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Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in Illinois!

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of Illinois. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

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360 Chicago Observation Deck / Scenic Views Chicago arguably the best views in Chicago; 94th floor
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum History Museum / Presidential Attraction / Library Springfield "the most complete Lincoln experience in the US"
Art Institute of Chicago Art Museum Chicago most would say this is #1 or #2 art museum in US
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co Distillery Galena a family owned craft distillery
Cantigny Park Botanical Garden / Military Museum Wheaton large public park with gardens and history museums
Chicago Botanic Garden Garden Glencoe 26 spectacular gardens on 385 acres
Cloud Gate / The Bean Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction Chicago the most famous photo-op in Chicago
Dana-Thomas House Historic Home Tours / Frank Lloyd Wright Springfield the best Prairie-style home from the famous architect
Field Museum, The Natural History Museum / Dinosaur Museum Chicago one of the premier natural history museums in USA
Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio Historic Home Tours / Frank Lloyd Wright Oak Park home of F.L. Wright for 20 years; guided tours available
Garden of the Gods Recreation Area Nature Park / Geologic Attractions / Scenic Views Herod beautiful 320-million year old cliffs in southern IL
Giant City State Park Geologic Attractions / Hiking Trails Makanda unique canyons and fascinating rock formations
Lakefront Path / Lakefront Trail Bike Path / Rail Trail Chicago over 20 miles of paths along Lake Michigan's shoreline
Lincoln Home National Historic Site Historic Home Tours / Presidential Attraction Springfield the only home Abraham Lincoln ever owned
Lincoln Park Zoo Zoo Chicago more than 1,100 animals from 200 different species
Michigan Avenue / Magnificent Mile Shopping Chicago one of the world's most famous shopping districts
Millennium Park Urban/City Park / Ferris Wheel Chicago renowned for its public art & performing arts
Million Dollar Quartet Concerts / Live Show Chicago catch this famous smash-hit musical
Museum of Science & Industry Science Museum / Movie Theater Chicago one of the largest science museums in the world
Navy Pier Urban/City Park / Shopping / Amusement Park Chicago famous (and touristy) lakefront park
Richard H. Driehaus Museum Art Museum Chicago visit a Gilded Age palatial home
Shedd Aquarium Aquarium Chicago the largest indoor aquarium in the world
Starved Rock State Park Waterfalls / Geologic Attractions / Hiking Trails North Utica canyons, waterfalls, unique geology, scenic views
Willis Tower & Skydeck Chicago Observation Deck / Scenic Views Chicago great views from 1,353 feet above Chicago
Wrigley Field Baseball Stadium Chicago old-time ballpark; guided tours available


Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of Illinois that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

Anderson Japanese Gardens Japanese Garden Rockford
Baha'i House of Worship Religious Attraction Wilmette
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Indian Mounds / Effigy Mounds Collinsville
Chicago Cultural Center Theater / Concerts / World's Largest Chicago
Crown Fountain Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction / Water Fountain Chicago
Holy Name Cathedral Church / Chapel Chicago
Jumer's Casino & Hotel Casino / Lodging Rock Island
Lincoln Park Urban / City Park Chicago
Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials State Historic Site Cemetery / Gravesites / Statues Springfield
Matthiessen State Park Geologic Attractions / Hiking Trails North Utica
Morton Arboretum Arboretum Lisle
Old State Capitol State Historic Site State Capitol Building Springfield
Riverwalk Urban/City Park / River Walk Naperville
Trump International Hotel and Tower Skyscraper Chicago


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