Enjoy the taste of locally-produced wine in August Hill Winery’s Tasting Room. Beautifully decorated in modern decor, the tasting room has a welcoming environment and is the perfect place for a special evening out or to catch up with a group of friends. Select from a variety of wines and Read more [...]
Stop in and see transportation memorabilia ranging over 150 years! Featuring hay carriers from the 1860’s, Buggy’s from the early 1900’s and even a 1927 Model T! For you route 66 enthusiasts, see one of the largest collections of Gas Pump Globes dating from the 1940’s all the way up Read more [...]
Just outside of Granville, Illinois in the little community of Mark, Denise and Keith Boggio operate Boggio’s Little Mountain Orchard. Both children of produce marketing families, the Boggios grow an amazing array of products, from fruits and vegetables to dried flowers, honey, and their famous nationally-award-winning apple cider. The in-house Read more [...]
It’s your day your way at the Caterpillar Visitors Center where you’ll enjoy experiencing Caterpillar on a self-guided journey at your own pace. You’ll find interactive displays and exhibits sure to engage and entertain visitors of all ages. Climb in the seat of a massive two-story Cat 797 truck and Read more [...]
Founded to preserve and perpetuate the history of Chillicothe and surrounding areas through written and oral history and related artifacts, the museum showcases period displays and features the William Johnston McCulley Exhibit. McCulley is best known for being the creator of Zorro and several other super heroes. A portrait of Read more [...]
Located on a high bluff overlooking the Illinois River Valley, Condit’s ranch offers numerous outdoor recreational experiences including both RV and primitive camping, 4 small lakes for shoreline fishing, a swimming lake replete with sandy beach, and forested hiking/walking trails.
The enthusiasm and resourcefulness of a small group of friends with one strong common interest in quality theatre was responsible for the birth of Corn Stock Theatre in 1954, the first outdoor theatre-in-the-round in Central Illinois.
Portrait Studio and Art Gallery located downtown Utica in the 1874 Clark Building. Creating family heirlooms thru portraiture and also artwork by local artists.
One of the major on-site archeological museums in the country, Dickson Mounds Museum also interprets the ecology of the Illinois River’s Emiquon region. The site itself lies where two major ecosystems meet: The Upper Mississippi River-Illinois River Bottomlands, and the Western Forest-Prairie complex. Turning onto the museum’s entry road, it’s Read more [...]
Festival 56 is a professional theatre festival located at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton, IL. Each season, we offer 7 productions in the summer, including Shakespeare in the Park and 3 additional productions in the fall and winter. Performances at Festival 56 feature a cast and crew of Read more [...]
Designed by the legendary gardener Oscar F. Dubuis and dedicated in 1896, Glen Oak Park is the focal point of northeastern Peoria and home to the Peoria Park District headquarters. Today, the park hosts daily visitors to its Peoria Zoo, Luthy Botanical Garden and various special events. Visitors can take Read more [...]
Named the World’s Most Beautiful Drive” by Theodore Roosevelt when he visited Peoria on October 10
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is an architectural masterpiece and a key to the rich history of the Illinois Valley, the Midwest and the nation. Located near Starved Rock State Park, the mansion has remained virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago. The grounds were developed shortly after Read more [...]
Our hidden paradise, nestled in a peaceful, quiet timber area, includes alpacas, llamas, miniature horses and donkeys, goats, sheep; and a variety of chickens, ducks and guinea hens. All of our animals are hands-on and love guests dropping in for a visit. We also have an on-site country gift shop Read more [...]
Family owned and operated nursery serving the midwest and beyond. Hostas, perennials.
The Lock 14 area of the I&M Canal, the best part of this pool is approximately one mile long by 30 yards wide(which runs from the lock itself to the Little Vermilion River aqueduct). Maximum depth is 8′.
French explorer/cartographer Louis Jolliet first suggested the construction of a canal connecting Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River (via the Illinois River) in 1673, but it wasn’t until 1836 that construction actually began. The canal, measuring 96 miles long by 60 feet wide by six feet deep, was completed in Read more [...]
Sip on locally-produced wine at the Illinois River Winery tasting room located on Illinois Route 178 in Utica. Creating an “old world casual” atmosphere with bistro seating and comfortable couches, and a 30′ bar, the tasting room has up to 30 handcrafted wines available daily. The tasting room also has Read more [...]
Illinois Sparkling Wine Co. is an independently-owned craft winery that specializes in making exceptional wines that aren’t stuffy or intimidating using the traditional method. Their wines are made in Peru, Illinois with 100% Illinois grown grapes. Stop in today at August Will Winery in Utica and experience sparkling wine the Read more [...]
Located next to Uncle Stewy’s Road House in Spring Valley, IL. The wall was put in place to Memorialize those bikers who have passed, and to give us a place to remember them by. First on the list is the name of Tony Cutrano, founder of the annual Illinois Freedom Run Read more [...]
Named after Jacob John Wolf, 7-term Illinois General Assembly member and past Deputy Director of the Department of Conservation, this unique facility is comprised of a 36,000-square-foot hatchery building, 56 indoor rearing tanks, 41 outdoor raceways, 12 rearing ponds, and a 22-acre solar-heating pond. The hatchery’s Visitor’s Center contains several Read more [...]
Kartville has a great go-kart track, mini-golf, bumper boats, batting cages, and everyone’s favorite dune buggies! Snacks and concessions are always available.
Kickapoo Creek Winery is a great place in central Illinois to sample and purchase fine local wines, and to learn about how wine is made. Walk or hike along trails beside lakes, surrounded by vineyards and tall oak trees. Bring a picnic basket and walk the trails, gaze out over Read more [...]
The Utica Museum Complex houses the LaSalle County Historical Society, a group that acquired the stone warehouse (ca. 1848), one of 3 remaining original buildings on the I&M, which houses the society’s headquarters as well as a bookstore/gift shop and a number of exceptional exhibits. Also part of the complex Read more [...]
Board the LaSalle Canal Boat, and enjoy the scenery, history and relaxation of a mule pulled ride on the waterway that changed the face of the nation – the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal. Your one-hour, round trip journey on a full-size replica canal boat will take you on the Read more [...]
Designed by the legendary gardener Oscar F. Dubuis and dedicated in 1896, Glen Oak Park is the focal point of northeastern Peoria and home to the Peoria Park District headquarters. Today, the park hosts daily visitors to its Glen Oak Zoo, Luthy Botanical Garden and various special events. Visitors can Read more [...]
What started as a dream in the spring of 1997 has developed into a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of today’s hectic world. Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, owned and run by the Hahn family, hosts a winery, tasting room and gift shop. Choose from a selection of award winning Read more [...]
Owned and operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this 240-acre site is dedicated to raising native tree, shrub, grass, and wildflower stock to be used in both public and private habitat restoration projects. The majority of annual nursery stock distribution here goes to private Illinois landowners who possess Read more [...]
As one of the oldest and largest resources for contemporary art in Central Illinois, the Peoria Art Guild exhibits the artwork of local, regional, national and international artists.
In the early twentieth century, High Street and Moss Avenue attracted many wealthy Peorians. They used their imaginations and money to build their dream houses on the bluff. This opulence can still be found in the ornamental iron works,turrets, and fish scale shingles that adorn many of our neighborhood’s houses. Read more [...]
The Peoria Historical Society operates two historic house museums; the John C. Flanagan House on Glen Oak Ave and the Pettengill-Morron House on Moss Avenue. The House Museums are available for tours on an appointment basis. The Society’s mission to preserve and celebrate Peoria’s history is evidenced by their 30,000+ Read more [...]
Visit the new Peoria Riverfront Museum’s world-class facility on Peoria’s beautiful downtown riverfront. High-quality informative and interactive exhibits, all within view of the majestic Illinois River. Hear fascinating true tales or make your own history in The Street, an ever changing Peoria regional history gallery. Explore the Illinois River, from Read more [...]
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