2017 Illinois State Guide

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Welcome to Illinois!

 

sportsillinoisOn behalf of the Illinois Office of Tourism, we look forward to welcoming you to the Land of Lincoln for your next sporting event. Illinois is a top destination for sports associations and organizations, and with thriving urban centers like Chicago, as well as scenic natural vistas that will take your breath away, there simply is no end to the travel opportunities that await you and your team in Illinois.

The Land of Lincoln has a strong track record of successfully hosting a variety of events, from Olympic trials and PGA tournaments to college and high school competitions. In addition, Illinois offers more than 1,200 sporting venues and state-of-the-art facilities of all kinds across the state, which means we can meet your needs no matter how large or small.

Illinois offers something for everybody. Whether you prefer the world-class culture and dining of the big city, the friendly hospitality of small-town America or the serene beauty of our natural wonders, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Illinois. From professional sporting events to top-notch shopping, it’s all here. Our theaters and museums represent thriving centers of culture, while lush forests and scenic parks set the stage for exciting outdoor adventures. You’ll find an abundance of charming local restaurants, not to mention our many fine breweries, distilleries and wineries. Of course, there’s no shortage of water parks, zoos, amusement parks and other kid-friendly activities for the whole family.

Illinois is a four-season destination. Our winter eagle-watching season offers unique views of one of the largest eagle migrations in the nation. Spring and summer offers prime opportunities for families to enjoy Illinois’ scenic byways, beaches and parks. Autumn brings with it the fall colors and provides some of the most beautiful hues and landscapes to be found anywhere in the country.

Go to SportIllinois.com to learn more about Illinois sports facilities or to book your next sporting event, and go to EnjoyIllinois.com to start planning your next trip to Illinois.

Your friend in Illinois tourism,

Cory M. Jobe

Director – Illinois Office of Tourism