5 Fun Things to Do and Experience in Illinois

Illinois is one of the most overlooked destinations in the United States. That’s a shame. There is a lot to do here.

If you haven’t already been to Illinois, it should be on your list. Everyone should see at least Chicago once in a lifetime.

Here are five things you should do on your next trip.

  1. Visit the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are one of nature’s wonders.

It’s almost like taking a trip to the beach. You’ll be overwhelmed by their size.

The Great Lakes can be visited any time of year. Even in winter, the long expanses of water are exciting to see. If the weather is good, hop on a boat tour.

Take a sailing lesson or learn to paddleboard. Watersports make for a great family-friendly activity. Or it’s a good way to have fun with your date.

If sports aren’t your thing, have a picnic. Some of the country’s most beautiful nature reserves are along the water. Pack some sandwiches and snacks next to your binoculars.

Birdwatching is more fun than you’d think.

  1. Smoke Weed

You should relax on your trip.

Cannabis tourism is on the rise. That’s not surprising how popular wine tourism is. Illinois isn’t exactly known for wine, though. Illinois has pretty relaxed cannabis legislation.

Here’s information on the state regulations from Veriheal.

Laws are becoming more relaxed and constantly changing. It’s important to stay up to date. You wouldn’t want to get in trouble.

Don’t forget that you can’t carry cannabis across state lines. It’s also usually illegal to fly with cannabis, even if it is medically prescribed.

Failing to comply with state laws can result in your license being taken away. That’s the last thing you want to have on a vacation.

Don’t let that stop you from having fun on your vacation. There are lots of ways you can consume cannabis during your trip.

Smoke some weed with your friends in a safe environment. Or see about baking some brownies and having fun with edibles.

You don’t have to get high. CBD products contain most of the medical benefits of cannabis.

Traveling is stressful. It’s important to take time to relax while you’re on the road. Cannabis is a safe and healthy way to wind down.

It’s your vacation. You should do what you want.

  1. See a Show

There are some great theaters in Chicago.

The city might have as many options as New York.

That doesn’t mean the quality isn’t top-notch. In fact, you’ll probably find it’s just as good as what’s on in other big cities.

From Shakespeare to contemporary plays, the second city isn’t lacking in entertainment. And tickets are much easier to get than in NYC.

If theatre isn’t your thing, check out the other cultural options. Illinois is an extremely diverse state. It’s easy to find a cultural festival or event.

Baseball fans shouldn’t miss the chance to head to a Cubs game.

Just don’t count on getting World Series tickets.

  1. Eat Pizza

No trip to Illinois is complete without pizza. Authentic Chicago pizza will convince any skeptic.

Check out this list of the best restaurants from Trip Advisor.

There’s no shortage of pizza. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options, too. After all, you can’t eat pizza everyday.

Luckily, Chicago is one of the world’s best culinary hubs.

No matter what you’re interested in, there is an option for you. A good hot dog should also be on your list.

Don’t worry. Calories don’t count on vacation.

  1. Do a Tour

Let an expert show you around.

It can be fun to figure everything out for yourself.

But planning your own trip takes time. And you can’t be an expert in everything. It’s good to give the tour guides some business.

See about a food or walking tour of the city or even the state. Most national and state parks offer tours with park rangers. Whatever your interest is, there’s bound to be a tour for it.

If you don’t want to go with a group, see about a private tour.


Illinois isn’t as popular as other states. But that shouldn’t stop you from putting it on the top of your travel list.

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