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Explore Illinois

From urban excitement and outdoor adventures to delicious food and fascinating history, Illinois is an iconic destination with something for everyone. Scroll through the regions to explore the diversity of experiences in The Middle of Everything.

  • Unmissable Outdoor Adventures

    Trails to Adventure

    Get outdoors and explore! Whether you're looking for ziplining, golfing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding or kayaking, you can find it here in Southern Illinois. Relax at wineries and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and vistas of Shawnee National Forest.

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  • An Iconic City with Nearby Adventures

    Chicago & Beyond

    Voted the best big city in the US, Chicago sets the scene with its iconic skyline and world-class museums, architecture, food and cultural scene. Discover the city's diverse neighborhoods or explore just beyond the city for picturesque outdoor escapes, family-friendly adventures and great shopping.

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  • History & Roadside Nostalgia

    Land of Lincoln

    Presidential history meets classic Americana in Central Illinois. Visit the state capital, Springfield, and discover Abraham Lincoln's incredible legacy. Throughout the region, immerse yourself in museums, festivals and American-sized helpings of roadside nostalgia.

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  • Scenic Views & Small Town Charm

    Great Rivers Country

    Take a scenic drive on the Great River Road that follows the Mississippi River along the entire western border of Illinois, framed by gorgeous limestone river bluffs. Relax in charming towns nestled by the river for beautiful views, outdoor adventures, great food and fascinating history.

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Travel Inspiration

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Food & Drink

Food & Drink

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Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events
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Things to Do

Things To Do

Local Stories

Illinois Made, Discover Local
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Food & Beverage

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

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Hewn Bakery

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Food & Beverage

Crown Brew Coffee Co

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Handmade Goods

Rock Island's Handcrafted Canoes

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Art, Pottery & Jewelry

Buena Vista Art

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THE BEST BIG CITY IN THE US

Plan your trip to one of the world's greatest cities, Chicago. Discover incredible food, architecture, attractions and cultural experiences. There's no city quite like it.

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Explore Illinois by EV

ECO-FRIENDLY ROAD TRIPS

Illinois has over 1,200 public electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state which allow you to embark on unforgettable eco-friendly road trips, exploring scenic routes and hidden gems across the state.

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Enjoy Illinois Inspiration Guide

Find unexpected ways to enjoy Illinois in this biannual inspiration guide that explores every corner of the state. Each issue offers a mix of travel stories, stunning photography and timely trip ideas that'll help you make the most of each season.

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