An Illinois town where color is only half the reason to go

Commanding the top northwest corner of Illinois, Galena is a historic town with delicious reasons to visit. oads wind through vast fields of corn under a 360 degree sky until you reach the roller coaster hills of the northwestern most corner of Illinois. Then, from the top of each ridge a panorama of purple-hued trees, farmsteads and forests spread across the horizon.

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Elysian Hotel in Chicago named best hotel in U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler magazine has named Chicago’s Elysian Hotel the best hotel in the U.S. in its Readers Choice awards for 2011.

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Autumn Apple Tours in Southernmost Illinois

Southernmost Illinois apple orchards, chocolate and hot peppers are ready for your fall harvest trip. Get the best, fresh and locally made. Make a day trip out of your apple orchard tour with these country drives. Southernmost Illinois orchards grow several apple varieties, so the apple season stretches out through to the chilly November weather. The region’s rich agricultural lands guarantee that you will find more than just apples on your day trip.

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Two Chicago area farms feature mazes and pumpkins

The world’s largest maze at Richardson’s Adventure Farm and activities at Tom’s Farm Market are a fall countryside drive from Chicago, IL. Go to Richardson Adventure Farm to wander through arguably the world’s largest corn maze. But plan on staying to do its zip line, feed the animals, watch a pig race and take a lunch or donut break. Or go to Tom’s Farm Market and Greenhouse to make a scarecrow. However, plan to pose near cute farm cutouts, buy a pie to take home and donuts to eat there. Work off the food wandering a five-acre maze.

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The Ledge gives thrilling views of Chicago’s landscape

Visit the famed Skydeck of Chicago’s Willis Tower and to step out on a glass-enclosed Ledge. At 1353 feet in the air, The Ledge transforms how visitors experience Chicago, providing never-before-seen views of the city

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Irish Inn B&B along the Illinois wine trail

I like the holiday decompression stay for those who need a break before or after the holidays. If you can’t come to the Irish Inn, send your inlaws, kids, or neighbors.

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