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The Stockton Park District hosts outdoor community events throughout the year, including craft fairs, basketball tournaments, and 5K and 10K run/walks. Brothers Steve, Andy, and Tom Jordan organized the first annual 5K in 2008. They used their skills from hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to plan and advertise the event. The first year, they signed up 91 runners and raised money for a tennis court behind the high school and a paper-airplane factory at the middle school. Since then, the brothers have worked to improve the race and transform it into a community event with entertainment and an increasingly challenging and interesting course.

600 N Pearl St
Stockton,
IL
US

At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.

5946 E State St
Rockford,
IL
US

For more than half a century, McCorkle Furniture has bedecked dull domiciles with room-enhancing furniture and flooring. Liven up a lackluster room before even setting foot in McCorkle’s showroom with a free in-home interior-decorating consultation, which assists in selecting furniture and choosing room-appropriate décor, including paints and flattering fabrics. Adorn empty living rooms or space stations with solid-wood black-finish end tables ($189), modern oval lamps ($169), and a variety of decorative vegetation ($49–$349). Those looking for an appropriate place to store their budding collection of commemorative Corgi sweaters can opt for a Lang Furniture five-drawer chest ($159) or store them proudly on a Butler Specialty wall shelf ($199).

426 S Center St
Durand,
IL
US

Prewar, postwar, and exotic cars from all over are on display at Rockford?s annual "Classics and Chrome Indoor Car Show," the largest of its kind in Northern Illinois. Over the course of two days, auto aficionados will have an up-close look at more than 120 vehicles including hot rods, flashy sport cars, and one-of-a-kind custom cars. Grand Raffle or Super 50/50 Raffle tickets available with cash prizes up to $30,000 that support Keith Country Day School's tuition grants and student program enhancements.

10253 N 2nd St
Machesney Park,
IL
US

Saplings and shrubs sprout from Land of Lincoln Tree Farm and Nursery's rich soil, which has nurtured greenery for yards, parks, and arboretums alike for more than 22 years. The founding father-son team oversees acres of trees, including deciduous varieties, such as english oaks, October Glory maples, and cherry trees, which can only be chopped down by a pair of wooden teeth. Evergreens, such as blue spruces and junipers, as well as silky dogwood shrubs, round out the leafy collection.

2107 North River Road
Oregon,
IL
US

When it began in the 40s, Ayers carried everything from hardware supplies to carpeting. Over time, the three brothers who ran it??W.J., Leroy, and Gordon??turned their attention to helping people outfit their homes in traditional furniture and accents. Today, Ayers Furniture carries a variety of national brands including Sealy, La-Z-Boy and Lane, with products to fill the entire house stretched out over its 52,000 square-foot location. Now owned by a second generation of Ayers brothers, the shop continues to deliver quality furniture with a traditional look. You can redesign an entire living room with neutral colors and hardwood tables, chairs, and cabinets, or purchase the perfect bed to help you hunt down sheep in your sleep.

703 Main St
Ridgeway,
WI
US