The Land of Lincoln contains top-notch museums, gorgeous parks, to-die-for restaurants and upscale shopping—oh, and the great city of Chicago, too. Explore travel ideas for Chicago, Springfield, Route 66, the Great River Road, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Galena and more.

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The Magic of Chicago's Midnight Circus

Under a not-too-big top, a Chicago troupe uses the magic of circus to expose kids to the arts and raise funds for city parks.

Iconic Route 66 Cafe Closes Due To Pandemic

One of Illinois' classic Route 66 restaurants just announced its closing. Travelers will miss the fresh pie and coffee—and will have to hope that new managers might take over in post-pandemic times.

Black-Owned Bookstores Step Into the Spotlight

Online sales and the social justice movement are expanding the reach of Black-owned bookstores. Here’s a sampling of the vibrant and creative Black-owned book shops in the Midwest.

Shedd Aquarium Welcomes Fluffy New Penguin Chicks

Four Magellanic penguin chicks have joined the animal family at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

A Canoe Just For You

Plenty of CEOs buy boats after retirement. Bruce Peterson bought a company that builds them—canoes, specifically—to feed his love of water and woodworking.

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“We’re All In This Together” Signs Appear Around Chicago

A Chicago firm known for its You Are Beautiful stickers just put 24 new messages all around Chicago.

Illinois Road Rally: Driving With Giants

Cloud-kissing vistas. The real Abe Lincoln. And one very famous corn dog. After nearly 100 years, Route 66 has never looked better.

Scenic Drive from Murphysboro to Jonesboro in Southern Illinois

If you love driving the scenic route, take State-127 between Murphysboro and Jonesboro in southern Illinois. In just 25 miles, you'll cross the Big Muddy River and cut through a rolling region that includes the Shawnee National Forest and Trail of Tears State Forest, plus acres of fertile land turned into orchards and vineyards.