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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...

Chicago Speakeasies

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...