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

5 Favorite Adventures in Northwest Illinois

Northwest Illinois offers tranquil landscapes and adventurous activities in Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore our waterways, parks, backroads, and more.

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

17 Apr
Live Music

Elvis Through the Years

White Pines Lodge
17 Apr
Live Music

Elvis Through the Years

White Pines Lodge
18 Apr
Live Music

Elvis Through the Years

White Pines Lodge
18 Apr
Community Events
20 Apr
Ogle County

Public Skyviewing at the Weiskopf Observatory

Weiskopf Observatory in Byron Forest Preserve
27 Apr
Ogle County

Public Skyviewing at the Weiskopf Observatory

Weiskopf Observatory in Byron Forest Preserve
03 May
Live Theater

Night Mother

Dixon Stage Left
04 May
Ogle County

Public Skyviewing at the Weiskopf Observatory

Weiskopf Observatory in Byron Forest Preserve

GetInspired

Dixon's Ladies Night Out returns on April 18 from 3โ€“8 pm! ๐ŸŽ‰ Discover exclusive deals, delightful drinks, and dazzling prizes at various shops. Spread the word to friends and find all the details in the event listing. It's an evening you won't want to miss! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿน

Go to EVENTS in our BIO link.

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Are you an outdoorsy or indoorsy person? Our latest blog article picks just 5 favorite outdoor adventures in #NWillinois! ๐Ÿฅพ Scenic hikes, ๐Ÿฅ disc golf, ๐Ÿช‚ skydiving...pick your pleasure! ๐Ÿ˜„

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Can't help fallin' in love with this show! "๐—˜๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€" hits @WhitePines_Resort April 17-18. Don't miss it!  Visit link in bio under "Events" for ticket info.
Immerse yourself in a slice of Dutch history, right here by the Mississippi. Standing tall, Fulton's De Immigrant Windmill is more than an engineering marvel - it's a living testament to ingenuity and tradition ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Ever witnessed the magic of a working windmill up close? We'd love to hear your stories! ๐ŸŒพ #FultonWindmill #HistoricLandmark #VisitNWIllinois
Buckle up, folks! Your new go-to weekend activity is here with the Chicagoland Skydiving Center ๐Ÿช‚ Enjoy the adrenaline rush while basking in the beautiful Rochelle landscapes from above. Who's diving into this adventure with you? Tag your skydiving partner-in-crime ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ #SkyIsTheLimit #ChicagolandSkydiving #AdrenalineJunkies #VisitNWIllinois
The Coliseum Museum in #OregonIL is hosting its #SPRINGconcert, "Hot N' Cole: The Music of Cole Porter"" on April 5! Matt & Cynthia Gruel take you on a musical journey through the genius of #ColePorter, featuring iconic hits like "Too Darn Hot" & "Let's Do It!" Go to event link in bio (UNDER EVENTS) for ticket info.

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PLAN YOUR TRIP

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