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ILLINOIS - Worth a Visit!

Illinois makes a wonderful starting place for exploring America, not least of all because it contains one of the most exciting, beautiful and historic cities in the whole of the United States – Chicago.
With its stunning lakeside setting, Chicago offers the visitor a feast of delights. The very first skyscrapers were built here, and many of these Victorian beauties survive. A canal boat tour to view the architectural treasures of the city is a highlight of any visit.
A walk by the lakeside is an invigorating start to the day, and many local people will be out and about having their morning run, power walk, or simply a stroll with the dog. A visit to the Adler Planetarium, the Aquarium, or one of the many world class museums might be followed by an afternoon browsing the stores of the Golden Mile, where high end brand outlets rub shoulders with quirky and quaint arts and crafts shops.
And in the evening, the entertainment options are unlimited. Classical concerts and ballet from major national companies and orchestras, theaters, the best steak houses in the world and of course, nightclubs featuring traditional Chicago blues, are just some of the many treats in store for the traveler.
But Illinois is about much more than simply Chicago, glorious as that city is. It's famously the home of many Presidents, and you can follow the historical trails to learn about the origins of some of our most outstanding citizens and heroes. Illinois is the start (or end) of the historic Route 66 – the haunt of muscle cars and classic roadside diners and a road trip that many people feel is one of the “things I must do before I die.”
Illinois is also the starting point for exploring and sightseeing in the beautiful and intriguing Mississippi River country, with its many traditions and stories, not least of which is that of Huckleberry Finn. In fact, if you love the history of America, if you want to feel its beating heart, if you revel in the glories of the past and the promise of the future, then Illinois offers a giant helping of exciting experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

Every season brings another reason to visit Illinois - with scores of world renowned events and festivals for all ages.  Enjoy Fall fairs and festivals that revel in the spirit of the season!   View more!

Amazing Events across the State of Illinois!

One of the greatest cities of the world, Cahokia was larger than London was in AD 1250. The Mississippians who lived here were accomplished builders who erected a wide variety of structures from practical homes for everyday living to monumental public works that have maintained their grandeur for centuries.View more!

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site!

One of the hallmarks of the Tempel Lipizzans is its careful breeding program that has worked to preserve the Lipizzan breed for over 50 years. View more!

Amazing Horses - the Lipizzans at Tempel!

Popularly know as the “Bean” -Cloud Gate, a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park within the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois.   View more!

The Chicago Bean is a Popular Curiousity!

Visit Illinois Now

Welcome to Illinois, the great state know as the Land of Lincoln, and the heart of America. Illinois prides itself on both its central location and its representation as the cultural center of the country, a microcosm of America. The state certainly does have everything from small towns and idyllic farms to big cities and industrial might.

Illinois is one of the leading producers of corn and soybeans, but it is also the home of the world's busiest airport and towering skyscrapers

With access to the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, and its central location within the states, Illinois is a natural center for transportation. In fact, the state has the greatest concentration of land, water, and air transportation facilities in the entire world.

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Illinois is a state with extreme diversity.  From the major global hub of Chicago to quaint small towns and farming communities - Illinois has a culture unlike anywhere on the planet - and one they are (for good reason) very proud of !    View More!

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