In 2018, Illinois turned 200 years old. And it has a lot stories to tell.

Illinois 200

In the 200 years since it became a state, Illinois has been home to a countless number of stories.

Everything that has been built, born, and grown here has a corresponding tale. People, places, sights, tastes, innovations, art, sport, triumphs—everything that has made us the state we are today. Everything that makes Illinois amazing.

Peruse the articles and videos below and find something new to discover. Then plan your visit to Illinois and start that Illinois story of your own.

Illinois 200

13 Amazing Illinois Labor Day Weekend Festivals
13 Amazing Illinois Labor Day Weekend Festivals

Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but in Illinois they save some of...

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13 Amazing Illinois Labor Day Weekend Festivals

Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but in Illinois they save some of...

Cozy Up to an Illinois Winter Getaway
Cozy Up to an Illinois Winter Getaway

Illinois has been around for over 200 years as a state, and one can’t help but t...

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Cozy Up to an Illinois Winter Getaway

Illinois has been around for over 200 years as a state, and one can’t help but t...

America's First Auto Race: Chicago to Evanston
America's First Auto Race: Chicago to Evanston

NASCAR, IndyCar, motocross—America loves its motorsports. Every year, millions o...

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America's First Auto Race: Chicago to Evanston

NASCAR, IndyCar, motocross—America loves its motorsports. Every year, millions o...

Go on an Illinois Adventure With Your Squad
Go on an Illinois Adventure With Your Squad

Your squad. Your tribe. Your peeps. Your crew. Your gang. Whatever you call your...

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Go on an Illinois Adventure With Your Squad

Your squad. Your tribe. Your peeps. Your crew. Your gang. Whatever you call your...

8 Illinois Winter Adventures
8 Illinois Winter Adventures

We won’t lie to you: Illinois gets chilly in the winter months. But with 200 win...

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8 Illinois Winter Adventures

We won’t lie to you: Illinois gets chilly in the winter months. But with 200 win...

Illinois Comic Book Conventions
Illinois Comic Book Conventions

There’s an alternate Illinois that lives in the pages of comic books. It’s an Il...

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Illinois Comic Book Conventions

There’s an alternate Illinois that lives in the pages of comic books. It’s an Il...

Minor League Sports Teams of Illinois
Minor League Sports Teams of Illinois

They’re minor league in name, but these Illinois sports teams are major in excit...

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Minor League Sports Teams of Illinois

They’re minor league in name, but these Illinois sports teams are major in excit...

8 Illinois Fall Adventures
8 Illinois Fall Adventures

Fall is when many of the state’s best qualities truly shine. Nature, agriculture...

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8 Illinois Fall Adventures

Fall is when many of the state’s best qualities truly shine. Nature, agriculture...

Scuba Diving in Illinois
Scuba Diving in Illinois

When you think “Illinois,” you might not immediately think “scuba diving.” After...

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Scuba Diving in Illinois

When you think “Illinois,” you might not immediately think “scuba diving.” After...

Find a Romantic Illinois Getaway
Find a Romantic Illinois Getaway

Illinois is home to millions of love stories. All over the state, you can escape...

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Find a Romantic Illinois Getaway

Illinois is home to millions of love stories. All over the state, you can escape...

Don't Leave Illinois Without Trying These Meals
Don't Leave Illinois Without Trying These Meals

There are so many amazing food experiences waiting for you in Illinois. Wherever...

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Don't Leave Illinois Without Trying These Meals

There are so many amazing food experiences waiting for you in Illinois. Wherever...

The Time They Lifted Chicago Fourteen Feet
The Time They Lifted Chicago Fourteen Feet

Walking down the magnificent streets of downtown Chicago, towering skyscrapers o...

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The Time They Lifted Chicago Fourteen Feet

Walking down the magnificent streets of downtown Chicago, towering skyscrapers o...

Big Adventure and Big Views in Giant City State Park
Big Adventure and Big Views in Giant City State Park

Southern Illinois is home to some of the state’s best scenery and outdoor advent...

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Big Adventure and Big Views in Giant City State Park

Southern Illinois is home to some of the state’s best scenery and outdoor advent...

Family Style: The Story of White Fence Farm's Famous Fried Chicken
Family Style: The Story of White Fence Farm's Famous Fried Chicken

White Fence Farm has never been interested in following trends. The meals served...

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Family Style: The Story of White Fence Farm's Famous Fried Chicken

White Fence Farm has never been interested in following trends. The meals served...

Where to Eat on Route 66 in Illinois
Where to Eat on Route 66 in Illinois

A great road trip isn’t just about the drive, or the sights. It’s also about the...

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Where to Eat on Route 66 in Illinois

A great road trip isn’t just about the drive, or the sights. It’s also about the...

11 Amazing Festivals You'll Find Only in Illinois
11 Amazing Festivals You'll Find Only in Illinois

Illinois loves a good festival. Just about any weekend of the year, you’ll find ...

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11 Amazing Festivals You'll Find Only in Illinois

Illinois loves a good festival. Just about any weekend of the year, you’ll find ...

Illinois Hidden Gems
Illinois Hidden Gems

From hidden trails to Viking ships, discover the best finds off the beaten track...

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Illinois Hidden Gems

From hidden trails to Viking ships, discover the best finds off the beaten track...

What to Do on a Day in Chicago
What to Do on a Day in Chicago

Chicago is one of the world’s great cities. That means finding things there for ...

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What to Do on a Day in Chicago

Chicago is one of the world’s great cities. That means finding things there for ...

Take Your Place in the Garden of the Gods, Illinois
Take Your Place in the Garden of the Gods, Illinois

These views are more than 300 million years in the making. Now, they’re just wai...

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Take Your Place in the Garden of the Gods, Illinois

These views are more than 300 million years in the making. Now, they’re just wai...

Sweet Home Chicago
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Sweet Home Chicago

Discover historic candies from the Windy City.

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Frank Lloyd Wright: The Wright Stuff
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Frank Lloyd Wright: The Wright Stuff

Frank Lloyd Wright is considered one of America's most original architects.

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The Piasa Bird: Bird of Prey
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The Piasa Bird: Bird of Prey

Alton, Illinois is home to the Piasa Bird, 'the devourer of men.'

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Famous Lincoln Quotes: Part II
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Famous Lincoln Quotes: Part II

From great speeches to timely remarks, Abraham Lincoln had a way with words.

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Exploring Illinois' 7 Scenic Byways
Exploring Illinois' 7 Scenic Byways

Here in Illinois, it’s not always about where you go… it’s about how you get the...

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Exploring Illinois' 7 Scenic Byways

Here in Illinois, it’s not always about where you go… it’s about how you get the...

The Palmer House Brownie
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The Palmer House Brownie

The brownie was invented during the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.

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17th Street BBQ: A Family Tradition
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17th Street BBQ: A Family Tradition

For over 100 years, there's been a burger or BBQ sandwich served at this spot.

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The Importance of History
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The Importance of History

There's so much rich Illinois history to discover.

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Starved Rock: A Historic Adventure
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Starved Rock: A Historic Adventure

Experience the storied history of Illinois' most visited state park.

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Boystown: A Sense of Pride
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Boystown: A Sense of Pride

One of the largest LGBTQ communities in the country.

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Navy Pier: A Chicago Landmark
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Navy Pier: A Chicago Landmark

A truly wonderful venue for the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.

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Famous Lincoln Quotes: Part I
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Famous Lincoln Quotes: Part I

From great debates to selected writings, Abraham Lincoln had a way with words.

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Historic Galena: A Walking Museum
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Historic Galena: A Walking Museum

Once Illinois' greatest city, Galena beckons travelers from around the world.

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Glacial Park: The Gem of McHenry County Conservation District
Glacial Park: The Gem of McHenry County Conservation District

Though “glacial” is in this park’s name, if you’re looking for a glacier, you’re...

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Glacial Park: The Gem of McHenry County Conservation District

Though “glacial” is in this park’s name, if you’re looking for a glacier, you’re...

10 Things To Do in the Fox River Valley
10 Things To Do in the Fox River Valley

On the western outskirts of the Chicago metropolitan area sits an idyllic valley...

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10 Things To Do in the Fox River Valley

On the western outskirts of the Chicago metropolitan area sits an idyllic valley...

A Visit to Matthiessen State Park
A Visit to Matthiessen State Park

Think of Illinois just as the prairie state in all its flatland glory? Think aga...

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A Visit to Matthiessen State Park

Think of Illinois just as the prairie state in all its flatland glory? Think aga...


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