*A particular favorite of the couple


Shannon is 120 miles west of Chicago and 80 miles southwest of Madison, and it’s a bit shorter trip to Freeport from both locations.

Nearest airports


  • Bethel United Methodist – Shannon
  • First Lutheran – Chadwick
  • Grace Episcopal – Freeport
  • Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox – Rockford
  • Temple Beth El – Rockford
  • Muslim Association of Greater Rockford

Scroll down below the video for sights and sounds of northwest Illinois.

Video credit: Blackhawk Waterways CVB

Sights and sounds

The pandemic may limit access to some of these amenities; nonetheless, here’s a short list of some of Jess and Dan’s favorites. And, if you stick around until Monday, you can watch the always fabulous, always extended Shannon Homecoming Days Labor Day Parade.

Freeport Art Museum

Freeport, IL

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Krape Park

Freeport, IL

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Oakdale Nature Preserve

Freeport, IL

Photo credit: Joe Tamborello

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Rockford, IL

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Apple River Canyon State Park / Apple River Fort

Apple River, IL

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Eternal Indian (Black Hawk Statue)

Oregon, IL

Photo credit: Gerald D. Tang

Galena / Ulysses S. Grant Home

Galena, IL

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Heritage Canyon and de Immigrant Windmill

Fulton, IL

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Ingersoll Wetlands

Thomson, IL

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Lock and Dam 13

Fulton, IL

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Mississippi Palisades State Park

Savanna, IL

Photo credit: Andy Abeyta

Nachusa Grasslands

Franklin Grove, IL

Photo credit: Charles Larry

White Pines State Park

Mount Morris, IL

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