1785 South Eastwood Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: (815) 334-9600
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Designed in Italianate style by a pioneer architect of Chicago, John M. Van Osdel, the Old Courthouse was established in 1857. It served as a Government building till 1973, after which it was enlisted as a National Historical Place. Today the building is home to an art gallery, a pottery store and Chester Gould-Dick Tracy Museum. Apart from these, two restaurants are also located at this site.
This unusual house was built according to the owners belief in Spiritualism. Built in 1836, the George Stickney House was the abode of George and his wife Sylvia Stickney who were known for their seances and occult practices. It has been a ghost hunter's haunt for a long time with all its history and reports from previous owners. The two story structure has been used as the village hall and is the headquarters of the Bull Valley Police Department. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
One of the several parks in Lake in the Hills, the Sunset Park is an ideal place to take the entire family for a entertaining outing. Formerly known as the Concord Miller Park, this park comes equipped with facilities that ensure everyone finds something they want to do. There are tennis courts, a playground, baseball fields, basketball courts, a skate park, food stalls, as well as picnic pavilions. The park is also the venue for events like the Rockin’ Rib festival and the Summer Sunset Festival. See the website to know more.
The Memorial Hall is located at Richmond, Illinois. This historic building was constructed in 1907 with a US$ 10,000 bequest from Charles Dewitt McConnell and was a focal point for community government and recreation. The building was added to the National Registrar of Historic Places on August 19, 1993.
Built in 1888 as a summer home for beer tycoon Conrad Seipp, this estate on the southern shore of Geneva Lake is listed on the National Register of Historic places. The mansion has a post civil war era decor and even has a four story nautical observation tower visible from many points on the lake. You can book your visit to the mansion and a cruise that takes you there as well. They have a museum store selling memorabilia, a restaurant on the mansion grounds, as well as a 620-foot (188-meter) long shore line. Check their website for tickets, timings and various upcoming events.
Big Foot State Beach Park is a popular destination in the area for camping and recreation. The park contains Lake Geneva, which is popular for swimming, fishing and canoeing. In addition, there are facilities for camping, archery and picnic areas.
The Civic Center Plaza is really where the heart of Elgin lies. The city hall is situated here, and all the important administrative offices of the city find a home here. The well-maintained plaza lies along the banks of the Fox River. Besides being the focal point of the city’s administrative services, the plaza also plays host to various events, like the Elgin Fine Arts Festival, Elgin’s City Skate, and the Puerto Rican Festival. Call for information on upcoming events and other details.
Yerkes Observatory is a facility built for the Department of astronomy and astrophysics in Chicago University. The observatory is known to be the base of several ground breaking discoveries and theories in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. Additionally, many topics of current research in this field have been sparked off through the findings in this observatory. The facility houses a few state-of-the-art equipment as well as the world's largest refracting telescope. Also having a collection of over 150,000 photographic plates, Yerkes Observatory can justifiably be referred to as the foundation of modern astronomy.
Home to the various departments of the Hoffman Estates village government, the Village Hall is centrally located in the heart of the village. Besides being the center point of local government meetings, the hall also hosts small community events. Call for more information.
The Hoosier Grove Park lies a little away from the center of the village of Streamwood, on the Irving Park Road. Its area measuring 20 acres (8 hectares), this park is equipped with facilities like softball fields, soccer fields, a sand volleyball court, and a playground, and it is one of the premier recreational facilities in the village. This park is also home to the Hoosier Grove Barn, a heritage structure converted into a banquet facility, and the Hoosier Grove Museum, so a trip to this park can be quite engaging. Besides the range of on-site facilities, the park is also a venue for major community events, like the Pumpkinfest, Summer Celebration, and the annual Easter Egg Roll. Call for further information.
Other than being a nice green space in town, Vasa Park is often the spot for local events, such as the Fearie Festival, Scandinavian Day and many others.
Long Grove is a quiet little hamlet located about 37 miles from the bustling city of Chicago. Though a small village, Long Grove has a rich historical background, starting in the early 1800s, when German settlers immigrated here and founded a small township. Secluded from major towns and cities, this little community flourished uniquely. The history is evident in the numerous buildings and structures around the village, that have their origins in the 1800s. To preserve the village’s beauty, its council has issued building ordinances that restrict the presence of sidewalks, street lights, or curbs, as well as convenience and chain stores. Long Grove is also known for the annual Chocolate Festival that takes place each Spring. See the website to know more.