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100 miles due west of Chicago lie the rolling hills, old growth forests and the pristine rivers of the Blackhawk Waterways 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. The Blackhawk Waterways is what your vacation getaway looks like...
In Real Life.

John Deere

Historic Site

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photo: Jack Hughes

Mississippi Palisades

State Park

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photo: Jack Hughes

Nachusa Grasslands

Bison Herd

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De Immigrant Windmill

working windmill

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Perseid Meteor Watch

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 9:00 pm until Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 11:57 pm
Perseid Meteor Watch

Look. Up in the sky!

The Byron Forest Preserve District will be hosting its annual Perseid Meteor Watch event on August 10, 11 & 12, 2021 from 9:00 pm until midnight.

Come out to the Weiskopf Observatory and enjoy this annual meteor shower event. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and dress for the weather.  Children must be with an adult.

It's a no-go if it's cloudy

This event will be canceled in case of cloudy skies. Call 815-234-8535 ext. 216 for viewing conditions.


This is a FREE event and no advance registration is required

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    November 28, 2022
    Summer had to end The summer of 2022 was enjoyable around here, and the fall was fabulous. Enjoying the outdoors with friends and family is addictive. It doesn't have to end when our furnaces start to growl. Many people don't think of northwest Illinois as a winter vacation destination, but…
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