Illinois Improbable: A Story of Upending Expectations

When I was a high-school student in Bethesda, Maryland, and beginning to think about college, my parents sat me down and set a parameter: they would only allow a school within 1000 miles of our home, with the idea that I would be more likely to visit over holidays if within that range. My elder […]

Illinois: “It’s Just a Great State!”

An Interview with Cory Jobe, the Illinois Director of Tourism, who lists the many attractions and attributes that make Illinois a great state. From wineries and museums, to craft breweries, ghost tours, and scenic landscapes, Illinois’ diversity offers endless opportunities for fun and excitement.

Where in the World Are You Quest #82

In this video, we give hints about an undisclosed location in this geo-quiz. Can you guess it? Where in the World Are You? You’re in a place with a wine trail named after the Shawnee Indians, a tribe who settled here in the 19th century. As my son says, you’re in the most “hauntedess” place […]

The Best Small Town Main Street in America: Galena, Illinois

The best small town Main Street in America can be found in Illinois. The former rip-roaring lead-mining town of Galena once produced almost 85% of the nation’s lead, and was the busiest Mississippi River port between St. Louis and St. Paul, a bustle bigger than Chicago. Now, it charm lies in the preservation of its […]

Starved Rock State Park in Utica

Starved Rock is a special state park in Utica, Illinois with towering trees, canyons and waterfalls that beckon adventure. Hiking through History in Illinois Starved Rock is a huge stony hand that lords over the landscape above the Illinois River. According to legend, in the 1760′s the Potawatomi and the Ottawa surrounded a band of […]

The Best Theme Park in the World

The best theme park in the world is in Lake County, Illinois, a fun-filled, family-friendly destination. A Place To Be A Superhero Six Flags Great America has been called the Best Theme Park in the World. It has the tallest, steepest, fastest wooden roller coaster in the universe (The Goliath), and is the self-proclaimed “cleanest theme […]