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Fairmount Race Track
Fairmount Race Track Top Attraction!
Scenic in Collinsville, IL USA

This one-mile oval track designed like Churchill Downs awas originally biult in the early ninteen hundreds. Thoroughbred racing season runs April through September.


The Catchup Bottle
The Catchup Bottle Top Attraction!
Historic Site in Collinsville, IL USA

Looming over Collinsville, this is an internationally known roadside attraction that was even mentionin the the Twilight film. The World's Largest Catsup BottleĀ« stands proudly next to Route 159, just south of downtown Collinsville, Illinois. This unique 170 ft. tall water tower was built in 1949 by the W.E. Caldwell Company for the G.S.

Cahokia Mounds
Cahokia Mounds Top Attraction!
Historic Site in Collinsville, IL USA

The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. A World Treasure In 1982, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), designated Cahokia Mounds a World Heritage Site for its importance to our understanding of the prehistory of North America.

Gateway Center
Gateway Center Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Illinois
Shopping in Collinsville, IL USA

Gateway center has grown to 50,000 square-feet of top quality, full service facilities for business meetings, conventions, trade shows, receptions and other group events after completing its most recent expansion in 2006. Gateway Center, Your Gateway Conference Center! In 1990, the elected officials of the City of Collinsville, Illinois set out to construct a premier multi-purpose event facility and they did just that when they opened Gateway Center.

Cantigny Park
Cantigny Park Top Attraction!
Museum in Wheaton, IL USA

This 500-acre park offers vast formal gardens, picnic grounds, a top-ranked public golf course and two museums: Robert R. McCormick Museum and Cantigny First Division Museum. Enjoy a wide variety of programs and events throughout the year.


Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center
Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Rosemont, IL
Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, IL USA

Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center Be a part of the sparkling lights and glamour of Broadway at this award-winning theatre. 971-seat proscenium style live theater features musicals, comedy, and dinner theater.

The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum Top Attraction!
Tour in Lisle, IL USA

The Arboretum is an engaging and fun 1,700-acre garden of trees and other woody plants from around the world. Enjoy the Children's Garden, Maze Garden, 16 miles of hiking trails, nine miles of roads or a guided tour amid handicapped-accessible facilities.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Lincoln Home National Historic Site Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Springfield, IL
Historic Site in Springfield, IL USA

Located in a historic neighborhood, the Lincoln Home features actual Lincoln family furnishings and period artifacts in an authentically reproduced setting, revealing an intimate glimpse of Lincoln as a husband, father, neighbor and politician.

Hardy's Reindeer Ranch
Hardy's Reindeer Ranch Top Attraction!
Recreation in Rantoul, IL USA
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The North Pole has moved to Central Illinois! Hardy's Reindeer Ranch is the place to pick a pumpkin in the pines, browse through the general store gift shop, or try your luck at figuring out the mysteries of the 6-acre Cornfusion maze! The North Pole has moved to Central Illinois! Hardy's Reindeer Ranch offers a unique attraction for young and old alike.


Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion
Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Museum in Champaign, IL USA

Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion is the second largest Art Museum in Illinois. While hosting galleries ranging from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary photography, KAM also offers 12-15 changing exhibitions each year. As the second largest Art Museum in Illinois, Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion is home to over 9,000 works of art ranging from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary photography.

Virginia Theatre
Virginia Theatre Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Theatre in Champaign, IL USA

The Virginia theatre has been a landmark in Champaign and in the history of the region for over 90 years. Since 1921, The Virginia Theatre has been a landmark in the business district of Champaign and in the history of the region. For 90 years, the 1,525 seat theatre has offered entertainment as a vaudeville house, legitimate theatre and movie house.

William M. Staerkel Planetarium
William M. Staerkel Planetarium Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Tour in Champaign, IL USA

As the second largest Planetarium in the state, Staerkel's 50-foot projection dome is one of the largest in the United States that displays 7,600 stars, the Sun, Moon and planets. The Staerkel Planetarium's 50-foot projection dome is one of the largest in the United States that displays 7,600 stars, the Sun, Moon and planets. The Planetarium also features sky tours, a science lecture series, and multimedia science education.

The University of Illinois
The University of Illinois Top Attraction!
Sport in Urbana, IL USA

As the largest university in Illinois, UIUC is home to some of the highest-rated professors, academic programs and students in the country. As the largest university in Illinois, the University of Illinois has over seventeen different academic colleges for almost every educational interest.

Rockford Art Museum
Rockford Art Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Rockford, IL
Museum in Rockford, IL USA

Illinois' largest art museum outside of Chicago with over 1,500 works of art; noted for its permanent collection of 19th and 20th Century American art, plus dynamic and changing exhibits featuring regional and national artists. Gift store. Illinois' largest art museum outside of Chicago with over 1,500 works of art; noted for its permanent collection of 19th and 20th Century American art, plus dynamic and changing exhibits featuring regional and national artists.

Splash Valley Aquatic Park
Splash Valley Aquatic Park Top Attraction!
Theme Park in Kankakee, IL USA

A facility of the Kankakee Valley Park District, Kankakee's premiere water park offers splashtacular fun for the whole family. The outdoor water park encompasses a lazy river, three waterslides, lap pool, and two zero-depth entry pools. Group rates and party rentals are available.

Frank Lloyd Wright's B. Harley Bradley House
Frank Lloyd Wright's B. Harley Bradley House Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Kankakee, IL
Historic Site in Kankakee, IL USA

See historic Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture This Prairie Style house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright along with its neighboring home. The houses are acknowledged by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy as Wright's first house designs that ushered in Wright's Prairie Style. The B.

Old State Capitol
Old State Capitol Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Springfield, IL
Historic Site in Springfield, IL USA

The Old State Capitol is a reconstruction of Illinois' fifth statehouse, the first to be located in Springfield. The building served as the seat of state government and a center of Illinois political life from 1839 to 1876.

Lincoln's Tomb
Lincoln's Tomb Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Springfield, IL
Historic Site in Springfield, IL USA

Dedicated in 1874, Lincoln Tomb is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons, Edward, William, and Thomas. Lincoln's Tomb is set in Oak Ridge Cemetery, the second-most visited cemetery in the United States.

Anderson Japanese Gardens
Anderson Japanese Gardens Top Attraction!
Botanical Garden in Rockford, IL USA

You'll be awe-struck by the natural beauty and serenity of Anderson Japanese Gardens, ranked the top Japanese garden in North America.

Burpee Museum of Natural History
Burpee Museum of Natural History Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Rockford, IL
Museum in Rockford, IL USA

The award-winning exhibit, Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur, explores the history of the young T. rex skeleton found by Burpee researchers in the badlands of Montana, called one of the ten most important dinosaur discoveries in the past 100 years.

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Best Places to Stay in Illinois


Homestyle Inn And Suites Springfield
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From $50 / night.


Swimming Pool, Free Internet, Non Smoking Rooms.
JW Marriott Chicago
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From $179 / night.


Swimming Pool, Non Smoking Rooms, Restaurant, Free Breakfast.
Loews Chicago Hotel
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From $179 / night.


Swimming Pool, Free Internet, Non Smoking Rooms, Restaurant, Free Breakfast.
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
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From $184 / night.


Swimming Pool, Non Smoking Rooms, Restaurant.
Sonesta Es Suites Chicago Schaumburg
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From $119 / night.


Swimming Pool, Non Smoking Rooms.

Best Time to Visit Illinois


The best time to visit Illinois is in the summer and fall. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50's. Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Fall nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's.

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Monthly Temperatures in Illinois


Month Low Avg High
January 14.2 22.6 30.9
February 19.2 27.9 36.5
March 29.1 38.7 48.3
April 39.1 50.0 60.9
May 49.5 61.0 72.5
June 59.3 70.5 81.7
July 64.0 74.6 85.1
August 62.2 72.6 83.0
September 53.7 65.1 76.4
October 42.2 53.3 64.4
November 31.6 40.2 48.8
December 20.3 28.1 35.8

Destinations in and around Illinois to Visit



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