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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...
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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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Independence Day Celebration | Rock Falls

Friday, Jul. 01, 2022 9:00 am until Friday, Jul. 01, 2022 5:00 pm
Independence Day Celebration | Rock Falls

Celebration on the riverfront

FRIDAY | JULY 1 | 5-10 p.m.
Enjoy this family-friendly event on the Rock River at RB&W Park for Rock Falls' Independence Day Celebration. The Sterling/Rock Falls Jaycees sponsors the firework show display.

Food and music

There will be food trucks and vendors from 5-10 pm. The band, Problem Child, plays from 7-9 pm. 

Go to the FB link at the top of this event to keep up on any updates.

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