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Illinois Comic Book Conventions

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...

A Day's Adventure in Mt. Vernon

At the crossroads of Interstate 57 and 64 lies a city central to Southern Illinois. Less than 100 miles from St. Louis, MO, Paducah, KY, and...

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...

Big Things in a Small Town

Jim Bolin is a big man who loves his small town.So when Casey fell on hard times, Jim sprang into action to help divert some of...

Road Tripping from Galena to Chicago

Kristin Bienert, Midwest Living editor, discovers great shopping and inspiring heritage in Galena, along the Rock River and in Chicago’s entertaining suburbs, including Geneva, St. Charles...

Keeping History Alive: A Tour Through the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

I’d been to Holocaust museums before.In sixth grade, I visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and at age 25 I was able...

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...

Chicago Hot Dog: the only hot dog that matters

Illinois is home to a long and rich culinary tradition. The people who came to call this place home brought with them their own cuisines, and,...

Buffalo Rock State Park

Buffalo Rock State Park in Illinois is the pocket-sized baby sister in the Starved Rock, Matthiessen, and Buffalo Rock triumvirate of State Parks that brings visitors...

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...

10 Things to Do in Galena

Galena is known as “the town that time forgot”—in a good way. Because the qualities that earned it that title—its 19th century feel, its historic district,...

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...

Local Flavors on the Farm: Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

Champaign-Urbana is a modern, micro-urban oasis bursting with arts and culture, music, sports, festivals and so much more.But locals pay homage to their agricultural foundation, too....

A Local’s Guide to Champaign County

Written by Josh Laskowksi, aka Josh the Prize Guy on Champaign-Urbana’s WQQB Q96A friendly, small-town atmosphere combined with the thrill of city life makes Champaign County a...

Top 10 Things To Do in Peoria

Situated in the bluffs of Central Illinois along the banks of the Illinois River, “Will it play in Peoria?” is the phrase that put this discerning...

American Architecture Begins with Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park and Chicago

 By Andrea Brown, Frank Lloyd Wright TrustFrank Lloyd Wright spent the first 20 years of his career living and working in the Chicago area. It was...

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...

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...

Best Bookstores in Illinois

In the age of eReaders, audio books and podcasts, one could be forgiven for assuming that the simple paperback is on its way out. Interestingly, that...

Flea Markets in Illinois

Trawl through a treasure trove of trinkets, books and second hand goods at one of the many Flea Markets in Illinois. Locate the best flea markets...