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Air Classics Museum of Aviation - Sugar Grove, IL

Air Classics is an aviation museum located at Aurora Municipal Airport - ARR where the aircraft actually fly. You can sit in an A-7 that flew in the Gulf War and climb into the pilot's seat of a UH-1 Huey helicopter. The museum's collection includes aircraft, vehicles, uniforms and other aviation memorabilia from the 1930s to the present time. General Admission: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Organized Tours: Please call to make an appointment. Closed Major Holidays. - Submitted by Chuck Newell

Aunt Daisy's Bed Breakfast - Kewanee, IL

100 yr old mansion Bed Breakfast with 4 double rooms, each with private bath and TV. Everything in town including shopping movies, and restaurants is within walking distance. Free pickup and dropoff at the airport, 5 minutes away. FULL breakfast! Golf available nearby. Please see website at - Submitted by jws755

Bob Chins Crabhouse - Wheeling, IL

Great place for seafood. When I flew to PWK a FBO kindly taxied us to and from Bob Chins, located roughly 1 mile north of the airport. ENJOY! - Submitted by clintc

Bonnie Cafe - Mt Vernon, IL

The Bonnie Cafe, located in the Mt Vernon airport terminal building, features home-style Midwest comfort food, with fast, friendly service, low prices, and great big panoramic windows looking out onto the ramp. Park your airplane directly in front of the terminal, and admire it while having a great meal. Locally family owned and operated restaurant.offering good home cooked food at reasonable prices On the Field. - Submitted by Matthew Deis

Clow Airport - Bolingbrook, IL

Charlie's great breakfast and lunch. Five minute walk to many other eating establishments. Great FBO & good gas prices. - Submitted by JTH

Coles County Memorial Airport - Matoon, IL

Airport Steakhouse on field. Great food and excellent breakfasts. - Submitted by David Grant

Erie AirPark - Erie, IL

A nice well maintained 2400' grass strip. Host of the Annual QuadCity AirCraft-Challenger Fly-In in mid September each year. Home to the ILLOWA Sport Flyers Club EAA / USUA 188. Like to fly? Like aviation? Want to learn to fly? This is a great place to be :- Fly or Drive in. Just a 20 minute drive N/E of the Quad Cities. Activities almost every weekend, check web sites for more info. - Submitted by Kevin

Flight Deck Bar and Grill - Rochelle, IL

The newest and nicest Airport restaurant in the country. Located in North Central Illinois at the Rochelle Municipal Airport KPRJ. We offer an easy in out experience with no control tower or congested airspace to worry about. The Flight Deck Bar and Grill is a full service restaurant serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week and breakfast on the weekends. The facility boasts a brand new 18,000 sq ft skydiving facility, professional sand volleyball court, basketball hoop, bags, pool table, darts, and a beautiful court yard with outdoor seating and fire pit and plenty of other attractions. Check out the link above for more information. You will not be disappointed. - Submitted by Mark

Greater St. Louis Air Space Museum - Cahokia, IL

The Greater St. Louis Air Space Museum is located in historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport formerly Parks-Metro. The museum displays a Lockheed Jetstar once owned by Howard Hughes, rare 1941 Meyers OTW, BD-5J Microjet, functioning Link Trainers, vintage sailplanes, a world-class space exhibit and much more relating to St. Louis and Metro East Illinois aerospace. - Submitted by Carmelo Turdo

Heritage in Flight - WWII Aero Museum - Lincoln, IL

The museum is housed in a World War II German POW barracks that was in a POW camp near Macomb, Illinois called Camp Ellis. The contents of the HIF Museum include memorabilia and artifacts from all of the military conflicts dating back to World War I. On display are mementos donated by veterans and those on the home front. Various military branches have also donated many aircraft and other military vehicles that are located outside the museum. The rotating beacon at the Logan County Airport (AAA) was part of the lighted airway system route from St. Louis to Chicago. This was the route that Charles Lindbergh flew as an airmail pilot. This is an old museum that is being updated by volunteers (so donations are greatly appreciated) . - Submitted by sstolarik
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