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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.