• Winter Preview 2017


    The leaves are falling which means that cold weather and winter is upon us. Here are some of the many things to do this season along the Lincoln Highway.
    Start off the season at the Chris Kringle Market in Ottawa. This Holiday Market is from December 1-3 and 8-10, is filled with goodies, food and more!
    Downtown Frankfort’s Christkindl weekend is December 2nd and 3rd. Bring the family for the 32nd annual Christmas celebration with horsedrawn wagon rides, caroling, craft station, cooking decorating, hot chocolate and more to get you into the holiday spirit.
    Take a Metra train from ...

  • Fall is Upon Us

    As the weather gets colder, pumpkins and goblins come out to play. There are many things to do this fall along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.

    Events:
    Kick off your Halloween fun in Mokena for the Halloween Hallow Festival from October 13-15th. Have fun at carnival rides, a corn maze, hayrides and so much more. Fun for the whole family.
    Listen to ghost stories with Kathi Kreso for "Encounters with the Dead" at Fulton's De Immigrant Windmill for their month program on October 17th,
    Head over to Matteson for Fall Family Fun Fest on October 21st from 1-4pn for carnival games, ...

  • History Along the Lincoln Highway

    Did you know the Lincoln Highway was the first sucessful transcontinental highway? Learn more about the Illinois Lincoln Highway in our latest video! Be sure to like, subscribe and share with your friends.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    Grab the family for an outdoor adventure this summer along the Lincoln Highway.
    Go for a bike ride or walk on the Old Plank Road Trail, a 22 mile long paved trail that connects Joliet, New Lenox, Frankfort, Matteson, Park Forest and Chicago Heights. 
    Build teamwork and creative problem solving while having fun at the adventure center ropes course and climbing tower at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center in Olympia Fields. Perfect for family reunions, scout troops and work events.
    Learn about life in the 1800’s at Blackberry Farm in Aurora. Visit a pioneer cabin, a blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, ...

  • Summer Music Festivals

    As the weather warms up there are plenty of great festivals this summer along the Lincoln Highway.
    The Aurora Live Summer Concert Series is happening every first Friday, second Saturday and most Wednesdays of the month in downtown Aurora. This free event has music, food and more! Be sure to check the website for exact dates.
    Listen to bluegrass music at the Frankfort Bluegrass Festival from July 8th to 9th and have a weekend of music and fun.
    Celebrate 150 years of Rock Fall's history from July 29th to August 5th at the Rock Falls Sesquicentennial Celebration. With a Farmer's ...

  • Summer is Here!!

    It's the first day of summer! There are plenty of things to do and see along the Lincoln Highway over the summer months. Here are a few things you can do.
    Watch the latest movies at the Midway Drive-In Theatre in Sterling. 

    Take a hike in one of our many State Parks or Forest Preserves to get up close and personal with nature. 

    If the weather gets too hot, go to one of our many museums. The Joliet Historical Museum has a special exhibit through September about Joliet Area Sports Hall of Famers. 

    See a 68 foot windmill built between ...

  • Road Trip!


    Take a road trip this summer across the Illinois Lincoln Highway. There are many different places to visit and things to see.  Go camping, hiking, picnicking, take photos in one of the many state parks in the area. 
    Travel back in time to see a drive-in movie at the 1950’s Midway Drive in Theatre in Sterling. Find the original 1928 Concrete Lincoln Highway Markers. Visit Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home in Dixon.  See the Black Hawk Statue in Oregon. 
    There are so many things to do, you may need to take several road trips!

  • Signature Events Along the Illinois Lincoln Highway

     Check out our latest video Signature Events Along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.

  • Wineries Along the Illinois Lincoln Highway

     
    Acquaviva Winery is located in Maple Park and has a 40-acre estate vineyard with tasting bar.  In this tasting bar there are Neapolitan-style pizza bistro with foods paired to accompany the wines.  You can also rent private event space. For more information visit: acquavivawinery.com
    At the Prairie State Winery in Genoa there is live music in the tasting rooms several times a month. You can check online for upcoming events.  On February 13th The Joey Sunset Project will be performing from 7pm to 9pm in the Lodge.  On February 15th Mary J. Harris will be playing from 1:30 to 4:30pm. ...

  • Unique Eats

    Find new and unique places to eat while you travel along the Lincoln Highway. Here are a few examples of unique eateries.
    Listen to live music while you eat at The House Café in DeKalb. From burgers to pizza; soups and sandwiches there is something for everybody. Vegan options for just about anything are available.
    With 44 flavors there sure is something to please everyone Batavia Creamery is the place to be. Custom-made ice cream makes are also available.
    Book lovers celebrate. TownHouse Books & Café in downtown St. Charles is for you. Eat soups, sandwiches; drink coffee or wine ...

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Fun Facts!

  • The first name proposed for the Lincoln Highway was the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.
  • By 1927 90% of Americans owned an automobile.
  • The Town of Fulton, Illinois has an authentic, working Dutch windmill.
  • Chicago Heights Illinois is known as The Crossroads of the Nation, because the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect.
  • The very first Seedling Mile is located in Malta, Illinois.