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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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Nachusa Grasslands

Bison Herd

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De Immigrant Windmill

working windmill

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OPENING RECEPTION | "Marks Made" Exhibition | Dixon

Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 6:00 pm until Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 8:00 pm
Categories: Art Exhibits, Lee County
OPENING RECEPTION | "Marks Made" Exhibition | Dixon

It's opening night for the 2-woman show "Marks Made"

"Marks Made" runs from Dec. 13 through Jan. 7, 2023 at The Next Picture Show community arts center in Dixon, IL. It features the work of Sydni Reubin and Heather Shore. 

The opening reception is Friday, Dec. 16, from 6-8 p.m. A cash bar is available for the evening. Go to the link at the top of this event for more details on the show itself. FREE!

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