Illinois 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.
Burpee Museum is a natural history museum specializing in paleontology, geology, biology, and Native American life with three floors of exhibits. After four years of preparation, Jane is now on display as the centerpiece of a new exhibit at Burpee Museum - Jane: Diary of a DinosaurRockford, IL Museums
The restored vaudeville Orpheum Theatre, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a monument to the spirit of Galesburg and Knox County - a love of history, the arts and community. Described as "a veritable house of enchantment" when it opened its doors on August 19, 1916Galesburg, IL Historic Theatres
This world heritage site, a National Historic Landmark, marks the location of an ancient natural American Indian city, perhaps the largest such community in what is now the United States. A 33,000 square foot interpretive center recreates scenes of the past Indian civilization. Monk'Collinsville, IL Archaeology
Displays of running model trains and memorabilia. See large running model train displays and railroad memorabilia within Kankakee's restored train depot. Features a scale model of Kankakee and its trains as they looked in the 1950's. A life-size, 1947Kankakee, IL Railroad History