One of the things that the state of Illinois is famous for is being the long-time home of America 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Although Lincoln was not born in Illinois, he lived here for more than twenty years. It was in the city of Springfield, Illinois that he met and married Mary Todd Lincoln. The couple built a home began a family in the same Illinois town. The Lincoln family lived in the home until they moved to the White House in February of 1861.The Lincoln’s house and adjoining neighborhood have been turned into a historic museum and site. After Lincoln’s assignation in April of 1865, Mary Todd Lincoln wanted to bury her husband where he had been most happy, Springfield, Illinois. The tomb/memorial where President Lincoln, his wife and three of their four children are buried is located in the Oak Ridge Cemetery. The fourth is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum is also located in Illinois.
Many family fun adventures can be found in Illinois, including spending the day atthe Brookfield Zoo, the Field Museum or the Shedd Aquarium. All of which are located in Chicago, Illinois.
Sports fans will have plenty to do in Illinois. There are several professional sports teams that call Illinois home. They include the Chicago Bears NFL Team, the Chicago Bulls NBA Team, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, both members of the MLB and two hockey teams the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL and the Chicago Wolves from the AHL.
For those wanting a more leisurely vacation, Illinois offers several museums and botanical gardens. The Chicago Botanic Garden offers more than 20 gardens housed on 385 acres. The Art Institute of Chicago offers several exhibits throughout the year as well as art classes for those wanting to discover a hidden talent.
Whatever the reason; whatever the season Illinois has a celebration planned. Big cities and small towns host festivals throughout the year in Illinois. Some include the Southern Illinois Irish Festival held in Carbondale, Illinois and the Around the Coyote Fall Festival held in Chicago, Illinois.