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  • Kickapoo Creek Winery
    Each day, as the sun rises over the Illinois River Valley, light spills across Kickapoo Creek Winery's 14 acres of vineyards. Dr. David Conner originally began planting these vines in 2001. Now joined by his son, Rory, Dr. Connor creates rich, fruit-forward wines using locally sourced grapes in addition to the family's own grape harvests. Each wine brings its own melange of flavors and aromas, whether it's the tropical and citrus notes of the vignoles-seyval blanc blend or the norton's subtle spice and hints of ripe plum. The Connor family also makes wines infused with the luscious fruit flavors of everything from cranberries to peaches; and the selection of dessert wines includes bottles infused with chocolate. Although the tasting room's samples lure many visitors, Kickapoo Creek Winery also provides guests with opportunities to explore its picturesque grounds. Walking trails can guide visitors past rows of trellised grapevines, a bubbling fountain, and even a bridge overlooking Lake Elizabeth. The grounds also include a handful of places for guests to stop and rest for a spell, such as the partially shaded Ruby Glow Garden with its miniature waterfall of grape juice.
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    6605 N Smith Rd.
    Edwards, IL US
  • Illinois River Winery
    It's more likely that Illinois River Winery founder and winemaker Gregg Kane is out in the field or tinkering in the wine lab than in the chair behind his desk. Thanks to his hard work, the winery's tasting room offers a selection of more than 30 varietals daily, from crisp, dry wines with vibrant acidity to wet wines known for their unique ability to quickly soak into a shirt. During warmer months, grab a glass and head out to the patio, where live music sweetly serenades sippers every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
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    723 S Clark St.
    North Utica, IL US
  • Lavender Crest Winery
    Lavender Crest Winery serves tasty American-style cuisine. The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Lavender Crest Winery will leave you happy and full. Warm weather brings out Lavender Crest Winery's highly coveted patio seating. If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area. Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Lavender Crest Winery. When American food comes to mind, Lavender Crest Winery should be your first choice.
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    5401 US Highway 6
    Colona, IL US
  • Mississippi River Distilling Company
    Ease your appetite with delicious bites from Mississippi River Distilling Company in Le Claire. Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the restaurant. Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant. You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Mississippi River Distilling Company, so plan your budget accordingly.
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    303 North Cody Road
    Le Claire, IA US
  • Tailwinds Distilling Company
    When he wasn’t piloting a plane, Toby Beall spent time with his bare feet in the Caribbean sand and a cocktail mellowing in his hand. Looking to share that laid-back lifestyle, Beall, his wife Jillian and brother Jamey founded Tailwinds Distilling Company. Today, the Plainfield-based specialists blend premium ingredients such as organic molasses and 100% blue agave, and carefully age them in french-oak barrels to create their tropically-inspired amber rum. After the signature, small-batch distilling process—which avoids the use of carbon filters so as to leave the flavors intact—each bottle is individually signed. That attention to detail hasn’t gone unnoticed: their Taildragger white rum earned a silver medal at the 2012 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition, and their 100% blue agave spirit was featured in Chicago Magazine's Holiday 2012 Gift Guide: For Imbibers. Visitors can take a jetlag-free trip to the tropics during tours of the facility, learning about distillation and sampling sips in a tiki-bar-themed tasting room. Merchandise such as T-shirts, snifters, and flasks provide more lasting souvenirs than the imaginary tan the island vibe might inspire.
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    14912 S. Eastern Avenue
    Plainfield, IL US
  • 12 Handles Ale House
    Next to the list of 14 wing sauces on the menu, there's a little bar that gradually transitions from green to yellow, then orange to red. That bar indicates the spiciness of the sauces, which range from sweet and mild teriyaki to fiery habanero that only cools down with the help of bleu cheese dressing, a swig of beer, or a head-first plunge into the ice bin behind the bar. Aside from the classic wings, the menu is home to plenty of other classic pub eats, such as 12 different burgers, 10 different sandwiches, and a wide variety of appetizers for snacking and sharing.
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    1827 Knapp Rd.
    Crest Hill, IL US

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