Illinois Attractions

Illinois Tourist Attractions

World’s Biggest Cross

Standing over Interstate highways 57 and 70, the "Cross at the intersection" was constructed for generally dignified spiritual motives and to outclass all the other big cross of the world, particularly the huge and big cross in Groom, Texas, which was in fact a motivation to construct it. 198 feet high and 113 feet broad, made out of more than 180 tons of steel fastened in unknown amounts of cement, the cross can endure the heaviest wind flowing at up to 145 mph.

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park Type Urban park
Lincoln Park Location Chicago
Lincoln Park Coordinates 41.95°N 87.64°W
Lincoln Park Size 1,200 acres (490 ha)
1.875 sq mi (4.86 km2)
Lincoln Park Opened 1843

With approximately 1,200 acres of land, Lincoln Park is a six mile long. The green land stretches along the shores of Lake Michigan and is the major park of Chicago. It has lots of playing grounds, bike tracks, running tracks, and a golf club, horse riding track, beaches, a greenhouse and a zoological garden.

Designing of the park started during the late 1830's and the scheme acquired speed at the time when New York City began with its Central Park in the year 1857. Initially known as Lake Park, Lincoln Park was named again soon after the murder of President Lincoln in the year 1865.

Guests can see lots of noteworthy figures and works of civic art inside the park fields together with Augustus Saint Gaudens' Standing Statue of Lincoln built in 1887.

Spertus Museum

The Spertus Museum is situated in the first two storeys of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. It is an abode of a complete set of over 10,000 works of art and works connected to the Jewish custom and traditions. Apart from the stable assortment and the continuing Zell Holocaust Memorial, the museum additionally hordes a standard program of cyclical exhibitions.

Prairie Avenue Historic District

Prairie Avenue District
Prairie Avenue Historic District Location: Chicago, Illinois
Prairie Avenue Historic District Coordinates: 41°51′26″N 87°37′19″W
Prairie Avenue Historic District Built / Founded: 1812
Prairie Avenue Historic District Architect: Henry Hobson Richardson; et al.
Prairie Avenue Historic District Architectural Style(s): Renaissance, Other, Romanesque
Prairie Avenue Historic District Governing Body: Private
Prairie Avenue Historic District Designated HD: November 15, 1972
Prairie Avenue Historic District Designated CL: December 27, 1979
NRHP Reference#: 72000452

The Prairie Avenue Historic District is situated in the southwestern direction of the Soldier Field. The 9th century housing road was once the house of rich people of Chicago like Marshall Field and Joseph Sears. Of individual attention are the Neo-Romanesque Glessner House (1886) at 1800 South Prairie Avenue and Clarke House, one of the antique homes in Chicago in Greek stimulation fashion.

Governor Oglesby Mansion

The Governor Oglesby Mansion is a house constructed in the 1870s in Italian design for the three times Illinois Governor, United States Senator and Civil War Army General Richard J. Oglesby. The house is situated at 421 W. William St in Decatur, IL. It is unlocked for tourists every Wednesday and Saturday for the time between 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the months of June, July and August and on the very last Sunday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. from the months of March till November. The fee of entry is $2.00 per person.

John G. Shedd Aquarium

John G. Shedd Aquarium Date Opened May 30, 1930
John G. Shedd Aquarium Location 1200 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, Illinois, USA
John G. Shedd Aquarium Number of Animals 32,667
John G. Shedd Aquarium Number of Species 1,500
John G. Shedd Aquarium Memberships AZA, AMMPA, WAZA
John G. Shedd Aquarium Website
Shedd Aquarium
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates: 41°52′4″N 87°36′50″W
Built/Founded: 1929
Architect: Graham,Anderson,Probst & White
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: February 27, 1987
Designated NHL: February 27, 1987
NRHP Reference#: 87000820

The John G. Shedd Aquarium is described as the biggest enclosed aquarium of the entire world. It is an abode of approximately 8000 diverse aquatic animals belonging to about 700 different classes. The aquarium has been gathering fish, octopuses and other water mammals from around the globe ever since it was open to the citizens in the year 1930. The exhibitions are formulated to encourage ecological consciousness, protection and standard usage of natural capital inside aquatic bionetwork.

Some Major Attractions of the Aquarium take in

The 90,000 gallon Coral Reef exhibition with sharks, turtles along with some other Caribbean Sea animals. Visitors can observe as divers plunge into the reservoir every day to give food to them.

The Oceanarium has 3 million gallon seawater that establishes the actual sea surroundings of the Pacific Northwest. Apart from the various other sea creatures, Beluga whales, Pacific white sided dolphins, Alaskan sea otters and port seals are also present there in the aquarium.

Superman Museum

The Superman Museum in Metropolis, Illinois has a compilation of superman souvenirs, together with the first outfit put on by George Reeves, the foremost superman in the ’50s. The museum is filled with more than 20,000 stuffs connected to the 60+ years of Superman chronicles, from his initial emergence in children's comic books to his newest mortification in "Lois and Clark" and some other contemporary versions. The Superman Museum is the piece of effort of Jim Hambrick, who also possesses the brimming Superman memento and figurines store.

Heritage Interpretive Center – Hamilton, Illinois

The Heritage Center is open for the public for most of the days together with the exhibits intended to enlighten and teach the tourists about the ecology and the bionetwork of the Mississippi River and how the river contributed to the beginning and tradition of Hampton.

The region was initially known as McNeil’s Landing due to Sir Henry McNeil who lived here around the year 1827. Afterwards Joel Thompson approached and asked to construct a postal bureau which would be known as Milan. He later came to know that there was a Milan since long time and the postal department was allotted the name of Hampton on February 1, 1838. 

The Gateway Geyser – East St. Louis, Illinois

There is a geyser towering about a height of almost 630 feet and the height reflects that of St. Louis’ famous Gateway Arch, situated straight across the Mississippi River. The middle spout is joined by four secondary spouts which stand for the four rivers that get merged in the St. Louis region.

Illinois Featured Attractions

  1. World's Largest Cross, Effingham, Illinois
  2. Mecca of Albino Squirrels, Olney, Illinois
  3. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Springfield, Illinois
  4. Historic Auto Attractions, Roscoe, Illinois
  5. Two-Story Outhouse, Gays, Illinois
  6. Captured Leg of Santa Anna, Springfield, Illinois
  7. Robert Wadlow, World's Tallest Man, Alton, Illinois
  8. World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Collinsville, Illinois
  9. Purple Martin Capital of the Nation, Griggsville, Illinois
  10. Hometown of Superman and Super Museum, Metropolis, Illinois

Illinois Current State Parks

Park Name   County or Counties   Area (acres)  Area (km2)   Date
Bodies of water   
Anderson Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area Fulton 2,247 9.09 1947  
Apple River Canyon State Park Jo Daviess 297 1.20 1932 Apple River
Argyle Lake State Park McDonough 1,700 6.9 1948 Argyle Lake
Baldwin Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area Randolph 2,018 8.17 ? Baldwin Lake
Beall Woods State Park Wabash 635 2.57 1966 Coffee Creek
Beaver Dam State Park Macoupin 750 3.0 1947 Beaver Dam Lake
Big River State Forest Henderson 2,900 12 1925 Mississippi River
Buffalo Rock State Park & Effigy Tumuli LaSalle 298 1.21 November 15, 1928 Illinois River
Cache River State Natural Area Johnson 14,314 57.93 1970  
Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Fayette 37,000 150 1966 Carlyle Lake
Castle Rock State Park Ogle 2,000 8.1 1921 Rock River
Cave-in-Rock State Park Hardin 204 0.83 1929 Ohio River
Chain O'Lakes State Park McHenry 1,700 6.9 1945 Bluff Lake, Catherine Lake, Channel Lake, Fox Lake, Fox River, Grass Lake, Marie Lake, Nippersink Lake, Petite Lake, Pistakee Lake, Redhead Lake, Turner Lake
Channahon State Park Will 20.5 0.083 1932 DuPage River, Des Plaines River, Kankakee River
Clinton Lake State Recreation Area DeWitt 9,300 38 1978 Clinton Lake, Salt Creek, Old Creek
Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Montgomery 297 1.20 1966 Coffeen Lake, Shoal Creek
Crawford County State Fish and Wildlife Area Crawford 1,129 4.57 ? Huston Creek
Delabar State Park Henderson 89 0.36 1960  
Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area Will 5,000 20 1948 Kankakee River, Milliken Lake
Dixon Springs State Park Pope 801 3.24 1946 Wabash River
Donnelley/Depue State Park Putnam 3,015 12.20 1982 Lake DePue, Spring Lake, Coleman Lake, Illinois River
Eagle Creek State Recreation Area Shelby 11,100 45 May, 1963 Lake Shelbyville, Eagle Creek (Illinois), Wolf Creek
Edward R. Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area Logan 974 3.94 1971 Salt Creek
Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area Clinton 3,000 12 ? Carlyle Lake, Lake Shelbyville
Ferne Clyffe State Park Johnson 2,430 9.8 1949 Ferne Clyffe Lake
Fort Massac State Park Massac 1,450 5.9 1908 Ohio River
Fox Ridge State Park Coles 2,064 8.35 1930s Ridge Lake, Embarras River
Frank Holten State Recreation Area St. Clair 1,080 4.4 1964 Whispering Willow Lake, Grand Marais Lake
Franklin Creek State Park Lee 664 2.69 1970 Franklin Creek
Fults Hill Prairie State Natural Area Monroe 997 4.03 1970 Kidd Lake
Gebhard Woods State Park Grundy 30 0.12 1934 Nettle Creek
Giant City State Park Jackson, Union 1,100 4.5 1927 Little Grassy Lake, Indian Creek 
Golconda Marina State Recreation Area Pope 274 1.11 ? Ohio River
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Grundy 2,537 10.27 1969 Goose Lake, Des Plaines River, Kankakee River, Illinois River
Green River State Wildlife Area Lee 2,565 10.38 1940 Green River
Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area Hamilton 1,683 6.81 1962 Dolan Lake
Harry "Babe" Woodyard State Natural Area Vermilion 1,104 4.47 ? ?
Hazel & Bill Rutherford Wildlife Prairie State Park Peoria 1,700 6.9 2000 Deep Lake , Caboose Lake, Beaver Lake, Horseshoe Lake
Heidecke Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area Grundy 1,300 5.3 ? Heidecke Lake
Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park Bureau, Lee, Whiteside, Rock Island, Henry 60,314 244.08 1970 W To Moline then N to Rock Falls vic.
Hidden Springs State Forest Shelby 1,200 4.9 1960 Richland Creek, Possum Creek
Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area Alexander 10,200 41 ? Horseshoe Lake
Horseshoe Lake State Park Madison 2,960 12.0 ?  
Illini State Park LaSalle 510 2.1 1934 Illinois River
Illinois Beach State Park Lake 4,160 16.8 1948 Lake Michigan
Illinois Caverns State Natural Area Monroe 120 0.49 1985 None
Iroquois County State Wildlife Area Iroquois 2,480 10.0 1944 Glacial Lake Watseka
James "Pate" Philip State Park DuPage, Kane 3,432 13.89 1991 Brewester Creek
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area Cass 16,550 67.0 June, 1993 Gridley Lake, Prairie Lake, Drake Lake
Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park Henry 1,365 5.52 ? Johnson-Sauk Trail Lake
Jubilee College State Park Peoria 3,200 13 1933  
Kankakee River State Park Kankakee, Will 4,000 16 1938 Kankakee River
Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph 20,000 81 ? Kaskaskia River, Baldwin Lake, Peabody River
Kickapoo State Recreation Area Vermilion 2,842 11.50 1939 Vermilion River
Kinkaid Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Jackson 11,750 47.6 1968 Kinkaid Lake, Johnson Creek, Reed Creek
Kishwaukee River State Fish and Wildlife Area DeKalb 570 2.3 2002 Kishwaukee River
Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park Stephenson 715 2.89 1948 Lake Le-Aqua-Na
Lake Murphysboro State Park Jackson 1,022 4.14 1948 Lake Murphysboro
LaSalle Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area LaSalle 2,058 8.33 ? LaSalle Lake
Lincoln Trail Homestead State Memorial Macon 162 0.66 1957 Sangamon River
Lincoln Trail State Park Clark 1,023 4.14 1958 Lincoln Trail Lake
Lowden State Park Ogle 207 0.84 1945 Rock River
Mackinaw River State Fish and Wildlife Area Tazewell 1,448 5.86 ? Mackinaw River
Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area Marshall 6,000 24 1925 Red Hills Lake, Muddy Creek 
Matthiessen State Park LaSalle 1,700 6.9 1943 Deer Park Lake, Vermilion River
Mautino State Fish and Wildlife Area Bureau 911 3.69 ? 15 lakes
Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area Grundy 1,017 4.12 1981 Braidwood Lake
Mermet Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Massac 2,630 10.6 1949 Mermet Lake
Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Area Vermilion 2,700 11 1986 Middle Fork
Mississippi Palisades State Park Carroll 2,500 10 1973 Mississippi River, Apple River
Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area Jersey, Calhoun 24,386 98.69 ? Stump Lake, Fuller Lake
Moraine Hills State Park McHenry 2,200 8.9 1939 Lake Defiance, Fox River
Moraine View State Recreation Area McLean 1,687 6.83 1959 Dawson Lake, Salt Creek
Morrison-Rockwood State Park Whiteside 1,164 4.71 1971 Rock Creek , Lake Carlton
Nauvoo State Park Hancock 148 0.60 ? Mississippi River, Lake Horton
Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Jasper 1,775 7.18 1979 Newton Lake, Sand Creek , Laws Creek
North Point Marina Lake 297 1.20 ? Lake Michigan
Peabody River State Fish and Wildlife Area Randolph 2,200 8.9 ? Peabody River
Pere Marquette State Park Jersey 8,050 32.6 1931 Mississippi River, Illinois River
Piney Creek Ravine State Natural Area Jackson, Randolph 198 0.80 1972 Piney Creek
Prophetstown State Recreation Area Whiteside 53 0.21 1947 Coon Creek, Rock River
Pyramid State Recreation Area Perry 19,701 79.73 1968  
Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area Fayette 1,980 8.0 ? Ramsey Lake, Ramsey Creek
Randolph County State Recreation Area Randolph 1,101 4.46 1958 Randolph County Lake
Ray Norbut State Fish and Wildlife Area Pike 1,140 4.6 1970 Illinois River
Red Hills State Park Lawrence 967 3.91 ?  
Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Franklin, Jefferson 38,900 157 ? Rend Lake
Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Fulton 5,660 22.9 1945 Rice Lake (Illinois)
Rock Cut State Park Winnebago 3,092 12.51 ? Pierce Lake, Olson Lake
Rock Island Trail State Park Stark, Peoria     1989  
Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area Saline 1,270 5.1 1959  
Sam Dale Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area Wayne 1,302 5.27 1959 Sam Dale Lake
Sam Parr State Fish and Wildlife Area Jasper 1,180 4.8 1960  
Sand Ridge State Forest Mason 7,200 29 1939 None
Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area Cass, Schuyler, Mason 10,360 41.9 1948  
Sangchris Lake State Recreation Area Christian, Sangamon 3,022 12.23 1964 Sangchris Lake
Shabbona Lake State Park DeKalb 1,550 6.3 1978 Shabbona Lake
Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area Moultrie 6,200 25 ?  
Sielbeck Forest Natural Area Johnson 385 1.56 ?  
Siloam Springs State Park Adams, Brown 3,323 13.45 1940  
Silver Springs State Fish & Wildlife Area Kendall 1,350 5.5 1969 Fox River, Loon Lake, Beaver Lake, Silver Springs
Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area Knox 2,500 10 1987 Snakeden Hollow Lake
South Shore State Park Clinton 26,000 110 ? Carlyle Lake
Spitler Woods State Natural Area Macon 202.5 0.819 1937 Squirrel Creek
Spring Lake Fish and Wildlife Area Tazewell 2,032 8.22 1950 Spring Lake
Starved Rock State Park LaSalle 2,630 10.6 1911 Illinois River
Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area Marion 3,103 12.56 1959  
Ten Mile Creek State Fish & Wildlife Area Hamilton, Jefferson 6,000 24 1988 Ten Mile Creek
Trail of Tears State Forest Union 5,114 20.70 1929 Mississippi River, Clear Creek
Tunnel Hill State Trail Johnson, Pulaski, Saline, Williamson        
Turkey Bluffs State Fish and Wildlife Area Randolph 2,264 9.16 ?  
Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area Union 6,202 25.10 1940s  
Volo Bog State Natural Area Lake 1,150 4.7 1970 Volo Bog
Walnut Point State Park Douglas 671 2.72 1968  
Washington County State Recreation Area          
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area          
Weinberg-King State Park          
Weldon Springs State Recreation Area          
White Pines Forest State Park Ogle 385 1.56 1927 Pine Creek, Spring Creek
William G. Stratton State Park          
William W. Powers State Recreation Area          
Wolf Creek State Park          
Woodford State Fish and Wildlife Area