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Visit the State of Illinois

Visit Illinois

Chicago is such a well-known city worldwide that many people think that it's the name of the state instead of Illinois. Nicknamed the Windy City, not because it's windy but because of the history of bellowing politicians, Chicago is often considered the New York (only cleaner) of the Midwest. 

Sitting on the lower east side of Illinois facing Lake Michigan, Chicago provides some of the most unique and interesting culture in America. But let's not forget that as popular as this American city is that there is plenty of more state in which it resides. Boasting one of the largest airports in the world, O'Hare International Airport is accessible to all the major freeways which get you quick access to most of the state and even some surrounding states. 

While visiting Chicago, be sure to take a walk along famous Michigan Avenue, which offers some of the best shopping (as well as some of the best hotels and restaurants) in America.

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Alton offers The Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway and its wintering American Bald Eagles and migrating pelicans, the Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument, Robert Wadlow statue, Piasa Bird painting, the Alton Belle Casino and many local golf courses.

Shop! Visit the past. Canoe. Hit the jackpot! Pedal along on river-side bike trails. See top name entertainers! Aurora, the third largest city in Illinois, offers a variety of visitor experiences. For a free copy of the 2001 Aurora Area Visitor Guide, click on

Whether you're going to Chicago for business or pleasure, check out the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau's Web site, where you'll find lists of restaurants and things to do in the city. You can even use the site to make hotel reservations.

Make magnificent memories in DuPage, Chicago's Western Suburbs. Indulge in upscale shopping, Broadway shows, abundant golf, colorful attractions and museums. Discover DuPage and uncover big city fun without the big price. For a romantic escape, a fun family outing or an incomparable shopping excursion, contact the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-232-0502, or e-mail

Come to the Quad Cities and discover the Mississippi River’s playground of the Midwest. Located in the heartland of America, the Quad Cities delivers Midwest hospitality at its finest. From the three riverboat casinos, historical attractions, world famous festivals, and arts and entertainment, to a wide range of golf, biking and boating opportunities, the Quad Cities is sure to entertain you.

Relax in the city of St. Charles whichreflects the rural Midwest heartland of the scenic Fox River Valley surrounded by gently rolling hillsides. Combine the beauty of this valley setting with upscale lodging, a wonderful variety of shops and boutiques, exceptional restaurants, area attractions, and you will be presented with the ideal destination and "The Perfect Getaway."

Looking for events and attractions in Chicago? Check out Metro Mix.
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Historical Notes: Illinois has had six capitol buildings since becoming a state. The first was a small two-story house in the town of Kakaskia that rented for $4 a day. The second, third and fourth capitols were in Vandalia. The fifth and the sixth (and present) capitol buildings are in Springfield.