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Fall Getaway to Galena, Illinois

When leaves turn to gold in a town built on lead, Galena alchemy is formed. See our guide of things to do (and of course eat) in Galena this fall.
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Summer Getaway to Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois is a haven of sandstone canyons, ancient cypress swamp and thick forest—seasoned with birch-sap beer and world-class barbecue.
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This Illinois Professor Helps Bring Sustainable Seafood to Your Door

Thanks to an Illinois professor and an Alaska fisherman, you can get a monthly seafood subscription box shipped right to your Midwest home.
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Top Things to Do in Northwest Illinois

With its rolling terrain, state parks and preserves traversed by the mighty Rick and Mississippi rivers, and biking and hiking trails crisscrossing the area, the Blackhawk Waterways region of northwest Illinois promises outdoor recreation bliss. The region also helped shape the childhood of our 40th president, whose boyhood home opens its doors to visitors.
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Top Things to Do in Illinois' Fox River Valley

A winding waterway unites the Fox River Valley, home to a collection of suburbs 40 miles west of Chicago. Check out some highlights of St. Charles, Aurora, McHenry, Elgin and more.
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Top Things to Do in Lake County, Illinois

Lake County bridges the gap between Chicago’s Cook County and the Wisconsin border with family attractions and nature trails. See our recommendations of what to do in the area.
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Top Things to Do in Carbondale-Marion, Illinois

Nature draws people to the Carbondale-Marion area in southern Illinois. It’s the gateway to Shawnee National Forest, which contains seven wilderness areas and the must-see ancient sandstone cliffs and rock formations in the Garden of the Gods. Check out our trip guide on what to see, where to eat and where to stay.
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Top Things to Do in Bloomington-Normal

In central Illinois, seemingly all roads lead to Bloomington-Normal, which is crisscrossed by interstates 39, 55 and 74, as well as historic Route 66. The twin cities are home to Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and nearly two dozen art galleries. Check out our trip guide.
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The Best Pizza in Chicago? An Expert Shares His Picks

You had us at deep-dish—but that was before we knew how much more pizza there is to love in Chicago. Steve Dolinksy, author of Pizza City USA, gives his pizza picks for every style.