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

24 Jul
Community Events

Rock Falls Farmer's Market

Rock Falls Farmers Market
24 Jul
Culinary Events

Dixon City Market

Dixon Riverfront Plaza
25 Jul
Festivals & Fairs

Lee County Fair & 4H Show

Lee County 4H Center and Fairgrounds
26 Jul
Festivals & Fairs

Lee County Fair & 4H Show

Lee County 4H Center and Fairgrounds
27 Jul
Community Events

Rock Falls Farmer's Market

Rock Falls Farmers Market
27 Jul
Festivals & Fairs

Lee County Fair & 4H Show

Lee County 4H Center and Fairgrounds
27 Jul
Community Events

Mt. Carroll Farmers Market

Downtown Mount Carroll
27 Jul
Ogle County

Public Skyviewing at the Weiskopf Observatory

Weiskopf Observatory in Byron Forest Preserve

GetInspired

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PLAN YOUR TRIP

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