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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11 Must-See Chicago Skyscrapers
Chicago is one of the world’s great architectural destinations. Walk along any downtown street and you’ll see example after example of superb design, from neo-gothic, to...
Discovering Springfield’s Horseshoe Sandwich
Nothing says Illinois-hospitality like a full plate, so it’s no surprise that Illinois’ state capitol would conjure up one of the most plate-filling sandwiches in the...
Glacial Park: The Gem of McHenry County Conservation District
Though “glacial” is in this park’s name, if you’re looking for a glacier, you’re about 12,000 years too late.But not to worry. Though glaciers departed long...
Illinois Theaters with Their Own Stories to Tell
Any good theater has stories both on and off the stage. And as an audience member, sometimes the theatrical experience is made all the more enjoyable...
How Illinois Taught and Inspired 4 Presidents of the United States
The histories of Illinois and the United States are inseparable. You can’t look at one without seeing the impact of the other.That’s perhaps nowhere more evident...
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...
Illinois State Parks: Beautiful Places, Magical Spaces
World's Columbian Exposition of 1893: I Can Show You the World
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Northalsted: A Sense of Pride
Starved Rock: A Historic Adventure
17th Street BBQ: A Family Tradition
Illinois President Series: Abraham Lincoln
Best Dance Clubs in Chicago
Thanks to great museums, diverse neighborhoods, and great shopping, a day in Chicago is full of great activities. But when the sun goes down and the lights turn...
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Locations in Illinois
“Mmmm! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!”
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri uttered those words repeatedly while dining in Illinois. The spikey-haired host of Food Network’s popular series...
5 Lesser-Known Chicago Museums You Need to Explore
Most people are already familiar with Chicago’s must-see museums: the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium,...
Illinois President Series: Ulysses S. Grant
Exploring Illinois' 7 Scenic Byways
Here in Illinois, it’s not always about where you go… it’s about how you get there. And with seven distinct scenic and historic byways to choose...
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Wright Stuff
Illinois President Series: Barack Obama
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