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Reflection Feature Image

This week, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “reflection.” Check out a few of our favorite shots from around the state below! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured.

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

Kickoff Image - Chicago skyline by (at) alinatsvor

This week, we kicked off our challenge with a photo of a gorgeous sunset over Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline by @alinatsvor.

1-15 Cloud Gate -(at)- hazey232

Awesome capture of Cloud Gate, also known as The Bean, in Chicago’s Millennium Park by @hazey232!

Glen Carbon - (at) ourlittlelifestyleblog

How incredible is this shot of Glen Carbon in Southern Illinois by @ourlittlelifestyleblog?

Cloud Gate - (at) sfmoe

Shout out to @sfmoe for capturing this cool shot of Cloud Gate, also known as The Bean, reflecting downtown Chicago.

Crown Center - (at) dbromo

How cool is this shot of Crown Center at Loyola University captured by @dbromo? We love the reflection of the windows on the floor.

Perry Farm - (at) josh.lundmark

Instagramer @josh.lundmark captured this beautiful shot of the trees reflected in the water at Perry Farm in Bourbonnais.

Chicago Puddle - (at) tazm1

How cool is this shot of @tazm1’s reflection in this puddle? It fits this week’s theme perfectly.

Chicago River - (at) roger_g

We love the yellow lights of downtown Chicago reflected in the icy Chicago River by @roger_g!

Marina City - (at) starrynightbug

Check out this shot of Marina City reflected in a puddle in downtown Chicago by @starrynightbug!

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Breweries Beyond Chicago Feature Image

Chicago was recently crowned the craft-brew capital of the U.S., but it isn’t the only place in the region to grab a local pint and relax. Check out these top-rated breweries that are just a hop, skip and a jump – or train ride – from the city.

Two Brothers Brewing Company & Tap House, Warrenville

This 100 percent family owned and operated microbrewery and brewpub has been handcrafting its artisan beers since 1997. Located in the western suburbs of Chicago, this 40,000 square foot facility offers free brewery tours on the weekend where patrons can see the magic happen and snag a sample or two of their favorite craft beer. Don’t forget to stop by the Two Brothers Tap House adjacent to the brewery for a quick lunch before or after the tour.

Solemn Oath Brewery, Naperville

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Check out the wide selection of Belgian-inspired and barrel-aged beers! (Photo courtesy of Solemn Oath Brewery)

Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville offers Belgian-inspired and barrel-aged beers with a free glimpse of how the suds are made. Separated by only a half-wall, the taproom at the Solemn Oath gives visitors a full display of the brewery and a chance to experience all of the sights, sounds and smells of the brewing process while enjoying a flight from their latest beer list. This menu changes frequently, so be sure to order a growler to bring home if you find a favorite.

Carlyle Brewing Company, Rockford

 The Rockford Region’s premiere microbrewery has something for everyone, with 10 to 12 styles of ales and lagers on tap at any time and more than 30 styles of beer brewed onsite throughout the year. This European-style ale house offers a variety of fresh-brewed beer to sample and fun, pub-style foods, making it a perfect stop to sip on a cold beer and relax.

NEW: Alter Brewing Company, Downers Grove

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New to Downers Grove is Alter Brewing Company! (Photo courtesy of Alter Brewing Company)

The latest to join the craft beer movement in the Chicago suburbs is Alter Brewing Company located in Downers Grove. It’s founded by three longtime brewers from Chicago’s north side who have been perfecting their brewing technique since 1992. Now, the newly-opened 6,600 square foot taproom and brewing facility will offer continually produced beers, as well as seasonal and limited release selections.

For more places to raise a glass outside Chicago, visit www.EnjoyIllinois.com.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Sunset Feature Image

This week, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “sunset.” Check out a few of our favorite shots from around the state below! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured.

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

Peoria Sunset Trashhand

We kicked off this week’s challenge with an awesome photo of the sun setting over the Illinois River in Peoria from @trashhand!

Riverfront Park Bourbonnais (at) mr.sonnenberg

What a beautiful capture from @mr.sonnenberg of Riverfront Park in Bourbonnais!

Waterloo - (at) shfty78

We love this shot of the sun dipping into the horizon in Waterloo! This photo was taken at Eagle Miles Cemetery in Monroe County. (Photo: @shfty78)

Chicago - (at) alberthidalgophotography

Beautiful image of the sunset through the winter clouds in Chicago by @alberthidalgophotography.

Southern Illinois - (at) jfortunephoto

Shout out to @jfortunephoto for capturing this beautiful sunset in Southern Illinois.

Peck Farm - (at) yoga.gal

How stunning is this shot of the sun setting over Peck Farm in Geneva? (Photo: @yoga.gal)

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Tiny Feature Image

This week, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “tiny.” Check out a few of our favorite shots from around the state below! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured.

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

Lake Killarney Kickoff Image - (at) fostatic

We kicked off this week’s challenge with a shot of two tiny figures rowing along Lake Killarney in McHenry County. (Photo: @fostatic)

Chicago - (at) calebhamernick

How awesome is this shot taken from Cerise, the rooftop lounge at Chicago’s Virgin Hotel? We love this tiny version of Chicago within the larger picture. (Photo: @calebhamernick)

Chicago Lakefront - (at) santografo

We love how small this person and Chicago’s skyline look compared to the vast Lake Michigan. (Photo: santografo)

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve - (at) therovingnaturalist

Check out this tiny moss @therovingnaturalist found at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Beecher!

Lake Zurich - (at) newman847

The water tower in this shot of Lake Zurich by @newman847 looks so small against the sky and water.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Winter Getaway in Shawnee NF  Feature Image

With more than 280,000 acres of diverse landscapes and 403 miles of hiking trails, the Shawnee National Forest is a perfect destination for a weekend away with friends or a romantic getaway with that special someone. In the cooler months, this must-see location offers adventure seekers and nature lovers a new, more intimate perspective of the beautiful, wintery outdoors of Southern Illinois.

From the rustic tree houses to stay in and the unparalleled outdoor adventures, here are the top attractions for a weekend getaway in the Shawnee National Forest:

Little Grand Canyon Trail
Take an exploratory hike for a break from the holiday frenzy. Feel the crunch of the crisp leaves beneath your feet as you travel along the 3.6-mile trail through rock walls, eroded sandstone canyons and craggy bluffs as you meander to the Little Grand Canyon itself. The Little Grand Canyon offers a 365-foot climb from the canyon floor and a panoramic view of the Big Muddy River and the Mississippi floodplain.

Instagramer (at) sarahdesign01 captured this amazing shot on a winter hike through the Little Grand Canyon Trail!

Instagramer (at) sarahdesign01 captured this amazing shot on a winter hike through the Little Grand Canyon Trail!

Garden of the Gods
No trip to Shawnee National Forest would be complete without a scenic hike to the Garden of Gods. With fewer leaves, the cooler months expose the dramatic rock formations and highlight the textured cliffs, offering a unique perspective of the forest. The breathtaking view from Garden of the Gods makes for the perfect destination for photographers and hikers.

Instagramer (at) theroadandandrew captured this amazing shot of the trees dusted in snow against the protruding bluffs.

Instagramer (at) theroadandandrew captured this amazing shot of the trees dusted in snow against the protruding bluffs.

Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour
Thrill seekers can elevate their weekend by soaring through the Shawnee National Forest on a Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour. Open Saturday and Sunday from December to March, you can experience the beauty of the wintery forest by zipping through its exposed bluffs and valleys.

Fly through the terrain of the Shawnee National Forest on a tour of eight zip lines and three aerial suspension bridges. (Photo courtesy of Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour)

Fly through the terrain of the Shawnee National Forest on a tour of eight zip lines and three aerial suspension bridges. (Photo courtesy of Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour)

Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins
After a day of adventure, get cozy in an authentic log cabin or a unique treehouse nestled in the hills of the Shawnee National Forest. Surrounded by the beautiful woods, enjoy taking in the tranquility of being off the beaten path. Open year round and supplied with heat, there’s no reason not to enjoy the winter season outdoors.

This White Oak Treehouse was built from a 200+ year old White Oak and sits 20 feet in the air.

This White Oak Treehouse was built from a 200+ year old White Oak and sits 20 feet in the air.

For more trip inspiration, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.

-Illinois Office of Tourism