Oney's Tree Farm in Woodstock

Wintergreen Memories at Choose-and-Cut Farms

Find choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms in Illinois’ collar counties.

Hardy's Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul

Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul

Celebrate the season and meet a real-life Rudolph at Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul.

Batavia Illinois

Discover Batavia, Illinois

Innovative technology and small-town life combine in this Chicago suburb.

Julie's Corner Store

Julie’s Corner Store is Charming, Creative

Julie’s Corner Store in Lacon is a must-see (and taste) attraction.

Illinois state parks

Southwestern Illinois Offers Natural Fall Beauty

Take a fall foliage tour through southwestern Illinois state parks and recreation areas.

Gail's Pumpkin Patch

A Peck of Pumpkins at Gail’s Pumpkin Patch

Visit Gail’s Pumpkin Patch in Beason for family fall fun.


Wilmette is a North Shore Getaway

Plan an outing to Wilmette for shopping, dining and Lake Michigan beaches.

Dixon Illinois

Discover Dixon, Illinois

Stop and smell the petunias in the Jewel of the Sauk Valley – Dixon, Illinois.

Castle Finn Vineyard and Winery

Castle Finn Vineyard and Winery Fun in Marshall

Visit Marshall, Ill. for scenic views and exciting events at Castle Finn Vineyard and Winery.

Old Log Cabin Restaurant

Old Log Cabin Restaurant is Rustic Dining on Route 66

Old Log Cabin Restaurant serves heaping helpings of home cooking and friendliness.

Pontiac Illinois

Get Your Kicks in Pontiac

Classic cars, Route 66 and free museums drive travelers to Pontiac.

Mississippi River Bridge

Stan Musial Bridge Opens Over Mississippi

Illinois residents can expect fewer traffic jams in the future, thanks to the brand new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge set to open this spring.

Memory Lane Crafting Retreat

A Trip Down Memory Lane Crafting Retreat

Orangeville woman turns father’s farm into a crafters’ oasis – Memory Lane Crafting Retreat.

Fulton Dutch Festival

Dutch Days in Fulton, Illinois

Community hosts annual Dutch Days Festival to celebrate their heritage.

Hotels for Horses

Unbridled Hospitality at Illinois Horse Hotels

Equine enthusiasts gallop to horse hotels across Illinois.

Alton Illinois

River Retreat in Alton

Fascinating history and natural wonders draw visitors to Alton, Illinois.

Snowshoeing at the Morton Arboretum

Snow Day at Morton Arboretum

Head to Morton Arboretum in Lisle for a day filled with fun winter activities, such as snowshoeing.

Looking for Lincoln

Looking For Lincoln Off the Beaten Path

Dig deep into presidential history at attractions throughout the state that highlight the life of Abraham Lincoln.

Apple Orchard

Take a Field Trip to Tanners Orchard in Speer

Visit Tanners Orchard in Speer, Ill. for family fun on the farm.

McHenry County Illinois

Fresh Fun for the Family in McHenry County

Discover big agritourism adventures and small-town entertainment in McHenry County.

U-Pick Berries in Kingston

Berry Delightful at You Pick Berries

Visit You Pick Berries in Kingston for fresh-from-the-bush blackberries and raspberries.

Gob Hill Motorsports Park

Motorsport Mountain at Gob Hill

An old coal processing facility at Gob Hill in Northwestern Illinois has been turned into Atkinson Motorsports Park, an ATV lover’s dream.

The Chicken Basket

Hungry Travelers Flock to Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket on Route 66

Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket restaurant caters to hungry travelers along iconic Route 66.

More On 34 Yardsale

More On 34 Highway Yard Sale is a Picker’s Paradise

Stretching 100 miles through five counties and 18 Illinois towns, More on Highway 34 isn’t your typical yard sale.

Illinois Ag Fun website

Ag Fun Website Lives Up to Its Name

The Illinois Ag Fun website can help locate your nearest farmers’ markets, orchards, wineries and pumpkin patches.

Hammond Barn, photo by Ken Kashian

Tour Barns Aplenty in Macomb

Nothing says Americana like a worn and weathered barn, and nearly 30 historic barns stand as living testimonies to McDonough County’s rich agricultural history.

Ed Barsotti, age 43, the Executive Director of the League of Illinois Bicyclists, advises municipalities across the state and is a lobbyist to government about bike issues. He rides at Waubonsie Lake Park, part of the Fox Valley Parks District, in Aurora.

Recreational Bikers Enjoy Illinois Trail Mix

Illinois cyclists can cruise dozen of trail options throughout the state.

What's Cookin in Charleston, Illinois

Baked With Love at What’s Cookin’ in Charleston, Illinois

Homemade strawberry bread, delicious quesadillas and more are waiting for you at What’s Cookin’ in Charleston, Illinois.

Fulton, Illinois Windmill

Dutch Windmill, Cultural Center Celebrate Heritage in Fulton, Illinois

Learn about Fulton’s history at de Immigrant Windmill and Cultural Center in the Northwestern Illinois town.

Charleston, Illinois

Discover the Charm of Charleston, Illinois

Agriculture, history and creative culture shine in the Eastern Illinois city of Charleston.

Millcreek Farm Strawberries

Handpicked Patches at Mill Creek Farm in Quincy

Take a trip to Mill Creek Farm in Quincy for fresh-picked spring strawberries and asparagus.

Scallops and Sushi from Tapa La Lunas

Tapa La Luna Restaurant Serves Appetizing Cuisine in Trendy Atmosphere

Tapa La Luna Restaurant in DeKalb serves up picture-perfect food in a trendy environment.

DeKalb County in Illinois

Discover DeKalb County

Check out things to do, places to shop and restaurants in DeKalb County, Illinois.

Kinderhook Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Kinderhook, IL

Kinderhook Lodge Bed & Breakfast Attracts Hunters, Quilters

From quilters to class reunions to hunters, a variety of guests stay at Kinderhook Lodge Bed & Breakfast in Barry, Illinois.

Shenandoah Tree Farm in Alma

Fine Pines at Shenandoah Christmas Tree Farm

Shenandoah Christmas Tree Farm in Alma, Illinois provides beautiful trees and fun activities for the whole family.

Kaskaskia Dragon, Vandalia Illinois, Illinois, Route 40, True Value hardware, Walt Barenfanger

From Catsup to Dragons: Roadside Attractions in Illinois

Unusual roadside attractions in Illinois range from the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle to a coin-operated, fire-breathing dragon – and many more.

Geneseo Historical Museum, Geneseo, Abraham Linclon Statue, Abraham Linclon

Visit Geneseo, Illinois

Geneseo, Illinois, is a slice of Americana with a dollop of nostalgia. Here’s all you need to know for a trip to the Maple City.

Corn Mazes in Illinois

Mazes of Maize at Richardson Adventure Farm

Head to Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove for tons of fall fun, including the world’s largest corn maze and shorter themed corn mazes.

Work and Play Program at Naper Settlement

Get Your Fill of Work and Play at Naperville Settlement

Experience the early settler’s take on “Work and Play” at the Naper Settlement’s month-long program featuring craft demonstrations, games and chores.

Poplar Camp Beach in Carbondale IL

Carbondale Orchards, Wineries and the Great Outdoors

Cultural attractions, recreation opportunities and ample shopping venues make life in Carbondale exciting. The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Orchard Trail add to the area’s appeal.

Canoeing on Quincy Bay

Have a Row on Quincy Kayaks

Explore the scenic Quincy Bay this summer on a two-hour guided kayak tour.

Elgin, IL Festival Park

Elgin, Illinois: History, Entertainment and More

Located in Kane County about 40 miles northwest of Chicago, Elgin sits along the picturesque Fox River and is home to several excellent museums. stunning architecture and the popular Grand Victoria Casino.

A scenic view from Elkhart Hill, Illinois

Elkhart Hill: Little Town on the Prairie

No one knows what caused a glacier to stop in the heart of Illinois thousands of years ago, depositing a massive mound of dirt and rock. But those who stop here today discover that history blooms on Elkhart Hill.


Travel Illinois: Peoria

There’s no better time than winter to visit Peoria, when we all long for a touch of the familiar and the comfortable. The fact this city has attractions galore doesn’t hurt, either.


Eagle Eyes on Southwestern Illinois

Visitors to Southwestern Illinois look toward the skies each winter to spot bald eagles.

Central Illinois, Tuscola, Central Illinois town of Tuscola, Ann Flesor Beck, Devon Flesor Nau, Flesor's Candy Kitchen

Sweet Reunion at Century-Old Flesor’s Candy Kitchen

Flesor’s Candy Kitchen is a return destination for anyone looking for a taste of small-town Illinois.

Christmas Tree Farms in Illinois

Christmas Trees: Find a Farm in Illinois

‘Tis the season to traipse across Illinois farms with your families in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

Galena Carriage Co, Galena

Travel Illinois: Galena

Galena proudly claims the home of President Grant, quaint bed-and-breakfasts, historical attractions galore and a thriving arts scene.

The Naperville Riverwalk in Naperville, Illinois, is about 2 miles long and is a popular spot for jogging and walking.

Travel Illinois: Naperville

Visitors love Naperville for its proximity to several major interstates, free parking throughout the city and plenty of green space, with more than 130 parks, four sports complexes and two golf courses.


A-maizing: Corn Mazes in Illinois

Satellites, artists team up to create this unique farm attraction.

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.

Long Grove’s World Tour

Travel around the world without leaving Long Grove at the town’s World Tour, an international festival held over Labor Day weekend.

Pike County Fall Color Drive

Barry, Griggsville, Pleasant Hill and Pittsfield each offer a unique roster of events, activities, craft vendors and food specialties for those passing through on the annual Pike County Fall Color Drive.

Kankakee County Barn Quilt Tour

Learn about the history behind Kankakee’s quilt-block-adorned barns during the annual Barn Quilt Guided Tour in October.

The Fabyan Dutch Windmill in Geneva Il

Batavia, Illinois: Gone With the Wind

Located near Batavia, the Fabyan Dutch Windmill has been praised as the best example of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States.

Red Oak Nature Center, Aurora, Illinois

Where the Red Oaks Grow: Devil’s Cave and Red Oak Nature Center

Uncover the secrets of Devil’s Cave at Red Oak Nature Center, a 40-acre natural paradise on the east bank of the Fox River near Aurora, Illinois.

J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in Atlanta, IL

Storing History at Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in Atlanta

Located just a block off historic Route 66, the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum teaches visitors about agriculture, transportation and commerce at the turn of the 20th century with exhibits such as the farm-to-table journey of corn flakes.

The Hollywood Casino located in the middle of the Fox river in Aurora Il.

Travel Illinois: Aurora

Aurora may lie in the shadow of big brother Chicago, but Illinois’ second-largest city offers endless opportunities for dining, shopping, socializing, museum hopping, gaming, nightlife, and soaking up local history and agriculture.

Pumpkin patches in Illinois

Picking Pumpkins: Discover Illinois Pumpkin Patches and Festivals

Spend time with friends and family this fall at one of Illinois’ many pumpkin patches and fall festivals.

The Beauty Of an Illinois Sunset

Urban friends find peace in the rural Illinois sunset.

Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield on Route 66

Cozy Dog Drive-In in Springfield Invented Corn Dogs on a Stick

The origin of corn dogs on a stick has an Illinois connection, tracing its roots to the Cozy Dog Drive-in on Route 66 in Springfield.


Travel Illinois: Metropolis

Metropolis is small but mighty when it comes to tourism. Find museums, attractions and more in the self-proclaimed “Hometown of Superman.”

Naperville, Illinois Mural

Murals Add Color and Character to Cities Across Illinois

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Illinois is like an open book just waiting to be read, thanks to the creative and often historical murals that add beauty to buildings across the state.

John Deere Pavilion

Travel Illinois: Moline

Discover what to visit in Moline, Illinois, part of the Quad Cities metropolitan area, including John Deere attractions and the Mississippi River.

Video: Normal ISU Student Art Gallery

See the work of Illinois State University student artists at this gallery in Normal, Illinois.

Video: Exploration Station Children’s Museum

Explore this hands-on discovery museum in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Sinnissippi Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.

Travel Illinois: Rockford

Nicknamed “The Forest City” for its innumerable elm trees, Rockford is a community of roughly 150,000 people that’s brimming with outstanding museums, gorgeous parks, rich cultural attractions and strong Midwestern values.

Bill Case leads a school group on a tour of the Funk Gem and Mineral Museum in Shirley, Il. LaFayette Funk II amassed the collection during the second half of his life, leading to the museum to bill itself as the largest one-man mineral collection in the world. The museum's collection is big enough to make the Smithsonian jealous. From petrified wood to moon rocks. There isn't much that LaFayette didn't collect.

Funk Gem and Mineral Museum in Shirley, Illinois

If you’re not a bona fide rock hound when you arrive at the Funk Gem & Mineral Museum in Shirley, Illinois, you may be by the time you leave.

In the mid-1900s, talk of tearing down historic buildings in downtown Bloomington gave way to efforts to preserve and use them.

Travel Illinois: Bloomington

Celebrated for its excellent golfing opportunities, awe-inspiring architecture, rich history and expansive educational opportunities, Bloomington is the county seat of McLean County.

hotel room

5 Tips To Stay Fit During Summer Travel

You don’t have to sacrifice your fitness routine on your summer vacation.

Rockome Gardens is a rock and flower garden located in the heart of Illinois Amish Country. Rides available are train rides, haunted cave, buggy rides. Petting farm, tree house, outdoor mini railroad, and blacksmith shop. Shops include Grist Mill, Bakery, Candy shop, Rock shop, and many others. Family Style Restaurant located on the grounds.

Travel Illinois: Arthur and Arcola

Savor life at a slower pace in Illinois Amish Country.

Seminary Street in Galesburg, Illinois, is a thriving historic commercial district that formed in 1977 at a time when many other rural downtowns were dying. More than 30 years later the three-block long district has become an attraction for visitors thanks in part to an eclectic collection of independent small stores and restaurants.

Days Gone By in Galesburg

Ingenuity, local ownership thrive in Seminary Street District in Galesburg, Illinois.

Douglas Hart Nature Center in Mattoon, Illinois

Back to Nature in Mattoon

Enjoy the simpler things in life at Douglas Hart Nature Center in Mattoon.

Moonshine, Illinois

Moonshine, Population 2

World-famous burgers and sincere service are on the menu in this tiny community.


Travel Illinois: Chicago

Sure, you’ve probably been to Chicago a dozen times. But the so-called Windy City has so much to see, the savvy traveler can easily make it a new experience every time.


Too Hot To Handle at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Aurora Regional Fire Museum is home to Great Chicago Fire of 1871 artifacts.

This autumn, experience the art of Illinois.

Find Your Creative Frame of Mind at Illinois Art Museums

This autumn, experience the art of Illinois.

The City of Kankakee’s tagline is “Easy to find, hard to leave,” and it’s not difficult to see why. For a small city of just over 27,000 friendly folks, Kankakee certainly has a lot going for it.

Travel Illinois: Kankakee

The City of Kankakee’s tagline is “Easy to find, hard to leave,” and it’s not difficult to see why. For a small city of just over 27,000 friendly folks, Kankakee certainly has a lot going for it.

John Deere Tractors

John Deere is Breaking Ground

John Deere continues to crank out groundbreaking ideas – just ask the 1.5 million guests who have visited the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois.


A Site to See in Vandalia

Downtown Vandalia is home to Illinois’ oldest surviving capitol building – the Vandalia State House.


A Hidden Illinois Keepsake

Among the roses of the manor at Cuneo Gardens in Vernon Hills, you’ll find tokens from the era when American culture reached full bloom.


Travel Illinois: Champaign

Located in East Central Illinois, Champaign is a city that’s pulsating with cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities that compel visitors to come back again and again.

Southern Illinois' Shawnee Hills region is ripe for a wine-lover's weekend.

Adventures in Vino Across Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois’ Shawnee Hills region is ripe for a wine-lover’s weekend.

Formal gardens and unique sculptures make Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois, a sight to see.

Allerton Park is an Illinois Wonder

Formal gardens and unique sculptures make Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois, a sight to see.


Eagles Fly High in Illinois

View more than 3,000 American Bald Eagles during Illinois’ bald eagle season from December to march.


Yes, That’s a Real Tractor

Momence resident finds a unique place for his John Deere.

If Springfield isn’t already on your list of American cities to visit in your lifetime, it should be. Not only does the city play a significant role in U.S. history as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln, it’s also jam-packed with attractions that run the gamut from fairs and theater productions to historic sites, world-class museums and family entertainment.

Travel Illinois: Springfield

If Springfield isn’t already on your list of American cities to visit in your lifetime, it should be.