Chicago is the capital of Illinois

Illinois - The "Land of Lincoln"

This state has more than one surprise in store. Illinois is ideal for visitors who are passionate about culture and history, as well as nature and sports. At first glance, Illinois is one thing above all else - flat. The great expanse is used for huge agricultural areas that have brought prosperity to the country.

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Worth knowing | Nature | Climate | Sights | Tickets for attractions and activities | Excursion possibilities | Vacation Activities | Hotels, apartments and holiday homes


Flat doesn't mean boring in Illinois. The prairie land, which was once settled by the Indians of the Illinois tribes, is ideal for unforgettable tours. They can be done on shoemaker's pony or on a boat. They get particularly “stylish” by motorcycle, car or bus on the legendary “Route 66”. It is still largely present in Illinois and still gives a feeling of adventure and freedom to this day.

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Illinois occupies a proud fifth place on the list of the most densely populated states in the United States, even though the country is only in the golden mean in terms of area, namely 25th. This is not only due to the metropolis of Chicago, but also to the flourishing industry and thus the good working conditions that lure many people to Illinois or keep them there. The heart of the Midwest is a good place to live and some interesting other states are also within easy reach. Illinois borders on six other states.

The neighbors are named Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin in alphabetical order. The country is also crossed by one of the most famous rivers in the world, the Mississippi. When it comes to nicknames, Illinois is not necessarily humble. There can be two: “Land of Lincoln”, named after US President Abraham Lincoln, who lived here and still has his grave to this day. In addition, Illinois is also called "Prairie State" because it used to have many grass steppes.



Illinois is predominantly flat and characterized by agricultural landscapes. In the north, Lake Michigan, with its seaside resorts and small islands, offers a very special scenic charm. The traveler also gets to see a lot of interesting things along the two main rivers Illinois and Mississippi. Illinois then becomes “beautiful” in the classic sense in the south. There you can hike for hours through vast forests, over rolling hills and along smaller rivers and streams.


Illinois is in what is known as the temperate climate zone, but you shouldn't be impressed by that. In fact, summers in this state can get really hot and winters can get bitterly cold. Spring and autumn are therefore pleasant travel times when you can really count on "moderate" temperatures.

Tourist Attractions

If you travel to Illinois, you simply cannot avoid Chicago. The city is the largest in the state, but not the capital. That honor goes to the much smaller Springfield. Chicago not only impresses with its location near Lake Michigan, but also with its lively cultural scene and luxurious shopping opportunities. In addition, Chicago is an Eldorado for architecture fans. Here are not only some of the tallest buildings in the world, but also some of the most modern and interesting. Springfield is also a must on any trip to Illinois. Not because it's the political capital. But because you can learn a lot about the famous American president here in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. “Learning” sounds very dry. The knowledge is conveyed so lively and thrillingly that even children will have fun with it.

Tickets for attractions and activities

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Excursion possibilities

Illinois wouldn't be a typical US state if there wasn't an awful lot to do here. There are theme and amusement parks everywhere. One of the lesser-known attractions is perhaps the fact that wine is grown in Illinois and you can take a tour of the vineyards. More information about viticulture in Illinois on the website As is so often the case with wine, the origin lies in France. It was French emigrants who were the first Europeans to settle in Illinois. They brought a few vines and their knowledge of viticulture with them and thus founded the very successful viticulture in Illinois today.

Vacation activities

Those who want to go shopping not only in Chicago to the museum or on the noble “Magnificent Mile” can, for example, hike in the “Garden of the Gods” - with some breathtaking views. In the north, every conceivable water sport is possible on Lake Michigan. Everywhere in the country you can treat yourself to a riding holiday and of course a tour on the legendary Route 66 is still possible.

Hotels, apartments and holiday homes

Illinois hotels, apartments and vacation rentals can be found at