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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Fall Getaway to Marion, Illinois

Our copy editor’s top fall trip of 2020: An excursion with another couple to hike in a national forest and see Garden of the Gods (the one in Illinois).

The Best of Fall in Galena, Illinois

Our senior designer returns to her hometown each October for dining, shopping, hiking, biking and more. Here’s what she recommends.

New Ways to Stay, Play and Eat in Illinois

Luxury hotels, thought-provoking art exhibits, an animatronic dinosaur display and new wildlife tours are a few of the fresh experiences for Illinois visitors in 2021.

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.

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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.

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.