Chicago and Beyond
  • Winter Wonderland

    Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty and wonder of winter in northern Illinois.

  • Joliet Historical Museum

    Engage your brain at one of the many different museums located in Northern Illinois!

  • The Brick Cafe & Art Gallery in Belvidere

    Enjoy a delicious meal and the unique artwork while getting out of the weather!

  • Weekend Getaway

    Make plans for a weekend getaway with your friends or family!

  • Skiing

    Enjoy outdoor activities in the winter at any of the beautiful trails and golf courses throughout our region!

  • Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford

    Want to feel like you are in the tropics! Then Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford is the place to be!

  • Rochelle Railroad Park

    The Rochelle Railroad Park, located on the Illinois Lincoln Highway, is a fantastic photo opportunity for young and old alike!

  • Northern Illinois Wine Trail

    Any time of the year is a perfect time to check out the wineries along the Northern Illinois Wine Trail!

  • Family Fun

    What better way to enjoy freshly fallen snow than to hit the slopes by sledding, skiing, or snowboarding.

  • My Favorite Things in DeKalb

    Get out and do a little shopping for a few hours or a few days in the Chicago & Beyond Region!

  • Picture Perfect









     Some of the best places to get pictures in the Chicago and Beyond region. 

    Sinnissippi Park in Rockford has a recreational path, garden, and lagoon.  It’s a great place to take scenery pictures or family photos. For more infomation visit:  rockfordparkdi...

  • Stay Warm This Weekend

    ESPN Zone is located in Chicago.  A sports themed restaurant that has sports viewing with flat screen TV’s, over 10,000 square feet of arcade sports games like air hockey, see how many free throws you can make, racing simulators and so much more! Visit for more infomatio...

  • Family Outings

    Family outings can come in many shapes and sizes. So no matter what you want to see, there are many museums to choose from.

    The Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook showcases different aircrafts.  Some examples of these aircrafts are T-2 and T-33, as well as many other aircrafts. Visit ...

  • Spring Break Ideas

    I can’t believe it but spring break is coming up fast!  Which means the kids will be out of school and boredom with sink in.  Go hiking and enjoy nature at Starved Rock State Park in Utica.  Visit: for more information and other fun ideas.

    Starved Rock State Park

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  • Valentine's Day

    Beer Lovers Meet Up is an event for adults who love fine craft beers, tasty spirits, wine and food.  Buy tickets in advance online until noon on 2/14.

    Rockford Icehogs Game vs. Oklahoma at BMO Harris Bank Center.

    Spend Valentine’s Day at the POW of the Civi...

  • Weekend Family Fun Ideas

    Are you looking for weekend family fun ideas throughout this year? 

    On February 15th,the Durant House Museum is hosting their Fireside Fun event.  You will be able to tour the museum and learn how to play 19th century games.  Admission is $3 for adults and $1 of children.  Ppfv....

  • History Comes Alive

    Make history come alive in the Chicago & Beyond region.  The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educational Center is located in Skokie.  Renowned architect Stanley Tigerman designed this 65,000 square foot building.  It was dedicated to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to issues in our ...

  • Snowboarding and Skiing in Chicago and Beyond

    Learn to snowboard or ski in the Chicago and Beyond region.  Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park in Algonquin makes their own snow.  So even if there isn’t snow on the ground you can still have fun on the slopes.  Don’t know how to snowboard, no worries, book your lessons now...

  • Children's Museums

    There are many cool places to take the kids over the weekends in winter that doesn’t require you to stay outdoors.  Learn about science at The Field Museum in Chicago.  Visit Sue the T-Rex, explore ancient Egypt, discover what it’s like to be a bug, learn all about DNA, and so much m...

  • Winter Fun!

    Enjoy winter activities while they last.  Sledding with the kids, snowboarding, taking a walk or skiing; there are many activities that you can enjoy while there is snow on the ground. 


    From January 14th to January 17th see the Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in Sinnissippi Park in ...

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