When Visiting Illinois, You’ll Probably See Chicago, My Kind of Town!
For those of us who were born and lived in Illinois, we can tell you its biggest city is Chicago. Just outside the metropolitan area, however, you can see green fields, expanses of land, and for many who invite you into their smaller cities and towns named Rockfield, Naperville and Quincy, you’ll discover rural charm never far away from city life.
Chicago, itself, is the tourist draw for the state of Illinois that stretches several hundred miles along the banks of the Mississippi River to its west. On the east side of the state is one of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan that fronts Chicago, giving it that reflective beauty and water activities that people in the middle of the USA long for. You can see photos and read more about Chicago.
Abraham Lincoln came from Illinois. He was known as honest Abe and was attributed by historians as the person responsible for emancipation of slaves, having delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. The Lincoln Home, Lincoln Tomb, and the restored Old State Capitol are some points of interest you may want to see when touring Illinois.
The cultural epicenter of Illinois is Chicago, which has the famous Art Institute, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium, to name a few attractions open to the public. But looming tall in the skyline as you approach or fly into one of Chicago’s airports are its tall buildings. Six of the tallest buildings in the works or standing are in Chicago. They include Chicago Spire which is planned for completion in 2011, standing approx. 2000 feet high. Others are Sears Tower, Trump International, Aon Center, John Hancock Building and Waterview Tower.
For cranking your head and looking up, this could be the place. Tours of skyscrapers are in order on your visit to the biggest city in Illinois, and that’s no lie! Another city that’s as wholesome as apple pie is Rockford, Illinois. From the autumn apple harvests and festivals, to the ice sculpting competition complete with snow and frost, Rockford is a destination unto itself.