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Grateful for the Gardens
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Grateful for the Gardens

Kendra L. Williams takes us on a tour of Illinois spring color, visiting the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Morton Arboretum, and Allerton Park—and tells us why this spring means more than the others.

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Shawnee National Forest Getaway
Outdoors Regional Getaways
Shawnee National Forest Getaway

In southern Illinois, fields give way to forested hills, rugged bluffs and sweet surprises in Shawnee National Forest.

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Biking in Illinois
Outdoors
Biking in Illinois

Illinois is a great destination for amateur and professional cyclists alike. There are plenty of amazing spots around the state for everyone with gorgeous views and challenging trails to explore.

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Making the Shot
Regional Getaways Outdoors Activities
Making the Shot

Thanks to 450-plus public golf courses capitalizing on unique local features across the state, a tour of Illinois golf tests your game in dozens of fresh ways.

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Unlock the Secrets of Starved Rock
Outdoors Regional Getaways Road Trips
Unlock the Secrets of Starved Rock

In the midst of vast Illinois farmland, weekend travelers discover a topographical surprise along the Illinois River.

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National Treasures
Outdoors Regional Getaways History
National Treasures

Explore Illinois's diverse historic sites managed by the National Park Service.

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Park Places
Outdoors
Park Places

State parks throughout Illinois invite guests to stay the night at rustic, woodsy lodges surrounded by natural wonders.

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Set Sail
Family Fun Outdoors
Set Sail

From urban kayaking to a paddle though an old-growth forest, find astonishing ways to get on the water in Illinois.

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Scenic Snaps
Outdoors Regional Getaways Road Trips
Scenic Snaps

No filter needed. Get the scoop on where to go for the best snaps along seven scenic byways.

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Travel Illinois Magazine

Travel Illinois Magazine

Find unexpected ways to enjoy Illinois in this biannual magazine that explores every corner of the state. Each issue offers a mix of travel stories, stunning photography and timely trip ideas that make the most of each season.

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Order a copy of Travel Illinois and also receive the Illinois State Park Guide and an Official Highway Map.

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From Your Local Experts

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Get Your Kicks on Illinois Route 66
Road Trips Local Experts
Get Your Kicks on Illinois Route 66

The 300-mile section of Route 66 angling across Illinois lures road-trippers seeking throwback gas stations, Muffler Men and the pleasure of taking their time.

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Girlfriend Getaway along the I&M Canal
Regional Getaways History Road Trips
Girlfriend Getaway along the I&M Canal

In the 1800s, the Illinois and Michigan Canal fueled commerce from the Illinois River to Chicago. Today, follow the canal for a history-infused, shopping-filled getaway.

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Family Fun and Some History Too
Family Fun Regional Getaways History
Family Fun and Some History Too

by Craig Hensel

Chicago-based photographer and Instagramer Craig Hensel @thecraighensel and his family take a road trip around Central Illinois.

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Q&A with Brett Eldredge
Arts & Culture Local Experts
Q&A with Brett Eldredge

Country music star Brett Eldredge loves Illinois so much, he wrote a love song about it.

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It’s a Date
Eat & Drink Regional Getaways Local Experts
It’s a Date

Starting your romantic weekend in Millennium Park might seem surprising, but its variety captures what makes Chicago tick.

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Spring Refresh
Local Experts
Spring Refresh

Chicagoland has a fantastic variety of shopping, including upscale malls and outlets to help bring any wardrobe up to date.

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What’s New at Navy Pier
Family Fun Local Experts Chicago
What’s New at Navy Pier

From our window in the sky, the view below spread out like an immense watercolor. Turquoise Lake Michigan to one side, the slate gray Chicago skyline to the other and,...

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Monster Mash, Illinois
Family Fun Local Experts
Monster Mash, Illinois

Twists and turns, screams and shrieks. Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America serves up hair-raising scares and ghoulish fun this fall.

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