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Lurie Garden

Lurie Garden, at the southeastern end of Millennium Park, provides visitors with a visual palette of textures and color set against the Chicago skyline.

Starved Rock State Park

The sun paints the sky and the Illinois River beautiful shades of orange at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois. 

Navy Pier

Don't miss a ride on the Wave Swinger or the 150-foot-high Ferris wheel at Chicago's Navy Pier. 

Main Street, Galena

Galena, Illinois' downtown features century-old buildings housing shops and restaurants.

Silverbell beauty

Delicate, bell-shape white flowers bloom on Silverbell (Halesia Carolina) in an Illinois garden.

Millennium Park Bean

Cloud Gate sculpture (nicknamed the Bean) at Chicago's Millennium Park reflects the city's skyscrapers—and visitors. 

Cache River State Natural Area

Cypress trees stand tall in the Cache River State Natural area in Belknap, Illinois. Visitors can experience this lost world while paddling a canoe through 6 miles of trails that wind through rivers, swamps and ponds.  

Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site

Lincoln's Tomb in Springfield, Illinois' Oak Ridge Cemetery is the final resting place of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln; his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln; and three of their four sons. 

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

The sights and sounds of nature surround visitors at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois.

Naper Settlement

Snow dusts Naper Settlement in Naperville, Illinois, where a 12-acre village celebrates life in a 19th-century Midwestern town.


31st Street Beach

Enjoy the water view at 31st Street and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

University of Illinois Arboretum

Learn about plants and enjoy nature's beauty at the University of Illinois Arboretum in Urbana, Illinois.

Apple River Canyon

Water, trees in fall colors and cliffs line the Primrose Trail at Illinois' Apple River Canyon State Park.


The Spirit of Peoria

The Spirit of Peoria paddle wheeler cruises up and down the Illinois River and makes frequent stops at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Illinois. 

Oak Street Beach

Chicago's Oak Street Beach stretches like a carpet beneath Magnificent Mile skyscrapers. Palm trees dot the sand, and a swath of pebbles lines the Lake Michigan shore.


Allerton Park and Retreat Center

More than 100 sculptures dot the gardens at Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois. 

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