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.
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The gay community hosts a number of events during the month of June that culminate on the last Sunday with the colorful Pride Parade. The procession spans from Montrose Avenue to Diversey Parkway and includes over 250 elaborately decorated floats.
Since 2006, spectators from around the world traveled to Union Park in the Windy City for the pleasure of hearing over 40 international artists perform during a weekend in the middle of July. Concerts span various music genres attracting visitors of all ages.
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.
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The historic downtown area hosts the annual fall event that occurs during the first weekend in September. The range of activities sponsored include food and wine sampling, arts and crafts shows, floral shows and live demonstrations.
The community serves as home to the Libby Pumpkin facility and to the local residents of the Aludium Q36 Pumpkin Modulator team who enjoy an entry in the Guiness Book of World Records. In the middle of October every year, teams of all ages arrive with handmade machines for the great pumpkin throwing contest. Visitors also enjoy an array of crafts, food and games.
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.