10 stops to make on your vacation to Illinois, including Chicago and beyond
Many people head to Chicago when visiting Illinois.
Chicago is a lively city full of fun attractions, historic museums and observation decks that provide breathtaking views.
Although Chicago is a popular city to go to when visiting Illinois, there is plenty to see throughout the state, such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield and Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County.
Millennium Park is where you can find the Cloud Gate statue, also known as “The Bean,” that tourists have been visiting for many years.
Also at Millennium Park are interactive fountains, relaxing gardens, skating rinks and plenty of restaurants.
There are often events that go on in Millennium Park to check out.
3. Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry is in Chicago and brings in over a million visitors each year.
There are over 35,000 artifacts to view at the museum and several permanent exhibits to visit such as a baby chick hatchery, mirror maze and science storms.
4. The Magnificent Mile
360 Chicago also features Tilt, a thrilling attraction where you can see downward views of the city.
5. Skydeck Chicago-Willis Tower
Willis Tower, previously the Sears Tower, is the tallest building in Chicago and is another location where you can get mind-blowing views of the city from a great height.
Just after the attraction opens and just before sunset are popular times to visit. While there, you can also go to The Ledge, a glass balcony that extends about four feet outside the tower’s 103rd floor. From here, you can get amazing views from 1,353 feet in the air and snap a great picture of you at the spot.
6. Wrigley Field
If you are traveling to Illinois during baseball season, head to Wrigley Field to catch a game.
The iconic field was built in 1914 and is home to the Chicago Clubs.
7. Field Museum
Field Museum is a natural history museum in Chicago. This museum is home to SUE, the world’s most complete, best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, a major appeal of the destination.
8. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located in Springfield, Illinois.
This museum dedicated to the 16th president is filled with immersive displays, artifacts and exhibits. At the museum, you can learn more about the former president’s childhood and his life during his presidency.
Also in Springfield, you can visit Lincoln’s tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The tomb serves as the final resting place of Lincoln, his wife Mary and three of their four sons, Edward, William and Thomas.
9. Starved Rock State Park
If you want to add some elements of nature into your vacation, head to Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County, about an hour southwest of Chicago.
Here, on the banks of the Illinois River, you will find 13 miles of trails, beautiful waterfalls and plenty of spots for fishing and boating.
10. Anderson Japanese Gardens
Anderson Japanese Gardens is located in the north of the state in Rockford, Illinois.
The gardens spread over 12 acres and are full of streams, waterfalls and koi ponds.
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