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About Illionis

Also known as the Prairie State, Illinois sets aside the third week in September for Illinois Prairie Week; as they demonstrate the value of preserving and re-establishing the Illinois prairies.

The state capital of Illinois is Springfield, while Chicago is America's third largest city.

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Colourful map of Illinois showing the location of all 102 counties: Adams, Alexander, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Cook, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, De Witt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lawrence, Lee, Livingston, Logan, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Massac, Menard, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, St. Clair, Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, Winnebago and Woodford.

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Illinois gets its name from the Illini Native American Confederation.

States neighbouring Illinois are: Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky.

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Visitor information from the official state of Illinois department. This section provides you with a wealth of information on Illinois attractions from historic sites and museums to outdoor recreation. Whether you are visiting for a day or have lived here your entire life, you will be sure to find something incredible to do in Illinois.


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Situated on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is Illinois to most people.

Along the lakefront are plenty of beaches, museums and parks. The Gold Coast is the wealthy district of North Lake Shore Drive.

Chicago is a transportation hub, and the financial centre of the Midwest.

The world's first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885, and the city went on to construct many more great architectural statements.

The Loop, between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, is the downtown area that sprouts upwards. This is the street museum par excellence, and you'll come away with an eye for an architects signature.

Chicago Accommodation

Hotels in Chicago.

Amalfi Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
20 West Kinzie Street.

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Amalfi Hotel Chicago.

The Amalfi Hotel Chicago, close to the Magnificent Mile and Theater District, uses the concept of an 'experience designer' to help make your stay a pleasant one.

Far from a typical concierge, an Experience Designer is like a close friend from college who can always set you up at the best tables and into the swankest clubs. It's a relationship that will last long after you fly back home, and it's what makes Amalfi Hotel Chicago an experience you'll want to relive all over again.

Hotel amenities include complimentary Manager's Reception, complimentary breakfast, complimentary local telephone calls, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, DVD library, concierge, 24-hour front desk, shoeshine, tour assistance, express check-in/out, multilingual staff, and free parking.

Best Western Grand Park Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
1100 South Michigan Avenue.

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BW Grand Park Hotel.

This Best Western hotel is located across the street from Grant Park Bandshell and just half a mile from Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium, State Street, and Buckingham Fountain.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool (seasonal), fitness room, deluxe continental breakfast, valet parking, complimentary wireless high speed Internet access and free local calls (up to 30 minutes).

All rooms feature cable TV, dataports, hairdryers, coffee/tea makers, irons and ironing boards, and additional in-room toiletries.

Drake Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
140 East Walton Place.

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The Drake Hotel.

The pride of Chicago, The Drake Hotel has been the choice of celebrities and heads of state since its opening in 1920. The Drake combines tradition with elegance and style to wow their guests and accommodate all their needs, whether in Chicago on business or for pleasure.

Perfectly located in Chicago's most exclusive area, the Gold Coast on the Magnificent Mile and overlooking Lake Michigan, The Drake Hotel offers dazzling views of Lake Shore Drive and Oak Street Beach and is just steps from Chicago's most prestigious boutiques.

Hotel amenities include the four on-site restaurants (including the popular Coq d'Or and the award-winning Cape Cod Room), Palm Court (cocktail lounge with luncheons, late-night suppers, and daily live musical entertainment), fitness room, two full-size ballrooms, and a number of in-hotel speciality shops.

All rooms feature Lake Michigan or city views, dual-line telephones, speakerphones, voicemail, high-speed Internet access, executive desks, bathrobes, on-demand video, minibar, safe, and individual climate control.

Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown
511 North Columbus Drive.

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Embassy Suites Lakefront.

The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown - Lakefront hotel is located in the heart of downtown Chicago between Navy Pier and the prestigious shops of Michigan Avenue - the Magnificent Mile.

This full-service upscale all-suite hotel is within walking distance of Water Tower Place, Chicago Loop business district, Hancock Center, Sears Tower, Chicago River, American Girl Place and the beaches of Lake Michigan.

Each suite is beautifully decorated with a private bedroom and spacious living room. All of the suites are fully equipped with two televisions, a refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, two telephones with data ports and a well lit dining/work table.

Hotel amenities include an ATM, gift shop, laundry services, room service, safe-deposit boxes, business centre, secretarial services, fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

Fairmont Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
200 North Columbus Drive.

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Fairmont Chicago.

Rising gracefully above Millennium Park and Chicago's impressive lakefront, The Fairmont Chicago is located conveniently in the heart of downtown Chicago, near major cultural attractions, Navy Pier, the city's business and financial district and the world renowned shopping along the Magnificent Mile.

With beautifully appointed, extraordinarily spacious guestrooms and spectacular lakefront suites, The Fairmont Chicago offers a superior and distinctive array of amenities and services, including the acclaimed new Aria Restaurant & Bar and guest privileges at the adjacent Lakeshore Athletic Club; Chicago's finest health, athletic and spa facility.

This award winning luxury hotel is host to some of the city's most extravagant galas and social affairs and provides excellent meeting facilities for intimate board meetings to major conventions.

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago: Chicago, Illinois.
230 North Michigan Avenue.

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Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.

Chicago's landmark-status Carbide and Carbon Building gets a Hard Rock makeover, transforming from an historic skyscraper to an elegant, fashion-forward hotel.

The 40-story, Art Deco-style Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is situated across from Millennium Park, with Marshall Field's flagship store, Grant Park, and Chicago Theatre all just a block away.

Hotel amenities include the fitness centre, Hard Rock Gift Shop, Base Bar, and China Grill's high-ceilings, multi-level dining areas, and Egyptian-limestone floor. Memorabilia from music superstars is displayed throughout this hotel, including one of Madonna's tour dresses and Paul McCartney's guitars.

All rooms feature flat-screen TVs, DVD/CD players, zebrawood dressers, complimentary high-speed Internet access, feather-top bedding, full-sized armoires, music-themed artwork, snakeskin leather chairs and ottomans, laptop safes, two dual-line telephones, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers, bathrobes, and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities.

Hotel Monaco: Chicago, Illinois.
225 North Wabash Avenue.

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Hotel Monaco Chicago.

Wrap yourself in luxury at the Hotel Monaco, one of the best downtown Chicago hotels and one of the Top 40 hotels in the United States.

The Hotel Monaco, a Chicago four star luxury hotel and part of the collection of Kimpton Hotels, invites guests to awaken their taste buds in a city renowned for its culinary masterpieces.

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Hotel Monaco is in the Loop business district and just steps from North Michigan Avenue shopping and the popular Millennium Park.

A former hat factory on the banks of the Chicago River, the transformed Hotel Monaco draws guests in and surrounds them with all manner of stimulations once inside. Undeniably compelling, the Hotel Monaco Chicago offers a sense that, even for a day, guests are transported to an inspirational sanctuary of style and comfort.

Hotel amenities include the French-Deco Living Room lobby, featuring plush furnishings, artful details, and hosted evening wine reception that can also include a chair massage. The hotel's Southwater Kitchen's hors d'oeuvres are sometimes available during the reception.

Southwater Kitchen also offers an American menu for daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

All rooms feature mahogany furnishings, Meditation Stations (pillow-covered window sills), honour bars, bathrobes, Aveda bath products, coffeemakers, CD stereos, dual-line telephones, voicemail, turndown service, safes, hairdryers, morning papers, umbrellas, complimentary DSL and WiFi Internet, and cable TV.

Hotel Sax: Chicago, Illinois.
333 North Dearborn Street.

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Hotel Sax.

The Hotel Sax, located at Marina City, is at the heart of downtown Chicago. Situated on the Chicago River, the Sax is close to North Michigan Avenue shopping, Loop theatres and businesses, and all the wonderful River North hotspots.

The hotel offers a unique upscale luxurious experience. Visually, the Sax blends artistic influences of Morocco, East India, and the American South to create an exotic decor unmatched in downtown Chicago.

The Studio is Hotel Sax's entertainment lounge; bringing guests together with the latest entertainment technology in a relaxed, welcoming luxury environment.

Omni Chicago Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
676 North Michigan Avenue.

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Omni Chicago Hotel.

The Omni Chicago Hotel is Michigan Avenue’s only all-suite luxury hotel with a plasma-screen television in every room.

Located in the heart of the 'Magnificent Mile', the Omni Chicago Hotel is one of the best-loved hotels in downtown Chicago. Every space exudes the luxury and sophistication you expect from a four-diamond hotel.

Close to everything Chicago has to offer. Dine at the superb restaurants of downtown, explore the Art Institute of Chicago, take a stroll along the beautiful lakefront, or retreat to the comforts of your spacious guest suite; said to be among the finest in all of Chicago.

The hotel offers a fitness centre with sauna, indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and two rooftop sundecks.

For dining, the Omni offers 676, a delightful brasserie overlooking Michigan Avenue that features fine New American cuisine with multi-cultural influences.

Peninsula Chicago Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
108 East Superior Street.

Official Website:
Peninsula Chicago.

Since its grand opening in 2001, The Peninsula Chicago has been awarded numerous accolades including the prestigious Mobil Five-Star and the AAA Five-Diamond awards. Located in the heart of Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile', The Peninsula Chicago is the city's most luxurious and sophisticated hotel, offering guests all possible amenities and services.

The Peninsula Chicago's 339 luxurious guestrooms and suites are among the largest in the city and are exquisitely furnished in a contemporary yet classical style, with a state-of-the-art electronic system that provides guests the ability to control guestroom features with the touch of a button.

Rated the Number One Urban Hotel Spa by Conde Nast Traveler (April 2006), The Peninsula Spa is an oasis in which to rejuvenate oneself. The 14,000 sq ft combined spa and fitness centre is located on the top two floors of the hotel, offering unparalleled views of the city. Guests are invited to indulge in pampering beauty therapies, experience the latest in exercise facilities, and relax at the pool and sundeck.

With four distinctive restaurants and a bar, guests can choose from a diverse array of superb dining options, including the legendary Peninsula Afternoon Tea, served in The Lobby.

Renaissance Chicago Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
1 West Wacker Drive.

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Renaissance Chicago Hotel.

The Renaissance Chicago Hotel is a premier luxury hotel located at the corner of State Street and Wacker Drive, at the edge of 'The Loop' in the heart of downtown Chicago.

The hotel offers the ambience of an uniquely upscale hotel; a place of style, leisure and comfort where the busied traveller can unwind in the heart of the city.

Witness breathtaking views of downtown Chicago directly from your hotel room bay window.

The Renaissance Chicago has an indoor pool and health club, a spa treatment room and a Lobby Lounge that offers live music.

The hotel offers over 500 newly renovated hotel rooms, with luxurious over-sized bathroom edged in marble and wood accents, and 40 hotel suites.

Hotel room amenities include high speed internet access and digital climate controls.

Also check out Theresa Carter's The Local Tourist - for restaurants, nightlife, things to do, events, and more about Chicago.


Springfield was first settled around the time that Illinois became a state in 1818, and in 1837 it became the state capital.

As Abraham Lincoln lived and practised law in Springfield, from 1837 until he became president in 1861, the city is a memorial to his life -- he was born in Hardin, Kentucky.

The only home that Lincoln ever owned is now a national historic site, and the Lincoln Tomb contains the burial places of Lincoln, his wife, and three of their sons.

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