In addition to being the birthplace of Abe Lincoln, Illinois is home to Chicago – the third-largest city in the nation – and one of the world’s busiest airports. With its great diversity of people, Illinois has a reputation as a bellwether for social and cultural trends. A leader in music education, the state is also known for its major sports teams such as the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls and top national universities such as Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Beyond the windy city, Illinois has smaller cities with tree-lined neighborhoods and peaceful rural areas. Abe would be proud.
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From towering skyscrapers overlooking Lake Michigan and sun-filled baseball games at Wrigley Field to twilight concerts in Millennium Park and free fireworks at Navy Pier, Chicago buzzes with energy and excitement. You will find world-class dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions here in the largest and most-visited city in the Midwest.
Each region of Illinois has a unique personality, but Northern Illinois is without a doubt the most vibrant. On top of the countless adventures to be had in Chicago, Northern Illinois is also home to attractions such as the Rockford Art Museum and beautiful Starved Rock State Park in Utica.
The northwestern region of Illinois has seen its population grow steadily since 2000 due to its low housing costs and a high-performing school system. Outdoor recreation abounds. However, its proximity to Chicago is its greatest strength, allowing residents to be close enough to urban amenities but removed from congestion and high costs of living.
Southern Illinois is a hot spot for nature lovers. The incomparable scenery can be enjoyed while hiking, playing golf, biking and visiting wineries. Bordering the Mississippi River, the miles of wine trails are the perfect route to take through historic 19th-century towns, orchards and numerous farm markets.
Capital of Illinois, Springfield is well-known for being the Land of Lincoln, maintaining his former house and other historical sites such as the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library. Springfield is also the home of many sporting and agricultural events and lies on the famous Route 66.