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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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Main Street Pop-Up Market | Sterling

Thursday, Jun. 23, 2022 5:00 pm until Thursday, Jun. 23, 2022 8:00 pm
Main Street Pop-Up Market | Sterling

Summer nights in Sterling

The 2022 Pop-Up Markets are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings during the summer of 2022 from 5-8 PM.

Grab your friends and stroll downtown for a night of music, shopping, and dining. The 20+ vendors, along with live music are set up in Dale Park for the evening.

Grab a “blue cup” beverage from any of the surrounding establishments so you can sip while you shop and enjoy the night. While you're here, make plans to dine downtown or grab some carry-out to take home.

2022 Market Nights & Entertainment Schedule:

June 9 – Shaylyn O’laughlin
June 23 – Todd Lorenc
July 14 – Pat Jones Acoustic Assassin
July 28 – TBA
August 11 – Bobbi White & Co.
August 25 – Lojo Russo


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