When people think of Illinois, they usually think of Chicago, but there’s plenty more to do in the Prairie State.

The friendly locals in Illinois will make you feel at home from day one so get out and about in the towns and cities to experience the warm hospitality. Southern Illinois is the best spot for exploring nature, starting with Shawnee National Forest. Feel like splashing around a bit? Rent jet skis, paddleboats, and more along Lake Michigan. Don’t forget that central Illinois is where Abraham Lincoln lived at one point; check out his home and a museum dedicated to him in Springfield.

Frequently Asked Questions about Illinois

What is the biggest city in Illinois?

Chicago is the biggest city in Illinois, with a population of 2,695,598 as of 2010. In fact, it's the largest city in the entire Midwest!

Where is the Amish community in Illinois?

The primary Amish community is located in Arthur, Illinois. Arthur is a village spanning Douglas and Moultrie counties, and it is home to the oldest Amish community in Illinois, which was established in the 1860s. You can also spot some Amish influence in the city of Arcola, as well as the unincorporated Illinois communities of Chesterville, Bourbon, and Cadwell.

How do I get an I-PASS?

An I-PASS is a pre-paid toll collection system that lets you pay electronically as you drive throughout Illinois. For travellers, it's probably easiest to get an I-PASS in person at a number of stores in Illinois, or by calling 1-800-UC-IPASS.