Find your Real Getaway in Northwest Illinois
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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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Rochelle Railroad Days

Saturday, May. 21, 2022 10:00 am until Saturday, May. 21, 2022 5:00 pm
Rochelle Railroad Days

Back in 2022

The 2022 Railroad Days is back at the Rochelle Railroad Park, May 21-22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Live Music

Saturday, 5/21, Noon-3 p.m. | Buzzed by Sonset
Sunday, 5/22, Noon-2 p.m. | Mark Lyons

Railfan fun

Enjoy hot dogs and brats, Blackhawk Model Railroad Club, a rock wall, bounce, Operation LIfesaver (Sunday only), and more!


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