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March 20, 2021
A wild idea It all started with a wild idea. A historic vacant building sat empty in downtown Oregon, Illinois’ Main Street, waiting for someone to give it a new…
March 10, 2021
An urban farmhouse kitchen in historic downtown Savanna Circa 1888 opened its doors in 2018 and has been a popular staple for gourmet dining with a modern culinary twist. Savanna…
February 16, 2021
  Built in 1874 as a home for a bride The brick Italianate Victorian home was built in 1874 for William Judd Mix as a wedding gift to his third…
January 18, 2021
Cheers in Milledgeville Everybody’s got one they love.... that place where you come as you are, relax, and enjoy time with friends. In the small town of Milledgeville – a…
January 3, 2021
  A new business has planted its roots in Fulton’s downtown district. Rooted Boutique has been branching out to their customers since February 2020. Jackie Wilkin was a stay-at-home mom…
November 30, 2020
Opened November 2020 Mount Carroll’s Historic Downtown has a new storefront, and people are lining up to get their hands on everything they have to offer. Big Miniature Farms (BMF)…
November 14, 2020
The Illinois Office of Tourism recently announced 31 new small businesses, or ‘makers,’ have been recognized by the Illinois Made program. Illinois Made inspires locals and visitors to discover hidden…
November 10, 2020
Sweet Revival is worth the trip Sweet Revival is located in the unincorporated town of Kings, in Ogle County on Rt. 64. This beautiful former church is full of treasures,…
October 15, 2020
Open since 1948 The Rink at Pine Creek, formerly known as White Pines Roller Skating Rink, has been a staple in northwest Illinois for over 70 years. The White Pines…
September 28, 2020
It’s not your ordinary golf course Outside of Byron and located inside the award-winning PrairieView Golf Club lies a new, year-round way to enjoy golf.  PrairieFire Golf & Grill is complete…
September 10, 2020
A pre-Civil War era home of historical significance in Sterling  The home was originally built in 1858 for Civil War Brigadier General, Edward Needles Kirk. The Kirks had plans to…
August 24, 2020
The stage offers optimal sound with the best secluded outdoor scenery With most concert venues having to reschedule their shows and keep their doors shut due to COVID restrictions, there’s…
August 3, 2020
A place to explore safely I'm happy to be back writing about all of the amazing places to see and do in northwest Illinois! Despite our area's pandemic restrictions, there…
March 19, 2020
Outdoor enthusiasts paradise Located high on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and Memorial Bridge sits ten cozy and rustic cabins in historic Savanna, Illinois. Only a few miles from…
March 11, 2020
Enjoy a new way to discover Rock Falls or the Hennepin Canal Rock Falls is a participant in the Koloni Bike Share program. There are two locations for riders to…
February 27, 2020
It's the 56th season in Grand Detour The John Deere Historic Site opens its gates to the public for its 56th season on Monday, March 2 at 1 p.m. Located…
February 17, 2020
It's a bakery unlike any other. The small town of Oregon, IL has a bakery unlike any other. Located on the northeast corner of 3rd Street and IL Route 64 sits The Village…
January 13, 2020
The prairie story continues. “Prairies are rare. The tallgrass prairies of the Midwest are rarer still. Prairies support an irreplaceable variety of grasses and wildflowers along with a few species…
December 17, 2019
Come explore art in Rock Falls, IL and see what you’ll discover. See the world through an artist's eye on the banks of the Rock River. The Rock Falls Sculpture…
November 25, 2019
Illinois’ Largest Craft Distillery Rochelle is a thriving community offering an experience for all tastes – from relaxation to exhilaration – all with that hometown feel. It’s a community full…
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  • Oregon's gathering place | Cork & Tap

    March 20, 2021
    A wild idea It all started with a wild idea. A historic vacant building sat empty in downtown Oregon, Illinois’ Main Street, waiting for someone to give it a new life. Jason and Carrie O'Neil had never run a business, let alone a bar, so the opportunity was exhilarating. In…
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