Made in Illinois: PieBox

Learn more about PieBox, a Chicago-based product made to easily transport the popular dessert.

Natasha Nicholes

Face Time With Farmers

Chicago moms get a close-up look at how their food grows through the Illinois Farm Families Field Moms program.

Taste of Chicago

Chow Down at the Taste of Chicago

Indulge is some of the Windy City’s best eats at the annual Taste of Chicago event.

Sausage Grilling Tips

Sausage Grilling Tips and Trends

See sausage grilling tips and trends from the owners of Gene’s Sausage Shop in Chicago.

Chicago Sausage

Chicago-Area Sausage Makers Showcase Links to the Old World

Chicago sausage makers, like those at Gene’s Sausage Shop, showcase old techniques and recipes.

Snowshoeing at the Morton Arboretum

Snow Day at Morton Arboretum

Head to Morton Arboretum in Lisle for a day filled with fun winter activities, such as snowshoeing.

Google Urban Gardens

Google Earth Helps Track Chicago Gardens

Researchers at the University of Illinois use Google Earth to help track urban garden growth in Chicago.


Say Cheesecake at Eli’s in Chicago

Enjoy a slice from Eli’s Cheesecake in Chicago.

Disabled Farmer Takes Center Stage in “Farm Hands” Play

Chicago playwright Wendy Whiteside wrote a play called “Farm Hands” about differently abled farmers. She was inspired by memories of her farmer father, who is afflicted with polio, and her disabled grandfathers.

Rudolph in Chicago

Rudolph the Chicago Reindeer

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

Christmas Around the World in Chicago

Head to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for their annual Christmas Around the World event.

Illinois Farm Bureau Partners Summer 2012 vertical gardens

Vertical Gardens Sprout at Chicago Airport

These vegetable gardens are reaching great heights. At Chicago O’Hare International Airport, 26 aeroponic grow towers were installed last year.

Chicago Community Gardens

Chicago Neighborhood Gardens Grow Veggies, Community Spirit

More than 600 community gardens across Chicago have sprouted green space in urban areas to grow fresh produce in the city.

Illinois Farm Families Field Moms at Lindale Farms

Suburban Moms Tour Illinois Farms with Illinois Farm Families

Illinois Farm Families takes suburban moms onto Illinois farms to help them learn about the realities of farming.


Hear the Train Whistle Blow at Chicago’s Winter Flower and Train Show

Watch model trains wind and weave through a small village of red, white and pink poinsettias during the Winter Flower & Train Show.

One-Stop Shop at Chicago’s One of a Kind Show

Shop til you drop at the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Chicago.


The Gift of Illinois Foods

Looking for last-minute holiday gifts? Buy local for holiday presents. There are some great gift ideas made in Illinois.

Skating in the Sky

Skating in the Sky at Chicago’s John Hancock Observatory

Located on top of Chicago’s John Hancock Observatory, a 900-square-foot rink constructed of state-of-the-art synthetic ice gives visitors the chance to skate in the sky.

Piron Chocolates

Belgian Chocolatier Piron Makes a Sweet Gift Idea

This holiday season, give the gift of handmade Belgian chocolates from a Chicago area chocolatier.

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences

Chicago High School Focuses on Agriculture Education

One Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences student said she originally stereotyped the school as a place that taught kids how to farm. She left understanding the myriad opportunities in the agriculture industry.

Get Your Taste of Chicago at Annual Food Festival

Experience an array of exotic, ethnic and local culinary delights at the ten-day Taste of Chicago food festival in Grant Park June 24 – July 3.

Chicago’s Musical Tattoo

Chicago hosts the Heartland International Tattoo Music and Dance Festival, the only musical tattoo of its kind in the Midwest each year.

green river in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day Turns Chicago’s River Green

Chicago is known for many things – shopping, sports and food, just to name a few. But it’s also famous for dyeing its main waterway bright green in honor of the patron saint of Ireland.

Snow Days Chicago is a Popular Winter Event

Hosted by the City of Chicago and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Snow Days Chicago is a free three-day winter festival.

Debbie Jimenez leads her students through a lesson on nutrition at St. Albert the Great School in Burbank, IL. The kids work at identifying the different foods groups. They also make bookmarks and bracelets that serve as a visual reminder of the six food groups and how many servings of each they need daily. The class also has pictures from various pen pals throughout the country and their farms.

Illinois Teachers Use Agriculture to Teach Core Subjects

Half million students in Illinois benefit from Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) annually.

The expansive grass at Wrigley Filed as seen from upper deck. The groundskeepers at Wrigley Field, in Chicago, home of the Cubs, are among the best qualified to give lawn care tips because they have to deal with keeping grass healthy every day.

Cubs Groundskeeper Plays Key Position

Roger Baird, the groundskeeper for the Chicago Cubs, takes his lawn care seriously. He knows he has a team depending on lush, green grass not to trip them up on the way to making a tough catch.


You Gotta Love Lula’s in Chicago

Chicago café serves up imaginative, organic cuisine straight from the farm.


Travel Illinois: Chicago

Sure, you’ve probably been to Chicago a dozen times. But the so-called Windy City has so much to see, the savvy traveler can easily make it a new experience every time.


Lipizzans Have an Air About Them

High-jumping Lipizzan stallions date back to royal beginnings. Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, a northwest suburb of Chicago, is the only place in the United States where the rare, white Lipizzan stallions are bred and trained, then perform.

Chicago, Illinois Farmers Market

Chicago’s Many Farmers’ Markets Help You Eat Like a Locavore

Farmers’ markets encourage finding high-quality, fresh foods close to home. Chicago has 24 city-run farmers’ markets that operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.


Let’s All Go to Argo Tea

Chicago’s Argo Tea serves up more than 40 varieties.