• 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. ...

  • Outdoor Fun for Free


    There are many free things to do and see along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.
    Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park in University Park has 29 sculptures on the Campus of Governor State University.  Tours are also available on select Saturday mornings this summer. For more info visit: govst.edu
    Go train watching at Rochelle Railroad Park.  This railroad park includes a Gift Shop, picnic area, railroad artifacts and much more! For more infomation visit: rochellerailroadpark.org
    Take a trip outside and see the Black Hawk Statue in Lowden State Park in Oregon. For more information visit:  discoveroregonillinois.com

  • Time Travel in Northern Illinois

    See what it would be like to live in the mid 19th century at Chaplin Creek Historic Village in Franklin Grove. This full-scale living museum has an early settler’s cabin, a village jail, a schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, among other buildings. While there check out the only Grist Mill powered exclusively by water in Illinois. For more infomation visit: chaplincreek.com or franklincreekgristmill.com
    Head on over to the Depot Museum in Batavia to see the abandoned Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad that was erected in 1854. See a caboose that was built in 1907 that retired in 1973. See what the ticket agent ...

  • Forest Preserves

    Head to one of the many Forest Preserves around Northern Illinois as the weather gets warmer. Each preserve has different wildlife and things to see. Take a hike, go bird watching, see the flowers blooming, go on a picnic and so much more!

    The Big Rock Forest Preserve’s woodlands, marshes, tallgrass prairie, and a 64-foot deep lake is among some of the many features of this preserve. 

    Andersen Woods in St. Charles has oak trees, maple trees and much more in the shaded forest.

  • 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 ...

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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.