Illinois Videos

Get up close and personal with these videos about Illinois.

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    MiniAbe -
    Whisked Away

    See the extended version as MiniAbe sweeps the love of his life off her tiny feet to enjoy the bounty of romantic attractions in Illinois this fall. It’s full of even more tender goodness.

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    MiniAbe’s Spontaneous Fall

    See how MiniAbe does fall in his home state of Illinois.

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  • MiniAbe – Whisked Away

    One of silver screen’s most romantic scenes in all of ever is now a commercial! See MiniAbe sweep the love of his life off her tiny feet to enjoy the bounty of romantic attractions in Illinois this fall. This is the extended version full of even more tender goodness.

  • MiniAbe's Spontaneous Fall

    See how #MiniAbe does fall in his home state. Plus find great ideas to add a little spontaneity to your fall.

  • MiniAbe – Be More Nom-Nom-Mmm

    In this special extended version, MiniAbe digs into some of Illinois’ most famous dishes, noshes and desserts at some of its best-known restaurants and eateries. Mmm.

  • MiniAbe – Be More Whoa-ed

    See MiniAbe take in some of the whoa-inducing sights and attractions throughout Illinois. Sure, he could’ve shown them all, but that’s what this website is for. At least that’s what he told us.

  • MiniAbe – Be More Spontaneous

    See what happens when MiniAbe follows his spontaneous side to some unexpected adventure around Illinois.

  • Big Night for MiniAbe

    If you've ever wondered what the days leading up to Hollywood's biggest night are like for a former president (and who hasn't?), you can stop wondering. See Abe like you've never seen him before. (Unless you collect articulated presidential action figures.)

Stories of Illinois

  • A Hog in Dog Heaven

    In the summer of 2013, a collective of artists, called the Walldogs, came to Kewanee, IL to paint 15 historic murals depicting the long history and heritage of the city. These paintings can be found on many downtown facades, as well as at the Amtrak Station that brings new people to the area, every day. Watch this video and see these master craftsmen at work, and listen to the story behind the story.

  • Atlanta, IL: Palms Grill

    The Palms Grill Café has a long history of providing Atlanta, IL more than just food; it’s also a beacon of hope for this tightly knit community just off Route 66. Meet some of the people who helped bring back the allure of this iconic diner and who helped keep this community intact.

  • The Livingston County War Museum

    Walking through Livingston County War Museum is like taking a tour of the 20th Century, including artifacts, films, books, uniforms and weapons of several wars. The museum does not glorify war, but shows the best attributes of men and women caught up in war. Meet some of the caretakers and historians who volunteer at the Livingston County War Museum.

  • Tazewell County Resource Center

    Before it reaches your mailbox, the Illinois Travel Guide passes through the Tazewell County Resource Center where it touches the lives of some remarkable people. Hear their stories and meet some of the people benefiting from this rewarding relationship between the TCRC and the Illinois Office of Tourism.

Chicago Highlights

  • Chicago for the Holidays

    From endless shopping and festive parades to Santa spreading cheer by train, nobody does the holidays quite like Chicago.

  • Shopping Around Chicago

    Whether you’re fashion forward or fashionably challenged, Chicago has you covered. See what neighborhoods a professional shopper takes her clients to when she’s out and about, and don’t miss the best places for shopping when you’re in town.

  • Shop Chicago - The Magnificent Mile

    Shopping on Mag Mile is legendary. Find everything from big name brand stores, to tiny local and international boutiques. Whether it’s jewelry, clothes, shoes or art you’re looking for – you can find it all on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

  • Chicago Architecture

    Take a tour of the famed Chicago architecture, from the city that brought you the skyscraper and some of the most influential designers and architects of the 20th century and beyond. There’s nothing like it in the world.

  • Chicago Entertainment

    Chicago entertainment includes fabulous restaurants, top-notch theater, and legendary fun sketch comedy; from views of the city above to entertainment on the street, and music that was born from the soul of its people and the city; there’s always something to amaze and delight in Chicago.

Regional Favorites

  • Illinois Regional - Land of Lincoln

    The heart of Illinois is in the middle of the state – the Land of Lincoln. It’s were Lincoln lived, and worked, where Route 66 meets quaint Amish communities and where the family can have fun playing in Lakes and waterparks.

  • Illinois Regional - Trails to Adventure

    Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind art, wine, or antiques or if exploring the great outdoors is more your speed, Trails to Adventure has what you’re looking for and won’t disappoint.

  • Illinois Regional - Chicago & Beyond

    Chicago & Beyond encompasses everything you want – from big city class, to small town charm. Spend some time in the city that has been named the Gem of the Midwest and you’ll agree, Chicago is unlike anything else.

  • Illinois Regional - Great Rivers Country

    Nestled along the picturesque banks of the Mississippi and the Illinois River is the Great River region. With charming small towns, countryside landscapes and unforgettable attractions. Memories will certainly be made, as The Great River region is explored.

  • Destination Illinois

    Explore the land that Lincoln called home, as well as presidents Grant, Reagan and Obama. Get your kicks on the famed Mother Road, Route 66. Discover world-class museums and shopping, charming communities dotted with quaint restaurants and shops with one-of-a-kind finds. Tour the stunning Illinois outdoors by foot, horseback, bike, paddle boat, canoe, kayak or even on an underwater dive. Enjoy mile after magnificent mile of Illinois.

Route 66

  • Enjoy Route 66

    It’s a stretch of asphalt that defined America. Route 66 is a highway with a story, a heartbeat, a soul and you can discover it all – mile and mile, in Illinois.

  • Tour Route 66

    The Mother Road more commonly termed, Route 66 starts in Illinois and carries travellers through a living museum of Americana. You can explore more than 400 miles in Illinois; that’s a lot of roadside attractions, historical memorabilia and diners that take you back to a simpler time. See for yourself why people have been getting their kicks on Route 66 for so long.

  • Atlanta, IL: Palms Grill

    The Palms Grill Café has a long history of providing Atlanta, IL more than just food; it’s also a beacon of hope for this tightly knit community just off Route 66. Meet some of the people who helped bring back the allure of this iconic diner and who helped keep this community intact.

  • MiniAbe – Be More Whoa-ed

    Add some wow to your summer with these surprising attractions that left our favorite little travel ambassador speechless.