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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

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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

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This week we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “black and white.” 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 riverwalk - (at) tbtru2me Great River Road - (at) moll_kell Chicago Botanic Garden - (at) chi50mm Mississippi River Water Trail - (at) teddybeaubear West Dundee - (at) artistviejo Chicago Cubs - (at) movieman773 Volkening Heritage Farm - (at) volkeningheritagefarm Deerpath Park - Vernon Hills - (at) jasondanielphotography Thompson Center - (at) delia.seeberg Duncan Manor - (at) court_arbez St James Farm Forest Preserve - (at) meaghan_nelson Findlay - (at) sauk_it_to_me Salvage One - (at) sir_joe98 Galena - (at) outaherefast Mt St. Mary Park - St Charles - (at) yoga.gal Chicago - (at) professorbebo Old Towne Pub - (at) stufotog

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We hope your sweet tooth is ready!  Check out a few of our favorite “sweets” shots from around the state below. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges and as always, 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.

Fruity Pebble Doughnut (at) pandadoughtnutcu

To kick off our “sweets” challenge this week, we shared this mouthwatering photo of a fruity pebble doughnut from @pandadoughnutcu.

Mitsuwa Marketplace - (at) geminisidephotography

Matcha and Vanilla twist ice cream has never looked better! (Photo taken at Mitsuwa Marketplace by @geminisidephotography)

Fulton - dutch days - (at) sauk_it_to_me

How many of you are celebrating Dutch Days in Fulton this weekend and will be eating poffertjes galore? (Photo by @sauk_it_to_me)

Colonial Cafe - (at) artistviejo

Luckily for us, Colonial Café in Elgin also serves real sundaes to devour! (Photo by @artistviejo)

All Chocolate Kitchen - Geneva - (at) yoga.gal

After seeing this photo, we’re definitely taking a trip to All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva! Thanks for sharing @yoga.gal!

Emack & Bolio's Ice Cream - (at) jakecbaum

Ice cream cones from Emack & Bolio’s remind us that summer is right around the corner! (Photo by @jakecbaum)

One of a Kind show - (at) molly_le_moose

Which candy apple would you choose? They look too delicious to just pick one! Thanks for sharing your photo from the One of a Kind Show @molly_le_moose!

Mama Lee's Gourmet Popcorn - (at) travelingmurphyk

Did you know that popcorn is the official snack of Illinois? Great photo taken of Mama Lee’s Gourmet Popcorn by @travelingmurphyk!

Ethereal Confections- Woodstock (at) chocolateuplift

Awesome photo taken at Ethereal Confections in Woodstock by @chocolateuplift!

Gotta B Crepes - (at) heatherlesz

How delicious does this crepe from Gotta B Crepes look? (Photo by @heatherlesz)

The Annex Coffee & Deli - (at) ekaterynab

Great shot taken at The Annex Coffee & Deli by @ekaterynab!

-Illinois Office of Tourism

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This week we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “bloom.” 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.

Cantigny Park - (at) ninababina77

To kick off our “bloom” challenge this week, we shared this beautiful photo taken in Cantigny Park by @ninababina77.

Geneva - (at) chrisburrichter

We can’t stop looking at the photos of #flowersonfargo. Loving all of them! (Photo by @chrisburrichter)

Cantigny Park in Wheaton - (at) chitown_vinnyd

Awesome photo taken at Cantigny Park in Wheaton by @chitown_vinnyd!

Chicago Botanic Garden - (at) c.kopeckyck1

We always love to see pictures of the beautiful flowers from the Chicago Botanic Garden! (Photo by @c.kopeckyck1)

Downers Grove - (at) eastgrovestampco

Loving the spring colors in Downers Grove! Awesome photo @eastgrovestampco!

Flowers on Fargo - (at) mollyko

Great capture by @mollyko in Geneva! Check out other photos from #flowersonfargo by searching the hashtag on Instagram.

Harms Woods - (at) marathonpundit

Great close up shot by @marathonpundit in Harms Woods!

Lake Forest - (at) katiegoingplaces

Daffodils are one of the classic spring flowers. Thanks for sharing this photo taken in Lake Forest @katiegoingplaces!

Legion Park - (at) i0nagirl

Instagramer @i0nagirl captured this colorful shot in Legion Park.

Long Grove - (at) igrex50

Nothing like a field of vibrant tulips to kick off spring! Thanks for sharing @igrex50.

Michigan Avenue - (at) stylemeetlife

You can find these purple and yellow tulips lining Michigan Avenue in Chicago! (Photo by @stylemeetlife)

St Charles - (at) michelefairall

How gorgeous is the light streaming through the blossoms on this tree? Thanks for sharing this shot from St. Charles @michelefairall!

University of Illinois - Champaign - (at) ilovekumihimo

Love the colors of these flowers taken at the University of Illinois by @ilovekumihimo!

-Illinois Office of Tourism