Rally Insurance Group is gearing up for an eventful (and safe) summer full of classic and collector cars! We’ve all missed the fun of car shows this past year as many were canceled due to COVID-19. So, we’ve scoured nearby routes and created a series of tour suggestions you can take this summer to safely explore your area and embrace your love of collector cars.
Where to Cruise
With historic, scenic and tasty tours to choose from across the Rockford, Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Western Suburbs areas, there’s something for every owner to enjoy and show off their ride.
Anderson Japanese Gardens – Rockford, IL
Tucked away in Rockford is a true hidden gem: the Anderson Japanese Gardens, one of North American’s premier Japanese gardens! Take the scenic route to this gorgeous twelve-acre landscape and take in streams, waterfalls, winding paths, kopi ponds and plenty of beautiful greenery.
Lino’s Italian Restaurant – Rockford, IL
For a great bite to break up your ride through Rockford, look no further than Lino’s Italian Restaurant. From pizza to pasta to sandwiches and desserts, there’s something for every Italian food fan to enjoy at this local favorite.
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens – Rockford, IL
For a historic tour through Rockford, the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens offers a unique look at the former personal residence of Robert Hall Tinker from the mid 19th century. Inspired by the architecture of Switzerland, Tinker’s intent in building this beautiful mansion was clear, stating “I only wanted to build a home that would give Rockford a name.”
Northern Illinois & Southern Wisconsin
Anderson’s Candy Shop – Richmond, IL
Anderson’s Candy Shop is a must-stop on your ride through Richmond. Pick up a variety of chocolatey treats from this family-owned shop to satisfy your sweet tooth, then hit the rode with a serious sugar rush!
Richmond BratHaus – Richmond, IL
Searching for a sit-down meal to complete your trip through Richmond? Stop into Richmond BratHaus for some serious eating. We’re talking bier battered cheese curds, bratwursts, schnitzels and specialty mac and cheese dishes that will leave you stuffed and smiling for the rest of your ride.
Geneva Lake Museum, Lake Geneva, WI
Ride through scenic Southern Wisconsin and take a pit stop at the Geneva Lake Museum in Lake Geneva. This museum offers a rare up close glimpse into life in Lake Geneva during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as an informative look at some of the most famous people, places and events from Lake Geneva’s history.
Western Suburbs of Chicago, IL
Cantigny Park – Wheaton, IL
There’s hardly a place more scenic than Cantigny Park, an award-winning garden in Wheaton. Drive over to this lush garden and enjoy an afternoon well spent exploring museums, restaurants, picnic areas, hiking trails and more.
Naper Settlement – Naperville, IL
A thirteen-acre outdoor museum, Naper Settlement is a must-see on your drives through Naperville! On a mission to help build community through engaging experiences and immersion in Naperville’s history, Naper Settlement has a calendar chock-full of programs, events and activities to enjoy all summer.
Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar – Naperville, IL
Grab a delicious meal before hitting the road and stop into Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar. A Naperville favorite for modern yet traditional Mexican cuisine, Fat Rosie’s has an unbeatable menu. Trust us, you’ll have a tough time choosing between delicious tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas and so much more.
Let the Rally team know if you make your way to one of these awesome destinations on your cruises this summer—we’d love to hear about your ride!