Looking for a place to eat with the kids in Chicagoland? These kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago & Beyond are recommended for their appealing menus, kid-friendly menus, creative themes and reasonable prices.
Orso’s Restaurant Sunday Brunch, Chicago: This Old Town Chicago mainstay has in...
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 ...
There are so many different things you can do in downtown Chicago, make a day or weekend of it.
Learn about outer space at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. There are a variety of exhibits to go to including: learning about the lunar missions, learning about our solar system, lookin...
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...
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...
Discovery Center Museum will host 13 Family Fun Day events between January and May of 2018. Designed as educational and entertaining programs for families, Family Fun Days focus on a specific subject matter and then explore that subject through various means, including activities, demonstrations, ma...
The third annual Rockford Stroll on State is happened on Saturday November 25th from 2-9pm. This event is free and open to the public.
What is Stroll on State?
“Stroll on State is about coming together as a community to celebrate the season and to celebrate Rockford,” John Groch, the RACVB p...
Throughout the summer Aurora Downtown presents live music on select Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday. Wednesdays at the Plaza concerts are from 7-9pm, First Friday concerts are from 6-10pm and Summer Second Saturday concerts are from 11:30am-1pm. Coolers (no alcohol) are welcome so are blackets and ...
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...
Calling all wine lovers! Wine Lover’s weekend is March 24th to March 25th. Featuring live music, wine tasting, appetizers and fun! Sample more than 300 varieties of wine and spirits. Bid on vintage wine glasses at the silent auction. Located in Galena there are plenty of hotels available...
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...
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...
Live theatre is a great way to warm up this winter. There are many productions happening this winter in Northern Illinois. Get your tickets and watch a great show!
The Paramount Theatre in Aurora presents The Little Mermaid from November 23rd to January 15th.
The CCT’s Stage Righ...
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...
Fall is coming to a close and winter is coming fast. While the air gets colder the fun warms up. Here is a small winter preview for Northern Illinois Tourism.
Looking for a head start in Christmas shopping? On November 4th and 5th join Quilters Plus Guild for their 28th Annual Holiday Boutique at...
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...
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. ...
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 ...
Every week is Chocolate Week and there is no better place to satisfy your cravings than within the region of Northern Illinois Tourism. From traditional, to bespoke chocolate houses there is something for every taste in Northern Illinois from Chicago toward the Mississippi River.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Join Geneva on March 10th-12th for the 9th Annual Geneva Film Festival. Support more than 40 independent filmmakers while watching great films all weekend!
Awards that are given are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Emerging Feature Film an...
Want to beat the winter blues? Like art? Then head on over to Aurora on February 5th for an early look at Alley Art Festival coming in August. Affordable and local art will be for sale. You can come and support local artists. There will be plenty of other things to do in downtown Aurora.
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.
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Go on Spirited Ghost Tours at Coronado Theatre, October 29th and 30th from 7 to 9pm. For more information call the Coronado Box Office at 815-968-0595 and visit coronadopac.org
The Trail of Screams has three scary Halloween attractions at one place, Wlydside Paintball. The Screamatorium was r...
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...
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...
ESPN Zone is located in Chicago. A sports themed restaurant that has sports viewing with flat screen TV’s, over 10,000 square feet of arcade sports games like air hockey, see how many free throws you can make, racing simulators and so much more! Visit espnzone.com for more infomatio...
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 ...
In the Boone County region of Chicago and Beyond, brand new Dodges roll off the assembly lines, while General Mills food products leave the plant in the fast-growing community of Belvidere. From the first 37 residents who settled the town in the 1830s, to the 26,000 who call it home today, Belvidere...
There's something different about the rows of corn on the Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, Ill., because every year about 65,000 people visit what the Richardson family calls the most detailed and complicated corn maze in the world.
Watch the segment from CBS Sunday Morning: http://www.cbsnews.co...
All through the month of October, the Morton Arboretum in Lisle is celebrating its Fall Color Festival. This year, the festival features a 5k run, nature walks, children's "trick-or-trees" games and a glass pumpkin patch. Learn more at http://www.mortonarb.org/calendar/article/15527/fall-color-festi...
This year's festival takes place August 31 from 11AM to 11PM and features a new parade route at 11:00 am, Channing to Prairie to Festival Park! Opening Remarks will follow to kick-off the festival. Join us in Chicago & Beyond for Live Music, International Food Court, KidZone activities, Work Mar...
History comes to life in Rockford and the Chicago & Beyond region this weekend with the return of women's baseball at Beyer Stadium - the former home field of the Rockford Peaches from 1943 to 1954. The newly renovated Beyer Stadium will host its first women's baseball game since 1954 this weeke...
Beer Month on the Chicago & Beyond Blog continues with a great volunteer, fundraising Brew Fest coming up this Saturday, August 24 in Plainfield.
Plano celebrates their part as the boyhood home of Superman in “Man of Steel”
PLANO, Ill. (July 19, 2013) – Plano, Ill in the Chicago & Beyond region is also known as Smallville, in the filming of the most recent Superman thriller, Man Of Steel, will be celebrating with super style. It all ki...
Corn Dog Billy, arguably the best corn dog maker in the United States, has returned to Chicago & Beyond for the Boone County Fair, running through Sunday, August 11, 2013 at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere.
The Boone County Fair will be the last stop in Illinois this year for Corn Dog B...
Today is one of the Sweetest days of the year, and one of our favorites, National Doughnut Day, and we've got dough on our mind. National Doughnut Day traces it's roots back to 1938, when the Salvation Army in Chicago & Beyond created the holiday as a fundraiser to help the needy during the Grea...
HERITAGE CORRIDOR CVB NOMINATES STARVED ROCK STATE PARK FOR VIRTUALTOURIST'S 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD
Voting Now Open Through September 30
In Chicago & Beyond we've always known what a gem Starved Rock State Park is. Now the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced t...
March 14 is National Pi Day, also known as National ? Day or National Pie Day…our favorite. We were so excited about this today that we woke up thinking about where to find the best pie in Chicago & Beyond. Every community across northern Illinois has a spot for great pie. Here are a couple of o...
Spring is only 3 weeks away and DuPage County is ready. This innovative Chicago & Beyond region has created several great getaway packages for visitors to take advantage of all that DuPage County has to offer.
Start Exploring DuPage County this spring:
It’s almost time for the Hockey City Classic where Soldier Field in Chicago & Beyond will host – for the first time ever – outdoor hockey in the stadium! The event on Sunday, Feb. 17th will feature two great college match-ups: Notre Dame vs. Miami University and Minnesota vs. Wisconsin.
Friday, February 15, 2013: 4 winemakers who are close friends are getting together to create this unique dinner experience that showcases some of the greatest wines that Illinois produces! You will depart from the August Hill Winery tasting room at 6 pm and then ride the Trolley to the winery and ca...
The Chinese New Year 4711 is also the 101st Anniversary of Chinatown in Chicago. Bet you didn’t know that? The official Chinese New Year is February 10th, but festivities are planned throughout the weekend in Chicago & Beyond. The Chinese calendar calls the upcoming year the Year of the Snake. T...
Groundhog Day in Chicago & Beyond has extra special significance. Did you know that the movie Groundhog Day was filmed in Woodstock, Illinois' historic downtown square.
So, our top choice of how where can spend Groundhog Day 2013 in Chicago and Beyond..
Woodstock Willie, Woodstock, IL - Since ...
Illinois’ largest attraction, Navy Pier will welcome back the Tall Ships on August 7-11, 2013. In 2012, Navy Pier in Chicago hosted 9.18 million visitors, keeping Navy Pier as top Illinois attraction as the most visited tourist attraction in Illinois.
Learn more about what coming up at Navy Pier ...
We already know that Chicago is the place to plan your next getaway, meeting, conference, or convention. Now we have proof. There are times when it feels as if everyone is heading to Chicago and with hotel occupancy rates exceeded 75%, we know the secret is out. Chicago is “second to none” – as the ...
Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is upon us and we have some great suggestions for things to do with kids in Chicago & Beyond.
GO TO MARKET: Rockford City Market had a direct economic impact on market vendors of $1.6 million, according to a study done by marketumbrella.org, which manages New Orleans’ markets and is known as a leader in the market industry. Downtown merchants, restaurants and bars realized $1.1 million i...
There are so many great things to do in Chicago & Beyond but we recognize our getaway travelers are not bound by county lines when they are experiencing the best of Chicago and Northern Illinois. With this week being the holiday week, we encourage you to experience beyond Chicago & Beyond and pop in...
With winter in full-swing throughout Northern Illinois, our thoughts turn to ice skating and outdoor winter activities in Chicago and Beyond. Almost every community offers ice-skating, but we thought we’d introduce you to a few of our favorites. You can check out more things to do in Chicago and Bey...
Fore!!! Ryder Cup Fever is taking full hold in Chicago & Beyond, but you don’t have to experience great golf in Chicagoland only from the “other side of the ropes”. Fall golf in Chicago & Beyond can be an exhilarating adventure. As our trees explode with fall color, afternoon temperatures warm and f...
Ah, Chicago. The city that is second to none. While in the City of Big Shoulders, or just because you're nearby, take advantage of an exciting array of things to do near Chicago. From first-class attractions and world-renowned museums, to world-class events and award-winning wineries, all of Norther...
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