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Illinois Holidays 2019 / 2020

The midwestern state of Illinois is one of varied landscapes, but aside from its lush forests, healthy farmland and natural wetlands, Illinois is perhaps best known for its major city of Chicago. In fact, Chicago is one of the largest cities in the United States. Characterised by sleek, towering skyscrapers, Chicago is home to a wide array of museums, shops and architectural favourites. Amazing and unique structures can be found dotted around Chicago as many famous names in architecture have left their mark in this city.

On top of that, holidays to Illinois don’t just provide you with the hustle and bustle of city life. But, forests and garden spaces offer visitors a look into the calmer and more natural side of the US state. There are plenty of opportunities to admire the views in Illinois, whether you’re enjoying a stroll riverside in Chicago or hiking up varied terrain in the national forest, Illinois’ variety continues to intrigue tourists.

Things to do in Illinois

Things to do in Illinois

Illinois holidays provide you with a wide range of things to see and do. Roam around Chicago’s high-rise skyscrapers in amazement, or head to the pier for a relaxing walk near Lake Michigan. If there is one thing Illinois is great at offering, it’s views! There are also plenty of museums dotted around the state, especially in Chicago. So, whether you’re interested in art or science, be inspired during your Illinois holiday. For those who love a bit of retail therapy, you’re in for a treat. Chicago will no doubt blow your mind with the number of luxury shops and fashionable outlets that can be found here.

  • Willis Tower
  • Chicago Riverwalk
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Grant Park
  • Skydeck Chicago
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Places to eat

Places to eat

Illinois has its favourites when it comes to dining, in particular, Chicago. During your visit to the state, you may find that Italian cuisine seems to hold dominance over others. Chicago is of course known for its deep-dish Chicago pizza. Cheese lovers can celebrate as Chicago doesn’t mess around when it comes to its toppings on pizza. Generous servings of cheese as well as other toppings are complemented by a rich, thick layer of tomato sauce. Baked in a deep pan, Chicago’s well-known pizza is definitely worth a try! On top of that, Chicago-style hot dogs are yet another staple to Illinois as well as Italian beef, the perfect sandwich filling for a ‘pick me up’. Check out these places to eat in Illinois:

  • Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
  • The Wiener’s Circle
  • Al’s Beef
  • Café des Architectes
  • Giordano’s
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Culture

Culture

Illinois has an abundance of cultural aspects within the state. These can especially be found in Chicago. With many museums on offer, a getaway to Illinois just wouldn’t be the same without exploring some of its well-known culture points. Whether you take a liking to art or architecture, Chicago has something for everyone.

  • Chicago Architecture Foundation – This organisation promotes the city’s architecture through various tours, events and exhibitions.
  • Art Institute of Chicago – This museum highlights a collection of books, souvenirs and even jewellery.
  • Chicago Cultural Center – Free shows and art exhibitions take place here. Highlighting many aspects of culture.
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When to go

When to go

The best time to visit Illinois would be between April and May or September and October. During this time the temperatures are pleasant, and the crowds are fewer than the summer period. Winter time in Illinois can be bitterly cold, especially from November to March so if you’re looking to escape the cold, you may wish to avoid this time of year. The summer time in Illinois sees the state experience its highest temperatures, which is great for exploring the sights, especially the outdoors.

Average monthly weather (°C) (Based on Chicago):

  • January: 0° / -6°
  • February: 2° / -4°
  • March: 7° / 1°
  • April: 13° / 6°
  • May: 19° / 12°
  • June: 25° / 17°
  • July: 28° / 21°
  • August: 27° / 21°
  • September: 23° / 17°
  • October: 17° / 10°
  • November: 10° / 4°
  • December: 3° / -3°
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Illinois Nightlife

Illinois Nightlife

When it comes to enjoying the nightlife in Illinois, your best bet is to head to Chicago. The city is full of a wide range of bars and nightclubs which will no doubt have you lively and energetic until the early hours of the morning. If you’re looking for somewhere that can offer a lovely atmosphere as well as an ice-cold beverage, Chicago’s nightlife scene can provide. It goes without saying that many of the establishments found in Chicago offer a laid-back approach to nightlife. Quite simply, an Illinois holiday isn’t complete with a trip to Chicago where you can experience its unique nightlife. During your stay, check out these nightlife spots in Illinois:

  • The Grape Escape
  • Simon’s Tavern
  • The SoFo Tap
  • Andy’s Jazz Club
  • Minibar Ultra Lounge
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Illinois' outdoor activities

Illinois' outdoor activities

There is plenty to do when it comes to exploring the city life of Chicago in Illinois. But, for those of you who prefer to spend your holiday in the outdoors and discovering sights elsewhere, there are many opportunities to do so in Illinois. Roam around Illinois’ natural forest areas or discover Native American ruins which will give you an even clearer insight to the historical past of the United States. To get away from the hustle and bustle, travel the other side of Illinois with these outdoor activities:

  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Starved Rock State Park
  • Shawnee National Forest
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • The Morton Arboretum
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