• Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty and wonder of winter in northern Illinois.

    Winter Wonderland

    Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty and wonder of winter in northern Illinois.

  • 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

  • While traveling, stop in the Dixon Welcome Center to treasures and to learn a bit of history about the Lincoln Highway!

    Lincoln Highway Exhibit at the Dixon Welcome Center

    While traveling, stop in the Dixon Welcome Center to treasures and to learn a bit of history about the Lincoln Highway!

  • 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

  • Chicago Museums

    Joliet Historical Museum

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

  • The Brick Cafe & Art Gallery in Belvidere

    The Brick Cafe & Art Gallery in Belvidere

    Enjoy a delicious meal and the unique artwork while getting out of the weather!

  • Enjoy outdoor activities in the winter at any of the beautiful trails and golf courses throughout our region!

    Skiing

    Enjoy outdoor activities in the winter at any of the beautiful trails and golf courses throughout our region!

  • Rochelle Railroad Park - Illinois attractions

    Rochelle Railroad Park

    The Rochelle Railroad Park, located on the Illinois Lincoln Highway, is a fantastic photo opportunity for young and old alike!

  • 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!

  • What better way to enjoy freshly fallen snow than to hit the slopes by sledding, skiing, or snowboarding.

    Family Fun

    What better way to enjoy freshly fallen snow than to hit the slopes by sledding, skiing, or snowboarding.

  • Get outside and enjoy the fresh, crisp winter air!

    Outdoor Winter Activities to Enjoy

    Get outside and enjoy the fresh, crisp winter air!

  • See them at many different events happening throughout the Chicago & Beyond region.

    Is this Santa's Reindeer?

    See them at many different events happening throughout the Chicago & Beyond region.

  • Check out the Illinois Lincoln Highway in Northern Illinois

    Illinois Lincoln Highway Scenic Byway

    Check out the Illinois Lincoln Highway in Northern Illinois

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Darien, IL

  • National Shrine of St. Therese

    The National Shrine of St. Therese sits peacefully on a 50-acre estate owned and operated by the Carmelites. The Shrine is home to the most wonderful collection of relics, personal efforts and memorabilia of Therese outside of France.

    630-969-3311 | http://saint-therese.org
    8501 Bailey Road, Darien, IL 60561
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Deer Park, IL

  • Deer Park Town Center

    An open-air lifestyle center featuring over 70 of the most exclusive shops and restaurants in Chicago's northwest suburbs.

    20530 North Rand Road, Deer Park, IL 60010
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DeKalb, IL

  • Barn Tour of DeKalb County IL

    The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one-day driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County hosted by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association and the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center. Participants will receive a map Guide Book containing hand-drawn sketches of each barn and the barn’s history, style and use. Participants drive to each location in any order for a tour of the barn(s), including many interiors. Purchase your event ticket at any of the eight locations. Be aware that this is an outdoor activity that may involve walking on uneven ground. Admission is $20 per vehicle (buses extra) (Museum members receive a 25% discount). Bus groups are welcome. Call for details on pricing; Rob Glover at the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center at (815) 756-7904 or info@gliddenhomestead.org.

    921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center

    The Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, located on the campus of Northern Illinois University, offers truly distinctive and sophisticated meeting and banquet facilities for the university and community.

    815-753-8821 | http://bavc.niu.edu/
    231 North Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Blackwell History of Education Museum

    Features a One-Room Schoolhouse and one of the most extensive history of education collections in the country with thousands of books and artifacts of historical interest.

    815-753-1236
    Gabel Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Bliss Beads Studio & Gallery

    A shop with unique beads, quality findings, jewelry making, classes, flamework glass supplies, fine art, and handcrafted accessories.

    161 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Buena Vista Golf Course

    Buena Vista is a par 32 nine hole golf course with a driving range, proshop and snack bar.

    815-758-4812 | http://buenavistagc.com/
    131 Buena Vista Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Carter's Cottage

    Home decor from Elegant to French Country and Primitive to Vintage.

    209 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Decades

    Resale shop. Vintage and mid-modern. Household, garden, and furniture - constantly changing mix of neat choices.

    815-748-0309
    235 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Dee Palmer Band Shell at Hopkins Park

    Free concerts by the DeKalb Municipal Band every Tuesday at 8 pm, beginning in June and ending in late August.

    815-758-6663
    1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • DeKalb County Barn Tour

    The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one day, self-guided driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County hosted by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association and the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center. Participants will receive a map Guide Book containing hand-drawn sketches of each barn and the barn’s history, style and use. Participants drive to each location in any order for a tour of the barn(s), including many interiors. Purchase your event ticket at any of the seven locations. Admission is $20 per vehicle (buses extra) (Museum members receive a 25% discount). Bus groups are welcome. Call for details on pricing; Marcia Wilson at the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center at (815) 756-7904 or info@gliddenhomestead.org.

    921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • DeKalb Farmers Market

    Join us every Thursday, June to September in Van Buer Plaza. Featuring fresh local produce, baked goods, crafts, entertainment, and much more.

    815-748-7788 | http://renewdekalb.com/
    North 2nd and Locust, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • DeKalb Florist and Greenhouse

    High quality flowers and gifts.

    815-756-2705 | http://dekalbflorist.com/
    2131 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • DeKalb Park District/Hopkins Park Aquatic Center

    Pool, playground and meeting room facilities. There is something for everyone!

    1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Egyptian Theatre

    On the National Registry of Historic Places, this is one of the best examples of Egyptian/Art Deco architecture in the country. Tours are available by appointment. Visit website for current events and shows.

    135 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Ellwood House Museum

    Tour barbed wire baron Isaac Ellwood's Victorian mansion. Experience three generations of family life 1870s-1920s at this National Register Historic Site. The eight-acre grounds include Visitor Center exhibits, Victorian playhouse and gardens. Call for hours.

    815-756-4609 | http://ellwoodhouse.org/
    509 North First Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Glitter

    With over 100,000 different items in stock and new added items weekly, Glitter has something for every young girl and woman. Choose from a wide selection jewelry, make-up, nail polish and clothing in sizes from young girl to 3X. Most items are priced below $15.Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10am - 8pm and Sun. 11am - 5pm

    124 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Green Tree Golf Course

    Par 35, nine-hole public golf course with a chip 'n putt course, pro shop and snack bar.

    200 East Gurler Road, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Gurler House

    This house was built in 1857 for George Gurler, a dairy and creamery owner. Walk around the house, grounds and gardens. Tours are available by appointment.

    205 Pine Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Haish Memorial Library

    The Indiana Bedford limestone facade reflects the Art Deco style. Among the many treasures within the library is the Works Progress Administration mural that was painted in 1934 by Gustav Dahlstrom. The mural is over 20 feet tall and one of the largest left untouched in the United States. It was restored to its original beauty in 2006.

    815-756-9568 | http://dkpl.org
    309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Harley-Davidson Museum

    Over 65 antique and modern motorcycles are on display, along with memorabilia and vintage clothing.

    815-756-4558 | http://pierceh-d.com/
    969 Peace Road, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Heritage Square Gallery

    A historic gallery built in 1897, containing over 200 pictures of DeKalb's rich history from 1860 through the present.

    815-756-1445
    105 North First Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Hillside Restaurant

    American Bistro.

    121 North Second Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Historic Shopping District of DeKalb & Northern Illinois University Self-Guided Walking Tours

    Stroll through historic downtown DeKalb to explore unique shopping and dining. Enjoy dozens of historic homes and parks as you meander through the streets of DeKalb. Walk the beautiful campus at Northern Illinois University at your own pace.

    164 East Lincoln Highway, Route 38, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Joseph F. Glidden Homestead

    Built in 1861, the house and brick barn were constructed for local farmer and barbed wire inventor, Joseph Glidden. The barn is commemorated by the Illinois State Historical Society as the birthplace of barbed wire. Blacksmith demonstrations are given twice a month and tours are available.

    921 West Lincoln Highway, Route 38, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Kid Stuff

    Specializing in everything related to children including clothes, toys, baby furniture and equipment, gadgets, and maternity clothes.

    815-787-7683
    149 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Gazebo-DeKalb

    One of 16 gazebos across the Illinois Lincoln Highway that offer a unique and interactive way for visitors to learn the significance of the highway while enjoying stories of the early Lincoln Highway and its Illinois communities.

    Corner of Lincoln Highway and Tenth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural-DeKalb

    Detailed image of travelers in a 1913 Stevens-Duryea, a high-end touring car of its time is the centerpiece of the mural. The mural's border is cut and painted to represent the brick DeKalb arch.

    Corner of Lincoln Highway and Seventh Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Nehring Center Gallery

    Located in a renovated bank building from the 1900s, presents rotating exhibitions of fine art and historical artifacts enhanced by lectures, performances and other programs across a broad range of disciplines. Call for programming and exhibit information.

    111 South Second Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • NIU Art Museum

    Rotating exhibitions from the university's collections, contemporary art by regional and national artists, and national traveling exhibitions. Exhibitions and lectures are free and open to the public. During university sessions and by appointment for group tours.

    815-753-1936 | http://niu.edu/artmuseum
    Northern Illinois University, 116 Altgeld Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • NIU Convocation Center

    Arena, located on the Northern Illinois University Campus, has a 10,000 seating capacity with over 45,000 square feet of floor space. Host to many functions such as concerts, trade shows, athletic events and more.

    815-752-6800 | http://niuconvo.com/
    1525 West Lincoln Highway, Route 38, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • NIU School of Theatre and Dance

    The NIU School of Theatre and Dance offers seven main stage productions a year (September-late April) and numerous studio productions as well. It is located off of Carol Avenue, which is behind the Pizza Hut on the Lincoln Highway.

    815-753-1600 | http://niu.edu/theatre
    Stevens Building on NIU Campus in DeKalb, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Poppy Seed Primitives

    A wide assortment of gift ideas are available.

    223 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Prairie Pines Golf Course

    A 9 hole public golf course that is a Par 34 at 2,465 yards - open to the public seven days a week during the season.

    6236 State Route 38, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • River Heights Golf Course

    An 18-hole facility winding along banks of the Kishwaukee River, offering a challenging mix of traditional and links type holes for the weekend golfer or serious golfer.

    1100 South Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Stagecoach Theatre

    This community theater is one of the oldest in Illinois, having been organized in 1946.

    815-758-1940 | http://stagecoachers.com/
    126 South 5th Street, DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Yeager's Farm Market

    Fresh produce and flowers. Hay rides in the fall to the hidden pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin.

    815-756-6005
    14643 State Route 38, DeKalb, IL 60115
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Des Plaines, IL

  • Golf Center Des Plaines

    Golfers practice year-round from 80 lighted, heated driving range bays onto 300 yards of targeted fairway. Restaurant, pro shop, and lessons.

    353 North River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
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  • Lake Park Golf Course

    An 18-hole, par 3, sporty short course. Beautiful greens, strategic bunkers, and a picturesque lake that doubles as a hazard.

    847-391-5730 | http://dpparks.org/
    2025 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016
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  • Maryville Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

    Our Lady of Guadalupe holds the first replica of Our Lady of Guadalupe that traveled abroad from Mexico.

    847-294-1806
    1100 North River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
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  • Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center

    One of the most beautiful waterparks in northern Illinois. Two 37-foot water slides, cliff dives, 550 foot lazy river, zero depth leisure pool, etc.

    847-391-5740 | http://dpparks.org/
    2025 Miner, Des Plaines, IL 60016
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  • Rivers Casino

    The 147,000-square-foot facility has more than 1,050 slot machines and 48 table games along with six restaurants and live entertainment.

    847-795-0777 | http://playrivers.com/
    3000 South River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
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Dixon, IL

  • "Begins the Trail" Reagan Statue

    A bronze statue of Ronald Reagan, astride the likeness of a palomino horse he rode nearly 60 years ago, sits at the head of the Heritage Crossing Riverfront Plaza located on River Street in downtown Dixon. The statue, created by local artist Don Reed, serves as the centerpiece of Heritage Crossing, an open-air plaza that looks out onto the Rock River.

    815-284-DIXON | http://discoverdixon.com/
    River Street, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Basil Tree Ristorante

    Fine dining Italian restaurant. Beautifully renovated building with authentic Italian cuisine and wine list.

    815-306-4310
    123 East First Street, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Bavaria Haus Antiques

    Antiques and collectibles.

    815-288-3133
    404 North Lincoln Avenue, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Dixon Welcome Center/Lincoln Highway Interpretive Center

    Features the Illinois Lincoln Highway exhibit, travel information on Dixon and surrounding areas, Dixon and Reagan small gift shop, and parking at the door. Also, the location is right off Galena Avenue overlooking the Rock River and in walking distance to downtown shopping and the Lincoln Highway Interpretive Gazebo.

    815-284-3496 | http://discoverdixon.com/
    83 South Peoria Avenue, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Happy Trails Antique Shop

    Antiques and collectibles.

    815-284-0400
    817 S. Hennepin Avenue, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Gazebo-Dixon

    One of 16 gazebos across the Illinois Lincoln Highway that offer a unique and interactive way for visitors to learn the significance of the highway while enjoying stories of the early Lincoln Highway and its Illinois communities.

    South Galena & River Street, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural-Dixon

    Images of the first army convoy on the Lincoln Highway having lunch on the Dixon courthouse lawn and Dwight D. Eisenhower are painted on the mural in a soft color pallet.

    106 West River Street, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Lost Nation Golf Club

    18-hole public golf course with clubhouse, pro shop, cart/equipment rental.

    815-652-4212
    6931 South Lost Nation Road, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Loveland Museum

    Features pictures and personal items of Dixon's founder, John Dixon. Furnishings from pioneer homes, early farm tools, Native American artifacts, war items and clothing.

    513 West Second Street, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Northwest Territory Historic Center

    A history research and learning center housed in President Ronald Reagan's boyhood school. Beautifully restored, the center is proudly affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. Enjoy many Reagan exhibits, the Veterans History Project Regional Center, auditorium, research library, historical exhibits, art gallery, surround-sound theater and museum store. Tuesday through Saturday 9am - 4pm.

    815-288-5508 | http://nthc.org/
    205 West Fifth Street, Dixon, IL 62021
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  • Old Settlers Cabin

    Built in 1894, this reconstructed log cabin is completely furnished. The statue of Lincoln is the only one of the former president in military uniform.

    815-284-1134
    Lincoln Statue Drive, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Palmyra Greenhouse

    Greenhouse and plant accessories.

    489 Palmyra Road, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

    A fully-restored 1920s era home occupied by the Reagan family during Ronald "Dutch" Reagan's formative years. Site includes the Boyhood Home, a visitor's center, park with an iconic Reagan statue, and it draws thousands of visitors from nearly every state and dozens of countries each year.

    815-288-5176 | http://reaganhome.org/
    816 South Hennepin Avenue, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Something Special

    Specialty shop - women's clothing.

    815-285-3110
    123 West First Street, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • The Gathering Place

    The Gathering Place is a venue for wedding receptions, reunions and birthday parties. It is located in downtown Dixon next door to the popular Salamandra Mexican Restaurant. Our big party room can seat up to 100 people and Salamandra’s Restaurant also can cater your event, if needed. Give us a call for all the details.

    815-285-0874
    105 First Street, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • The Next Picture Show

    Located in a renovated 1854 building in historic downtown Dixon, this fine arts center is a place where art is created, shown, studied and celebrated.

    113 West First Street, Dixon, IL 61021
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  • Timber Creek Golf Course

    18-hole golf course.

    729 Timber Creek Road, Dixon, IL 61021
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Downers Grove, IL

  • Downtown Downers Grove

    Located in the heart of downtown Downers Grove, browse through unique home furnishing, accessories, gift, book stores and upscale boutiques and dine on a variety of restaurants, deli's and sweet shops.

    Downtown Downers Grove, Downers Grove, IL 60515
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  • Tivoli Theatre

    Beautiful historic theater opened in 1928. Today it looks much as it did originally and still houses current movies as well as live performances.

    5021 Highland Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515
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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.