Illinois Travel Information

By | October 11, 2022

ATTRACTIONS: (some main ones)

Illinois offers a diverse array of attractions including statewide historical points of interest, professional sports (baseball, basketball, soccer, and football), non-stop shopping venues, summer and winter outdoor activities, a growing viticulture and wine region, and world-class museums.

  • Beautyphoon: Basic information about the U.S. state of Illinois, including state history, geography, population, economy, and politics.

Some of the most visited sites in Illinois include Wrigley Field, Starved Mountain National Park, Black Hawk Historic Site, the homes of Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln, and the Chicago Field Museum, Magnificent Mile and the Sears Tower.

Illinois offers something for everyone to enjoy. For more choices and information, follow the links below.

CITY ATTRACTIONS:

  • Chicago

AGREEMENT AND VISITOR’S OFFICE:

  • Aurora
  • Chicago
  • Joliet
  • Naperville
  • Rockford
  • springfield

GENERAL INTEREST:

  • Electricity: 110/120V, 60Hz
  • Times to Travel: With its Midwestern American location and four distinct seasons, Illinois is the perfect destination all year round.

Illinois weather

Climate: Located in the north-central region of the United States – bordering Lake Michigan – Illinois weather is renowned for its cold winters ( especially in the north) and statewide hot summers. Many travelers prefer the milder conditions of spring and autumn.

  • Biotionary: Nickname of Illinois, covering state overview, travel information and most popular attractions.

In summer the average daily high temperature is near 86º, while the winter highs average around 20º. Winter lows, below zero, are commonplace.

Annual rainfall is approximately 34 inches in the north and 46 inches in the south. The north receives an average of 30 inches of snow during the winter, while the south receives very little snowfall.

Seasonal Temperature Averages:

CAIRO

High Temperatures (Fahrenheit/Celsius)

(Jan) 42/5 (February) 41/5 (March) 66/18 (April) 67/19

May 83/28 (June) 88/30 (July) 86/30 (August) 94/34

(September) 86/29 (October) 74/23 (November) 58/14 (December) 47/8

Low temperatures (Fahrenheit / Celsius)

(Jan) 29/-2 (February) 25/-4 (March) 44/6 (April) 46/7

May 60/15 (June) 66/18 (July) 66/18 (August) 70/20

(September) 61/16 (October) 54/12 (November) 38/3 (December) 34/1

CHICAGO

High Temperatures (Fahrenheit) / Celsius)

(Jan) 37/3 (February) 25/-4 (March) 51/10 (April) 55/12

May 75/23 (June) 81/27 (July) 82/27 (August) 83/28

(September) 79/25 (October) 69/20 (November) 47/8 (December) 34/1

Low temperatures (Fahrenheit / Celsius)

(Jan) 27/-3 (February) 13/-10 (March) 1/33 (April) 37/3

May 53/11 (June) 66/18 (July) 65 /18 (Aug) 69/20

(Sept) 60/15 (Oct) 54/11 (Nov) 1/34 (Dec) 23/-4

SPRINGFIELD

High Temperatures (Fahrenheit / Celsius)

(Jan) 39/3 (Feb) 30/-1 (March) 59/15 (April) 60/16

May 79/26(June) 84/29 (July) 83/28 (August) 90/32

(September) 85/29 (October) 72/22 (November) 54/12 (December) 38/3

Low temperatures (Fahrenheit / Celsius)

(Jan) 25/-4 (February) 14/-9 (March) 38/3 (April) 39/4

May 57/13 (June) 62/16 (July) 62/16 (August) 70/20

(September) 57/14 (October) 50/9 (November) 34/1 (December) 25/-4

Chicago

Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States after New York and Los Angeles. However, compared to these huge metropolises, Chicago is much cleaner and greener. The entire Chicago metropolitan area has a population of nearly 10 million. The city is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the state of Illinois. The city is nicknamed “Windy City” from political parties. Due to the large number of parks, it also boasts the nickname “City in Garden”.

The first Europeans to visit the area of present-day Chicago were two French travelers, Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marguette, in 1673. They built a temporary base on the shores of Lake Michigan. Although the place was very inhospitable, there were only swamps and marshes all around, traders and fur trappers passed through. In 1770, the first trading station was established here, founded by the Haitian Jean-Baptiste Point do Sable. This station grew greatly in importance within a few years. The border of the United States was moving westward, and the farmers who settled on the original Indian territory needed to get their products to the east. In 1803, Fort Dearborn was built here by the American army. A little later, precisely on March 4, 1837, the city of Chicago was officially founded here.

Thanks to its strategic location, the city became an important industrial and commercial center of the Midwest in the mid-19th century. Railway transport was introduced here, which also greatly contributed to the development of the city. At the beginning of the 20th century, a large minority of about 100,000 immigrants from the Czech Republic lived here. One of them was Antonín Čermák, who was even the mayor of Chicago in 1931-1933. With over 600 public schools in the city, Chicago is one of the top centers of higher education in the world. The best American universities are in operation here, such as the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, De Paul University or Loyola University.

Currently, in addition to the food industry, the manufacturing industry is thriving in Chicago, i.e. engineering, metallurgy, chemical production and consumer electronics production. The Hi-Tech industry and the information technology industry are also important. Chicago is also a seaport, ships arrive here from as far as the Atlantic via the St. Lawrence waterway. From there, ships can also go as far as New Orleans or the Gulf of Mexico. O’Hara Airport is located in Chicago, which is the second largest airport in the world after Atlanta.

Chicago is divided into 4 main regions: North Side, South Side, Southwest Side and West Side. The city center (Downtown) lies between the North Side and the South Side. Contains the Loop, Near North Side, and Near South Side neighborhoods. Most of the skyscrapers are located in The Loop district. Dominating the city is the Sears Tower at 443 meters, which is the tallest building in the US and the 3rd tallest in the world. There is also the 347 meter high Aon Center and the 344 meter John Hancock Center.

Chicago