Illinois

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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Top Things to Do in Galena

On the Galena River in northwest Illinois, this town’s century-old buildings now house shops, galleries, wineries and restaurants. Beyond Main Street, find water sports, golf and other active outings.

Best Midwest Family Vacations

Head for a sparkling lake, explore big-city science and nature museums, or enjoy hiking and biking in state parks. The Midwest delivers great family getaways in destinations like Branson, Missouri; Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota; the Black Hills of South Dakota; Traverse City, Michigan; Indianapolis and more. Check out two dozen of our top picks for family vacation destinations.

“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.