State Historic Sites

  • Bishop Hill
  • Black Hawk
  • Bryant Cottage
  • Cahokia Courthouse
  • Cahokia Mounds
  • Carl Sandburg Birthplace
  • Dana-Thomas House
  • David Davis Mansion
  • Douglas Tomb
  • Fort de Chartres
  • Fort Kaskaskia
  • Jubilee College
  • Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices
  • Lincoln Log Cabin (photo)
  • Lincoln’s New Salem (photo)
  • Lincoln’s Tomb (photo)
  • Metamora Courthouse
  • Mt. Pulaski Courthouse
  • Old Market House
  • Old State Capital (photo)
  • Pierre Menard Home
  • Postville Courthouse
  • Shawneetown
  • U. S. Grant Home (photo)
  • Vachel Lindsay Home
  • Vandalia Statehouse
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Other Points of Interest

  • Adler Planetarium
  • Allerton Park
  • Alton National Cemetery
  • Amish Settlement (photo)
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Arlington Park Race Track
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Baha’i House of Worship – in Wilmette
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Cache River State Natural Area
  • Camp Butler National Cemetery
  • Carl Sandburg Historic Site – in Galesburg
  • Chain O’Lakes – ten lakes strung together because of ancient glaciation
  • Chanute Air Museum
  • Charles Mound (Highest Point in Illinois)
  • Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Chicago Historical Society – in Chicago, museum and reference library
  • Chicago Zoological Park (Brookfield Zoo)
  • Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge – near Carbondale and Marion
  • Danville National Cemetery
  • Dickson Mounds Museum
  • Dundee – home to nationally-known Haeger Pottery
  • DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
  • Early American Museum and Botanical Garden – near Mahomet
  • Elgin – home of the pocket watch of the same name
  • Elijah Lovejoy Monument – in Alton, honors abolitionist editor
  • Fermilab located at Batavia – world’s largest paraticle accelerator
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Galena – home of U.S. Grant – many historic homes, etc. (photo)
  • Governor’s Mansion
  • Grand Detour – named for the giant bend that the Rock River forms around it. It was here, in the 1830’s, that John Deere marketed the first steel plow—the so-called “singing” plow because of the sound it made as it cut through the tough Illinois prairie.
  • Great River Road Scenic Lookout Tower
  • Hancock Observatory
  • Illinois Iron Furnace
  • Illinois State Fairgrounds
  • Illinois State Museum
  • Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery
  • John Deere Home
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium – in Chicago
  • Krannert Art Museum – in Urbana
  • Lewis and Clark State Park – near Hartford
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Lincoln, Illinois and Lincoln College – the only town in America named after Lincoln with his consent; the college was also named with Lincoln’s consent a year before his assassination
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Little Grassy Fish Hatchery
  • Lockport – home to the Illinois-Michigan Canal Museum
  • Long Hollow Scenic Overlook (Tower)
  • Mason State Tree Nursery
  • McCormick Place
  • Metamora Courthouse – in Metamora, one of two remaining courthouses where Lincoln practiced law
  • Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Mound City National Cemetery
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Nauvoo
  • Navy Pier
  • Old Slave House – near Junction
  • Our Lady of the Snows Shrine
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • President Ronald Reagan Birthplace
  • President Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home (photo)
  • Pullman – Chicago historic district, railroad car company built by Pullman in 1890s
  • Putnam County Courthouse – in Hennepin
  • Quincy National Cemetery
  • Richard J. Oglesby Mansion – in Decatur
  • Rockhome Gardens
  • Rock Island Arsenal
  • Sangamon Valley Railway Museum – in Monticello
  • Schaumburg – home to one of the largest shopping malls in the world
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • State Capitol (photo) and Other State Buildings
  • State Historical Library
  • St. Charles – home to Kane County Flea Market, one of the world’s largest
  • Tower Rock – near Grand Tower, is 60 feet high, an acre in area, and considered by many as the smallest national park in the country
  • Turkey Bluffs Scenic Overlook and Rest Area
  • Wildlife Prairie Park
  • Woodstock – in McHenry County
  • World Heritage Museum – on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus

State Recreational Areas

  • Anderson Lake
  • Apple River Canyon State Park
  • Argyle Lake
  • Banner Marsh
  • Beall Woods
  • Beaver Dam
  • Big River
  • Darlyle
  • Castle Rock
  • Cave-in-Rock
  • Chain O’ Lakes
  • Clinton Lake
  • Coffeen Lake
  • Crawford County
  • Delabar
  • Des Plaines
  • Dixon Springs
  • Eagle Creek
  • Ed Madigan
  • Eldon Hazier
  • Ferne Clyffe
  • Fort Defiance
  • Fort Massac
  • Fox Ridge
  • Frank Holten
  • Franklin Creek
  • Giant City
  • Golconda Marina
  • Goose Lake Prairie
  • Green River
  • Hamilton County (Dolan Lake)
  • Heidecke
  • Hennepin Canal
  • Hidden Springs
  • Horseshoe Lake (Madison County)
  • Horseshoe Lake (Alexander County)
  • Illini
  • Illinois & Michigan Canal (photo)
  • Illinois Beach
  • Iroquois County
  • Johnson Sauk Trail
  • Jubilee College
  • Kankakee River
  • Kaskaskia River
  • Kickapoo
  • Lake DePue
  • Lake Le-Aqua-Na
  • Lake Murphysboro
  • LaSalle Lake
  • Lincoln Trail
  • Lowden
  • Lowden-Miller
  • Mackinaw River
  • Marshall
  • Matthiessen
  • Mermet
  • Middle Fork
  • Mississippi Palisades
  • Mississippi River Area
  • Moraine Hills
  • Moraine View
  • Morrison-Rockwood
  • Nauvoo
  • Newton Lake
  • North Point Marina
  • Pere Marquette
  • Prophetstown
  • Pyramid
  • Ramsey Lake
  • Randolph County
  • Ray Norbut
  • Red Hills
  • Rend Lake
  • Rice Lake
  • Rock Cut
  • Rock Island
  • Saline County
  • Sam Dale Lake
  • Sam Parr
  • Sand Ridge
  • Sanganois
  • Sangchris Lake
  • Shabbona Lake
  • Shelbyville
  • Siloam Springs
  • Silver Springs
  • Site M
  • South Shore
  • Spring Lake
  • Starved Rock
  • Stephen A. Forbes
  • Ten Mile Creek
  • Trail of Tears
  • Union County
  • Volo Bog
  • Walnut Point
  • Washington County
  • Wayne Fitzgerald
  • Weinberg-King
  • Weldon Springs
  • White Pines Forest
  • William W. Powers
  • Wolf Creek
  • Woodford County

Federal Recreational Areas

  • Bell Smith Springs (photo)
  • Carlyle Lake
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Johnson Creek
  • Lake Glendale
  • Lake of Egypt
  • Lake Shelbyville
  • Ohio River
  • Pine Hills
  • Pounds Hollow
  • Rend Lake
  • Tower Rock
  • Turkey Bayou/Oakwood Bottoms