• 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

  • Wildlife in Northern Illinois

    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...

  • 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...

  • Starved Rock State Park

    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 is Here!

    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.



  • Winter Sports

    Grab your snowboards or skies and be ready to have some extreme fun this winter!


    Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park in Algonquin had everything you need for a thrilling time. Snowboard lessons are available for all ages and skill levels.

    Stay at the Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena and go snowb...

  • Spring Activities

    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...

  • Summerfield Zoo's Opening Weekend

    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...

  • Warm Weather Awaits

    Starved Rock State ParkBe 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...

  • Christmas Lights 2016

    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 ...

  • Stroll on State 2016

    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...

  • Family Fun: Fall Edition

    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.

    1. 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. ...
  • All Things Fall

    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!

    Pumpkin Patches:

    The Pumpkin Patch


    Open Mid-September through October 31st


  • Expand Your Garden with Royal Oak Farm

    Royal Oak FarmLooking 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...

  • We've got Zoos in Northern Illinois!

    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.


  • Royal Oak Farm Orchard

    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...

  • Boating


    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...

  • Parks

    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.

    Belvidere Park

    Ride a carousel, pl...

  • Car Shows

    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.

    Car Show

    Crusin' Frankfort is taking place every Thursday from May 21th-August 27th at Kansas and Oak Street in Downtown Frankfort. For more in...

  • State Parks

    Buffalo State Park

    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...

  • Picture Perfect









     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...

  • Spring Break Ideas

    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.

    Starved Rock State Park

    The teens c...

  • Snowboarding and Skiing in Chicago and Beyond

    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...

  • Winter Fun!

    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 ...

  • An Outdoor Holiday in Northern Illinois

    036Northern 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...

  • Enjoy a Boat Tour in Chicago and Beyond

    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...

  • Baseball Options in Chicago and Beyond

    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...

  • Northern Illinois Summer Under the Stars Entertainment

    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...

  • Start a Tradition with a Memorial Day Weekend Festival

    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

    Oak Forest
    05/23/2014 - 05/26/2014
    Irish Fest brings tog...

  • By the Water Summer Activities in Northern Illinois

    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...

  • Make History Come Alive in Chicago and Beyond

    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...

  • Go Extreme in Chicago and Beyond

    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 ...

  • Catch Spring in Action - Visit a Hiking Trail Near You

    GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThere are many hiking trails throughout Chicago & Beyond. Come and enjoy nature and see wildlife and a variety of plants and trees.

    Ryerson Conservation Area is located in Riverwoods. The conservation area has over 6.5 miles of trails that wind through the woods and by the De Plaines River. T...

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Northern Illinois Tourism 

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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.