University of Illinois Extension

University of Illinois Extension Celebrates a Century of Service

The University of Illinois Extension service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Eli Bridge Company

Eli Bridge Co. Rides High Thanks to Wheels of Fortune

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.

Looking for Lincoln

Looking For Lincoln Off the Beaten Path

Dig deep into presidential history at attractions throughout the state that highlight the life of Abraham Lincoln.

Hammond Barn, photo by Ken Kashian

Tour Barns Aplenty in Macomb

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.

Fulton, Illinois Windmill

Dutch Windmill, Cultural Center Celebrate Heritage in Fulton, Illinois

Learn about Fulton’s history at de Immigrant Windmill and Cultural Center in the Northwestern Illinois town.

Lincoln Exhibit in Grayslake, IL

Learn Lincoln’s Legacy at Presidential Exhibit

Discover the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln at this traveling exhibit.

Rudolph in Chicago

Rudolph the Chicago Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got his start in Illinois’ own city of Chicago in 1939.

Birthplace of Memorial Day in Illinois

Birthplace of Memorial Day

Carbondale’s claim-to-fame is being the birthplace of Memorial Day, the first of which was observed on April 29, 1866.


Living History Weekends at Fort Massac State Park

Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis honors the Massac Marines with a re-enactment of the history and traditions from the 18th century.

Elgin, IL Festival Park

Elgin, Illinois: History, Entertainment and More

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.

A scenic view from Elkhart Hill, Illinois

Elkhart Hill: Little Town on the Prairie

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 Carriage Co, Galena

Travel Illinois: Galena

Galena proudly claims the home of President Grant, quaint bed-and-breakfasts, historical attractions galore and a thriving arts scene.

Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest

Once a considerable chore, splitting logs into rails is now celebrated as a fierce competition at the Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest in Lincoln.

J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in Atlanta, IL

Storing History at Hawes Grain Elevator Museum in Atlanta

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.

Video: McLean County Museum of History

Go back in time at the McLean County Museum of History in Illinois.

The Spirit of Peoria Riverboat docked along the shore of the Illinois River at the base of the Murray Baker Bridge along the revitalized Peoria Riverfront District.

Fun Facts About Mississippi, Illinois Rivers

History and information on two of the state’s major waterways, the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

Rockome Gardens is a rock and flower garden located in the heart of Illinois Amish Country. Rides available are train rides, haunted cave, buggy rides. Petting farm, tree house, outdoor mini railroad, and blacksmith shop. Shops include Grist Mill, Bakery, Candy shop, Rock shop, and many others. Family Style Restaurant located on the grounds.

Travel Illinois: Arthur and Arcola

Savor life at a slower pace in Illinois Amish Country.


Long Live the Princess Theatre of LeRoy

Off and on for decades, the Princess Theatre of LeRoy has been producing wide-screen entertainment in a family-friendly environment.


Morrow Plots is an Urbana Legend

Morrow Plots at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is country’s oldest experimental crop field.

Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Illinois

Aurora’s Paramount Theatre

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.