Your Illinois vacation
There is a place where magnificence isn't limited to a mile. You've heard of the Magnificent Mile—now learn about even more ways to enjoy Illinois. From water parks and waterfalls to nightlife and wildlife, Illinois has everything you could hope for in a getaway.
Best time to take a vacation to Illinois
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Illinois has very cold winters and very hot summers. Summer is also the most popular time to plan vacations here despite the climate. Because of that, summer is also the most crowded and expensive. Late Spring and Fall feature much more moderate temperatures and diminished crowds. For much of the state, the turning of the leaves in Autumn make for scenic drives but the flowers of late spring are stunning. Many travel to Illinois and Chicago in the winter for winter sports. Otherwise, the freezing temperatures and heavy precipitation are almost too much to bear.
Insider tips for Illinois travel
Harrah's Metropolis Casino
Harrah's Metropolis Casino on the Ohio River offers gambling, slots, as well as live entertainment.
Spirit of Peoria
Ride the Spirit of Peoria, a real paddle boat straight out of Mark Twain in Peoria.
Alton is the place to travel to see majestic bald eagles as they have tours and annual events celebrating the symbol of our country.
See the Lego murals and delight the children by shopping the Lego store on Michigan Avenue.
Vacations to Chicago would not be complete without a visit to Wishbone's Restaurant as the fare is all southern style cuisine.
Illinois Vacation Packages
Conference quarters with meeting space and Starbucks A multimillion dollar renovation elevates this O'Hare-area hotel to a new level of luxury. Connected to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the 1,100-room Hyatt Regency sees a steady stream of executives, trade... More
O'Hare area hotel caters to budget travelers Travelers on a dime opt for the O'Hare Inn and Suites, which is a few miles from O'Hare International Airport, the Rosemont Theater and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Rooms are no-frills, but on the large side and... More
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Hyatt Place Chicago/Schaumburg is a new kind of hotel that puts style, innovation and The Hyatt Touch(R) within everyone's reach. Our guests will enjoy a spacious guestroom with a 42in flat-panel HDTV, our signature Hyatt Grand Bed(TM), a plush Cozy Corner oversized... More
Hotel Near Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) The Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village is located near Chicago OHare Airport (ORD). Top area attractions include Woodfield Shopping Mall featuring over 300 stores and restaurants, Rivers Casino , and Rainbow Falls Waterpark . Also nearby... More
Contemporary style, European charm in ChicagoIn the Roaring '20s, this boutique Streeterville hotel hosted celebrities and showgirls. While those times have faded, the air of glamour remains at the Inn of Chicago, an Ascend Collection hotel. For proof, just stroll the... More
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Find familiar comfort at the Sheraton Gateway Suites Chicago O'Hare. Our all-suite hotel is conveniently located minutes from O'Hare International Airport, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Allstate Arena, Rosemont Theatre, as well as downtown Chicago and area... More
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Pioneer in the Windy City. Make yourself at home in the newly-renovated Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport. Conveniently located just ¼ mile from Chicagos O'Hare International Airport, we offer a complimentary shuttle service to/from the airport 24 hours a... More
We serve complimentary beer, wine, cocktails, snacks and soda Monday through Saturday evenings, excluding holidays. We have a free breakfast buffet Monday-Friday 6am-9:30am and Saturday/Sunday 7am-10pm. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, Belgian... More
Hotel is minutes from O'Hare International Airport and close to downtown Chicago with easy access to trains and other transportation facilities. Fast, reliable, free high-speed Internet throughout the hotel. Several restaurants and bars within walking distance. Property... More
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With its neon-red sign standing out against the Chicago skyline, its vaulted Italianate ceilings, and glimmering 'Gold Room' banquet hall, the Congress Plaza Hotel makes an imposing first impression. Once known as the "Home of Presidents" due to its popularity with both... More
To visit Chicago is to indulge your every whim. Experience world-class shopping along the Magnificent Mile, where you can walk to more than 420 retailers. Enjoy soul-stirring visits to Chicago’s renowned cultural institutions featuring everything from Picassos to flying dolphins. Sample cuisine from award-winning chefs and visit Navy Pier, with its family-fun attractions that include an IMAX theater and a 150-foot Ferris wheel. Along the way, enjoy live music at a Chicago summer festival or walk on air as you step on the glass floor of The Ledge, perched on the 103rd story of Chicago’s tallest building.
Retreat to a quaint setting tucked in the rolling hills of Northern Illinois. This is Galena, a sought-after destination for couples in search of romance. Make yourself at home in a charming bed & breakfast, a golf resort or a fairy tale cottage on a sprawling estate. But don’t get too comfortable. There’s a historic downtown to explore, lined with shops featuring everything from rare antiques to imported chocolates. Nearby, you’ll find hot air balloon rides for two and family-owned vineyards that welcome you with romantic wine tastings and breathtaking views.
Located just north of Chicago, Lake County is a haven for families looking for summer fun. You can spend the day at Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor. Watch the kids splash through the wave pools and towering water slides of KeyLime Cove. And shop Gurnee Mills, one of the largest malls in Illinois. You can even give imaginations some play time at hands-on museums and stunning botanic gardens. And when the sun goes down? Experience an outdoor concert under a canopy of lighted trees or spend the evening enjoying live theater.
Welcome to a place where U.S. history meets American nostalgia. In Springfield, the story of Abraham Lincoln’s life is told through his boyhood cabin, family home and the law offices where he prepared his cases. But to truly understand his remarkable life, visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum where history comes alive with rare artifacts and amazing hands-on exhibits. For an up-close look at Americana, take a trip down the Mother Road where nostalgic attractions include the birth of the corndog. And when the kids need some play time? Grab your suits and head to a fun-filled water park.
Carbondale is home to a national forest, a state park, a wildlife refuge and so much more. But there’s a romantic side to the great outdoors here—just ask the couples who visit this picturesque setting in Southern Illinois. They’ll point you to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail that winds you through an ancient forest as you visit picture-postcard vineyards and sip the local vintages. Carbondale is also home to nearby golf courses that offer some of the most scenic fairways anywhere, many of them overlooking the Shawnee National Forest.
Along the Mississippi River you’ll find the Quad Cities, offering a unique mix of attractions. Visit the John Deere Pavilion to discover the past, present and future of farming with a tour of this agricultural legend. Stroll past elephants and lions at the newly-renovated Niabi Zoo. Stop and smell the orchids and bromeliads at the always enchanting Quad City Botanical Center. Take a riverboat ride back in time on the Celebration Belle, or have some grown-up fun at a casino that includes dining and a nightclub.
Find unexpected surprises in Alton, where a stay in a well-appointed mansion sets the tone for a getaway filled with unique ways to enjoy the beauty of the region. Start your getaway in nearby Pere Marquette State Park, a nature lover’s paradise that features stunning views of the Illinois River. Feel adventurous? Take a horseback ride to explore the 8,000 square acres of this remarkable state park. For those who like to shop, head to Alton’s downtown district where streets are still paved with bricks and lined with antique shops filled with rare finds. Need even more fun? Try your luck at a lively casino.
Southern Illinois Artisans Shop
Browse through the Southern Illinois Artisans Shop and Visitors Center and purchase original creations by Illinois artists.
Carlyle Lake is 26,000 acres of water, beaches, and marinas for swimming, boating, and other water sports.
Pike County Call Color
For autumn travel to Illinois take the Pike County Fall Color drive which also includes not just foliage but history, food, and crafts.
The Skydeck Chicago tests the resolve of visitors as it is a glass balcony 103 stories high and it is like stepping onto air.
Kickapoo Creek Winery
Kickapoo Creek Winery has a tasting room, a gift shop, and a tour of the vineyard as well as good wine for purchase.
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lincoln Park Zoo, located in the heart of Chicago, is free and features a children's zoo as well as a Farm-in-the-Zoo.
Chicago's Second City
Chicago's Second City is still the launching pad for the country's greatest comedic talent.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company has seen such famous actors as John Malkovich and Gary Sinise grace its stage.
Black Hawk State Historic Site
Black Hawk State Historic Site has been home to Native Americans as well as settlers and is named for the Sauk leader, Black Hawk.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum follow the whole life of the 16th president from the Indiana cabin to Ford's Theatre.
Illinois is the land of Lincoln and the home of the Chicago Cubs. Illinois has over one hundred vineyards and nationally rated restaurants that feature down home cooking. Those who take vacations in Illinois can drive down the Great Rivers National Byway or the Ohio River Scenic Byway. Six Flags Over Illinois is the place to go for thrills and chills on the rides. Chicago offers everything from live music to deep dish pizza to The Chicago Architecture Foundation. Illinois has it all from the big city up north to rural farmland and state parks throughout the state.