Illinois – The Prairie State

Illinois Postcard

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From the major metropolitan city of Chicago, where you can find all manner of museums, nightlife, arts, entertainment, and sophistication, to the small farming communities along old Route 66, you will enjoy your visit through Illinois!

Visit its many state parks along the way, where the trees are lush, and streams flow freely. See the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield and visit Abraham Lincoln’s home and tomb. And, if you are hankering to see the many vintage icons along Old Route 66, where the “Road to the West” began, you will find them abundantly.

Enjoy your travels in Illinois, and welcome to The Land of Lincoln

Kathy R. Weiser-Alexander

Illinois FlagThe Illinois flag is a simple representation of the Great Seal of Illinois against a white background. In 1969, the General Assembly voted to add the word “ILLINOIS” under the Great Seal of the flag. The State’s name was added to the flag to ensure that people unfamiliar with the Great Seal of Illinois would still recognize the banner.


Illinois Capitol Building, by Kathy Alexander.

Illinois Capitol Building, by Kathy Alexander.

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, Illinois by Carol Highsmith

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, Illinois, by Carol Highsmith

A barn just outside Springfield, Illinois by Kathy Alexander.

A barn just outside Springfield, Illinois, by Kathy Alexander.


Haunted Illinois

Historic Illinois People

Route 66 in Illinois


The American Midwest

Auburn – Home of Brick 66

Cairo, Illinois – Death By Racism

Cahokia Mounds – The Largest Archaeological Site in America

Chatham – Small Town Charm in a Springfield Burb

Chenoa to Towanda – More Small Town Charm on Route 66

Chicago – The Route 66 Journey Begins

Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Coal Mining Towns Along Route 66

Collinsville – Coal Mines and Catsup

Dwight – Not Just A Bump In The Road

Edwardsville and the Farm Country of Southern Illinois

Fort de Chartres

Fort Sheridan

Girard – Still Keepin’ the Pace

Great Lakes of North America

Illinois Photo Galleries

Illinois Postcards

Joliet – Route 66 in the Chicago Suburbs

Leaving the Land of Lincoln via Mitchell

Lincoln, Illinois – Abe’s Namesake Town

Lincoln’s Stomping Grounds on Route 66




Litchfield – Route 66 Proud!

McLean and Atlanta – Villages Along Route 66

Midland Trail – First Transcontinental Auto-Trail

The Mississippi River and the Expansion of America

Mt. Olive, Illinois – More Coal on Route 66

The National Road – Connecting Mountains and Rivers

Normal and Bloomington – Heart of Illinois

Odell – Small Town Charm on Route 66

Old Northwest Territory

Pontiac – City of Swinging Bridges

Pullman – A Model Company Town

Romeoville – Romancing Joliet

Route 66 in Illinois

Springfield – Home of Honest Abe

Shirley and Funks Grove – Maple Sirup Country

Staunton and Henry’s Ra66it Ranch

Virden and the Coal Mine Wars

Wilmington – Home of the Gemini Giant

Zeigler – A Breath Away From Being the Nation’s Capitol

© Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, updated February 2024.

Also See:

American Photo Galleries

Destinations Across America

Haunted Places Across the Country

Scenic Byways & Historic Trails