• 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.
     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Beauty of Nature

    Spring is here s so get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. 
    Lowell Park, established in 1907, has a nature center where all ages can learn about nature.  Go picnicking with your family, biking, walking, bird watching and so much more!  Located in Dixon this park has picture perfect scenery.
    Kane County Forest Preserve District has many different places you can go.  For a list of places visit: kaneforest.com.  Bliss Woods Forest Preserve is one of them, located in Sugar Grove.  There is an RV park, picnic shelter and an open play area, among other things to see. 
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  • 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 ...

  • Northern Illinois Wine Trail Brochure

    View the new Northern Illinois Wine Trail brochure online! Or pick them up at the kiosks at the Oases. Some of the wineries are along the Lincoln Highway. 
    Here are a list on wineries on the Lincoln Highway: Oswego Wine on the Fox, Galena Cellars, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Prairie on State Wine Cellars, Aquaviva Winery, Prairie State Winery.

     

  • 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.

  • Road Trip!


    Take a road trip 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!

  • 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!

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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.