Find Your Real Getaway in NW Illinois

Find YourReal Getawayin NW Illinois

Escape to NW Illinois

100 miles west of Chicago lie the rolling hills, old growth forests and the pristine rivers in Northwest Illinois. With its quaint cabins and darling bed & breakfasts, it’s the perfect weekend getaway in Illinois. Every mile is steeped in history, surrounded by outdoor beauty and dotted with charming villages.

Get Here

Your real getaway is closer than you think.

  • 100 miles from Chicago
  • 112 miles from Milwaukee
  • 91 miles from Madison
  • 90 miles from Cedar Rapids
  • 281 miles from St. Louis

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Trip Ideas

Visit the Festivals & Fairs of NW Illinois

Summer in Northwest Illinois is a time for celebration, community, and a whole lot of fun. Our four-county regionโ€”Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Countiesโ€”comes alive with vibrant festivals and county fairs that offer something for everyone.

Your next adventure awaits

Whether you’re seeking a day trip or a week-long adventure, discover a region rich in history from a treasure trove of museums to monuments and historic sites. Travel the original Lincoln Highway. Visit our restored prairies, and meet a bison or two. Jump out of a perfectly good airplane. It’s all here…in northwest Illinois.

UpcomingEvents

14 Jul
Festivals & Fairs

ByronFest

Downtown Byron
14 Jul
Festivals & Fairs

6th Daylily Bloomfest

Hidden Timber Gardens
14 Jul
Outdoor & Sports Events
17 Jul
Community Events

Rock Falls Farmer's Market

Rock Falls Farmers Market
17 Jul
Culinary Events

Dixon City Market

Dixon Riverfront Plaza
18 Jul
Outdoor & Sports Events

Golf Cart Birding & Wildlife Tours

Upper Mississippi River Refuge
18 Jul
Festivals & Fairs

Tampico Days

Downtown Tampico
19 Jul
Festivals & Fairs

Tampico Days

Downtown Tampico

GetInspired

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PLAN YOUR TRIP

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