• 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!

  • 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!

  • 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

Newsletters
Newsletters
Newsletters
Newsletters

July 2014 Newsletter (PDF):
IOT Hits the Road with the Annual Road Show IOT staff is prepping to take the Show on the Road. They hope to see all of you when they visit all regions of the State this July. It’s been a great year to be a part of Illinois tourism, in no small part thanks to all of the tourism partners’ efforts. They will be taking to the road to celebrate the great work you’ve done, have plenty of fun and, as always, announce the critical economic impact tourism has on Illinois... download pdf to read more

May 2014 Newsletter (PDF):
National Tourism & Travel Week National Tourism & Travel Week (NTTW) is upon us once again, from Saturday May 3 to Sunday May 11. As you all know, this week generates tremendous exposure for all the good that travel inspires. The theme this year is the ‘Travel Effect,’ aligned with U.S. Travel’s current industry campaign to prove the benefits of travel... download pdf to read more

March 2014 Newsletter (PDF):
2014 Chicago & Beyond Visitor Guide Our 2014 visitor guide is done and delivered! We appreciate the support of our regional partners as we updated content and images, and are in the process of making sure all new info is added to website. And the entire guide, all 72 pages and ads, will be converted into a digital eGuide where this format allows the consumer to download the content, but also use the live links to partners websites... download pdf to read more

January 2014 Newsletter (PDF):
2014 Chicago & Beyond Visitor Guides Have Arrived Our 2014 visitor guide is done and with a break in the cold temps, we are hoping for delivery next Monday, February 3rd. We appreciate the support of our regional partners as we updated content and images, and are in the process of making sure all new info is added to website... download pdf to read more

December 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
Mini Abe Showcases Illinois Maybe spontaneity is just exactly what Illinois needs more of as the state attempts to market its various attractions to tourists. Illinois’ current tourism ad campaign features a miniature statue of a familiar icon often associated with the state — Abe Lincoln. ... download pdf to read more

November 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
CANCEL: THE EXPERIENCE OF CULINARY TOURISM Well, it was a GREAT idea, had lots of promise and content to deliver, but the number of attendees just were not there. So, based on conversations with the Board of Directors and our restaurant partners, we have opted to cancel the workshops previously scheduled for the remainder of 2013. Just didn’t click with the partners, so we’re changing the game. ... download pdf to read more

October 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
NOTE: We Have Moved Although somewhat unplanned, we moved our office back in August to new space at the Belvidere Township Building. Continuing our partnership with the City of Belvidere and Boone County, we wanted to remain in the community, ... download pdf to read more

July 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
The Experience of Culinary Tourism Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:00AM—Noon at the Basil Tree Ristorante in downtown Dixon, 123 East 1st Street. Learn about The Experience of Culinary Tourism. Learn Culinary Tourism Best Practices from a panel discussion of industry leaders who attract tourists with tantalizing and savory delights. ... download pdf to read more

June 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
Hitting The Road…..With the IOT Road Show The Illinois Office of Tourism is ramping up for the 2013 Illinois Road Show, Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12. Each year IOT hits the road to share compelling economic and social benefits of Illinois’ travel and tourism with industry partners and media. We have great news to share this year and it’s a direct result of our hardworking tourism industry! ... download pdf to read more

May 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
ANNUAL SALUTE TO TRAVEL AND TOURISM IN AMERICA! The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. For 2013, National Travel and Tourism Week is being held May 4-12. .... download pdf to read more

April 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
2013 CHICAGO & BEYOND VISITOR GUIDE….READY TO ROLL It’s true, the first time is always the hardest and the creation of our 2012 regional guide was just that. Working with space constraints, print capacity, budget and of course the new regional service area, the entire process was new and different last year. .... download pdf to read more

January 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
The 2013 Illinois Governor's Conference for Travel & Tourism is shaping up. The Conference takes place Wednesday, February 27 - Friday, March 1 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Co-Chairs Bob Navarro and Daniel Thomas, and committee members, are "shaking things up" by reinventing the conference. .... download pdf to read more

November/December 2012 Newsletter (PDF):
The Special Event Show (TSE) is the single largest trade show and conference in the world for event professionals, with attendees coming from over 56 counties. The show has been produced for more than a decade by Penton Publishing and supported by the world-recognized trade publication the Special Events Magazine.... download pdf to read more

September/October 2012 Newsletter (PDF):
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Tourism today announced designation of the 2012 Illinois Scenic Byway Week taking place October 6-13. Byways Week encourages public use of the state’s seven historic routes and also launches a new interactive website.... download pdf to read more

July 2012 Newsletter (PDF):
The 38th Annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit is being held in Chicago on August 6-9, 2012. This prestigious event will bring together state legislators, legislative staff, private sector and international delegates from all corners of the United States and the world for meetings and events in Chicago.... download pdf to read more

June 2012 Newsletter (PDF):
Taa daa…the new website is almost done. As with most things, it takes a bit longer than anticipated, BUT, the site, www.chicagoandbeyond.com is ready to roll. While we are using Chicago & Beyond (with the ampersand in the name), that version of our name was NOT available in the web domain world.... download pdf to read more

 

 

 

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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.