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Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, named this town of 1,149 in 1839; it continues to preserve Mormon history and faith.
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Just 30 miles west of Chicago, Naperville (population: 142,000) melts into the sprawl today but was actually founded as a distinct city in 1831.
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Soaring observation decks and winding park trails show the Midwest’s biggest city in a whole new light.
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Enjoy state parks, memorable meals and history on a drive along the Illinois River Road.
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Although 32,195 people live in this north-central Illinois city, its Seminary Street historic district has a decidedly small-town feel.
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Swedish roots run deep in this western Illinois colony (population: 128) near the Quad Cities. Founded more than 150 years ago by religious dissidents from Sweden, its attractions include museums and...
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In hilly northwest Illinois, Apple River Canyon State Park offers beautiful scenery for outdoor recreation, including fishing, hiking and camping.
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Victorian storefronts and restored civic buildings surrounding the pretty town square house sophisticated independent shops, art galleries and restaurants.
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Lincoln sites in Springfield put a relatable face on a larger-than-life figure who intrigues even the most detached visitors. Whether you come for a serious lesson in history or a light-hearted slice...
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On the Galena River, this bustling historic town features century-old buildings housing shops and restaurants; some 50 inns and hotels welcome travelers for vacation getaways.

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