Area Code 847 - Information about Illinois

Many people consider Illinois a peaceful state. But when you go down to Central Illinois, you can discover some of the best attractions in the country. For a great example of this, go to the city of Algonquin, Illinois.


Algonquin is known for the legendary six-mile stretch of Lake Michigan that runs through the center of town. Although the entire lakefront area is excellent for boating and fishing, the main street has a host of fine dining options, many of which are located along the stretch of lake front.

Another charming village is the Arlington Heights section of Algonquin. Located on the northern tip of the lake, Arlington Heights boasts Victorian houses, restaurants, and lots of shopping. One of the top attractions is the Algonquin Cemetery, which is noted for being one of the largest and oldest cemeteries in America. It is also recognized as the oldest one in the state.

Many of the Algonquin people were First Nations people who escaped persecution and immigrated to the new world in the 1700's. They settled around the lakeshore area, which is where the "Quiet Lake" starts.

One of the best places to visit near Arlington Heights is the Frontier Town Museum, which has exhibits on native life. You can also visit the Three Rivers Cultural Center for dancing and entertainment.

There are many other attractions in the city, but it is worthwhile to stop at the historic Algonquin State Historic Site. It was used as a firing camp in the Civil War. Today, the site is open to the public, and there are some nice grounds to visit.

Many of the attractions in the area are about food, and you should stop by the second-generation saloon to sample some authentic moose steaks. The restaurant is known for serving excellent steaks and burgers, along with fish and chicken. But don't forget to stop by the state's only authentic Indian restaurant, the Authentic Kettle Corn Company.

Even if you're not traveling on a vacation, you should still take a trip here. There are some great places to visit, and plenty of history to see.