Regional Destinations 2021

Couple sitting on hay stack in park surrounded by pumpkins
photo: TheChicagoCouple.com / Aurora Area CVB
Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

43 W. Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60506
630.256.3190 / enjoyaurora.com

Plan a visit to scenic farms & orchards where you can harvest a bounty of delicious fall produce, then take in a show at the award winning Paramount Theatre, debuting the first ever regional production of Kinky Boots. Take a moonlit tour of the Farnsworth House, an icon of American architecture designed by Mies van der Rohe. Enjoy outdoor adventure on & along our gorgeous stretch of the Fox River, or find fall colors on tap at our local breweries. Pair your visit with shopping and dining in charming, historic downtowns. Find visitor discounts, lodging options, and travel guides at enjoyaurora.com.

Glessner House parlor
photo: James Caulfield
Glessner House

1800 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago IL 60616
312.326.1480 / glessnerhouse.org

Explore architecture, history, and design at the National Historic Landmark Glessner House, an 1887 Gilded Age mansion fully restored with its original furnishings. The house is widely regarded to be the urban residential masterpiece of architect H. H. Richardson, and its design influenced Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many others. It is located two miles south of downtown on historic Prairie Avenue. Opportunities to experience Glessner House include regular guided public tours, specialized tours, private group tours, as well as courtyard concerts and a variety of online programs. Advance ticket required.

Image of facade of Grohmann Museum showing turret like corner with flag at top and brick walls on either side
Grohmann Museum at Milwaukee School of Engineering

1000 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202
414.277.2300 / grohmannmuseum.org

The Grohmann Museum Collection is comprised of more than 1,500 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work—from farming and mining to trades such as smithing, glassblowing, taxidermy, and shoemaking. Earlier works depict rural forms of labor, such as men and women working on the farm or in cottage industries, while later images show tradespeople engaged in their work, leading to the Industrial Revolution and beyond.

Traveling exhibits from Illinois Humanities
Illinois Humanities


Illinois Humanities is excited to announce two new traveling exhibitions, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America — which highlights America’s history of civic action and the results of that action — and the Illinois Freedom Project — an exhibition highlighting the pursuit of civil rights by and for African Americans in Illinois.

These concurrent, complementary exhibitions, sponsored by Illinois Humanities, will visit six Illinois communities now — March 2022! Make this a must on your summer cultural to-do list!

Wooden framed structure like house in forest with two wooden walkways leading up to it
image: Folayemi Wilson, Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities, 2016. Photo: Jim Waldman.
Lynden Sculpture Garden

2145 W. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217
414.446.8794 / lyndensculpturegarden.org

The Lynden Sculpture Garden: 50 sculptures, 40 acres, 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. Lynden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of monumental sculptures and temporary installations sited across park, pond, and woodland. Open year-round (closed Thursday), Lynden also offers public programs, performances, and indoor exhibitions. Admission is free.

South View with Logo and Building
OS Projects

601 6th Street, Racine, WI 53403
262.800.3564 / osprojects.art

OS Projects is a contemporary art gallery in downtown
Racine featuring visual artists in solo and small group exhibits. The gallery’s primary focus is on artists living and working in the Chicago-Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee urban corridor. While the range of media the gallery presents is broad—encompassing painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video/ film and installation—the exhibited artists are unified in their engagement with topical issues, experimentation with materials and processes, and adherence to craft. Hours are Saturdays 12-5 and by appointment.

Man on back patio of restaurant holding a frozen tropical drink with purple, white, and blue streaks.
Go Rogue in Quincy, IL

800.978.4748 / SeeQuincy.com

Unleash your curious! With a prolific landscape of awe-inspiring architecture and an artistic culinary scene, Quincy provides the ideal destination for food and design enthusiasts.

Experience the colorful downtown via Summer Flavor Tours—a walking adventure to five venues guided by a local food ambassador, infusing entertaining historical nuggets. Saturdays through Sept 25.

Explore distinctive niches via self-guided driving tours. Mid Mod Quincy showcases thirty examples of this marvelous era.

More Self-Guided Driving Tours: Gateway City | Mural Find + Dine Maine Street Mile | O the Record

Witwen Park
Fermentation Fest: Grassland Edition

Sat & Sun, Sept 25-26, 11 am-6 pm
Witwen Park & Campground
S9855 County Rd. E, Sauk City, WI 53583
fermentationfest.com / [email protected]

Fermentation Fest is back September 25-26 with a celebration of live culture in all its forms. For this special Grassland Edition, Wormfarm Institute has partnered with researchers at University of Wisconsin–Madison to showcase regenerative, grassland-based agriculture. The fest will include demos, art, performances from
dance to “Grassical” music in an open-air Tabernacle to Scandanavian cow calling, local food, fermented beverages & more. We invite our urban neighbors to take part in this polycultural rural revival.

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