Survive the NHL Lockout with an Illinois hockey getaway

written by Enjoy Illinois on December 3, 2012 in Seasonal Fun - Winter and Sporting Events with one Comment

Are you a hockey fan becoming restless waiting for the NHL lockout to end, craving a visit to the ice rink to see live action? Have no fear! We’ve put together trip ideas around Illinois’ other professional hockey teams to make sure you get your hockey fix.

Illinois is home to six professional hockey teams, associated with various clubs and leagues. Take the much needed friends trip you’ve been dying to go on, or load up the car with the kids and escape for a weekend getaway around a hockey game. Pick a destination and plan your trip!

The Rockford IceHogs famous crowd salutes

The Rockford IceHogs famous crowd salutes

Here are highlights for each team:

Rockford IceHogs

Resting along the majestic Rock River in the Chicago & Beyond region, Rockford is the second largest city in Illinois with lots to explore. Home to the American Hockey League’s IceHogs, Rockford offers a one stop shop to survive the NHL lockout and have loads of fun. From the rocking Rick’s Picks exhibit at the Burpee Museum of Natural History, to the raging waters at CoCo Key Indoor Water Park and the largest synthetic ice rink at Harris Winter Wonderland, Rockford is an adventure ready for visitors to enjoy.

Chicago Wolves

The city of Chicago is a vibrant metropolis of culture and entertainment. In nearby Rosemont, located in the Chicago & Beyond region and home to the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, there are plenty of sights to keep everyone happy! While in the area, make sure to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio or sample some original brews at the Ram Restaurant & Brewery.

Bloomington Blaze

Situated in the heart of Illinois’ Land of Lincoln region, Bloomington is filled with an abundance of destinations to discover. From the beautiful Historic Normal Theatre, to the eclectic shops and dining in Uptown Normal, and the renowned Children’s Discovery Museum, Bloomington offers everything you need for a getaway. Spend a weekend exploring Bloomington and cheer on the Central Hockey League’s Bloomington Blaze.

Danville Dashers

There’s never a loss for things to see and do in Danville, found in the Land of Lincoln region. You can see where Abraham Lincoln practiced law at the Vermilion County Museum, or take a walking tour of the city and spy over a dozen beautiful larger-than-life murals painted by the famous ‘Walldogs’. Home to the Federal Hockey League’s Dashers, Danville is a getaway all in its own.

Peoria Rivermen

Home to the American Hockey League’s Peoria Rivermen, Peoria is a metropolitan hub in the Great Rivers Country region with stunning natural beauty and a wealth of experiences and destinations for visitors. From the brand new Caterpillar Visitors Center and Peoria Riverfront Museum, to the famous Peoria Zoo and the magnificent Festival of Lights, Peoria is an adventure ready for visitors to enjoy.

Quad City Mallards

Nestled around the Mississippi River in the Great Rivers Country region, the Quad Cities are home to the Central Hockey League’s Mallards and are bursting with culture, great eats and abundant history! Here you’ll find the John Deere Pavilion and Historic Site, both paying homage to the history of the area. Stop by Lagomarcino’s to try a unique twist on a hot fudge sundae that will leave you licking your lips.

–The Illinois Office of Tourism