Illinois

Travelers flock to the shores of Lake Michigan to explore all that Chicago has to offer, whether it’s a baseball pilgrimage to Wrigley Field, a shopping trip on the Magnificent Mile or the chance to see some of world’s most famous paintings at Art Institute of Chicago. But there is much more to Illinois, whether you want to spend time in Springfield, where Abraham Lincoln spent most of his adult life and is remembered at a world-class museum bearing his name, or explore outdoor recreation destinations across the state.

See and learn about some of the most famous buildings in Chicago, Illinois, from the water during this Chicago River cruise. 

Joy Morton of Morton Salt fame turned his country estate in Lisle, Illinois, into an outdoor museum of evergreen and deciduous trees.

Rising more than 1,000 feet over the Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, this spot provides panoramic vistas of skyscrapers, streets and vast blue of Lake Michigan. 

Visit Springfield, Illinois, where our 16th resident spent most of his adult life and was practicing law when he was elected to the White House in 1860

This 20-acre park along Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago welcomes travelers to escape the bustle of the city and enjoy the outdoors. 

See canyons, waterfalls, natural springs, sandstone overhangs and breathtaking views along 13 miles of trails in Oglesby, Illinois.

James Beard Award-winning journalist Steve Dolinsky’s food tours show Chicago has much more to offer than deep-dish pies. 

Located 150 miles west of Chicago and 6 miles south of the historic town of Galena, Illinois, this destination makes for a great winter escape.