• Theatre Entertainment happening Everywhere - including Starlight Theatre in Rockford

    All the world's a Stage

    Theatre Entertainment happening Everywhere - including Starlight Theatre in Rockford

  • 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!

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

    Golfing

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

  • Chicago Museums

    Joliet Historical Museum

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

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    Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford

    Want to feel like you are in the tropics! Then Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford is the place to be!

  • 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!

  • Freeport Bandshell

    Freeport Bandshell

    Freeport, Illinois

  • Check out the Illinois Lincoln Highway in Northern Illinois

    Illinois Lincoln Highway Scenic Byway

    Check out the Illinois Lincoln Highway in Northern Illinois

Museums see all the fun in...

Galena, IL

  • Dowling House

    Illinois' oldest stone structure-Galena's oldest home. Built in 1826 as trading post/residence. Furnished with primitives and Galena Pottery. 30-minute tours.

    815-777-1250
    220 Diagonal Street, Galena, IL 60136
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  • Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site

    This renovated site was home to popular Congressman and friend of Lincoln and Grant. Grant's election night news was received here via telegraph. Call ahead.

    815-777-3310 | http://granthome.com/
    908 Third Street, Galena, IL 60136
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  • Galena History Museum

    Exhibits include Civil War, mining, steamboating, clothing, dolls, and toys. History video. Book, gift and antiques shop. Discover how early lead mining and steamboating make Galena the largest Mississippi River port north of St. Louis during the nation's first mineral rush. View an authentic 1830s lead mine shaft. Explore Civil War exhibits and learn about Galena's nine Generals, including Ulysses S. Grant.

    211 South Bench Street, Galena, IL 60136
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  • Old Market House State Historic Site

    This mid 19th-century building was a center of Galena's community life during Galena's "Golden Era." The U.S. Grant Exhibition is now featured with several Grant artifacts.

    815-777-3310 | http://granthome.com/
    123 North Commerce Street, Galena, IL 60136
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  • Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street

    Built of upright timbers for early Indian agent. Hear how building and its owners have served Galena since the mid-1820s. Donation appreciated.

    208 Perry Street, Galena, IL 60136
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  • Ryan Mansion Tours

    Step back into an entertaining tour of Victorian life. Meet the butler, maid and cook in this spirited backstairs view of the upper crust.

    11373 US 20 West, Galena, IL 60136
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  • The Belvedere

    Italianate 1857 mansion built for J. Russell Jones, Ambassador to Belgium. Victorian furnishings, Liberace's estate items, "Gone With the Wind" green drapes. Guided tours.

    1008 Park Avenue, Galena, IL 60136
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  • The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

    The Chicago Athenaeum, an international museum, has opened a satellite facility in Galena that features contemporary art, architecture and photography from around the world.

    815-777-4444 | http://chi-athenaeum.org/
    601 South Prospect Street, Galena, IL 60136
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  • The Old Blacksmith Shop

    Authentic blacksmith shop built in 1897. Same man worked as blacksmith, wheelwright and farrier for fifty years. Original tools/equipment on display.

    245 North Commerce Street, Galena, IL 60136
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  • Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site

    This Italianate home was presented to U.S. Grant, Civil War General, in 1865. Grant became the 18th President of the United States (1869-1877).

    815-777-3310 | http://granthome.com/
    500 Bouthillier Street, Galena, IL 60136
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Geneva, IL

  • Fabyan Villa Museum

    A 1907 Frank Lloyd Wright redesign that houses unique natural and oriental artifacts from the collection of Colonel George and Nelle Fabyan.

    630-377-6424 | http://ppfv.org/
    Route 31, just north of Fabyan Parkway, Geneva, IL 30134
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  • Fox River Bike Trail & Fabyan Forest Preserve

    This beautiful trail follows along the banks of the Fox River almost 30 miles in Kane County alone. Its smooth surface makes it ideal for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and jogging. The trail has access to the Fabyan Forest Preserve along the Fox River that offers excellent fishing, canoeing, picturesque picnic facilities, a Nature Center, the museum and Villa estate modernized by Frank Lloyd Wright, Japanese Garden and an 1850s windmill.

    630-232-5980 | http://kaneforest.com/
    Route 25 and Route 31, Geneva, IL 60134
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  • Geneva History Center

    The center preserves the special heritage and serves as a steward for history in Geneva. The museum provides interactive and innovative exhibits and is a resource for education, collections and research.

    113 South Third Street, Geneva, IL 60134
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Genoa, IL

  • Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Museum

    This 1876 Depot features items of local history. Houses many items including the first horse-drawn hearse of DeKalb County.

    815-784-5559
    622 Park Avenue West, Genoa, IL 60135
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  • Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society

    Local genealogy of Kingston, Genoa, Kirkland and rural communities, Leich Electric, 1912 Insurance map, and high school yearbooks from Genoa, Kingston, and Kirkland.

    815-748-5559
    200 Park Avenue, Genoa, IL 60135
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German Valley, IL

  • Garnhart's Oliver Museum

    Explore the largest Oliver Hart-Parr collection in the Midwest, including farm toys, advertising and collectibles dating back to 1860 and real antique tractors and machinery.

    815-362-6531
    6372 Edwardsville Road, German Valley, IL 61039
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  • German Valley Historical Museum

    The museum features the history of German Valley and the surrounding area, including items from the Ostfriesian area of Germany.

    815-233-1357 | http://gvmuseum.org/
    805 Church Street, German Valley, IL 61039
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Glenview, IL

  • Kohl Children's Museum

    Kohl Children's Museum is a hands-on learning laboratory for children ages birth to 8. All of the exhibits and programs are designed to make learning fun and interesting for young children. A visit to the grocery store, a veterinarian's office as well as day care inhabited by dolls to allow children to participate in adult activities on their own scale. Children can build a house, make music, take care of cars, explore the properties of water, and much more in the many engaging exhibits featured.

    2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, IL 60025
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Grand Detour, IL

  • John Deere Historic Site

    Where John Deere developed the steel plow in 1837. Visit his home, an archaeological site of his blacksmith shop, a reconstructed blacksmith with working blacksmith and gift shop.

    8334 South Clinton Street, Grand Detour, IL 61021
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Grayslake, IL

  • Grayslake Heritage Center

    A state of the art history museum dedicated to collecting and sharing the history of the greater Grayslake area, exhibits, programs and special events.

    164 Hawley Street, Grayslake, IL 60030
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Great Lakes, IL

  • Great Lakes Naval Museum

    A small military museum showing the history of Navy "boot camp" training and of Naval Station Great Lakes.

    610 Farragut Avenue, building 42, Great Lakes, IL 60088
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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.