• 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...

River Forest, IL

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History

    Enjoy viewing live local wildlife, indoor displays, a children's area and a bird viewing area.

    708-366-6530 | http://fpdcc.com/
    738 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305
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River Grove, IL

  • Cernan Earth and Space Center

    Explore the wonders of the universe and the latest discoveries in astronomy, space exploration, and earth science with sky shows, laser light shows, and childrens shows.

    708-456-0300 | http://triton.edu/cernan
    2000 Fifth Avenue, Triton College, River Grove, IL 60171
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Rochelle, IL

  • Flagg Rochelle Historical Society Museum

    Museum holds a large collection of antiques and genealogical information. One of the many artifacts is the 1915 Partin-Palmer automobiles built in Rochelle, the only one in existence.

    Fourth Avenue & Sixth Street, Rochelle, IL 61068
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  • Rochelle Railroad Park

    An ideal spot for train-watching...over 80 trains per day. Raised platform for viewers. Railroad history exhibits. Snacks, drinks and railroad souvenirs are also available. Open year round 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. everyday except Tuesday.

    124 North Ninth Street, Rochelle, IL 61068
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Rock Falls, IL

  • Centennial Park and LIttle Red Schoolhouse Museum

    Schoolhouse Museum is replica of early 19th century one-room schoolhouse.

    East Eleventh Street and Avenue D, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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Rockford, IL

  • Burpee Museum of Natural History

    Meet JANE, Rockford's Celebrity Dinosaur, one of the most significant finds in the history of paleontology! Also, explore the Rockford region's habitants, see a 300-million year old replica Tropical coal forest; Windows to Wilderness; GeoScience; T-rex Island; Wooly Mammoth Island; and The First People exhibits. Special events, exhibits, gift store. Call for hours or visit website.

    815-965-3433 | http://burpee.org/
    737 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101
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  • Camp Grant Museum

    An original Camp Grant building housing the Command Post Restaurant and museum. Striving to preserve some of Rockford's local history of men and women who lived, worked, and defended our Country during the Camp's existence for future generations to remember.

    815-395-0679
    1004 Samuelson Road, Rockford, IL 61109
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  • Discovery Center Museum

    Children's museum with 250+ hands-on arts and science exhibits, planetarium, working TV studio, outdoor science park and special exhibit area for pre-schoolers. Special events, classes, exhibits, and store.

    711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101
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  • Erlander Home Museum

    Brick home built in 1871 by Swedish family with original hand painting on many walls; operated by Swedish Historical Society. Exhibits of Rockford made furniture, collectibles, clothing and immigrant artifacts. See website for special events. Tuesday - Friday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours of museum by appointment.

    404 South Third Street, Rockford, IL 61104
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  • Ethnic Heritage Museum

    Six-room house, built in 1890, with a blend of ethnic groups. Each room's sponsored by an ethnic group: African American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish. Open Sundays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed in January. Call to schedule group tours.

    1129 South Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101
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  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois is the only building ever designed by the famed architect for a person with a disability. This single-story Usonian home is both functional and beautiful, decades ahead of ADA accessibility requirements. The home features a solar hemicycle footprint, patio, fishpond, carport, and outdoor connectivity to the natural landscape. Tours are available the first and last weekends of the month. Reservations are required for all tours and can be made online. Accommodations will be made to allow guests with disabilities to park at and arrive directly at the Laurent House for tours and events. All tours begin and end at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road. Parking is not allowed at the Laurent House.

    4646 Spring Brook Road, Rockford, IL 61107
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  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden

    Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is a 155-acre living museum filled with spectacular gardens and rare trees. There’s beauty in every season from fragrant magnolia trees in spring and a butterfly garden in summer to the brilliant colors of fall and snow-capped evergreens in winter. A 1.8 mile, accessible paved path winds through the arboretum plus many secondary, chipped trails. Kids will have fun navigating the maze in the Children’s Garden. Filled with botanic beauty, Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is waiting for you to explore. For visitor information or to arrange for a tour call 815-965-8146 or visit www.klehm.org.

    815-965-8146 | http://klehm.org/
    2715 South Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102
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  • Midway Village Museum

    Featuring 26 authentically restored/ furnished homes, shops and civic buildings depicting life in the late 19th century. Old Dolls' House Museum features collection of recreated doll houses/miniatures. Indoor galleries with permanent exhibits on area heritage. Call for hours or visit website.

    815-397-9112 | http://midwayvillage.com/
    6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, IL 61107
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  • Riverfront Museum Park

    Arts and humanities complex housing Discovery Center Museum, Burpee Museum, Rockford Art Museum, Northern Public Radio, Rockford Symphony office and Rockford Dance Company studios. Great destination for the family!

    711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102
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  • Rockford Art Museum

    Largest art museum in Illinois, outside of Chicago, with a dozen annual exhibits of 19th and 20th Century American art, plus favorites from the permanent collection. Special events, traveling exhibits, museum store. Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

    711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103
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  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum

    A rare example of exotic architecture, this 1865 Swiss "cottage" was built by early Rockford industrialist and Rockford mayor Robert Tinker. The cottage is furnished with the Tinker family's original belongings, providing a glimpse into the daily life of one of Rockford's early leading families. March-December Tours: Tuesday- Sunday: 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. January and February, call for hours.

    815-964-2424 | http://tinkercottage.com/
    411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
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Rockton, IL

  • Historic Auto Attractions

    More than 75 historic autos and artifacts, including presidential limousines, a Secret Service limo from Kennedy's assassination, Johnny Cash's "one piece at a time" car, Eva Perrone's armored limo, Al Capone's car and movie cars such as the Batmobile, and countless pieces of Hollywood memorabilia.

    13825 Metric Drive, Rockton, IL 61072
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  • Macktown Living History Education Center

    Built in 1834 on the Pecatonica River by fur trader Stephen Mack, one of the area's first settlers, this historic site features artifacts from Mack's life and Native American artifacts donated by Mack's descendents. Hours vary.

    221 Freeport Road, Rockton, IL 61072
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  • Rockton Township Historical Society

    : "I remember that," "Grandma had one of those." These are comments made by visitors to the Rockton Township HIstorical Society museum. Learn more about the history of our early settlers, see our collection of Wagon Wheel resort memorabilia and other items of Rockton and northern Illinois history. The house museum is a "grout house" built circa 1856. The modern Carriage House features exhibits of early Rockton and its settlers.The Society sponsors several special events during the year. The Annual Rhubarb Fest in May features the best of our favorite rhubarb recipes for purchase. For further information call (815) 629-2210 or (815) 624-8200

    529 Green Street, Rockton, IL 61072
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Rolling Meadows , IL

  • Kimball Hill Museum Home

    Please Replica of 1950s style home featuring memorabilia from that era.

    847-577-7086 | http://cityrm.org/
    3100 Central Road, Rolling Meadows , IL 60008
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Romeoville, IL

  • Isla a La Cache Museum

    Interactive museum dedicated to the history of the Great Lakes fur trade and Native American heritage.

    501 East Romeo Road, Romeoville, IL 60446
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  • The History Center at the Fitzpatrick House

    One-time home of Patrick Fitzpatrick, a successful farmer, businessman, and important figure in the Irish immigrant community. Stop in at the Heritage Corridor Visitor Information Center.

    15701 Independence Boulevard, Romeoville, IL 60446
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Roscoe, IL

  • Historic Auto Attractions

    Over 75 historic autos are displayed in 36,000-square-feet, plus collections of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, World War II artifacts, and Hollywood memorabilia.

    13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe, IL 61073
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Rosemont, IL

  • The Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels

    The world's largest collection of rare M.I. Hummel figurines on public display. Free.

    9511 Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL 61008
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Russell, IL

  • Russell Military Museum

    Where history comes alive. This museum is home of rare and unusual military vehicles and artifacts from WWI to the present.

    43363 Old Highway 41, Russell, IL 60075
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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.