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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Chicago Fire of 1871: We Didn't Start the Fire
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You’ll hear Chicago sports fans described in a lot of ways. “Passionate.” “Dedicated.” “Loyal.” There’s no question their teams mean a lot to them.When it comes...
Chicago's Bird Watching Experience
As a specialist with our state’s coastal program, I spend much of my time on Chicago’s coast. But, birding on the city’s lakefront was a new...
The Cozy Dog Drive In: The World’s First Corn Dog on a Stick
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Hike, Bike, Climb, Paddle Chicago
Chicago has beautiful natural features, but one thing it doesn’t have: elevation. Illinois ranks as one of the flattest states in the U.S. But, that smooth...
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Cozy Cabin Destinations
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Road Trips Through Illinois' Small Towns
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After Dark: 10 Chicago Date Night Destinations
Kiss under the stars, play ping ping or retro arcade games, or watch a professional feed sharks. Have a fun night out in the Windy City...
6 Illinois Museums Worth Traveling For
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Historic Peoria: Something for Everyone
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Illinoisians love steak-and-potato meals, especially so with a cocktail or a glass of wine found statewide at steakhouses. While the menus may look similar, the vibes...
Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House
Lights. Camera. Architecture. Plans are in place to make a movie that tells the backstory of Plano’s Farnsworth House, a famous glass and steel house on...
Tempel Lipizzans: Dressed for Success
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The Chicago Bears and History’s Biggest NFL Victory
It’s hard to pick the Chicago Bears’ finest moment. For nearly a century, the team has occupied a special place in the Chicago psyche (“’Da Bears!”...
5 Illinois Inventions That Make Daily Life Better
A visit to Illinois can be a life-changing experience. But even if you haven’t made it this way yet, we can guarantee that something made in...
The Story of the Original Rainbow Cone
For more than 90 years, ice cream lovers have flocked to the Original Rainbow Cone for a taste of its eponymous treat. And with a pedigree...
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