Illinois' "Great Places"

Land of Lincoln offers spectacular Chicago and more

The United States Travelers League reveals our inaugural "100 Great American Places" list starting in early 2021. Here are five early nominees for Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, including Chicago’s Millennium Park (pictured). (Photo: Jake Beman on Unsplash)

1. Millennium Park -- Chicago

The 16-acre park features a collection of world-renowned artists, architects, planners, landscape architects and designers.

2. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum -- Springfield

A combination of rigorous scholarship and ground-breaking showmanship makes this one of the nation's most popular presidential centers.

3. Ulysses S. Grant Home -- Galena

In 1865, Galena celebrated the return of its Civil War hero by presenting the general with this house on Bouthillier Street. Furnishings are original.

4. Anderson Japanese Gardens -- Rockport

Businessman John Anderson’s once-swampy backyard along Rockford’s Spring Creek has been transformed into a magnificent Japanese-style landscape.

5. Chicago Architecture Tours -- Chicago

By foot or by boat, the Chicago Architecture Center provides tours that reveal Chicago’s amazing buildings and inspire people to discover why design matters.

Tell us what you think, and nominate your favorites, either in this post or by using the contact form on our home page. Let's make sure Illinois is well-represented on the nationwide list.

The USTL’s mission is to inspire people to explore the U.S., from sea to shining sea, one state at a time. We'd love for you to be a part of it. Please sign up at Come build the community, come join the League! The United States Travelers League.

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Photos: Courtesy of Unsplash: Serena Repice Lentini (Statue of Liberty); Justin Wang (Rocky Mountains); Koshu Kunii (Washington Monument)

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