Illinois is located in the heart of the US, boasting scenic byways, lush vineyards and weaving networks of lakes and rivers. It is the 24th largest state and it is bordered on three sides by water. Illinois has been home to four US presidents, each celebrated with myriad trails and historical markers; Abraham Lincoln is brought back to life at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, and visitors can dine at President Obama's favourite restaurants in the Chicago suburbs. Chicago is known as 'America's Favourite City' and is a stunning metropolis with a genuinely charming mid-western atmosphere. Situated on Lake Michigan, Chicago is blessed with 29 miles of lakefront, including sandy beaches and cycle paths. The city is as diverse as its scenery, from its jaw-dropping skyscrapers to outdoor sculptures.
Experience interactive public art, authentic Blues music, interesting architecture, fine dining and worldclass museums and theatre. Chicago is also a shoppers' paradise, with the Magnificent Mile shopping area welcoming millions of visitors to its wealth of premium department stores every year. Some of the most unique items can be found in the eclectic neighbourhood boutiques just a short journey from downtown and the best bargains can be found at the outlet malls statewide.
||56,400 sq. miles, 24th largest state|
||CST – 6 hrs behind the UK|
||Hot summers and cold winters with snow December to March. Moderate rainfall the rest of the year|
||131 State Parks and 5 National Parks|