Monthly Archives: February 2013

Lincoln Prepares for the Academy Awards

A special message and video from Jennifer Hoezle, Director Illinois Bureau of Tourism

Lincoln Academy AwardsIt’s Lincoln’s big night. What will he be wearing?
Who will he be wearing?
Will there be a wardrobe malfunction?

To celebrate Lincoln this award season, we’re excited to share this fun video with you. Feel free to share it with industry partners, friends and family too. As you can tell, we’re pretty proud of our namesake along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.

But don’t forget to watch this Sunday starting at 6 PM CST when Abe will be tweeting about the big show at @enjoyillinois #MiniAbe. Ask a question, make a comment, retweet some of Abe’s more memorable moments. The more people pulling for Abe this Sunday, the better.

Join the conversation on Twitter @enjoyillinois and use hashtag #MiniAbe

An Illinois Lincoln Highway Tidbit

things to do in IllinoisHappy Birthday to Illinois Lincoln Highway native, Cindy Crawford. Born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois, Cynthia Ann “Cindy” Crawford celebrates 47 today. Crawford was discovered at the age of 16 by a newspaper photographer who noticed her at work during her summer job of de-tasseling corn. Crawford graduated from DeKalb High School in 1984, as valedictorian and won an academic scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University, which she attended only for one quarter before dropping out to pursue a full-time modeling career. Crawford has since adorned hundreds of magazine covers throughout her career and her success at modeling has made her an international celebrity that has led to roles in television and film.

A Special Evening of Wine & Food

illinois wineWhile you can always dine well along the Illinois Lincoln Highway, This Friday, February 15, 2013, four of the best winemakers in Illinois are gathering at August Hill Winery along the Illinois Lincoln Highway to create a unique culinary experience that showcases some of the greatest wines that Illinois produces! You will depart from the August Hill Winery tasting room at 6 pm and then ride the Trolley to the winery and caves. Then you will enjoy an opening toast and introduction to the winemakers before dining on a six-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Rina from The Bistro. Each course is exquisitely paired with two stylistically different wines from two winemakers – 1 gal and 1 guy. “Her wine” and “His wine” – whose is best? You get to vote for the guys or the gals in this entertaining dinner.

Here’s a sneak peak at the menu:

Course 1: Appetizer:  Asparagus wrapped in puff pastry and shrimp with salsa

Course 2: Soup: Fire roasted red peppers & smoked gouda bisque

Course 3: Fish: Ginger poached salmon w/ lime basil cream on top of peanut butter soba noodles

Course 4: Pork: Pecan bacon wrapped pork medallions drizzled w/ sauce (chocolate, habaneras, or wine/port)

Course 5: Salad: Mixed greens or herbs with a lime cilantro dressing

Coarse 6: Chocolate Meringue Kisses and/or Balsamic Strawberries w/ cream

IL Lincoln Highway Bed and Breakfast Receives Award

Parkside Bed and BreakfastCongratulations to Parkside Bed and Breakfast which is located along the Illinois Lincoln Highway at 200 E Roosevelt Street, DeKalb, Illinois has been awarded the prestigious Guest Favorite Award from BnBFinder.  Only 8 out of 3,000 Bed and Breakfasts that are listed on the BnBFinder.com site were chosen for this prestigious award. “Guests at the Parkside Bed and Breakfast gave it high marks for the delicious breakfasts and the welcoming atmosphere provided by Innkeepers Bob and Pam Snow,” according to Mary White, founder and CEO of BnBFinder and author of the book, Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies. “This award is a well-deserved recognition for the fantastic experience they offer their guests.” “We are very excited and gratified to have won the Guest Favorite Award given by BnBFinder.com,” said Pam. “Providing our guests with a luxurious, yet comfortable, home-like stay in our Parkside Bed and Breakfast is our highest goal.” Make your plans to tour the Illinois Lincoln Highway and spend the night at Bob and Pam Snow’s Parkside Bed and Breakfast in DeKalb, along the Illinois Lincoln Highway. Learn more and book your stay at: ParksideBedandBreakfast.com