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Upcoming Winter Events

Mt Carroll Winter Music Series
Jan 18 – March 15 6:30 – 8pm
Mt Carroll Music on the Square will be hosting a Winter Concert Series beginning January 18th and every Thursday night thru March 15th from 6:30 to 8pm at Riverview Antiques located at 409 North Main in downtown Mt Carroll. A variety of local musicians will present live music during this family friendly event plus food & ice cream will be available from Tina’s Ice Cream Shoppe.
Check out the Mt Carroll Music on the Square FB page for updates.Schedule of Performers:
Jan 18 – Ben & Molly
Jan 25 – Mountain Bluegrass
Feb 1st – Grant Stiles
Feb 8th – Allan Schroeder
Feb 15th – Haley Miller
Feb 22 – Steffen Heins
Mar 1st – Eric Christensen
Mar 8th – Jim Wolber
Mar 15th – Will Mueller

Spring Into Love Bridal Fair
January 7th, 2018 – Noon-3pm

Sunday, January 7th the Majestic Pines Event Center will hold their 2nd Annual Spring Into Love Bridal Fair from Noon to 3pm at Majestic Pines Event Center, 11503 Three Mile Road, Thomson.

They are excited to offer a new and unique bridal fair experience where couples will be able to go beyond traditional bridal fairs by participating in interactive workshop areas which will complement the many vendors offering a unique and personal bridal experience.

The Spring Into Love Bridal Fair will be offering a fashion style show from ‘Forever Starts Here’ Bridal Shop discussing everything you need to know as a bride from this year’s popular colors, to do it yourself décor, and how to blend colors and themes. This fair will be advertised to Brides via various medias outlets such as radio, print and social media as well as on Bridal Fair schedule boards online.

The Spring Into Love Bridal Fair will showcase the elegance of a bridal fair and showcase the best of the best when it comes to vendors in this region! Space is limited; so register today by calling or going to our website –

Carroll County Offers Something for Everyone

Looking for a reason to get in the car and enjoy a splendid day in the country? Look no further than Carroll County, Illinois. With so much to see, experience, and do, there’s no better reason, or season, to discover the hidden treasures and pleasures of this region than now! Come spend a day, a weekend, or a week. We are sure you will enjoy your stay.

Nestled among the rolling hills and lush forests of beautiful northwest Illinois, Carroll County is a world away from your demanding workweek. The county encompasses four hundred sixty-six square miles of friendly smiles, genuine outdoor adventure, and charming villages that punctuate a landscape nourished by the mighty Mississippi River. Scenic byways, rich history, and outstanding special events make Carroll County the preferred destination for many visitors each year.

Courtesy of the Carroll County Hotel Motel Tax Board

Discover the flora and fauna along many beautiful nature walk paths

Our local historic villages boast outstanding shops offering antiques or artisan works, a professional summer stock theatre, roadside stands featuring vine-fresh melons, homegrown produce, and delectable morel mushrooms. Visitors revel in a schedule of special events throughout the year, ranging from Mount Carroll’s Mayfest, Milledgeville’s June Days, and Savanna’s Haunted Forest Festival to Lanark’s Old Settler’s Days and Chadwick’s Hometown Christmas.

Whether you desire a family outing, a great escape, or a romantic getaway, Carroll County offers unique opportunities that are certain to fulfill those needs. Come, visit Carroll County and discover our special place in the pines!

Do Everything or Nothing at All

Carroll County oozes history, mystery, and natural beauty. Mile after magnificent mile, the rolling plains, towering woodlands, charming small towns, wonderful attractions, and expansive vistas will have you returning to visit season after season.lodging-carroll-county-illinois-timber-lake-cabins

Outdoor Recreation

If the great outdoors are calling your name, then Carroll County has you covered. Here you’ll discover a region overflowing with recreational outdoor activities. Carroll County is filled with opportunities for wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, biking, boating, hunting, fishing, shopping, antiquing, and exploring our nation’s rich history, or just sitting under an old shade tree to devour a good book.

From local parks and wildlife reserves to exceptional golf courses, from miles of beautiful boating to great fishing on the “Mighty Mississippi”, you’ll find it here in Carroll County. From catfish and muskie to trout, local streams, rivers, and lakes provide anglers with the perfect opportunity for their next big fish story.

The real beauty of Carroll County is found in simple natural wonders. Such pleasures give pause from the hectic pace of modern life. The elegance of a falling autumn leaf, the majesty of a foraging deer, or the alluring warmth of a crackling fire are irresistible invitations that draw visitors to this special place.

Barn Quilt Trail
One of Many Along the Barn Quilt TourBarn quilts enhance the beauty of the countryside and are enjoyed by those who pass by. Carroll County is very fortunate to have many “Barn Quilts” already in existence throughout its countryside. We have compiled a list of our local barn quilts and  a map.

We certainly would like to see “Barn Quilt Fever” continue to grow in Carroll County. Our end goal, is to promote agri-tourism and attract visitors to our rural community.

History & Culture

History lovers find a new home in Carroll County. Here a treasure trove of museums, monuments, and historical sites capture the imagination.

Explore the stone arch bridge where Abraham Lincoln camped as a private during the Black Hawk War or discover the tragic tale of an historic steamboat, “The Sultana”.


Retail therapy enthusiasts applaud the various shopping opportunities that abound in Carroll County. Local shops offer everything from eclectic hand-crafted gifts and quaint artisan works to antique treasures and coveted collectibles. In Carroll County, you’ll always be greeted by friendly shopkeepers who still understand the art of authentic small-town hospitality.

Whether you’re seeking a day trip, a weekend getaway or a week-long adventure, discover excellent restaurants and diverse lodging choices that range from primitive campsites or rustic cabins to pampering B&Bs, comfortable country inns, and award-winning hotels. With gentle rolling hills and lush countryside, Carroll County is a great escape from the concrete and asphalt of a big city. All this and more is waiting for you a trifling 90 minutes from the Greater Chicagoland Metropolitan Area. Come for a visit and experience a weekend getaway the way it used to be!