Arts and Culture

From blues clubs to architectural river cruises to intimate art galleries and award-winning theatre, Illinois offers travelers a vibrant arts and culture scene. Explore the images below to see what awaits you in the Land of Lincoln.

Rockford's Starlight Theatre, Rockford
Photo Credit: Greg Murphy
Lake Michigan Boat Tour
Photo Credit: John Lindsey
People Walking at Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Southern Illinois Ethnic Festival, Carbondale
Photo Credit: Community Links
Southern Illinois Artisan Shop, Whittington
Photo Credit: Southern Illinois Artisan Shop and Visitor Center
Quad Cities Botanic Center Illuminated at night, Rock Island
Photo Credit: Quad Cities Botanic Center
South Loop River
Photo Credit: Mark Montgomery
Quad Cities Botanic Center, Rock Island
Photo Credit: Quad Cities Botanic Center
Tempel Lipizzans, Wadsworth
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism

History

Illinois is rich with historical sites and presidential legacies. Step back in time in Illinois and explore the images below of some of Illinois' most-unique historical destinations.

Lake Michigan Boat Tour
Photo Credit: John Lindsey
Water Tower with Carriage
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Wendella Sightseeing Boat Tours
Photo Credit: John Lindsey
Civil War Days, Naperville
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Fabyan Estate and Forest Preserve Windmill, Geneva
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Skokie Historical Museum, Skokie
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Abraham Lincoln statue, Springfield
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Bloomington's McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington
Photo Credit: McLean County Museum of History
Effingham County Courthouse, Effingham
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
George Rogers Clark statue overlooking Ohio River at Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Jacks Carriage Rides, Galena
Photo Credit: Jo Daviess County CVB
John Deere tractor at John Deere Pavilion, Moline
Photo Credit: John Deere
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Springfield
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Monument to Women sculpture in Nauvoo, Nauvoo
Photo Credit: Nauvoo Restoration Inc
Native Harvest Festival at Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville
Photo Credit: Kim Huskey
New Salem Historic Site, New Salem
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
People at historic cave at Cave in Rock State Park, Cave in Rock
Photo Credit: Cave in Rock State Park
Quincy Museum, Quincy
Photo Credit: Quincy Museum
South Loop River
Photo Credit: Mark Montgomery
Southern Illinois Ethnic Festival, Carbondale
Photo Credit: Community Links
State Capitol Building, Springfield
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Dickson Mounds Museum, Peoria
Photo Credit: Peoria Journal Star
Trees blossoming at Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield
Photo Credit: Lincoln Memorial Garden
Robert Wadlow (world's tallest man!) statue, Alton
Photo Credit: Mark Palmer
Chaplin Creek Historic Village Cabin, Franklin Grover
Photo Credit: Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition
Summer Festival at the New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg
Photo Credit: Springfield CVB

Sports and Gaming

Whether it’s a professional horse race or a minor league baseball game, Illinois offers something for every sporting enthusiast. Explore the images below to see the fun & games that await in Illinois.

Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field
Photo Credit: Chris McGuire
Wrigley Field Scoreboard
Photo Credit: Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
Golfing the Ledges, Rockford
Photo Credit: Rockford CVB
Thoroughbreds race to the finish at Fairmount Park, Collinsville
Photo Credit: Fairmount Park
Fairway at Annbriar Golf Course, Waterloo
Photo Credit: Fairway at Annbriar Golf Course, Waterloo
Great River Road Golf Club, Quincy
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Grafton Canoe & Kayak, Grafton
Photo Credit: Tom Foster
Grafton Canoe & Kayak, Grafton
Photo Credit: Tom Foster
Grafton Canoe & Kayak, Grafton
Photo Credit: Tom Foster
Galena Triathlon, Galena
Photo Credit: Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB
All-purpose arena at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield
Photo Credit: Springfield CVB
Woman golfing in Decatur, Decatur
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Daredevil drivers at Red Hill Raceway, Sumner
Photo Credit: Clive Wilson
Fountain and golf cart at Rend Lake Golf Course, Whittington
Photo Credit: Rend Lake Golf Course

Outdoors and Play

Enjoy Illinois' great outdoors by ziplining, hiking and biking through lush national forests and state parks or paddling down a scenic waterway. Explore the images below to see adventure experiences that will have thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts coming back for more.

Flowers at Millennium Park
Photo Credit: Mark Montgomery
Navy Pier
Photo Credit: Mark Segal
Navy Pier
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Taste of Chicago
Photo Credit: Jason Lindsey
Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Naperville, Naperville
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
People Walking at Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Six Flags Great America Hurricane Harbor, Gurnee
Photo Credit: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Great America Hurricane Harbor, Gurnee
Photo Credit: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Tempel Lipizzans, Wadsworth
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Blackberry Farm, Aurora
Photo Credit: Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition
Magic Waters Water Park, Rockford
Photo Credit: Rockford CVB
The Millennium Fountain, Rockford
Photo Credit: Rockford CVB
Quad Cities Botanic Center illuminated at night, Rock Island
Photo Credit: Quad Cities Botanic Center
Fountain at the Peoria Riverfront, Peoria
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Group of people bird watching at Forest Park Nature Center, Peoria
Photo Credit: Mike Miller
Splashdown Water Park, East Peoria
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Child eating an apple at Eckert's Country Store and Farms, Belleville
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Grafton Canoe & Kayak, Grafton
Photo Credit: Tom Foster
Grafton Canoe & Kayak, Grafton
Photo Credit: Tom Foster
Grafton Canoe & Kayak, Grafton
Photo Credit: Tom Foster
Paddle wheeler and sunset on the Mississippi, Alton
Photo Credit: Delta Queen Steamboat Company
Raging Rivers Water Park, Grafton
Photo Credit: Raging Rivers Water Park
Jacks Carriage Rides, Galena
Photo Credit: Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB
Carlyle Lake, Carlyle
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Galena on the Fly, Eagle Ridge Spa & Resort, Galena
Photo Credit: Eagle Ridge Spa & Resort
Summer fun at Knight's Action & Water Park, Springfield
Photo Credit: Springfield CVB
Trees blossoming at Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield
Photo Credit: Lincoln Memorial Garden
Fountain and golf cart at Rend Lake Golf Course, Whittington
Photo Credit: Rend Lake Golf Course
Garden of the Gods, Harrisburg
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Giant City Lodge, Giant City State Park, Carbondale
Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
People at historic cave at Cave in Rock State Park, Cave in Rock
Photo Credit: Cave in Rock State Park
Scuba diving at Mermet Springs, Mermet
Photo Credit: Mermet Springs
Shawnee National Forest, Alto Pass
Photo Credit: Shawnee National Forest
Tower Rock, Grand Tower
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Quad Cities Botanic Center, Rock Island
Photo Credit: Quad Cities Botanic Center

Food and Drink

From Michelin-starred restaurants to farm-to-table restaurants that offer the freshest locally sourced ingredients, Illinois takes pride in its award-winning culinary offerings and wine tastings. Explore the images below to learn more about the tastes of Illinois.

Blue Sky Winery
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Cozy Dog Drive-In
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Deep Dish Pizza from Pizzeria Uno
Photo Credit: Pizzeria Uno
Giant City Lodge
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Horseshoe Sandwich at D'Arcy's Pint
Photo Credit: Todd Toborg
Taste of Chicago
Photo Credit: Jason Lindsey
Main Street in Libertyville, Libertyville
Photo Credit: Kim Karpeles
Streets of Woodfield, Woodfield
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Grape stomp at the Owl Creek Vineyard, Cobden
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Taste of the Quad Cities, Quad Cities
Photo Credit: Quad Cities CVB
Giant City Lodge, Giant City State Park, Carbondale
Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Shopping

Looking for that great shopping deal? The world-class shopping opportunities in Illinois are abundant, including Chicago's famous Magnificent Mile, home to famous designers and brands. Explore the images below for a glimpse into Illinois' fashion-forward shopping experiences.

Chicago Premium Outlets
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Fashion Outlets of Chicago (Exterior)
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Fashion Outlets of Chicago (Interior)
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Gurnee Mills
Photo Credit: Michael Seroni
Long Grove Shopping in Winter
Photo Credit: Michael Seroni
Main Street in Libertyville, Libertyville
Photo Credit: Kim Karpeles
Naperville, Naperville
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Naperville Main Street Promenade, Naperville
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Streets of Woodfield, Woodfield
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Shoppers on Main Street, Galena
Photo Credit: Robert Keeling
Southern Illinois Artisan Shop Whittington
Photo Credit: Southern Illinois Artisan Shop

Places to Stay

Illinois offers no shortage of spectacular lodging options, from world-class hotels to cozy bed & breakfast retreats. Explore the images below to discover the perfect place to stay in Illinois.

DeSoto House Hotel
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Rose Hotel
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
The Drake Hotel
Photo Credit: The Drake Hotel
The Inn at Irish Hollow
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
White Pines Inn
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Galena on the Fly, Eagle Ridge Spa & Resort, Galena
Photo Credit: Eagle Ridge Spa & Resort
Giant City Lodge, Giant City State Park, Carbondale
Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Shanghai Terrace at The Peninsula Hotel
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Bird's eye view of Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort, Galena
Photo Credit: Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort

Events

No matter the season, Illinois abounds with festivals and special events. Create that holiday card picture at a lights festival in December or enjoy a famous Chicago hot dog at a street festival in June. Explore the images below to discover your favorite Illinois event.

Chicago Jazz Festival
Photo Credit: Michael Seroni
History Comes Alive
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Lollapalooza
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
St. Charles Scarecrow Festival
Photo Credit: Mark Segal
Superman Celebration
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Taste of Chicago
Photo Credit: Jason Lindsey
Civil War Days, Naperville
Photo Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism
Summer Festival at the New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg
Photo Credit: Springfield CVB
Taste of the Quad Cities, Quad Cities
Photo Credit: Quad Cities CVB
Southern Illinois Ethnic Festival, Carbondale
Photo Credit: Community Links

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