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    All the world's a Stage

    Theatre Entertainment happening Everywhere - including Starlight Theatre in Rockford

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    Lodging Lincoln Way Inn Franklin Grove

    There are many Lodging choices in Northern Illinois, including the Lincoln Way Inn B&B in Franklin Grove

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    Illinois Lincoln Highway Traveling Exhibit

    Learn the history of the Illinois Lincoln Highway at the I-88 Oasis stop by DeKalb

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    Chicago Skyline

    A must see when in Chicago - the famous Chicago Skyline!

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    It's time to hit the course. Visit some of our many wonderful courses!

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    Joliet Historical Museum

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    Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford

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    Northern Illinois Wine Trail

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    Freeport Bandshell

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    Illinois Lincoln Highway Scenic Byway

    Check out the Illinois Lincoln Highway in Northern Illinois

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Machesney Park, IL

  • Machesney Park Raceway

    MP Raceway is the quarter-scale race capital of the Midwest and home to the Midwest Quarter Scale Tri-State Nationals.

    1220 Shappert Drive, Machesney Park, IL 61115
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Malta, IL

  • Jonamac Orchard and Corn Maze

    Family activities such as apple picking, challenging corn maze, play area, etc. Offering apples, pumpkins, cider, donuts, pies, and many other goodies. Special events held most weekends from September through October - including a new corn maze each year. We pressed our apples into cider and our friends from the Prairie State Winery in Genoa helped make it into unique apple wines, exclusively for Jonamac Orchard. They are only available at our farm, so come on in and grab a bottle or two! The farm is open August through November. Visit our website for exact dates and more information.

    19412 Shabbona Road, Malta, IL 60150
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  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural-Malta

    The murals gives striking detail of the Lincoln Highway's first seedling mile, located in Malta. Also featured are strong images of early construction equipment.

    127 North Third Street, Malta, IL 60150
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  • Lincoln Highway Seedling Mile Marker/Gazebo

    Malta, located west of DeKalb, is proud to be the home to the "first seedling mile" on the Lincoln Highway which runs from Times Square, New York to San Francisco, California.

    21193 Malta Road, Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL 60150
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Manhattan, IL

  • Baker/Koren Round Barn Farm

    Three pavilions, historic round barn farm, gazebo, fishing pond, oak tree grove. Tennis court, playground, frisbee disc golf, outdoor fitness circuit, walking paths, horseshoe pit, and baseball field.

    24115 South U.S. 52, Manhattan, IL 60442
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Manteno, IL

  • Camp Shaw

    Camp Shaw has indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate almost any event and offers on-sitecatering. Choose from a five or seven day camping experience with programs including archery, crafts, field games, swimming, jewelry making, the challenge course and many more.

    815-933-3011 | http://campshaw.org/
    6641 North 6000 West Road, Manteno, IL 60950
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  • Family Tree Nursery

    This choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm offers refreshments and wagon rides. Christmas Tree varieties include Scott Pine, White Pine, Douglas Fir and Norway Spruce.

    1548 East 1000 North Road, Manteno, IL 60950
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  • Manteno Golf Club

    18 hole golf course.

    815-468-8827 | http://mantenogolf.com/
    7202 North 4000 East Road, Manteno, IL 60950
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  • Manteno Historical Society Museum

    The museum features a one-room schoolhouse and restored horse-drawn doctor's buggy.

    192 West Third Street, Manteno, IL 60950
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Maple Park, IL

  • Acquaviva Winery

    Acquaviva is a family-owned 40-acre estate vineyard and full service winery. The 20,000 sq. ft. facility includes a tasting bar, Neapolitan-style pizza bistro with foods paired to accompany the wines, retail marketplace, private event space, as well as a visible winemaking production center.

    47W614 Route 38, Maple Park, IL 60151
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  • HD Rockers

    Located inside the American Legion.

    203 Main Street, Maple Park, IL 60151
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  • Kuipers Family Farm

    230 acres of fall festivities on the farm. Open from Labor Day to December. Apples to Christmas Trees for your delight.

    1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
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  • Sycamore Speedway

    A great location if you want to race your car or bring the whole family out to experience a racing event.

    50W086 Old State Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
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Marengo, IL

  • Cody's Farm Market / Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Festival

    Enjoy a day in the country and purchase farm fresh vegetables and fall decor, take the corn maze challenge and shop for antiques, candles, baskets and collectables. Don't miss the annual Pumpkin Festival from late September to October.

    815-568-7976 | http://codysfarm.com/
    19502 River Road, Marengo, IL 60152
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  • Coral Woods Conservation Site

    Sugar maple forest provides the sweet sap necessary for the annual maple syrup festival. Magnificent display of spring wildflowers, picnic facilities, over 2.5 miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and more available.

    815-338-6223 | http://mccdistrict.org/
    7400 Somerset Drive, Marengo, IL 60152
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  • GloBowl Fun Center and Trio Grille

    A 16 lane boutique bowling alley that features state of the art scoring system, audio/video for sports viewing, and leather couches for your comfort. Trio Grille offers a sports bar with fabulous food. Hand crafted 1/2 burgers and 10 craft brews on tap. We truly are fun for all ages

    101 Franks Road, Marengo, IL 60152
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  • Marengo Ridge Conservation District Site

    Up to 5 miles of hiking and ski trails pass through evergreen trees mixed with native hardwoods at the popular hiking, cross-country skiing and camping site. The Thomas Woods Campground area provides for RV and tent camping, group camp and picnic sites may also be reserved.

    815-338-6223 | http://mccdistrict.org/
    3100 North Route 23, Marengo, IL 60152
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Marseilles, IL

  • Illini State Park

    This 500 acre park has songbirds, waterfowl and water life as well as ball fields, fishing, hiking, biking and more.

    815-795-2448 | http://dnr.illinois.gov/
    2660 East 2350th Road, Marseilles, IL 61341
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  • LaSalle Lake State Fish Wildlife Area

    2,058 acre lake with a rocky shoreline. Wildlfe refuge, fishing, bird watching, picnicking, power boating.

    2651 North 21st Road, Marseilles, IL 61341
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  • Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial

    The only memorial in the U.S. dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Middle East Wars. Host to a yearly Freedom Run of motorcyclists, held the 3rd Saturday of June.

    229 Main Street, Marseilles, IL 61341
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  • The Cliffs Insane Terrain

    300 acres of off-road terrain for 4 x 4 excitment. Trails for the beginner all the way to the advanced rider - woods, creeks, fields and the famous "mud hole".

    2400 East Bluff Street, Marseilles, IL 61341
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Matteson , IL

  • Museum of the Matteson Historical Society

    History and artifacts of the Matteson area: obituaries, maps, oral histories, library of antique books and newspaper clippings.

    813 School Avenue, Matteson , IL 60443
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  • Old Plank Road Trail

    Enjoy 20+ miles of paved trail with lush wildlife and native prairie plants. Excellent shopping, restaurants, local history and parks are located along the trail.

    708-748-1080 | http://oprt.org/
    4450 Oakwood Lane, Matteson , IL 60443
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Maywood, IL

  • West Town Museum of Cultural History

    Celebrating Black History in Maywood, the museum's archives features a pictorial exhibit of the "Ten Mile Freedom House," which was the Maywood site of the Underground Railroad in the 1880's for runaway slaves.

    104 South Fifth Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153
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McHenry, IL

  • Downtown McHenry

    Enjoy the Riverwalk, shopping, dining and entertainment along Riverside Drive, Green Street and Main Street. Home of downtown festivals.

    815-363-2100 | http://ci.mchenry.il.us/
    Route 120 at the Fox River, McHenry, IL 60050
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  • Harbor Lites

    Located on the Chain O'Lakes, with over 65,000 acres of water, offering fishing, boating, swimming and much more. Boat launch, boat rental, campsites and grocery store. Open year-round.

    1009 West Bay Road, McHenry, IL 60050
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  • Harms Farm and Garden Center

    Visit the petting zoo and take a ride on the Pumpkin X-press. Featuring pumpkins, apples, costumes, crafts, weekend events, flowers, nursery stock, fruit, vegetables, Christmas trees and much more.

    4727 West Crystal Lake Road, McHenry, IL 60050
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  • Historic Old Town Walking Tour

    City of McHenry Landmark Commission self-guided walking tour.

    Water Street Area, McHenry, IL 60050
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  • McHenry Outdoor Drive-In Theater

    This original drive-in theater is a real throwback to a simpler time. Enjoy first-run movies from the comfort of your own car. Concessions stand, playground. Open May - October.

    1510 Chapel Hill Road, McHenry, IL 60050
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  • Moraine Hills State Park

    More than 10 miles of one-way trails throughout its 2,052 acres of rolling hills make Moraine Hills popular for hikers and bicyclists.

    815-385-1624 | http://dnr.illinois.gov/
    1510 South River Road, McHenry, IL 60050
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  • Pioneer Tree Farm

    Selling cut-your-own Christmas trees since 1973. Thousands of trees to choose from, including Scotch Pine and Colorado Spruce. Organically grown and pruned by hand. Tractor rides to the trees, plus shaking and baling for free.

    4614 Pioneer Road, McHenry, IL 60050
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  • Prairie Trail

    Bike, hike or skate this 26 mile trail from its beginning in Algonquin to the Wisconsin state line north of Richmond. Trail passes through several quaint communities and the spectacular Glacial Park. Mostly paved with some gravel surface.

    815-363-6223 | http://mccdistrict.org/
    From Algonquin to north of Richmond, McHenry, IL 60050
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  • Stade's Farm & Market

    Pick-your-own and fresh picked produce and fruits. Shades of Autumn festival features pumpkins, food, crafts, entertainment, corn maze, pumpkin cannon, wagon rides and more. A true harvest celebration.

    3709 West Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050
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  • The Bike Haven

    Less than one mile from the Prairie Trail Path. Experienced bicycle sales, service and rentals.

    815-385-4642 | http://thebikehaven.com/
    3318 Pearl Street, McHenry, IL 60050
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Mendota, IL

  • Breaking the Prairie Museum

    This agricultural museum honors farm families, their machinery and their livestock.

    815-539-3373 | http://farmmuseum.info/
    684 Eighth Street, Mendota, IL 61342
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  • Hume Carnegie Museum

    Features Wild Bill Hickok exhibit, extensive photo display of area's past and memorabilia from throughout the years. Housed in 1904 library building. Open March through November, Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

    901 Washington Street, Mendota, IL 61342
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  • Mendota Union Depot Railway Museum

    Features static display of CB&Q Baldwin locomotive #4978, railroad memorabilia, operating HO scale model railroad of Mendota, 1900 telegraph office, all encompassing operating Amtrak station. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Wednesday to Sunday: noon - 5 p.m.; Labor Day to Memorial Day, Saturday and Sunday: noon - 5 p.m.

    683 Main Street, Mendota, IL 61342
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Mokena, IL

Momence, IL

  • Conrad Park Pioneer Cabin

    Visit an authentic cabin built during Momence's 150th anniversary to honor area's first settlers.

    Mill Street in Island Park, Momence, IL 60954
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  • Little Red School House

    Originally called the Mount Airy School, the building was moved to its present location in 1983. This 1850s schoolhouse has been restored and contains period memorabilia and artifacts.

    209 Vermont Avenue, Momence, IL 60954
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  • Mary's Berries

    Pick your own and farmstand with strawberries, black raspberries, blackberries. Call for appointment.

    9495 East 1500 North Road, Momence, IL 60954
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  • Momence Historical House

    An 1870s home containing period furnishings and artifact displays recreates the period of history from 1870-1900.

    117 North Dixie Highway, Momence, IL 60954
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  • Momence Railroad Depot Museum

    This privately owned, 1890's depot was restored in 2001 and contains photos and artifacts relating to Momence’s railroading history.

    691 North Dixie Highway, Momence, IL 60954
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  • South Shore Golf Course

    18 hole golf course.

    815-472-4407 | http://ssgcm.com/
    1727 North River South Road, Momence, IL 60954
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  • Van Drunen Herb Farms

    Both organic certified and conventionally farmed fruit, vegetables, herbs, grains, dairy, and other ingredients are produced to flavor, enhance and create today's food products.

    11341 East State Route 114, Momence, IL 60954
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Monee, IL

Monroe Center, IL

  • Kilbuck Creek

    Located in the heart of the mid-west in Monroe Center, Illinois, just a 20 minute drive south from Rockford, a quiet, majestic dwelling sits among the trees that seclude Kilbuck Creek from sight of even its closest neighbors. This secluded sanctuary in the wilderness could be the location of your upcoming wedding, family reunion, church or business retreat or romantic getaway.

    815-393-3247 | http://kilbuckcreek.com/
    675 North Kilbuck Road, Monroe Center, IL 61052
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Montgomery, IL

  • Settler's Cottage

    Tour the oldest remaining structure in the Village. The home was originally owned by Montgomery's founder, Daniel Gray. A museum offers an educational history of the Village.

    200 North River Street, Montgomery, IL 60538
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Morris, IL

  • Downtown Morris

    Historic buildings, antique shops, unique gifts and casual to elegant dining.

    Downtown Morris, Morris, IL 60450
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  • Gebhard Woods State Park

    Dotted with shade trees, this state park stretches along the I & M Canal. Hiking, camping, picnicing and canoeing are offered.

    815-942-0796 | http://dnr.illinois.gov/
    401 Ottawa Street, Morris, IL 60450
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  • Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area

    Visit Illinois as it was 150 years ago when prairie covered nearly 60 percent of the state. Big Blue Stem, Native American grass and switch grass thrive here. Picnicing and hiking are offered, and there is a park interpreter on-site.

    5010 North Jugtown Road, Morris, IL 60450
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  • Grundy County Historical Society and Museum

    Collections of civil war weapons, one-room schoolhouse, cigar box art, award winning quilts, nationally known fossils, turn of the century store and much more.

    510 West Illinois Avenue, Morris, IL 60450
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  • Heideck State Fish and Wildlife Area

    State hunting, fishing and wildlife refuge. Walleye, highbred and striped bass. Deer hunting also allowed.

    5010 North Jugtown Road, Morris, IL 60450
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  • I & M Canal State Trail & Visitors Center

    Enjoy miles of scenic views, historic sites and state parks along this linear recreation path. Hiking, biking, fishing and cross-country skiing opportunities are available.

    402 Ottawa Street, Morris, IL 60450
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  • Kayak Morris

    Whether it's a leisurely paddle or a muscle pumping pedal or both, we offer unique rentals and tours to fit all your needs.

    630-567-4653 | http://kayakmorris.com/
    William G. Stratton State Park, 110 Pine Street, Morris, IL 60450
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  • Morris Antique Emporium

    Three floors of treasures including: antiques, furniture, jewelry, collectibles, toys, glassware, books, cookie jars, die cast, dolls, bottles, comics, coins and tools.

    815-941-0200 | http://shopmorrisil.com/
    112 West Washington Street, Morris, IL 60450
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Morrison, IL

  • Covered Bridge

    Move over Madison County! Whiteside County now has a covered bridge of its own. Located north of Highway 30 off of Orange St., the bridge is part of a newer road to Morrison-Rockwood State Park. Only its size gives it away that the bridge is, in fact, new construction, built in 2001. At 148 feet, the two-span covered bridge is much larger than those you will find elsewhere.

    Illinois Route 30 off of Orange Street, Morrison, IL 61270
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  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Morrison

    Vibrantly depicts the 1921 Whiteside County Fair and easy travel on the new highway.

    208 East Main Street, Morrison, IL 61270
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  • Morrison State Park

    Picturesque 1,164-acre park with a variety of recreational opportunities.

    18750 Lake Road, Morrison, IL 61270
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  • Rockwood State Park

    This picturesque state park featuring beautiful Lake Carlton, a stream-fed reservoir, offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as picnicking, camping, fishing, boating, trails, and an abundance of wildlife.

    18750 Lake Road, Morrison, IL 61270
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  • Unique Architecture

    The city of Morrison contains many structures and areas, such as our historic downtown and the round barn at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds that embody a sense of time and place unique to our community.

    City of Morrison, Morrison, IL 61270
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Mount Carroll, IL

  • Civil War Memorial/Courthouse Square

    A Lorado Taft sculpture dedicated in 1892 to those from Carroll County in the Civil War. Only statue with an annex. Courthouse with bandshell was built in 1858.

    Illinois Route 78, North of Illinois Route 64, Mount Carroll, IL 61053
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  • Learn Great Foods

    Culinary adventures in northwest Illinois. Tour local sustainable farms, participate in hands-on cooking classes with dynamic chefs in the Learn Great Foods kitchen and sit down to gourmet organic dinners.

    320 North Main Street, Mount Carroll, IL 61053
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  • Mount Carroll Historic District

    Registered as a National Historic District, the downtown area features one of the U.S.'s finest collections of 19th century metal facades, also brick streets. Walking tour brochure available.

    800-244-9594 | http://mtcarrollil.org/
    Illinois Route 78, North of Illinois Route 64, Mount Carroll, IL 61053
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  • Owen P. Miles Museum

    Built in 1873, this house is one of the oldest subtypes of the period under study. Italianate design which predates and postdates Civil War. Call for hours.

    107 Broadway, Mount Carroll, IL 61053
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  • Raven's Grin Haunted House

    A year-round haunted house in an 1870 Inn; slides, mazes, videos, original bizarre artwork, displays and an occasional sighting of a real ghost. Call for hours or appointment.

    411 North Carroll Street, Mount Carroll, IL 61053
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  • Timber Lake Playhouse

    Timber Lake Playhouse is Illinois' oldest summer stock theatre. Six productions will be presented. Summer: Tuesday - Sunday. Call ahead for hours.

    8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll, IL 61053
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Mount Morris, IL

  • Official Illinois Freedom Bell

    A replica of the Liberty Bell, this bell is located in a tower in the town square. Thousands gather annually at 1 p.m. every July 4th around the bell as it is rung in unison with the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, celebrating America's freedom.

    Wesley Avenue, Mount Morris, IL 60154
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  • Sunset Golf Club

    A 9-hole course that offers 3 sets of tee boxes for different skill levels.

    815-734-4839 | http://sunsetgolfmm.com/
    216 Sunset Hill, Mount Morris, IL 61054
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  • White Pines Forest State Park

    Enjoy recreation on 385 acres, much of it forest, with a state park lodge and provisions for tent and trailer camping.

    6712 West Pines Road, Mount Morris, IL 60154
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Mount Prospect, IL

  • Old Orchard Country Club

    One of the best conditioned and challenging courses in the Chicago area. A country club experience to the general public.

    847-255-2025 | http://oldorchardcc.com/
    700 West Rand Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
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  • Randhurst Village

    An exciting redevelopment of Randhurst Mall creating an open-air mixed-use center.

    Route 12 & 83, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
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Mundelein, IL

  • Countryside Golf Club

    Play two challenging, award-winning 18-hole golf courses, the Prairie course, with bentgrass tees, wide-open greens and sand bunkers or the Traditional course, with bentgrass tees and tee-lined fairways.

    20800 West Hawley Street, Mundelein, IL 60060
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  • Diamond Lake Beach

    100-acre center offers a pristine lake, sand beach, picnic grove and summertime fun of swimming, boating, and fishing.

    1016 Diamond Lake Road, Mundelein, IL 60060
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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.