• New Itineraries - 2018

    Check out our lateest downloadable PDF's to help on your journey along the Lincoln Highway.
    Communities Along the Lincoln Highway - Central, East, West
    Date Night Along the Lincon Highway - Central, East, West
    Girls Weekend Along the Lincoln Highway - Central, East, West

  • Children's Imagination

    Kids wonder along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.  The KidsWork Children’s Museum in Frankfort is geared towards children ages 0-8.  This museum has exhibits like science in action where children learn and develop math skills like counting, timing, matching, classifying and sorting.  As well as exhibits that develop science skills like gravity.  Children also use their imagination and creativity in the creativity abounds exhibits. 
    http://kidsworkchildrensmuseum.org
    Aurora Regional Fire Museum has artifacts and the history of Aurora and surrounding area fire departments.  See the evolution of tools and technology used by fire fighters.  For example, see leather fire buckets used in the ...

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    Check out our Youtube channel for amazing videos. And be sure to like and subscribe for more videos! Stay up to date with the Illinois Lincoln Highway.
     

  • Visit Fulton

    Take a trip throughout history on the Illinois Lincoln Highway.  Visit the De Immigrant Windmill, which is an authentic Dutch windmill in Fulton.  It was engineered in the Netherlands and is fully operational
    Travel back to the 1800's at Heritage Canyon, a 12 acre wooded plot with a variety of buildings that takes you back in time.
    Observe Lock and Dam 13, with an observation deck where you can take a look at the dam. 

  • Learn About the 40th President in Dixon


    Make history come alive along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.  This is a great way to teach the kids and to learn something new yourself. Did you know? President Lincoln isn't the only president who spent some time in Illinois.
    Visit former president Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon.  Learn all about what it was like for our former president in his early days.  The Reagan's moved into this house in December during the 1920s when Ronald was only 10 years old!  Be transported back in time and see the house that is furnished with period pieces.  Learn all about what ...

  • 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

  • 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.
     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fun in the Winter

    Looking for fun things to do this winter? Check out our video on fun things to do while the weather is cold. 

  • Fall is Upon Us

    As the weather gets colder, pumpkins and goblins come out to play. There are many things to do this fall along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.

    Events:
    Kick off your Halloween fun in Mokena for the Halloween Hallow Festival from October 13-15th. Have fun at carnival rides, a corn maze, hayrides and so much more. Fun for the whole family.
    Listen to ghost stories with Kathi Kreso for "Encounters with the Dead" at Fulton's De Immigrant Windmill for their month program on October 17th,
    Head over to Matteson for Fall Family Fun Fest on October 21st from 1-4pn for carnival games, ...

  • Outdoor Adventures

    Grab the family for an outdoor adventure this summer along the Lincoln Highway.
    Go for a bike ride or walk on the Old Plank Road Trail, a 22 mile long paved trail that connects Joliet, New Lenox, Frankfort, Matteson, Park Forest and Chicago Heights. 
    Build teamwork and creative problem solving while having fun at the adventure center ropes course and climbing tower at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center in Olympia Fields. Perfect for family reunions, scout troops and work events.
    Learn about life in the 1800’s at Blackberry Farm in Aurora. Visit a pioneer cabin, a blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Let History Come Alive

    Learn something while traveling along the Lincoln Highway by stopping at one of these places or the many other places along the highway,
    The Northwest Territory Historic Center in Dixon, open Tuesday through Saturday, has exhibits ranging from Early American Farming, the Black Hawk War, President Reagan, a restored Dutch Reagan Classroom, Ronald Reagan Movie Posters and much more! For more information visit ntch.org
    Stop in Oregon to see the Blackhawk Statue, a 50 foot statue created by artist Lorando Taft  in Lowden State Park. For more information visit dnr.state.il.us. 

    See aircraft and aviation memorablia from the 1930's to present ...

  • Follow the Highway: Sterling to Dixon

    Sterling
    See the home where Lincoln slept on July 18th, 1856, now converted into a museum.  During the summer months, watch a movie at Midway Drive-In.  Or see the history of the Sterling area at the Sterling/Rock Falls Historical Society Museum.
    For more information visit: themidwaydrivein.net
    Rock Falls
    History comes alive at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum in Rock Falls. See what it was like to go to school in 1925. Want to spend time outdoors? Then head on over to the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park to go canoeing, biking or hiking. 
    For more information visit: colomatownshipparkdistrict.com 
    Dixon
    Learn ...

  • Happy 207th Birthday Abe!

    For score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal-November 19, 1863

  • New Visitor's Guide

    Drive Illinois Lincoln Highway's new visitor's guide is out now! Pick up yours today.

  • Visit Joliet


    There are many different things to do in Joliet, no matter what you want to do.
    See shows and concerts at the Rialto Square Theatre. Music, comedy, plays; there are many different things to choose from.  For more information and a list of shows visit rialtosquare.com.
    Route 66 Raceway hosts racing events including the annual NHRA National Drag Racing event and so much more.  For more information and a list of races visit route66raceway.com.

  • Franklin Creek Grist Mill


    Check out the Franklin Creek Grist Mill in Franklin Grove.  This is the only Grist Mill that is still powered exclusively by water in Illinois.   The mill is open 
    for tours from 12pm to 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 11th through October.  Tour guides will t
    eacher you about the history of the original mill and the creation/working of the reconstructed mill.  The last Saturday of the month you can see corn being ground. 
    While here visit the 198-acre nature preserve, the Franklin Creek State Natural Area.
    For more information visit: franklincreekgristmill.com

  • Little White Schoolhouse

    The Oswego White School Museum was built as a Church in 1850 and then used as a school until the mid 1960’s.  This museum is open to the public.  Go back in time in this old one room schoolhouse.

    Genealogists, college students and historical researchers can use the Oswego White School Museum’s growing collection of primary source materials for research.  Research hours are Thursdays 9am to 4pm, Saturday 9am to noon or by appointment. It is recommended to call ahead before coming.
    For more info visit: littlewhiteschoolmuseum.org

  • Valentine's Day

    Head to Downtown Dixon for their Second Saturday’s featuring a Valentine’s Day lineup.  There are plenty to do for an amazing Valentine’s Day.  http://www.discoverdixon.org/event/146-events-arts/2015/02/15/410-second-saturdays.html
    Proceeds of this fundraiser goes to Ashton’s 150th Celebration on June 11-15, 2015.  Tickets are $30 in advanced or $35 at the door.  This includes: dinner, wine glass with complimentary wine sampling tickets, and live entertainment by Burn N’Bush.  Also includes a live auction. http://www.ashtonusa.com
    On February 14that 2pm Garfield Farm 7 Tavern Museum will be holding a lecture and a tour of the museum’s 1842 threshing barn that is going through a restoration.  There is 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.