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Summer is the season for exploring every corner of Illinois. Keep reading to discover must-do activities, articles from our blog, and highlights of places to enjoy the beautiful Midwestern sun.

A family of four sitting down for a rest on rocks in front of a waterfall

Family Outdoor Adventures

Go Outdoors

Ways to get the family off the sofa and into the Great Outdoors with adventures including hiking, biking, and interacting with wildlife.

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Bike Paths Not to Miss

On Two Wheels

Illinois is a great destination for amateur and professional cyclists alike. There are plenty of amazing spots around the state for everyone with gorgeous views and challenging trails to explore.

A festival

Outdoor Tunes

Enjoy Alfresco Tunes in Ravinia

The Ravinia Festival, a summerlong outdoor music series with multiple concerts every week, takes place in Highland Park, 25 miles north of Chicago.

Chicago's Must See Museums


Discover Chicago’s celebrated museums from the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium, to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry.

Explore Inspiration

Mug Shots: Illinois Root Beer
A selection of craft root beers and ice cream floats

Mug Shots: Illinois Root Beer

Wakeboarding 101
A person wake boarding sunset

Wakeboarding 101

Chicago's Second Shoreline
People posing for a photo by river under bridge

Chicago's Second Shoreline

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