Find out what's on in Illinois and Chicago with your guide to events, festivals, markets, music, theater, sport and more.
Find out how to get to Illinois by plane, train, bus and driving. Getting around Chicago and Illinois is easy with our guide to ways to travel around the state.
Step back in time to the golden age of train travel and settle in for a peaceful ride to discover some of Illinois’ most charming towns and hidden treasures.
Visit the many historic sites in Illinois, from the Land of Lincoln, to the site of an ancient Native American city at Cahokia Mounds.
Visit the History Museums of Illinois. From the vast collection of the Chicago History Museum to small town historical museums, you’ll discover the stories and heritage of our towns and our people.
History comes alive at Illinois historical reenactments. Meet Abraham Lincoln in the flesh, experience colonial life, or take a canal boat ride with a period costumed storyteller.
One of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright called Illinois home—and filled it with some of his best works.
Taste your way through the state with our guide to the best and closest places to eat in Illinois. Experience everything from fine dining to shared plates and takeaway fare.
Put your dancing shoes on or unwind at one of the many bars and night clubs in Illinois. Locate the best cocktails, the perfect beer, local DJs, international artists and more.
Taste the regional characteristics in our locally produced wines. Browse our guide to the closest and best Illinois wineries and vineyards for your next celebration or trip.
Fancy a pint? Hunt down major Illinois breweries and distilleries for the best beers, ciders and spirits in the state. Support local production and taste your way through Illinois.
Taste your way through the best of the state with food tours in Illinois. Enjoy everything from fine dining and wineries, to craft beer and pizza tours.
There’s an alternate Illinois that lives in the pages of comic books. It’s an Illinois in which Ghost Rider comes from Waukegan. Where Blue Beetle was born in Chicago. Where Kitty Pryde hailed from Deerfield. Where Beasts grew up in Dundee.
There’s an alternate Illinois that lives in the pages of comic books. It’s an Illinois in which Ghost Rider comes from Waukegan. Where Blue Beetle was born in Chicago. Where Kitty Pryde hailed from Deerfield. Where Beasts grew up in Dundee. Where Nightwing worked in Chicago.
It’s also one that lives on screen in movies based on comic books. As Gotham City in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. As “New York” in Spider-Man 2. As Metropolis and Smallville in Man of Steel.
But sometimes, the pages of the comic books spill over into real life. It happened when DC Comics named Metropolis, Illinois as the “Hometown of Superman” in 1972. It also spills over at the state’s many comic conventions, held annually. Here’s some of the conventions you can look forward to each year.
It’s the third-biggest comic book convention in the United States. It takes over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont for four days each summer, attracting tens of thousands of fans, as well as writers, artists, filmmakers, actors and everyone else that contributes to comic book culture. It’s been running since 1972, and it’s the can’t-miss event for comic enthusiasts each year.
This is a newer con, having started in 2010, but it’s quickly grown to be a monster rivalling Comic Con. Each year it brings dozens of special guests to McCormick Place, along with merchandise, cosplay competitions, panels and screenings.
It’s a con for true comic book lovers. It’s affordable and accessible at less than $10 for admission, and you get dozens of artists, writers, vendors and special guests across more than 100 tables and booths. On top of that, there’s cosplay contests and gaming tournaments. Oh, and you get a free comic book with entry. What’s not to love?
It’s run by the same folk as the DuPage con, so you can expect a lot of the same fun and excitement – only with three times as many tables and booths.
This is Chicago’s newest con, holding its first event in June 2018. Like Wizard World Comic Con, it takes place at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont. Its aim is to “celebrate comics and the creative arts” by putting the creators of comics, games, toys, film and movies at the heart of what they do. With early successes, they’re already preparing for future events.
Comics aren’t just about your household name superheroes. CAKE celebrates independent comics, a medium with a thriving history – and, no doubt, future – in Illinois. Fans of underground and alternative comics come together to meet the talented artists and writers who create them, and to take workshops to learn how to make their own.