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.

“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.
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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.
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The Latest Midwest Travel Recommendations You Need to Check Out

Hot off the minds of Midwest travel writers: A fresh look at where to eat, stay, play, or shop and learn around the region.
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Where You Can Find Must-See Chicago Comedy in 2020

Chicago has been proving grounds for the rising stars of comedy since the birth of improv (which also happened in the Windy City). Here’s where to find them in the year ahead.
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What to See Along I-70 from Vandalia to Marshall, Illinois

As it cuts through the southern part of Central Illinois, I-70 parallels the Historic National Road (now US-40) that opened the state to settlement in the 1800s. Get a taste of history, theater and outdoor rec as you travel through this area.
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A Whirlwind Weekend in Chicago

Mix and match a stop from each category to create your own must-do lineup. The best part? Next time you visit, you can mix it again to create a whole new adventure.
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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.
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Top Free Things To Do In Illinois

Find free things to do including museums, gardens, zoos and historic sites in Chicago, Springfield and other locations around Illinois.
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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.