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Cafe Tola
Illinois Makers Food & Beverages
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
Illinois Makers Food & Beverages
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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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Eat & Drink Chicago Food & Beverages
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

Piece, love and harmony are themes you can taste in this skylit loft establishment that unites New Haven - style pizza, award-winning microbrews and live-band karaoke nights. 

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North Shore Distillery
Illinois Makers Food & Beverages
North Shore Distillery

They start with the best herbs, fruits, spices and grains they can find and turn them into award-winning distilled spirits and cocktails.

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Tighthead Brewing Company
Illinois Makers Food & Beverages
Tighthead Brewing Company

For Bruce Dir, focusing on his passion for craft brewing came easily, given that he was no stranger to tending to flavors grown in his own backyard, balancing taste profiles, and putting personality into his craft.

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Nauvoo Mill & Bakery
Illinois Makers Food & Beverages
Nauvoo Mill & Bakery

Day after day, these skilled bakers keep a watchful eye over longstanding family recipes, making sure the flavors of their community are at the forefront of everything that leaves the oven.

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J.K. Williams Distilling
Food & Beverages Illinois Makers
J.K. Williams Distilling

Four generations after prohibition, the Williams families are carrying on their great-great-grandfather’s tradition of making exceptional whiskey, expertly crafting J.K.’s original recipe.

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Incredibly Delicious
Food & Beverages Illinois Makers
Incredibly Delicious

Artisanal breads, traditional croissants, handmade pastries, specialty cakes and desserts are just the start of why this French Bakery and Cafe is called Incredibly Delicious. 

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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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Hometown Pride: Chicago's LGBT Leaders on Their Favorite Summer Activities
Arts & Culture Local Experts Chicago
Hometown Pride

by Kendra L. Williams

One mentioned the 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade (June 25, 2017). Most could barely contain themselves to just five picks.

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Get Your Kicks on Illinois Route 66
Road Trips Local Experts
Get Your Kicks on Illinois Route 66

The 300-mile section of Route 66 angling across Illinois lures road-trippers seeking throwback gas stations, Muffler Men and the pleasure of taking their time.

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Girlfriend Getaway along the I&M Canal
Regional Getaways History Road Trips
Girlfriend Getaway along the I&M Canal

In the 1800s, the Illinois and Michigan Canal fueled commerce from the Illinois River to Chicago. Today, follow the canal for a history-infused, shopping-filled getaway.

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Family Fun and Some History Too
Family Fun Regional Getaways History
Family Fun and Some History Too

by Craig Hensel

Chicago-based photographer and Instagramer Craig Hensel @thecraighensel and his family take a road trip around Central Illinois.

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Q&A with Brett Eldredge
Arts & Culture Local Experts
Q&A with Brett Eldredge

Country music star Brett Eldredge loves Illinois so much, he wrote a love song about it.

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It’s a Date
Eat & Drink Regional Getaways Local Experts
It’s a Date

Starting your romantic weekend in Millennium Park might seem surprising, but its variety captures what makes Chicago tick.

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Spring Refresh
Local Experts
Spring Refresh

Chicagoland has a fantastic variety of shopping, including upscale malls and outlets to help bring any wardrobe up to date.

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What’s New at Navy Pier
Family Fun Local Experts Chicago
What’s New at Navy Pier

From our window in the sky, the view below spread out like an immense watercolor. Turquoise Lake Michigan to one side, the slate gray Chicago skyline to the other and,...

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