Midwest Living Review
The preservation movement in this old lead-mining town (population: 3,600) exemplifies the trend toward small towns reinventing themselves. Framed by northwestern Illinois hills, the business district's century-old buildings now house more than 90 shops filled with antiques, home accessories and art. Some 50 inns and hotels welcome travelers, and restaurants serve seemingly every taste. If Main Street or the many festivals get too crowded, escape with a hot-air balloon ride, carriage tour, spa treatment or pottery class, part of a new hands-on arts scene.