As a national transportation hub, Illinois is a major destination for millions of people each year. From the glittering skyscrapers of Chicago to the wind-swept plains of the south, Illinois offers a variety of activities to suit almost any traveler. As the home state of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois also tempts history buffs with its rich landscape of historical sites.
The city welcomes the fall and winter holiday season with this November gala event that begins with a spectacular tree lighting ceremony along Michigan Avenue presented by none other than Mickey Mouse. Mickey and Minnie also serve as grand marshals for a gala-lighted parade.
- MCCORMICK PLACE in CHICAGO, IL
McCormick Places hosts the annual February event that features displays of approximately 1,000 vehicles. Visitors browse the exhibits that include everything from antiques and competition stock to prototypes and new vehicles coming on the market.
The annual festivities celebrate the dairy industry through a variety of events that include a milk drinking contest open to participants aged eight and up. Spectators enjoy a two-hour parade, a carnival, fun races and other contests in addition to fireworks, animal exhibitions and live entertainment.
- Old Town Historic District Chicago, IL 60614 in CHICAGO, IL
Chosen by professional curators, over 250 artists participate in this annual June weekend event in the historic district of Old Town. Works consist of every medium available and the festival represents one of the largest in the country. The fair also includes a tour of approximately 50 local gardens. A children's corner provides the chance for youngsters to channel their inner artist and a food court provides refreshments.
Hosted in Grant Park in the middle of the sprawling metropolis, this annual mega music festival spans the first weekend in August. The 115-acre site constructs multiple outdoor stages for the more than 130 local and celebrity artists that perform everything from alternative to pop and rap.