Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got his start in Illinois’ own city of Chicago in 1939.
Dig deep into presidential history at attractions throughout the state that highlight the life of Abraham Lincoln.
Eli Bridge Co. in Jacksonville, Illinois, has been manufacturing carnival rides such as the Scrambler and the Big Eli wheel since its founder was inspired by the Ferris wheel more than 100 years ago.
Nothing says Americana like a worn and weathered barn, and nearly 30 historic barns stand as living testimonies to McDonough County’s rich agricultural history.
Learn about Fulton’s history at de Immigrant Windmill and Cultural Center in the Northwestern Illinois town.
Discover the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln at this traveling exhibit.
Carbondale’s claim-to-fame is being the birthplace of Memorial Day, the first of which was observed on April 29, 1866.
Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis honors the Massac Marines with a re-enactment of the history and traditions from the 18th century.
Located in Kane County about 40 miles northwest of Chicago, Elgin sits along the picturesque Fox River and is home to several excellent museums. stunning architecture and the popular Grand Victoria Casino.
No one knows what caused a glacier to stop in the heart of Illinois thousands of years ago, depositing a massive mound of dirt and rock. But those who stop here today discover that history blooms on Elkhart Hill.
Galena proudly claims the home of President Grant, quaint bed-and-breakfasts, historical attractions galore and a thriving arts scene.
Once a considerable chore, splitting logs into rails is now celebrated as a fierce competition at the Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest in Lincoln.
Located just a block off historic Route 66, the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum teaches visitors about agriculture, transportation and commerce at the turn of the 20th century with exhibits such as the farm-to-table journey of corn flakes.
Go back in time at the McLean County Museum of History in Illinois.
History and information on two of the state’s major waterways, the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
Savor life at a slower pace in Illinois Amish Country.
Off and on for decades, the Princess Theatre of LeRoy has been producing wide-screen entertainment in a family-friendly environment.
Morrow Plots at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is country’s oldest experimental crop field.
Paramount Pictures used the Art Deco structure of Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, as a prototype for theaters built all over the country. Today, roughly 150,000 patrons frequent the theater’s silver screens and attend events there each year.