Illinois, a midwestern state bordering Indiana in the east and the Mississippi River in the west, is known as “the Prairie State” because of its vast farmland, forests, rolling hills, and wetlands. Chicago, a city in Illinois located in the northeast shores of Lake Michigan, is one of the largest cities in the United States. Chicago is famous for its skyscrapers, such as the lustrous, 1,451-feet Willis Tower and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower.
Illinois has countless museums, with the most located in Chicago. Many Chicago museums are ranked as the most renowned in the world, including the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Adler Planetarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry.
The biggest and most attended presidential library in the United States is the contemporary Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. The Illinois State Museum prides itself with a collection of 13.5 million objects that portray Illinois life, land, people, and art. Other historical museums in Illinois include: the Polish Museum of America in Chicago; Magnolia Manor in Cairo; Easley Pioneer Museum in Ipava; the Elihu Benjamin Washburne; Ulysses S. Grant Homes, both in Galena; and the Chanute Air Museum, located on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul.
The Chicago metropolitan area is also home to two zoos, which are the expansive Brookfield Zoo, which holds more than 2,300 animals and covers 216 acres, and The Lincoln Park Zoo covers over 35 acres within the park.
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Chicago has produced distinguishing forms of blues, which is, in part, responsible for creating rock and roll, and house music, a genre of electronic dance music.
Poor black workers from the south brought traditional jazz and blues music to Chicago in The Great Migration, which resulted in Chicago blues and “Chicago-style” Dixieland jazz. Famous blues artists included Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Howlin’ Wolf and both Sonny Boy Williamsons. Noteworthy jazz musicians included Nat King Cole, Gene Ammons, Benny Goodman, and Bud Freeman.
Orchestras in Chicago include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Chicago Sinfonietta.
The film industry is strong in Illinois. John Hughes used Illinois as his films’ setting. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, and all his films are set in Shermer, Illinois, a fictional city. Most locations in Hughes’ films are Glenbrook North, the former Maine North High School, the Ben Rose House in Highland Park, and the famous Home Alone house in Winnetka, Illinois.
As one of the U.S. major metropolises, all major sports leagues teams are headquartered in Chicago. Two Major League Baseball teams are in Illinois. The Chicago Cubs of the National League play in the Wrigley Field, the second-oldest major league stadium, and are renowned for having the longest championship drought with no World Series wins since 1908. But, after 108 years, the drought ended in 2016 when the Cubs finally won a world series. The 2016 World Series ended with the Cubs beating the Cleveland Indians in seven games. In 2005, The Chicago White Sox of the American League won the World Series, which was their first win since 1917. The White Sox play on Guaranteed Rate Field.
For football, The Chicago Bears have won nine NFL Championships, the last happening in Super Bowl XX on January 26, 1986.
One of the most well-known basketball teams in the world is The Chicago Bulls of the NBA, mostly due to the efforts of Michael Jordan, who guided the team to six NBA championships in eight seasons during the 1990s.
In 1926, The Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL began playing. The Blackhawks have won six Stanley Cups, with the most recent being in 2015.
The vast Illinois state parks system began in 1908 with what is now known as Fort Massac State Park. It is the first park in a system to encompass more than 60 parks with approximately the same amount of recreational and wildlife areas.
Areas under the protection of the National Park Service include: the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor near Lockport, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, the American Discovery Trail, and the Pullman National Monument. The federal government also oversees the Shawnee National Forest and the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.