• 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

Attractions see all the fun in...

Union, IL

  • Illinois Railway Museum

    A museum dedicated to the restoration and preservation of railroad and related transportation equipment. Providing an educational experience with rides available on restored equipment.

    815-923-4000 | http://irm.org/
    7000 Olson Road, Union, IL 60180
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  • McHenry County Historical Society & Museum

    Immerse yourself in local history and lore. Complex includes Gannon Log Cabin and West Harmony School House.

    815-923-2267 | http://mchsonline.org/
    6422 Main Street, Union, IL 60180
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  • Prairie Orchard Farm & Paddock Hills Equestrian Center

    Founded in 2010, it is an experience like no other. Competitions, riding clinics, training, continuing education workshops and more. Also visit paddockhillsequestrian.com or call 815-923-4755.

    8510 Prairie Field, Union, IL 60180
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  • Prairie Sky Orchard

    We planted our first 100 apple trees in 1996. Since then we have planted 900 additional trees and have varieties ranging from Honey Crisp, which ripens in early September, to Golden Delicious which ripens in early October. In between there are Gala's, Cortlands, and Jonagolds. There are berries and pumpkins too.

    4914 North Union Road, Union, IL 60180
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University Park, IL

  • Chicago Southland Arts Alliance

    Promotes the arts in the Chicago Southland and provides information about upcoming arts events.

    Governors Highway and University Parkway, University Park, IL 60466
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  • Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - University Park

    The Van Buren sisters' story of adventure traveling the highway on Indian Motorcycles.

    580 Farmview Road, University Park, IL 60466
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  • Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

    Explore the nature of sculpture. Sited across 100 acres of rolling prairie landscape, this 26-piece collection featured monumental works by Di Suvero, Hunt, Puryear, and others.

    Governors Highway & University Parkway, University Park, IL 60466
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  • Riegel Farm & Conservation Center

    Very diverse group of animal residents including exotic birds and reptiles such as an alligator and snakes.

    698 Burnham Drive, University Park, IL 60466
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  • The Center for Performing Arts at GSU

    Chicago Southland's newest and grandest performing arts center at Governors State University featuring a wide array of star attractions and children's programs.

    708-235-2222 | http://centertickets.net/
    Governors Highway & University Parkway, University Park, IL 60466
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Utica/North Utica, IL

  • August Hill Winery - Illinois Sparkling Co.

    This family-owned winery and tasting room features an art gallery and its own hand-crafted wines, sold by the glass of bottle. Visitors will love the artisan cheeses, gourmet chocolates and unusual selection of wine accessories.

    106 Mill Street, Utica/North Utica, IL 61373
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  • Enchanted Forest Indoor Amusement Park

    Family-friendly indoor amusement park featuring carnival style rides, including "The Eclipse", only one of three in the world, inflatable bounce houses, rope course, laser tag, mini golf, arcade, and full-service restaurant. All are enclosed so you fun does not stop when the weather is less than perfect.

    2643 North Route 178, Utica/North Utica, IL 61373
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  • Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Lodge & Indoor Waterpark

    Grand Bear Lodge is Illinois' first indoor waterpark resort! It features 92 guest rooms, 100 luxury villas, full service restaurant/bar, and banquet facilities for up to 300 guests. Enjoy the outdoor bar, candy and coffee shop, arcade, mini golf course and playground.

    2643 North Illinois Route 178, Utica/North Utica, IL 61373
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  • Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Indoor Waterpark

    Lodging

    2643 North Route 178, Utica/North Utica, IL 61373
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  • Illinois River Winery

    Visitors can sample different wines produced from locally-grown grapes. Tasting room and outdoor wine garden open every day! Take a free tour of our winery on Saturdays and learn how wine is made from start to finish!

    723 South Clark Street, Utica/North Utica, IL 61373
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  • LaSalle County Historical Society

    LaSalle County history including Native American artifacts in an I&M Canal era warehouse plus a blacksmith shop, one room school and pioneer farm equipment.

    101 East Canal Street, Utica/North Utica, IL 61373
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  • Matthiessen State Park

    Five miles of hiking trails into a canyon and around a bluff. Hike along the Vermilion River. Prairies, bluffs, deep ravine forests and sandstone canyons. Campground and equestrian trails too.

    815-667-4868 | http://dnr.illinois.gov/
    Route 178, 5 miles south of Utica, Utica/North Utica, IL 61373
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  • Starved Rock Lodge & Marketplace

    Home to Cattails Gift Shop, the Starved Rock Inn, and Chillin' on 6, an artisan ice cream shop. You'll find unique gifts, gourmet food, candles, jewelry, home decor and signature Starved Rock Wines and more. Relax in the rustic beauty and comfort of Starved Rock Lodge, Cabins, & Starved Rock Inn. The historic Lodge has 70 guest rooms, which include three bay-window rooms. Fireplaces can be found in four of eight sunset cabins near the pool area. The Lodge and cabins are open year round.

    Route 178 & 71, Utica/North Utica, IL 41373
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  • Starved Rock State Park

    Voted fan favorite in the State of Illinois' Facebook competition. Hike, bike or trolley and enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way. Utica is also home to Buffalo Rock State Park, complete with 2 American Bison.

    Route 71 & 178, Utica/North Utica, IL 61373
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  • The Wine Tasting Room at Cattails

    Starved Rock signature wines are produces from Illinois-grown grapes, and each wine's label reflects some aspect of the local history or culture. Inside, you will find and assortment of gifts.

    815-667-4550 | http://shopcattails.com/
    Illinois Route 178 & Illinois Route 6, Utica/North Utica, IL 61373
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Northern Illinois Tourism 

Contact Details: 


Main address: 
8200 Fairgrounds Road, Lower Level61008Belvidere, IL 
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Tel:815.547.3740, 
 

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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.