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Illinois may be just one state in the US, but many people would tell you that visiting here can give you a sense of the entire country. You’ve probably heard all about the bustle of Chicago,but there’s far more to see in this part of the Midwest. For a seamless trip to The Land of Lincoln, book your car in advance with Enjoy Travel.

Guide to Illinois

Geography

Illinois, situated in the Great Lakes region, shares borders with Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Northern Illinois, known as ‘Chicagoland,’ is the most urbanized part of the state. Central Illinois consists of medium-sized cities, prairies, and agricultural lands. Southern Illinois is almost entirely rural.

Climate in Illinois

Illinois experiences climate extremes – hot, humid summers (June-August) and very cold winters (December-February). Most tourists visit in the summer season. If you’d like to avoid the crowds, visit in spring (April-May).

Culture

Art and architecture in Illinois is dominated by Chicago, especially because the city was once the center of the US film industry.

Things to do in Illinois

Explore The Windy City

Chicago is a cosmopolitan city with an aesthetic shaped by various waves of immigrants. While you’re here, be sure to visit its many museums, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Museum of Chicago, and the National Museum of Mexican Art. You may also want to spend some time taking pictures at scenic places like The Bean, 360 Chicago, and Lincoln Park.

Learn about the local history

The Cahokia Mounds, situated near Collinsville, are all that is left of the largest pre-Columbian urban complex north of Mexico. Founded in the 600s CE, Cahokia was inhabited by ancient Mississippian peoples and may have been larger than London during the Middle Ages.

Another important historical site in Illinois is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield. Here, you can learn more about the personal life and political career of one of America’s greatest Presidents by looking at exhibits, attending seminars, and watching films. The library is simply overflowing with archival data.

Appreciate a Japanese garden

Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford is one of the best Japanese gardens you can find in the United States. Designed by landscape artist Hoichi Kurisu, it includes 12 acres of waterfalls, ponds, rock formations, pagodas, and other objects that will make you feel completely at ease in a tranquil paradise.

Eating out in Illinois

Chicago has the best international restaurants in the state. The Purple Pig is a Michelin-starred Mediterranean restaurant that serves the best “cheese, swine, and wine” in town. Tzuco should be your go-to for Mexican delights such as tlacoyo, a stuffed dish with a base made of maize dough, and barbacoa, a lamb dish with a milk/bean base. Its chef, Carlos Gaytan, was the first Mexican to win a Michelin. Daisies is a restaurant that serves splendid pasta made in the New American style. If you’re anywhere near the city of Urbana, be sure to try the draft beer, barbecues, and portobello mushrooms at Black Dog Smoke and Ale House.

Illinois Transport

Airport

Most travelers enter Illinois via Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Getting around

Illinois is a major transport hub, and Chicago has the second biggest public transportation system in the nation, called the CTA, which operates 8 train and 129 bus lines. However, don’t rely on buses and rails while traveling in Central or Southern Illinois. For that, it’s best if you travel by car. Popular car rental companies in Illinois include Enterprise, Budget, and Hertz.

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FAQs about car rental in Illinois

Most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Illinois

The average cost per day of renting a car in Illinois is just $36 USD.
Prices for Illinois car rentals start from just $21 USD when booking in advance with Enjoy Travel.
To rent a car in Illinois you must be at least 21. However, drivers under 25 may have to pay a surcharge.
Additional drivers can be added to your Illinois car rental agreement upon request.
Springfield is the capital of Illinois.
In 2019 the population of of Illinois was of 12.67 million.
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