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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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Open Mic Poetry Night at Books on First

Saturday, Apr. 08, 2023 4:00 pm until Saturday, Apr. 08, 2023 7:00 pm
(815) 285-2665
Open Mic Poetry Night at Books on First

April is Poetry Month!  

Come express your talent and creativity by joining us at Books on First for Open Mic Poetry Night with special participation from Northern Public Radio’s Yvonne Boose.

Share a Poem or Just Listen

Whether you have a poem to share or you just love poetry and want to listen, bring your friends along to join us at 4p.m. For more information on Yvonne Boose, check out her podcast, Poetically Yours on WNIJ.

NW Illinois Travel Blog

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  • Conover Square Mall | A one-of-a-kind shopping experience

    April 10, 2023
    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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