Find out what's on in Illinois and Chicago with your guide to events, festivals, markets, music, theater, sport and more.
Find out how to get to Illinois by plane, train, bus and driving. Getting around Chicago and Illinois is easy with our guide to ways to travel around the state.
Step back in time to the golden age of train travel and settle in for a peaceful ride to discover some of Illinois’ most charming towns and hidden treasures.
Visit the many historic sites in Illinois, from the Land of Lincoln, to the site of an ancient Native American city at Cahokia Mounds.
Visit the History Museums of Illinois. From the vast collection of the Chicago History Museum to small town historical museums, you’ll discover the stories and heritage of our towns and our people.
History comes alive at Illinois historical reenactments. Meet Abraham Lincoln in the flesh, experience colonial life, or take a canal boat ride with a period costumed storyteller.
One of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright called Illinois home—and filled it with some of his best works.
Taste your way through the state with our guide to the best and closest places to eat in Illinois. Experience everything from fine dining to shared plates and takeaway fare.
Put your dancing shoes on or unwind at one of the many bars and night clubs in Illinois. Locate the best cocktails, the perfect beer, local DJs, international artists and more.
Taste the regional characteristics in our locally produced wines. Browse our guide to the closest and best Illinois wineries and vineyards for your next celebration or trip.
Fancy a pint? Hunt down major Illinois breweries and distilleries for the best beers, ciders and spirits in the state. Support local production and taste your way through Illinois.
Taste your way through the best of the state with food tours in Illinois. Enjoy everything from fine dining and wineries, to craft beer and pizza tours.
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Funks Grove Maple Sirup
Turns out you can get more than your kicks on Route 66.If you’re lucky, you might score a bottle of Funks’ legendary maple sirup. The Funk...
Man Bites Dog
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Let’s Do Brunch
Move over scrambled eggs—these savvy Chicago restaurants reinvent the weekend’s most amazing morning meal
Chicago’s Must-See Museums
Chicago is home to some of the most acclaimed museums in the world.You can easily spend a weekend or more exploring them. We’ve suggested a handful...
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...
Looking to slow down your hectic life for a weekend? Then plan a trip to picturesque Amish country in central Illinois, where black buggies rule the...
Ice, snow; wrap up and glide into the holiday season with open air ice skating rinks, lights festivals, skiing and snow sculpting.
Take Your Pick
Nothing thumps like a plump, round pumpkin.
That deep resonance gives us sweet, sumptuous pies and salty seed nibbles, seasonal decor and leering Halloween grins. Every year when the...
Mississippi Mud Pottery
In the historic town of Alton, Felicia Breen and Chad Nelson, put hand to stoneware clay continuing the vision of the founders Ken and Brenda Barnett,...
Custom Cup Coffee
Welcome to a roast-to-order coffee company that redefines the limits of good taste as it unites a community.This all started when founders Brent and Kendra Boesdorfer...
Navy Pier Turns 100
Celebrate the Centennial of Illinois’ Number-one Attraction
Navy Pier is celebrating its 100th birthday in style. One of the biggest surprises visitors will encounter is...
Top Five Joy Rides
Six Flags Great AmericaThe Guinness World Record holder for the fastest, tallest and steepest wooden roller coaster, Goliath draws thrill-seekers to Six Flags in Gurnee. The 85-degree...
Marcoot Jersey Creamery
The rural setting of Greenville is found some three hours south of Chicago in the rolling hills of Bond County.This is the perfect location for this...
Spirits are distilled down on the Walter family farm at Whiskey Acres. In Northern Illinois’ DeKalb County, country roads divide acres of farm fields into neat...
Art Smith's Chicago
While shivering through his first Chicago winter, celebrity chef and Florida native Art Smith remembers the advice a local friend gave him.
“He said, ‘Just imagine that...
Illinois Farms & Orchards
Illinois has a rich tradition of family farms and orchards. Visit pumpkin patches, enjoy farm-to-table eats or stock up on seasonal produce from farm markets.
Navarro Canoe Co.
After a successful career in hospital management, Bruce was looking for a new adventure that he and his wife could take together.Little did he know the...
Every morning at the Village Inn on Main Street in rural Palestine, farmers converse over mugs of steamy coffee and hearty breakfast platters under the watchful, boat-propeller eye...
Monster Mash, Illinois
I’m somewhat of an anomaly around Halloween—I don’t normally like scary things. The candy part of the holiday, of course, I’m into. But I go extra...
Illinois is well known across the country for its proud agricultural heritage, but, make no mistake: It’s not all corn growing in those beautifully bucolic fields....
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