Explore the Region with These Scenic Fall Drive in Illinois

No matter where you live, you don’t have to travel far to experience unfamiliar places and breathtaking landscapes. Rather than taking a hot summer road trip to explore the state you call home, you can take a scenic fall drive. These drives allow you to explore your state and witness fall foliage in full bloom. Here are some scenic fall drives that we recommend in Illinois.

Great River Road

This 570-mile byway run north to south, transporting you through meadows, forests, and even swamps. While traveling, stop and explore the town of Galena, which is a small-town full of old architecture, local shops, and plenty of places to stay the night.

Illinois River Road

If you’re a nature lover at heart, you’ll want to take a scenic drive along the Illinois River Road. Along this lovely byway, you can explore the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Starved Rock State Park, and Matthiessen State Park. Witness local flora and fauna and hike, bike, or camp in these spectacular areas.

Historic National Road

Now US-40, this road was established in the 1800s by pioneers blazing the great frontier. The road meanders through fields and farms, giving you glimpse into the region’s history. Take a stop in Vandalia to see the beautiful 1836 Vandalia Statehouse.

Visit us at Biggers Mitsubishi to find your perfect road trip SUV!

Local Fall Festivals Around Elgin, IL

Fall Festival

Fall is one of our favorite times of year here at Biggers Mitsubishi. It’s full of fun festivals, pumpkin picking, tasty treats, and family-friendly activities. Read on to learn about a few fall festivals that we recommend around Elgin.

Scarecrow Festival

Visit St. Charles on the weekend of Oct. 5-7 for the 33rd Annual Scarecrow Fest. This festival is bursting with family-friendly activities. You can make your own scarecrow, vote on your favorite scarecrow of the festival, and marvel at the over 100 handmade and mechanical scarecrows on display. You can also browse the arts and crafts show, enjoy live musical entertainment, and take a spin on some carnival rides. Admission is free, so you won’t want to miss out!

Naperville Oktoberfest

The Naperville Oktoberfest attracts tons of visitors year after year for its unique Oktoberfest experience and celebration of the community’s heritage and history. The festival will run Oct. 5-6 and feature live music (including classic German oompah music), German beer, and German cuisine.

Batavia Oktoberfest

The very same weekend — Oct. 5-7 — the Batavia Oktoberfest will take place. Located on North River Street within the beautiful river community of Batavia, Batavia Oktoberfest will feature authentic German food, beer, music, and entertainment. Oct. 7 is Oktoberfest Family Day, so head to the festival then for a full day of family fun!

Things to Do in Chicago in April

things to do in Chicago

Chicago is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and there’s always something going on. If you’re planning a visit for spring break or live here and are looking for something to do this weekend, check out these things to do in Chicago in April.

Coming up the weekend of the 23rd is C2E2, one of the most popular comic book conventions in the country. The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo features panels by major industry publishers like Marvel and DC as well as merchandise, costume contests, and more.

Sunday April 23 will see WingFest, which will be held by Time Out Chicago at Deuce’s and the Diamond Club, where they’ll be showing the Cubs game, so you can eat a huge variety of wings without missing it!

At the end of the month on April 30, check out the Chicago Humanities Festival, where writers, politicians, and artists will show off their works. It also boasts programs on a variety of topics like photography by black artists and clean water, in addition to a talk by Caitlyn Jenner.

These are just a few of the events going on in the second half of April, so check out the events page for more! We’re wishing you a great April from everyone at Biggers Mitsubishi.

Check Out These 5 Things to Do in Bartlett This Fall

There are plenty of ways to spend your free time this season, right here in Bartlett, Illinois. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or a food-lover, your options are endless. To give you some ideas, here’s a short list of 5 things to do in Bartlett this fall:

  • Go to the Park – With the leaves turning shades of red and orange and the weather still warm enough, there’s no better time of year than fall to enjoy your local park. Break a chair, a book, and a snack, and simply relax.
  • Kickstand Classic Bike Race – This bike race is for bikers of all ages using any type of bike. The race itself will cover 19 miles and will be followed up by a festival. For more information, visit the official website.
  • Go to a Pumpkin Patch – As Halloween approaches, it’s time to go to your local pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin! Be sure to carve it safely with the appropriate tools and you’re sure to have a spooky good time.
  • Dine-Around for the Arts – This event offers you an opportunity to eat great food while giving back to Arts in Bartlett. What more could you ask for? See here for more information.
  • Prepare Your Car for Winter – Lastly, before the cold months of winter set in, be sure to prepare your car for the upcoming season. Get up to date on any routine maintenance, and consider a once-over from a professional.

And of course, if you’re in the area, visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi!

Things to Do Near Chicago

Things to do near Chicago

Explore the Elgin, IL Area

With a new Outlander Sport, you can explore the Elgin and Chicago areas. Whether you are looking for some fine dining, special events, or other activities, there are always things to do near Chicago. Check out the events listed below.

According to the City of Elgin website, you can spend the Fourth of July at the local parade beginning at 9:00am at Slade and Douglas. This patriotic event will last roughly two hours, and the theme for this year is “Go for the Gold.” Whether you are sitting along the route for the day or simply stopping by for a moment, this event is fun for both adults and kids.

For those who love beer and wine, the Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl is held on September 23 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. However, be sure to get a designated driver, then come downtown to enjoy some of the best drinks around. This is a great way to support local businesses and to see what’s new in the area.

Though not until October 29 to November 12, the Chicago Humanities Festival is one event you don’t want to miss. Special guests include renowned feminist theorist Gloria Steinem, TV host Trevor Noah, author Yaa Gyasi, architect Marshall Brown, and New York Times writer Thomas Friedman.

These are just some of the many events this summer and fall. So get out and explore the Elgin and Chicago areas in your new Outlander Sport.

Appreciate the Outdoors at the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Biggers Mitsubishi is proud to serve the community of Elgin, Illinois. We appreciate all that the city has to offer, especially the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.

The park began in 1938, as Camp Hawthorne Hills. This camp served the Elgin Girl Scouts for 34 years. In 1977, the City of Elgin purchased the camp and 45 acres west of Brookside Drive. The goal was to preserve the area for future generations. Hawthorne Hill Nature Center opened to the public in 2005 and has been a popular place for locals and visitors ever since.

The Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to learn about nature. The center provides year-round opportunities to explore the natural landscape. When you visit, you can hike one of the many trails or explore the interactive nature center.

There is also a wheelchair-accessible trail leading to a pond and meadow to allow everyone to enjoy the outdoors without limitations. Families and individuals can explore the 67-acre nature area, or take part in one of the many available programs.

We at Biggers Mitsubishi encourage everyone to take the time to learn about nature and appreciate the diversity in ecology and humanity shown through the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.

How to Install Tire Chains

install tire chains

If you live in a climate that gets a lot of snow, knowing how to install tire chains could save you from skidding off the road in the winter time. Tire chains give you better traction on ice and snow.

First, lay the chain out on the road and make sure it doesn’t have any kinks in it. Do this one tire at a time. Put your parking brake on so your car doesn’t roll away, and then hang the chains over the top of the tire. Tuck the ends under the tire so the chain will straighten out when you drive over it.

Carefully drive the car forward just enough to expose the remaining quarter of the wheel that you haven’t put the chains on yet. The tire chains have hooked edges you attach together. Hook together the inside chains near the tire axel and then the outside chains. You can use a chain tightening tool or bungee cord to make the chains tighter. Make sure the chains are aligned properly—if the inside is tight but the outside is loose, they’re not aligned right.

Repeat with the other four tires, and you’re done!

Best Fall Getaways in the Midwest

fall getaways in the Midwest

If you need a break but don’t want to take time off from work, have no fear! There are plenty of awesome weekend getaways right here around Illinois that are perfect for a little fall trip.

Here’s a few of the best fall getaways in the Midwest:

Elkhart Lake, WI

Just about an hour north of Milwaukee sits Elkhart Lake, a spot of year-round natural beauty, but in the fall it’s really something to see. Whatever you’re looking for, be it going to the spa, hiking, golfing, shopping, and more, there’s something for you at Elkhart Lake.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Let Lake Michigan soothe you this season at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. There’s so much to do here, it’s truly impossible to list. Try horseback riding. Go bird-watching. Fish for a day. Plan a picnic. Let nature relax you at Indiana Dunes this fall!

Mackinac, MI

This portion of Northern Michigan is packed with tourists during the summer, but in the fall things become more relaxed at Mackinac Island. Take a classic carriage tour of the island, or do-it-yourself with a bike rental. Whatever your taste, there’s something fun at Mackinac for you!

These are just some of the best fall getaways in the Midwest. There’s plenty to do in the autumn, and all within a few hours from home.

First Phase of the Jane Addams Tollway Construction Project Complete

No one likes traffic. Even when its traffic due to construction that will improve the area in the long run and make traveling easier on our vehicles, it can be hard to see the forest from the trees. Many of you, like us here at Biggers Mitsubishi, have likely gotten caught in traffic on the Jane Addams Tollway from Rockford to O’Hare International Airport at some point over the past two years. Good news: as of December 16th, the widening project for that section of the Tollway is finally complete!

The construction was part of a $2.5 billion project named the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway Rebuilding and Widening project. After two years, this 37-mile stretch of the Tollway boasts three new lanes and the speed limit is back to 65 mph on I-90 between the Elgin Toll Plaza and I-39 in Rockford.

“We thank our customers for their patience and support during the two years of construction to rebuild and widen the 37 miles from Rockford to Elgin,” said Kristi Lafleur, who serves as the executive director for the Illinois Tollway.

As we enjoy the newly paved roadway, Jane Addams Tollway construction crews will move to the second phase of the Rebuilding and Widening project, which will take place on I-90 between Elgin and the Tri-State Tollway. Phase two is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.