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

18 May
Ogle County

Public Skyviewing at the Weiskopf Observatory

Weiskopf Observatory in Byron Forest Preserve
22 May
Community Events

Rock Falls Farmer's Market

Rock Falls Farmers Market
25 May
Community Events

Rock Falls Farmer's Market

Rock Falls Farmers Market
25 May
Ogle County

Public Skyviewing at the Weiskopf Observatory

Weiskopf Observatory in Byron Forest Preserve
26 May
Community Events

Mt. Carroll Farmers Market

Downtown Mount Carroll
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

GetInspired

โ€ขJust a little place in Illinois โ€ข 
Part 1 

These are the things that amaze me. 

First - my son was running SO fast, I had to slow down this videoโ€ฆ

Second - how did I NOT know about this place in Illinois?!

Itโ€™s 2 hours from home. 
And I had no clue about the beautiful working, Dutch windmill overlooking the Mississippi River. 

OR that theyโ€™ve had their own small town Dutch festival for 50 years! 

This area was settled by Dutch immigrants in 1823. 
Itโ€™s quite remarkable how many generations have prioritized preserving their heritage. 

The windmill, named De Immigrant,
was officially dedicated in the year 2000. 

But before that, it was crafted in Holland from refurbished parts of old, unused windmills. Then disassembled & reassembled here by the townspeople. 

A few locals even use the mill to make local products for sale in their cultural center! 

Tours inside the windmill are FREE. 

I especially love that itโ€™s black & overlooking the water. Both are unique attributes I havenโ€™t seen in Midwest windmills yet. 

๐Ÿ“Fulton, Illinois is in NW Illinois

from Iowa
~ 45 miles from Davenport, Iowa 
~90 miles from Iowa City, Iowa 
~200 miles from Des Moines 

from Illinois
~40 miles from Dixon, Illinois 
~75 miles from Rockford, Illinois 
~140 miles from Chicago 

Have you ever heard of this Midwest windmill?
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๐Ÿ… "Kick off your weekend with some events that will be sure to be memory makers!

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