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No matter what time of year you visit Illinois, there's always something to do. Whether it's snow sports and cozy cabins in winter, farmers markets and gardens in spring, swimming holes and hikes in summer, or delicious food under colorful foliage in fall—Illinois is an unmatched midwestern destination to enjoy all year round.

People walking through a maze garden

Spring in Illinois

Spring Break & Flowers in Bloom

Spring is the perfect time to get outside in Illinois! Immerse yourself in the beauty of botanic gardens, get outdoors and explore the state by bike or on a hike, or plan a roadtrip down Route 66 for fascinating history and iconic Americana.

Summer in Illinois

Fun on the water & so much more

Time to get oudoors and explore. Find hikes and water holes throughout Illinois, get out on the lake in Chicago and enjoy family fun at world-class waterparks. Illinois comes alive in summer with free festivals, outdoor events and so much more—join us!

Fall in Illinois

Fall foliage, food & fun

When the trees begin to change, sunsets set fire to the horizon and you’re drinking in the balmy air along sun-dappled pathways, you know it’s autumn in Illinois. Enjoy pumpkins galore, scenic drive and delicious fall food and drink.

Holiday Season in Illinois

Markets, lights show & holiday shopping

The holiday season is truly dazzling in Illinois. Enjoy incredible light shows, holiday markets, ice skating and great shopping experiences throughout the state.

The snow-lined banks of Nippersink Creek at dusk, in Glacial Park, McHenry County

Winter in Illinois

Cozy cabins, skiing & indoor fun

Illinois becomes a winter wonderland! Enjoy ice skating and snow sports, eagle watching, cozy cabin getaways, and great deals during restaurant weeks.

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