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Great cities, idyllic river landscapes, the legendary Route 66 and a
great history await you in the multifaceted state of Illinois.
The Route 66, Abraham Lincoln, skyscrapers, corn dogs, the Mississippi River
State and famous museums - more than any other state combines so many contrasts
in itself. In terms of area, Illinois is roughly the size of England and Wales
combined. Beautiful cities, breathtaking nature reserves, picturesque side
streets and impressive historical sites await you. Numerous outlet malls make
the shopping heart beat faster and endless sandy beaches on Lake Michigan invite
you to relax.
Attractions in Illinois.
Chicago is the first port of call for many vacationers: a beautiful skyline
paired with many museums, star restaurants, the famous Michigan Avenue and the
shores of Lake Michigan just a few steps away. The metropolis is also an ideal
starting point for exploring the surrounding area by car: you can quickly reach
Route 66 Springfield, the capital of Illinois, where you can immerse yourself in
the history of the state and a lot about the 16th President Abraham Lincoln can
experience. The towns of Galena and Alton / Grafton on Great River Road
and Rockford are also in beautiful surroundings and can be optimally combined
for a round trip.
Highlights in Illinois
- Willis Tower
- Six Flags Great America / Hurricane Harbor
- Caterpillar Museum Peoria
- Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
- Mermet Springs
- Oak Park
- Shawnee National Forest
- Cahokia Mounds
- Starved Rock State Park
- Illinois Wine Trails
Cities worth seeing
State Facts & Figures
Area: 150,000 km˛
Population: approx.12,800,000 (91 per km˛)
Capital: Springfield (approx. 116,000 pe)
Largest city: Chicago (approx.2.7 million pe)
Highest point: Willis Tower (708 m)
State bird: Cardinal
State flower: Purple Violet
State tree: White Oak
Taxes: State Sales Tax: 6.25%
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CET -7 hours)
Maximum speed: Interstates outside cities 65 mph (approx.
104 kmh), within cities 55 mph (approx. 88 kmh), other roads 55 mph (approx. 88
Int. Airport: Chicago O'Hare International Airport
With around 2.7 million inhabitants, Chicago is the third largest city in the
United States. It has been one of the most important trading cities since the
middle of the 19th century, since it is not only located at important railway
junctions but is also connected to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean by
waterways. You can reach the city quickly and easily via the Chicago O'Hare
International Airport. From Germany there are non-stop connections with
Lufthansa and United Airlines.
Almost 50 kilometers of sandy shores on Lake Michigan with numerous beaches,
parks and hiking trails limit the 77 multicultural residential areas of the
city. Chicago, one of the greatest cities in America, offers its visitors
unlimited possibilities - world-class architecture with breathtaking
skyscrapers, countless jazz and blues clubs, excellent shopping and cultural
attractions. Chicago's motto, Urbs in Horto´ - the city in the garden - has
become a way of life and Chicago offers a huge range of leisure
activities. Since Chicago is the most pedestrian-friendly city in the USA, you
can stroll to your heart's content and then enjoy the good cuisine in one of the
many excellent restaurants.
Sports enthusiasts will get their money's worth in Chicago. Numerous
professional teams are based in Chicago. Visit a baseball game from the Chicago
Cups or the Chicago White Sox or a football game from the Chicago Bears during
your stay. A Chicago Bulls basketball game is sure to be an experience in the
An absolute highlight in Chicago is a visit to the Willis Tower, the tallest
building in Chicago. The observation deck is on the 103rd floor. If the waiting
times there are too long, the viewing platform on the 94th floor of the John
Hancock Center is a good alternative.
Chicago is famous for its renowned museums. These include the Art Institute
of Chicago with the world's largest collection of works by French Impressionists
such as Monet or Renoir. You can also see works by Picasso and de Kooning in the
modern museum wing. Also worth seeing is the Museum of Contemporary Art, the
Museum Campus with the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler
Planetarium. The largest science museum in the western hemisphere is also
located in Chicago - the Museum of Science and Industry.
The breathtaking Millennium Park in the northwest corner of Grant Park with
its almost 40m high silver concert shell and many garden restaurants is a kind
of open-air museum for modern design. Free concerts take place here
regularly. In winter there is a skating rink in Millennium Park. Grant Park
itself is reminiscent of Versailles and has the world's largest fountain - the
Buckingham Fountain. The historic Route 66 starts nearby.
Night owls can end the day in numerous blues and jazz clubs or in one of the
many partly award-winning theaters in the Downtown Theater District.
Highlights in Chicago
- Willis Tower
The tallest building in Chicago has a viewing platform on the 103rd floor
and the very brave enter the famous glass balconies, from which you can look
down 412 meters.
- John Hancock Center
John Hancock Center: A 360 degree view of four states and the newest
attraction: The Tilt leans over Chicago's skyscrapers.
- Millennium Park
The park is a popular place to escape the city. Here is also the famous
Cloud Gate, a motif that must not be missing on any vacation photo.
- Museum of Science and Industry
More than 800 exhibits are waiting in one of the largest museums of its
- Navy Pier
Board one of the many ships that take a sightseeing tour here, take a ride
on the Ferris wheel or go to one of the many restaurants in the adventure
district on the Navy Pier!
- Lincoln Park Zoo
In the heart of the city lies this extraordinary zoo, which will leave you
with lasting impressions with its attractions.
- Chicago Botanic Garden
In the beautiful Botanical Garden in Chicago you can see thousands of
different plants on a spacious and with great attention to detail.
Information about Chicago
Population: approx.2.7 million
Area: 606 km˛
Height: 179 m above sea level
Airport: Chicago O'Hare International Airport