Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got his start in Illinois’ own city of Chicago in 1939.
Head to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for their annual Christmas Around the World event.
Head to Morton Arboretum in Lisle for a day filled with fun winter activities, such as snowshoeing.
Researchers at the University of Illinois use Google Earth to help track urban garden growth in Chicago.
Enjoy a slice from Eli’s Cheesecake in Chicago.
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.
More than 600 community gardens across Chicago have sprouted green space in urban areas to grow fresh produce in the city.
Illinois Farm Families takes suburban moms onto Illinois farms to help them learn about the realities of farming.
Watch model trains wind and weave through a small village of red, white and pink poinsettias during the Winter Flower & Train Show.
Shop til you drop at the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Chicago.
Looking for last-minute holiday gifts? Buy local for holiday presents. There are some great gift ideas made in Illinois.
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.
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.
Chicago hosts the Heartland International Tattoo Music and Dance Festival, the only musical tattoo of its kind in the Midwest each year.
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.
Hosted by the City of Chicago and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Snow Days Chicago is a free three-day winter festival.
Half million students in Illinois benefit from Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) annually.
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.
Chicago café serves up imaginative, organic cuisine straight from the farm.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago’s Argo Tea serves up more than 40 varieties.