SPG’s State Guide to Sports in Illinois

SportsIllinois_HLogo_4C-1024x390-300x114On behalf of all of us here at the Illinois Office of Tourism, we look forward to welcoming you to the Land of Lincoln for your next sporting event. As a lifelong Illinoisan, I’m no stranger to all of the amazing things there are to see and do in the state. Whether you are a returning visitor coming back to the state for a tournament or you are a first-time visitor, there’s always something to discover when you visit.

We love the opportunity to invite people from all over the world to experience exactly what we have to offer. For many, the first
thing that comes to mind when they think of Illinois is Chicago, a world-class city with incredible restaurants, hotels, architecture, museums, and shopping. Illinois is also home to rich presidential history in Springfield and other communities, classic Americana along historic Route 66, great outdoor adventures and scenic beauty in the Shawnee National Forest and our many state parks, more than a hundred wineries and so much more. Illinois offers an amazing experience from the moment you arrive and long after your team finishes up for the day.

With more than 1,200 sporting venues and state-of-the-art facilities, Illinois hosts everything from PGA tournaments and Olympic trials to college and high school sporting tournaments. Sporting events are an important part of the tourism industry in our state, and we continue to strive to be top of mind for sports associations and organizations planning their next event. We appreciate your consideration of Illinois for your future events.

To find a sporting facility and to learn more about holding your next event in Illinois, please visit Sportsillinois.com. You can also plan an amazing trip to Illinois by visiting EnjoyIllinois.com.

Best regards,

Jan Kemmerling Acting Director
Illinois Office of Tourism

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On 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.