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Things to Do in Sandwich, Illinois

The antiques capital of the region is right here in Sandwich, where you can discover vintage and antique treasures at any number of shops, fairs, and festivals, from the delightful downtown where generous awnings address the town square to the Sandwich Fairgrounds, home of the oldest continuing fair in the State of Illinois. 

A historically significant municipal building sits at the center of town, housing Sandwich City Hall and the Sandwich Opera House, a stunning venue with whisper-quiet acoustics that dates all the way back to 1878. Live entertainment running the gamut from earthy bluegrass and classical music to raucuous theatrical performances can be enjoyed here year-round. 

Sandwich has been drawing massive crowds to the Sandwich Fair since 1888 thanks to its action-packed midway and a slate of stellar performances that cap off five days full of good old-fashioned fun throughout the Sandwich Fairgrounds. It's a great occasion for locals to stay connected and for visitors to get immersed in the defining example of a traditional Midwestern summertime festival atmosphere. 

Sunday at Sandwich Antiques Show is another great opportunity for visitors to enjoy the beautiful tree-lined setting of the Sandwich Fairgrounds. With its curated assemblage of artisans and antiques dealers, the show offers a rewarding experience for both casual visitors and sophisticated collectors alike. 

After you're done hunting for antique treasures, Sandwich offers a considerable variety of options for dining and nightlife, from zesty barbecue and authentic Mexican to supper-club style dining and nightly entertainment. Visitors with even a passing interest in American history will appreciate the Bull Moose Bar & Grill: attached to the bar sits an 1893 Pullman railcar that was commissioned by "the old Bull Moose" himself, Teddy Roosevelt, for cross-country tours between 1900 and 1913. 

The Aurora Area's conference & convention center is located here at Timber Creek Inn & Suites and RedBerri Convention Center. This LEED Platinum Qualified Green Hotel and Convention Center houses an exclusive, multi-functional hotel and convention center suitable for both business and leisure travelers. 

Photo credits: Bull Moose Bar & Grill - Roadtips. Sandwich Fairgrounds - Bill Trudo. 

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