CHICAGO, IL (March23, 2018) – Illinois Office of Tourism is thrilled to announce the latest businesses to join the Illinois Made program. From coffee roasters, artisan candy shops and artists to farmers, wineries, craft breweries and old fashioned soda makers, these 31 makers are attracting visitors to Illinois.
“By promoting authentic experiences through Illinois Made, we drive visitors deeper into Illinois, increasing visitor spending and generating more tax revenue for our communities,” said Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “This latest group of artisans, creators and businesses will only add to the success of Illinois Made.”
Research shows the Illinois Made advertising campaign had a direct impact on tourism, generating nearly 21,000 hotel bookings and $7.5 million in tourism spending, from March 1 to July 31, 2017. In fact, every dollar invested in the Illinois Made campaign returned more than $18 in state tax revenue, helping grow Illinois’ economy.
Launched in 2016, Illinois Made spotlights the people, products and experiences unique to Illinois, inspiring travelers to explore off the beaten path destinations around the state. There are currently more than 100 makers in the program.
- To learn more about Illinois Made visit: EnjoyIllinois.com/IllinoisMade
- To download photos of Illinois Made makers click here.
- To submit a business to be included in Illinois Made click here.
Latest makers to join the Illinois Made program include:
Specimen Products, Chicago School of Guitar Making, Humboldt Park
The Fudge Pot, Old Town
Hardware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery, North Aurora
Wurst Kitchen, Aurora
5 Rabbit Cerveceria, Bedford Park
Church Street Brewing Company, Itasca
Long Grove Confectionary Co., Long Grove
Lynfred Winery, Roselle
Galena Canning Company, Galena
Pinder Pottery, Galena
Famous Fossil Vineyard & Winery, Freeport
Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery, Hanover
Main FraiM, Rockford
Rockford Roasting Company, Rockford
Tanner Orchard, Speer
Pease’s Candy/Bunne Gourmet,Springfield
Engrained Brewery & Restaurant, Springfield
Lagomarcino’s Confectionary, Moline
Great Rivers Country
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, Grafton
Buena Vista Art, Grafton
Crown Brew Coffee, Carterville
Excel Bottling Company, Breese
Eckert’s Orchard, Belleville
Stumpy’s Spirits, Columbia
Darn Hot Peppers, Cobden
Mullen’s Salad Dressing, Palestine
Underbrink’s Bakery, Quincy
Tanglefoot Ranch, Simpson
MEDIA CONTACT: MARLA CICHOWSKI
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The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism manages industry efforts that result in sustainable and significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for Illinois residents.