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.
Illinois Travel and
Tourist Information with links to official
travel and tourism websites and state
resources for visitors to Illinois.
Accommodation, Illinois Background,
Travel Guides, Springfield.
About Illinois -
Find out more about Illinois before you travel there.
County Map of Illinois:
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.
Illinois gets its name from the Illini Native American
States neighbouring Illinois are:
Insider insights and a trip planner, tailored to your interests.
State of Illinois:
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.
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
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.
Valuable tips for first-time visitors to
Hotels in Chicago.
|20 West Kinzie Street.
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.
Grand Park Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
|1100 South Michigan Avenue.
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.
|140 East Walton Place.
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.
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.
Hotel Chicago Downtown
|511 North Columbus Drive.
|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.
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.
|200 North Columbus Drive.
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
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
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.
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.
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
|225 North Wabash Avenue.
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
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
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.
|333 North Dearborn Street.
|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.
Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
|676 North Michigan Avenue.
Omni Chicago Hotel.
|The Omni Chicago Hotel
is Michigan Avenues only all-suite luxury hotel with a plasma-screen television in
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
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.
Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
|108 East Superior Street.
|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.
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
Chicago Hotel: Chicago, Illinois.
|1 West Wacker Drive.
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
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
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
Accommodation in Springfield
in Springfield, Illinois.
Travel Guides -
If you find Travel Notes useful, please take a moment to like us on
Facebook and share with your friends on social media.