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Summer is just around the corner, and that means farmers market season. All over the state, markets filled with locally sourced fruits, veggies, meats, pastries, cut flowers, artisan-made goods and more are opening their doors – or should we say tents? – for the season. We’ve rounded up four of the best in the state here:

Green City Market, Chicago

As one of Chicago’s top farmers markets, don’t be surprised if you see some of the city’s premier local chefs buying ingredients for their weekly menu at Green City Market. The outdoor market is open in Lincoln Park every Wednesday and Saturday from May through October offering a wide selection of local produce, flowers, meat, seafood, breads, pastries and more. Check out Green City Market’s website for information on live demonstrations from local chefs and ready-to-eat food vendors at the market. Open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays May 7 –October 29.

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Photo credit: Green City Market

Market at the Square, Urbana

Looking for something outside the ordinary? Look no further than Urbana’s Market at the Square. As one of the largest and most diverse markets in the state, this unique farmers market has 170 vendors featuring arts and crafts, beer and wine, flowers, and locally-grown produce stemming from the richest farmland in the country. This Market also extends well beyond fresh produce – it offers entertainment from local musicians, kids activities with Sprouts at the Market, food trucks with doughnuts and fried egg sandwiches, and much more. Open 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturdays May 7-November 5.

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Photo credit: Visit Champaign

Old Capitol Farmers Market, Springfield

The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of downtown Springfield. You’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods and cheeses, flowers, and more. The market is just steps from the Old State Capitol historic site and other sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Dana-Thomas House – a Frank Lloyd Wright design! Open 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays May 13-October 31

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Photo credit: Visit Springfield

Rockford City Market, Rockford

Rockford City Market features local growers and vendors who sell natural products and unique retail items, live music, demonstrations and kids’ activities. The market is officially up and running as of May 20 and will be open through September. Open 3:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays May 20-September 2 and 3:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays September 9-30.

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Photo credit: Rockford City Market

Looking for more farm fresh ideas? It’s not just these markets that offer the freshest produce and local flavors. Illinois is home to a variety of farm-to-table dining experiences that you can enjoy this summer. Check out more on Travel Illinois online.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Clouds Feature Image

This week we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “clouds.” Check out a few of our favorite outdoor 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.

Wood Dale - (at) mldsphotography

We kicked off the challenge this week with this breathtaking capture of Wood Dale from @mldsphotography.

Chicago Locks - (at) purduetoobah

We love this photo of the clouds over the Chicago River Lock and Dam by @purduetoobah!

Danada Forest Preserve - (at) chitown_vinnyd

@chitown_vinnyd took this awesome shot of the Danada Forest Preserve!

Cobden Sunset Swopes

We love this photo Mile Marker @swopes took in Cobden!

Findlay - (at) donnaniemann

Instagramer @donnaniemann captured this black and white shot of the clouds over Findlay, Illinois.

Chicago Skyline - (at) chicityphotos

This stormy Chicago skyline photo fits the theme perfectly! (Photo: @chicityphotos)

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Fresh Air Feature Image

This week we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “fresh air.” Check out a few of our favorite outdoor 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.

@angelaconners

We love this photo Instagramer @angelaconners took at Starved Rock State Park in Utica!

@bluehourblonde (Navy Pier)

How cool is this photo of Lake Michigan Instagramer @bluehourblonde took at Navy Pier?

@cassienottingham (Lake Springfield)

Lake Springfield is the perfect place to watch the sun set. (Photo by Instagramer @cassienottingham)

@msqrd (morton arb)

Check out this stunning shot of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle by Instagramer @msqrd!

@yvonneosaur (Mattheissen)

Shout out to Instagramer @yvonneosaur taking this stunning photo of Matthiessen State Park in Utica.

@kief_lander (Ferne Clyffe)

Instagramer @kief_lander captured this peaceful moment at Ferne Clyffe State Park in Goreville!

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Instagram (@healer84) @ Kennekuk County Park FEATURE

You need one last hurrah before the end of summer, but you want to discover something new. Take a trip to Danville and make some lasting memories with the guys. Here are four suggestions for a great guys’ day in Danville.

Turtle Run Golf Club

Turtle Run has been one of the premier golf courses in Illinois since 1970. Designed by Jim Spears, this par 72 championship golf course provides four sets of tee lengths so that golfers of all skill levels can feel both challenged and competitive. After your round, be sure to stop by Snapper’s Bar and Grill for lunch. Turtle Run also has a public swimming pool and a golf shop with all the latest gear.

The lush, green fairways at Turtle Run Golf Club

The lush, green fairways at Turtle Run Golf Club.

Vermilion County War Museum

Witness the birth and growth of a nation through its military history at the Vermilion County War Museum. Travelers come from around the world to see more than 25,000 artifacts from throughout U.S. history.

Kennekuk County Park

Explore the wilderness on the 15 miles of trails in this 3,000-acre park. Canoe, kayak or fish on one of seven lakes and three rivers as you soak in this peaceful natural setting. An abundance of wildlife also roams the park, such as foxes, hawks, beavers, white-tailed deer and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle!

Enjoy the serenity on Lake Mingo in Kennekuk County Park

Instagramer (at) healer84 captured the serenity on Lake Mingo in Kennekuk County Park.

Moon Glo

Cap off your eventful day in Danville at Moon Glo, a community staple that serves up a hardy variety of juicy steaks and massive burgers. Moon Glo even gives you the option to grill your own meat so you can cook that perfectly seasoned, mouth-watering steak.

End your day with a beer and some delicious meet at Moon Glo.

End your day with a beer and some delicious meet at Moon Glo.

For more information on fun places to explore in Illinois this summer, check out EnjoyIllinois.com.

–Illinois Office of Tourism

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This week we asked followers to “find something more” in Illinois! This hint was: It is easily spotted by trolley. Did you figure it out?

Galena Trolley

Trolley ride through historic Downtown Galena

If you identified and found Galena Cellars Vineyard, congratulations! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges.

Galena Cellars Mural Challenge Image - @marusin

The challenge photo of the Gelena Cellars sign by Instagramer @marusin

The Galena Cellars Vineyard offers tours and tastings of more than 40 award-winning wines! Take a vineyard tour and then enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda.

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Photo by @smashleysly

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Photo by @jeastman90

-The Illinois Office of Tourism