Discover nature and wildlife in Northern Illinois. Forest preserves are a great place to do that. Meet a beekeeper at Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher. Observe and learn about native wildlife at the Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia. See what happens when glaciers move through an area at the Maren...
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...
Enjoy the great outdoors before the weather gets colder and snow starts to fall. Hiking is a great way to spend a day with your friends and family. There are many different scenic places in Northern Illinois to take a hike.
Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby has thirteen miles of trails with eighte...
Winter weather is offically here. Enjoy it while it lasts. Visit the Rochelle Train Park and see trains amist the white snow, see Christmas lights, go to one of our many parks to go sledding, skiing or to just walk in the snow. Whatever you choose to do, do it with us Northern Illinois Tourism.
Spring has sprung! Get outdoors to see trees budding, flowers blooming and an abundance of wildlife.
The Illinois State Parks are a great way to see birds, the flowers blooming and get some fresh air after this cold winter. And there are plenty in Northern Illinois. See the Blackhawk Statue...
Join Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere for their opening weekend on April 22nd and April 23rd. See all your animal friends from Zebras, Monkeys, Wolves, Reindeer and so much more! There will also be some planned Earth Day activities, animal presentations and a petting zoo.
$10 for adults, $8 for s...
Be prepared for warmer weather as you gear up for fun spring activities. Take the kids, who are already bored from being cooped up at home, out and enjoy the warmer weather that is coming out way. There are many places in the Chicago & Beyond region to go bike riding, golfing, walking, riding h...
The seasons of Christmas Lights are upon us. Throughout Northern Illinois there are many places that you can see the sparkling lights to get into the season. These festival display will stir the Christmas spirit in the hearts of all ages.
Christmas in the Commons in New Lenox is running from ...
Kickoff the holiday season with the Rockford Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for Stroll on State on Saturday November 26th in the downtown area. This is the fourth time this event has been put on which draws a crowd every time.
This is not just an event but it’s an experience and...
There are so many things you and your family can do this fall. Pile the family in the car and explore what Northern Illinois has to offer this season.
- Leaves, leaves everywhere. One of the best parts of fall is seeing the colorful leaves. State parks are great places to go and see the landscape. ...
It’s October! You know what that means? Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and Halloween.
There are so many things to see and do this fall. Here are a few that you should check out!
The Pumpkin Patch
Open Mid-September through October 31st
Looking to expand your garden with fresh grown apples? Now you can. The Royal Oak Farm Nursery will be open on Saturdays from April 16th to May 14th at 10am-1pm for the sale of a variety of apple trees.
Ginger Gold, Jonamac, Zestar, Gala, Honeycrisp, Royal Empire, Snowsweet, Jonastar, J...
Phillips Park Zoo is located in Aurora. It has animals such as Mountain Lions, Llamas, North American River Otters, Gray Wolfs, American Elk, Macaws, Harris Hawk, various kinds of snakes various kinds of turtles, and much more.
For more information visit phillipsparkaurora.com.
Head on over to Royal Oak Farm Orchard with your family this fall! This u-pick apple orchard is located in Harvard and has no admission or parking fee. Pick your own apples or pumpkins, get fresh apple cider donuts from the bakery, find gifts at the Country Market gift shop, carousel rides, open hay...
Do you like to go boating? Then there are many places in the Chicago & Beyond region that you can go.
Rent paddle boats, canoes, sailboats, rowboats, kayaks or stand up paddle boards at Crystal Lake. You can also take sailing and canoeing lessons to get ready for your watery...
Take the kids out to play in a park in the Chicago and Beyond region. With 105 acres, tennis courts, 9-hole disk golf course, ball diamond, playground area, fishing pier, a swinging bridge and much more, Belvidere Park is a great place to take the kids for an afternoon of fun.
Ride a carousel, pl...
Car shows are a prominate attraction over the summer in the Chicago and Beyond region. There are many different cars shows that you can go to. Here is just a few.
Crusin' Frankfort is taking place every Thursday from May 21th-August 27th at Kansas and Oak Street in Downtown Frankfort. For more in...
Grab your friends and family to head out to one of the many State Parks in the Chicago and Beyond region. Enjoy nature by hiking, camping, photography or just watching nature. Or pack a lunch and picnic with a great view.
There are many parks to choose from but here are a few th...
Some of the best places to get pictures in the Chicago and Beyond region.
Sinnissippi Park in Rockford has a recreational path, garden, and lagoon. It’s a great place to take scenery pictures or family photos. For more infomation visit: rockfordparkdi...
I can’t believe it but spring break is coming up fast! Which means the kids will be out of school and boredom with sink in. Go hiking and enjoy nature at Starved Rock State Park in Utica. Visit: starvedrockstatepark.org for more information and other fun ideas.
The teens c...
Learn to snowboard or ski in the Chicago and Beyond region. Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park in Algonquin makes their own snow. So even if there isn’t snow on the ground you can still have fun on the slopes. Don’t know how to snowboard, no worries, book your lessons now...
Enjoy winter activities while they last. Sledding with the kids, snowboarding, taking a walk or skiing; there are many activities that you can enjoy while there is snow on the ground.
From January 14th to January 17th see the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in Sinnissippi Park in ...
Northern Illinois offers many choices for outdoor holiday camping adventures. Here are a few listings for State Parks in Northern Illinois for tent camping, cabins, lodges, RV's and just a spot for a day out with a picnic.
Lowden State Park, 1411 North River Road, Orego
207 acres for camping, boatin...
Northern Illinois' many rivers and lakes offer a chance to sit back, relax and let others do the driving. Make it a goal to take a ride on one (or all) of the choices listed below. Every listing is a difference experience.
Pride of Oregon Paddle Wheeler, Oregon, IL
Enjoy a two-hour lunch or di...
Check out the many options to view a favorite past-time - a baseball exhibit, a minor league game or the great American classic - Major league ball. Something for everyone in Northern Illinois.
Play Ball, Aurora!
20 East Downer Place, Aurora, IL
The summer exhibit at the Aurora Historical Socie...
Treat yourself and your family to new experiences (or relive old memories) by relaxing and being entertained under the stars. You can put on your comfortable clothes and watch a movie from your own vehicle or dress up a little and sit in the beautiful outdoor theater! Here are a couple of great cho...
Just a sampling of some great festivals in Northern Illinois for Memorial Day Weekend. Start a new family tradition by choosing one of these festivals or check out our Events page for more choices for this weekend!
Gaelic Park Irish Fest
05/23/2014 - 05/26/2014
Irish Fest brings tog...
Diamond Lake Beach is located in Mundelein. It has a sandy beach, lake, and covered picnicking areas. It is a destination for boating, swimming, events and more. You can purchase season passes online. Visit mundeleinparks.org for more information.
Atcher Island Water Park is...
Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center is located in DeKalb. Come see blacksmith demostrations and tours. Demostrations are held June 8th and June 22nd; July 13th and 27th; August 10th; September 12th, 14th, and 28th; October 12th and 26th. Volunteer Blacksmiths demonstrate the trad...
Autobahn is located in Joliet. Radical School comes to Autobahn from July 20-25th. This two day session will incude classroom and behind the wheel training. It doesn't matter what your experience level is. Drive an open cock-pit racer that is capible of 0-60 in three seconds. For more ...
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