Illinois Made

Meet the makers, the creators, and the artisans of Illinois.

Meet the makers, creators, artisans of Illinois—the craftspeople, artists, family-owned businesses, small-batch breweries, distilleries, foodies, and farmers that make Illinois thrive.

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  • 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

    A Latino-owned microbrewery creates delicious brews inspired by Latin American flavors.

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    5 Rabbit Cerveceria

    A Latino-owned microbrewery creates delicious brews inspired by Latin American flavors.

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  • Crown Brew Coffee Co

    After spending years doing nonprofit work, Josh started his own community-minded business almost by accident. 

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    Crown Brew Coffee Co

    After spending years doing nonprofit work, Josh started his own community-minded business almost by accident. 

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  • Specimen Products - Chicago School of Guitar Making

    For over 30 years, Ian Schneller has been a maestro of hand-crafted musical instruments. 

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    Specimen Products - Chicago School of Guitar Making

    For over 30 years, Ian Schneller has been a maestro of hand-crafted musical instruments. 

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  • MainFraiM

    In a workshop in Rockford, artisans turn old elevator shafts, planes and salvaged wood into unique works of art.

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    MainFraiM

    In a workshop in Rockford, artisans turn old elevator shafts, planes and salvaged wood into unique works of art.

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    Flesor's Candy Kitchen

    In Tuscola, two sisters inherited their grandfather's candy recipes—and carried on a family tradition.

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    Flesor's Candy Kitchen

    In Tuscola, two sisters inherited their grandfather's candy recipes—and carried on a family tradition.

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    Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

    Do peaches go with fried green tomatoes? Find out at a creative Illinois farm dinner.

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    Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

    Do peaches go with fried green tomatoes? Find out at a creative Illinois farm dinner.

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    Cafe Tola

    A blending of delicacies in a Lakeview venue with colorful Mexican pizzazz and an adventurous menu of daily crafted homemade empanadas and wickedly-delicious coffees guaranteed to rock your world.

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    Cafe Tola

    A blending of delicacies in a Lakeview venue with colorful Mexican pizzazz and an adventurous menu of daily crafted homemade empanadas and wickedly-delicious coffees guaranteed to rock your world.

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  • The 200 Acres

    This Illinois Made family farm, first homesteaded by the McDonald family of Scotland in 1859, is the penultimate destination for the harvest and Halloween seasons, where kids — and kids at heart — arrive every weekend by the carload in search of the real Great Pumpkin.

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    The 200 Acres

    This Illinois Made family farm, first homesteaded by the McDonald family of Scotland in 1859, is the penultimate destination for the harvest and Halloween seasons, where kids — and kids at heart — arrive every weekend by the carload in search of the real Great Pumpkin.

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  • Prairie Fire Glass

    In the small town of Monticello, you’ll find one of the finest glassblowers this side of the Mississippi. Heck, on either side of the Mississippi.

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    Prairie Fire Glass

    In the small town of Monticello, you’ll find one of the finest glassblowers this side of the Mississippi. Heck, on either side of the Mississippi.

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  • Sleepy Creek Vineyards

    Some people once believed it was impossible to start a winery and vineyard in East Central Illinois, but Joe and Dawn Taylor overcame every obstacle and made it possible.

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    Sleepy Creek Vineyards

    Some people once believed it was impossible to start a winery and vineyard in East Central Illinois, but Joe and Dawn Taylor overcame every obstacle and made it possible.

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Travel Illinois Magazine

Travel Illinois Magazine

Find unexpected ways to enjoy Illinois in this biannual magazine that explores every corner of the state. Each issue offers a mix of travel stories, stunning photography and timely trip ideas that make the most of each season.

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@etherealconfections

New menu items! Meet Peppermint Patty, a matcha latte with white or dark chocolate and peppermint- perfect for St. Pattys! Can be made hot, iced or...

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#beantobar #butfirstcoffee #coffee

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@etherealconfections

New menu items! Meet Peppermint Patty, a matcha latte with white or dark chocolate and peppermint- perfect for St. Pattys! Can be made hot, iced or...

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@crown.brew

Sumatra is produced by the world’s finest high density tropical soil. This large island off of the coast of Indonesia delivers some of the most incredibly...

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Crown Brew Coffee Co.

#alternativebrewing #brewitbetter #caffeine

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Sumatra is produced by the world’s finest high density tropical soil. This large island off of the coast of Indonesia delivers some of the most incredibly...

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@elischeesecake

Is TiraMiSu-Tuesday a thing? Because it should be 😍

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The Eli's Cheesecake Company

#312food #chicago #chicagoeats

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Is TiraMiSu-Tuesday a thing? Because it should be 😍

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#agameoftones #architecture #artofchi

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@spoon_gypsy

I’m no vegetarian, but if was I’d be living off of these betties... pintos & cheese empanadas @cafetola in @southportcorridorchicago 👌🏻 #chicagogrammers It’s delicious. It’s nutritious....

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CAFE TOLA Southport Ave. #bestempanadas

#bestempanadas #chicago #chicagofoodgoals

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@spoon_gypsy

I’m no vegetarian, but if was I’d be living off of these betties... pintos & cheese empanadas @cafetola in @southportcorridorchicago 👌🏻 #chicagogrammers It’s delicious. It’s nutritious....

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@southportcorridorchicago

Need. Coffee. Stat. 📷 @joshatts

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CAFE TOLA Southport Ave. #bestempanadas

#abc7chicago #chicago #chicagogram

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@southportcorridorchicago

Need. Coffee. Stat. 📷 @joshatts

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@foxriverdistillery

Wondering what our distillery is all about? This weekend is the PERFECT time for you to come check it out! Stop by tomorrow at 4 or...

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Geneva, Illinois

#bloodymary #bourbon #citrusvodka

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@foxriverdistillery

Wondering what our distillery is all about? This weekend is the PERFECT time for you to come check it out! Stop by tomorrow at 4 or...

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@pairedwithprosecco

Sunday Sweets🍦

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Galena, Illinois

#abmlifeisbeautiful #abmlifeiscolorful #abmstyle

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@pairedwithprosecco

Sunday Sweets🍦

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@girlsroadtrip

Annies Little Pots is a unique gallery featuring beautiful hand-made art for your home and garden. Ann Crosby creates all of the pottery in her on-site...

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Annies Little Pots

#art #artists #clay

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Annies Little Pots is a unique gallery featuring beautiful hand-made art for your home and garden. Ann Crosby creates all of the pottery in her on-site...


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