African American history has deep roots all throughout Illinois. From the state's powerful history to today's trendsetting makers, African American culture and lineage can be traced wherever you visit in Illinois. Discover local artisans to support, events to attend, and even a road trip to learn more about the African American history, art and cuisine that continues to inspire year round.
Through the power of storytelling, urban historian Shermann 'Dilla' Thomas is partnering with Enjoy Illinois to share Illinois’ rich African-American neighborhoods, historical attractions and destinations throughout the state with potential Illinois travelers.
More "Discover Illinois with Dilla" videos are coming soon, so make sure to check back. You can also book a Chicago neighborhood tour with Dilla to expand your perspective about rarely spotlighted parts of the city.
If you take Dilla's advice and visit Alton, there’s no shortage of historical attractions—stop by the famous Lincoln Douglas Debate Square, check out the Alton Museum of History and Art, book an Underground Railroad Shuttle Tour to discover key sites along the legendary network, or visit the statues of Miles Davis (born in Alton) and Robert Wadlow (the world’s tallest man).
Adventure seekers can head to nearby Grafton for a heart-racing zipline experience, complete with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. While you’re there, take a wooded hike through Pere Marquette State Park and enjoy a glass of locally made wine at Aerie’s Resort & Winery. For a thrill unlike any other, take a ride on the resort's new Alpine Coaster.
Want to make it a road trip? Check out our itinerary suggestions below.
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