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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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Manteno Historical Society Museum

A one-room schoolhouse and horse-drawn doctor'

Manteno, IL Museums

Murals Around The Square

Charleston's reputation as a city of murals is growing more and more as visitors learn of the project. The murals around the square are worth a walking tour. The tour spans a seven block area. This mural was painted by Glen C. Davies of Urbana. The mural is located on the east side of 5

Charleston, IL Murals

Funk Gem & Mineral Museum

Located at the Funk Prairie Home, this is the largest single person display of rare gems, minerals, fossils and lapidary art in the state; a true hidden treasure!

Shirley, IL Museums

Thomas Lincoln Cemetary and Shiloh Church

The final resting place for a great many Civil War veterans and for Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's father and stepmother. The church is open to the public. The south stained glass window includes a picture of the Lincolns'

Charleston, IL Cemeteries

Lindo Theater

This historic movie theater built in 1922 features first-run movies daily on six screens. The Lindo Theatre, designed by world famous Chicago architects and brothers, C.W. Rapp and George L. Rapp, opened on April 17, 1922. John Dittman, owner of several other Freeport theatres, constructed it.

Freeport, IL Historic Theatres

Carlyle Lake Hiking

More than 9 miles of trails are available to hikers at Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area. The 3-mile Cherokee Trail has three separate loops that pass through a mature oak-hickory forest over gently rolling terrain, offering great views of the lake. The Pawnee Trail is a 1

, IL Trails

Coronado Theatre

The Coronado Theatre is a fantastically ornate movie palace and Vaudeville hall built in 1927 and restored in 2000. The Coronado hosted legends of show business, the Marx Brothers and Milton Berle. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Coronado showed its first "talkie,"

Rockford, IL Historic Theatres

Shea's Gas Station Museum

A favorite photo stop for Route 66 travelers from around the world. Shea's Gas Station Museum is a charming and eclectic collection of over half a century of gas station memorabilia. Shea'

Springfield, IL Museums

Tivoli Theatre

Tivoli Theatre is a beautifully restored French Renaissance 1920s movie theatre showing current movies with bargain prices with over 1,000 seats and Dolby Sound. Opening in 1928 as one of the first theatres in the country to show "talkies,"

Downers Grove, IL Historic Theatres


GM&O Depot Movie Location

In 1966 Sparta, Illinois became Sparta, Mississippi for a few months as the movie "In the Heat of the Night" was filmed here. After Sparta was selected as the location, the town'

Sparta, IL Railroad History

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home is restored to the 1920

Dixon, IL Famous Homes