.
Bangers & Lace stands as a tribute to craft beer and great sausage. The Midwestern lodge-styled restaurant offers 32 draft beers as well as an extensive bottle selection. Enjoy your sausage on a plate with sides or on a sandwich, and if you’re not in the mood for sausage, there are other options available as well. The Wicker Park location also offers a special brunch menu on Sunday. Patio seating is available.
Apple Knocker is an Illinois-based craft cider house that combines their expertise in modern small-lot wine production, and the creativity of craft beer techniques, to produce a new breed of American ciders. They partner with century-old local orchards to grow the highest quality apples for our beverages.
Based on eOne’s popular Peppa Pig television series, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as a sing-a-long. An interactive experience full of singing, dancing, games, and muddy puddles, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is a guaranteed blast for the whole family. Tickets go on sale March 11th.
A family friendly casual dining restaurant known for good food, good people and great times! Open Monday - Thursday 3:30pm - 9:00pm. Friday and Saturday 3:30pm - 10:00pm. Sunday Winter hours.
Renowned for fresh seafood and oysters as well as aged steaks. A much respected wine list and bar deep in aged spirits.
Come hear the sound of Christmas, the natural warmth and ambience that draws thousands to the downtown, Mason Square, and Douglas Square, the first weekend of December. Carolers, cookie walk, crafts, entertainment, and more.
Open Range Grill is a family owned restaurant in Sugar Grove, IL on Bliss Creek Golf Course. We’re open every day and are nearby with nightly dinner specials including our weekly Friday Fish Fry and Saturday Prime Rib, live entertainment every weekend, and an amazing patio overlooking the beautiful Bliss Creek Golf Course. Our food, drinks, and events are close by - stop in and check them out!
Seasonal dishes inspired by a farm-to-fork theme. Finest grade of aged Midwest beef, market-fresh seafood selections. Recommended for dinner.
After four years of planning and construction, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opened in 2005 in Orland Park, a south suburb of Chicago. The concept was unique. We would create a signature menu with a selection of dishes designed to pair perfectly with our own Cooper’s Hawk wines, made in our own private winery. With sophisticated food and exceptional wines, our concept was born. The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes four distinct components: an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store…all under one roof. Each Cooper’s Hawk location is distinctive in layout and décor, but carries the same warmth and elegance that guests have come to expect.
Open, airy dining room, farm to table, freshest alternative to dining, local growers, comfort foods, gluten-free/vegan options, full-service bar, handcrafted cocktails, and fine wines.
The Gordon Biersch experience, inspired by the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, rests upon the foundations of purity, simplicity and precision. This philosophy is most recognizable in their selection of authentic German lagers, each crafted on-site using only malted barley, hops, yeast and pure, filtered water.
Great brewery tours, great beers, Taco Thursdays - you must see 5 Rabbit! The name 5 Rabbit was inspired by the Aztec culture of Latin heritage. 5 Rabbit beers are mysterious and captivating, and every taste reveals a new detail. Great for those seeking fresh, unique and delicious beers.
The Blossom White B & B located on a wooded property in Nauvoo, IL hosts an all adult getaway, offering 4 rooms for adults 18 and over. Enjoy only organic, homemade meals. Serving each evening a homemade dessert and hot chocolate refreshment. An all hot breakfast is served each day along with dinner packages available. Guests will enjoy the onsite library, three season room and all en-suite rooms.
Indoor/outdoor eatery featuring Chi-Town style food. Great food, fantastic prices. Free fries with sandwiches. Famous for their chicken philly sandwich.
Au Cheval has steadily held the "best burger" consensus pretty much since opening in 2012. By now, most locals know the drill: a "single" is actually a double, meaning your two impossibly beefy griddled patties will be enveloped in a creamy combo of cheese and Dijonnaise with just a briny hint of thinly sliced pickles. And you're getting it with an egg.
A boutique hotel rich in history with luxuriously appointed rooms. The unique experience begins at the reception desk set in the majestic bank lobby and continues on to our high end guest rooms.
This forest preserve has miles of wooded trails and a quarry lake suitable for hiking and horseback. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking permitted in season.
The 2015 football season will mark the 50th Anniversary of Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium, the on-campus facility that has been the site of 163 wins by the NIU football team over the last 50 seasons, four MAC Championship teams and many of the greatest players in school history. Dedicated on November 6, 1965 with a 48-6 NIU win over Illinois State on Homecoming, the stadium was named Huskie Stadium in 1974 as part of NIU's 75th Anniversary celebration. On August 28, 2003, the facility was rededicated as Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium in honor of the late Dr. Robert J. Brigham, an institutional icon who carried the school's colors for more than 50 years as a student-athlete, assistant coach, head coach, director of athletics, and special assistant to the president before his retirement in June 2001. The facility has also been the site of NIU field hockey and soccer matches, high school football games, including the 2013 & 2015 Illinois High School Association Football Championships, drum corps competitions, community events and even weddings.
Quincy's original public library, now home to Quincy area artifacts, a stained glass gallery, gift shop and Mormon City of Refuge display. Open Tues-Fri. 10-4pm, Sat 10-5pm.
The Promontory is a stylish, two-story bar and restaurant that also houses live music throughout the week. Come for drinks and enjoy an extensive list of wine, cocktails and beer, or browse the menu for unique entrees, small plates, pastries, and more. The Chef de Cuisine and Sommelier team also hosts a tasting every Tuesday featuring a 5-course tasting menu complete with wine pairings.
Located on the Mississippi River on the southern tip of Calhoun County, Kinder's No Wake Inn is the perfect spot for a panoramic view of the river. Serene beauty is what you will experience in your visit to the Inn. Uniquely decorated rooms will add some delight to your stay. Each room has its own outside seating and a large patio with terraced landscaping. Rooms have coffee pots, microwaves and refrigerators.
The Genoa Farmers Market features locally-grown produce, wine, baked goods, flowers and artisan crafts. Located on the corner of Genoa & Main Street. 2016 Dates are 5/21, 6/4, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6, 8/27, 9/3, 9/17, 10/1
Experience World War II like no other. Over 40 authentic vehicles and 1200 reenactors will have battles with pyrotechnics, skirmishes, demonstrations, and displays. Military sales vendors will join our food vendors to help you enjoy your day. New this year: Hear the Andrew Sisters live musical performance and tour General Patton's Mobile Command Center. Tickets are available online, www.midwayvillage.com, at the Museum Gift Store, or at the gate. Parking is free. Registered card carrying reenactors are the ONLY guests admitted into the event in vintage military uniforms. Visitors may dress in civilian 1940s costumes if desired.
Millhurst Ale House offers a variety of premium steak and seafood, as well as classic comforts, pastas, burgers, pizza, salads and more! 27 Micro Craft Beers and Full Bomber Selection. Check out their menu on BeerMenu.com! Millhurst Ale House has Private and Semi-private dining rooms for your special event.
Authentic Mexican restaurant with all of the specialties. Full bar, carryouts, children’s menu, entertainment. Open: Sunday thru Thursday: 11 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday: 11 am to 10:30 am
Locally raised fresh shrimp at the largest indoor facility in Illinois. M & M Shrimp Shack is open Saturday's 9am-1pm. Visit www.shrimpshack.com for more information.
Join us for the annual Autumn on Parade Festival in downtown Oregon. This event features a craft fair, farmer’s market, strolling entertainment and food provided by local not-for-profit organizations. An antique tractor show on Saturday and the ever-popular Harvest Time Parade on Sunday make this a perfect family event and be sure to make time to visit the Old English Faire at Stronghold Castle.
One-of-a-kind chocolate inspired restaurant. A fun and casual restaurant, lounge and boutique for foodies and chocolate lovers alike. Diners will find a variety of beautifully plated main courses, appetizers and desserts that incorporate the restaurant's namesake ingredient alongside delicious options where chocolate is optional - or non-existent. The venue will also offer artfully packaged craft chocolates and other treats made by independent chocolatiers and local chocolate makers.
A unique way to find all your home decor needs, anything from antiques to fabric and decorating items.
Red Roof Inn & Suites Danville is a family-friendly hotel, conveniently located off of Interstate 74. This hotel is near many local businesses, including McLane Midwest, Sygma, Alcoa and the AutoZone Distribution Center. Plenty of shopping and dining options are also available in the area. The hotel is just a short drive from Kickapoo State Park and Forest Glen Preserve.
Led by Artistic Director Andrew Burashko, Toronto's Art of Time Ensemble transforms the way the audience experiences music. Fusing high art and popular culture, their reinvention of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band entertains as it enlightens.
Hopvine Brewing Company is an original, locally owned and operated restaurant and brewery in Aurora, IL. Guests immerse themselves in the craft brewing process while looking through windows into the brewery, the fermentation room and ultimately the storage cooler. Hopvine Brewing Company offers a selection of craft beer, fine wines, specialty drinks and an extensive, constantly evolving selection of fresh seasonal menu items.
Mark Allen's American Kitchen is a comfortable place to be and is perfect for lunch, dinner or just a quick drink or snack. We take great pride in preparing our food with the finest and freshest ingredients available.
The Cracker Factory is nestled in the scenic Mississippi River town of Alton, Illinois. Guests can stay in the luxury and comfort of the Cracker Factory while visiting Alton for business or leisure. While there, they find easy access to many historic sites and the renowned Antique District. A variety of restaurants, entertainment venues, and cultural events are waiting to be enjoyed.
The Stage Coach Players is a one of the oldest, continuously operating community theatre troupes in Northern Illinois. In 2001/2002, the troupe moved to it's new permanent location in the former Moose Lodge on 5th Street and Grove in east downtown DeKalb, Since that first night on the farm, several generations of residents have been inspired by the Stage Coach Players...on both sides of the footlights.
The vibrant downtown Highland Park district contains an upscale outdoor shopping destination filled with unique boutiques, jewelry stores, home decor shops, amazing restaurants, and businesses catering to beauty and personal care.
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. They’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. They offer one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. They’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. Sky Zone is dedicated to providing the pure joy that comes with flying. They are sky lovers, thrill seekers and people who believe that jumping is freedom. They believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. They are healthy and bursting with energy. They fly high and keep it safe. They are Sky Zone. Have Fun, Fly Safe Aurora!!
This event offers vendor booths, speaker sessions, entertainment, Bingo and free gift bags to the first 500 attendees. 9AM-2PM.
Cademon Brewing Co. is an up-and-coming craft brewery running a seven barrel brewhouse and fifteen barrel fermenters. Cadamon's 40 seat Taproom features 12 taps dedicated to craft beer and craft sodas, with a Steampunk-inspired feel with our hand-made hammered copper bar top, custom light fixtures, and metalwork galore. Come enjoy a pint or flight and strike up some conversation with your fellow patrons.
The Graham Foundation, one of the Biennial’s presenting partners, will participate by hosting an exhibition and public programs at the Madlener House, a Prairie-style mansion located in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood, where the Graham Foundation is located. Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. Opening Times: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm
We created The Lone Buffalo to be a restaurant and a brewery under one roof with one goal: to serve good food and beer in a comfortable atmosphere. We believe in the idea of “slow food” and we want our guests to savor what we offer. Chef Brok and his brigade use fresh products from our own farm and from other local farmers and producers. Everything on the menu is freshly cooked, every day, and varies with the seasons. Our beer is crafted, using traditional methods and equipment, from the best malts and hops available – including some from our own farm. We take care not to get in the way of the complex flavors of the simple ingredients in our food and beer. We won’t get in the way of your enjoyment of either – take your time and come back soon!
Mary's Restaurant, located in one of Herrin's historical Victorian homes, is truly the "Home of Fine Dining". The restaurant includes a unique menu, as well as complete bar and wine service. Everything at Mary’s is made fresh daily; from appetizers to desserts. Outstanding traditional, contemporary and specialty offerings are prepared from the finest fresh market selections available. Next door, is a traditional bed and breakfast inn offering 4 rooms. Facility amenities include airport shuttle service, business center, concierge, free parking, banquet facilities, laundry services, on-site bar/restaurant, complimentary breakfast and pets allowed.
Enjoy a unique dining experience in the restaurant’s plush dining room and lounge featuring French inspired cuisine. The focal point of the restaurant is the bank’s vault located in our comfortable bistro setting.
Off Square Music is an organization of volunteers who wish to share the folk music art with others in many different ways. We invite the public to be a part of the experience during Open Mic Nights on the second and fourth Fridays of every month* beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Stage Left Café in the Historic Woodstock Square. *Open Mic Nights will be held on the first and third Friday in August.
A truly unique lodging experience is available at Sleepy Creek Vineyards! The lodging facility includes a full kitchen, living space, two private bedrooms, and a sleeping loft with maximum sleeping capacity of 10. The spacious retreat is close to Kickapoo State Park, Kennekuk County Park, and of course just steps away from the scenic 10 acre vineyards at Sleepy Creek.
Tailwinds Distilling Company is Chicago-land’s premiere Micro Distillery. Located just 30 minutes from Downtown Chicago resides the family owned and operated distillery affectionately referred to as “the hangar”. The hangar is a 5000 square foot production facility with an on-site tasting room and store front shop. The fermentation, distilling, aging, blending, bottling, labeling, and packaging is completed entirely on-site, forging a truly hand crafted spirit. By distilling each spirit in small batches as opposed to larger continuous operations, the distillers are able to focus on quality during every step of the process.
History and artifacts of the Matteson area; obituaries, maps, oral histories, library of antique books and newspaper clippings can be found at this informative resource.
Recently renovated and locally owned, the Relax Inn features rooms with wood floors and flat screen TV's , microwaves and refrigerators are also available. This pet-friendly hotel is located within 20 miles of four state parks.
Located in Quincy's downtown central square, O'Griff's Grill & Brewhouse offers American cuisine and on-site brewery. Full lunch and dinner menu or delivery options. Microbrewery with reception halls available. Outdoor seating overlooking Washington Park. Open Mon-Sat. 11am-1am.
We offer a full menu, kids menu and made from scratch pizzas. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as homemade soups daily and a salad bar.
The Broken Earth Winery in Long Grove offers wine tastings, wine club memberships, video gaming and a seasonal menu of small plates featuring wine friendly nibbles, along with wine, craft beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Broken Earth Winery brings award-winning Paso Robles wines to Illinois oenophiles.
The 4th Annual Starved Rock Country Marathon and Half Marathon is set to take place in May of 2017! Be one of the first people to run through and around Starved Rock Country. The course will encompass the scenery of the Illinois River and the rolling landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Park. Runners will experience a course that is not a flat fast course as other courses advertise, the course has characteristics that will inspire you with scenic beauty and experience the highs and lows of the hills created by the Illinois River thousands of years ago.
Get away from it all and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature under the shade of the catalpa trees in this two bedroom cabin in scenic Calhoun County. The Watkins Place is private and secluded with access to the hiking trails at the McCully Heritage Project. Amenities include a full kitchen, coffee maker, refrigerator, all kitchen utensils, towels and linens and board games. There is no TV reception, internet or phone service.
As the "fresh fish experts" Bonefish Grill specializes in market fresh fish and other wood-grilled specialties combined with a big city bar that offers bar fresh cocktails and an affordable extensive wine list. Our current address is 15537 South LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL 60462.
"Galena's #1 Attraction!" – from TripAdvisor in 2013 & 2014. Enjoy the illusions hosted by critically acclaimed magician P.T. Murphy. The setting for the mystery is P.T. Murphy's private 24-seat theatre located at 204 Hill St., just 39 steps west of Hill and Main Streets in the heart of historic downtown Galena, IL. P.T. Murphy believes in magic. It's his job. He will entertain, mystify and inspire you to believe! P.T. is known for his personable style, mischievous sense of humor and sophisticated sleight of hand that the Chicago Reader called "An evening that shows magic to its best advantage, up close and personal!"
The Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University was founded in 1964 and is operated as part of the Department of Anthropology. The museum houses over 20,000 objects comprised mostly of ethnographic material with some archaeological material. The museum specializes in cultures of Southeast Asia, New Guinea, and the Southwest and Plains Native Americans. In addition, the museum holds smaller collections from Africa, modern Greece, Mesoamerica, and South America. The museum is particularly proud of the Native American basket collection, featuring over 200 specimens, as well as the Indonesian textile collection, which contains over 600 pieces. In addition, the museum also houses about 100 different Indonesian shadow puppets, a fine collection of Thai khon masks, and important collections of Hmong and Karen artifacts. The museum has a growing collection of modern Mesoamerican artifacts reflecting the cultural and artistic changes taking place in modern Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. The Museum is open during the NIU Academic Year.
The Second City Touring Company performs "Free Speech! (While Supplies Last)," an irreverent look at America's electoral insanity. This topical new show features political satire made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Keegan-Michael Key. It's a must-see evening of comedy that features some of Chicago's best and brightest and a majority of laughs.
The Palos Park Paranormal Conference features a wide variety of vendors, lecturers and presentations in the paranormal field to get everyone in the mood for Halloween. Tarot and palm readers, hypnotists, ufo researchers, alternative healers, even esoteric martial arts are all available to contact and sit in on the associated lectures, many interactive. Fun for all adults.
Hirano Restaurant specializes in sushi. With an endless variety, every taste bud is sure to leave satisfied!
Authentic Italian Cuisine - Pizza, Pasta, Entrees, Drinks & More! We're prepared to accommodate every occasion. Whether you want VIP bottle service with friends, planning your organizations formal, or throwing together a birthday or bachelor party, retirement party, you can do it all under our roof & patio. Dine In - Carry Out - Delivery
Dining at El Barrio is always a memorable experience. This family owned restaurant offers a Tex-Mex food, comfortable atmosphere and colorful decor that makes customers feel as if they have traveled to Mexico. The menu is full of authentic Mexican dishes. Be sure to ask about the fine selection of tequila from the bar.
BlackStone Bar & Grill has an inviting char-house atmosphere accented by a colorful bar, featuring a wide selection of sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and chicken prepared fresh on the grill. We also offer a "home kitchen" menu boasting a variety of "platter-style" recipes passed down through our chefs' families homemade dishes, common when families had more time to spend in the kitchen. BlackStone's diverse selection of appetizers and entrees provides a complete dining experience... whether it be for a romantic dinner for two, or a fun "night out" for the entire family.
Enjoy a holiday open house and tours of the beautifully decorated Ellwood House Mansion. Every November, the Ellwood Museum partners with area businesses, community sponsors, and volunteers to decorate the mansion room-by-room on all four floors. From November 15-30, (closed Mondays and Thanksgiving) our guided holiday tours give visitors the opportunity to see the mansion in a new light. See our VISIT page for hours and information. At the end of our touring season, we open the doors for a three-day Holiday Open House weekend December 2nd - 4th, 2016. Visitors may purchase tickets in the Visitor Center (or online) and present their tickets at the front door of the mansion. Upon entering the decorated mansion, volunteers will be stationed in each room, presenting the history of the Ellwood House and sharing information about the two generations of Ellwood family members who called Ellwood House home.
"Merry and Bright: A Downtown Holiday" returns with Stroll on State, a spectacular holiday event to attend with your family and friends to get you in the holiday spirit. There are plenty of activities to do, decorations to see, and delicious food to eat at this fourth annual event to celebrate the holiday season downtown.
Think of your dream crust. Is it flaky along the edges, buttery and so full of flavor you don’t know how it could possibly be real? Well, look no further than Pie Boss. With their specialty being pot pies, you won’t find too many desserts here (except on the weekends) so don’t be disappointed if the menu says “sausage” instead of “apple.” Don’t let that detour you–these pot pies are delicious and reminiscent of the ones you had as a child. Only difference? This South African bakery blows those away!
Arguably this park has one of the bet views of the Mississippi River from the bluffs nestled in the historic Christian Hill District which is filled with 1800s era architecture. Grab your picnic lunch because the view is incredible from this little park. Fall in love with the view of the river and even say "I Do" under the gazebo for an unforgettable afternoon.
Conveniently located near I-55 and I-80, Wingate by Wyndham welcomes business, groups, sports and leisure travelers. Serving hot complimentary breakfast daily, business center, free parking, Wi-Fi, indoor pool and fitness center.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an outrageous assemblage of the most stereo-typed science fiction movies, Marvel comics, Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello outings and rock 'n' roll of every vintage. Rated R. Featuring the live shadow cast of "Irrational Masters". Props that are not allowed are: lighters, candles or flames of any kind, large water guns, toast, hot dogs, or prunes. Prop kits will be available for purchase in the lobby before the show. Show Dates: August 27, September 23, October 28, and November 18
Chicago Premium Outlets is the largest outlet center in the Chicago market and ninth largest outdoor outlet mall in North America. With more than 140 designer and top brand-name outlets, the newly-expanded Chicago Premium Outlets® is being pegged by many as the market’s must-shop destination this holiday season. Holiday shoppers at Chicago Premium Outlets will find seasonal delights at every turn, from the showpiece ice skating pond and Dickens-inspired carolers, to cozy warming lounges serving complimentary hot cocoa on select days and look for Santa to be strolling the promenades handing out goodies to children. Weekend Shopper Shuttle service from Union Station to Chicago Premium Outlets available. (Check their web site for more details.)
Plano Oktoberfest is a traditional Oktoberfest just like in the old country! Do You polka?! Strap on your polka shoes, pack up grandma, grandpa and the kids and come to Plano Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest takes place rain or shine under a huge circus tent located on Main Street in downtown Plano. Oktoberfest features authentic German bands, a beer wagon with real German beers and wine, authentic traditional German food - Schnitzel, Roast Pork, Kassler Rippchen, Bratwurst, Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Strudel and More! Chicken dance Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t miss the Miss Oktoberfest contest Saturday night. Hours: Friday, 4 pm – 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm.
More than just a cup of coffee; a place for minds to meet. A well-made latte paired with a scrumptious sandwich? Yes, please! River’s Edge Café serves up a strong brew with amazing pastries in the morning and unbeatable soups, salads and sandwiches in the afternoon. The options here are outstanding! They have organic and gluten-free options that are deceivingly delicious.
Introducing Nettle Creek Country Club in Morris, Illinois. Nettle Creek is links-style golf in a beautiful prairie environment rich with wildlife. Renowned on the Chicagoland golf circuit for its fabulous greens, this upscale, 18-hole championship course is an easy drive from the populous Naperville-Bolingbrook-Plainfield area and just 18 miles west of Joliet on I-80.
Located right on the Mississippi just four miles south of the Historic Nauvoo Temple. Enjoy a quiet, peaceful setting while being transported back in time to the 1840's. All cottages are decorated by a professional interior designer to make you feel at home. Country French decor with a natural setting makes it the best place to stay in Nauvoo.
Shop this unique marketplace for the freshest fruits and vegetables in the area, along with delicious homemade goodies, and specialty crafts all conveniently located with close parking. Opens in June and runs from 9 am through noon Saturdays through September.
Visit the Farmers market every Saturday for the best selection of fruits, vegetables, and fresh flowers. Along with a variety of business vendors including jewelry, clothing, food products, and much more! Sat. 7:30AM-12PM.
Red Dog Grill is Heritage Harbor Ottawa's new full service restaurant, and they encourage you to share your favorite pet stories over dinner - the restaurant is named for Sam the red rescue dog. Featuring Friday night family movies and Saturday night live music.
This long awaited gastropub boasts 48 beers on tap, private party rooms and an extensive wine and craft cocktail menu to compliment the chef driven menu. Menu includes burgers, wraps, salads, ribs, seafood and much more.
CiC is a non-profit comedy theater in Chicago featuring improv, sketch, and theatricals. Also a full service bar.
The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, titled The State of the Art of Architecture, will take stock of the extraordinary ways in which architects, artists, designers, planners, activists, and policy makers from around the world are tackling the most pressing issues of today. By shining a light on realized architectural projects, projects in formation, spatial experiments made visible, and public gatherings, the Biennial seeks to generate thinking about architecture and its implications for our times. It explores how creativity and imagination can radically transform lived experience as we negotiate urban, suburban, and rural contexts, as well as other places that have not yet been anticipated. Through a constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and programs of events, the Biennial invites the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion about the future of the built environment. Photo credit: Steve Hall
Stop and visit Wilmington, IL an old mill town built directly on the river with the charm and hospitality you won’t find anywhere else. Located on Route 66, you’ll find a variety of antique and specialty shops and great restaurants.
Culinary Champion for Best Soup, Best Dessert and Best Veggie/Vegan dish! Experience exquisite Italian cuisine and world class culinary arts including their famous wood burning oven techniques. Vegan? Food-intolerant? Let them know and Chefs Gaetano and Wendy DiBenedetto will make up a special culinary delight just for you!
Professionally guided photography tours of the tri-state area. Printing/framing services available. Studio gallery displaying photographs by Henry Matthiessen, III.
The Lucca Grill was established in 1936 by brothers Fred and John Baldini and was named for their hometown of Lucca, Italy. Located on Historic Route 66, customers enjoy the delicious thin-crust pizza as much as they appreciate the ornate tin ceiling and antique mahogany bar.
A stately home within minutes from Downtown Nauvoo. Home is fully furnished and able to accommodate up to 18 guests. Close to all attractions in Nauvoo including LDS historical sites, Nauvoo Temple, and Nauvoo State Park.
EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. EXPO Chicago presents artwork from 140 leading galleries, representing countries and cities from around the world, and includes Exposure—a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. Exposure provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.
The Northwestern Wildcats offer some of the best Division 1 college sports action in the Midwest, featuring 14 teams competing in the Big Ten Conference. Come early and enjoy the festivities at Wildcat Alley for a pre-game fan fest. Home Game Schedule: • Sept. 3: versus Western Michigan • Sept. 10: versus Illinois State • Sept. 17: versus Duke • Sept. 24: versus Nebraska • Oct. 22: versus Indiana • Nov. 5: versus Wisconsin • Nov. 26: versus Illinois