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Bloom Feature Image

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

Spring Feature Image

This week we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “spring.” 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 post - (at) xchriswilsonx

To kick off our “spring” challenge this week, with we shared this awesome photo taken at Pilcher Park Nature Center in Joliet by @xchriswilsonx.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site - (at) azmangums

Wow, we love this beautiful shot captured at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Thanks for sharing @azmangums!

Third Lake - (at) irishvikingdesigns

Beautiful photo of the sun setting over Third Lake by @irishvikingdesigns!

Wrigley Field - (at) nick_ulivieri

Is there a better representation of spring than the Chicago Cubs’ home opener at Wrigley Field? Great photo @nick_ulivieri!

Baha'i House of Worship - (at) ionu_t_z

What a beautiful photo of the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette by @ionu_t_z! It fits our theme “spring” perfectly!

East Peoria Riverfront - (at) kjackson1991

Gorgeous close up of these spring blooms taken at East Peoria RiverFront by @kjackson1991!

Historic Rose Hotel - (at) lisacrashtestdummy62

The view at the historic Rose Hotel in Elizabethtown is nothing short of amazing. Great photo @lisacrashtestdummy62!

Pastel flowers - (at) photographicartbyaz

Loving the colors in this photo! Thanks for sharing @photographicartbyaz.

Maggie Daley Park - (at)memofilms

Maggie Daley Park is a great place to spend time all year round. Great photo @memofilms!

DeKalb - (at) allthingznew

We love when the sun is shining! Great photo taken in DeKalb by @allthingznew.

Edinburg - (at) renaissancemotleyman

Beautiful capture in Edinburg @renaissancemotleyman!

Apple River - (at) stoned_art_studio

Loving this shot of Apple River in the spring time! (Photo by @stoned_art_studio)

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Spring Break Feature Image

Dreaming of spring already? It may be winter now, but soon the weather will be turning and spring will be on its way. If you’re looking to plan a spring break getaway, check out these three trip ideas in Central Illinois!

For the road tripper:

Roll down the windows and turn up the radio for a cruise on the open road this spring. Illinois Route 66 is the perfect road trip for anyone looking to discover the quirky and nostalgic age of the Mother Road. Start in Chicago and make you way 300 miles across the state stopping for photo ops at these cities in Central Illinois:

Pontiac Illinois- Route 66 Mural

The Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum is home to a mural of the largest Route 66 shield in the world!

For the foodie:

Eat to live or live to eat? If you answered the latter, then plan a spring break trip to visit some of the incredible restaurants the Land of Lincoln has to offer!

  • For craft beer lovers, look no further than Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign for local brews, delicious food and a great outdoor patio.
  • Firefly Grill in Effingham is known for its fresh American cuisine made from local and seasonal ingredients.
  • Seasonal beer, classic pub grub and an outdoor bocce garden make Obed & Isaac’s in Springfield a must-visit spot.
  • Stop by Epiphany Farms in Bloomington for a “farm-to-fork” experience you won’t soon forget.
sunset shot

The Firefly Grill is a can’t-miss farm-to-table experience.

For the outdoor lover:

If you love all things nature, soak in the spring weather with an outdoor adventure at one of the many beautiful parks and gardens in Illinois.

  • Explore 1,500 acres of woodlands, formal gardens and more than 100 sculptures at Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello, formerly the private estate of Robert Henry Allerton.
  • Luthy Botanical Gardens in Peoria is home to a tropical conservatory as well as several themed gardens, including an herb garden, woodland garden, children’s garden and more.
  • Experience a variety of gardens and native plants at the University of Illinois Arboretum in Urbana and welcome spring with a stroll through the Sen Cherry Tree Allee, where cherry tree blossoms form a pink canopy of flowers overhead.
University of Illinois Arboretum 2

The University of Illinois Arboretum makes for the perfect spring space to explore.

For more spring break trip ideas, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Unique Winter Activities Feature Image

It’s finally feeling like winter in Illinois, and there are plenty of outdoor adventures like skiing, ice skating and snowboarding to enjoy. But if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy the winter weather, look no further. There are numerous activities where you can unplug from a busy week while still relishing the winter season.

If making winter plans with friends and family is more of a brain freeze than brain storm, check out these three unique outdoor adventures for this winter in the Great Rivers Country.

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

Take a trip to Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton and participate in Bald Eagle Days, an informative program about the eagle unique to North America. You’ll learn the differences between immature and mature bald eagles, discover what they eat, and figure out why some call Illinois home during the winter months. Open until March 4, this is an exciting opportunity to view the wintering bald eagles.

Eagle perched on a tree-Alton CVB

A bald eagle perched in a tree at Pere Marquette State Park

Wildlife Prairie Park

This 2,000-acre zoological park allows you to get up close and personal with animals native to Illinois and the Midwest such as cougars, black bears, bobcats, bison and owls. Just 10 miles west of downtown Peoria and open all year round, the adventure never stops with a butterfly garden, wildflowers, lakes and restored prairies to visit as well.

wildlifeprairiepark- canada lynx

A Canada lynx at Wildlife Prairie Park. (Photo credit: (at) wildlifeprairiepark)

Luthy Botanical Garden

Experience the jaw dropping colors and spectacular display of flowers and shrubs at Peoria’s Luthy Botanical Garden. Open all year-round, seven days a week, the Garden embraces five acres and offers multiple theme gardens including an Herb Garden, Woodland Garden, Rose Garden and Hosta Glade. If that wasn’t enough, you don’t want to miss out on the Conservatory floral displays showcasing lilies, orchids and poinsettias. If visiting the Peoria Zoo is already on your list of places to visit, use your Zoo receipt at the Garden on the same day for free admission!

Luthy Botanical Gardens (at) erikschims

Check out the beautiful blooms at Luthy Botanical Gardens! (Instagram photo: (at) erikschims)

For more unique winter activities, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

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