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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National Plan for Vacation Day
This January 29, start making plans for your vacation in 2019. After all, you've earned it.On Tuesday, January 29, Enjoy Illinois is joining forces with the...
A Model City
On virtually any street corner in Chicago, you’re surrounded by the inspiration of world-renowned architects playing out in brick, cement, glass and steel. The city’s skyline...
Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway
By Amber Holst of Concierge PreferredFrom pelicans soaring above a national wildlife refuge to what President Theodore Roosevelt declared as the "world’s most beautiful drive," the...
Prohibition may have banned alcohol sales in the 1920s and early 1930s, but instead of killing off bars, it just sent them undercover. Speakeasies (so named...
Looking for Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area
Forty-two counties of Central Illinois make up the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA). The only National Heritage Area named for an American President, the ALNHA was designated by...
Lincoln the Lawyer
Before he became the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln lived in Central Illinois where he had his own law practice.
Lincoln and the Civil War
In Illinois' amazing Great Rivers Country, Quincy is a historical gem that is full of Lincoln history. The sixth Senatorial debate between Lincoln and Douglas was...
The Life & Times of Lincoln in Illinois
Bloomington, about 65 miles north of Lincoln's hometown of Springfield, was the location for some of Lincoln's confrontations with his political arch-rival Stephen Douglas.
Discover Lincoln on Illinois Route 66
Make your way from Springfield to Pontiac, learning about Lincoln's life while stopping off at Route 66 diners and museums.
10 Neighborhoods to Love in Chicago
Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods are like colorful little pieces of a big, beautiful mosaic. Take a tour of 10 communities to learn why locals love their part...
Illinois' African-American History and Heritage
From Chicago claiming the birthplace of gospel music and its own version of the blues, to the Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum sharing authentic...
Chicago’s Second Shoreline
With its stately bridges, historic architecture cruises and requisite greenness at St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago’s namesake river is a linchpin in city lore. But for decades,...
Mug Shots: Illinois Root Beer
Illinois rocks root beer. Brewpubs, stores and stands sell local variations on the dark, frosty nectar, including alcohol-added versions that pack a spicy punch.
The Big 200: Illinois Bicentennial
A 200th birthday calls for an epic party, so Illinois is inviting you to a yearlong statewide bash. The fun started last December 3 (birthday 199)...
Crafted with Character
About six years ago, Bruce and Sue Peterson were ready for their next act.As a hospital administrator and teacher, respectively, the couple spent their days separated...
Alfresco Tunes: The Ravinia Festival
The Ravinia Festival, a summerlong outdoor music series with multiple concerts every week, takes place in Highland Park, 25 miles north of Chicago. Ravinia rookies should...
Lost in the Garden
Reflective water features, winding paths, and tucked-away benches and structures ensure there's always a spot to find solitude in the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford.
The Little Town That Made It Big
Casey takes its motto, “Big Things in a Small Town,” seriously. Consider: a 30-foot golf tee weighing in at 6,659 pounds, a pencil that’s 32 feet...
African-American Heritage on the South Side
Chicago’s south side boasts an incredible range of black heritage sites.It embodies the past, present, and future of African-Americans – a history of marginalization that has...
Flesor's Candy Kitchen
After immigrating from Greece in the early 20th Century, Gus Flesor decided to tackle the American Dream his way: by opening a confectionary.In 1901, Gus purchased...
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