• 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

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  • 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 ...

  • Aurora Live Summer Concert Series

    Throughout the summer Aurora Downtown presents live music on select Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday. Wednesdays at the Plaza concerts are from 7-9pm, First Friday concerts are from 6-10pm and Summer Second Saturday concerts are from 11:30am-1pm. Coolers (no alcohol) are welcome so are blackets and chairs.
    May 5: Cinco de Mayo Concert: Sones de México Ensemble/James Sanders’ Conjunto
    May 13: Summer Second Saturdays: School of Rock Plainfield
    June 2: Eric Chesser and Blue Sky Blind with School of Rock Mokena
    June 10: Second Summer Saturdays: The Aviators
    June 14: Jake Mack and the Lesser Stags
    June 21: Empty Can Band
    June 28: Wayne’s World special concert feat. Noah’s Arcade with The Kevin ...

  • Spring Has Sprung

    As the weather gets warmer, get outside and see what the Lincoln Highway has to offer.

    Experience art and blooming flowers at the Floosmoor Sculpture Garden & Walk. Established in 1998, world-class art works are installed in the village square, around the town and in the sculpture garden.
    See about 100 animals in 41 different species at Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora. This free zoo has plenty to offer as well as a walking path.

    Have a quiet walk in the woods at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn. Pack a picnic and disconnect from the world.

  • Things to Do in Joliet

    There are many things to do while in Joliet.  Visit the Rialto Square Theatre and see theatre productions, concerts and other shows. Watch car races at the Route 66 Raceway.

    Finally, see seasonal flowers at the Bird Haven Greenhouse.  Year-round attractions are also offered with a tropical house and cacti room.

  • Shopping along the Lincoln Highway

    Take a shopping trip along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.  From handcrafted gifts to vintage find one of a kind pieces. Made Just for You in Sycamore, specializes in handcrafted gifts.  Find gifts or home decorations that are as unique as you are.  Quilts, birdhouses, calligraphy and so much more!
    Looking to redecorate your home?  Head on over to Carter’s Cottage Interiors in DeKalb.  You can also take classes to learn about home decorating.
    Looking for cooking ingredients? The Galena Garlic Company in Geneva has it all. From balsamic vinegars produced in Italy, soup mixes with all natural ingredients, gluten free ...

  • Support the Arts Along the Lincoln Highway

    There are plenty of theatres along the Lincoln Highway. Support communities by supporting the arts.
    The Alberight Theatre Company in Batavia has several productions a year that you can come and support.
    The Stagecoach Players in DeKalb has a variety of shows for anyone's tastes. Past shows are Into the Woods, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol and so many more!
    The Byron Civic Theatre started in 1995 and continues to produce a theatrical experience for the viewer.
    The Historic Dixon Theatre has held broadway musicals and plays, national touring artists, comedians, movies, orchestras and so much more!

  • Family Fun!

    Head on over to Jarrett Prairie Center in Byron for some free educational family fun!  Donations are accepted. See habitat exhibits, dioramas, a view of the prairie and much more. See woodland, wetland and prairie environments on displays.  Enjoy and appreciate nature.
    The Ellwood House in DeKalb has guided tours of an 1879 mansion that had been lived in for over 100 years! Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for youth 6-17.  On ten acres this mansion has formal gardens, two native garden areas.
    See an actual townhouse from the first, fully planned post WWII suburb in Park Forest. ...



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.