Bucket lists are very, very trendy. So it's no surprise that people make stops at restaurants no matter how far or remote in order to cross something off their list.

I noticed Alinea was named Illinois best bucket list restaurant according to MSN.

While Alinea is amazing, and sounds like an experience more than a meal, what about those of us who won't make it to Chicago for a bucket list style experience?

So I did some research trying to find the 815's best bucket list restaurants on Yelp.

I found three restaurants in the area that all made the cut.

1. Prairie Street Brewing Company - 200 Prairie Street, Rockford, IL

Definitely on my bucket list if i make it back. Keep doing what you do, Rockford Brewing!

2. Shamrock Pub - 1401 Chicago Avenue, Dixon IL

But we did add to our bucket list a trip to Dixon to see the sights and to go back to the Shamrock for Bloody Mary night.

3. Lodi Tap House - 309 Main Street, Maple Park IL

A must stop on your bucket list!! Beer list is incredible, 12 different tappers with great beer. I will definitely be back again!!

The findings came from Yelp searches using the words bucket and list. Simple as that. Doing so, it made me realize I need to check out Lodi Tap House and Shamrock Pub quickly, like, before I die.

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