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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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FESTIVAL | Amboy Depot Days

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 5:00 pm until Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 9:00 pm
FESTIVAL | Amboy Depot Days

4 days of the most fun ever

AUG 25-28
This amazing 4-day festival centers around the Amboy Depot Museum in the heart of Amboy, IL. 

The Miss Amboy Pageant, Carnival, Food & Craft Vendors, Tractor Show, Parade, Free Music, and the biggest and best Car Show in Northern Illinois are some of the most popular events.

Get your 50/50 ticket!

Oh, and don't forget their famous 50/50 raffle. Winners are announced on Sunday, Aug. 28. Believe it or not, for the last several years, the winning ticket has taken home OVER $100,000! Yes, you read that right.


Go to the link at the top of this event for a complete schedule. You'll be glad you did.

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    From an old piano factory to a one-of-a-kind shopping experience While visiting the Blackhawk Waterways region of northwest Illinois (Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties), a shopping mecca straight out of the 70s must be put on your itinerary. Conover Square Mall is a historic shopping center in Oregon, Illinois,…
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