• Things To Do in St. Charles


    Head on down to St. Charles historic shopping district to shop at boutiques, look for antiques and books. And when you’re all done have some coffee at a café. One of the shops is Town House Books, a bookstore for all ages. townhousebooks.com
    Visit Durant House Museum, a restored 1843 prairie homestead.  Costumed tour guides bring the past to life.  ppfv.org/durant-house/
     
    Go on a Paddlewheel Riverboat Cruise on the Fox River Queen or the St. Charles Bella on the Fox River. Boat trips are 50 to 60 minutes long and are narrated with history of the area. stcriverboats.com

  • Shop Small

    Support small businesses when you go out this summer. There are many small family owned business along the Illinois Lincoln Highway. Here are a few to get you started:
    Shop Historic Downtown Frankfort has a bunch of different kinds of shops to choose from. For a list of shops visit: shophistoricfrankfort.com
    Esther’s Place in Big Rock has felting, knitting, spinning and weaving products. So you can make something for that special someone or buy the crafter in the family something. For more info visit: esthersplacefibers.com
    Stop by Where the Dragon Fly in the Conover Square Mall in Oregan to get ...

  • Morrison-Rockwood State Park

    When you are heading towards Morrison-Rockwood State Park on Crosby Road, you get to visit a covered bridge, which is an amazing photo opportunity.

    Once you get into the State Park see Lake Carlton and go fishing or boating. Go hiking and then eat a picnic lunch or dinner. See a variety of wildlife as you go hiking and go bird watching.  There are many different things to do and to see.
    For more information and for directions visit:  dnr.state.il.us

  • 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 ...

  • Summer 2018 Along the Lincoln Highway

    Some of the many things you can do this summer along the Lincoln Highway.
    SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora is an interactive science and technology center with 200 hands-on exhibitis that demonstrates the prinicples of electricity, weather, astronomy and nuclear energy. 
    Visit the Ronald Reagon Boyhood Home where Reagon lived from when he was 10 until after he graduated from college in Dixon. 
    Go fishing, horseback riding, hiking, camping by Lake Carlton at Morrison Rockwood State Park.
    See over 100 trains roll by daily at Rochelle Railroad Park. Go into the gift shop to buy amazing train themed gifts.
     

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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.