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  • Navy Pier

    4 out of 5 stars

    Chicago Things to Do

    Another must see in Chicago. I like coming here when the weather is great .. I love the vibe and all the activity, Sometimes theres street performers which can be fun .. there are restaurants and shops inside ... some of the best is Garretts popcorn which is amazing and makes like cheap gift to take back to family and friends ... One of the top 10...

  • The Peninsula Chicago

    Chicago Hotels

    The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago is an absolutely wonderful hotel! Every detail is thought through and...

  • Signature Room at the 95th

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chicago Restaurants

    More pics from this amazing place and perfect night see previous review for full story ... our special dinner at top of the world. Super great meal and drinks .. and service and view. Just a great experience. We eat out a lot and some of the places are nice but this was REALLY super expensive so I don't know if we will ever be able to do...



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  • Main Street

    Galena Things to Do

    Take your time walking along Main Street. If you're tired of shopping, just look around at the buildings. You'll see nearly a dozen styles. Details will begin to show up as you relax and look up. There are differences in windows, cornices, the dentile (may be spelled wrong, as I just learned about them), roof lines, and many other details. Some...

  • The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel

    Galena Hotels

    This hotel is not a "boutique". It is a remodeled chain hotel. The exterior is not represented well...

  • Belvedere Mansion...turn the car around!

    Galena Tourist Traps

    had the displeasure of "viewing" the Belvedere Mansion yesterday. this is my first VT commentary...I have used this site for years without contributing...I must contribute now and save someone. we saw this mansion from the road after leaving the Grants house tour. a very nice looking Italianate style mansion that, out front, had a sign saying...



See all 142 Naperville Tips
  • Where Naperville meets for Breakfast

    Naperville Restaurants

    **Destroyed by fire, July 2014.**On a Saturday morning this is a Naperville institution for long-time residents and their families who love their 3 egg omlettes and big Belgian waffles with sides of bacon or sausage. The Belgian malt waffle [pictured], with a dusting of sugar, warm maple syrup and a side of bacon. It's heaven on a plate!

  • Hotel Arista

    Naperville Hotels

    2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville, Illinois, 60563, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Naperville Shopping Guide

    Naperville Shopping

    NOTE: Stores do come and go! This was a place that came and went quickly. As I said I thought it was overpriced and really a bit off the main downtown area. As I was in downtown Naperville a few days after some heavy rainfall and some flooding took place in April 2013 (including my basement which took on about 6 inches) taking pictures I decided to...



See all 62 Champaign Tips
  • Jane Addams Book Shop

    Champaign Things to Do

    A charming old building in the downtown area houses a fabulous used bookstore with three floors packed with books on every topic I can think to look for! A definite destination for book lover's when visiting Champaign/Urbana

  • Homewood Suites By Hilton...

    Champaign Hotels

    If you are looking for an EXTENDED STAY property that really makes you feel at home.... look no...

  • Mercena & Bradley corridor

    Champaign Warnings and Dangers

    So some guy on here crawled around taking pictures of stick piles in people's yards to post here as a warning to all. I bet he was scared as *** while doing it too. That's a freaking riot, and I hope one day someone catches HIM on film doing it.Yeah, the Bradley corridor is sort of blighted, but there's not really as much danger as you'd think....



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  • Rhinos at Peoria Zoo

    Peoria Things to Do

    The Peoria Zoo has a pair of Southern White Rhino's in its African exhibit. There are few still left in the wild in South Africa and Zambia, I believe. There are no Northern White Rhinos left in the wild, however.

  • AmericInn Lodge & Suites of Peoria

    Peoria Hotels

    Stayed here for 2 nights recently while refereeing at the state basketball tournament. The hotel is...

  • Frank Lloyd Wright "Little House"

    Peoria Things to Do

    I've seen numerous Frank Lloyd Wright Homes, and this one fits well within the architect's Prairie style genre of modern residential homes. Unfortunately, this home has been modified by it's owner, action which was cause for anger in the neighborhood. The home is named after the first owner, Francis W Little, and having been built in 1903, is one...


Saint Charles

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  • Pancakes with a view

    Saint Charles Restaurants

    A longtime favorite of the Sunday after-church "brunch bunch," the seating along these windows offers a nice view of the Fox River. A good 'coffee shop'-style restaurant (American coffee, that is: 'Regular' and 'Unleaded' - er, 'De-Caf' ;-) where locals would be likely to take visiting 'company.'

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-Saint...

    Saint Charles Hotels

    2875 Foxfield Road, Saint Charles, Illinois, 60174, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Fill 'er up!

    Saint Charles Restaurants

    This casual lunch and dinner spot features a unique decor of walls covered with old license plates and motoring memorabilia. This unique ambiance makes it a popular place for local businesspeople to bring visiting colleagues from out-of-town for lunch.Conversely, they tend to draw a "YOUNG young crowd" (as my neighbors' granddaughter put it - she's...



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  • Ding, dong bells...

    Springfield Off The Beaten Path

    The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park. There are concerts throughout the year, along with an International Carillon Festival which is usually held in June each summer. The Festival features performers from all over the world.

  • Hilton Springfield

    Springfield Hotels

    The Hilton Springfield Hotel can be seen for miles. We were never lost because we could always cage...

  • Good grub and good beer

    Springfield Restaurants

    Asking around, we were pointed here, not only because it was close, but also because it was good. This little brew pub and restaurant served up some good food, and we were able to wash it down with some tasty brew made inhouse. The menu is American fare, with typical things you find on a bar menu, but there are also some entre dishes that looked...



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  • Comics Chic

    Evanston Shopping

    Think comics are for kids? Ha! Comics are for revolutionaries and thinkers. Just read Grant Morrison's Invisibles and you'll know what I mean. For those subversive, high brow, comics readers there's Comix Revolution. The fixtures and atmosphere of this place is high class and ethereal. This is no dingy hole in some run down warehouse. This place...

  • Hilton Garden Inn Evanston

    Evanston Hotels

    1818 Maple Ave, Evanston, Illinois, 60201, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Meat-less in E-town

    Evanston Restaurants

    They have a nice array of foods for veggies, vegans, and they also offer a macrobiotic plate. Even meat eaters enjoy it! Their baked goods in the glass case have certain ingredients listed, which is very helpful for vegans. The smoothies are nice to try, but a little pricey. Hanging on the walls is some cool picture-esque quilting.While I often...



See all 37 Nauvoo Tips

    Nauvoo Things to Do

    John Taylor was an early English convert. The conversion of English members was very important to the huge influx of Mormons in to Nauvoo. This brick house, one of the earliest brick homes in Nauvoo, was occupied by Taylor and his family, in 1845, when he served in the attached Printing Office as editor for Church periodicals. The woodwork and...

  • Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites

    Nauvoo Hotels

    1875 Mulholland Street (Hwy 96), PO Box 187, Nauvoo, Illinois, 62354, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Great Food in Nauvoo

    Nauvoo Restaurants

    Great food that really made out stay in Nauvoo enjoyable. We had perfect chicken salad sandwhiches on whole grain bread. They even had really good fudge from the Nauvoo fudge factory. My husband had the pulled prok twice!! He liked it that much. Chicken Salad & Pulled Pork


Oak Park

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  • Fantastico

    Oak Park Restaurants

    Chef Gaetano di Benedetto is surely one of the top three or four Italian chefs in the entire Chicago area. I would absolutely prefer to have dinner at La Piazza than at any of the top-ranked Italian restaurants in the city. Although it can get crowded and noisy on weekends, the atmosphere is warm, the room not large, the walls painted with scenes...

  • Carleton of Oak Park

    Oak Park Hotels

    Because parking is at a premium in Oak Park, the Carleton of Oak Park provides 5 FREE parking lots. ...

  • Latin American Cuisine in the Burbs

    Oak Park Restaurants

    About a month before we ate at the restaurant we had seen a show on our local PBS (Public Broadcasting System) station called "Check Please". This show had 3 people picking out places to eat which they all have dinner or lunch at and then coming back to the show and talking about their experiences at the restaurant.The morning that we ate there we...



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  • Southern illinois connects with louisana...

    Robinson Things to Do

    I recommend visiting Comeaux's daquiri depot and Cajun cafeIt's down the road in lawerenceville next to WalmartThey have New Orleans daquiri s and a Cajun resturant prepared by real duck dynasty Cajuns They have alligator crawfish jambalaya fricasseeThose daquiri s are so good They even have a wonderful cozy video game roomI think it's a must place...

  • Best Western Robinson Inn

    Robinson Hotels

    The Best Western Robinson Inn is simply the Best Inn in Robinson, Illinois. Located across the road...

  • Heath Museum & Confectionery

    Robinson Things to Do

    NOTE: THE SODA FOUNTAIN IS NOW OPEN! Allan and I visited in July, 2008, and had sundaes. Not only are they delicious, but I cannot remember when prices were this low!The Crawford County Heritage Foundation is responsible for the restoration of the Heath Brothers Confectionery and the development of a new candy museum. Although this project is not...



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  • Downtown Metropolis

    Metropolis Things to Do

    May 16th, Tony and I spent the day driving in Illinois. After we left Dixon Springs State Park, we made our way to Metropolis. Here we visited the Superman Statue, drove around town to see some of the Historical Homes, then had a quick bite to eat at Fat Edd's Roadhouse. Then we went to the Fort State Park.We had a really nice time in Metropolis

  • Harrah S Metropolis Casino

    Metropolis Hotels

    Want to spend a lot of time in the casino but would like to have a place to take quick breaks or...

  • Superman Statue and Souvenir Store

    Metropolis Things to Do

    OKAY OKAY OKAY, I know this CHEESY...but's SUPERMAN for goodness sake..YOU HAVE TO STOP...Located off I-24, in can't miss it. There are signs guiding you to it. It is located over in the older section of town near the police station. There is also a museum and souvenir store to check out.Every year they have a big Superman...


Arlington Heights

  • Love La tasca

    Arlington Heights Nightlife

    Absolutely love this Tapas restaurant. We have been going to La Tasca for past 16 years with boy friend (now Hubby), girls night out and for large group parties. The food has improved over the years tremendously. Some of our favorites are baby octopus, sun dried dated, herbed goat cheese, beef kebabs, calamari, paella, and of course the Sangria and...

  • Doubletree Chicago/Arlington Heights

    Arlington Heights Hotels

    This is a very nice hotel. There are three Radissons in the area, so make sure you get the right...

  • Tastiest tapas

    Arlington Heights Nightlife

    La Tasca tapas restaurant of Arlington Heights is the most highly acclaimed restaurants in Arlington Hts for the past 16 years. We believe that out of the half dozen tapas restaurants we have tried in Chicago land area that La Tasca is simply the one with most flavors and welcoming staff. The combination of quality of their tapas, festive and...



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  • Sweets, Coffees, Sandwiches, Baked...

    Grayslake Restaurants

    The building where Sweet Susie's is located was originally a department store, and it used to be 3 stories highWhile revisitng Grayslake, I decided to try the "new to me" place called Sweet Susie's. It was the second time I had been in the shop. The last time, I ordered an ice cream drink. It was quite delicious (even though quite filled with...

  • Comfort Suites Grayslake

    Grayslake Hotels

    1775 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, Illinois, 60030, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Dine in/Take out/Catering....

    Grayslake Restaurants

    Opened in 2003, Grinders Cafe & Eatery has become a popular place in Grayslake. This is a cafe and eatery that serves both coffees by the cup, or they will sell these flavorful coffees by the pound. They also sell teas.In addition, they serve sandwiches, soups, salads, chocolates, and other bakery treats. They do a big business in "Carry-out...



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  • For Fitness Fun in Gurnee Visit Centre...

    Gurnee Sports & Outdoors

    The Centre Club is a world-class health club with all the facilities you'll ever need. If you wish to see it, take a tour, and perhaps have a visitor's pass, just go to the front desk and inquire.This club is in excess of 60,000 sq. feet. It has 1/10 mile cushioned running track, Aerobics training center, free weight training area, Racquetball...

  • KeyLime Cove Resort and Water Park

    Gurnee Hotels

    1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee, Illinois, 60031, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • "Vibrant Showplace of Creative Food..."

    Gurnee Restaurants

    Note: So sorry to report that this restaurant has closed! We miss it so.After spending the afternoon on the golf course at Heather Ridge with my husband and being unable to finish because of a downpour, Allan and I decided to try a new restaurant located in Gurnee called Monkey Dish Bar & Grill. Engraved on the glass of the front door is "A Vibrant...


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