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13 Small Town Things That Had Better Be Cute

Mom-and-pop. Celebrate the kitschy offerings we expect from our small towns, and roll out to these Illinois spots for the relaxing vacation you crave.

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2. The old-timey movie theatre.

At York Theatre in Elmhurst, moviegoers can enjoy a Baby Barton Pipe Organ performance on Fridays and Saturdays.

3. The traffic signs.

This sign describing a bridge on "Old Dad Joe Trail" in Princeton limits congestion over the bridge. "Duck crossing" is a familiar site to Galena residents.

10. The cheesecake factory.

No shade to the actual Cheesecake Factory (it's incredible), but a tiny bakery with a secret backdoor like Main Street Cheesecakes in Galena is the type of cake we demand from our small towns.

11. The history lessons.

In Dixon, they reenact the days of our greatest generation, complete with a few All-American Girls Professional Baseball Players. Major Civil War Days reenactments take over Naperville and Wauconda every year as well.

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