Check out these five Illinois destinations, each offering up unique tastes of the Prairie State.
The region 37 miles west of Chicago is a grouping of counties where visitors can follow hiking and biking trails, paddle along the lovely Fox River, see the Victorian and Italianate architecture of the Fox River Valley, and experience a few thrills at Illinois’ largest waterpark, Raging Waves. Contact Lisa Wisner for more information.
The 62 suburbs that make up Chicago Southland are teeming with activity: arts and culture, shopping in historical downtowns, and golf courses—600 holes, actually. The area includes more than 400 square miles of “just beyond the city limits” experiences. Contact Tobie Fitzpatrick for more information.
The lakeside city is known for its 77 distinctive neighborhoods and thousands of diverse restaurants. Classic Chicago experiences are found at NTA supplier members: the Shedd Aquarium, 360 CHICAGO, Chicago Architecture Center, the American Writers Museum, the Museum of Science & Industry, Broadway in Chicago, and Wendella Sightseeing Boats. Contact Arnoldo Altoran for more information.
Miles of trails and waterways that connect suburban Chicago to Starved Rock State Park make this area west of the city a haven for outdoor adventurers. There are thousands of acres of lakes, rivers, forests, and parks to explore, and visitors can take part in activities like fishing, hunting, and hiking. Contact Kate Meehan for more information.
The capital is the go-to for attractions that detail the life of the 16th U.S. president—from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum to the Abe Lincoln Rail Splitter Statue. The city is full of other historical sites, too, like the Route 66 Twin Drive-In and the Vachel Lindsay Home. Contact Terry Truman for more information.
Top photo: 360 Chicago Observation Deck TILT
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