Illinois is home to history including: Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Pullman National Monument, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail and Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
The state also hosts dozens of state parks and six national forests, most popular of which is Shawnee National Forest. Plenty of places to hike, bike, kayak, or just camp in the forest.
The climate ranges from hot, humid summers to cold winters.
Chicago Public Library is the world’s largest public library with a collection of over 2 million books.
Elevation ranges from 279 feet above sea level along the MIssissippi River to 1,235 feet above sea level at the top of Charles Mound.
State of firsts: First Aquarium opened in Chicago, the first Skyscraper was built in Chicago, Des Plaines is home to the first McDonalds, and Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th amendment.