Discover Illinois

The pizza, the Great Lakes, and the Windy City are just a few of Illinois' main draws, and the state is bursting with amazing views, delicious food, and must-see attractions.

If you are thinking about visiting Illinois, here are a few reasons why you shouldn't put off your visit any longer.

Why Illinois?

Illinois is considered a microcosm of the United States as a whole.

Much of the state consists of small towns and rural landscapes. many of the smaller towns throughout the state are places of small scale industry.

Illinois boasts a variety of natural resources including lumber, coal and petroleum. Illinois is known as the prairie state and much of the state has been devoted to agriculture.

Illinois is also a major transportation hub, both over land via trains and freight trucks, and in the great lakes.

The ports in Chicago are a gateway to the great lakes. Both domestic and international commerce are vibrant industries here.

The diverse structure of the economy and city make up mean that there is a large variety of places to explore and see throughout the state.

Illinois truly has something for everyone.

Historical Illinois

Illinois has a rich history dating back before settlers to indigenous people who lived on and cultivated the land.

When the land was taken from the indigenous people, the area was originally a colony of France.

After the American Revolution, many settlers arrived in the area via the Erie Canal. Many immigrants from Germany and Sweden immigrated to the area and began farming the rich land.

The land eventually formally joined the United States, attaining statehood in 1818.

You can be a part of the history of Illinois by exploring historic sites throughout the state.

Sites include historic houses, log cabins, farmsteads, and even the only home Abraham Lincoln ever owned.

Illinois Landscape

The Prairie State boasts several must-visit state parks.

Illinois is one of the most beautiful states in the country, and its parks allow outdoor enthusiasts to experience its beauty up close.

A few of Illinois' most stunning state parks include Matthiessen State Park, Starved Rock State Park, and Kankakee River State Park. Fishing, hiking, camping, photography, and wildlife watching are popular activities in these parks.

Commit the views to memory while enjoying a picnic or come and stay for a week of upscale glamping.

The City

One of the most popular places to visit in Illinois is Chicago.

There’s more to see and do in Chicago than most can manage in a single visit.

Chicago is broken into several historic neighborhood districts. You can tour or explore various areas of the city.

Be careful though, you may fall in love with part of the city and want to move here. Is it too much to get pre-approved for a mortgage before going on vacation?

Chicago is home to a number of nationally acclaimed museums and zoos. You can spend a whole day at any one of the museums in the city, including the Field Museum, The Chicago History Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Shedd Aquarium, & The Lincoln Park Zoo.

If you love to shop, Chicago has several renowned shopping areas. Michigan Avenue is the famous shopping district, but there is also Armitage Avenue, State Street, and Belmont Avenue.

Museums and shopping aren’t all Chicago has to offer. There are parks, Navy pier, Boat tours on the river and the lake, and much more.

At the end of the day, Chicago also has a vivid nightlife.

If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, there is plenty to keep you busy for as long as you plan to stay.

Then, of course, there’s the food.

The Food

When you visit Illinois, be sure to come with an empty stomach.

Pizza isn't the only food the state is known for. Hot dogs, Italian fare, and pierogis are favorites, and you don't have to go to Chicago to experience the best of Illinois' culinary treats.

Whether you want to sample Chicago-style deep dish pizza or fill up on an Italian beef sandwich, you'll be able to satisfy your taste buds almost anywhere in the state.

Illinois is a foodie's paradise, and you'll never run out of new dishes to try while you're visiting.

Discover Illinois, Discover You!

Illinois is truly the best of both worlds, boasting both beautiful landscape and the exciting city life.

Visiting Illinois is more than a vacation, it’s a chance to discover yourself.