• 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!

  • Mini Abe enjoys everything that the Northern Illinois region of our state has to offer!

    Mini Abe in the Springtime!

    Mini Abe enjoys everything that the Northern Illinois region of our state has to offer!

  • Starlight Theatre in Rockford is the perfect place to see an exciting show while enjoying their open-air space!

    Starlight Theatre in Rockford

    Starlight Theatre in Rockford is the perfect place to visit and see an exciting show while enjoying their open-air space!

  • Check out the Illinois Lincoln Highway in Northern Illinois

    Illinois Lincoln Highway Scenic Byway

    Check out the Illinois Lincoln Highway 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

  • 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

  • Spring Flowers

    Spring

    Enjoy the Beauty of Spring in Northern Illinois

  • 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!

  • Spring is a beautiful time to plan a visit or two to the Chicago Botanical Gardens in Glencoe!

    Chicago Botanical Gardens

    Spring is a beautiful time to plan a visit or two to the Chicago Botanical Gardens in Glencoe!

Museums see all the fun in...

Batavia, IL

  • Batavia Depot Museum

    Housed in an 1854 Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot, the museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and comes alive with historic exhibits on rail transportation, windmills and the settlement of Batavia.

    155 Houston Street, Batavia, IL 60510
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  • Batavia Main Street

    Historic downtown set along Fox River, 35 miles west of Chicago. Features bicycle paths, Depot Museum, Quarry Beach, skate and BMX parks, arts & entertainment, Riverwalk, 24 restaurants and river sports. Map of downtown, calendar of events and day trip packages available online.

    4 1/2 West Wilson Street, Batavia, IL 60510
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  • Fabyan Dutch Windmill

    Considered to be the best example of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States, the 68-foot, five-story working windmill was originally built by German craftsman Louis Backhaus between 1850 and 1860.

    630-232-4811 | http://kaneforest.com/
    Fabyan Forest Preserve; Route 25, Batavia, IL 60510
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  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

    Site of the world's most powerful particle accelerator where particles circle the four-mile ring 57,000 times every second. Restored prairie grass area, historic barns, self-guided tours and a buffalo herd.

    630-840-3351 | http://fnal.gov/
    Kirk Road at Pine Street, Batavia, IL 60510
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Beecher, IL

  • Plum Creek Nature Center

    A fine educational and recreational facility, featuring local natural history exhibits, hands-on displays for children and family programs offered throughout the year.

    27064 Dutton Road, Beecher, IL 60401
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Belvidere, IL

  • Boone County Conservation District/Pioneer Cabins

    Showcases two authentic pioneer cabins, and ethnic gardens from Swedish, Norwegian and other groups who settled in Northern Illinois. Various programs and exhibits offered throughout the year relating to nature and the environment. Pioneer Days Festival held each September. The Boone County Conservation District manages over 3,00 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands in scenic Boone County, Illinois. Minimum impact recreational opportunities, special events and educational programs are offered to the public throughout the year.

    815-547-7935 | http://bccdil.org/
    603 North Appleton Road, Belvidere, IL 61008
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  • Boone County Historical Society Museum

    A variety of memorabilia including a log cabin, Civil War artifacts, transportation, farm implements, and much more. Then and Now Gift Shop, located inside the museum, has many unique and specialty items.

    815-544-8391 | http://bchmuseum.org/
    311 Whitney Boulevard, Belvidere, IL 61008
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  • Wall Dog Diner/Museum McDonald's

    The one and only Wall Dog Memorabilia Museum in the U.S., located in the Wall Dog Diner (McDonald's) in Belvidere. Unique items and artwork from the internationally known muralists, The Letterheads.

    815-547-5254
    240 West Chrysler Drive, Belvidere, IL 61008
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  • Wall Dog Murals

    View historic wall murals in various downtown Belvidere locations, painted by 250+ artists. See why Belvidere has been named "Illinois' City of Murals."

    815-544-6242
    Downtown Belvidere Locations, Belvidere, IL 61008
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Berwyn, IL

  • Berwyn Route 66 Museum

    The Berwyn Route 66 Museum is not quite what you might be expecting. Aside from hundreds of Route 66 related artifacts, there's also a wall of art hubcaps, a bell from the original LaVergne School that predates Route 66, and an electric vehicle charging station in front of the museum.

    7003 West Ogden Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402
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Big Rock, IL

  • Big Rock Historic Society Crib Museum

    Step into the restored corn crib and explore artifacts from the century-old Plowing Match, or learn more about the Welsh immigrants who settled here.

    815-286-3364 or 630-556-3321
    48W445 Hinckley Road, Big Rock, IL 60511
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Bolingbrook, IL

  • Illinois Aviation Museum

    The non-profit museum brings air and space technology and museum collections together into an innovative and inspirational educational program and public events.

    130 South Clow International Parkway, Bolingbrook, IL 60490
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Bourbonnais, IL

  • Bourbonnais Township Park District

    Attractions and special children's programs offered throughout the year. Exploration Station, Willowhaven Interpretive Center, Sleepy Hollow, Kite Festival.

    815-933-9905 | http://btpd.org/
    459 North Kennedy Drive, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
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  • Bronte History of Printing Museum

    Spanning 550 years of printing history, exhibits showcase materials used in wood engraving, etching and typesetting.

    815-932-5192
    6172 North 4180 West Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
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  • Exploration Station...A Children's Museum

    A hands-on exploration and discovery museum for children and their families, teachers and groups. Special events throughout the year. Be a clerk in a farmers market, climb inside the tower of a medieval castle, work in a kid's size emergency room, create a flying machine, and connect pipes and elbows in the Water Works and much more. Field trips are welcome. Call for hours.

    459 North Kennedy Street, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
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  • Letourneau Home/Museum - Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society

    The museum was home of Bourbonnais' first mayor George R. Letourneau. Exhibits include history of may Letourneau and centers on the French-Canadian influence in the Bourbonnais area.

    Stratford Drive East, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
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  • Strickler Planetarium

    This newly renovated planetarium exists to educate the public about the natural world. Witness a tour of the night sky that goes to the edge of the solar system on a state of the art digital projector, The Digistar. Call for hours and group tours.

    One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
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Byron, IL

  • Byron Museum of History

    Featuring Lucius Read House (an official stop on the Underground Railroad) built in 1843, plus local history exhibits including A.G. Spalding, Underground Railroad, Clamming on the Rock, Into the Outhouse, Read Family, and much more. Open year 'round. Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., plus weekends in Summer. Group tours by appointment.

    815-234-5031 | http://byronmuseum.org/
    106 North Union Street, Byron, IL 61010
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  • Heritage Farm Museum

    The Heritage Farm Museum located within the Byron Forest Preserve offers an early American farm experience. In 1843, Charlie Wilbur and his family came from New York and settled across the river from Byron, Illinois. The farm, which is now called Heritage Farm, remained in the Wilbur family for five generations. The Byron Forest Preserve has restored the farm buildings so future generations can discover what early country life was about. You can enjoy a free self-guided tour through the grout house. Walk around the grounds to see the live chickens. Take a peek in the barns at the local residents. A small fee may be charged for guided tours.

    815-234-8535 x 200 | http://byronforestpreserve.com/
    7993 North River Road, Byron, IL 61010
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  • J. Weiskopf Observatory

    Located on the third highest point in Ogle County. See the wonders of the night skies through the 11" reflecting telescope. Available for tours, programs and parties.

    7993 North River Road, Byron, IL 61010
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  • Jarrett Prairie Center

    Hands-on natural history museum with a gift shop, theater, library and nature nook. Banquet rooms are available.

    7993 North River Road, Byron, IL 61010
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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.