Route 14, Benton Illinois 62812
Toll Free: 800-661-9998
Styled in Georgian Revival architecture, the Historic Jail Museum serves as a tourist information center and headquarters for the Franklin County Tourism Bureau.
This turn of the century structure serves as a metaphor of the gang era which existed in Franklin County during the days of prohibition. In addition to the 1920s era, a large area of the museum features the life and history of Civil War Gen. Gen. John A. Logan. A hall of fame features former Benton natives-actor John Malkovich and NBA basketball star and coach Doug Collins, as well as site locations tracing the historic three-week visit to the county in 1963 by late "Beatles" band member George Harrison.
Located 1/2 mile off I-57 on Rt.14 in Benton.
Other History nearby:
(Wilmette) Baha'i House of Worship
(Vernon Hills) Cuneo Museum and Gardens
(Des Plaines) Des Plaines Historical Museum
(Elgin) Elgin Area Historical Society Museum
(Elgin) Elgin Public Museum
(Benton) Franklin County Historic Jail Museum
12/03 Coming to The Benton area
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival Kenosha WI April20 This fun-filled event includes cheese from around the state of Wisconsin, some of the area’s finest beers and live music.
North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Redbud Trail Rendezvous Rochester IN April27-28 See living history of frontier Midwest America, historic camps, music and dance of the period, traditional crafts, food cooked over wood fires, blanket trading, tomahawk and muzzle-loading shooting contests. The village has 40 wooden booths, traditional crafts, blanket trading and muzzle loading shooting matches.
Montello's Fish-n-Fun Montello WI May3-5 Fly over the city in a helicopter, paddle down the Fox River like Marquette and Joliet in a guided canoe, munch on cotton candy between thrilling carnival rides, send the kids fishing with the pros on Montello Lake.
Chocolate Fest Long Grove IL May3-5 Dive into three days of nothing but CHOCOLATE! Mmm, chocolate strawberries, donuts, and much more! Every spring, the Village of Long Grove celebrates the existence of the world's best tasting antioxidant.
Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.