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  • Listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the 16-story Manhattan Building was designed by architect William Le Baron Jenney and completed construction in 1891. This is the oldest ...

  • A part of the Swedish-American history and culture, this is the first brick-home of Rockford which was built by John and IngaStina Erlander family in 1871. This 12-room Victorian décor home is resto...
  • This charming house dated back to 1865 is an example of exotic Victorian architecture which was built by the mayor and early Rockford industrialist, philanthropist and artist Robert Tinker. It is a ...
  • Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places since 1980, this historic structure currently is a mixed use residential and commercial development block located in the East Rockford Histori...
  • This historic Italianate limestone house with ceiling murals, parquet floors, pocket doors, stained glass, and curved staircase was built in 1857. Along with stables and a carriage house, this house...
  • Built in 1937, this is a fully restored state-of-the-art Art Deco movie theater which is still featuring some great shows. This magical wonderland of fantasy with glorious candy counters and swingin...
  • Built in 1869, the Scott-Vrooman House is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places since 1983. A plate commemorates the location of an oak tree, which was the site of several debates ...
  • Built between 1927 and 1929, the Norman-style architecture of this building is characteristic of structures designed before and after the Norman Conquest. Located on the Sunset Hill estate in a wood...
  • It is a beautiful historical landmark with books, original furniture, a garden and clover lawn, which was home to Judge Davis who played a key role in helping Lincoln become President. Located on Mo...
  • Also known as the Illinois Power Building, this historic structure was built in the early 1900s. Opening onto the University Avenue, which is the major east-west artery connecting downtown Champaign...
  • A distinctly recognizable landmark, this historic building served as a City Hall in downtown Champaign. Located at the same site, the original building was however, rebuilt by the present structure....
  • Built in 1855-56, this popular Champaign historic site was originally known as the ‘Goose Pond’ church. It subsequently became a meeting center for several groups aspiring to improve life and living...
  • It is an excellent old theater which was built in 1921; it has a beautiful and ornate inside and is still the venue of many magic acts, concerts, comedy shows and plays. This Renaissance era theater...
  • This impressive building once served as the location of the only federal court in Illinois and a post office, above which Lincoln actually had a law office on the third floor. They have very well pr...
  • This octagon granite memorial monument erected in 1996 is located within the historic Oak Ridge Cemetery, very close to Abraham Lincoln’s tomb. Dedicated to the martyrs who lost their lives, all the...
  • This historic building served as the seat of the state government and as a center of political activity from 1839 to 1876 during the dramatic years which eventually led to the Civil War. Lincoln fre...
  • For the tech-savvy teens there is a cell-phone guided tour available which is an interesting addition. This tour, which gives you so much of history in such a short time, is extremely interesting an...
  • This historic site is a 22-room Italianate mansion originally built in 1857 for the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. This home is presently decorated and furnished with green drapes, Victorian pieces and...
  • Originally built between1857 to 1859, this Renaissance Revival-styled building is the second oldest continuously operating post office in the United States. Named as a ‘Great American Post Office’ b...
  • Restored to its post-Civil War and Grant presidency elegance, this home was presented to General U.S. Grant when he returned to Galena in 1865. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, this picturesque must-se...
  • Originally built in 1843, this Greek Revival-style home of Elihu B. Washburne, a prominent attorney and political adviser to Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant lived here until 1882; after which o...
  • This City of Chicago Landmark built in 1894 is the oldest building located within the Historic Michigan Boulevard District near the Illinois Central Railroad Station. Designed by John Van Osdel II, ...
  • Incorporated in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago, this natural history museum was renamed as the ‘Field Museum’ in 1905. Housed in a beautiful building in a great location, this world class m...
  • Commissioned by the philanthropist Kate Buckingham in 1927, this most popular public piece of art was originally meant to be dedicated to her brother Clarence. It becomes gorgeously illuminated at n...