Visiting Illinois

Chicago is home to a host of Illinois’ best attractions - from the world-renown Art Institute of Chicago to the impressive Millennium Park. And while Chicago may be home to amazing architecture, art, and cuisine, Illinois itself is longer than one Magnificent Mile. For starters, it’s the beginning of a bigger street, Route 66. And leafy Rockford boasts another American original: Jane the 66-million-year-old T. rex.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants , and things to do, browse amazing photos ; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find ... Read More
Chicago is home to a host of Illinois’ best attractions - from the world-renown Art Institute of Chicago to the impressive Millennium Park. And while Chicago may be home to amazing architecture, art, and cuisine, Illinois itself is longer than one Magnificent Mile. For starters, it’s the beginning of a bigger street, Route 66. And leafy Rockford boasts another American original: Jane the 66-million-year-old T. rex.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants , and things to do, browse amazing photos ; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Illinois

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The Adler Planetarium - the Cosmos at your fingertips

Written by GB from Devizes on 15 Jun, 2007

This wonderful attraction sits within the campus that also houses the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium at 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive. We’d taken the # 146 bus from Downtown which deposited us within 100 yards of the main entrance. The planetarium juts out…Read More


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Maxwell St Market - If you want it, you'll find it here

Written by GB from Devizes on 15 Jun, 2007

This was another taste of local flavour that time hadn’t permitted back last Autumn so on yet another sizzling morning, we set off across town to experience this open-air cornucopia of sounds, smells and flavours from one of the city’s largest ethnic markets.The original market…Read More


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Greenup

Written by onesundaymorning on 25 Mar, 2007

As I continued my journey I made an unplanned stop in Greenup, Illinois. I saw there a water tower that said "Give Greenup a Try," so I did. Greenup was a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere, that among various of other thing, considered themselves…Read More


Sunday Morning on the Magnificent Mile

Written by callen60 on 21 Jan, 2007

As a kid, I never knew what was ‘magnificent’ about this mile of Michigan Avenue. Our family expeditions to Chicago always revolved around visiting museums, and not shopping. Plus, the similar alliteration of ‘Merchandise Mart’ always had me confusing the two. As we talked through…Read More


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A Boy(?) Named Sue: The Field Museum of Natural History

Written by callen60 on 21 Jan, 2007

Having spent the night an hour outside Chicago after outrunning the ice storm, we easily made it to the Field before the 9am opening. As we walked up the steps to the imposing entrance (think National Archives), flanked on each side by hundreds of yards…Read More


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The Unity Temple - an architectural masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright

Written by GB from Devizes on 21 Nov, 2006

This amazing building sits on Lake Street and was built to replace the original Unitarian Universalist Church which was destroyed by fire. Frank Lloyd Wright began his design in 1905 but had various obstacles to overcome. He had a small budget, the site was narrow…Read More


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Francis Lloyd Wright - Houses, Homes, and Studios

Written by GB from Devizes on 20 Nov, 2006

Along with Hemingway, Oak Park can be rightly proud of its other revered son, namely Frank Lloyd Wright, widely regarded as the 20th century’s greatest architect. Indeed, “Architectural Record” magazine proclaimed that his buildings “stand out as the most significant architectural works during the last…Read More


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Getting Together

Written by zabelle on 31 Oct, 2006

Now, keep in mind that I come from a town of less than 10,000 people. Even though I am very comfortable in places like London and Paris, I am very nervous when attempting one of the large US cities. What amazed me about Chicago is…Read More


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The Field Museum of Natural History

Written by GB from Devizes on 29 Oct, 2006

The Field Museum here in Chicago must rate as one of the planet’s greatest collections of exhibits of natural history. Several guides along with the IgUgo editorial team visited here on a warm Saturday morning, specifically to view the Tutankhamun exhibition but also to try…Read More


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The Hemingway Birthplace: Upstairs

Written by Wildcat Dianne on 19 Oct, 2006

Climbing up the steep steps from the kitchen to the upstairs of the Hemingway Birthplace, I was reminded of the stairs at my Grandma's and Aunt's places in Pawtucket, Rhode Island with the steepness and noise they made as you climb them. Luckily this time,…Read More


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