The State of Illinois offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation and urban life in big cities like Chicago. Cold winters and abundant snow in the northern part of the State make winter sports such as ice skating and skiing very popular. The capital is Springfield.





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Fox River


Paddling the Fox River at Fabyan Forest Preserve.

(Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism)





Map Illinois





Millenium Park


Saint Charles


Chicago Riverwalk in the largest city of Illinois.




Chicago Jazz Festival


The historic Hotel Baker in Saint Charles (Illinois Office of Tourism).


Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, installed in 1927 (Illinois Office of Tourism).


Chicago Cityscape


Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mount Vernon (Illinois Office of Tourism).


Chicago Jazz Festival (Illinois Office of Tourism).


Mount Vernon


Trolley tour in Galena Main Street, a historic city with charming 19th-century architecture, a few miles from the Mississippi (photo: Illinois Office of Tourism).


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Fountain Chicago


Washington DC






State Capitol Building, Springfield.



New York State




Navy Pier



Chicago Riverwalk















(Photo Illinois Office of Tourism)














Credit: Illinois Office of Tourism