Sightseeing in Illinois


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

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

Haunted Hometowns

Multiple Locations

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

$40 $20

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Joliet Historical Museum: Single-Day Admission for One, Two, or Four or Family Membership to Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 62% Off)

Single-Day Admission for One, Two, or Four or Family Membership to Joliet Area Historical Museum (Up to 62% Off)

Joliet Historical Museum

Joliet

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

$6 $3

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Naper Settlement: $35 for Two Adult Tickets and Beer at Naper Settlement's Oktoberfest on October 2 or 3 ($54 Value)

$35 for Two Adult Tickets and Beer at Naper Settlement's Oktoberfest on October 2 or 3 ($54 Value)

Naper Settlement

Naperville

Celebrate German culture with beer, food, and live music at Naper Settlement

$54 $35

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The Spirit of Peoria: Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise or Overnight Excursion aboard The Spirit of Peoria (Up to 38% Off)

Riverboat Sightseeing Cruise or Overnight Excursion aboard The Spirit of Peoria (Up to 38% Off)

The Spirit of Peoria

Peoria

Enjoy the nostalgia of cruising the Illinois River Valley or the Mississippi River aboard an authentic paddlewheel driven riverboat

$32 $20

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Elgin Area Historical Society: Museum Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for a Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 44% Off)

Museum Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for a Family at Elgin History Museum (Up to 44% Off)

Elgin Area Historical Society

Eastside Elgin

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

$6 $5

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Evanston History Center: Tour  of Dawes House/Evanston History Center for 2, 4, or 5–10 People (Up to 45% Off)

Tour of Dawes House/Evanston History Center for 2, 4, or 5–10 People (Up to 45% Off)

Evanston History Center

Evanston

Visit the National Historic Landmark Dawes House, where more than a century of history about the city is preserved in a beautiful chateau

$20 $12

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

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

Bachman Aero

Schaumburg

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

$295 $149

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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center: Visit for One or Two to Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (Up to 50% Off)

Visit for One or Two to Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (Up to 50% Off)

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Skokie

The museum honors Holocaust victims, telling their stories with artifacts and interactive exhibits that urge visitors to fight intolerance

$12 $8

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Wonder Works: Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (42% Off)

Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Wonder Works (42% Off)

Wonder Works

Oak Park

Studio, stage, forest exhibit, building station, fantasy village, and storybook castle welcome hands-on exploring from children and toddlers

$12 $7

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The Gold Pyramid: $18 for a Tour for Two at The Gold Pyramid ($30 Value). 26 Dates and Times Available.

$18 for a Tour for Two at The Gold Pyramid ($30 Value). 26 Dates and Times Available.

The Gold Pyramid

Wadsworth

Built as a private home in 1977, the 17,000 sq. ft. pyramid features statues, a moat, a three-pyramid garage, and Egyptian-style furnishings

$30 $18

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Mineral Springs Haunted Tours: Haunted Tour for Two or Four or Haunted Overnight Stay for Two at Mineral Springs Haunted Tours (50% Off)

Haunted Tour for Two or Four or Haunted Overnight Stay for Two at Mineral Springs Haunted Tours (50% Off)

Mineral Springs Haunted Tours

Alton

Guests use ghost-monitoring equipment to search for the spirits of folks who met their end in this historic spa and hotel

$70 $35

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Cahokia Mounds Museum Society: Self-Guided Audio Tour for Two or Four with Souvenir Book and Tote from Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (50% Off) 

Self-Guided Audio Tour for Two or Four with Souvenir Book and Tote from Cahokia Mounds Museum Society (50% Off) 

Cahokia Mounds Museum Society

Collinsville

Visitors take self-guided audio-visual tours of a metropolis built by Native Americans from AD 700 to 1400

$20 $10

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Penrose Brewing Company: $15 for a Brewery Tour for Two or Four with Beer at Penrose Brewing Company ($20 Value)

$15 for a Brewery Tour for Two or Four with Beer at Penrose Brewing Company ($20 Value)

Penrose Brewing Company

Geneva

Learn about the Geneva brewery’s craft-beer brewing process and sip two 12 oz. beers

$20 $15

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

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

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

$30 $17

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Disturbia Screams in the Park: $18.30 for Disturbia Screams in the Park Haunted House on October 4–November 1 ($28.15 Value). 11 Options Available.

$18.30 for Disturbia Screams in the Park Haunted House on October 4–November 1 ($28.15 Value). 11 Options Available.

Disturbia Screams in the Park

MB Financial Park at Rosemont

H.H. Holmes–themed haunted house features macabre scenes such as torture chambers, cannibalized victims, and the living dead

$28.15 $18.30

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Ronald Reagan Home: Visit with Gift-Shop Credit for Two or Four at Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home (Up to 52% Off)

Visit with Gift-Shop Credit for Two or Four at Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home (Up to 52% Off)

Ronald Reagan Home

Dixon

Visitors explore the fully restored home of Ronald Reagan, where he lived from 1920–1923 before moving to Hollywood and then the White House

$20 $10

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 Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower : Admission for 2, 4, or 12 at Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower (Up to 54% Off)

Admission for 2, 4, or 12 at Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower (Up to 54% Off)

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

Hartford

Parallel towers loom above the fork of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, where Lewis and Clark commenced their historic voyage

$18 $10

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Bike and Roll Chicago: $69 for a Bike Tour and Tasting for Two at Lagunitas Brewing Co. from Bike and Roll ($138 Value)

$69 for a Bike Tour and Tasting for Two at Lagunitas Brewing Co. from Bike and Roll ($138 Value)

Bike and Roll Chicago

Millenium Park

Guests bike Chicago’s historic neighborhoods, tasting dishes from popular restaurants, ending with tour, tasting at Lagunitas Brewing Co.

$138 $69

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Geneva Lake Museum: Geneva Lake Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 50% Off)

Geneva Lake Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 50% Off)

Geneva Lake Museum

Lake Geneva

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

$14 $7

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Yacht Party Chicago: Halloween-Weekend Booze Cruise from Yacht Party Chicago (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

Halloween-Weekend Booze Cruise from Yacht Party Chicago (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

Yacht Party Chicago

Multiple Locations

Celebrate Halloween on a yacht that cruises into Lake Michigan with drinking and dancing to a DJ, followed by an after-party

$55.50 $26

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Fox River Distilling Company: Tour for Two or Four with Bloody-Mary Mix, Hats, and Rocks Glasses at Fox River Distilling Company (Up to 43% Off)

Tour for Two or Four with Bloody-Mary Mix, Hats, and Rocks Glasses at Fox River Distilling Company (Up to 43% Off)

Fox River Distilling Company

Geneva

Tour the distillery, which produces vodka, gin, and moonshine, and leave with bloody-mary mixes, hats, and rocks glasses

$47 $27

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Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours: Chicago Pizza Walking Tour for Two or Four from Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Chicago Pizza Walking Tour for Two or Four from Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours (Up to 54% Off)

Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours

Near North Side

2-hour, 1.2-mile walking tour hits several pizzerias like Pizzeria Uno and Giordano’s in River North to sample pizza and learn its history

$90 $44

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Chicago Loop Bridges: Explore the History of Chicago's Massive Downtown Bridges

Explore the History of Chicago's Massive Downtown Bridges

Chicago Loop Bridges

The Loop

Walk along the Chicago River with a retired civil engineer who explains the history and architecture of the city’s iconic bridges

$20

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Chicago Line Cruises: $59 for a 90-Minute Architectural Boat Tour for Two from Chicago Line Cruises ($84 Value)

$59 for a 90-Minute Architectural Boat Tour for Two from Chicago Line Cruises ($84 Value)

Chicago Line Cruises

Near North Side

Professional docents tell the stories behind over 50 “cloud busters” and narrate historical events that influenced the present-day skyline

$84 $59

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McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum: Bridge and Bridgehouse Tour for 1, 2, or 4 at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Bridge and Bridgehouse Tour for 1, 2, or 4 at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum (Up to 50% Off)

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

The Loop

Museum guide showcases historic landmark bridgehouse with views of bridge gears, structure, and five-story tower along this riverwalk tour

$8 $5

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Scoot for Good: 4- or 8-Hour Scooter Rental for One or Two from Scoot for Good (Up to 53% Off)

4- or 8-Hour Scooter Rental for One or Two from Scoot for Good (Up to 53% Off)

Scoot for Good

Meeting point

Sight-see around Chicago on easy-to-operate scooters that come with instruction overview

$79 $45

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Spirit of Chicago: Spirit of Chicago Buffet Cruise at Spirit of Chicago

Spirit of Chicago Buffet Cruise at Spirit of Chicago

Spirit of Chicago

Near North Side

$101.86 $69.87

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Chicago Crime Tours: Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 47% Off)

Tour by Bus for Two or Four from Chicago Crime Tours (Up to 47% Off)

Chicago Crime Tours

Near North Side

Learn about more than 100 years of Chicago’s crime history in a 90-minute tour of famous crime scenes and landmarks

$79.90 $45

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Chicago History Museum: Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Visit for One, Two, or Four to the Chicago History Museum (Up to 48% Off)

Chicago History Museum

Chicago

Chicago museum brings history to life with 22 million artifacts & topical exhibits, including a look at railroad workers during WWI

$14 $8

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Chicago Helicopter Experience: Daytime Helicopter Tour for Two from Chicago Helicopter Experience

Daytime Helicopter Tour for Two from Chicago Helicopter Experience

Chicago Helicopter Experience

Bridgeport

Passengers soar over the skyline, marveling at the Willis Tower, John Hancock Building, and Trump Tower by day

$256

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Captain Al's Charter Boat Fleet: $500 for a Two-hour Chartered Party Cruise on Lake Michigan for Up to Six from Captain Al's Charter Boat Fleet ($976 Value)

$500 for a Two-hour Chartered Party Cruise on Lake Michigan for Up to Six from Captain Al's Charter Boat Fleet ($976 Value)

Captain Al's Charter Boat Fleet

Burnham Harbor

Party cruise on Lake Michigan where you can enjoy views of the magnificent skyline aboard a 32 foot powerboat

$976 $500

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Museum of Broadcast Communications: Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Visit for Two or Four, or Individual or Family Membership to Museum of Broadcast Communications (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Near North Side

Artifacts and digitized recordings detail the history of radio and television; interactive station lets visitors anchor their own newscasts

$24 $12

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O 'Donnell's pub: $20 for $40 worth of Drinks at O 'Donnell's pub (Up to 40% Off)

$20 for $40 worth of Drinks at O 'Donnell's pub (Up to 40% Off)

O 'Donnell's pub

Mayfair

Enjoy cold beers and cocktails and friendly conversation at this neighborhood corner pub

$20 $12

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APR Pullman Porter Museum: General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

General, Family, or Friend Sponsor Annual Membership to the APR Pullman Porter Museum (50% Off)

APR Pullman Porter Museum

Far South Chicago

Museum celebrates the victories of the nation’s first African-American labor unions and the history of African-American railroad workers

$50 $25

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Second City Tours: Ghost Tour for One, Two, or Four from Second City Tours (Up to 61% Off)

Ghost Tour for One, Two, or Four from Second City Tours (Up to 61% Off)

Second City Tours

John Hancock Center

90-minute tour explores the tragic side of Chicago history with stops to locales said to be marked by paranormal activity

$30 $14

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Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago: Walking Food Tour for One or Two from Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago (Up to 37% Off)

Walking Food Tour for One or Two from Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago (Up to 37% Off)

Sidewalk Food Tours of Chicago

Multiple Locations

Enjoy a roving lunch of five different tastings while learning about the history and culture of either River North or Wicker Park

$55 $35

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The Plant: Sustainable-Food Facility Tour for Two or Four at The Plant (Up to 45% Off)

Sustainable-Food Facility Tour for Two or Four at The Plant (Up to 45% Off)

The Plant

Back of the Yards

Self-sustaining urban facility houses a hydroponic farm, nonprofit education and research center, and various food-production businesses

$20 $12

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Best Tours: Great Food Tour of Chicago with Six Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Best Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tour of Chicago with Six Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Best Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Best Tours

Chicago

Tours make six stops along Michigan Avenue, visiting the originator of deep-dish pizza and an eatery serving up Chicago-style hot dogs

$50 $25

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International Museum of Surgical Science: Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

Admission for Two or 1-Year Individual or Family Membership at International Museum of Surgical Science (50% Off)

International Museum of Surgical Science

Near North Side

More than 600 art pieces and 7,000 medical artifacts—including a working iron lung—trace the advancement of surgery throughout history

$30 $15

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Chicago Running Tours & More: Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 62% Off)

Running Tours of Downtown Chicago from Chicago Running Tours & More (Up to 62% Off)

Chicago Running Tours & More

Central Chicago

Professional guides lead sightseeing tours at a jogging pace during excursions that emphasize fun and learning over speed

$32 $12

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Argus Brewery: 90-Minute Brewery Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Tastings, Snacks, and Glasses at Argus Brewery (Up to 57% Off)

90-Minute Brewery Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Tastings, Snacks, and Glasses at Argus Brewery (Up to 57% Off)

Argus Brewery

Roseland

During a 90-minute tour, guests learn about the historic origins of the brewery and the neighborhood while sampling craft brews

$30 $15

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Select Local Merchants

  • Transistor Chicago
    Transistor’s love for local art and music is immediately evident when patrons enter the store’s Lincoln Avenue space, with visitors greeted by an eye-pleasing mélange of books, records, electronics, and musical instruments, many with Chicago connections. Deep-pine-green walls bear paintings, photographs, and prints by locally based visual artists, as well as silk-screened gig posters from bygone local shows. Books from Chicago arts-and-culture publishers such as Continuum and Taschen delve into film, photography, music, and other forms of creative expression. An ample stock of vinyl and CDs by indie-rock, punk, and classic-rock artists pairs with high-quality sound equipment, such as turntables and headphones from Numark. Regular in-store live performances by area musicians are dutifully recorded and posted on Transistor’s website, also home to a regular podcast featuring music curated by an eclectically minded five-person crew of store DJs. Periodic classes in skills such as oil and acrylic painting, home recording technology, and basic photography help transform art lovers into artists.
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    3819 North Lincoln Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Fox Valley Park District
    The Fox Valley Park District holds the country's highest honor as a recipient of the National Gold Medal Award for excellence in park and recreation management. Looking at the sheer numbers, the district's gold-medal status isn't a surprise: FVPD serves a population of more than 233,000 spread across the communities of Aurora, Montgomery, and North Aurora It maintains 164 parks and some 45 miles of inter-connected regional trails, which snake their way across 2,500 acres of parkland 58 baseball fields, 84 soccer fields, 93 playgrounds, and 26 basketball courts fall under FVPD's umbrella Beyond the impressive digits, Fox Valley Park District engineers myriad programs and events throughout the year to ensure local kids, teens, and adults all have the opportunity to remain active and involved in the community. The Park District's wide range of seasonal activities includes everything from cooling off at Splash Country Water Park in the summer to exploring Blackberry Farm in the fall, when all the tube slides are jammed up with leaves.
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    195 South Barnes Road
    Aurora, IL US
  • Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
    While strolling through the 155 acres of woods and gardens at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, visitors may notice a few odd specimens. Many of these experimental plants have been growing since 1910 and stand as the legacy of founder and landscape architect William Lincoln Taylor. Budding botanists will find speciality gardens dedicated to peonies, hostas, and rhododendrons, as well as woodland wildflowers and unique grasses. The Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden welcomes members and guests to explore these gardens, but also to learn about the environment during tours and educational programs. Members help keep the arboretum thriving with annual contributions, which they are rewarded for with benefits such as reciprocal membership at almost 300 gardens nationwide.
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    2715 S Main St.
    Rockford, IL US
  • Joliet Historical Museum
    By highlighting the goings-on in the community of Joliet, The Joliet Area Historical Museum scans the entirety of American history from the perspective of the town's inhabitants. Housed inside the former Ottawa Street Methodist Church, multimedia exhibits artfully assembled from audio-visual displays, touch screens, and life-size models illustrate the stories plucked from the eventful timelines of the town and its people. Occupying two full stories, permanent exhibit The Soaring Achievements of John C. Houbolt honors the life and work of former resident Dr. Houbolt, who had a primary role in NASA's race to the moon. The exhibit's life-size Lunar Lander even allows guests to step inside and glimpse the accommodations and controls, revealing a control panel more complicated than a single button labeled "Go to Moon." In addition to its permanent collection, the museum also keeps an active calendar full of special events.
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    204 North Ottawa Street
    Joliet, IL US
  • Tasting Devine Cellar
    With its massive selection of varietals and styles, Lynfred Winery seems determined to make something for almost any wine drinker. The cellar brims with everything from bold, spicy reds to crisp and refreshing whites, as well as fruit wines made from apples, cherries, rhubarb, and pears. The grapes arrive from vineyards throughout California and Washington state, although the rest of the fruit typically comes from a bit closer to home, including growers throughout Michigan and Wisconsin. Despite this variety, the staff's commitment to approachable, fruit-forward flavors characterizes virtually everything that the winery makes. This dedication to easy drinking seems only natural given the winery's origins in a home basement. In 1975, Fred Koehler, along with his wife Lynn, decided to try to re-create the family wines his father and grandfather had made throughout the 1920s. The batches grew larger with each passing vintage, and, in 1979, Fred and Lynn chose to upgrade their homespun hobby into a commercial venture. Within six years, Lynfred Winery's creations began to appear in the national spotlight as they garnered awards and medals from wine competitions across the country. This attention allowed Fred to swell production even more, eventually expanding to a larger location in 1990. Fred and Lynn's legacy continues to inspire the staff as they operate a facility that creates more than 100,000 gallons of wine each year using as many as 80 varietals. These wines appear on restaurant menus, on retail shelves, and inside fish tanks throughout the Chicagoland area.
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    21 West Jefferson
    Naperville, IL US
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
    Less than 90 minutes from St. Louis, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Lincoln artifacts, complete with the Gettysburg Address. A life-size replica of Lincoln’s log cabin set back in a forest of artificial trees stands 40 feet tall just like the President’s iconic top hat. The museum also houses a re-creation of the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre, where the president was assassinated, and the state-of-the-art Union Theater, which projects films such as Lincoln’s Eyes, a broad overview of Lincoln’s personal and political life with a special focus on slavery. In the Ghosts of the Library exhibit, transparent phantoms of Lincoln and his contemporaries drift around powered by Holavision technology. Youngsters, supervised by parents, can try on period dress, pose for photos with life-size cutouts of young Abe, or reenact historic scenes in the Lincoln Home dollhouse located in Mrs. Lincoln’s attic, the hands-on learning center. Before heading home, patrons can browse the museum store—more than 3,500 square feet of artifact replicas and Lincoln-themed merchandise.
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    212 N 6th St
    Springfield, IL US

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