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12 Fun Things to Do in Illinois

Have the time of your life in the best Midwestern state of the US.
Akshay Kulkarni Sep 24, 2019

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Shop, eat, ride on the Ferris wheel, or just enjoy the lovely views at the Navy Pier, an action-packed entertainment hub on the shores of Lake Michigan.

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Admire the art works in one of the oldest art museums in the United States - The Art Institute of Chicago.

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If you're down in Chicago, don't miss out on visiting the city's one of the most popular attractions - the Millennium Park.

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Climb up the iconic skyscrapers of Chicago; the Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center, to relish the best views of the city.

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Watch the jet of water pumped 150 ft into the air at the Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world.

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Get enchanted by the sheer beauty of massive canyons and stunning waterfalls in the Starved Rock State Park.
In southern Illinois, visit the amazing Shawnee National Forest and gaze at its intriguing rock formations, the Garden of the Gods.
Witness the remains of ancient America's greatest city at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. This UNESCO recognized World Heritage site contains the largest man-made earthen mound.

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Boost your adrenaline by taking a hair-raising ride in the thrilling roller coasters of the Six Flags Great America, the best amusement park in Illinois.

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Enjoy the diverse flora and stunning beauty of wilderness around, or go beach camping, hiking, boating or fishing in the 4160-acre Illinois Beach State Park.

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Take a free trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in North America which offers exhibits covering polar bears, penguins, monkeys and other amazing animals from across the world.

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If kayaking interests you, then you must paddle the pristine waterbodies of Illinois; Lake Michigan, Chicago River, Wabash River and Rock River.