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

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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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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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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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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Scuba Diving in Illinois
Scuba Diving in Illinois

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

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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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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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Illinois Hidden Gems
Illinois Hidden Gems

We’ve all got a bucket list of must-visit places and must-do experiences. Someti...

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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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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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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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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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Keep visiting this page until the Bicentennial on December 3, 2018, for whole new stories