Illinois also known as “the Prairie State’’ is dotted by the farmlands, forests, wetlands and rolling hills. The Midwestern U.S. state borders Indiana in the east and Mississippi River on the west. Chicago one of the main cities of the state is located in the northeast and on the banks of Lake Michigan. The city is cherished for its skyscrapers featuring the famous 1,451 ft. Willis Tower and the neo-Gothic Tower.
Chicago also boosts the museums of the Art Institute famed for its Impressionistic works, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Museum in Oak Park make it an interesting place to visit. Apart, the city is also home to the famous Chicago clubs. Springfield, the state’s capital houses the famous Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. To the South of the state, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site attracts visitors because of the remnants of the pre-Colombian city. The Shawnee National Forests attracts adventures, nature lovers, hikers, and swimmers.
Things to do in Illinois
Millennium Park: Millennium Park is a 24.5-acre sprawling park situated in the Loop community area of Chicago. The park attracts locals and tourists as it has a range of attractions perfect to spend a day. The park is also used for various functions and events such as the Grant Park Music Festival.
Willis Tower: The Willis Tower is an iconic tourist’s attraction in the Chicago offering sweeping panoramic views of the city from its 103 observation deck. The tower which is also commonly known as the Sears Tower is actually a 110 stories and 1450 foot skyscraper.
Navy Pier: The Navy Pier beside an old navy training ground is actually a 3,300-foot long pier built over the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. The Pier is a popular spot amongst the locals with its carnival rides, shops, restaurants, and fireworks.
The Art Institute of Chicago: Commenced in the year 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and biggest art museums in the whole United State. The museum offers a collection of more than 5000 years of human expressions from cultures around the world. A great place to go and explore more about world history all contained in this legendary museum.
Shedd Aquarium: The Shedd Aquarium opened in the year 1930 at one was the largest indoor aquarium in the world with some 5,000,000 US gallons of water, containing 32,000 sea species. The indoor aquarium is great places go and see varied habitats and stunning views of Lake Michigan.
Best Time to Visit Illinois
May to September is the best time to visit due to its pleasant weather perfect to venture outdoors. The city of Springfield attracts visitors from March to April. Winters are cold and snowy. Popular events include St. Patrick’s Day (March), Chicago food Festival (July), the Route 66 Mother Road Festival in Springfield ( September) and Illinois State Fair again in Springfield ( August).