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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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Whiteside COUNTY FAIR | Morrison

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 4:00 pm until Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 7:00 pm
Whiteside COUNTY FAIR | Morrison

Their mission

The Whiteside County Central Agricultural Society's purpose is to promote all the industrial pursuits of the county, especially the agricultural, horticultural, floricultural, and mechanical interests, and also the fine arts and domestic manufacturers.

It is the 151st year!

AUGUST 16-20 | hours vary each day
This county fair brings back memories of corn dogs, hot summer days on the fairway, carnival rides and games, livestock judging, exhibition halls filled with flowers, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, handmade crafts, and more for judging. 

Don't miss (and these are just the tip of the iceberg):

  • Harness racing
  • Demolition derby
  • Tractor pulls
  • Live music entertainment
  • NEW! Pro bronc riding

CLICK HERE for the daily schedules!


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NW Illinois Travel Blog

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  • Winter Fun in the Blackhawk Waterways

    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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