Illinois lies in the Midwest region of the United States. One of the largest cities in the USA, Chicago, is in Illinois.
Chicago is known for its high skyscrapers, such as Willis Tower and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The state is also marked by farms, wetlands, hills and forests, so it got its nickname "the Prairie State" When visiting Illinois, stop at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield to learn about President Abraham Lincoln and the history of the state. Also, don't miss visiting Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery, and Lincoln Home, in Springfield, to learn more about the life of President Lincoln and explore his house before he became president. In Springfield, make a final stop at the Greek-style Old State Capitol which served as the state house from 1840 until 1876 and learn more about the history of the building.
Also, while in Illinois, make a stop at Cahokia mounds and explore more about the prehistoric Native American settlement which is believed to have had 20,000 occupants. For a thrill and rush of Adrenalin, visit Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, and plunge yourself up in the sky on a roller coaster like American Eagle and Goliath. You can buy many souvenirs and enjoy a fast food meal while in the park to give you energy for those coasters ! If you want time to meditate and relax, there's no better place than the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford. The gardens contain waterfalls, streams, a guest house, and a tea room.
Chicago is one of the most important cities in the USA, and it offers dozens and dozens of places to stay, visit and things to do. Visit some of its main landmarks such as Willis Tower. At 1,729 feet high, you will be taken by the spectacular views of Chicago from the top. Don't forget to get in The Ledge (the Skydeck) and experience being in an all glass box at 1353 feet high in the sky! If you are having a shopping spree in the Windy City, go to the Mile on Michigan Avenue and you will have many shopping selections to choose from. On The Mile, too, you can enjoy many restaurants, live music, museums, and famous buildings like the Wrigley Building. Marine life is also a showcase in Shedd Aquarium which is the home of more than 8,000 aquatic animals.
Finally, if you are interested in Astronomy, there's also something for you in Chicago. Visit Adler Planetarium and travel into space. Explore the space with the telescopes, listen to 3D lectures and get your kids launch a rocket. The whole family will have a blast!