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Top Ten Destination Spots in Illinois

Updated on August 9, 2015

Six Flags Great America

Raging Bull at Six Flags Great America
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10. Six Flags Great America

Everyone has been to an amusement park, but if you haven’t been to a Six Flags then you are missing out.

This Six Flags is located in Chicago and is full of rides including; roller coasters and other rides, entertainment and fun.

Six Flags Great America makes an effort to ensure that you will be entertained and switches it up in order to make it fun for all kinds of people.

Great American Idol is a popular event at Six Flags Great America and draws many contestants.

Kidz Star USA is another singing event geared toward kids.

Festival Latino offers a variety of Hispanic entertainment.

There is also a water park housed at this popular theme park with over 15 water slides, pools, tubes and other fun rides to explore.

Between all the rides, booths, food, entertainment and face painting, you can expect to have a great time and is the perfect place to take the family.

Six Flags Great America Columbia Carousel

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Chinatown at Night

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9. Chinatown

Located in Armour Square is Chicago’s Chinatown. Chinatown offers several landmarks and attractions as well as culture and delicious cuisine.

This location is the second oldest settlement of the Chinese in America and due to more people working and living in Chinatown, is the largest as well.

Chinatown Square is a great place to shop and grab something to eat.

It also is home to the Pan Asian Cultural Center and there are zodiac statues in the heart of Chinatown Square. Bronze gates are places around the entrances of Chinatown which gives it a unique look and attracts people to go to Chinatown Square.

Some other attractions in Chinatown include; Pui Tak Center Building built in the 1920's, The Nine Dragon Wall, Ping Tom Memorial Park and St Therese Church which is where Al Capone use to attend church with his mother.

Chinatown is a great place to experience some Chinese culture.

Chinatown

Chinatown Chicago
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The Ernie Banks Statue outside of Wrigley Field

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8. Wrigley Field

Wrigley is home to the Chicago Cubs and has been there since 1916.

Located in the Lakeview area, It is the oldest national league baseball park and the second oldest major league baseball park that is still active, next to Fenway Park in Boston.

There are some features in this park that make it unique, hand turned scoreboards are just one of the features I am talking about.

Another rarity in this park is the beautiful ivy covered outfield walls. As well as an Earnie Banks statue which stands outside of the park.

Tours are available at this historical baseball park and you will learn the history of the park.

Wrigley Field has hosted many World Series and is one of the most well know baseball field in the United States.

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field
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7. Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a park that was built to host a celebration on the millennium. Located in the park is a prominent civic center and public art.

Millennium Park is close to Lake Michigan making it easy to visit the shoreline.

Millennium Park offers concerts, art, different exhibits as well as the Lurie Garden. The Lurie garden is five acres of colorful gardens, workshops, lectures and even guided tours.

Millennium Park offers fun for all walks of life and the best part of all is that admission is free!

Millennium Park

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6. Amish Country

Amish Country is located in Arthur, Illinois. There are many shops you can visit and delicious places to eat. Fresh produce is even available at roadside.

In Amish Country the transportation used is by horse drawn buggies, which you can see if you visit there.

The arts and crafts are gorgeous, along with the quilts. The Amish community is known for its cabinets and detailed oak furniture made by hand.

Take a stroll through some of the stores to view the beautiful hand crafted furniture, quilts and other arts.

To get the full experience of the Amish culture, take the Amish group tour. If you are ever in Central Illinois, stop by Amish Country and experience the simple life.

Amish Country

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5. Navy Pier

Navy Pier is on the shoreline of Lake Michigan and is a very long pier. It is Chicago’s number one tourist attraction and I can see why!

There is something for everyone. If you are feeling hungry you can go on a dinner cruise. Navy pier also provides water taxis and has over 40 gondola rides.

Chicago flower and garden is located there, along with an anchor from the USS Chicago.

How about a movie? You can’t go wrong with an IMAX movie, and that’s just what they have at Navy Pier. They also have fireworks twice a week.

At last, the Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel at navy Pier makes the pier very recognizable. And there isn't a better view.

Navy Pier

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4. Abraham Lincoln Library

Located in Springfield, Illinois, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library documents Abraham Lincoln’s life as well as the Civil War. It is the most visited Presidential Library and houses a museum as well.

This is the perfect place to come to find out about some of Illinois history and is the most visited Presidential Library in the United States.

Some of the collections at this presidential library are both visual and audio along with manuscripts, printed materials and newspapers on microfilm.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is home to the largest archives of Abraham Lincolns life and is a must see.

Abraham Lincoln

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3. Willis Tower Skydeck

Formerly known as, Sears Tower, The skydeck is glass and on the 103rd floor of the building. It is the 2nd tallest in the U.S. As far as where it stands in the world; it is the 8th tallest.

While in the skydeck you can experience it sway on a windy day as well as see across Lake Michigan. If you are afraid of heights, this might not be for you.

The Willis Tower opened in 1973 and took three years to build. Willis Skydeck is 1,353 feet above the ground and is an exciting experience.

Between the adrenaline and the views of the city, you will not regret a visit to this unique skydeck.

Willis Tower Skydeck

Willis Tower Skydeck
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2. Historic Route 66

Route 66 is located in Illinois and is also known as the Will Rogers Highway. Route 66 crosses Illinois, Missouri, a piece of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Established in 1926, Route 66 has so many sites to visit. The Lincoln Home Historical Site is on this road; along with the first Dairy Queen.

You can also see anywhere from Skyscrapers to historical buildings.

Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world and a main attraction on Route 66.

You can also enjoy beautiful scenery that includes lakes and historical buildings as well as skyscrapers.

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain
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Would you visit Lincoln Park?

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1. Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is a neighborhood in Chicago that offers many things to do.

The Biograph Theater opened in 1913 and was used as a movie theater.

Today it is used for live productions. It is also known to be the place where John Dillinger was shot by the FBI.

Lincoln Park also has scenery to die for. The Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool is the perfect spot to relax and read a book.

There is also a Zoo and The Chicago History Museum.

In addition, there are statues located in Lincoln Park. Statues of Abraham and Lincoln and General grant are just two of them.

Between the scenery, history, shopping and music; this is the reason I chose Lincoln Park as the number one place to visit Illinois.

Lincoln Park, Chicago

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Attached is a road map to help you get around Illinois

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A markerSix Flags Great America -
Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031, USA
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B markerChinatown Chicago -
Chinatown, Chicago, IL, USA
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C markerWrigley Field Chicago -
Wrigley Field Parking Lots, 3711 North Magnolia Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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D markerMillennium Park -
Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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E marker Amish Country -
Arthur, IL, USA
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F markerNavy Pier -
Navy Pier, Inc, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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G markerAbraham Lincoln Library and Museum -
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL 62701, USA
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H markerWillis Tower -
Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
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I markerLincoln Park -
Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, USA
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    • April Dawn Meyer profile image
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      April Dawn Meyer 4 years ago from Belle Fourche, South Dakota

      Thank you for voting up and reading! :) Thank you so much for sharing those destinations with me. I love travel and am always looking for new areas to look into.

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      April Dawn Meyer 4 years ago from Belle Fourche, South Dakota

      No problem! Thanks for voting up and reading. :)

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      aprildawnmeyer, Illinois seems to have many beautiful destinations for the tourists. Abraham Lincoln Library and the museum might be a great place to know and appreciate the life and contribution of your great President. Thanks for sharing Illinois. Interesting and Voted up

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Illinois is my second home, well almost. I have spent most time in this state after Ontario, Canada and New York. I agree with your list.

      Two sites that I would have included at cost of some other would be Shed Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo.

      Some of its state parks are also worth considering to make it an Illinois rather than Chicagoland or Chicago list.

      Voted up and shared.