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.
- Downtown Champaign Walnut and Main Street Champaign, IL 61820 in CHAMPAIGN, IL.
The family event takes place during the last weekend in June. Thousands converge on the downtown area to enjoy cooking demonstrations, music lessons and various exhibits along with food, beverages and live entertainment. The site also has arts and crafts displays, a children's museum and visitors from the local zoo.
- 3712 N. Broadway St. Chicago, IL 60613 Map It in CHICAGO, IL.
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.
- 296 S. Columbus Dr. Chicago, IL 60603 Map It in CHICAGO, IL.
For five days in the middle of July, local restaurateurs combine efforts and create this ever-popular food festival in Grant Park. Visitors arrive every year, watch Chicago chefs prepare their finest and feast on their culinary delights. The event also features live music offered by local and well-known artists.
- Chicago, Illinois, USA 4400 N. Lincoln Ave.-Directions-Lincoln Avenue from Montrose to Wilson (440 in CHICAGO, IL.
Held in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, the event celebrates world cultures with craft beers, food, live music and other cultural ex<x>pressions every mid July weekend. Visitors sample various local and regional beers along with the opportunity for dining on food presented by the top restaurants in the area. When the sun goes down, the streets offer dance parties and open jams along with family orientated activities.
- Arlington Heights Historical Museum Museum grounds, corner of Euclid and Vail Arlington Heights, IL in ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL.
The Arlington Heights Historical Museum grounds serve as the location for this event that brings Irish descendants together with a host of visitors who celebrate the country's heritage. The July weekend festival offers traditional foods, games and live entertainment ranging from bagpipes and Celtic dancing to folk singing. Visitors have the chance to learn traditional dance and the wee ones have a tent hosting special entertainment.
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.