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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.

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.

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.

African American Civil War Soldiers Monument
African American Civil War Soldiers Monument
Historic Site in Decatur, IL USA

Located in downtown Decatur. This unique work of art is one of only a handful of sculptured tributes to the African American War soldier in the entire country. Commissioned by the City of Decatur, the work was designed and created by renowned artist Preston Jackson.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site things to do on a rainy day in Illinois
Historic Site in Collinsville, IL USA

Largest prehistoric Indian site in the US

Historic Pleasant Home
Historic Pleasant Home things to do on a rainy day in Chicago, IL
Historic Site in Oak Park, IL USA

Guided tours of Pleasant Home are offered year-round to individuals and groups and they allow you to explore this Prairie School design. Explore this opulent mansion designed by prominent Prairie School architect George W. Maher in 1897. A National Historic Landmark, Pleasant Home features a wonderful Arts & Crafts interior with art glass windows and intricate carved wood. Museum shop on site.


Historic Sandwich Opera House
Historic Sandwich Opera House things to do on a rainy day in Illinois
Historic Site in Sandwich, IL USA

Tour the Historic buidling from 1879. Visit the Historic City Hall and Opera House of Sandwich, Illinois. Tours given to guests upon request. Hear a little history of the building, see the old dressing rooms and visit the jail. Snapshots of Sandwich history are available for donation of $1.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio
Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio things to do on a rainy day in Chicago, IL
Historic Site in Oak Park, IL USA

Wright's private residence and studio from 1889-1909 This world-renowned complex served as Wright's private residence and studio from 1889 to 1909- the first 20 years of his career. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, trying out design concepts before sharing them with clients.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple
Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple things to do on a rainy day in Chicago, IL
Historic Site in Oak Park, IL USA

Public structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple is an icon of modern architecture and a destination for tens of thousands of visitors each year, and is famous for its brilliant use of light and space.

Hardin County, Illinois
Hardin County, Illinois
Historic Site in All Locations, IL USA

Historic attractions, hiking,biking,swimming,parks and fishi Hardin County Illinois brings to a weekend packed with adventure.

Historical Walk on Ridge Rd
Historical Walk on Ridge Rd
Historic Site in Lansing, IL USA

Historic Walk Lansing Historical Society President Paul Schultz will lead a walking tour along Lansing's main street, pointing out sites of historical, geological and architectural interest.

Step Back Into a 1950's Valentine's Day
Step Back Into a 1950's Valentine's Day things to do on a rainy day in Illinois
Historic Site in Park Forest, IL USA

1950's Decorations The museum is decorated in vintage Valentines Day decorations including die-cuts and Vintage Valentines. The classroom is decorated for a 1950s Valentines Day class party.


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