• 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

  • Chicago and Beyond is Once Again Known as Northern Illinois Tourism

    Northern Illinois Tourism

    Chicago and Beyond is once again known as Northern Illinois Tourism

    Our website and all our social media sites have been adjusted to reflect this change. Visit our website at visitnorthernillinois.com if you haven't for a while, and let us know if your information needs updating....

  • Northern Illinois Winter Break Activities For The Kids

    All the excitement has the children wound up.  Help them wind down in these unique ways: Winter Art Camp I Freeport Art Museum 121 North Harlem Avenue, Freeport December 26 - 27, 2014; 9:30am - Noon For ages 7 to 12. Add some creativity to the school break! Spend two fun-filled days at FAM in t...

  • Places To Warm Up In Northern Illinois

    Reflect on the beauty of the season. Here are just a few oases in Northern Illinois. Find other green spots near you on our website! Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe Daily 8am - 6pm (closed Christmas Day) Enjoy the beauty of our garden paths or greenhouse. chicagobotanic.org or 84...

  • Joy Of The Holidays - Performances in Northern Illinois

    Make time to relax and let others entertain you! Here are just a few of the star performances in Northern Illinois where you will experience the holiday season with a different spin. Scrooge, the Comedy 2014 White Pines Inn, Mount Morris 6712 White Pines Road December 11 - 14 2014 (check other dates...

  • Fill Your Senses With the Sights and Smells of A Hometown Holiday

    Gaze at the twinkling lights and delight in the fresh pine scent of newly cut trees. Northern Illinois is chock-full of holiday festivals and events - too many to list them all here. Please check our Event page for more choices. Every town has their traditions and you may want to experience more tha...

  • Ice Skating and Ice Sculpting in Chicago and Beyond

    Bundle up and make some memories this weekend. Northern Illinois offers indoor and outdoor ice skating where you can start, or continue, a family tradition! Weak ankles? Attend the ice sculpting event in Ottawa - all done with chain saws! You have to see it to believe it. The McCormick Tribune Ice R...

  • Ways to Meet Northern Illinois Settlers

    Get up close and personal with the people that shaped Northern Illinois. Visit their homes and find out how they lived. Step back further in time and see how life was lived when Illinois was young. Here are some places to start your journey: Ellwood House Holiday Traditions, DeKalb 509 North First S...

  • Step Right Up To See Four Wildly Entertaining Shows!

    Cowboys, Blue Men, Crazy Pianos, and Knights - not classical picks but definitely classics! Sit back and enjoy music and laughter. We have it all in Northern Illinois. Monty Python’s Spamalot, Oak Lawn 4625 West 110th Street November 14 - 23, 2014 Oak View Community Center. Come out and see a ...

  • Giving Thanks for the Harvest in Northern Illinois

    ??????????????????????????????? Before getting swept away in all of the holiday events take the time to step back and give thanks to the farmers of the past and present. These two events celebrate the hard work and dedication it takes to be a farmer. Gather the family around for a new tradition at this time of Thanksgiving - get ...

  • Slowing Down for Halloween in Chicago and Beyond

    ????????????????????  Back in the days when I trick or treated we headed out with our pillow cases and didn't come home for a couple of hours.  It was great to be out in the dark and meet up with friends.  It was as if time stood still. We were not thinking of school the next day or really of anything else but the next...

  • Fall Drive on the Lake Michigan Circle Tour

    GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA  This is the perfect time to drive the Lake Michigan Circle Tour along Sheridan Road. Drive south from Waukegan all the way to the City of Chicago. Or north from Chicago to Zion and visit Illinois Beach State Park. Zigging and then zagging through residential neighborhoods thick with trees with the...

  • History and Mystery Tours for Chicago and Beyond

    Love to learn about local history? How about with a twist of mystery? These walking tours in Chicago and Beyond will satisfy with inside information about your local "haunts". See these locations with new eyes but try not to get left behind on your own. Long Grove Historical Society Ghost Walk Old M...

  • 27th Annual Autumn Drive

    This is a wonderful way to wander the country roads and find treasures! Starts tomorrow! Trunk is loaded from Autumn Drive! More finds! Welcome to a different kind of fall festival! Spend a leisurely day with family and friends on a real country road. Fifteen family farms in rural McHenry County, ...

  • Places to Put a Chill Up Your Spine in Northern Illinois

    Haunted trails. Haunted boats. Haunted trains. Is there no where safe from the Halloween spirits? Plan some time to be frightened and have a good scream.  Here are three scary events to choose from but don't go alone! Spirits of the Oaks Haunted Trails 20000 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields Olymp...

  • Live Entertainment To Be Seen and Heard in Northern Illinois

    Enjoy a weekend out in your own hometown! Spend a lovely day outdoors at a local festival or apple orchard and then get dressed up and let someone entertain you! Comedy and drama. Eclectic music and dance performances. It's always a thrill when the house lights dim and the show begins! To Jillian on...

  • Fall Means Football in Chicago and Beyond

    Whether rooting for the local high school team, the Northern Illinois Huskies or the Chicago Bears the people in Northern Illinois love their football! Plan an afternoon or evening with your family to cheer on the teams! Blankets and hot chocolate are all part of the tradition. All local teams would...

  • Test Your Detective Skills At A Murder Mystery in Northern Illinois

    Time to test your little grey cells on a sleuthing evening! Meet the suspects and "victim" and see if you can deduce the murderer! Another unusual entertainment in Northern Illinois, where we always provide something for everybody! Murder in The Bennett-Curtis Mansion, Grant Park 302 West Taylor Str...

  • Oktoberfest Action in Northern Illinios

    The weather has turned and it is a fantastic time to explore old traditions. Music, dancing, food and beer.  Time to get yourself to one of these choices near Chicago and Beyond. Oaktoberfest Marion Street and North Boulevard, Oak Park September 19 - 20, 2014 Celebrate the coming of fall at Dow...

  • Experience the 3 French Hens Market

    We took a drive this past July to the 3 French Hens Country Market at Canal Port in Morris. It started pouring pouring rain after we were about half way there and we debated turning back but thought we could surely find something to do even if the Market was rained out.  And, did we ever! We drove t...

  • Fall Art Festivals in Northern Illinois

    geneva arts fairImmerse yourself in art and meet the artists. Three choices in one weekend is testament to the value that art lovers in Illinois place on these returning favorites. 66th Grand Detour Arts Festival 8334 South Clinton Street, Grand Detour September 14, 2014; 9am - 4pm At the John Deere Historic Site, ...

  • Relive Civil War History in Northern Illinois

    Opportunities galore for the history buff in Northern Illinois.  Three fantastic War re-enactments scheduled for September!  Pick your date and/or location and immerse yourself in the past. All of these choices are first rate family activities. You are never too young, or old, to learn. Wo...

  • Slow Down and Paddle in Chicago and Beyond

    Have you told yourself all summer that you were going to get out on the water and yet still haven't?  The upcoming three-day weekend could be your chance!  Northern Illinois has so many glorious lakes and rivers to choose from! There is nothing like paddling along at your own pace at a whole other l...

  • Take a Spin on the Northern Illinois Bike Trails

    Chicago and Beyond takes a deeper meaning with the countless biking opportunities. From the Divvy bikes available 24/7 in the Chicagoland area to the numerous bike paths found throughout Northern Illinois there is sure to be a right path for you! There are hundreds of stations throughout Chicago and...

  • Fishing, Micro Brew Review and All Family Vehicle Cruise

    Spend the day outdoors in Northern Illinois.  Here are three totally different type of events for to check out. Try something new or just be a spectator but these will give you something to talk about on Monday morning! Striped Bass Contest Weekend! 4100 Bluebird Lane, Shabbona August 16 - 17, ...

  • A July morning at Illinois Beach State Park

    It was a beautiful July morning when we ventured over to the northeast corner of Illinois. It was sunny and warm but no humidity – couldn’t ask for a better day! When we reached Zion, a tidy community along the lake, we headed south on Sheridan Road. There is great signage to the park so we had no p...

  • Classical and Jazz - More Sounds of Northern Illinois

    Sounds of music fill the air in Northern Illinois. Here are two choices for winding down and filling your senses with beautiful music: Wine-Jazz-Art In the Barn 20712 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields August 1, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Come out for a relaxing evening of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and l...

  • Enjoy the Art in Northern Illinois

    We've got festivals but we've also offer art in Northern Illinois! There are two great Art Shows happening this weekend! Be sure to make time to scout out the great talent being displayed. Geneva Arts Fair Third Street, Geneva June 26 - 27, 2014 In late July, The unprecedented Geneva Arts Fair trans...

  • Lazy River Time in Northern Illinois

    Perfect days ahead for tubing on the lazy rivers of Northern Illinois.  Illinois has wonderful state parks but refreshing waterparks too! Pack your towel and sunscreen and relax near the water. KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, Gurnee 1700 Nations Drive A new and uniquely designed water res...

  • Ice Cream Traditions in Northern Illinois

    The place that you've gone to since you were a kid now has become a family tradition for your own family.  The place in the neighborhood that's always been there but you have just discovered.  The drive in or the ice cream parlor, everyone has a favorite place as well as a favorite flavor. ...

  • Festivals, With a Focus on Fun in Northern Illinois

    Palos Hills Friendship Festival & Carnival July 10 - 13, 2014, 107th & 88th Avenue, Palos Hills Opening Ceremony - 6:45pm - Beer Garden. Burbank Detachment 072 US Marine Corp. Friendship Festival offers free parking, admission, entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo and family fun. Enjoy great f...

  • Freedom to Celebrate in Northern Illinois

    starved rock spNorthern 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, Oregon
    207 acres for camping, boati...

  • 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...

  • Golf in Chicago and Beyond

    Just a sampling of the many beautiful golf courses in Northern Illinois, check our Outdoors tab on our website for golf course listings in your area!

    Beaver Creek Golf Course is located in Capron. A 9-hole golf course which is away from main highways, traffic and the hustle and bustl...

  • 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....

  • 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 ...

  • 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.


  • Theatre

    The Byron Civic Theatre presents Spamalot is based off of the classic film Monty Python and The Holy Grail. It retells the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  Show times are April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4.  Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students and ...
  • Cabin Fever? Try Vintage Shopping in Northern Illinois

    If you can see pavement, and the wind is not blowing too hard, then it is time to head out for some vintage shopping time! We can't name a favorite because there are so many awesome shops in the Northern Illinois area. But if you make tracks every Saturday to explore some of these hot spots then it ...
  • Haunted Chicago 2013

    haunted chicagoChicago & Beyond is full of spooktacular things to do. Here's a great list of haunting events in Chicago.

    The Haunted Devil and the White City --Sundays at 3pm

    The tour is 3 hours to the places that made famous by Erik Larson's phenomenal best-seller "The Devil in the White City". Tickets are ...

  • Great Events Happen in Ottawa

    Ottawa Illinois along sure has some great events happening for everyone in the Chicago & Beyond Region this summer. The first weekend in June features two great events, the Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest and the 12th Annual Heritage Tractor Adventure.

    Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest

    things to do near ChicagoWine-Food-Jazz! Celeb...

  • Valentine's Day in Chicago & Beyond

    There is plenty to do in Chicago & Beyond with your loved one on Valentine’s Day. From lavishing them with limo rides, flowers and world-class dining to strolling the Lakefront, ice skating below the stars and locating that perfect grocer to help you plan your romantic dinner at home, Chicago & ...
  • Holiday Activities in Chicago & Beyond

    Holiday activities are all around us in Chicago & Beyond. We thought you’d like to take a look at a couple of the out of the ordinary things to do with the kiddos while they are on holiday break.

    Winter Wonderfest ChicagoWinter Wonderfest, Chicago: Bring the family to Navy Pier in Chicago for Winter Wonderfest, now t...

  • Thanksgiving in Chicago & Beyond

    Thanksgiving is now only a few weeks away. As thoughts of parades, football and bountiful feasts appear, the restaurants in Chicago & Beyond are creating special menus for Thanksgiving guests. As we all know, the restaurants in Chicago & Beyond are culinary masterpieces and Thanksgiving gives our ta...
  • Something to do in this Weekend in Chicago and Beyond

    Shadows of the Blue and Gray - Oct. 13, 2012 - Oct. 14, 2012 - City County Park, Princeton, IL

    things to do in ChicagoSee history come alive at the 15th annual Shadows of the Blue and Gray Civil War Festival and Reenactment. Enjoy living history artisans at work, exciting battle reenactments, President and Mrs. Lincoln...

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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.