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

There's More to Discover

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

29 May
Community Events

Rock Falls Farmer's Market

Rock Falls Farmers Market
01 Jun
Community Events

Rock Falls Farmer's Market

Rock Falls Farmers Market
01 Jun
Community Events

Mt. Carroll Farmers Market

Downtown Mount Carroll
01 Jun
Ogle County

Public Skyviewing at the Weiskopf Observatory

Weiskopf Observatory in Byron Forest Preserve
02 Jun
Outdoor & Sports Events
05 Jun
Community Events

Rock Falls Farmer's Market

Rock Falls Farmers Market
05 Jun
Culinary Events

Dixon City Market

Dixon Riverfront Plaza
07 Jun
Festivals & Fairs

Milledgeville Jamboree

Downtown Milledgeville

GetInspired

Are you a #music-seeker? Well, hold onto your hat ๐ŸŽฉ and make a plan to visit the ๐Ÿด๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐—ป๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น Milledgeville Village Jamboree hits June 7-9!  Live music, food vendors, a car show, a kid's zone, & more! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš—

#VisitNWillinois #middleofeverything #MilledgevilleJamboree #SummerFun @visitcarrollcounty #summerfestival #familyfriendly #roadtrip @enjoyillinois #enjoyillinois #summerfun #familyfun #carrollcountyIllinois #livemusic
Honoring the brave men and women who sacrificed for our freedom. This Memorial Day, we remember and give thanks. Enjoy the beauty and peace of our region as we reflect on their legacy. 

#visitnwillinois #MemorialDay #HonorAndRemember #NorthwestIllinois #enjoyillinois #middleofeverything
Don't miss the "Wide Open Spaces" Art Exhibition at ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ - @tnps_dixon! From June 6 to July 13, explore breathtaking landscapes captured in stunning 2D and 3D artworks. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

#ArtExhibition #WideOpenSpaces #VisitNWIllinois #enjoyillinois #middleofeverything @enjoyillinois @discoverdixon @visitleecountyil @visitleecountyil #LeecountyIL
๐Ÿ… "Kick off your weekend with events that will surely be memory makers! 
https://www.visitnorthwestillinois.com/event-calendar/

#VisitNWillinois #enjoyillinois @enjoyillinois #middleofeverything @visitcarrollcountyil
๐ŸŒŸ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜!๐ŸŒŸ This is the last weekend to tour the magical @havencrestcastle in #SavannaIL! ๐Ÿฐโœจ Step into a fairytale as you explore the lavish rooms and enchanting grounds of this stunning castle. Whether you're a history buff, a lover of grand architecture, or just looking for an unforgettable experience, Havencrest Castle has something for everyone. Info at link in bio, under EVENTS.

#VisitNWillinois #middleofeverything @enjoyillinois @exploresavanna #roadtrip @visitcarrollcounty  #ExploreIL #WeekendPlans #CastleTour #FairytaleAdventure
๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿฐ Havencrest Castle is opening its doors for one last weekend of tours and it's an experience you won't want to miss! 

https://www.visitnorthwestillinois.com/event/havencrest-castle-may-tours/2024-05-25/

#VisitNWillinois #middleofeverything Enjoy Illinois  Explore Savanna Visit Carroll County IL  #ExploreIL #WeekendPlans #CastleTour #FairytaleAdventure Havencrest Castle
๐—›๐—ฒ๐˜†, ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€! There's a new hotspot in #NWillinois, and it's already making waves! ๐ŸŒŠ Meet ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ปโ€”where good times flow as freely as the tunes. ๐ŸŽธโœจ Located in the heart of #DixonIL. It's the perfect place to unwind with friends, enjoy some live music, and sip on your favorite drinks. ๐Ÿน๐Ÿบ

๐Ÿ“ Mad Water Saloon, Dixon, IL

#MadWaterSaloon #LiveMusic #GoodTimes #VisitNWIllinois #middleofeverything @enjoyillinois @visitleecountyil #discoverdixon

TRAVEL GUIDE

Request a free copy or view our latest guide online.

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Ideas and resources to help plan your next real getaway in NW Illinois.