Illinois

Itineraries:

History and Joy in Southern Illinois

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Williamson County welcomes your groups! Explore beautiful lakes and natural areas; discover rich history and attractive shopping; or unwind at a locally owned restaurant or winery. With a variety of lodging accommodations, your groups will feel right at home among southern Illinois’ hospitality, charm… Read more »


Celebration River Cruises

Moline, IL What could be better than embracing beautiful scenic views while having some fun on the river? And not just any river—but the historic Mississippi River? Now is the time to start planning your spring and summer group tours, and no itinerary is complete without a Celebration River Cruises excursion. Celebration River Cruises is… Read more »


24 Free Things to Do in Illinois

When putting together a group tour, it is always a good idea to keep some extra ideas in your back pocket. Here is a list of affordable attractions to supplement into your Illinois itinerary. Most are free, while some accept free-will donations.     1.Ambler-Becker Texaco Station – Dwight www.dwightillinois.org 815.584.3077 This restored Texaco, listed… Read more »


History in Jacksonville

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. Welcome to Jacksonville, Illinois—a community rich in historical treasures, thriving with arts and culture, and wrapped in Midwest hospitality. Centrally located between St. Louis and Chicago, Jacksonville offers an excellent hub for your next hub & spoke group tour. DAY ONE 10:00am – 12:00pm… Read more »


Chicago: A Tour of World-Class Architecture

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year. This renowned city features breathtaking architecture, rich history and astounding collections of public art. Let the Chicago Architecture Foundation showcase their city to your groups for an engaging, entertaining and memorable experience.   8 – 11:00am Put on your walking shoes this morning and… Read more »


Best of Northwest Illinois Mystery Tour

This sample itinerary may be customized for any time of year. Located in the northwest part of Illinois, the Blackhawk Waterways region offers a wide variety of visitor destinations. They take care of all the details so you can offer your group a fun, relaxing and educational experience. This unique, 3-night mystery tour offers your… Read more »


Autumn Agriculture Adventure

This sample itinerary is best during the fall months, but can be customized for any time of year.   Bright sunny days and cool, crisp evenings beckon you to enjoy Henry County’s back roads and discover a country fall escape in Geneseo. Plan your next tour to reconnect with rural heritage and celebrate all things… Read more »


Litchfield: Our Mix Includes Route 66 and More!

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.   Experience the Route 66 restaurants and museum, historic downtown, a walk on the beach, a hike through the conservation area and an overnight stay in their modern, national brand hotels. Litchfield can customize group tour visits with the friendly help of their full… Read more »


All Aboard! A Tour of the Chicago Southland Rail System

This sample itinerary is best in the spring and summer months, but can be customized for any time of year 10 am – 12:00 pm Start your day at the Pullman Historic Society Visitors Center and learn the history of the Pullman Palace Car Company and the neighborhood known as Pullman. From the “World’s Most… Read more »


Chicago: The Ultimate Entertainment Experience!

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.   Day One   1 – 2:00 pm Start off your day in Chicago on a high note from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Observatory and step out onto the Skywalk, an open-air viewing deck that hovers 1,000 feet above the Magnificent… Read more »


The Biggest Backyard in the Nation

  This sample itinerary is best during the spring and summer months, but can be customized for any time of year Experience the biggest backyard in the nation for group tours! The Chicago Southland, Chicago’s 62 south and southwest suburbs, is conveniently located 30 minutes from Chicago and offers affordable amenities with FREE coach parking!… Read more »



Galena Itinerary

From Itineraries Midwest Summer Issue 2010 Day One Make your first leap in learning about Galena’s historic past by visiting the Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site.  The Italianate home was presented to President Grant in 1865 and opened to the public in 1904.  The furnishings within the home are original and the tours… Read more »


Itinerary for Theatre Lovers in Illinois

From Itineraries Midwest Summer Issue 2009 This sample itinerary can be customized for anytime of the year! Day One 9 – 11:00 am Travel the rolling countryside in Jo Daviess County, near Hanover, IL to the Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery. A family-owned winery located on a beautiful 25-acre vineyard. Visit the winery, gift shop,… Read more »


Jo Daviess County & Galena Itinerary

Day One Arrive at the Apple River Fort State Historic Site in historic Elizabeth, IL, the site of an important battle during the 1832 Black Hawk War. At the reconstructed fort, visitors can learn about life in Jo Daviess County during the early 1800s. Indulge yourself in the local history of Elizabeth and Jo Daviess… Read more »


An Insiders Guide to Galena & Jo Daviess County

From Itineraries Midwest Fall/ Winter 2009 Issue Day One 10 – 11:00 am Start the day at the Galena Canning Company. This shop features award-winning Chef Ivo’s old-fashioned jams, jellies, salsas, BBQ sauces, a Hot Sauce Emporium, baked goods and much more! A tasting table lets you sample before you buy. 11 – 12:00 pm… Read more »


The Art & Soul of Cooking Tour

From Itineraries Minnesota Fall Issue 2007 This sample itinerary is best weekends during spring or summer. Day One 5 – 7:00 pm Start your weekend with dinner and beer tasting at Rockbottom Brewery. Then check into a local hotel for a night’s rest. Day Two 10 – 1:00 am After breakfast you’ll create truffles, mousse… Read more »


Women’s Luxury Weekend Itinerary in Dupage County

From Itineraries MinnesotaFall Issue 2007 This sample itinerary is best any time of the year Ladies, put on your stylish red hats for a well-deserved DuPage weekend of feminine delights and gracious elegance! Day One 9:30 – 10:00 am Check into one of the many affordably priced hotels DuPage County has to offer. You’ll feel… Read more »