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Champaign is an interesting little stop-off with a variety of attractions close at hand. The University of Illinois, a mainstay in...



Of all the cities in the Great Lakes Region, Chicago is by far the most impressive. On Illinois’ banks of Lake Michigan, i...



A total of 85 percent of Galena buildings are enlisted in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Imagine this set ins...



First settled by trappers and traders in 1818, Springfield was originally named as Calhoun. Due to a fertile soil and trading...


When to visit:
Illinois has something to offer travelers at any time of the year. Chicago sees most of its tourism during the summer months, as winters can be challenging in the windy city, but there are some great vacation deals to be had there January through February, and the city has a lot to do for those who can stand the cold.

Skiers also find northern Illinois very appealing in the winter. Galena Illinois sees most of its tourist traffic in the summer, but autumn is a popular season there as well. Southern Illinois is a great place to visit in the spring as well as the winter, and is generally reasonable on the pocketbook even in peak seasons.

State Abbreviation: IL

State Capital: Springfield

Largest City: Chicago

Area: 57,918 square miles

Population: 12,713,634 as of 2004 (5th most populous state in the USA)

Major Industries: agriculture, cattle, manufacturing, mining

Illinois Rivers: Mississippi, Ohio River, Illinois River, Wabash River

Illinois Lakes: Lake Michigan, Rend Lake

Highest Point: Charles Mound - 1,235 feet above sea level

Origin of the Name Illinois: The Indian word Illini means “confederation of the tribes”.

State Nickname: Prairie State

State Motto: State Sovereignty, National Union

State Song: "Illinois"