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Illinois

4.3
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary. Use our United States road trip website to arrange the details of your trip to Illinois and other destinations.
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Places to visit in Illinois

Chicago Trip planner BEST FOR: Observation Deck, Art Museum, Park Springfield Trip planner BEST FOR: History Museum, Historic Site, Landmark Galena Trip planner BEST FOR: Historic Site, Distillery, Nightlife Ottawa Trip planner BEST FOR: Spa, State Park, Specialty Museum Oak Park Trip planner BEST FOR: Architectural Building, Historic Site, Religious Site

Popular things to do in Illinois

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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
Art Museum
The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Shedd Aquarium ©
Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium Chicago
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Millennium Park
Park
Millennium Park Chicago
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower ©
Observation Deck
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower Chicago
4.0
Duration: 1 hour

Kid-friendly things to do in Illinois

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Lincoln Park Zoo ©
Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
Fox in a Box Chicago ©
Theme Park
Fox in a Box Chicago Chicago
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Science Museum
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
Chicago Children's Museum ©
Children’s Museum
Chicago Children's Museum Chicago
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Illinois

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Field Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Field Museum Chicago
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
American Writers Museum ©
Specialty Museum
American Writers Museum Chicago
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center ©
Art Gallery
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center Skokie
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Illinois

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Ernest Hemingway Birthplace ©
Historic Site
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Oak Park
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site ©
World heritage site
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Collinsville
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Fourth Presbyterian Church ©
Religious Site
Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Historic Nauvoo ©
Historic Site
Historic Nauvoo Nauvoo
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Shopping in Illinois

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Adagio Teas ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Adagio Teas Chicago
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Adagio Teas ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Adagio Teas Skokie
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Erin Gallagher Jewelry ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Erin Gallagher Jewelry Chicago
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
The Promenade Bolingbrook ©
Shopping Mall
The Promenade Bolingbrook Bolingbrook
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in Illinois

Lincoln Park Conservatory ©
Garden
Lincoln Park Conservatory Chicago
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Garfield Park Conservatory ©
Garden
Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Maggie Daley Park ©
Playground
Maggie Daley Park Chicago
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Grant Park ©
Park
Grant Park Chicago
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
Hidden Key Escapes ©
Room Escape Game
Hidden Key Escapes Naperville
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chica-GO Off The Beaten Path Tours ©
Bike Tour
Chica-GO Off The Beaten Path Tours Chicago
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
Copernicus Center ©
Theater
Copernicus Center Chicago
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
Volo Auto Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Volo Auto Museum Volo
4.6
Duration: 2 hours