• 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!

  • 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!

  • Now is the time to enjoy a good weather day and hit the road for a Road Trip!

    Road Trip Time

    Now is the time to enjoy a good weather day and hit the road for a Road Trip!

  • Nothing says Autumn like pumpkins!

    Autumn Harvest time

    Nothing says Autumn like pumpkins!

  • Take the family to Jonamac Orchard in Malta

    Jonamac Orchard

    Take the family to Jonamac Orchard in Malta

  • Beauty of the Autumn Season

    Beauty of the Autumn Season

    Beauty of the Autumn Season

  • Things in DeKalb – Vintage

    My Favorite Things in DeKalb

    Get out and do a little shopping for a few hours or a few days in the Chicago & Beyond Region!

  • Chicago Museums

    Joliet Historical Museum

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

  • Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford - Chicago Attractions

    Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford

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

  • 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...

Sandwich, IL

  • Sandwich Historical Society/Stone Mill Museum

    A landmark for over 125 years featuring exhibits of local manufacturing, Sandwich memorabilia, photos and historic artifacts of the area. Open Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    315 East Railroad, Lafayette and Railroad Streets, Sandwich, IL 60548
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  • Wagner's Museum

    Local history of Sandwich, Plano, and Somonauk area. Sandwich fair, barbed wire, cast iron, indian artifacts, and machinery. Over 10,000 items of interest.

    Illinois Route 1, Wagner Road, Sandwich, IL 60548
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Savanna, IL

  • Rock Island Railroad Museum

    Railroad museum offers souvenir items and memorabilia from a time not forgotten. Rock Island Railroad documents, maps and other items of interest.

    815-273-4031 | http://rits.org/
    Building 252, Savanna Depot Park, Savanna, IL 61074
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  • Savanna Train Car Museum

    This railroad passenger car is one of only 16 still in existence. Used on Midwest Hiawatha, 1950-1971, by Milwaukee Road. Railroading artifacts found here...a railroad buff's dream. Monday-Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m. year-round. May through September-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

    51 South Main Street, Savanna, IL 61074
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Schaumburg, IL

  • Spring Valley Nature Center/Volkening Heritage Farm

    135 acres, natural history museum, handicapped-accessible trails, 1880s living history farm and pioneer cooking demos. Cost for some programs.

    847-985-2100 | http://parkfun.com/
    1111 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194
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Seneca, IL

  • Landing Ship Tanks WWII Memorial

    Memorial pays tribute to those who built and sailed Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The LST shipyards were located here.

    815-357-8771 | http://senecail.org/
    Crotty Park, Seneca, IL 61360
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  • Seneca Hogan Grain Elevator

    The oldest remaining grain elevator, built in 1862, the elevator allowed local farmers to store their grain for shipment instead of transporting it directly to markets by horse and wagon. Tours available.

    William Street, Seneca, IL 61360
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Shabbona, IL

  • Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum

    A large collection of historical information pertaining to the surrounding communities.

    119 West Comanche Avenue, Shabbona, IL 60550
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Skokie, IL

  • Exploritorium

    Rated as the "Best Rainy Day Activity Site" by Chicago Magazine in 2002, the Exploritorium is much more than an indoor playground. The Exploritorium is a place where children and adults can come and explore together through interactive play.

    4701 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60076
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  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    A 65,000 square-foot building designed by renowned architect Stanley Tigerman and was dedicated to applying the lessons of the Holocaust to issues of hate, bigotry and intolerance of our world today.

    9503 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60076
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  • Skokie Heritage Museum

    Explore Skokie's Heritage by visiting the Historic Engine House and the original (1847) Log Cabin. These two sites have much to offer with local and seasonal exhibits, special interest classes, and educational school programs.

    8031 Floral Avenue, Skokie, IL 60076
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Somonauk, IL

  • Marie Louise Olmstead Memorial Museum

    A hidden gem because of their display of local, cultural, natural and prehistoric history for lower DeKalb and upper LaSalle Counties.

    100 South Depot Street, Somonauk, IL 60552
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South Elgin, IL

  • Fox River Trolley Museum

    Come ride with us, a nostalgic trip back to an era where the electric trolley car was a vial part of American life.

    847-697-4676 | http://foxtrolley.org/
    365 South Lafox Street, South Elgin, IL 60177
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St. Charles, IL

  • Garfield Farm & Tavern Museum

    Garfield Farm and Tavern Museum is the only 374 acre historically intact former 1840s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn being restored as an 1840s working farm. The 1846 brick inn, the 1842 hay and grain barn, and the 1849 horse barn survive in addition to remnant unplowed prairie, oak savanna and wetlands. Historic breeds of livestock and gardens are on display and tours and special events are offered through out the year. Volunteers and donors from over 3500 households and 37 states are working to restore and preserve this National Register site.

    630-584-8485 | http://garfieldfarm.org/
    3N016 Garfield Road, St. Charles, IL 60175
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  • St. Charles Heritage Center

    Rotating exhibits of St. Charles history, including Civil War, local industry, and other fascinating artifacts. Local history research archives available by appointment. Gift shop.

    630-584-6967 | http://stcmuseum.org/
    215 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
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Sterling, IL

  • Dillon Home Museum

    Dillon Home, built in 1857, was placed on National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Italian Renaissance-style house filled with antique furnishings, rugs and local history. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    1005 East Third Street, Sterling, IL 61081
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  • Lincoln Manahan Museum

    Abraham Lincoln, then 47, came to Sterling to speak at a rally for presidential candidate, John C. Fremont. On July 18, 1858, a twist of fate brought Mr. Lincoln to the home of Sherrif William Manahan to spend the night. He slept on a sofa with two chairs placed at its end to accommodate his long legs.

    815-622-6215 | http://svonline.net/
    607 East 3rd Street, Sterling, IL 61081
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  • Sterling/Rock Falls Historical Society Museum

    Located in the Carriage House on the grounds of the Dillon Home Museum, this museum traces the history of this area from the prehistoric days of the mammoth to the modern industrial era. Permanent and temporary exhibits combine to tell the story of local history and the local area's place within the stream of U.S. history. Limited Wheel Chair Access.

    1005 East Third Street, Sterling, IL 61081
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Stockton, IL

  • Stockton Heritage Museum

    Stockton history of the Chicago Great Western Railroad, birthplace of J.L. Kraft Cheese, and local history. Museum located downtown in restored 1890s building.

    107 West Front Avenue, Stockton, IL 61085
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Streator, IL

  • Streatorland Historical Society

    Displays include 19th century clothing, local products and thousands of photographs depicting Streator history.

    306 South Vermilion Street, Streator, IL 61364
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  • Weber House and Garden

    A storybook tudor country cottage set in an acre English Garden of meandering paths, roses, hollyhocks and old rocks. Ted Weber, long time Chicago radio and television personality, provides stories of Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon and many others. Summers open daily.

    1503 Baker Street, Streator, IL 61364
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Sugar Grove, IL

  • Air Classics Museum, Library and Camp of Air and Space

    Aurora Municipal Airport houses this museum's collection which includes aircraft, vehicles, uniforms and other aviation memorabilia from the 1930s to the present.

    44W546 US 30, Sugar Grove, IL 60554
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Sycamore, IL

  • Midwest Museum of Natural History

    Get up close to an African elephant, a hippo, a pride of lions and much more as you acquire an appreciation of the world's diverse natural environment and human culture. Many exhibits and interactive learning experiences for children and adults.

    815-895-9777 | http://mmnh.org/
    425 West State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178
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  • Sycamore Historical Society and Museum

    The Sycamore Historical Society's current award winning exhibit, "Lost Sycamore" explores activities, businesses, and buildings that are no longer part of the community and "Hidden Sycamore" which exposes the true identity of fascinating past of some local structures. Many hands on reproductions including clothing, toys, photographs and other items connected to Sycamore in the 1890s.

    1730 North Main Street, Sycamore, IL 60178
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Northern Illinois Tourism 

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8200 Fairgrounds Road, Lower Level61008Belvidere, IL 


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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.