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Illinois Office of Tourism Announces 31 New Makers to Join Illinois Made Program

Church St. Brewing CompanyCHICAGO, 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.

Lynfred Harvest WineryLaunched 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.

Latest makers to join the Illinois Made program include:

Chicago

Garrett Popcorn

Eli’s Cheesecake

Specimen Products, Chicago School of Guitar Making, Humboldt Park

The Fudge Pot, Old Town

Chicago Suburbs

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

Northwest Illinois

Galena Canning Company, Galena

Pinder Pottery, Galena

Famous Fossil Vineyard & Winery, Freeport

Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery, Hanover

Main FraiM, Rockford

Rockford Roasting Company, Rockford

Central Illinois

Whiskey City Architectural Salvage, Peoria

Tanner Orchard, Speer

Pease’s Candy/Bunne Gourmet,Springfield

Engrained Brewery & Restaurant, Springfield

Quad Cities

Lagomarcino’s Confectionary, Moline

Great Rivers Country

Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, Grafton

Buena Vista Art, Grafton

Southern Illinois

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

MARLA@TIMEZONEONE.COM

312.324.3510

 

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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.

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