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ENJOY ILLINOIS

ENJOY ILLINOIS

From urban excitement and outdoor adventures to delicious food and fascinating history; there’s so much to experience in Illinois. Illinois is home to the Windy City of Chicago with its iconic skyline, world-class museums, vibrant culture, and diverse neighbourhoods; it’s also the starting point of the iconic 300-mile Route 66 – celebrating 100 years in 2026 – which travels south-west through the state to the Mississippi River. Discover where Presidential history meets classic Americana in the state capital, explore Springfield in Central Illinois or take a scenic drive on the Great River Road. Get outdoors for zip-lining, hiking, biking, and rock climbing in Southern Illinois or relax at Shawnee National Forest’s picturesque wineries

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Getting there

Getting There

Getting to Illinois is a breeze!

 

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport offers 952 daily direct flights to 168 USA cities and approximately 122 daily flights to 65 international destinations. This is the main airport hub for direct eight hours and 30 minutes-long flights into Illinois from London Heathrow; aboard Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, KLM, LOT-Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, and Virgin Atlantic.

Illinois Road Trips

Illinois Road Trips

Hit the highway and explore Illinois!

 

Whether you're seeking history, natural beauty, or culinary delights; road tripping in Illinois promises an enriching experience filled with memorable moments. Start your engines and let the adventure begin!
Explore the iconic Route 66 – celebrating its 100th birthday in 2026 - a historic highway brimming with nostalgia and Americana. Immerse yourself in breath-taking scenery along the Great River Road as it traces the mighty Mississippi River. Travel around the awe-inspiring shores of Lake Michigan – one of the USA’s five Great Lakes.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Dive in and reward your taste buds!

 

Illinois is a world-class culinary wonderland! In Chicago, indulge in everything from iconic deep-dish pizza to three Michelin-starred extravagance at Alinea. Along Route 66, savour classic American fare and nostalgic atmospheres at roadside diners and bars like Route 66 Motorheads Bar & Grill. In Southern Illinois, lovers of wine, beer, and the great outdoors are in for a treat. The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail features many award-winning wineries, and Scratch Brewing Company has made a name for itself as one of the most beautiful places in the world to drink foraged beer. From comfort food to gourmet cuisine and fine wines, Illinois promises a flavour-packed journey for every palate!

Outdoors

Outdoors

Find adventures for all ages in the great outdoors!

 

Home to 64 beautiful state parks, 2,900 lakes, and 7 scenic byways, Illinois has outdoor adventures for all—no matter when you visit! In spring and summer, enjoy hiking, biking, sandy beaches, and serene waterfalls. In autumn, plan a road trip adventure to witness colourful foliage and explore charming towns nestled along the Mississippi River. In winter, ice skating, skiing, and eagle watching await. Throughout the state, you’ll discover nature trails, striking landscapes, hidden gems, and amazing accommodation options beneath the trees. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll through picturesque gardens or an adrenaline-pumping adventure in the wilderness, Illinois has something for everyone all year round.

Shopping & Lifestyle

Shopping & Lifestyle

Indulge and treat yourself...you’re on holiday!

 

Make sure there’s room in your suitcase! Illinois has shopping to suit all tastes. In Chicago, stroll one of America’s greatest avenues, The Magnificent Mile, a world-famous shopping destination with designer boutiques, luxury labels, and a great dining scene. Or, elevate your wardrobe for less with a range of outlet stores in nearby neighbourhoods. After your spree, treat yourself to pampering at the Waldorf Astoria Spa or Kohler Waters Spa. And when hunger strikes, savour Michelin-starred Portuguese cuisine at Porto or contemporary delights at Oriole. For charming streets and eclectic boutiques, towns like Galena and Quincy have options aplenty. Throughout the state, a diverse range of Illinois Made options are perfect for one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts. Whether it's high fashion, unique finds, or culinary delights, Illinois has it all!

Sports & Culture

Sports & Culture

Take your seat for thrills galore!

 

Experience the thrill of sports in Illinois! From professional NFL football, NHL hockey, MLB baseball, NBA basketball, and MLS soccer games in Chicago to Minor League excitement, scenic golf courses, and thrilling motor racing statewide, there's something for every sports fan. Don't miss the prestigious 2026 Presidents Cup at Medinah Golf Course in DuPage County. Whether you're cheering from the stands or joining in on the action, Illinois is your ultimate destination for sporting excitement!

Places to Visit

Places to Visit

Don’t miss Illinois’ must-see sights and attractions!

 

Plan your dream Illinois adventure! Chicago offers a vibrant cultural scene with museums, architecture, theatre, and blues. Follow Route 66, brimming with charming towns, vintage diners, and rich history across 300 miles of iconic Americana. Whether it's family fun, road trips, dining, outdoor adventures, or small-town charm you seek, Illinois has it all. Let us plan your next adventure!