Sightseeing in Dixon

Science Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Discovery Center Museum (50% Off)

Discovery Center Museum

Discovery Center Museum

$16 $8

(97)

Award-winning museum lets kids play with science with everything from air cannons and flight simulators to a planetarium

$12 for Visit for Two Adults and Two Kids and One $5 Gift Voucher to Klehm Arboretum ($23 Value)

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

$23 $12

(32)

Get access to the 155-acre living museum's floral exhibits, forested paths, and children's gardens, plus a gift-shop voucher

Museum Tour for Two Adults or Four Adults or Kids at Ellwood House Museum (50% Off)

Ellwood House Museum

DeKalb

$16 $8

Tours of the estate of Isaac Ellwood, one of the wealthiest men in Illinois in the late 1800s, feature a barbed-wire exhibit and a playhouse

Microdistillery Educational Tasting for Two or Four at Minhas Micro Distillery (Half Off)

Minhas Micro Distillery

Monroe

$20 $10

Visitors learn how beer from the brewery is turned into vodka, after which they sample products leave with a bottle of vodka & sampler glass

Weekday or Weekend Admission for One, Two, or Four at Illinois Railway Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Illinois Railway Museum

Coral

$10 $5

Watch restored antique train cars in operation, then check out memorabilia from the Chicagoland and national rail industries

VIP Visit for Two, Four, or Six at Massacre Haunted House (Up to 53% Off)

Massacre Haunted House

Montgomery

$70 $36

(21)

Horrors lurk through 60 rooms housed inside a more than 15,000 sq. ft. haunted house littered with mazes and animatronics

VIP Admission for Two or Four to Basement of the Dead (Up to 58% Off)

Basement of the Dead

Aurora

$90 $39

Front-of-the-line admission to a nightmarish basement and a 3D circus run by an evil clown at one of Chicagoland's top-ranked haunted houses

Two-Hour Walking Ghost Tour of Aurora or Naperville for Two or Four from Haunted Hometowns (Up to 51% Off)

Haunted Hometowns

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Ghost-seekers clutch EMF meters on lantern-lit tours through historic and haunted sites as guides relate tales of local specters

Geneva Lake Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to Half Off)

Geneva Lake Museum

Lake Geneva

$14 $7

(9)

Museum fills historic Power & Light building and replicates Lake Geneva Main Street of late 19th and early 20th centuries

General Admission for 2, 4, or 10 or VIP Admission for 4 to Psychosis Haunted House (Up to 54% Off)

Psychosis Haunted House

Downtown Elgin

$36 $18

20,000 sq. ft. haunted house lauded by USA Today and Huffington Post; a portion of proceeds support local charities

Admission for Two, Four, or Six, or VIP Fast Passes for Two to Evil Intentions Haunted House (Up to 54% Off)

Evil Intentions Haunted House

Elgin

$50 $25

(12)

20,000-square-foot multilevel haunted house remarked for its paranormal activity features room after room of terrifying attractions

Admission for Four Adults, or Membership for One Adult or Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Elgin History Museum

Eastside Elgin

$12 $8

Two floors of history exhibits reflecting Elgin's rich past, including a collection of Elgin Watches and Elgin Road Race memorabilia

Heaps Haunted Corn Maze Visit with Hayride for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 51% Off)

Heap's Haunted Corn Maze

Seward

$30 $16

(9)

Corn maze spooks guests during encounters with costumed actors; a hayride and flashlight maze provide more easygoing entertainment

Oktoberfest for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Children at Naper Settlement on October 3 or 4 (Up to 44% Off)

Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement

$42 $25

(66)

Celebrate German culture with beer and live music at a settlement that revives the 19th century

$149 for a Helicopter Flying Lesson and Flight from Bachman Aero ($295 Value)

Bachman Aero

Schaumburg

$295 $149

The 30-minute helicopter flying lesson puts students in control of the craft at 500 feet with instruction from a FAA Certified Pilot

Petting-Zoo Visit for Two or Four on Weekday or Two on Weekend at Johansen Farms (Up to 50% Off)

Johansen Farms Children's Zoo

Bolingbrook

$24 $14

(27)

Beyond its patch of 25,000 pumpkins, the farm features a petting zoo with more than 500 animals, including rabbits, deer, and baby chicks

Single-Day Admission for Two or Four or Family Membership at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 51% Off)

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Joliet

$12 $6

History museum mines the past of the town of Joliet, its people, and how their stories relate to the whole of American history

Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Illinois River Winery

North Utica

$30 $17

(33)

Sample more than 30 handcrafted wines from the tasting room or sip wines while touring the facility

Household Membership or History Lover Membership at the Wisconsin Historical Society and Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Wisconsin Historical Society

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

(10)

Membership includes discounted or free admission to the Society's historic sites, from Black Point Estate to Old World Wisconsin in Eagle

Select Local Merchants

Since Freeport Art Museum opened in 1975, its collection has ballooned to include nearly 4,000 pieces. The number is apt, since the artifacts – from Hellenistic gold jewelry to 19th-century Italian marble statues – encompass 4,000 years of work from all continents and time periods. The nonprofit museum reserves its remaining gallery space for work by contemporary regional artists, as well as travelling exhibitions.

Said space once belonged to a historic elementary school, a lineage that befits the museum's mission to inform visitors about art's global history and future. Through its educational programs, Freeport continues fulfilling that mission with events such as artists talks and classes on subjects such as graffiti art.

121 N Harlem Ave
Freeport,
IL
US

The Rockford Art Museum has more than a century of creativity hanging from the walls in its galleries. It acquired its first piece in 1913 and has since collected more than 1600 pieces from local and international artists. Glass sculptures, 20th century American photography, and impressionist paintings vie for attention alongside the dynamic images of the American southwest from the Taos Society of New Mexico. The collection houses the detailed work of regional artists trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Royal Academy of Arts and the earthy, meaningful paintings of outsider art, such as Richard Burnside’s untitled painting of a cat made from paint and pinecone pieces.

Standing apart from the main collection, the museum’s RAM Art Annex houses educational programs and the museum store stocks an inventory of jewelry and glass pieces by local artists. The annual Greenwich Village Art Fair also shares art appreciation with the community. The fair gathers more than 100 artists in an atmosphere filled with live music.

711 N Main St Ste 3
Rockford,
IL
US

Established in 1968, Midway Village Museum embodies a sprawling, 137-acre time capsule. Within the museum’s 27 fully functioning, Victorian buildings, exhibits tell the story of Rockford since its incorporation in the early 19th century. Throughout the years, the town has made history as the progenitor of the sock monkey, the launching point for aviator Bert Hassell, and home of the Rockford Peaches—an all-female baseball team fictionalized in the film A League of Their Own, though the real squad neither played in the 1943 championship nor battled a CGI dragon. Other attractions amid the barns, blacksmiths, and general stores include a dollhouse museum and a meticulous archive of Rockford’s long, proud history in the furniture industry.

6799 Guilford Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is a Victorian-era time capsule, containing within its Swiss-style architecture more than 10,000 objects representing the furniture, artwork, and clothing of the Tinker family. Between the main estate, the barn, the carriage house, and 27 acres of rolling gardens, the museum possesses enough history to attract locals, tourists, and even the producers of Syfy's Ghost Hunters, who recently filmed a segment at the house. Daily guided tours sweep through the grounds, which include a pre-Columbian Native American conical mound, as well as the site where Rockford was founded 4,000 years ago.

411 Kent St
Rockford,
IL
US

What do kids love more than outer space? Nothing, except maybe learning more about it at Discovery Center Museum, named one of the 10 best museums in the country for families by USA Today readers. The slew of interactive exhibits include a planetarium, where youngsters can learn more about the night sky, and an exhibit on Rockford astronaut Dr. Janice Voss, who went on an impressive grand total of five space missions with NASA. The museum covers more than space, though?those are just two of the more than 250 hands-on exhibits that explain concepts as diverse as how agriculture touches our everyday lives and how airplanes fly without flapping their wings.

711 N Main St.
Rockford,
IL
US

Established: 1965

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Guided tours

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Pro Tip: Wear comfortable shoes.

Q&A with the Executive Director

What are the museum's origins?

The museum has been operating since Mrs. Ellwood donated the mansion and property to the DeKalb Park District; currently, the estate consists of seven historic structures and 10 acres. A guided tour takes 60 to 90 minutes. Guided tours are the only option for seeing the museum.

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

The mansion was built in 1879 from [the] income Isaac Ellwood received from his half ownership in the first barbed-wire manufacturing company.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

The 1891 playhouse is a scale model of a Victorian home and once served as a parade float for the builder to showcase his home-building skills. By the late 1800s, it was acquired by the Ellwoods and became a playhouse. Entering the little building is part of the tour, but it is not handicap accessible. There is an 1865 cemetery located just beyond the woods.

509 North 1st Street
DeKalb,
IL
US