Top Ten Destination Spots in Illinois
Six Flags Great America
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
Chinatown at Night
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.
The Ernie Banks Statue outside of Wrigley Field
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Would you visit Lincoln Park?
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.