travelblogger on September 8th, 2008
Illinois River Road

Illinois River Road

This is an opportunity to see the most treasured beauty of Illinois. Going through the same route that the early French explorers has taken you can connect with the nature like never before. You will be visiting over hundred different places that are all spread through the Illinois river valley. All these places are based on natural beauty.

 

This byway will present some places that are beautiful in their own unique way. Whether you are visiting Illinois or a resident, you will see some jaw dropping beauty. Just because you are a local, don’t think you have seen it all. There are lots of adventures in offer. A chance for hunting, hiking or biking. If you love water you have fishing or canoeing. Or if you would rather sit back and watch the birds and wildlife, you can do that as well. Something for everyone.

You will be travelling through some backwater lakes, some forests, plain wetlands, and some unique tall grass prairies. There are not many left in the whole country. This can be a prime moment of the entire journey.

Contact Information
Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway
100 SW Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone-(309)495-5909
Fax- (309)495-5941
Email- info@illinoisriverroad.org
Website

travelblogger on September 5th, 2008
Burgoo festival Utica

Burgoo festival Utica

Enjoy this Columbus Day weekend enjoying the Burgoo festival, which is one of the best known festival of LaSalle County. This is the biggest event in this area and organized by LaSalle County Historical Society.
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People start coming in as early as eight in the morning. People come for variety of crafts and different types of boutiques. Many people just come here to walk around and at the end of the visit some special food for dinner. Last year over two hundred food stands and vendors presented their items. This year the number can get bigger.

Of course the biggest of all attractions is the Burgoo stew, which is cooked specially for this event. It is cooked slowly over a wood fire. Each batch normally has hundreds of pounds of beef and one froth the amount of pork. Some make it chunkier so the people who are eating can see what they are having. Sometimes the barley and other spices are taken out and instead black beans, Italian beans and okra is used. Some people don’t want to talk about their secret ingredients. But taste wise, they never fail to entertain. They are always mouth watering. To top it all off, professionals and local talents will entertain through live music.

If you want to see just one festival here in Northern Illinois, Burgoo festival is the one. No other festival in history of Utica is as large or running as long as Burgoo festival.
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Burgoo Festival
When-12 October, 2008
Location-Downtown Utica
Address- Downtown Utica
Utica, IL 61373
Phone-(815)667-4861

travelblogger on September 4th, 2008
Illinois city

Illinois city

When deciding to take a family vacation to Illinois, it is always helpful to check out different sites on the Internet such as this and pick up a travel guide. These travel guides can become a very valuable planning tool for any type of vacation. Not only will these types of guides direct you to the best possible hot spots in your desired locations, but they contain a wealth of information to help you plan your trip in the most economical manner.

All you need to do is decide what type of vacation you are looking to take and then let these guides help lead you in the right direction. Once you have decided whether your looking for a family vacation, a romantic vacation or an adventure vacation, you can then see what type of activities are available in Illinois for your desired trip.

Along with the valuable information concerning activities in your desired location, these guides will also direct you to the best and finest dining establishments in the area. These guides will also give you information regarding hotels, flights and car rentals. By checking out these travel guides carefully before you head out on your trip, you can be assured that when the time finally does arrive for you to venture out, you will have everything in place at the best possible price.

admin on August 30th, 2008
Sears Tower, Chicago

Sears Tower, Chicago

If you are traveling to Illinois, there may be so many reasons behind doing so. However, you will always be in need for checking some astounding attractions, right? You surely will and that’s the time when you must get to The Sears Tower as this is the place which is famous for its grandeur.

This skyscraper is perfectly located in Chicago and it is also one of those places where you will be able to find lots of people. It means that if you are one of those convivial types of persons, then you will love to be here. Atmosphere at this place is nothing less than wonderful and that is one of the reason that you can come with your family anytime you like. The Sears Tower Sky deck which is at 103rd floor is the best place to have an incredible view of the state.

The building has a slightly asymmetrical design and the top of it is the highest point in the entire state. Also, it is essential to mention that Sear Tower can be found in numerous movies which actually enhance its importance and popularity. It surely is a place worth visiting in Illinois.

Location:
Sears Tower
233 S Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606
Official Website: http://www.searstower.com/

It is advised that before visiting Chicago you should book some nice all inclusive holidays from well known travel booking companies.

admin on August 24th, 2008
M Henry Restaurant, Chicago

M Henry Restaurant, Chicago

Are you looking for a place to eat in Illinois? If your answer is in agreement, then you must visit M. Henry. M. Henry is the place where you can find a great combination of excellent food and great atmosphere. Food in here can really be considered as the best in the whole area. A wide variety of dishes can also make you feel amazed. Pertaining to cuisine, you can find American, Vegetarian, Vegan and Fusion.

Breakfast is the specialty of this restaurant as people come from all over the world to taste the food of Illinois and M. Henry is handling all of them in grand style. Goat cheese omelet will certainly help you to satisfy your hunger and it will be the best way to start your day. If omelet is what you like in breakfast, you must try another one that is named as Senorita. Along with this, brunch menu will also bring lots of surprises for you.

Suffice is to say that M. Henry is certainly trying to live up to the expectations of the people who travel to Illinois by providing them amazing cuisines. You will regret if you will miss the opportunity to visit this Illinois restaurant.

Cafe hours:
Tue – Fri :7:00AM – 2:30PM
Sat – Sun : 8:00AM – 3:00PM

Bakery hours:
Tue – Fri : 7:00AM – 3:00PM
Sat – Sun : 8:00AM – 3:00PM

Location:
5707 N. Clark
Chicago IL 60660
Phone: 773.561.1600
Fax: 773.561.1635
Website: http://www.mhenry.net/

admin on August 19th, 2008
Eads Bridge

Eads Bridge

The Eads Bridge in Illinois was built over the Mississippi River. This bridge is of great interest to the foreign tourists, for it is the first arched steel truss bridge in the world. The first proposal to build such a bridge was shrugged off nonchalantly. Built by James Buchanan Eads, this bridge was completed in 1874. This century old bridge is still in use today. It should be noted here that Eads was a self-taught engineer, who carved a niche for himself with his terrific innovations. Located on the St. Louis Eads Bridge road in East St. Louis in Illinois, this bridge is opened all round the year.

It took seven years to complete this bridge. James Buchanan Eads stands unparalleled as engineer even today, for he thought well ahead of his time. You do not need any fees to cross this bridge. Therefore, you should grab this opportunity of a lifetime to cross over this bridge at least once. However, this site is not accessible to disabled persons. There is an authoritative information available out here. You can also find several places to buy food here. It aught to be remembered that no lodging facilities are available here.

admin on August 18th, 2008
Illinois University, UC

Illinois University, UC

Located at the Urbana-Champaign, the University of Illinois is the oldest co-educational public research university in the United States of America. This university has eighteen colleges under its jurisdiction that offer more than one hundred fifty streams of study. The campus houses more than two hundred & eighty buildings & has an annual budget of $1.5billion. The University of Illinois is ranked the eighth- best public university in the United States of America.

John Milton Gregory is credited of having established the University & transforming it into a major interdisciplinary university as it is today. The change of the name of this university in 1982 was a historic landmark for it stressed on the individual flagship of the university within the state. Distinctive landmarks & beautiful architecture in the campus demand attention. This university is, in fact, one of the few educational institutions to own an airport. Willard airport is the one that is operated by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The quadrangle design of this university also makes it very popular. The department of engineering & sciences (both applied & basic) of this university are very popular worldwide. It also houses the third largest library of the country.

For more information on the University of Illinois please visit their website. You can find all the contact information over here.

admin on August 15th, 2008
Archer's House

Archer's House

Illinois attracts many tourists every year. There are quite a few sites that should not be missed if you ever visit this place. Located in 717 Archer Avenue, Marshall in Illinois, Archer House is the oldest hotel is Illinois. This hotel was built by Col. William B. in 1841. Col. William B., the founder of Marshall, had initially built this house as a stagecoach stop.

Some well-known personalities are remotely linked to this house. Abraham Lincoln, being a close friend of Colonel Archer, always stayed at the Archer House whenever he had to hear cases at the Clark County Courthouse. This is enough to invite a lot of attention. Again, Colonel Archer was also the first Republican delegate to the first ever Republican Convention that was held in Philadelphia. It was at this convention that Colonel Archer nominated his good friend Abraham Lincoln as the vice-president of the United States of America. However, Lincoln turned down this offer for he was not yet ready to enter the world of politics.

Besides Lincoln, Grover Cleveland was another guest of the Archer House. All these high profile connections shot this house to stardom. At present, it has been transformed into a National Historic Landmark.

admin on August 13th, 2008

Steam Engine Museum

Steam Engine Museum

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Ben Winter’s Steam Engine in one of the cherished tourist sites of Illinois. There is an interesting story behind this famous steam engine. Ben as a young boy grew up with engines all around him. He literally let off steam whenever he wanted to. Ben’s father Martin G. Winter did custom threshing & shedding corn. Ben still uses the historic steam engine & relieves a time when threshing cornfields was the only daylong job. Those jobs required half tons of coals & thousands of gallons of water.

It was in 1981 that Ben began & restoring steam engines, thereby amassing a huge collection of steam engines, so much so that he built a museum close to his house. At present this museum houses fifteen steam engines along with several gas engines & oil engines. This apart, there are also several antiques ranging from Victrolas to Linotype machines. An organ pipe from St. Paul Lutheran Church is also there. In 1991, Ben added two amusement park trains, a diesel engine & last but not least, a steam engine. If you ever visit Illinois, then make sure that you visit Ben Winter’s Steam Engine Museum.

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Contact:

1815 E 900th Ave,
Altamont, Illinois 62411
Phone: (618) 483-6665

admin on August 11th, 2008
Cahokia Mounds

Cahokia Mounds

Another place of tourist interest in Illinois is the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named this mound a World Heritage Site. The Cahokia Mounds preserves the most sophisticated Indian civilization north of Mexico within an area of 2,200 acres. The Cahokia city was inhabited from 700 to 1400 AD. This settlement went on become a regional centre that capitalized on trades routes. Evidence of several burial mounds, a horizon calendar known as the Woodhenge has been deciphered through several signs.

This mound also has a visitor’s site that enlightens the visitor regarding the history of this site. There are several exhibits, artifacts, dioramas, models & various graphics. A fine interpretive center was opened in 1989 & an orientation show was started that introduced the visitors to the history behind this place. The aim of the visitor’s center was to expose the neighborhoods of Cahokia, a granary, many mannequins that represent the Cahokian citizens engaged in the daily chores. On visiting this place, visitors are bound to be transported to the past.

Contact:
30 Ramey Street,
Collinsville, IL 62234
Website: http://www.cahokiamounds.com/cahokia.html