• Wineries in Illinois

    Northern Illinois Wine Trail

    Any time of the year is a perfect time to check out the wineries along the Northern Illinois Wine Trail!

  • There are many Lodging choices in Northern Illinois, including the Lincoln Way Inn B&B in Franklin Grove

    Lodging Lincoln Way Inn Franklin Grove

    There are many Lodging choices in Northern Illinois, including the Lincoln Way Inn B&B in Franklin Grove

  • Learn the history of the Illinois Lincoln Highway at the I-88 Oasis stop by DeKalb

    Illinois Lincoln Highway Traveling Exhibit

    Learn the history of the Illinois Lincoln Highway at the I-88 Oasis stop by DeKalb

  • A must see when in Chicago - the famous Chicago Skyline!

    Chicago Skyline

    A must see when in Chicago - the famous Chicago Skyline!

  • Now is the time to enjoy a good weather day and hit the road for a Road Trip!

    Road Trip Time

    Now is the time to enjoy a good weather day and hit the road for a Road Trip!

  • Nothing says Autumn like pumpkins!

    Autumn Harvest time

    Nothing says Autumn like pumpkins!

  • Take the family to Jonamac Orchard in Malta

    Jonamac Orchard

    Take the family to Jonamac Orchard in Malta

  • Beauty of the Autumn Season

    Beauty of the Autumn Season

    Beauty of the Autumn Season

  • Things in DeKalb – Vintage

    My Favorite Things in DeKalb

    Get out and do a little shopping for a few hours or a few days in the Chicago & Beyond Region!

  • Chicago Museums

    Joliet Historical Museum

    Engage your brain at one of the many different museums located in Northern Illinois!

  • Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford - Chicago Attractions

    Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford

    Want to feel like you are in the tropics! Then Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford is the place to be!

  • Check out the Illinois Lincoln Highway in Northern Illinois

    Illinois Lincoln Highway Scenic Byway

    Check out the Illinois Lincoln Highway in Northern Illinois

  • Family Fun on a Budget

    Who says family fun has to break the bank? There are plenty of free and inexpensive ways to spend time with the family.

    Summerfield Farm and Zoo is located in Belvidere and has a petting zoo, pony rides, artic foxes, monkeys camels and so many more animals! Admission is $10 per adult, $8 per senior...

  • Museums

    Museums are a great way to spend time with family. You won’t even know you’re learning something.

    Aurora Regional Fire Museum features a variety of interactive exhibits about firefighters from fire hoses, sirens, horns, vintage firefighting films, and so much more. Open for walk-ins on ...

  • Get Scientific in Northern Illinois

    Have some science filled educationa fun in Northern Illinois this summer. There are plenty of museums to choose from and different types of science to learn. So pack the car, pack some snacks and don't forget to have fun!

    See the site of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator at Fermi...

  • Weekend Day Trips

    Don’t have time to spend a week’s vacation? Never fear Visit Northern Illinois has great things to do on a Saturday or Sunday.

    A day out can be both educational and fun! Explore space at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago. Then experience Chicago from above on the 103...

  • Go Back in Time

    Head to Midway Village in Rockford for the largest WWI reenactment in the country, The Great War World War I on April 7th and 8th. Featuring large scale battle reenactments with pyrotechnics WWI tanks and airplanes, lectures from military experts and more!

    Macktown Living History Education Cen...

  • Presidents Day

    Visit Midway Village in Rockford for the Presidents and Patriots Family Event. Take the whole family this school holiday and have some presidential fun. Make a revolutionary soldier hat, race through the Paul Revere obstacle course and so much more! Then listen to The Development of Patriotism in Am...

  • Halloween

    There are so many things to do this Halloween you’ll never be bored. (Some things not suitable for small children.)

    Step Back into a 1950’s Halloween in the Park Forest Museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout October. Go through the museum decorated in vintage Halloween decoration...

  • Discovery Center in Rockford is turning 35!!

    This museum is for all ages with over 300 interactive exhibits about electricity, simple machines and a WIFR Kids News Studio among others. Learn and have fun at the same time. Visit discoverycentermuseum.org for more information.

    On October 2nd celebrate with them with $3.50 admission all day and ...

  • Fun, Family Friendly and Affordable Things To Do This Spring

    It’s always nice when something is fun, family orientated and affordable. There are plenty of museums that you may or may not have heard of to choose from.

    1. Traveling down Route 66 or want to know more about it? Berwyn Route 66 Museum in Berwyn is the place to be. With no charge for admissio...
  • Women in Science

    Encourage the young women in your life to pursue and love science in Chicago & Beyond.

    Burpee Museum of Natural History welcomes Dr. Cornea for a talk titled “Geologists Contribution in Saving the Earth” on January 24th.

    Mark your calendars for March 11th -13th for PaleoFest &ldquo...

  • Free Chicago Museum Days

    Whether you like history, art or science; Chicago museums have unique learning opportunities for kids and adults. The Chicago area museums offer free days for Illinois residents.

    Here is a list of the Chicago museums that have free days this year.

    Adler Planetarium

    1300 South Lake Shore Drive


  • Discovery Center Museum-2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

    The Discovery Center Museum in Rocford, was recently awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. This award celebrates excellence in hospitality.

    The Discovery Center Museum is a children's museum with a wide array of exhibits for kids and the child in all of us. Learn about the human bo...

  • Chicago


     Places to take your kids this summer in Chicago.  There are so many things to do you can’t do them all in one weekend.  Take various trips and learn over summer vacation.

    The Field Museum of Natural History

    Meet Sue the T Rex, take a look inside Ancient Egypt, Discover how DNA w...

  • Explore Aurora!

    Experience what Aurora has to offer while you explore downtown.  Like shopping? There are a variety of different shops to choose from. 

    Want to be entertained? The Paramount Theatre and Riverfront Playhouse has many different shows to choose from.

    Want to learn? Learn about fire fighting...

  • Family Outings

    Family outings can come in many shapes and sizes. So no matter what you want to see, there are many museums to choose from.

    The Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook showcases different aircrafts.  Some examples of these aircrafts are T-2 and T-33, as well as many other aircrafts. Visit ...

  • History Comes Alive

    Make history come alive in the Chicago & Beyond region.  The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center is located in Skokie.  Renowned architect Stanley Tigerman designed this 65,000 square foot building.  It was dedicated to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to issues in our ...

  • Children's Museums

    There are many cool places to take the kids over the weekends in winter that doesn’t require you to stay outdoors.  Learn about science at The Field Museum in Chicago.  Visit Sue the T-Rex, explore ancient Egypt, discover what it’s like to be a bug, learn all about DNA, and so much m...

  • Take a Drive to a Northern Illinois Auto Museum

    Volo Auto Museum is located in Volo. Visit the world's largest all-indoor auto attraction.  See cars that was used in a variety of movies, military helicopters and tanks, and classic cars.  Eat at the Betty Boop Burger Bar open from 11am-4pm.

    For more information visit: volocars.com....

  • Spring Break Ideas for Northern Illinois - Children Museums

    Wonder Works Children's Museum is located in Oak Park.  Wonder Works Children's Museum is a place where children from birth to eight and parents can unleash their creative side.  Children learn through art, performance, building and much more.  For more information visit wonder-works.org.


  • Explore a Historical Landmark in Northern Illinois

    Learn about history while having fun at these Historical Landmarks in Northern Illinois.

    Regan homeRonald Reagan' Boyhood Home and Visitor's Center located in Dixon is a place where you can learn about the former President and visit where he grew up.  Open daily between April 1 and October 31. Admission is...

  • Head Out For Adventure In Northern Illinois

    The best way to beat the Northern Illinois winters is to still be active.  Bundle up the family and head over to these amazing family-friendly locations!

    The Discovery Center in Rockford has regular hours throughout the winter, plus they host many specific events for the kids. Check out their Mes...

  • Last Chance to Discover Treasure in Chicago & Beyond

    Things to do in RockfordRockford, IL in Chicago & Beyond –If you haven’t seen Discovery Center and Burpee Museum’s latest temporary exhibition, then this weekend is your last chance. The last day to see Treasure is Monday, Sept. 2. Discovery Center is offering special discounted rates on Sunday and Monday, as well as s...
  • Picasso and Chicago & Beyond

    Picasso Exhibit Chicago100 years ago, in 1913, the Art Institute of Chicago became the first art museum in the country to present the work of a young Spaniard who would become the preeminent artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso. This February the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the special 100-year relationship b...

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Explore Illinois! Countless festivals, farm tours, county fairs, orchards and our Northern Illinois Wine Trail, featuring over 30+ wineries for your tasting pleasure, are just some of the many ways that you can enjoy Illinois. Whatever you decide to do, these Chicago attractions are sure to please everyone. The possibilities are endless and will lead to countless memories.