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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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Thomson Depot Days | Thomson

Friday, May. 27, 2022 6:00 pm until Friday, May. 27, 2022 8:30 pm
Kathy Gray 815-902-6064
Thomson Depot Days | Thomson

The Purple and Gold Weekend

May 27, 2022 | 6:30 p.m to ?
Thomson Depot Days kicks off on Friday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. with a Trivia Night held at Majestic Pines in Thomson. Registration starts at 6 p.m.

May 28, 2022 | 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thomson Depot Days continues with events such as Car Cruise-in, bake sale, Thomson Depot Museum opens to the public, library book walk, pork chop sandwiches at the fire station, basketball shooting contest, barbershop chorus, live music, volleyball challenge games, and more.


CLICK HERE for the entire schedule of the weekend's events.


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