• Vintage Shop Hop 2017

    The Vintage Shop Hop is taking place March 3rd and 4th. There are over 300 participating shops throughout Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. 
    If you are planning on making a trip out of it there are plenty of lodging options available.
    List of participating cities:
    Oswego
    Plainfield
    Rochelle
    Sterling
    Cortland
    DeKalb
    Genoa
    Sycamore
    Dixon
    Byron
    Geneva
    St. Charles
    Batavia
    Find a more detailed map as well as shop open times on the Vintage Shop Hop website or Facebook page. The list of participating shops and cities may change.

  • Signature Attractions

    Check out our latest Youtube video on Signature Attractions along the Illinois Lincoln Highway!

  • Enjoy Nature This Spring

    As the weather warms up, appreciate the great outdoors along the Illinois Lincoln Highway this spring.
     
    The Fabyan Japanese Gardens in Geneva is a great place to appreciate nature and see a Japanese styled garden.

    Hike along the Old Plank Road Trail, a 22 mile long paved trail that goes through Joliet, New Lenox, Frankfort, Matteson, Richton Park, Park Forest and Chicago Heights.
    See the Blackhawk Statue as you hike in Lowden Park in Oregon.

  • Shop Local

     Shopping local helps communities as well is a great way to find one of a kind items you may not be able to find anywhere else.
    Downtown Plainfield is a great place to find a variety of shops and restaurants to meet everyone’s needs. 

    Find up to date fashions in Flossmoor at Her Closet Boutique. Find your look with both current and affordable styles.
    Historic downtown or Geneva Commons has a variety of local shops to choose from. Come with a plan in mind or walk around and find that one thing you didn't know you needed.
    These are a ...

  • Follow the Highway: Creston to DeKalb

    Creston
    Looking for antiques and one of a kind items? Roadhouse Antiques in Creston has six thousand square feet of tools, books, vinyl records, jewelry and much more!
    Malta
    The home of the first seedling mile on the Lincoln Highway is Malta; the mile marker can be seen as you travel through.  From August to November pick apples and go through a corn maze at Jonamac Apple Orchard. 

    DeKalb
    Stepping into The Historic Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb is like stepping into Egypt. Watch movies and live shows while enjoying the architecture.
    Enjoy chocolate at The Confectionary and be sure to ...

  • Follow the Highway: Franklin Grove to Rochelle

    See scenic and historic sites in Franklin Grove. The Grist Mill is the only Grist Mill just powered by water.  Natural springs, hardwood forest, a variety of animals and flowers are some of the many things you can see in the Franklin Creek State Natural Area. 

    Take a ride on The Maxson Riverboat and Riverside Restaurant in Oregon, a genuine paddle wheel riverboat. Go hiking, camping, take pictures and so much more at Castle Rock State Park.
    Rochelle Rail Park is a perfect spot for train watchers with an observation area, railroad artifacts and a gift shop. Learn about history ...

  • Educational Weekend Ideas

    Have an educational weekend along the Lincoln Highway.
    Be presidential in Dixon! See where Ronald Reagan grew up in his Boyhood Home. Then head over to the Loveland Community House & Museum, open Thursday-Saturday, and see a display of Ronald Reagan memorabilia.

    Learn about animals from all around the world at the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore open Tuesday to Saturday. 

    See wild animals in their natural habitat at the Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia. You may even catch a glimpse of Bald Eagles.

  • Murals and Gazebos in the Winter

    Come to the Lincoln Highway to see murals and gazebos in the fall. Fall is a great place to explore what the Lincoln Highway has to offer. Check out our latest Youtube video!

  • Small Business Saturday

    This Saturday November 26th is a day to celebrate and shop at small businesses in your community. Christmas is fast approaching and all across the Illinois Lincoln Highway there are small businesses where you can find one of a kind gifts for your loved ones.
    Find unique and personalized gifts at Sara Boo Creek in Crest Hill. Find antique kitchenware, home décor, jewelry and so much more at Antiques on State in Geneva.
    Find creative gifts from local crafters at Made Just For You in Sycamore. Find home décor at Carter’s Cottage in DeKalb.
    Find some books and drink coffee ...

  • Cold Weather Got You Down?

    The Illinois Lincoln Highway is a great place to visit this winter. There are so many indoor activities that get you out of the cold and into some fun!
    See a show at a theatre. Paramount Theatre in Aurora has Classic Movie Mondays, all throughout this Holiday season, or watch a production of The Little Mermaid among other events this winter.
    Learn a thing or two at a museum. The Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore has a bunch of exhibits with animals on display from North America, the Ice Age and so much more.
    Take your friends and go gambling. ...

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Gazebos

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.