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.
Daley Plaza serves as the destination for this cultural market that extends from the end of November through Christmas Eve. Visitors enjoy a traditional Old World atmosphere complete with German beverages, foods and holiday crafts.
- 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.
- Players Sports Ctr Naperville, IL 60540 in NAPERVILLE, IL
This April weekend event provides do-it-yourself enthusiasts with the latest home and garden products. The free admission event takes place at the Players Sports Center and offers contests, live demonstrations, discounts and giveaways.
- Public Square Belleville, IL 62223 in BELLEVILLE, IL
Mother's Day weekend brings the annual event that offers the creations of more than 100 handpicked artists from around the world. Visitors also enjoy live performances held on the downtown stages along with gourmet food courts. A special area offers kids the chance to make their own creations.
Seven stages located in the Three Sisters Park provide the location for performances given by over 100 bands. Guests of all ages enjoy the entertainment that spans three days during the last weekend in May. The destination permits camping and the event provides children's activities.