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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
2015 Exhibits: Undying Words and History to Hollywood. presidentlincoln.illinois.gov
Explore the meeting of the Great Rivers all around Alton. Outdoor recreation, scenic beauty and relaxation—30 minutes from St. Louis. 800-ALTON-IL, VisitAlton.com
Alton Regional CVB
Amish Country of Illinois
Travel back and enjoy an area rich with unique shops, home-style dining and one-of-a-kind attractions for the entire family! Visit amishcountryofillinois.com to learn more.
The Aurora Area is only 37 miles west of Chicago. Enjoy savory dining, unique architecture, cool attractions, extreme shopping and a truly unique experience. Visit EnjoyAurora.com.
We boast boating and fishing on the Rock and Mississippi rivers, public hunting areas, biking and hiking trails, plus unique camping and lodging. Visitnorthwestillinois.com
Blackhawk Waterways CVB
201 North Franklin Avenue, Polo, IL 61064. VisitNorthwestIllinois.com
From relaxing vineyards to exciting festivals, we have it all in BN. Contact us today to learn more about our new Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitor Center. VisitBN.org
Blue Man Group
Briar Street Theatre. 773-348-4000, 800-982-2787, BlueMan.com/Chicago
12 miles west of Chicago, 31st St. and First Ave., Brookfield, IL. 708-688-8000, CZS.org
The largest archaeological site north of Mexico. Year-round events, interpretive center, iPod tours and trails on I-55/70, Collinsville. 618-346-5160, cahokiamounds.org
126 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, IL 62901-2820. 618-529-4451, 800-526-1500, CarbondaleTourism.org
Caterpillar Visitors Center
Our newest exhibit features the world’s longest-running women’s softball team, the Dieselettes. Plan your visit at caterpillar.com/visitors-center, or call 309-675-0606.
Celebration River Cruises
Chicago and Beyond
17 counties of northern Illinois, from Chicago to quaint, historic villages, wine trails, shopping, dining, theatres, accommodations and so much more. Visit us at ChicagoAndBeyond.com.
Chicago and Beyond Regional Tourism Development Office
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Plan your summer getaway just beyond the city limits. Order a free 2015 Visitors Guide by calling 888-895-8233, or log on to VisitChicagoSouthland.com.
Chicago's North Shore CVB
Choice Hotels - Illinois
In search of the perfect trip? There’s a Choice Hotel waiting wherever your Illinois getaway takes you. Book ahead and save up to 20%. 888-228-5050, Choicehotels.com/Illinois-hotels
Discover all that we have to offer! Home to the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, Gateway Convention Center, Cahokia Mounds and 800+ hotel rooms. 618-346-5200, collinsvilleil.org
Days Inn Chicago
644 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614. 773-525-7010, 888-LPN-DAYS, DaysInnChicago.net
Rich with contemporary culture and countryside charm, you’ll find lodging, shopping, unique dining, wineries and more. For a free guide: 877-335-2521, DeKalbCountyCVB.com.
Downers Grove Tourism and Events
Located on the I-88 and I-355 Corridors, 22 miles west of Chicago. 630-729-0380, VisitDG.com
Just a few miles west of Chicago, DuPage offers great shopping, dining, affordable luxury and more. Enter to win a $100 Oakbrook Center gift card. 800-232-0502, discoverdupage.com
Request a complimentary visitor guide filled with attractions, dining, hotels and much more by calling 800-772-0750 or visiting visiteffinghamil.com.
Your summer escape awaits you, just 45 minutes outside of Chicago in the Elgin Area. For more information, call us at 800-217-5362 or visit our website northernfoxrivervalley.com.
Experience Elmhurst! Visit three museums, enjoy unique shopping and dining in the City Centre, and easy access to Chicago. Close to everything, unlike anything. 630-530-3000, elmhurst.org
Visit the Peoria Area today; there’s so many ways to play. We offer two new museums, and a vibrant riverfront with concerts and festivals all summer long. EnjoyPeoria.com
Hotels, restaurants, regional mall and other shopping. Located just 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. cofh.org or call 800-442-1488 for details.
4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport, IL 61032. Stephenson-County-il.org
Galena/Jo Daviess County
Enjoy eclectic shops, numerous historical sites, gorgeous hiking and biking, hot-air balloon rides, award-winning wineries and what the Huffington Post calls one of “America’s Best Main Streets.” Plan your next memory at galena.org.
Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB
Galesburg Area CVB
2163 East Main Street, Galesburg, IL. 800-916-3330, VisitGalesburg.com
Gateway Motorsports Park
The Gateway Kartplex is the only grand prix karting experience located inside a NASCAR Super Speedway! 618-219-8518, gatewaykartplex.com
Geneva Chamber of Commerce
From specialty shops to Geneva Commons, cozy cafes to elegant restaurants, four festivals, great accommodations - you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Come see for yourself and visit us soon! GenevaChamber.com
Experience Glen Ellyn this summer for a host of popular festivals featuring jazz, wine, food and family-friendly fun. 630-469-5000, glenellyn.org
Great River Road
Head out on the Great River Road! Explore 550 miles along the Mississippi River and enjoy local foods, wine, state parks and cozy accommodations. GreatRiverRoad-Illinois.org
Great Rivers Country Regional Tourism Development Office
Discover what lies beyond the interstate. Exit 45 on I-70, find quaint shops, historic homes and museums. greenvilleusa.org or call 888-862-8201.
Heritage Corridor CVB
800-926-CANAL (2262), HeritageCorridorCVB.com
From bustling cities to natural wonders, Illinois offers plenty of ways to reconnect this summer. Get your free copy of the Illinois Travel Guide at enjoyillinois.com.
Illinois Lincoln Highway
Travel Illinois’ premier National Scenic Byway on the ultimate American road trip, where Every Mile is a Story! Get a guide at drivelincolnhighway.com or call 866-455-4249.
Illinois Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway
8200 Fairgrounds Road, Belvidere, IL 61008 866-455-4249, DriveLincolnHighway.com
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway
Experience the nostalgia of the “Mother Road.” Unique attractions, restaurants, lodging, shopping and history. Call 866-DRV-RT66, or visit illinoisroute66.org.
Illinois Wine Country
Visit IllinoisWine.com for a listing of all the wineries and festivals held this summer in every corner of the state.
John Deere Attractions
Explore history and innovation, see vintage machines and climb aboard new ones. Discover the places where John Deere’s legacy and future come alive. JohnDeereAttractions.com
Whether looking for a quick day excursion, a weekend getaway or longer, our guide is filled with possibilities to fulfill your expectations for a great time! 877-456-5438, VisitJoliet.com
Knight's Action Park
Exit #96 off I-72 (MacArthur Blvd.), Springfield, IL. 217-546-8881, KnightsActionPark.com
Visit Lake County next weekend to enjoy Six Flags Great America, KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, Gurnee Mills, and the Chain O’Lakes and Lake Michigan Beaches. 800-Lake-Now, VisitLakeCounty.org
Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Development Office
See what’s blooming in the Lilac Village this summer with luscious parks, live music at classic car shows, top-rated shopping and memorable dining experiences. 630-620-5700, villageoflombard.org
Looking for Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Explore the 42 Illinois counties where the legacy of Lincoln comes to life every day. LookingforLincoln.com
World’s largest corn maze, America’s largest railway museum and the Midwest’s best wakeboarding await you in McHenry County. Call 888-363-6177 or visit us at visitmchenrycounty.com.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
2001 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60195. 888-WE-JOUST, MedivalTimes.com
Meet Chicago Northwest
Affordable family fun; endless shopping and dining! Arlington Park, FireZone, Opera in Focus, LEGOLAND, Medieval Times, Topgolf. Hotel packages available. FREE GUIDE. ChicagoNorthwest.com
I-24, Exit 37, Metropolis, IL. MetropolisTourism.com
Book your next flight to Tampa/St. Pete or Orlando. Take on the hassle-free, low fare, free parking way to fly: Allegiant Airlines at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah. flymidamerica.com
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive. 773-684-1414, MSIChicago.org
523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL. 630-420-6010, NaperSettlement.org
The culture, theatres, hotel packages and dining you’d find in a big city with small town charm. Log on to VisitNaperville.com or call 877-23NAPER and plan your fun filled getaway.
Chicago’s premier lakefront attraction showcases more than 50 acres of parks, shops, restaurants, entertainment and attractions, all with a view of the Chicago skyline. Visit navypier.com.
Fifteen minutes from St. Louis, 200-acre tournament sports park, luxurious conference center, most hotel rooms in Metro East! 888-2-OFALLON, ofallon.org
This friendly Chicago suburb offers something for everyone, from Drury Lane’s Broadway-style theater to Ditka’s restaurant, a sports fan’s dream. oakbrookterracehotels.com
Home of the world-famous White Squirrels! Great water recreation/fishing, shopping, restaurants and lodging. 618-395-7302, ci.olney.il.us
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW. Washington St., Peoria, IL. 309-686-7000, PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org
Quad Cities–Discover marvels on the Mississippi River! Enjoy our attractions, festivals, casinos, riverboats and more. Free activity guide at visitquadcities.com, or call 800-747-7800.
A real, original destination filled with remarkable sites, attractions and eateries that will inspire you, as well as locals that will help you make the most of your visit. GoRockford.com
Minutes from O’Hare and close to down-town, Rosemont boasts world-class hotels, dining, nightlife, entertain-ment and indoor outlet mall shopping. For all the events go to Rosemont.com.
Willis Tower, 103rd Floor, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL. 312-875-9696, TheSkyDeck.com
Featuring the lush Shawnee National Forest and state parks, our guide offers information on the sites worth a visit. 800-248-4373, southernmostillinois.com
Enjoy family fun in “Always Legendary Springfield.” Call 800-545-7300, or go to visitspringfieldillinois.com for a free visitors guide and trip ideas.
“Festive-Full” getaways! Art, theater, live entertainment and festivals. Paddlewheel cruises, riverfront shopping and dining. Hotel info and discounts. 800-777-4373, visitstcharles.com
The Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth
Life’s a trip! Get away to our 19 counties in Southern Illinois. Get your FREE Visitors Guide and Tourism Times seasonal guide. 800-442-1488, TheTourismBureau.org
Trails to Adventure Regional Tourism Development Office
Lincoln...and so much more! Statehouse, National Road Center, waysides, lake, spas, golf, hunting and more! 618-283-2728, vandaliaillinois.com
Visit Champaign County
Visit Lake County
Let the ride take you to Six Flags Great America, KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, Gurnee Mills, Chain O’Lakes, Lake Michigan Beaches. VisitLakeCounty.org, 800-Lake-Now
Visit Oak Park
1010 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301. 708-848-1500, VisitOakPark.com
Not your typical destination! Unique shopping, fine dining, adventure, history and much more await your visit. Plan your getaway today. Call 888-942-5362, or go to VisitGalena.org.
Wild Fire Harley-Davidson
Close to Chicago and just off historic Route 66, Willowbrook offers affordable, accessible and comfortable accommodations. Route 66 escape packages. 800-232-0502, willowbrookhotels.com