Hit the Road to These 3 Destinations with FastToll

  • Hit the Road to These 3 Destinations with FastToll

    POSTED November 14, 2016

    Deer Path Inn

    <p>Deer Path Inn</p>

Hello readers,

There’s a new app that lets you travel all of Illinois’ byways without worrying about scrounging around in your console for loose change to pay the tolls. Instead, FastToll is a new platform that allows you to seamlessly traverse through the convenient I-Pass lanes and then tallies up all your pass-throughs so you can pay online up to a week later for a nominal fee. In celebration of the launch of the app, we look at three different communities across the state that are taking our attention—and naturally, tell you how to get there.

Casey, Ill.

This small town just outside Effingham will be in the 2017 Guinness Book of World Records for its oversized attractions including the World’s Largest wind chime, knitting needles, mailbox, rocking chair, and more. They’re in the works of local Jim Bolin whose family has created the larger than life scenery that has drawn people from all over the country.

To get there: IL Route 57

Rosemont, Ill.

The northwest region abutting O’Hare Airport is wrapping up its 60th anniversary in 2016 by looking to the future. City officials recently announced a new professional baseball stadium and the first-ever boutique hotel, “The Rose” opening in 2018. But you can always go now for the MB Financial Park shopping, entertainment and dining.

To get there: IL Route 90

Lake Forest, Ill.

As if the sprawling Lake Forest College campus and Tudor-style downtown district weren’t enough appeal, the Deer Path Inn has just reopened in this North Shore community. The 57-room venue underwent major renovations to the guest rooms, amenities, technology, and various meeting and banquet spaces.

Note: FastToll is an independent app and is not affiliated with the Illinois Tollways.

Happy Planning!
Selena Fragassi
Illinois Meetings + Events

Crafted by award-winning bartender and spirits professional Peter Vestinos, this refreshing summer sipper—a gin and tonic at its heart—has been artfully infused by the spirits and flavors of Greece and the country’s cuisine. “The Chareau liqueur provides Mediterranean flavors of cucumber, mint, and lemon and the Verino Mastiha integrates a signature herbal resin flavor, while the cardamom adds a unique earthy and exotic note,” says Vestinos.


Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.


Andrea Hahn, general manager of Chicago’s new MB Ice Arena, knows her way around an ice rink.