The state of Illinois is in the Midwestern United States whose capital is Springfield, where you will find the State Capitol in the Downtown and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Illinois’ neighbouring states are Kentucky (south-east), Missouri (south-west), with the Mississippi River forming a natural border, Indiana (east), and Michigan (north- east) via the Lake Michigan.
Chicago is the most famous and largest city of the state, and the third more populated in the United States. On the Lake Michigan this metropolis has a daring architecture, skyscrapers including Willis Tower and Tribune Tower and has excellent waterfronts spots including the giant Navy Pier offering many attractions.
Illinois has other great cities to explore and is also ideal for outdoor adventures in the many breathtaking parks such as Shawnee National Forest with 403 miles of hiking trails. For water activities Illinois offers countless opportunities from a kayaking experience in Chicago River to rafting in Vermillion River.
Population: estimated 12.8 million inhabitants
Other major cities: Chicago, Aurora, Joliet, Rockford, Naperville, Peoria, Elgin, Waukegan, Champaign
Main attractions: Willis Tower, Millennium Park including Cloud Gate, Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Navy Pier, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, Frank Dana-Thomas House (built by Frank Lloyd Wright), Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Starved Rock State Park, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Krape City Park, Anderson Japanese Gardens
Major Airports: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI)
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