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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum



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

Americas Best Value Inn

888-315-2378, ABVI.com

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.

Blackhawk Waterways

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

Bloomington-Normal Area CVB

800-433-8226, VisitBN.org

Blue Man Group

Briar Street Theatre. 773-348-4000, 800-982-2787, BlueMan.com/Chicago

Brookfield Zoo

12 miles west of Chicago, 31st St. and First Ave., Brookfield, IL. 708-688-8000, CZS.org

Cahokia Mounds

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

Carbondale CTB

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

Boarding out of Moline, IL and Dubuque, IA. 800-297-0034, CelebrationBelle.com, info@celebrationbelle.com

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

800-982-2787, Architecture.org/Cruise

Chicago Southland

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.

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

DeKalb County

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

DuPage County

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.

Elgin Area

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

Enjoy Peoria

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

Fairview Heights

Hotels, restaurants, regional mall and other shopping. Located just 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. cofh.org or call 800-442-1488 for details.

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

312-994-4000, FLWright.org

Freeport/Stephenson County

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.

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

Glen Ellyn

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


Greater North Michigan Avenue Association



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 Grape Growers & Vintners Association


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

KeyLime Cove Water Resort

888-976-1065, KeyLimeCove.com

Knight's Action Park

Exit #96 off I-72 (MacArthur Blvd.), Springfield, IL. 217-546-8881, KnightsActionPark.com

Lake County

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

Lake County State Fair

Grayslake, IL. 847-680-7200, LCFair.com

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

McHenry County

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

Metropolis Tourism

I-24, Exit 37, Metropolis, IL. MetropolisTourism.com

MidAmerica Airport

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

Naper Settlement

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.

Navy Pier

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

Oakbrook Terrace

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

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

Southernmost Illinois

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.

St. Charles

“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

618-444-6148, TrailsToAdventure.com


Lincoln...and so much more! Statehouse, National Road Center, waysides, lake, spas, golf, hunting and more! 618-283-2728, vandaliaillinois.com

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.

Williamson County CVB

800-433-7399, VisitSI.com


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

Woodfield Mall

IL RT 53/I-290 and Golf Rd., Schaumburg, IL. ShopWoodfield.com

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