• 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

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Caledonia, IL

  • Angelic Organics Learning Center

    We offer public and custom programs for children, adults, and families on our beautiful, organic farm to help build the local food system. Whether its a day camp or a cheesemaking workshop, participants gain hands-on experience preparing farm-fresh food, from field to table, while learning about organic agriculture and the whole farm system in the process. The Learning Center also offers farmer training and support to beginning farmers and facilitates Youth-led urban agriculture projects in Chicago and Rockford.

    1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia, IL 61011
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  • Kinnikinnick Farm

    An established, certified organic farm that sells produce directly to Chicago chefs and farmers market customers.But the farm also is a popular attraction for one another reason – “glamping” – otherwise known as upscale camping. In a partnership with a cooperative of farm-stay locations called Feather Down Farms, Kinnikinnick offers five 480 square-foot feather down luxury tents for people to rent out.Tents sleep up to five adults and one child. Candles and firewood also are supplied. Guests will have access to the communal chicken coop, where they can collect eggs; the animal paddock, where children can get up close to farm animals; communal showers; and The Farm Larder/Honesty Shop. All tents feature grills and wood-burning stoves for quick, do-it-yourself meals.

    21123 Grade School Road, Caledonia, IL 61011
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  • Side by Side Cycle

    Rent side-by-side cycles, bicycles and child trailers for use on area recreation trails. Located along the Long Prairie Trail in Boone County.

    142 West Main Street, Caledonia, IL 61012
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  • The Pumpkin Patch

    Face painting, mounds of pumpkins, a haunted shed, pony rides, stagecoach rides for adults and a barn full of unique gifts, foods and costumes. Open mid-September through October 31.

    3178 Route 173, Caledonia, IL 61011
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  • True Colors Alpaca Farm

    At True Colors Alpaca Farm we raise breed and board rare and elegant suri alpacas. Purchase hand-spun fiber. Whether you want to visit the farm for fun with your family or interesting in raising alpacas for yourself, please give a call and schedule a visit. We welcome visitors throughout the year!

    14718 Illinois Route 76, Caledonia, IL 61011
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Capron, IL

  • Beaver Creek Golf Course

    Where nine is fine! Soft spikes required at this scenic nine-hole golf course. Full service snack bar and full service bar.

    815-569-2427 | http://golfthebeaver.com/
    16919 LeRoy Center Road, Capron, IL 61012
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  • Long Prairie Trail

    This 14.6-mile paved recreational trail winds past the Northern Boon County towns of Caledonia, Capron, and Poplar Grove.

    South of Route 173, Capron, IL 61012
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Carpentersville, IL

  • Dolphin Cove

    Relax while your child enjoys our interactive water, sand, and play area. Fun activities for all ages with our body slides and tube slides.

    847-836-7946 | http://dtpd.org/
    Routes 25 and 68, Carpentersville, IL 60110
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Cary, IL

  • Lake Julian Trout Farm

    Over 60 years of family fishing fun. Includes the Trout Pond and the Big Lake for the best in recreational fishing, bait shop and picnic facilities.

    847-639-3734 | http://lakejulian.com/
    65 South Route 14, Cary, IL 60013
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Cedar Point, IL

  • Cedar Creek Ranch

    Horseback riding stables includes public trail rides, boarding, birthday parties and holiday rides.

    249 East Illinois Route 71, Cedar Point, IL 61316
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Cedarville, IL

  • Fenwood Aquaculture

    Adjacent to Jane Addams Recreation Trail between Cedarville and OrangevillePond and creek fishing, nature trails with a grass surface, boating, sightseeing, picnic areas, playground, shelter and primitive camping. No fishing license is required.

    West Richland Road, Cedarville, IL 61013
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  • Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

    The Center is located within McKinley Woods and nestled among oak trees where the Des Plaines DuPage and Kankakee Rivers meet to form the Illinois River. It offers a stunning view of the outdoors and peaceful surroundings for conferences, banquets and meetings. Visitors to Four Rivers also can enjoy the 60-mile I&M Canal State Trail as well as a one-mile loop trail along the river.

    25055 West Walnut Lane, Cedarville, IL 61013
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  • Prairie Bluff Golf Course

    Ranked as a five star course in Chicagoland Golf Magazine. Situated on 166 rolling, wooded acres, it hosts an incredible 18 hole of championship golf on a setting seldom seen in the Chicagoland area. From the mounded, links-style first hole, to the tree lined 18th, it has it all including elevation changes, lakes, bunkers and wetlands.

    24355 West Bluff Road, Cedarville, IL 61013
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Channahon, IL

  • Channahon State Park

    The official trailhead for the I&M Canal State Trail. Biking, picnicking, camping, fishing, canoeing and restored Locktenders House.

    815-467-4271 | http://dnr.illinois.gov/
    Story Street, Channahon, IL 60410
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  • Dollinger Family Farm

    This farm has fall decorations, farm animals and a petting zoo, hayrides, a corn maze, honey products available for purchase, and a haunted barn, which is open during the Halloween season.

    7502 East Hansel Road, Channahon, IL 60410
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  • Heritage Bluffs Golf Course

    Par 72 course names of the "Best Places to Play" by Golf Digest.

    24355 West Bluff Road, Channahon, IL 60410
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  • Lake Shokakana Recreation

    Swimming, fishing (stocked), boat rental, live-bait rental.

    24531 South Ford Road, Channahon, IL 60410
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Cherry Valley, IL

  • Baumann Park and Historic Downtown

    Beautiful 110 acre park with a 15 acre lake, adjacent to Kishwaukee River. One mile recreation path around the lake, playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball court and picnic facilities. Pavilion and gazebo rental available, and a baseball diamond. Within walking distance to Historic Downtown Cherry Valley.

    815-332-7144 | http://cherryvalley.org/
    300 South Walnut Street, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
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  • Earl F. Elliot Park & Golf Course

    This 18-hole championship course has 6,393 yards of rolling terrain, large trees, and spacious greens. Par is 72. A special feature is the lighted driving range which is open evenings. Clubhouse and snack shop.

    888 South Lyford Road, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
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  • Historic Downtown Cherry Valley

    A brick main street, lined by green turn-of-the-century street lamps. Cherry Valley's downtown district is home to numerous eating establishments, gifts shops, and other businesses. 110-acre park with 15-acre lake along the beautiful Kishwaukee River.

    815-332-7144 | http://cherryvalley.org/
    Downtown Cherry Valley, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
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  • Magic Waters Waterpark

    Have waves of fun at Illinois' favorite family water park. New speed slides are thrilling, daring and the tallest attraction at the park. Ride in the Typhoon Terror! Try our family changing rooms and bath house, luau lanes shaded picnic areas, and an expanded Cabana Village.

    7820 CherryVale North Boulevard, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
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  • Newburg Village Golf Club

    One of the area's newest 9-hole facilities, featuring a clubhouse and snack shop. Located on the former site of the village of Newburg, it was voted the area's best greens.

    253 Club House Drive, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
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  • Winnebago County Forest Preserves

    Right in the heart of Cherry Valley is a beautiful corridor of forest preserves offering scenery, wildlife and diverse recreational opportunities, and some of the county's most interesting geologic features such as forests, wetlands, and prairie openings. Five forest preserves comprising 2,167 acres, border the Kishwaukee River. Rated as the most pristine river in the State of Illinois.

    Cherry Valley Downtown, Cherry Valley, IL 61016
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Chicago, IL

  • Chicago Architecture Foundation

    Offering more than 70 different tours and diverse activities including the official architecture River Cruise, daily loop walking tours, bus tours and special events

    224 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604
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  • Chicago Neighborhood Tours

    Discover a unique way to enjoy the feel and flavor of Chicago's exciting and diverse communities with half-day bus excursions that take an in-depth look at the traditions, stories, and people of this great American city.

    76 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
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  • First Private Car Chicago

    Private Car Service To Chicago Airport | O'Hare & Midway Black Car Car service to and from O'Hare airport, Midway airport and all private airports in the Chicago area. Available 24/7 for your business needs and special occasions like weddings, proms, birthday and bachelor parties.

    500 W Madison St #2100, Chicago, IL 60661
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  • Free Tours by Foot

    Offers tours of Chicago that operate on the pay-what-you-like model, meaning our guests determine what a tour was worth to them or what they could afford, even free!

    2231 North Kimball Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
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  • Lincoln Park Zoo

    More than 2,000 exotic and endangered species reside in one of the oldest zoos in the country. Enjoy the newly re-opened Farm-in-the-Zoo. Free.

    312-742-2000 | http://lpzoo.org/
    2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
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  • Millennium Park

    Millennium Park offers dazzling music, art, landscape design and architecture- including the mammoth stainless-steel Cloud Gate sculpture- plus ice skating in the winter, splashing around in the interactive Crown Fountain during summer and alfresco dining from spring to fall. Free.

    201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
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  • The Notebaert Nature Museum

    Connect to the world of nature and examine the relationship between people and nature, exploring the ways in which humans impact their environment. Featuring the Wildness Walk, a 28-foot greenhouse in the Butterfly Haven, Outdoor exhibits and more.

    773-755-5100 | http://naturemuseum.org/
    2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
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Cortland, IL

  • Bob's Outdoor Marine

    Huge showroom of Lund, Alumacraft and Skeeter boats.

    815-756-7402 | http://bobsmarine.com/
    280 West Lincoln Highway, Cortland, IL 60112
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Crest Hill, IL

  • Prairie Bluff Public Golf Course

    Opens at 6am

    19433 Renwick Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403
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  • Siegel's Cottonwood Farm

    Garden center featuring flowers, shrubs, plants, and summer extra sweet corn. Seasonal events.

    17250 Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL 60435
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Crestwood, IL

  • Windy City ThunderBolts Baseball

    Frontier League of professional baseball is affordable fun for the whole family.

    14100 South Kenton Avenue, Crestwood, IL 60445
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Crete, IL

  • Balmoral Park Race Track

    Built in 1926, the racetrack is Chicago's premier harness racing facility. View Live Harness racing, simulcast harness and thoroughbred racing from this newly remodeled rustic themed venue. Racing on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday from 7-10PM. Club dining room, VIP room, casual grandstand or stable suite packages available.

    708-672-1414 | http://balmoralpark.com/
    26435 South Dixie Highway, Crete, IL 60417
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  • Balmoral Woods Country Club

    18-hole championship course cut thru 10,000 oak trees, with water hazards on 9 of 18 holes, complete clubhouse bar and restaurant.

    708-672-7448 | http://balmoralwoods.com/
    26732 South Balmoral Woods Drive, Crete, IL 60417
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Crystal Lake, IL

  • Crystal Lake Main Beach

    Large swimming beach with beach house, concessions, shower rooms, picnic grove and playground. Summer concerts and year-round events.

    300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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  • Lippold Park Family Golf Center

    Includes two 18-hole miniature golf courses, driving range, putting green and pro shop. Visitors can also enjoy Lippold Park, a 310 acre park featuring 3+ miles of hiking/walking trails, disc golf course, baseball and softball fields and much more.

    1251 West Illinois Route 176, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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  • Red Tail Golf Club

    18-hole championship golf course. Rated 4 stars by Golf Digest, 4.5 stars by Chicagoland Golf, and has been voted one of the best values in all of Illinois.

    815-477-0055 | http://redtailgolf.com/
    7900 Redtail Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60114
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  • Three Oaks Recreation Center

    A reclaimed quarry that has pristine waters and excellent fishing. Rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and paddleboats from a rental marina. A grass picnic area and various overlooks provides patrons with breathtaking views of the water and lake islands. In addition, the facility offers hiking trails, a playground/spray park, and a concessions area and patio.

    815-459-2020 | http://crystallake.org/
    5517 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60114
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Northern Illinois Tourism 

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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.