Another vote for Galena
Another vote here from Freeport on Route 20 through Galena is beautiful and scenic, especially in the fall. Head west on the Freeport 20 exit off I-90. I say Freeport 20 because there is a business 20 which will take you through Rockford, not very scenic. A stop off in Galena is a must. Plan on spending some time in Galena, there's lots to see and do in this historic old city. The city is a popular tourist destination known for its history, historical architecture, ski & golf resorts. Galena was the residence of Ulysses S. Grant and several other war generals.