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What makes a custom hat from Optimo Hats so special? This one-of-a-kind shop located in the heart of downtown Chicago offers visitors tailor-made hats in a wide range of colors, styles and fabrics, as well as glimpse into the old school way of hatmaking. From vintage 1930s ribbon to the individuality of each hat and its wearer, find out what inspires hatmaker Graham Thompson, an official...
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03/21/2017 at 18:04. Facebook
Where can you find Lincoln history and lattes all in one place? Wm. Van's Coffee House, of course! Located in one of Springfield’s historic homes, this café serves up custom roasted coffees and a food menu made from all locally sourced ingredients. Whether you’re looking to settle in with a steamy mug or grab a bite on the go, this is one place you can’t pass up.
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03/21/2017 at 15:00. Facebook
Make your way to Roister in West Loop for an unforgettable dining experience. Here the kitchen blends into the dining area, giving you the chance to see your delicious meal get prepared right before your eyes. [ Bit.ly Link ]
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03/20/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
Combine your love of German and American style lager beers at Riggs Beer Company in Urbana, a unique family owned brewery. Relax in the Tap Room or the Beer Garden and sip on a brew made from non-GMO food-grade corn, or get the full experience and schedule a brewery tour of the production plant and farm! [ Bit.ly Link ]
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03/17/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
No trip to Galena is complete without a stop at The Grape Escape. Whether you are looking for a specialty martini, live entertainment or a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Buffet, this fun and upbeat local bar is sure to be the highlight of your weekend! Take a look:
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03/17/2017 at 16:45. Facebook
Come out to Navy Pier from 3/18-3/26 for the Chicago Flower & Garden Show! This year’s theme celebrates everything that is great about this city from the culture, to the food, to the urban design. Stop by to take in unbelievable floral designs and show your appreciation for Chicago! [ Bit.ly Link ]
Escape to Rock Island's Quad City Botanical Center to experience beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens, including a butterfly garden! The Botanical Center is also home to a one-of-a-kind Physically Enabling Garden, specially designed with raised flower beds to ensure that all guests are able to take in the beauty. [ Bit.ly Link ]
It's almost time for a Facebook LIVE! Get a bird’s-eye view of Chicago today at noon CDT as Midwest Living takes off with Chicago Helicopter Experience.
Want to see over 10,000 beautifully colored orchids? Look no further than the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Check out the ornately designed flower dresses, which nod to this year’s theme: “Orchids in Vogue.” [ Bit.ly Link ]

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March brings flowers into bloom, and Oak Park Conservatory is a great way to view flowers and plants from all different types of climates. From the Mediterranean Room and Tropical Room to the Desert Room, discover the beauty from areas across the world right at your fingertips.
Happy 20th Anniversary to Two Brothers Brewing Company! Join in the celebration on March 16 at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Warrenville. Toast with craft beers from the brewery’s past, present and future lineups. [ Bit.ly Link ]
The Chicago River has been dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day since 1962! Watch as boats zoom back and forth down the river to dye it that perfect shade of green. Who else is downtown to see this fun sight? [ Bit.ly Link ]
Get festive at the St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities' Grand Parade on 3/18. The whole family can get in on the fun with live bands, Irish dancers and fun floats. [ Bit.ly Link ]
From milking goats to collecting chicken eggs from the coop, Kinnikinnick Farm in Caledonia offers a kid-friendly farm stay vacation and fun for the whole family. See why Parents Magazine recently named Kinnikinnick Farm the best farm stay vacation spot for families in Illinois! [ Bit.ly Link ]

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The Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce's St. Patrick’s Day Festival on 3/18 is sure to delight with plenty of activities for the whole family. Spend the day taking part in a 5K walk/run, Irish stew cook-offs, green parades, an Irish Kids Festival and even green beer tastings! [ Bit.ly Link ]
Get your green ready! Read about the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day around the state, today on the Enjoy Illinois blog: [ Bit.ly Link ]
It’s Maple Sirup time at Funks Grove! Learn more about this Illinois Maker and plan a trip to grab their sirup before it’s gone. [ Bit.ly Link ]