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.
- Grant Park and Other Locations Chicago, IL 60604 in CHICAGO, IL.
During the last weekend in August, jazz lovers gather and revel in the music provided at this free event. By day, outdoor stages situated in the parks provide the excitement. The Chicago Cultural Center and Roosevelt University's Gins Hall also offer performances.
Union Park serves as the location for this end of the summer event. Thousands arrive on Labor Day weekend for the concerts provided by artists representing various music genres. Presented by dozens of local music promoters, the festivities include food and beverage vendors.
- Lincoln Park 2045 N. Lincoln Park West Chicago, IL 60614 in CHICAGO, IL.
From the end of June to the middle of July, the event offers visitors the chance to learn the latest or classic dance moves enjoyed around the world while surrounded by the scenic views of Grant Park. Professional dancers offer one free hour of instruction on a 4,900 square foot dance floor.
- Third Street & Campbell Street Geneva, IL 60134 in GENEVA, IL.
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 annual event converts the downtown region into an event-filled area that commemorates the historic highway. Bands play live music made popular from the 50s through the 70s. An auto show exhibits over 1,000 vehicles.