An ideal spot for a selfie with the Chicago skyline
Jumping in front of “The Bean” at Chicago’s Millennium Park
Driving down iconic Route 66
Waterfall at Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford
Snapping pictures at Chicago’s Field Museum
Outside The Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield
Biking along the Lake Michigan shoreline
Dining under the skyscrapers and stars in Chicago
Artisan pizza and craft beer from Scratch Brewing Company
Galena’s Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.
Chicago, Route 66 and the Land of Lincoln
The Iconic City of the Midwest
Illinois is probably best known for Chicago, a world-class city regarded as the cultural heart of the USA. Renowned museums, stunning architecture, Michelin-starred restaurants – Chicago has it all. But what surprises visitors the most is the 40-plus kilometers of ocean-like beachfront just steps from downtown and shopping. Just beyond the city lies Chicagoland, a metro area known for its unique attractions such as Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures and exotic gardens. Some of the biggest and best malls in the U.S. also call the area home. Many are taking shopping to a whole new level with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces that go on for as far as the eye can see.
Explore an All-American State
If you’re looking for true Americana through and through, there’s no better way to relive the USA’s golden age than along its most legendary highway, Route 66. Illinois’ iconic stretch features classic diners, drive-in theaters and quirky roadside attractions. And here in the Land of Lincoln, you’re never far from landmarks and monuments dedicated to the 16th president’s life. His legacy marked the beginning of a long history of presidents who called Illinois home, including Grant, Reagan and Obama.
Enjoy River Towns and Riveting Nature
The Mississippi River defines the entire western side of Illinois, and if it’s the great wide-open outdoors you’re looking for, then you must explore Great Rivers Country. Charming river towns, steamboats, sprawling vineyards and quaint bed and breakfasts are just a few discoveries that await. This remarkable region is also home to Lewis and Clark’s historic point of departure, the Shawnee National Forest and the appropriately named Garden of the Gods. Be sure to spend some time exploring the distinctive towns you’ll find here, where the local culture includes unique shops and attractions as well as farm-to-table dining and craft breweries and distilleries.
Only two buildings survived the great Chicago fire, the Chicago Water Tower and the Pumping Station.
The first Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, Chicago's Navy Pier hosts a brand new, all-season Centennial Wheel.
The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 110 stories high.