In the Midwest, while still holding true to the prairies and farms that built it all, Illinois is often considered a model of the country as a whole.
The Land of Lincoln has a great deal of history that is both important to residents of the state as well as the history of the nation.
Cities and towns throughout Illinois add to the rich culture of the entire state. Places like Waukegan, north of Chicago, have a community vibrance that Jonathan Jones of Lake County CVB explained and it became immediately apparent.
As the third most populated city in the nation, Chicago is a giant making it a forerunner of trends and culture. The Windy City gave us The Second City comedy club, a rich history of music, and a regional pizza to fight with New York over; Chicago is both a cultural and physical hub. The Chicago O’Hare airport is one of the largest in the country and operates over 500 flights daily. With all the travel, culture, and business, it’s hard to deny that Chicago is a great place.
Illinois is ripe with museums and parks dotted across the entirety of the state, from The Science Center of Carbondale in the south to the Burpee Museum of Natural History of Rockford in the north and every direction east, west, and in between. Groups can enjoy superhero fandom in Metropolis, the official home of Superman. Take a team photo with the 15-foot bronze statue in Superman Square, or stroll through Fort Massac State Park and enjoy wonderful views of the Ohio River. Illinois’ ample nightlife can also keep your event energy boosted for hours, enjoy the quaint historic town of Galena by day and partake in their Haunted Pub Crawl by night. No matter what you choose, your attendees will be engaged in their surroundings.
Throw a dart at a map of the state and you’ll find a great city to meet in; Decatur, Moline, Peoria, Springfield, Joliet, Effingham. There’s so much in Illinois to see and do and we’ve only touched the surface, the rest you’ll just have to discover yourself.