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Lake CountyChicago & BeyondLake County bridges the gap between Chicago’s Cook County and the Wisconsin border with family attractions and nature trails.Daredevil roller coasters, such as...

10 Top Illinois Cabins

Feel the urge to get out into nature? To feel the wind in your hair? Hear the birds? Watch smoke rise into the night sky from...

Cozy Up to an Illinois Winter Getaway

Illinois has been around for over 200 years as a state, and one can’t help but think: that’s a lot of Illinois winters. It’s true: the...

Illinois Hidden Gems

We’ve all got a bucket list of must-visit places and must-do experiences. Sometimes, though, stumbling across the unexpected or lesser-known gems can be even more magical....

Unlock the Secrets of Starved Rock

Less than 100 miles southwest of Chicago, melting glaciers left their mark, carving a maze of canyons into the St. Peter sandstone. Visitors to Starved Rock...

Dive In to Illinois

The summer sunshine is one of my favorite things. It seems to almost have healing powers. I always joke that it’s because I’m half Italian and...

Fun Fests

Chi-Town GroovesThe granddaddy of America’s music festivals, Chicago’s Lollapalooza (August 3–6 this year) packs 100,000 fans a day into skyscraper-surrounded Grant Park, where crowds rock out...

7 Must-Visit Illinois Historic Treasures

Illinois’ Bicentennial is a celebration of who we are, but also how we got here. It’s a chance to reflect on the state’s rich history, and...

The Time They Lifted Chicago Fourteen Feet

Walking down the magnificent streets of downtown Chicago, towering skyscrapers on all sides of you, you probably couldn’t guess the incredible scheme the city carried out...

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois

Frank Lloyd Wright, considered by many to be one of the greatest American architects, spent the first 20 years of his career in Illinois at his...

Step Back in Time in Jacksonville

By Gwenn Eyer, innkeeper at Jacksonville's Blessings on State Bed and BreakfastJacksonville is a historic town of 20,000 located outside Chicago. I mean, waaaay outside Chicago. Some...

It’s a Date

These Three Destinations Bring Fun and Flirtation to Your Weekend GetawayEpic Chicago WeekendStarting your romantic weekend in Millennium Park might seem surprising, but its variety captures what makes...

Out and About in Illinois

Chicago is home to one of the most vibrant and diverse LGBTQ communities in the country, one that is near the top in size, diversity and...

Minor League Sports Teams of Illinois

They’re minor league in name, but these Illinois sports teams are major in excitement and talent.You probably know the names of Illinois’ major league teams in...

Go on an Illinois Adventure With Your Squad

Your squad. Your tribe. Your peeps. Your crew. Your gang. Whatever you call your group of besties and BFFs, one of the best ways to spend...

Riverside: Frederick Law Olmsted's Illinois Masterpiece

By The Frederick Law Olmsted Society of RiversideAmerica’s first and greatest landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, left a mighty legacy. You might know some of his...

Forbidden Root

A law crafted in Bavaria in 1516 limits beer ingredients to hops, barley and water. Today, a Chicago craft brewer is rewriting the new standards for...

Spring Break Starts Here

From water parks to water falls, there are plenty of ways to embrace spring break in Illinois. Illinois offers so many ways to have a safe and...

Bedazzled

Get in on the holiday cheer in downtown Chicago, where spirits soar to skyscraper heights.It’s the most wonderful time of the year—especially in Chicago. And not just...

Grateful for the Gardens

You might have a few in a pot. Or planted dozens in a flower bed. At the very least, you’ve seen swaths of them outside shopping...