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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
New exhibits: Lincoln: History to Hollywood and Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz, Feb. 8–Aug. 31. presidentlincoln.illinois.gov
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County
Pull up a chair and relax on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway all around Alton.
Pack your bags and just drive to Alton. Where the river meets the road, the ultimate road trip awaits! Call 800-258-6645 or go to VisitAlton.com for a free travel planner.
Check in to an eagle watching adventure all around Alton. The ultimate winter weekend getaway is waiting for you. Call 800-258-6645 or go to VisitAlton.com for a free travel planner.
Just Drive! All Around Alton. Get behind the wheel for the ultimate road trip on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway in Alton, IL. www.VisitAlton.com
Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau
3201 CIRA Drive, Suite 201, Bloomington, IL 61704. 800-433-8226, BloomingtonNormalCVB.org
Known for its unique animal exhibits and conservation efforts, the zoo offers an unforgettable experience. Visit this historic Chicago attraction any day of the year. CZS.org, 866-GoToZoo
126 S. Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62901. 800-526-1500, CarbondaleTourism.org
Caterpillar Visitors Center
You’ll find interactive displays and exhibits sure to engage and entertain visitors of all ages. Plan your visit at caterpillar.com/visitors-center or call 309-675-0606.
Discover the delights of summer in Champaign County’s micro-urban oasis. Outdoors, al fresco dining, vibrant nightlife and dozens of festivals await. visitchampaigncounty.org
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Explore Chicago Architecture Foundation’s walking, bus and boat tours, led by expert docents. 362 days/year. Chicago’s #1 Architecture River Cruise. architecture.org
Affordable and sophisticated. Arlington Park, LEGOLAND, Medieval Times, endless dining and shopping, hotel packages. Free guide. 800-847-4849, chicagonorthwest.com
Chicago Sky Deck
Willis Tower, 103rd floor, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago. 312-875-9696, TheSkyDeck.com
Chicago's Greater Oak Brook Area
Drury Lane Theatre. Chicago's Greater Oak Brook Area. oakbrookterracehotels.com, 800-232-0502
Chicago's North Shore
Discover arts and culture, shopping, dining and more in Chicago. Plan your trip with our events calendar and itinerary ideas, plus get the free Official Visitors Guide at ChooseChicago.com.
The heart of dairy country, charming lodging, premier outdoor activities, wineries and more. visitclintoncounty.com, 800-442-1488
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. 888-LPN-DAYS, DaysInnChicago.net
Contemporary culture & countryside charm 60 miles from Chicago. Theaters, museums, wineries, festivals, fishing & orchards. For hotels & a free visitors guide visit dekalbcountycvb.com.
121 West 2nd Street, Dixon, IL 61021. 815-284-3496, DiscoverDixon.com
The Magnificent Miles West of Chicago™ feature Holiday Bargains and More packages, with discounts to museums, dining and shopping. Register to win a weekend at DiscoverDupage.com or 800-232-0502.
Home to 2012 Ryder Cup, Sept. 25-30. Register to win 1 of 4 Remarkable Weekends. Receive your VIP discount card to museums, restaurants, shops. DiscoverDupage.com, 800-232-0502
The Magnificent Miles West of Chicago feature holiday packages at 100 hotels with discounts to museums, restaurants, shopping. www.discoverdupage.com, 800-232-0502.
Zoo, polo, spa, golf, shopping packages and more in Chicago’s Western Suburbs. Win a DuPage County Style weekend getaway at 800-232-0502 or discoverdupage.com
Discover your own road trip beyond Chicago's skyline with Route 66, spa, golf, shopping packages and more. Win a Road Trip weekend with $500 gas card at DiscoverDupage.com, 800-232-0502.
The Magnificent Miles West of Chicago™. DuPage Sizzling Summer & More packages including Gourmet, Gardens, & Great Escapes getaways. Register to win a $500 shopping spree weekend! www.discoverdupage.com
Magnificent Miles West of Chicago feature "Summer Sizzle" packages w/museum, dining & shopping discounts. Register to win a weekend stay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-232-0502. discoverdupage.com
DuPage County Convention & Visitors Bureau
DuPage County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Effingham provides the very best in service and hospitality. Visitors are invited to spend a few days exploring what our community has to offer. 800-772-0750, www.VisitEffinghamIL.com
Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
Just minutes from Chicago, dine in cozy cafes and fine restaurants, visit museums, stay in affordable hotels and shop in our unique stores. elmhurst.org, 630-530-3312
The 2013 Illinois Travel Guide has everything you need to plan your getaway. With hundreds of things to see and do, you’ll want to order your free copy today at enjoyillinois.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.
Farm and Lake Houses Real Estate
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL 60018. 847-928-7500, FashionOutletsOfChicago.com
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
Discover Chicago’s most famous Frank Lloyd Wright sites including our newest, Unity Temple. Take our summer bus tour for a total Wright experience. 312-994-4000, flwright.org
4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport, IL 61032. 800-369-2955, Stephenson-County-il.org
Galena/Jo Daviess County
Galena/Jo Daviess County 877-464-2536, Galena.org
2163 East Main Street, Galesburg 800-916-3330, VisitGalesburg.com
100+ specialty shops in this historic river town. Cozy cafes to elegant restaurants, antiques, four festivals, great accommodations. visitgenevail.com
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.
Browse hundreds of trip ideas in the free Illinois Travel Guide. It’s packed with everything you need to plan the perfect summer getaway. Get yours now at enjoyillinois.com.
Illinois Choice Hotels
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%. Choicehotels.com/Illinois-hotels, 888-228-5050
Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association
Illinois Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway
8200 Fairgrounds Road, Belvidere, IL 61008 866-455-4249, DriveLincolnHighway.com
Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway
613 W. Marquette Street, Ottawa, IL 61350. 888-688-2924, IllinoisRiverRoad.org
Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway
Illinois Wine Country
Visit IllinoisWine.com for a listing of all the wineries and festivals held this summer in every corner of the state.
Explore Looking For Lincoln Audio Tour. Experience Governor Duncan Mansion & Underground Railroad sites. Enjoy many events and festivals. Lodging info: 800-593-5678, jacksonvilleil.org
John Deere Attractions
Connect with John Deere at the John Deere Attractions. Climb into huge machines, enjoy interactive exhibits and try realistic simulators. JohnDeereAttractions.com
One Dearborn Square, Suite One, Kankakee, IL 60901. 800-747-4837, VisitKankakeeCounty.com
Head to Downtown Lombard for a free classic car show complete with live music on Saturday evenings June 7–Aug. 30. villageoflombard.org/cruisenights
A short drive northwest of Chicago, experience small town charm, events, shopping, dining, family-friendly attractions. Log on or call: visitmchenrycounty.com, 888-363-6177.
Museum of Science & Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive 773-684-1414, MSIChicago.org
Museum of Science and Industry
Interactive exhibits at the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Manipulate a tornado, send your pulse to a 3-D heart and more! msichicago.org, 773-684-1414
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.
National Road Association of Illinois
Northern Illinois Wine Trail
Winding from Chicago’s skyline to the rolling hills of Northwest Illinois, our scenery is the perfect complement to your wine trail journey. NorthernIllinoisWineTrail.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
From Ditka’s to Drury Lane, visit Oakbrook Terrace and register to win an Escape shopping package in the greater Oak Brook area. 800-232-0502, oakbrookterracehotels.com
Home of the world-famous White Squirrels! Great water recreation/fishing, shopping, restaurants and lodging. 618-395-7302, ci.olney.il.us
Visit the Peoria Area today with so many ways to play. We offer two new museums, a vibrant riverfront with concerts and festivals all summer long. enjoypeoria.org
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602. 309-686-7000, PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org
Discover our marvels on the Mississippi River! Enjoy our attractions, festivals, casinos, riverboats and more. Get a free activity guide at visitquadcities.com or call 800-747-7800.
Mississippi bluffs, superb architecture, art/food fests, free blues in historic Washington Park and Lincoln history. Call for free architecture and wine guides. 800-978-4748, seequincy.com
603 W. 10th Street, Suite 1A, Rock Falls, IL 61071. 815-380-2300, VisitRockFalls.com
Come explore our local shops, delicious restaurants, historical museums, lush gardens and so much more. Real, Original, Rockford is a destination that everyone can enjoy. Gorockford.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
The Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth
Life’s a trip! Spend time in the 19 counties that make up ILLINOISouth. Get your free visitors guide and Tourism Times seasonal guide. 800-442-1488, thetourismbureau.org
Lincoln…and so much more! Statehouse, National Road Center, waysides, lake, spas, golf, hunting and more! 618-283-2728, vandaliaillinois.com
Village of Oswego
100 Parker Mill, Oswego, IL 60543. 630-554-3618, VisitOswego.org
Visit Champaign County
Right on the beaten path. Conveniently located at the crossroads of I-57 & I-70. Spend a few days exploring our unique city & see what we have to offer. VisitEffinghamIL.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! JolietKicks.com, 877-456-5438
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 Street, Oak Park, IL 60301. 708-848-1500, VisitOakPark.com
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 to get started!
Off historic Route 66, get your kicks and register to win an overnight shopping package to Oakbrook Center. willowbrookhotels.com