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Illinois Natural Wonders off the Beaten Track

The bluffs and waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park are undoubtedly spectacular. And the Garden of the Gods in Southern Illinois is hands down incredible. There’s...

Planes, Trains & Automobiles - Chicago Southland's Transportation Significance

Written by Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors BureauThe Chicago Southland is easily accessible by air, rail or expressway, but the experience doesn’t stop with the journey. The...

Visit the Lake of Egypt in Southern Illinois

Head to Marion in Southern Illinois and keep on going south for six miles, and you’re here. Welcome to Lake of Egypt, a secluded expanse of...

Makanda: Gateway to Giant City and Outdoor Adventure

Makanda has been called “the most hippie town in Illinois,” and we think you’ll agree. Located in Southern Illinois at the entrance to Giant City State Park,...

Discover the Charms of Lake County

by Visit Lake CountyLake County isn’t just a name. It really is a “county of lakes,” home to 70, including Lake Michigan and the Chain O’Lakes....

Cache River Wetlands – Illinois’ Hidden Bayou

Over the river and through the woods to the cypress swamp we go!Featuring ancient cypress-tupelo swamps, bottomland hardwood forests, sandstone bluffs and limestone glades, the Cache...

7 Illinois Staycations

The staycation craze shows no sign of slowing, and with good reason. A local get-away is faster, easier, and greener, with the added bonus of inspiring...

Scuba Diving in Illinois

When you think “Illinois,” you might not immediately think “scuba diving.” After all, the nearest coastline is at least 500 miles away.And yet, you’ll find scuba...

6 Wonderful Winter Playgrounds in Illinois

Crisp air. Fresh snow. Ice rinks and ski slopes and snow-sculpting contests. Winter in Illinois is a time for limitless adventures.1. Maggie Daley Park Skating RibbonForego...

Discover the Fantastic History of Black Hawk State Historic Site

From Native American settlements, to a nineteenth-century amusement park, to a Native American museum built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Black Hawk State Historic Site...

What to Do on a Day in Chicago

Chicago is one of the world’s great cities. That means finding things there for one day is both easy and a challenge. Easy, because there’s so...

10 Things To Do in the Fox River Valley

On the western outskirts of the Chicago metropolitan area sits an idyllic valley region nestled snugly along northern Illinois’ Fox River. Extending from the village of...

Off the Grid

The towering bluff that is Starved Rock State Park’s namesake is well worth the visit, but all too often travelers miss out on the other natural wonders of...

10 Ways to Celebrate Illinois Life in Springfield

Springfield is central to Illinois in many senses: location, history, and influence. It’s been the state capital for nearly 180 years. And it’s home to more...

8 Illinois Winter Adventures

We won’t lie to you: Illinois gets chilly in the winter months. But with 200 winters under their belts, Illinoisans have built a state which makes...

Find a Romantic Illinois Getaway

Illinois is home to millions of love stories. All over the state, you can escape the everyday with your special someone and enjoy the magic and...

Set Sail

Water lovers log mile after magnificent nautical mile in IllinoisOur water shoes hardly have time to dry in the summer. Once May rolls around, our otherwise unsuspecting city...

Welcome to Decatur, My Hometown

By Decatur City Council Member, Patrick McDanielLocated right in the heart of the Land of Lincoln, Decatur is the Illinois city where in 1830, a 21-year-old...

Top Stops on Illinois’ Great River Road

The Great River Road meanders along the Mississippi, the western border of Illinois, through historic river towns, past state parks and towering bluffs.The Illinois Top 200...

Exploring Illinois' 7 Scenic Byways

Here in Illinois, it’s not always about where you go… it’s about how you get there. And with seven distinct scenic and historic byways to choose...