Enjoy and learn at Elizabeth's various attractions listed below.

Apple River Fort Foundation & State Historic Site

Apple River Fort was a defensive stockade built during the 1832 Black Hawk War to protect settlements along the Apple River in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. The Fort shares its story through living history programs from May through October. The Interpretive Center is available throughout the year with displays depicting lead mining and native life.

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PO Box 206
Elizabeth, IL 61028

(815) 275-0430
(815) 858-2028


Contact: Sheila Cottral / Helen Kilgore

Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum

The Depot museum is located in a former Chicago Great Western Railway station and focuses on the the railroads of northwestern Illinois, prioritizing the Chicago Great Western. The Depot Museum also has an extensive library with over one-thousand railroad books and thousands of railroad artifacts displayed in the museum's collection.

111 E. Myrtle Street
Elizabeth, IL 61028

(815) 858-2343


Contact: Pat Tierney / Joyce Potter

Elizabeth Historical Museum

The museum houses over four-thousand local history artifacts including exhibits on lead mining and farming. Many special exhibits hold local flavor with artifacts from area businesses, schools, and churches. Also home to an extensive collection of military artifacts, featuring numerous items from local veterans.

110 Myrtle Street
PO Box 115
Elizabeth, IL 61028

(815) 858-2343


Contact: Pat Tierney / Martha Purchis

Highway 20 Brewing Company


113 S Main St.
Elizabeth, IL 61028

(815) 277-9206


Contact: Karen/Brian Staron

1876 Banwarth House & Museum

Step back in time to 1876, when Grant was president and Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire. Enjoy an informative guided tour of the Banwarth Family Home and experience what everyday life was like during America's centennial year.

408 E Sycamore St
Elizabeth, IL 61028

(815) 858-2014


Contact: Paul & Diane Sipiera