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Your escape from the hustle and bustle of Chicago is just 2 hours west in NW Illinois.


Go ahead, get lost in our neck of the woods.

relax on the river

Ply the cool rivers aboard a kayak, canoe, power boat or inner tube. Drop a fishing line into a pond and watch the widening ripple radiate across the still water.

Lakes & Rivers

Ride Free

Hike along shaded trails deep in the hardwood expanses of Northwest Illinois. Or pedal a bicycle along country roads so quiet that meadowlarks and red wing blackbirds will be the loudest sounds you hear.

State Parks & Forests

roam wild

Reconnect with nature while watching free-roaming bison grazing on the open prairie at the 1500-acre Nachusa Grasslands.

Nachusa Grasslands

Rediscover the past

Walk in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln. See where blacksmith John Deere created his revolutionary plow. Peer up at the 1911 Black Hawk Statue. Tour a working windmill.

History & Heritage



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All of these experiences await, just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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