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Illinois
Land of Innovation
Time and again, Illinois gives us talented, creative geniuses whose ideas lead to great innovations. Frank Lloyd Wright, the most influential architect of the 20th century, developed his unique style while living and working in the greater Chicago area. The great American novelist Ernest Hemingway was born and raised in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. America's first social worker, Jane Addams - who earned the distinction of becoming the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize - lived her whole life in Illinois. And the incomparable Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse and Disneyland, was born in Chicago.
Genius needs inspiration, and The Land of Lincoln has plenty of lovely places to inspire creativity. In southern Illinois you'll find the Shawnee National Forest, a beautiful stretch of forested land between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. It's a great area to climb rocks, fish, hike trails, and simply appreciate nature's grandeur. In the north, Illinois offers several family-style ski resorts, including one that's a snowboard-only park. Throughout the state, pretty lakes provide cool spots for swimming on hot days. And of course there's Lake Michigan east of Chicago, so big it feels like an ocean. Walkers and joggers enjoy its shores, while sailors and boaters head out for excursions.

Much of the state is agricultural, which means you'll find dozens of places to savor fall during harvest time. Illinois autumns are perfect for hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, picking your own apples, and watching the leaves change color. Wine grows well here, and small family-owned vineyards proudly welcome guests.

When you're ready for excitement, head for Chicago, the third largest city in the United States. A city of immigrants, Chicago offers delicious fare from all over the world - Poland, India, Lebanon, Ireland, Puerto Rico, China, Argentina, and many other countries. The city's fascinating museums, from The Field Museum of Natural History to the Museum of Science & Industry, can take days to explore! Whether you're relaxing in a pastoral setting or enjoying big-city sights, let Illinois inspire you just as it has inspired so many of its innovative citizens.
image #3 courtesy of The Illinois Bureau of Tourism at www.enjoyillinois.com
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