• 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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Richmond, IL

  • 2K Adventure Gear

    Full-service outfitter offering local kayak, canoe and snowshoe trips, plus adventure gear and apparel.

    10310 North Main Street, Richmond, IL 60071
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  • Flatwater Canoe and Kayak Rental

    Experience the class A rated Nippersink Creek on a three hour float through pristine wetlands, prairie,and hardwood forest. Complete put-in and take-out service.

    8621 US 12, Richmond, IL 60071
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  • RHC Paintball Fields

    April through September. Specialize in kids birthday parties, youth group outings, team building events, bachelor and bachelorette parties and Walk-on play. Call for times and openings.

    5016 Route 173, Richmond, IL 60071
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Ringwood, IL

  • Glacial Park

    Glacial Park spans 3,300 acres and is fondly referred to as the crown jewel of the McHenry County Conseration District.

    815-338-6223 | http://mccdistrict.org/
    6316 Harts Road, Ringwood, IL 60072
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River Forest, IL

  • Forest Preserve District of Cook County

    Relax and enjoy and country outing with your family at one of our Forest Preserves or golf at one of our ten golf courses.

    708-771-1511 | http://fpdcc.com/
    536 North Harlem Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305
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Rochelle, IL

  • Chicagoland Skydiving Center

    Jump with the best skydiving school in the United States.

    815-797-9272 | http://skydivecsc.com/
    1207 Gurler Road, Rochelle, IL 61068
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  • Fairways Golf Course

    18-hole golf course.

    533 South 7th Street, Rochelle, IL 61068
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Rock Falls, IL

  • Hennepin Feeder Canal Parkway

    Rock Falls to Shefield...biking, hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, historical sites. Nims and Centennial Parks located along canal…natural beauty!

    209 Emmons Avenue, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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  • Jim Arduini Boat Launch

    Boat ramps, scenic river view, picnicking and parking for boat trailers. Starting point for the walking, jogging or bicycle path.

    East Second Street at Upper Dam, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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  • Lower Dam Park and Bowman Family Memorial Park

    Beautifully landscaped with lighted river walk, fantastic fishing and boat ramps.

    Lower Dam near First Avenue Bridge, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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  • Rainbow Falls Adventure Golf

    Come enjoy family time at the miniture golf course.

    1109 West Illinois Route 30, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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  • Seward-Riverside Park

    Located on 1.6-acres along the Rock River, abundant in wildlife.

    East Second Street and Rock River, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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  • Sinnissippi Dam and Pedestrian Bridge

    Recent renovations to this historic dam offer pedestrians and cyclists a beautiful walkway across the Rock River connecting Rock Falls and Sterling.

    East Second Street, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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Rockford, IL

  • Aldeen Golf Club

    This par-72 course features include five sets of tees, with water hazards looming on 12 of 18 holes.The Practice Center offers 75 grass tee stations, two short game areas, two practice bunkers, and a14,000 square foot putting green.

    1902 Reid Farm Road, Rockford, IL 61107
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  • Alpine Hills Adventure Park & Golf Center

    The 52-acre adventure park and golf center features year-round activities for all ages. If you are looking for a daring zipline escape for you, your friends or family, Zip Rockford provides an experience you will not forget. Fun for all ages within the weight range of 50-275 lbs. Brought to you by Rockford-based EBL Zipline Tours in partnership with the Rockford Park District. The Snow Park at Alpine Hills offers mountains of fun in the heart of the city! This 5-acre snow park is divided into separate tubing and terrain park (snowboarding) sections designed to accommodate riders of all abilities. On-site snowmaking equipment will keep the snow park covered with fresh powder as temperatures permit. The handy surface lift will bring tubers and boarders to the top of the hill so more time is spent riding down and less time hiking up. Hot and cold beverages and snacks are available at The Lodge, and fire pits located at the top of the hill provide warm relief from the cold outdoors. Affordable rates will keep visitors coming back to experience this awesome terrain park located 10 minutes from downtown Rockford. The First Tee of Greater Rockford provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

    4420 Larson Ave. , Rockford, IL 61108
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  • Alpine Hills Golf and Practice Center

    Alpine Hills is a challenging 9-hole course on 57 acres with water and four sets of tees. It also has lighted practice center with driving range, chipping green, short game area and club house. Par 27.

    4402 Larson Avenue, Rockford, IL 61108
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  • Anderson Japanese Gardens

    Number One rated Japanese Garden in North America. The 12-acre attraction includes three different gardens; 12th Century Japanese garden, a 16th Century Japanese garden and a modern day garden; with waterfalls, wild birds, authentic Japanese tea and guest houses, and ponds stocked with koi fish. Gift shop and restaurant too. Call ahead for hours or visit website.

    318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL 61107
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  • Atwood Homestead Golf Course

    This 18-hole, Par 72 course features lengthy tees so that golfers of all abilities can be accommodated. Designed by Charles Maddox in 1971, the greens are well-trapped, large and undulating. Clubhouse and pro shop.

    8990 Old River Road, Rockford, IL 61103
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  • Elloit Golf Course

    This 18-hole championship course was rated 2-1/2 stars by Golf Digest. It has 6,732 yards of rolling terrain, large trees and spacious greens. A smattering of water hazards and sand bunkers make Elliot a challenging course for anyone. Opened in 1968, Elliot Golf Course is conveniently located off Interstate 90, near the hotel/motel district on the city’s far east side. Par 72. Features a driving range.

    888 South Lyford Road, Rockford, IL 61108
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  • Ingersoll Golf Course

    The gently rolling terrain is a classic example of golf course architecture of the 1920s. This challenging course was chosen by Tiger Woods for a Youth Golf Clinic in 2001 and 2004; clubhouse and driving range. Par 71.

    101 Daisyfield Road, Rockford, IL 61102
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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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  • Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Center and Children's Farm

    Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children's Farm is home to a variety of animals including pigs, llama, sheep, horses, goats, rabbits, ducks, donkeys - and everyone’s favorite, Huckleberry and his pony friends. Explore over 146 acres of gently rolling hills, meadows, woods, natural areas, stream, 15-mile trail system (hiking, biking, or horseback riding), playground, picnic areas, and much more.

    815-987-8809 | http://lockwoodpark.com/
    5201 Safford Road, Rockford, IL 61101
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  • Rocktown Adventures

    Rocktown Adventures is an independently owned specialty outdoor retailer providing an opportunity to embrace an outdoor lifestyle through participation in outdoor recreation by helping you learn what is needed to do the activity, how to do the activity, and where you can do it, all in a socially engaging setting. Rocktown Adventures carries top equipment, sold by knowledgeable staff that uses the equipment themselves. in their own pursuit of outdoor recreation. Experienced instructors love to share their passion for the outdoors, and trip guides know the waterways and trails like the back of their hand.

    313 N. Madison Street, Rockford, IL
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  • Sandy Hollow Golf Course

    Tree-lined fairway course with strategically-placed fairway bunkers and rated by Golf Digest as a 3 1/2 star course. Par 71.

    2500 Sandy Hollow Road, Rockford, IL 61109
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  • Severson Dells Nature Center

    The forest preserve features 2-1/2 miles of self-guided nature trails - 307 unspoiled acres. Guided walks are held frequently for the general public. The Nature Center includes a library, bookstore, classroom, conference room and display area. Numerous bird feeders attract a variety of species throughout the year. A butterfly garden near the Nature Center consists of over 50 plant species.

    815-335-2915 | http://seversondells.org/
    8786 Montague Road, Rockford, IL 61102
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  • Sinnissippi Golf Course

    Centrally located in beautiful Sinnissippi Park, this 9-hole course is the Park District’s oldest, opening in 1912. This 3,230 yard course is very hilly and has stymied many golfers. Par is 37.

    1401 N. Second Street, Rockford, IL
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  • Sinnissippi Park

    Spectacular events such as: Illinois State Snow Sculpting Competition, and Festival of Lights. Featuring recreational path, lagoon and garden.

    1401 North Second Street, Rockford, IL 61107
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  • West Rock Wake Park at Levings Lake

    By removing the need for a boat, everyone can enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding with Sesitec’s revolutionary cable system. Whether you're a first timer, an old school waterskier, or a seasoned pro, we have everything you need for a great day on the lake! West Rock Wake Park is conveniently located off U.S. Route 20 on Rockford’s southwest side. The park is typically open from May to October. Check the website and social media for up-to-date hours of operation. Simply bring your gear or just a suit and a towel and we'll see you at the lake!

    1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford, IL 61102
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Rockton, IL

  • Ledges Golf Course

    Beautiful golf course for all to enjoy. Fairway bunkers and sandtraps test a golfer's skill and accuracy. Water hazards are featured on 10 holes. 18-hole Par 72. Clubhouse and restaurant.

    7111 McCurry Road, Rockton, IL 61072
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  • Macktown Golf Course

    Built in 1930's, with limited sand traps, one pond. 18 holes par 71. Beautiful golf course for all to enjoy.

    2221 Freeport Road, Rockton, IL 61072
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  • Nygren Wetland Preserve

    This 721-acre tract near the confluence of the Rock River and Pecatonica River is an important stopover and nesting spot for many species of birds, including Sandhill Cranes.

    815-964-6666 | http://naturalland.org/
    3190 Rockton Road, Rockton, IL 61072
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  • Red Barn Golf Course

    Built in the 1950's, it is an executive golf course that can be very challenging to the better player. The course has par 3 holes that are over 150 yards, and also has par 4's and 5's.

    829 South Blackhawk Boulevard, Rockton, IL 61072
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  • Sand Bluff Bird Observatory

    Located within Colored Sands Forest Preserve, it is one of the largest small-bird banding operations in the country that is open to the public.

    815-629-2671 | http://sandbluff.org/
    10602 Haas Road, Rockton, IL 61072
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Roselle , IL

  • Clauss Recreation Center

    Four ball fields, three basketball courts, one playground, one recreation building, one soccer field, two volleyball courts and Rose Garden.

    555 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Roselle , IL 60172
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  • Parkside Park

    Home to Miracle Field - weather-resistant synthetic turf, designed specifically for wheelbound and/or physically disabled children and adults. Outdoor skate park.

    401 East Maple Avenue, Roselle , IL 60172
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Rosemont, IL

  • Dome & Ballpark at Rosemont

    Baseball and softball enthusiasts will be amazed at Ballpark at Rosemont. Home to the NPF Chicago Bandits, with programs for clubs, leagues and clinics all year round.

    847-823-2100 | http://rosemont.com/
    27 Jennie Finch Way, Rosemont, IL 60018
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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.