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Illinois is more than Chicago, but you have to know where to look. Here are some places that a good road trip should hit.

Parks and environmental recreation Edit

  • Starved Rock State Park near Ottawa. Very pretty especially during peak color (late September/early October)
  • Matthiessen State Park. Also near Starved Rock. Similar, less traffic.
  • Galena in the northwest corner of the state.
  • Shawnee National Forest in the southern third of the state.
  • Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie south of Joliet. Now 10 years old![1]

Education Edit

For the college folk. The ones busily studying. Really. :-)

  • University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana
  • Illinois State University in Bloomington/Normal
  • Southern Illinois University in Carbondale
  • Columbia College Chicago (Film school)

Oddities Edit

  • Superman in Metropolis, on the Wabash River
  • World's Largest Ketchup Bottle in Collinsville (see this link)
  • The combination bowling alley / French restaurant in Arcola. (Courtesy of a scavenger hunt)

Notes and references Edit

  1. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0609200168sep20,1,2375121.story?coll=chi-newslocal-hed
abraham lincoln museum Springfield IL has holograms.

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