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Illinis Eats Feature Image

Illinois is a destination for foodies from all over the world. From gourmet meals to guilty pleasures, you can find it all. This week, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos of what they were eating around the state. Check out a few of our favorite shots below and be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured!

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

8.15 DryHop (at)hyaphoto

We kicked off the week with this mouthwatering photo from DryHop Chicago, shared with us by @hyaphoto.

Illinois State Fair (at)seantmcgill

No visit to the Illinois State Fair is complete without an order of mini donuts from The Donut Family! Thanks to @seantmcgill for sharing.

Reuben Sandwich (at)prairiestreetbrewing

This Reuben sandwich, made with local ingredients, from Prairie Street Brewing Co. has got us planning our next trip to Rockford. (Photo by @prairiestreetbrewingco)

Velvet Taco (at)tornado_ally

It doesn’t need to be a Tuesday to enjoy some tasty selections from Velvet Taco in Chicago. Great capture, @tornado_ally! See more of her travels at http://tornado-ally.com/.

Wrigley Hot Dog (at)rockford_cravings

Get the full ballpark experience with a Wrigley dog while cheering on the Cubs! Thanks for sharing @rockford_cravings.

Skalies at Graham's Fine Chocolates Geneva (at)chocolateuplift

Chocolate can be a food group too. How delicious do these “Skalies” from Graham’s Fine Chocolates in Geneva look? (Photo by @chocolateuplift)

Ron's Cajun Connection (at)sauk_it_to_me

Cajun food right here in Illinois? You bet! Thanks to @sauk_it_to_me for sharing this tasty dish from Ron’s Cajun Connection in Utica.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

 

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Illinois might not be the official ‘City of Lights,’ but with the amount of classic neon signs lighting up the night sky, it might as well be! This week, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos of their favorite neon signs across Illinois. You can check out a few of our favorite shots from around the state below. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Remember to share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured!

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

+Rialto Square Theatre - (at) thisguycjones

We kicked off the week with this photo of the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. Thanks @thisguycjones for sharing with us!

+-The Chicago Theatre - (at) thewanderbroad

Located in the Loop on North State Street, the Chicago Theatre is a city icon! Thanks @thewanderbroad for the great photo!

+Saved By the Max Pop Up Shop - (at)  strigenzc

Hey, Preppy! The Saved by the Max Pop Up Shop in Chicago is what we Bayside High fans have been waiting for. Thanks @strigenzc for this awesome photo.

+Chicago Theatre - (at) nilaysingh_

The Chicago Theatre was nicknamed “the Wonder Theatre of the World” when it first opened in 1921 and we couldn’t agree more! Thanks @nilaysingh_ for the great photo.

+Superdawg, Chicago - (at) cyndydehmer

This classic styled drive–in diner has been serving up Chicago-style hot dogs, milkshakes and fries since 1948! Thanks for sharing with us @cyndydehmer.

+The Berghoff - (at) fancyshot

Did you know that the Berghoff is one of the nation’s oldest family-run businesses? They are still serving up great food and experiences in Chicago. Thanks @fancyshot for sharing with us!

+Chicago O'Hare - (at) morrishersko

Getting lost in the second busiest airport in the world isn’t so bad when you get to spend more time looking at this cool neon ceiling. Thanks @morrisherko for the great photo at O’Hare!

-Illinois Office of Tourism

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During these dog days of summer, you need somewhere to cool off. With Illinois’ multiple lakes, beaches and pools, it’s easy to splash in and enjoy sweet summertime. This week, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos of how they enjoy water across Illinois. Check out a few of our favorite shots from around the state below! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured!

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

+Chicago River - (at) urbankayaks

We started the week off with this refreshing photo of kayakers on the Chicago River. Definitely added to the bucket list – thanks @urbankayaks for sharing.

+The Quarry Cable Park and Grille-(at) shredthequarry

Hold on tight! Wakeboarding is a summer favorite on Illinois’ lakes. Big thanks to @shredthequarry for this awesome photo on Crystal Lake.

+Mississippi River - (at) wildatheart_green

We can’t wait to ride the American Queen along the Mississippi River. Instagram user @wildatheart_green captured this photo taken in Alton.

+Fox River - (at) bodtke2

Even this family of ducks on Fox River is enjoying the summer waves. Thanks @bodtke2 for this cool photo.

+Chicago - (at) i.am.piculiar

On a hot summer day in the city, there’s nothing like a cool fountain to splash in. Instagram user @i.am.piculiar captured this fun photo in Chicago.

+Lake Charles Park - (at) joe_s313

A bike ride along Lake Charles Park sounds like the perfect summer afternoon. Thanks @joe_s313 for the sunny photo!

+Blackwell Forest Preserve - (at) meaghan_nelson

Blackwell Forest Preserve has so many options for a fun day in the water, like this shot of the canoes that @meaghan_nelson captured.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

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Happy Fourth of July Weekend! It’s never too early to start celebrating, so we asked our Instagram followers to share photos themed red, white and blue across Illinois. Check out a few of our favorite shots from around the state below! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured!

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

+Navy Pier Fireworks (at) mynameisxela

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than watching fireworks? That’s why we kicked off this week’s challenge with this awesome photo of Navy Pier’s grand firework show. Thanks to @mynameisxela for this great photo!

+ Macy's Chicago (at)Kait.radke

What a great way to showcase the American flag! Thanks for the great picture of Macy’s in Chicago @kait.radke.

+Bloomington (at) selzermusic

Best part of Fourth of July cookouts? Desserts! These cake balls look delicious! Thanks @selzermusic for sharing.

+Bourbonnais Friendship Fest (at) josh.lundmark

The Ferris wheel at Bourbonnais Friendship Fest is all ready to celebrate Independence Day! Thanks @josh.lundmark for this awesome photo!

+Fox River Queen, St. Charles (at)yoga.gal

What a great idea to spend the Fourth of July on the Fox River Queen in St. Charles! Thanks for sharing @yoga.gal.png.

+Galena (at)longhollowcanopytours

Zip lining at Long Hollow Canopy Tours with the American flag, how much more freedom can you get in one picture? Thanks for sharing @longhollowcanopytours!

+Lake Forest (at) elawafarm

Look at those festive sprinkles! Thanks @elawafarm for the great photo!

+Riverside Illinois (at) riversideillinois

How cool is this American Flag from 1976? Thanks for sharing with us @riversideillinois!

+Rt. 66 (at) sauk_it_to_me

Even Route 66’s Lauterbach Muffler Man can’t wait to celebrate the Fourth of July! Thanks for this great photo @sauk_it_to_me!

+Crystal Lake (at)  j_r_petry

Red, white and blue stands out anywhere! Thanks @j_r_petry for sharing this photo of St. Charles!

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Illinois Pets Feature Image

This week we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that featured their pets at Illinois attractions. Check out a few of our favorite shots from around the state below! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges. Share your best photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois and your photo could be featured!

For more unique Illinois destinations, events and attractions check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

5.29.16 - Matthiessen State Park (at) elayeyouareaye

We thought this photo at Matthiessen State Park by @elayeyyouareye was the perfect way to kick off this week’s “pets” challenge!

Grand Red Line (at) dogsdochicago

How cool is this picture? Rambo the dog is hanging out on the Red Line platform in Chicago! Thanks @dogsdochicago for sharing with us.

Starved Rock State Park (at) sauk_it_to_me

Ok, you lead the way! Thanks @sauk_it_to_me for this awesome shot at Starved Rock State Park! We hope you had fun exploring.

Isle a la Cache (at) animatedann

What better way to spend a beautiful day outside than with man’s best friend? Thanks @animatedann for this great shot!

Altovineyard champaign (at) altovineyardschampaign

We can’t forget about our feline friends! This shot from @Altovineyardchampaign is purrfect for this week’s challenge.

Northwestern University (at) shirleygirly5

This fuzzy pup is leading the way across Northwestern University’s campus! Thanks @shirleygirl5 for sharing.

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel (at) theecrazydoglady

We can’t wait to ride the new Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier and neither can they! (Photo: @theecrazydoglady)

Soldier Field (at) dogsdochicago

How cute is this picture? Well-deserved reward for an awesome pet! (Photo: @dogsdochicago)

-Illinois Office of Tourism