As someone born and raised in Illinois, I can say firsthand the state has a lot to offer tourists year round — and especially in the summer. Not only are there many things to see and do in the city of Chicago, there are a lot of great things to see and do outside of the metropolitan area, and there’s a little something for everybody from comic book enthusiasts to history buffs, nature lovers, and more. So if you’re looking for reasons to go on a road trip, you should know that Illinois is the place to be.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
For The Lincoln Lover: One of the most widely attended Presidential libraries, it’s not necessarily a place for books, but to get up on the history of Abraham Lincoln. There are exhibits, special theaters, displayed artifacts, and of course, everything you ever wanted to know about Lincoln. They recreated his boyhood home (the infamous log cabin), show you what he looked like at a variety of ages, give you an inside look into the 1860 presidential campaign, and take you inside a recreated corridor where Lincoln put together and signed the emancipation proclamation. Check the Library out in Springfield.