Top things to do in Northern Illinois

Architecture in Oak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

This is where Wright lived and worked from 1889 to 1909. Tour frequency varies, from every 20 minutes on summer weekends to every hour or so in winter. The hour-long walk-through reveals a fascinating place, filled …
Bakery in North Shore Suburbs

Hewn

Handcrafted baked goods and naturally fermented breads are an increasingly rare commodity in the convenience-loving US. Not so at this Evanston charmer, where old-school, labor-intensive pastries such as croissants …
Brewery in Northern Illinois

Two Brothers Tap House

Two Brothers hides in an industrial park surrounded by fields. Two brothers, Jim and Jason, do indeed brew the suds, which you can sample via the 14 or so taps in the big, open space. Favorites include Domaine Dupag…
Museum in Moline & Rock Island

Rock Island Arsenal Museum

Floating in the Mississippi River, Rock Island once held a Civil War–era arsenal and POW camp. It's now the site of the impressive Rock Island Arsenal Museum (with old guns galore), as well as a Civil War cemetery, …
Museum in North Shore Suburbs

American Toby Jug Museum

In case you're wondering, a Toby jug is a ceramic pitcher shaped like a chubby old guy wearing a tri-cornered hat and 18th-century garb. Or at least that's how they looked originally. Over the centuries the jugs too…
Architecture in Oak Park

Moore House

During Wright’s 20 years in Oak Park, he designed a whole heap of houses. Moore House is particularly noteworthy. First built in 1895, it’s Wright’s bizarre interpretation of an English manor house. In his later yea…
Religious Site in North Shore Suburbs

Baha'i House of Worship

The striking white temple, surrounded by public gardens, was completed in 1953 and is one of eight Baha'i temples worldwide. Guests are free to explore the peaceful grounds inside and out. The visitor center explain…
Museum in North Shore Suburbs

Illinois Holocaust Museum

This is the third-largest holocaust museum in the world, after those in Jerusalem and Washington, DC. Besides its haunting, Nazi-era rail car and its videos of survivors' stories from WWII, the venue contains though…
Historic Site in Moline & Rock Island

Black Hawk State Historic Site

The site sits in an unspoiled, forested park offering 6 miles of trails that meander through ravines and ridges by the Rock River. Eagles sometimes swoop by. The rustic lodge on-site was built by the Civilian Conser…
Gifts & Souvenirs in North Shore Suburbs

Stumble & Relish

Owned by a mother–daughter team, this shop is an excellent spot to pick up one-of-a-kind souvenirs by independent artisans, many of whom are locally based. Take your pick from handmade metal earrings, sassy letterpr…