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Winter Adventure Feature Image

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

1-25 Springbrook Praire Forest

We kicked off this week’s “winter adventure” challenge with this gorgeous photo of Springbrook Prairie Forest by @dupageforest.

Blackwell Lake, Warrenville- (at) nicu2001

Shout out to @nicu2001 for capturing this fiery sunset at Blackwell Lake in Warrenville!

Country Lane Woods (at) genevievebook

We love this shot of a pup exploring icy Country Lane Woods by @genevievebook!

Fabyan Forest Preserve (at) jlishamer

How awesome this is this black and white shot of Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva by @jilshamer?

Following coyoyte tracks in Lake County(at) irishvikingdesigns

Instagramer @irishvikingdesigns went exploring in Lake County and captured this cool shot.

Lake Michigan (at) pretzelbuns

Stunning shot of icy Lake Michigan in Chicago from @pretzelbuns!

Oak Street Beach Sunrise (at) norafio

We can’t get enough of this sunset shot over Lake Michigan at Oak Street Beach in Chicago from @norafio!

Rock Cut State Park(at) hcotten13

Instagramer @hcotten13 had a winter adventure at Rock Cut State Park outside Rockford.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Sunset Feature Image

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

Peoria Sunset Trashhand

We kicked off this week’s challenge with an awesome photo of the sun setting over the Illinois River in Peoria from @trashhand!

Riverfront Park Bourbonnais (at) mr.sonnenberg

What a beautiful capture from @mr.sonnenberg of Riverfront Park in Bourbonnais!

Waterloo - (at) shfty78

We love this shot of the sun dipping into the horizon in Waterloo! This photo was taken at Eagle Miles Cemetery in Monroe County. (Photo: @shfty78)

Chicago - (at) alberthidalgophotography

Beautiful image of the sunset through the winter clouds in Chicago by @alberthidalgophotography.

Southern Illinois - (at) jfortunephoto

Shout out to @jfortunephoto for capturing this beautiful sunset in Southern Illinois.

Peck Farm - (at) yoga.gal

How stunning is this shot of the sun setting over Peck Farm in Geneva? (Photo: @yoga.gal)

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Dusk Feature Image

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

Kickoff Image Vermillion County - (at) timhagley

This week, we kicked off our “dusk” challenge with this gorgeous shot of Vermilion County from @timhagley.

Gurnee - (at) panagte

How awesome is this photo of dusk in Gurnee from @panagte?

Central Illinois - (at) look4magic

Instagramer @look4magic captured this incredible sunset in Central Illinois.

Chillicothe Recreation Area - (at) oneoutofdirt

Shout out to @oneoutofdirt for snapping this fiery photo of Chillicothe Recreation Area near Peoria!

McLean County Road - (at) bbashamaerialphotography

Instagramer @bbashamaerialphotography captured this snowy dusk shot of McLean County Road in Normal.

Buffalo Grove - (at) igrex50

How beautiful are the pink and blue clouds reflected in the water in this shot Buffalo Grove? (Photo credit: @igrex50)

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Expedia Feature Image

It might be frosty outside, or even snowing, but that’s no excuse to stay cooped up inside this winter. Regardless of the weather, there are adventures to be had from hotels in Springfield to state parks along the Illinois River, so that’s why Expedia.com turned to Enjoy Illinois. We wanted to know some of the best places to stay and play in the “Land of Lincoln” this winter, so we rounded up a list of accommodations and nearby activities that’ll keep you feeling warm and toasty.

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Expedia.com and Enjoy Illinois teamed up to bring you top tips for embracing the chilly temperatures this winter.

Stay at The State House Inn and Glide Across the Ice
Cozy up at The State House Inn during your stay in Springfield. The hotel’s complimentary breakfast will fuel you up for the day’s adventures, while the pillow-top mattresses and duvet comforters will send you off to blissful sleep. The accommodation is just a few miles away from the Springfield Park District. As soon as the temperatures drop below freezing and the “no skating” signs disappear, break out the ice skates. The lagoons at Lincoln, Washington, and Southwind parks transform into outdoor skating rinks, so you can throw on your ski gloves and show off your Olympic-worthy axels.

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Carve Up the Slopes at Chestnut Mountain Resort
Pack your bags for a stay at Chestnut Mountain Resort, a ski-in, ski-out lodge, in Galena. This hotel invites you to warm up in the sauna, grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant, and beat the high score in the arcade game room. While you’re visiting, venture outside and carve up the fresh powder on the slopes, which are just feet away from the lodge. Boasting the largest terrain park in the Midwest, the ski resort features more than 25 rails and 19 runs. Pull some tricks and get some air on the ramps or shred down the black diamond trails.

Make a Splash at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort
Invite your kids along for a getaway at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort in Gurnee, north of Chicago. This hotel offers a little something for the whole family, with six in-house restaurants, an on-site spa, and even an arcade. Perhaps the best part of all, though, is that you can pretend it’s still summertime at the resort’s indoor waterpark. Swirl around the Hurricane Vortex, shoot through the 500 foot long waterslides, and float down KeyLime Creek. From the adult-only spa areas to the massive water play structure, this park is the answer to all your winter blues.

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Get Adventurous at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference
Stay in the heart of the great outdoors with reservations at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center. Choose a room in the lodge or go for a cabin, and then sip hot cocoa at the Veranda with a view of the state park. The accommodation also features a café, lounge, and dining room, which are perfect for unwinding after exploring the local trails. During your visit, tap into your adventurous side, and ice climb the waterfalls in the state park. Climbers must sign in and out of the park office and bring their own equipment, though. If the conditions aren’t right for ice climbing, cross country ski in the picnic area, winter hike, or simply check out the frozen waterfalls.

Don’t let a little chill in the air keep you from venturing to Illinois this winter. You know what they say, “there’s no bad weather, just bad clothing,” so wrap up tight and get ready for a winter wonderland in the “Prairie State.”

-Written by Expedia Staff Writer

Fall Color 2 Feature Image

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

Kickoff Photo - Old School Forest Preserve - (at) shirleygirly5

We kicked off this week’s challenge with this windy road through Old School Forest Preserve in Lake County from @shirleygirly5.

(at) jbedz_

We love this sunny fall photo taken by @jbedz_ at Catherine Chevalier Woods in Cook County.

(at) tbtru2me

How gorgeous are these fiery red leaves @tbtru2me captured?

Great River Road - (at) visitalton

The Great River Road in Alton is a wonderful place to see the autumn leaves. (Photo: @visitalton)

Elgin - (at) nvsordo1

Check out this awesome shot from @nvsordo1 in downtown Elgin.

10-25 Southern Illinois - (at) jfortunephoto

This photo of Herrin in Southern Illinois is incredible! (Photo: @jfortunephoto)

10-27 Lowell Park - (at) julesnus88

@julesnus88 took this fall photo at Lowell Park outside Dixon.

-Illinois Office of Tourism