Southern Illinois’ Garden Of The Gods: A Natural Wonder

If you find photo ops everywhere you look, you are not alone. Garden of the Gods is the most instagramed spot in the Shawnee National Forest. Nestled in the forest, about 30 minutes north is where you’ll find Boars’ Nest … Continue reading

Find A World Of Fun At Chicago’s Navy Pier

Jutting out from the shore of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the must-visit sites of Chicago. Its iconic Ferris Wheel—with 360-degree views—anchors one end of the 50-plus acres that includes gardens, a theater, museum, shops, and restaurants. Stay … Continue reading

Exploring Illinois’ Cache River State Natural Area

Carved out by glacial floodwater of the Ohio River, the Cache River State Natural Area in Southern Illinois meanders a path that encompasses 1,000 year-old cypress trees and vast wetlands. It’s not only a place of beauty, it’s an outdoor … Continue reading

Biking Along Southern Illinois’ Tunnel Hill State Trail

You’ll enjoy rolling hills, cool streams, woods, cornfields, marshes, and a whole lot of beauty on a bike ride along the Tunnel Hill State Trail in Southern Illinois. This trek would make a great little weekend trip, capped off with … Continue reading

Play A Round At These Top Illinois Public Golf Courses

Pack your clubs in the car and head out across Illinois to enjoy some of our state’s top public golf courses. From the outskirts of Chicago to small towns in all areas, you’ll find lots of links to love, and … Continue reading

Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL

Aesthetics play a major role in the beauty and peaceful allure of the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. Here you’ll find both a celebration of nature and a peaceful place to spend a few hours, feeling blissfully miles away … Continue reading

Blossoms Star At Lombard, Illinois’ Lilac Festival

One of prettiest signs of spring is a lilac tree in full bloom. Make a trip to Lombard, Illinois, and you’ll find a whole blooming town-full. Visit during the Lombard Lilac Time Festival, May 2-20, 2018, and you’ll not only … Continue reading

Starved Rock State Park: Illinois’ Natural Wonder

Visitors know Illinois for many different things—a great city, Land of Lincoln, charming towns, towering cornfields, rivers and lakes. Few expect what they find at Starved Rock State Park. Take a break sometime soon and visit the remarkable park. Mission … Continue reading

Enjoy Hiking, Prairie At Illinois’ Nachusa Grasslands

The vast prairie that once covered Illinois is making a comeback of sorts at Nachusa Grasslands Preserve, 90 miles west of Chicago in Franklin Grove, Illinois. This town is also where you’ll find Lincoln Way Inn Bed & Breakfast, making … Continue reading

Illinois’ Cahokia Mounds An Archaeological Wonder

One of the world’s greatest cities in existence in AD 1250 lies within miles of present day Collinsville, Illinois. Larger than London was at the time, the city had inhabitants who were accomplished builders, constructing everything from homes to monumental … Continue reading