25 Things to Do

25 Things to Do



1. Play at Terrapin Park. Cool off in the new splash pad, bring your dog for a walk, or get out on the basketball court and baseball field.

2. Visit historic Apple River Fort and learn about the epic tale of the 1832 Blackhawk War.

3. Savor a cup of java and fresh pastry from E Town Coffee Co. 

4. Shop for charming and quaint Elizabeth souveniers at Village Treasures.

5. Relax with a picnic in Purple Park and delve into the Elizabeth Visitor Guide. 

6. Delight in your favorite ice cream flavor--or 2 or 3--from Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe and take a photo in the big pink chair. 

7. Find a hidden gem at Elizabeth's Grand Antique Company. 

8. Enjoy a craft beer at the family friendly gathering spot--Highway 20 Brewing Co. 

9. Chat with the actual Artisans at Eshelman Pottery.

10. Grab a sandwich to-go or dine in at our new full-service eatery, Lola's Deli. 

11. Attend a Sunday morning worship service at one of our local churches, then head to Lola's Deli or Cajun Jack's for breakfast. 

12. Love free parking--everywhere!

13. Kick back and relax with a beer and homemade pizza at Jugs Main Street Tap. 

14. Fish the Apple River at Gary Schap Memorial Park.

15. Bicycle the challenging hills of Jo Daviess County on Rush Creek Road. 

16. Add a stylish statement piece to your wardrobe from the Clothes Bin and Gift Shop. 

17. Pay tribute to our Veterans at the Veterans Memorial.

18. Go back in time and investigate the memorbilia at The Chicago Great Western Train Museum.

19. Eat a burger, voted BEST in the area, at Small Town Saloon. 

20. Relish cajun gumbo--the real deal--at Cajun Jack's.

21. Snap a photo under the Elizabeth arch.

22. Walk 10,000 steps in our small, friendly rural town. 

23. Add a vintage treasure to restyle your home from Common Cents. 

24. Gas up or charge before heading out of town!

25. ONE MORE THING--Don't forget to update your calendar to come back to Elizabeth--there is always something going on!


*Take advantage of high-speed wifi throughout town and check the Energize Elizabeth-Shop Local Facebook page and the Elizabeth Chamber Website*



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