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Welcome to your Illinois adventure! This page has information on accessibility throughout Illinois. We're a state of world-famous sights, friendly folks, unforgettable experiences and your journey of a lifetime.

We're here to help everyone travel with confidence. So here you'll find inspiration and advice for visitors with disabilities, including independent and assisted wheelchair users and people with hidden disabilities.

Everyone should have the chance to discover everything that makes our state amazing. So let your journey begin here!

A couple look at the window of the Centennial Wheel
Kids looking at a whale through the glass

Chicago & Beyond

Navy Pier: Navy Pier is continuously working to create an inclusive and equitable environment where everyone is welcomed. It’s not enough that you are here, we want you to feel like you belong here.

Navy Pier Accessibility Info

Shedd Aquarium: At Shedd, we believe there should be no boundaries to your experience. Our exhibits, restrooms and most behind-the-scenes program locations are fully accessible.

A crowd around the Cloud Gate sculpture
People on the skydeck looking down at the buildings below

Millennium Park: Every aspect of the physical space of Millennium Park has been designed to be accessible to all patrons for full inclusion.

Millennium Park Accessibility Info

Skydeck Chicago: The Skydeck is completely accessible and ADA compliant. We’re set up for strollers, scooters, and wheelchairs. Ramps make wheelchair access easy. Our elevator can easily accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. The Ledge is also accessible.

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The Art Institute of Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago is committed to being accessible to everyone. We offer a range of resources and programs designed specifically for those with disabilities.

The Art Institute of Chicago Accessibility Info

#AccessibleChicago Docuseries

A docuseries from Fun4theDisabled, introduces us all to the ways that people with disabilities can explore Chicago's attractions. You can find all videos on the Fun4theDisabled YouTube and click the links below to view videos for each attraction.

A wheelchair user's guide to Chicago

WheelchairTravel.org's John Morris takes an indepth look at exploring Chicago in a wheelchair.

The city’s history, art and architecture, cuisine and professional sports franchises are only a part of the city’s draw. The city receives an excellent rating in our accessibility score metric and is a top destination for disabled travelers.

Learn more about attractions, transport, and accommodation. John even shares the best ways to catch a game day experience!

Accessible transport in Chicago

Chicago has many transport options for disabled visitors. Choose Chicago, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, and Access Living have details about these, including airport, bus, train, taxi, and parking accessibility.

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Land of Lincoln

Children's Discovery Museum in Normal: The Children’s Discovery Museum proudly supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and welcomes visitors of all abilities! Sensory bags are available for check out at the front desk. These bags include noise reduction headphones, communication cards, light reduction glasses, fidget/relaxation toys and other tools to make the Museum more accessible.

Statue of Abraham Lincoln and his family in front of the White House
Actors stand by an old vehicle at the Lincoln Home

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum: The Museum is equipped to accommodate the needs of guests with disabilities and to assist with special needs. They have resources to help visitors with developmental and learning disabilities, sensory sensitivities, or Autism Spectrum Disorders enjoy their visit.

ALPLM Accessibility Info

Lincoln Home National Historic Site: Lincoln Home National Historic Site is dedicated to providing opportunities for visitors with disabilities by offering a wide range of accessible media and programs.

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The historic cahokia mounds near collinsville

Great Rivers Country

Galena Accessible Travel Itinerary: The best of Galena's picturesque charm is included in this set of accessible attractions, shops, accommodations, restaurants, and more.

Galena Accessible Travel Itinerary

Cahokia Mounds: The site offers a wheelchair accessible 1-mile concrete trail, and a 1-mile crushed limestone trail. There are asphalt parking lots with designated accessible parking spaces. The concrete sidewalks connect at the front of the parking spaces via a truncated dome curb ramp.

Trails to Adventure

Shawnee National Forest: The Shawnee National Forest should be for everyone including those in wheelchairs or those who have limited mobility. These are my top 10 Shawnee National Forest Handicap Accessible Trails in and around the forest in Southern Illinois.

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