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An Insiders Guide to the Perfect Picnic

Have you missed the feeling of lush, green grass on bare feet? Or the smell of fresh, summer air in the afternoon? Take a road trip along Route 66 or the Great River Road where you can unpack your snacks and unwind your mind as you follow this Insider’s Guide for the Perfect Picnic in the Great…

Illinois Road Trip Round Up - Top Hiking & Biking Trails

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but as we hit the unofficial start of summer, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing sixteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re bringing you the…

Take a Hike! Best Spots to Stretch Your Legs

(Hiking at Pere Marquette State Park. Photo by Mike Cruz.) We've all been cooped up for so long the idea of a long walk or bike ride along scenic trails and through parks has taken on the sheen of a great adventure. And let's face it, we are all yearning for an outdoor adventure and a breath of…

Legendary Ariston Cafe Is At Home on Route 66

When Will Law became co-owner of the Ariston Café in Litchfield 18 months ago, he thought he was just buying a restaurant. Turns out he was part owner of a legend. “A restaurant is a restaurant is a restaurant,” Law says with a chuckle. “We thought we would come in and run a restaurant. We thought…

Standing Tall -- Meet Collinsville's World Famous Catsup Bottle

A 170-foot water tower shaped and painted like a catsup bottle is now a legendary Collinsville roadside attraction. “The Catsup Bottle is really an iconic piece of roadside architecture,” Mike Gassman, President/CEO and ‘Big Tomato’ of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Inc. says. “There’s a lot of…

A Legendary Theatre: Meet the Wildey

Enjoy a video of the Wildey Theatre's legendary story! If the walls of the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville could talk, oh the stories they could tell. Tales of vaudeville star Al Jolson playing craps for money in the basement of the theatre – minus his trousers – which hung neatly nearby. Douglas…

Open For Business

Going stir crazy during state and local Stay At Home orders? A new explanation of the Illinois Executive Order allows golf courses to offer recreational outlets for small groups who follow social distancing guidelines. Please call ahead to ensure the golf course is open. A few local courses are open…

Shopping Made Easy in Southwest Illinois

Staying home and practicing social distancing doesn't mean the end to retail therapy. Area specialty shops have become creative when it comes to keeping their doors open ... even if it's just virtually! We have compiled a list of area stores that are providing shopping experiences for customers…

Take a (Virtual) Vacation Throughout Great Rivers & Routes

Ok. Life as we know it has changed. Kids and parents are studying and working from home. All. The. Time. And suddenly, there seem to be a lot of hours to fill as we all practice social distancing and do our part to keep the COVID-19 outbreak to a minimum.While we can’t tell everyone to hop in their…

Lending a Helping Hand

“Even in darkness … there is light.” Elie Wiesel Area businesses are working to bring sparks of sunshine to local communities, residents and their fellow business owners by lending a helping hand. From free coffee, to special shopping hours for those most at risk from the virus, and local…