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Despite the name, the Quad Cities actually consists of five cities straddling the Iowa-Illinois border along the Mississippi River: Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline and East...
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The largest metro area along the Illinois River has transformed its riverfront with restaurants and a handful of galleries and shops beside pretty parks and trails. The area teems with farm stands...
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The wild-eyed stare, bristling mane and yellowed fangs of the taxidermied lion stopped me in my tracks. It wasn’t the beast’s size and ferocity that captivated me,...

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Fruit, cream or custard, pie stars at these Chicagoland stops—great choices for a sweet fix on the spot or at home.
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From retro fun at Wrigley Field's centennial birthday to an overnight stay at kitschy-cool Hotel Lincoln, here are places to celebrate vintage Chicago.
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At the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, white-tablecloth dining and a luxe hotel make for exciting school nights.
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Architecture and nature buffs find much to love in Canton.
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Fly high on the Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour or try another adventure in the Shawnee National Forest region.
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Along the banks of the Rock River, Rockford (90 miles west of Chicago) packs in first-rate cultural attractions and a budding local-food movement.
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This scenic byway winds through central Illinois, from Ottowa to Havana, to reveal gorgeous views and interesting stops.

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