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2017

Chicago Illinois Made
Optimo Hats Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, Optimo Hats, part of Illinois Made program.Chicago – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism released today the newest local bus...

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Eshelman Pottery Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, Eshelman Pottery, part of Illinois Made program.Chicago – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism released today the newest loca...

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2017 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism

Illinois Governor’s Conference brings big tourism news and business to Springfield.Springfield, Ill., March 20, 2017 – During Monday’s press conference at the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on ...

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2017 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism, Media Event Schedule

Schedule of media events at 2017 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism.Chicago, March 16, 2017 – Next week, nearly 400 Illinois travel and tourism professionals will convene in Springfiel...

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New Illinois Tourism Ad Campaign and Website Unveiled

New Illinois Tourism Ad Campaign and Website Unveiled at 2017 Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism.SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 23, 2017–The state’s premier gathering of tourism industry and market...

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Eat & Drink Illinois Made
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Illinois Made

Latest maker video features two Galena brothers distilling fine Illinois liquors.Galena, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism released today the newest local Galena business ...

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Illinois Office of Tourism and Chicago Wolves Forge Partnership

Illinois Office of Tourism and Chicago Wolves celebrate Illinois Tourism Night, Saturday, Jan. 21.CHICAGO – The Illinois Office of Tourism is proud to announce a partnership with the professional ice ...

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National Travel and Tourism Week’s Faces of Travel

Illinois Office of Tourism Kicks Off National Travel and Tourism Week’s “Faces of Travel” with Expanded Illinois Made program.Chicago, IL – The Illinois Office of Tourism kicks off National Travel and...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Announces Robust Growth

An additional one million domestic travelers visited Illinois in 2016 , bringing an increase in visitor spending, tax revenue and local jobs. Chicago, IL – The Illinois Office of Tourism announced ro...

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Eat & Drink
Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Guide to Craft Breweries and Distilleries

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Guide to Craft Breweries and DistilleriesChicago, IL – The Illinois Office of Tourism today announces the release of its newest guide to craft breweries and distill...

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New LGBTQ Trip Ideas Introduced

Chicago, IL – In celebration of Pride Month in June, the Illinois Office of Tourism introduced new trip ideas for LGBTQ visitors around Chicago, Oak Park, and Galena. With a variety of attractions aro...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Expands Illinois Made Program with Four New Products

Chicago, IL – The Illinois Office of Tourism expanded its popular Illinois Made program, putting the spotlight on local artisans and creators – all small business owners helping to drive tourism aroun...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Sees Amazing in Everyone

Chicago, IL – The Illinois Office of Tourism believes all people deserve to experience something amazing to match the amazing within themselves. As a celebration of diversity and inclusiveness, the...

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Southern Illinois Takes Center Stage for Total Solar Eclipse August 21

CHICAGO – On August 21, as many as 200,000 people are expected to travel to southern Illinois to experience total darkness in the middle of the day during the first solar eclipse in nearly 40 years. N...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Releases New Travel Illinois Magazine

CHICAGO – The new Travel Illinois magazine titled “Adventure Awaits,” is now available online and in print, offering travel inspiration for visitors looking for the perfect escape this fall and win...

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Last Minute Family-Friendly Summer Getaways to Illinois

CHICAGO – Now is the perfect time for families to visit Illinois for a last-minute summer getaway and enjoy the great outdoors, learn a little history and unwind before kids head back to school. “...

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EnjoyIllinois.com Wins U.S. Travel Association’s Mercury Award for Best Travel Website

MINNEAPOLIS – The Illinois Office of Tourism’s website EnjoyIllinois.com received the U.S. Travel Association’s Mercury Award for outstanding travel website at the 2017 Educational Seminar for Tourism...

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Six Thrilling Ways to Do Fall in Illinois

CHICAGO – As fall quickly approaches, travelers looking for new ways to experience the season’s vibrant colors should look no further than Illinois. Visitors willing to step out of their comfort zone ...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Adds 40 New Makers to Illinois Made Program

CHICAGO – Illinois Office of Tourism is excited to announce the latest makers to join the Illinois Made program. From craft brewers, distilleries and vineyards to artisan chocolate shops, bakeries and...

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Rev Up at the Regent Street Motor Show with Illinois and Route 66

•  Enjoy Illinois Route 66 partners with the Regent Street Motor Show•  Chance to win four nights in Illinois, the start of the Mother Road•  Cars and bikes from the past and future on display•  Celeb...

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Celebrate the Holiday Season in Illinois with Lights Festivals, Parades and Shopping

CHICAGO –  ‘Tis the season to spread holiday cheer with friends and family near and far. Celebrate old traditions and make new memories with these festive holiday events across Illinois.Holiday Lights...

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Five Bone Chilling Ways to Do Halloween in Illinois

CHICAGO – Grab your costume and get into the Halloween spirit this October with these spooktacular destinations and events in Illinois, sure to send chills down your spine.Escape Rooms: Try to escape ...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide

CHICAGO – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Illinois Office of Tourism is releasing its first Illinois Made holiday gift guide featuring small businesses across the state. From craft beer ...

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Winter Weekend Getaways in Illinois

CHICAGO – From cozy craft breweries and luxurious ski resorts to ice wall climbing and cross country skiing by candlelight, winter offers plenty of fun in the Land of Lincoln.“If you’re looking for ou...

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2016

Chicago Family Fun
Illinois Office of Tourism Debuts Travel Illinois

Illinois Office of Tourism Debuts Travel Illinois, A Brand New, Bi-Annual Free Travel Magazine Chicago – The Illinois Office of Tourism has unveiled a brand new lifestyle magazine designed to in...

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Arts & Culture Illinois Made
David Stine Woodworking Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, David Stine Woodworking, part of Illinois Made program  Dow, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism today la...

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Epiphany Farms Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, Epiphany Farms, part of Illinois Made program Bloomington, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism released today the...

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Funks Grove Maple Sirup Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, Funks Grove Maple Sirup, part of Illinois Made program  Shirley, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism released...

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Heritage Bicycles Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, Heritage Bicycles, part of Illinois Made program Chicago – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism released today the newest...

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Longshadow Gardens Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, Longshadow Gardens, part of Illinois Made program Pomona, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism today highlighted a...

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Eat & Drink Illinois Made
Marcoot Jersey Creamery

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, Marcoot Jersey Creamery, part of Illinois Made program  Greenville, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism today...

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Navarro Canoe Co. Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, Navarro Canoe Co., part of Illinois Made program  Rock Island, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism today high...

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Scratch Brewing Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, Scratch Brewing, part of Illinois Made program  Ava, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism released today the n...

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Toraason Glass Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Newest Maker video, Toraason Glass, part of Illinois Made program  Peoria, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism released today the...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Announces Illinois Made

New Illinois Made program celebrates artisans, products and experiences unique to the state    Chicago – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism launched Illinois Made, a new pro...

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Latest Makers for Illinois Made

Illinois Office of Tourism Announces Latest Makers, Creators and Artisans Featured in Illinois Made program Chicago – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism announced today th...

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OUT! Guide for LGBTQ Travel

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases OUT! Guide for LGBTQ Travel  Chicago, June 2016 – The Illinois Office of Tourism, in partnership with Windy City Times, today announces the publication of i...

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Numbers Show Continued Growth in Visitors to Illinois in 2015

Numbers Show Continued Growth in Visitors to Illinois in 2015  Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois Office of Tourism today announced that Illinois saw an increase in domestic visitors in 2015. Il...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Wine Guide

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Wine Guide  Chicago, August 2016 – The Illinois Office of Tourism today announces the release of its comprehensive wine guide, encouraging everyone from seasone...

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Chicago
Illinois Partners with the Magnificent Mile Association to Celebrate 25 Years of the Holidays Lights Parade

Illinois Partners with the Magnificent Mile Association to Celebrate 25 Years of the Holidays Lights Parade  Chicago – Illinois Office of Tourism will join forces with the Magnificent Mile Ass...

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Illinois Partners with Big Ten Conference

Illinois Partners with Big Ten Conference  Chicago – Illinois Office of Tourism will partner with Big Ten Conference for a third year as the official travel and tourism sponsor of the Conferen...

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Road Trips
Illinois Marks 90th Anniversary of Iconic U.S. Route 66 with a Pop-up Experience in London

Illinois Marks 90th Anniversary of Iconic U.S. Route 66 with a Pop-up Experience in London  LONDON – Illinois Office of Tourism today celebrated the 90th Anniversary of Route 66 with a special...

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Activities Family Fun
Join Illinois Office of Tourism for Virtual Tours of Attractions around the State

Join Illinois Office of Tourism for Virtual Tours of Attractions around the State  Chicago – From world-renowned cultural institutions to on-the-farm dining adventures and everything in betwee...

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Illinois Governor's Conference Returns to Springfield

Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism Returns to Springfield  Springfield – Today the state’s premier gathering of tourism industry professionals returns to Springfield for the ...

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2016 Illinois Governor's Conference Awarded Industry Innovators

2016 Illinois Governor's Conference Awarded Industry Innovators, Highlighted Economic Indicators that Point to Continued Growth in Illinois' Tourism Industry Springfield – Illinois travel profession...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Executes Campaign for Mexican Visitors

Illinois Office of Tourism Executes Campaign Aimed at Making Illinois a Destination for Mexican Visitors  Chicago – The Illinois Office of Tourism is proud to announce the completion of a succ...

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Arts & Culture Illinois Tourism
Illinois Office of Tourism Partners with Brand USA, Travel Channel UK, and EMEA

Illinois Office of Tourism Partners with Brand USA and Travel Channel UK & EMEA to Inspire Travel Through ‘Chef Vignettes’ Content Series  Chicago – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office ...

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U.S. Travel Association's Mercury Award

Illinois Office of Tourism’s ‘Find Something More’ campaign wins U.S. Travel Association’s Mercury Award  Chicago – The Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism’s ‘Find Something Mo...

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2015

Illinois Tourism
Illinois Features in Orbitz Originals Video Series

Illinois Features in Orbitz Originals Video Series Chicago – The Illinois Office of Tourism is bringing Illinois to one of the leading online travel sites, Orbitz.com, through a new Orbitz Originals...

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Cory Jobe Appointment

Governor Rauner Names Experienced State Government Leader Cory Jobe as New Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism  Springfield – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today that he has appointed...

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Activities Family Fun
Winter Events 2015

Travelers can take advantage of cross-country and downhill skiing, bald eagle watching, indoor waterparks, historical celebrations surrounding Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and President’s Day, some o...

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Spring Events 2015

Illinois springs to life, as travelers can enjoy the season at world-renowned gardens, baseball’s opening day,the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s 10th Anniversary and an array of ...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Golf Guide

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases Golf Guide  Chicago, May 2016 – Illinois, among the Midwest’s top golfing outposts, today announces the release of its first, comprehensive guide to golfing...

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Numbers Show Continued Growth in Visitors to Illinois in 2014

Numbers Show Continued Growth in Visitors to Illinois in 2014  Springfield – The Illinois Office of Tourism today announced a record-breaking number of visitors traveled to Illinois in 2014, t...

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Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism Kicks Off in Chicago

Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism Kicks Off in Chicago  Chicago – The 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism kicked off this week to celebrate the power o...

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2015 Illinois Governor's Conference Awarded Industry Innovators

2015 Illinois Governor's Conference Awarded Industry Innovators Chicago – The 2015 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism kicked off this week to celebrate the power of people and tra...

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2018

Best Eagle Watching this Winter in Illinois

Each winter, around 3,000 bald eagles fly to Illinois to make it their temporary home, settling in among the cliffs and trees in at least 27 counties around the state—making Illinois one of the best p...

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Illinois Tourism Celebrates National Plan for Vacation Day

Chicago – The Illinois Office of Tourism is joining forces with U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off coalition for National Plan for Vacation Day on TuesdayJanuary 30, to encourage everyone to ...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Releases New Spring/Summer Travel Illinois Magazine

CHICAGO  – The new Travel Illinois magazine titled “Hot Destinations” is now available online and in print, offering travel inspiration for visitors just in time for spring break. From the tranquil oa...

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Illinois Tourism Launches New "Amazing for All" LGBTQ Campaign

Illinois Tourism Launches New “Amazing for All” LGBTQ Campaign CHICAGO - As a celebration of diversity and inclusiveness, the Illinois Office of Tourism introduces its new “Amazing for All” campaign, ...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Announces 31 New Makers to Join Illinois Made Program

Illinois Office of Tourism Announces 31 New Makers to Join Illinois Made Program CHICAGO - Illinois Office of Tourism is thrilled to announce the latest businesses to join the Illinois Made program. F...

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Illinois Office of Tourism and Tour Illinois Release New Group Planner Guide

ILLINOIS OFFICE OF TOUR AND TOUR ILLINOIS RELEASE NEW GROUP TOUR PLANNER GUIDECHICAGO – The new Illinois Group Tour Planner Guide titled “Group Travel Planner” is now available online and in print, of...

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Illinois Tourism Kicks off National Travel & Tourism Week Announcing New Illinois Frank Lloyd Wright Trail

Illinois Tourism Kicks off National Travel & Tourism Week Announcing New Illinois Frank Lloyd Wright TrailChicago, IL – The Illinois Office of Tourism kicks off National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW)...

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Illinois Tourism Announces Record Growth

Illinois Tourism Announces Record Growth An additional 1.6 million travelers visited Illinois in 2017, bringing an increase in visitor spending, tax revenue and local jobsSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 15, 20...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Announces Partnership with CrowdRiff to Build User Generated Content

Illinois Office of Tourism Announces Partnership with CrowdRiff to Build User Generated Content CHICAGO – When people from around the world visit Illinois, they leave a digital trail of their amazing ...

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Illinois Tourism Plays Matchmaker with 390-Mile Blind Date Road Trip for New Digital Campaign

Illinois Tourism Plays Matchmaker with 390-Mile Blind Date Road Trip for New Digital CampaignCHICAGO –  Illinois Office of Tourism coordinated a blind date for two strangers, both first-time visitors ...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Announces 28 New Makers to Join Illinois Made Program

Illinois Office of Tourism Announces 28 New Makers to Join Illinois Made ProgramCHICAGO –  Illinois Office of Tourism is excited to announce 28 new makers to join the Illinois Made program. From local...

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Last-Minute Summer Getaways in Illinois for the Family to Enjoy

Last-Minute Summer Getaways in Illinois for the Family to EnjoyCHICAGO –  Illinois is the perfect place for a last-minute summer getaway for families before kids head back to school next month. With n...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Celebrates Bicentennial Anniversary with New Initiatives to Promote Visits to Illinois’ Most Significant Sites

Illinois Office of Tourism Celebrates Bicentennial Anniversary with New Initiatives to Promote Visits to Illinois’ Most Significant SitesCHICAGO –  Illinois Office of Tourism is excited to announce se...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Reveals New #AmazingForAll LGBTQ Art Installation at Northalsted Market Days

Illinois Office of Tourism Reveals New #AmazingForAll LGBTQ Art Installation at Northalsted Market DaysCHICAGO –  The Illinois Office of Tourism debuted a new larger-than-life art installation celebra...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Releases New Fall/Winter Travel Illinois Magazine

Illinois Office of Tourism Releases New Fall/Winter Travel Illinois Magazine CHICAGO –  The new fall/winter Travel Illinois magazine titled “Just Go!” is now available online and in print, offering in...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Hosts Birthday Cake Celebrations Throughout the State for Bicentennial Anniversary

Illinois Office of Tourism Hosts Birthday Cake Celebrations Throughout the State for Bicentennial Anniversary CHICAGO –  In honor of Illinois’ 200th anniversary, the Illinois Office of Tourism and loc...

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Best Ways to See, Sip and Save on Fall in Illinois

Best Ways to See, Sip and Save on Fall in IllinoisCHICAGO –  With its dazzling display of colors, seasonal flavors and rustic accommodations, fall is the perfect season to experience Illinois. The Ill...

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Illinois Office of Tourism Encourages Visitors and Locals to Get Lost in 200 Years of History with Bicentennial-Themed Farm Mazes

Illinois Office of Tourism Encourages Visitors and Locals to Get Lost in 200 Years of History with Bicentennial-Themed Farm Mazes  CHICAGO –   In honor of Illinois’ 200th anniversary, the Illinois Off...

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The Illinois Office of Tourism Reveals 2018 Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide

The Illinois Office of Tourism Reveals 2018 Illinois Made Holiday Gift GuideCHICAGO - With the holiday shopping season approaching, the Illinois Office of Tourism released its annual Illinois Made hol...

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10 Amazing Holiday Traditions to Discover in Illinois

10 Amazing Holiday Traditions to Discover in IllinoisCHICAGO –Illinois offers no shortage of amazing experiences for people of all ages to enjoy throughout the holiday season. With the most wonderful ...

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New Attractions and Events in Illinois Opening in 2019

New Attractions and Events in Illinois Opening in 2019 CHICAGO - With the new year approaching, the Illinois Office of Tourism is excited to share a variety of amazing new events, attractions and open...

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