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African American history has deep roots all throughout Illinois. From the state's powerful history to today's trendsetting makers, African American culture and lineage can be traced wherever you visit in Illinois. Discover local artisans to support, events to attend, and even a road trip to learn more about the African American history, art and cuisine that continues to inspire year round.

Discover Illinois with Dilla

Telling the Story of Illinois

Urban historian Shermann 'Dilla' Thomas partnered with Enjoy Illinois to share stories of Illinois’ rich African American neighborhoods, historical attractions and destinations throughout the state.

Visit Discover Illinois with Dilla to view all the videos and stories from throughout Illinois.

Stories from Alton - Part 1

Stories from Springfield - Part 1

More Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Meet talented Illinois Made Makers and discover events, activities and trip ideas throughout the state.

Meet Black Illinois Makers

Take a Tour Through Black History

Black Restaurant Week in Chicago

Old State Capitol Stories Of Freedom

Told through the lens of the historic rooms in the Old State Capitol, this video showcases important stories of freedom that transpired in Illinois, transporting you back to some of the tremendously impactful events that shaped the world we live in today.


Illinois Made: Black Makers Spotlight

Southside Blooms

Southside Blooms is a full-service farm-to-vase florist on the Southside of Chicago, providing unique and fashion-forward arrangements, while maintaining an uncompromising dedication to the environment.

Riley's Vegan Sweets & Eats

Since 2017, Riley Greenwood has been crafting delicious vegan treats and culinary sensations. Regarded as Peoria's first 100% vegan bakery, all treats are crafted from scratch and organic ingredients.

CBPB Popcorn

Popcorn is not just a tasty snack for co-owners Isis Griffin and Alven Allison. It’s Cool, Bliss, Popped Bliss, — a complete way of life. And a tasty snack, too.

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