Illinois State MapIllinois is the fifth-most populous state of the United States of America, and is often noted for being a microcosm of the entire country. As the "most average state", Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.

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Prarie Aviation Museum

Highlights the History of Aviation from the Wright Brothers to Illinois Astronauts. View or take a ride in the restored legendary DC-3 that has assumed a place of honor as one of only seven aircraft listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Bloomington, IL Aviation

Mayslake Peabody Estate

Tour Mayslake Hall, a Tudor Revival style mansion, formerly owned by coal baron F.S. Peabody. Witness restoration in progress at this nationally registered

Oak Brook, IL Historic Homes

National Great Rivers Museum

This 12,000 square foot facility located on the banks of the Mississippi River is dedicated to telling the story of the river. The museum features more than 20 exhibits and displays, many of which are highly interactive and computer-animated. Known as the "Father of Waters"

Alton, IL Discovery Centers

Asa Crook Home

Asa Crook's home was the first two-story, frame house built in 1839 by Whiteside County'

Prophetstown, IL Historic Homes

Jane Addams Burial Site

Jane Addams, born and raised in Cedarville, was an internationally famous humanitarian and social work pioneer. She founded Chicago'

Cedarville, IL Cemeteries

Carlyle Lake Boating and Sailing

For the boating enthusiast, Carlyle Lake is a great place to cruise for pleasure, water ski, or spend the day fishing. The wide-open waters make Carlyle Lake a sailor's paradise. This 15 by 3 1/2

, IL Boating

Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA

A 26-square mile tract situated in the gently rolling countryside of west-central Illinois, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area (JEPC) is one of the Department'

Chandlerville, IL Wildlife Areas

Chapel On The Green

Yorkville, Illinois is the county seat of Kendall County in which is located the oldest church building in the county, The Chapel On The Green. Dating back to 1855, the Chapel is Kendall County's oldest church building and is adorned with stained glass windows and a restored 1899

Yorkville, IL Historic Churches

Stephenson County Historical Society Museum

This lovely museum is housed in an Italianate home built by Oscar and Malvina Taylor in 1857. The Taylor home was the social center of Freeport in its time and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Freeport, IL Museums

Carlyle Lake - Hazlet SRA Lakefront Cottages

Twenty lakefront cottages are available for rent in the Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area. The cottages are located on the Carlyle Lake shoreline offering a spectacular view of the lake. The 780

, IL Cabins

Dennis Hanks Gravesite

Discover the grave marker of Abraham Lincoln's "tutor," Dennis Friend Hanks (the grave is located on the southeast corner of Old City Cemetery)

Charleston, IL Cemeteries

Nashville Roadside Chapel

One of the smallest country chapels in the world. Built in the late 1880's, thousands of travelers from all over the globe have stopped to visit the miniature chapel. This small hidden treasure stands on stilts!

Nashville, IL Historic Churches