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Illinois

Illinois State Map - EVSP

History: Illinois became a state December 3, 1818. It was the 21st state to join the United States.

The world's first Skyscraper was built in Chicago, 1885.

Famous People from Illinois: Hillary Clinton, Charlton Heston, Bob Newhart, Michelle Obama, Dwayne Wade, Harrison Ford, Ronald Reagan, Walt Disney, Miles Davis, Ernest Hemingway, Robin Williams (see http://www.biography.com/people/groups/born-in-illinois for a more comprehensive list)

  • State Capital: Springfield, Illinois
  • State Nickname (Official): “The Prairie State”
    This state actually sets aside the third full week in September each year as Illinois Prairie Week, to demonstrate the value of preserving and reestablishing native Illinois prairies.
  • Largest Cities (Population): Chicago, Proviso Township, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville
  • Average Climate: 18-84°F (average low in winter to average high in summer)
  • Regional Foods: Italian beef sandwiches, deep dish pizza, gyros, popcorn, hotdogs, burgers, pierogies (see http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/illinois/loves-foods-drinks-il/)

GOVERNMENT OFFICES / RESOURCES

TRAVEL, CONVENTION, AND VISITORS BUREAUS

Comprehensive Visitors Guide: http://www.enjoyillinois.com/

HISTORIC SITES

Comprehensive listing of historic sites in Illinois is available at http://www.10best.com/destinations/illinois/chicago/attractions/historic-sites/

PARKS / RECREATION

THEATERS, MUSEUMS, AND LIBRARIES

SPORTING EVENTS / VENUES

Major College Athletic Programs in Illinois include:

Minor / Major League Sports

Major league sports teams in Illinois include:

Minor league sports teams in Illinois include: