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About the Blackhawk Waterways

Blackhawk Waterways Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit, official State of Illinois CVB dedicated to promoting the Illinois counties of Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside as a tourism […]

May 5, 2006

Terms of Use and Privacy

Read This Terms of Use Agreement Before Accessing Website. Effective Date: This Terms of Use Agreement was last updated on February 11, 2009. This Terms of Use Agreement sets forth […]

May 26, 2006

Plan Your Trip

When you need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, NW Illinois is a place where you can breathe, unwind, and recharge your soul. Just 100 miles west […]

July 21, 2023

Get Here

Looking for a getaway? Head to northwest Illinois and VisitNW Illinois Tourism (formerly Blackhawk Waterways) in the counties of Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside. Interstates: Airports Train Service (Amtrak): Car […]

Add Your Event to Our Calendar

Help us promote your event on our calendar of events! If you have an event happening in the counties of the Blackhawk Waterways of NW Illinois (Carroll, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside), […]

July 24, 2023

Find Your Real Getaway in NW Illinois

Your next adventure awaits Whether you’re seeking a day trip or a week-long adventure, discover a region rich in history from a treasure trove of museums to monuments and historic […]

Add or Update Your Online Directory Listing

Help us add or update your listing in our online directory. If you own or manage a tourism and hospitality-related business (lodging, attraction, restaurant, shop etc) in the counties of […]

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