You Could Spend Forever Exploring This Illinois Small Town, But We'll Settle For A Weekend
By Linze Rice|Published June 01, 2023
Ope! From the rural cornfields of DeKalb County, Linze is an Illinois native and true Midwestern gal who can make a mean bonfire and whip up a perfect marshmallow salad. Since 2014, her bylines and photography have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, and Block Club Chicago/DNAinfo Chicago, Only in Your State, and more. She has interviewed Dolly Parton, written about beloved diners along historic Route 66, visited the last Rainforest Cafe in the Illinois, and reviewed luxurious English manor-inspired hotels. Whether it's writing about a local gem or world-renowned establishment, Linze brings a heartwarming and historical perspective to each story, using facts, wit, and personal experience to impress upon readers the importance of culture, food, travel, and all things local. Her favorite destinations in Illinois include Starved Rock State Park, Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, the charming small town of Sycamore, and historic Rosehill Cemetery. When she's not writing or photographing, Linze enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband and pets, cooking, baking, and grilling, and relaxing with trashy TV.
With so many great places to visit in Illinois, it’s easy to get attached to certain destinations. Even if you’ve been there for what feels like the millionth time, a sense of exploration for a place close to your heart never truly goes away. When a small town has great food, local shops, unique attractions, a rich history, and close proximity to nature, I could easily spend a week or longer checking it out. But, even just a quick weekend getaway in the small town of Wilmington, Illinois will pack plenty of great moments in.
So, would you spend a weekend getaway in the small town of Wilmington, IL? What would you want to do first? What other Illinois towns are on your weekend getaway buck list? Tell us in the comments! Start planning your trip by checking out the City of Wilmington’s website and the City of Wilmington’s Facebook page. And since you’ll be near Rt. 66, discover ways to turn your drive into a fun Illinois road trip along the way!
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