Illinois river rocks and a touch of autumn

Where to Find Fall Foliage in Illinois Parks

To make the most of the season, check out a few spots around the state for prime foliage-spotting.


Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall

How do they do that? How do leaves that have been green all summer transform to red, yellow, gold or orange in the autumn?

Maple Pumpkin Spice Popcorn Recipe

Celebrate National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

Many people think popcorn, sweet corn and field corn are on in the same – but they’re not. Learn more about popcorn in celebration of National Popcorn Poppin’ Month in October. These recipes include Espresso Popcorn, Sweet and Hot Popcorn, Caramel Almond Popcorn Clusters, Cranberry-Orange Caramel Popcorn and more.


Grab a Pint at D’Arcy’s in Springfield

This eatery thrives on serving up Springfield, Illinois’ culinary claim to fame – the horseshoe.


Going Monkeys Over Cider

Memories and goodness are pressed with apple treat.

St. Charles Scarecrow festival in St. Charles, Illinois

Oh, the Scarecrow

Make your own scarecrow at Illinois’ St. Charles Scarecrow Festival October 7-9.

Food preparation and styling by culinary program at Nashville State Community College

By the Sea: Flavorful Seafood Recipes

Whether you’re sticking it on a skewer, a bun, on a plate of pasta, or cooking it on a plank, these flavorful seafood recipes make for a perfect summer dinner. Try your hand at plank cooking with Cedar-Plank Roasted Salmon, substitute that hamburger with a grilled thai tuna patty, and enjoy your delicious shrimp glazed or tossed with pasta.

Mashed Potatoes

Potluck Recipes

Potato salads, deviled eggs, baked beans and more recipes perfect for your next potluck or family reunion.


Autumn Harvest Yields Healthy, Hearty Recipes

Take advantage of the season’s bounty of green, red and orange fruits and vegetables, and you’ll realize benefits beyond simple and fast preparation.


Apples are Star Player in Winning Tailgating Recipes

Our tailgating recipes – including apple-themed variations on pizza, baked beans and fall-themed salad – win with great taste and good health.

Black Walnut Cream Cake

Best Dessert Recipes

From Chocolate Fried Pies to Key Lime Cake, these sweets hit the spot.

Spinach Salad with Rasberry Vinaigrette

Fresh Salad Recipes

Indulge in the fresh tastes of the garden with delicious salads like Napa Cabbage Salad, Zucchini, Corn and Tomato Salad, Mediterranean Orzo Salad, and Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette.

A Taste of History at Clinton’s Apple N’ Pork Festival

Smell the aroma of apple butter at the DeWitt County Museum Association’s Apple N’ Pork Festival.

Winecrisp Apples are a new Illinois variety

WineCrisp Apples Are a New Illinois Variety

WineCrisp, a newly developed variety of dessert apple, has been in the making for more than 20 years by plant breeders from three universities, Rutgers, Purdue and the University of Illinois.

4-year-old Dylan Beilfuss looks for a pumpkin at The Pumpkin Patch in Caledonia, Illinois.

Patch Things Up at The Great Pumpkin Patch

Pick out the perfect pumpkin at an Illinois farm.


Golconda, Illinois is Big on Shrimp

Enjoy a true taste of the South at the Golconda Shrimp Festival in September.

Caramelized Pear Tarts

Perfect Pear Recipes

Celebrate this fall-harvested fruit with flavorful recipes for Pear Cranberry Chutney, Arugula and Pear Salad With Pine-Nut Crusted Goat Cheese, French Green Bean Salad With Pears and Parmesan, and Caramelized Pear Tarts.