25 Best Things to Do in Illinois

At the heart of the United States is Illinois, a state of firsts. The first skyscraper was erected in The Prairie State along with the first Ferris wheel. The State, which was named after the Illinois River, is as varied as possible and is the leading producer of corn in the US but also home to the world’s busiest airport and the USA’s tallest building.

Illinois is often referred to as the Land of Lincoln as it is where the 16th president of the United States began his political journey. The pride and respect towards this figure is obvious in the state due to the numerous monuments and landmarks dedicated to him. Illinois has many charming towns and state parks but is largely dominated by The Windy City, Chicago.

Home to world-class museums, memorable sights, great food and a lot of shops, Chicago is truly a travelers paradise. It is one of the largest cities in the US and draws millions of visitors every year.

Have a look at the best things to do in Illinois:

1. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is situated in Springfield and offers a great opportunity to learn not only about Abraham Lincoln, but also about Illinois and its history.

Officially opened in 2004, the museums collection has been a work in progress for at least a century. The facility is also used for research and not all of the collection is available for public viewing.

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25 Best Things to Do in Illinois:

Lincoln Park, Chicago

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum: Henryk Sadura / shutterstock
  • Magnificent Mile: Michael Rosebrock / shutterstock
  • Ulysses S Grant Home State Historic Site: Gabrielle Hovey / shutterstock
  • Navy Pier: Felix Mizioznikov / shutterstock
  • Starved Rock State Park: Eddie J. Rodriquez / shutterstock
  • Art Institute Of Chicago: MaxyM / shutterstock
  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site: Vladislav Gajic / shutterstock
  • Dana-Thomas House: Teemu008 from Palatine, Illinois / Wikimedia
  • Anderson Japanese Gardens: John R Searles / shutterstock
  • Field Museum Of Natural History, Chicago: Busara / shutterstock
  • Willis Tower: Songquan Deng / shutterstock
  • Shedd Aquarium, Chicago: elesi / shutterstock
  • Lincoln Park: Maria Sbytova / shutterstock
  • Grant Park: DiegoMariottini / shutterstock
  • Adler Planetarium: Henryk Sadura / shutterstock
  • Richard H Driehaus Museum: victorgrigas / Wikimedia
  • Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois: Nagel Photography / shutterstock
  • Chicago Cultural Centre Interior: Mary Lynn Strand / shutterstock
  • Abraham Lincoln Tomb And Memorial, Springfield, Illinois: Gimas / shutterstock
  • Chicago Theatre: f11photo / shutterstock
  • 360 Chicago View: BePhumirat / shutterstock
  • Lincoln Home, Springfield, Illinois: RRuntsch / shutterstock
  • Six Flags Great America: hendricksphotos / Wikimedia
  • Chicago Lakefront Trail: Maciej Bledowski / shutterstock
  • Chicago Botanic Garden: elesi / shutterstock