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Illinois - The Land of Lincoln
Illinois - Channel your inner explorer for an adventure that takes you horseback riding, biking, river rafting and hiking. Along the way, see a roaming herd of bison, take a horse-drawn boat ride along a shaded canal, and discover a place where a great river road turns into the Mother Road. Illinois let's you experience big city fun where world-class museums and Broadway theater meet soaring ships, captured subs and flying dolphins. Let Illinois satisfy your appetite for travel. Like a slice of its Chicago deep-dish pizza, it's loaded with toppings and will leave you begging for more.
Illinois City Highlights
Chicago has Skyscrapers that stretch toward the heavens — four are more than a thousand feet tall — while shorter buildings loom large as unrivaled works of art as much as architecture. Lake Michigan, that sparkling inland sea, laps at the city's doorstep along 29 miles of shoreline adorned with spacious parks, marinas and public beaches. Venerable museums house treasures, both natural and manmade, in such profusion that even the most determined sightseers can't manage to see every painting, sculpture, fossil or living specimen on display. And even the most dedicated shoppers can't hope to browse all the glitzy boutiques, department stores and vertical malls along downtown's Magnificent Mile within a single visit.
Joliet Just 44 miles southwest of Chicago lies the picturesque city of Joliet. Once a small town flourishing in the Illinois prairie, Joliet now boasts a population of 145,000+. Thousands of visitors flock to Joliet annually to enjoy the thrill of gaming at Empress and Harrah's Casinos. Dining options in Joliet abound, and virtually every taste and budget preference can be met. The city is home to fast food establishments, family diners, and upscale restaurants. Along with American fare, residents can enjoy the ethnic cuisine from restaurants serving Mexican, Asian, Italian, and German specialties.
Naperville Discover Downtown Naperville! With beauty, charm and a welcoming atmosphere, you’ll find that visiting Naperville is the perfect setting to enjoy prominent history, arts and culture, and a dynamic nightlife. Stroll through downtown on a self-guided tour that previews Naperville’s historic architecture, while enjoying unique shopping and dining experiences. Naperville hosts a variety of special events throughout the year – from music festivals and art shows, to concerts and more. Whether you’re looking for tennis or bocce courts, golf courses, skateboarding, in-line skating, or even a place to launch your canoe, Naperville offers it all.
Illinois State Facts
The Land of Lincoln
Algonquin Indian for "warriors"
12/3/1818 12:00:00 AM
State Sovereignty, National Union
Total: 57918 sq.mi., Land: 55593 sq.mi., Water: 2325 sq.mi.