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Illinois is a playground of activities, both outdoor and indoor. It has extreme weather conditions for all the season hence you may need to carry extra equipment before you come and see Illinois. The state is magical with high level of architectural and artistic value.

For adventure seekers, plan for rafting or national parks, kids should tag for amusement parks and fair festivals during summers, Ballooning is also famous in the state. For photographers, water the movements of eagles and hawks during your visit. Canoeing and kayaking is another great adventure. Skiing and snowboarding is open for winter lovers. Boat and fish around calm lakes in deep wilderness. Meet the animals at zoo and create sand houses at the beach.

Illinois is all the fun, thrilling and artistic experience all together. The most popular city in Illinois is Chicago, which has extreme weather but most number of tourists fall at this city. It is a kids friends state with romantic spots and entertainment centers.

Best Time To Fly To Illinois

Illinois weather is highly extreme, which means summers are extremely hot and winters are extremely cold, fall has high winds and spring blooms with flowers and fruits. This is a common style of weather in Illinois.

Winters in Illinois are intense with heavy rainfall and snowfalls. It is best time for ski lovers and snowboarders. It is also a great time for winter sports.

Hence Best time to visit Illinois is in mid-autumn. It is warm but not harshly sunny and not freezing. Also spring is great time to visit if you like to enjoy indoor activities as the winds are pretty strong during this time. Accommodation and flight rates are cheapest during fall and spring.

Summers are months when tourist season is at the highest. Humidity and high warm temperature is at its peak and so is the crowd on the street. Most of the events happens during summers due to heavy summer tourism. Stay and flight fare is expensive during these months. Hence you should plan your trip months before.

Top 10 Must Things ToDo In Illinois

Illinois is a fun place to visit with lots of activities and an extreme weather. This will give you an opportunity to explore many indoor activities and tourist spots. We have complied list of things you must add in your bucket list before you enter the state. This list will help you to organize your day plans in a better way.

  • The first day usually starts with adventure and thrill in jumping. To do so, visit the unexplored site of Starved Rock Park in South of Chicago. You will experience 18 canyons, many seasonal waterfalls and hiking trails. It also has the best cliffs for you.
  • Experience the real summers at Cache River in south of Illinois. It gives a pleasure of boating, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and complete set of wilderness while you raft along the thick waves of river Cache.
  • Now if your trip in winters, enjoy Alton Audubon Eagle Ice Festival in January, Chicago Sketch Comedy festival in January. Or visit Maggie Daley Park for ski learnersand dance on ice skates, Alpine Hills Adventure Park for snowboarding.
  • If you like to hit the green grass and just gold, Illinois has plenty of options for you. Try Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemon, Fly In-Land on the Green is a course for luxurious people as you can only land in style from a helicopter. Or plan a street style golf at Annbriar Golf Course at Waterloo.
  • Visit Illinois largest water park in Yorkville, Raging Waves Waterpark or Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park in Burbank for something unique, Halloween themed amusement park. Or is you like state fairs, visit McHenry County Fairgrounds which organizes different fairs and events almost year round.
  • Visit famous zoos around Illinois for some underwater fun and activities. Let us start from Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield is opened 365 days with more than 2400 animals. Or have some fun at Polar Play Zone at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. It is best for family and kids.
  • Keeping shopping in the last of your travel plan is the best thing to do because Michigan Avenue will burn off your pockets right before you know it. It is known as The Magnificent Mile in Chicago. It offers huge range of shopping outlets, personal boutiques, exclusive brands, and street shopping. It has cafes and restaurants to cool the heat off. There is also a selection of live music for the evenings.
  • You must try Graham’s Fine Ice Cream in Geneva, Bistro Voltaire in Chicago for BBQ, Crusade Burger Bar for some unique burgers in Yorkville. Try some best steak at Geno’s 140 Club at Bethalto.
  • The state has awesome nightclubs and bars to hop on. Like tourist love, IO Theater in Chicago, Door 4 Brewing Co. in Decatur, The Lodge On 64 in Wasco, Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant in Aurora and Blue Cat Brew Pub at Rock Island.
  • Must visit these events before you leave Illinois. Most of the vents in the state happens during summer vacation. June has most events starting from 7th June, Andersonville Midsommarfest, Chicago Blue Fest and 8th June has World Naked Bike Ride in Chicago. Then visit The Grant Park Music Festival and Millennium Park Summer Series which lasts for 2 months from June to August

Once in a life time experience is at Illinois with so much to do. Once you have checked all the top 10 items on your bucket list, move on to explore Illinois in tourist style. You can try The Navy Pier, Chicago’s Art Institute, Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, world’s largest museum The Field Museum of National History in Chicago, Skydeck at Willis Towers, 3d Alder Planetarium for space lovers, Lincoln Tom in Springfield, 360 Chicago and The Six Flag Theme Park in Gurnee are other experiences to live in Illinois.