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3.25 Feature

This week we asked our Instagram followers to share photos around the theme “shadow.” 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.

360 Chicago - (at) tat_ventures

This week, we kicked off our “shadow” challenge with this beautiful photo taken of the John Hancock Building at 360 Chicago by @tat_ventures.

Franklin Creek State Park- (at) michelled_brown

What an awesome shot of Franklin Creek State Park by @michelled_brown! It fits our theme perfectly!

Primrose Farm - (at) yoga.gal

What a great capture at Primrose Farm by @yoga.gal!

Starved Rock State Park - (at) elliotwithone_t

We love the shadows of the bare trees in this photo taken at Starved Rock State Park. (Photo by @elliotwithone_t)

Chicago Streets- (at) _ncrawford_

We love the colors in this photo! Taken in Chicago by @_ncrawford_

Danville - Vermilion County- (at) winks_photos

Love the way the sky meets the field in this photo taken by @winks_photos in Danville.

Edinburg - (at) renaissancemotleyman

Great photo taken of the silos in Edinburg! (Photo by @renaissancemotleyman)

Dekalb - (at) chuos722

Spring is on its way! Love this photo taken in Dekalb by @chuos722

Baha'i House of Worship(at)bobbyreys

Beautiful shot of the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette! (Photo by @bobbyreys)

Giant City Park - pending approval - (at) picturedinsomnia

Great photo taken at Giant City Park by @picturedinsomnia!

-Illinois Office of Tourism

Green Feature Image

This week, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “green.” 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 Botanic Garden - (at) chitown_vinnyd

This week, we kicked off our “green” challenge with this beautiful photo taken at Chicago Botanic Garden by @chitown_vinnyd!

Lake Katherine - (at) cjv_photos

What an awesome shot of Lake Katherine’s waterfall dyed for St. Patrick’s Day by @cjv_photos! It fits our theme “green” perfectly.

Allerton Park - (at) kimberlyknight

We love this shot in Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monitcello by @kimberlyknight!

Chicago River - (at) thesiberianamerican

We loved seeing all the photos taken at Chicago’s river dyeing celebration! Great shot by @thesiberianamerican.

Plants at CBG - (at) hollywoodsparrow

Chicago Botanic Garden is a popular spot this time of year. Awesome photo taken of the plants blooming by @hollywoodsparrow.

Nevin's Brewing Company - (at) elitehid

Great shot of a festive green vbeer at Nevin’s Brewing Company in Plainfield by @elitehid!

Leaf in Normal along Constitution Trail - (at) janetmayson

Great find by @janetmayson taken in Normal along Constitution Trail.

Apple River Canyon - (at) danny_gopro

How beautiful is this shot taken atin Apple River Canyon? (Pphoto by @danny_gopro)

Chicago skyline - (at) evanbrownphoto

Beautiful photo taken in Chicago in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! (Photo by @evanbrownphoto)

Brookfield Zoo greenhouse - (at) oplaceswego

Gorgeous capture of the foliage at Brookfield Zoo by @oplaceswego at the Brookfield Zoo!

University of Illinois - (at) mylittleboxoftricks

The University of Illinois’ quad is beautiful this time of year! (Photo by @mylittleboxoftricks)

World's largest golf tee - casey- (at) sarahjoknows

Did you know Illinois is home to the world’s largest golf tee? Great photo taken in Casey by @sarahjoknows!

-Illinois Office of Tourism

 

 

 

 

 

Fragile Feature Image

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

Lake Michigan- icicles - (at) chicagoelevated

This week, we kicked off our “fragile” challenge with this beautiful photo taken near Lake Michigan by @chicagoelevated.

Tiskilwa IL (at) daniel_acker

We love this capture in Tiskilwa by @daniel_acker. It fits our theme “fragile” perfectly!

Lurie Garden - (at) jojogard

What a beautiful shot of flowers sprouting in Lurie Garden at Millennium Park! (Photo by @jojogard)

Tekawitha Woods - (at) yoga.gal

Awesome photo taken by @yoga.gal in Tekawitha Woods.

Chicago - (at) superdevin64

Great capture by @superdevin64 in Chicago! We love the details in this photo.

Starved Rock St. Louis Canyon - (at) mari_teach

How cool is this melting waterfall at Starved Rock State Park? (Photo taken by @mari_teach)

Montrose Bird Sanctuary - (at) ericakoger

Gorgeous capture by @ericakoger at Montrose Bird Sanctuary!

Dixon flowers - (at) debsfarmstand

Spring is definitely near when you see flowers starting to sprout! (Photo taken in Dixon by @debsfarmstand)

Chicago Skyline - (at) i_howard

Love the colors in this photo and how the light reflects off the ice. (Picture taken by @i_howard)

Fur at Starved Rock (at) sherifask

What a cool shot! Photo was taken at Starved Rock State Park by @sherifask.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

St Patricks Day Feature Image

St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away, and in Illinois, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the luck of the Irish! From parades to pub parties, you can find Irish festivities in every corner of the state.

Below is a roundup of some of our favorite ways to celebrate this year:

Chicago

The Windy City is known for its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, including parades, the dyeing of the Chicago River and countless parties at local Irish pubs. Check out these three celebrations coming up this weekend:

  • Chicago River Dyeing, Saturday, March 12 at 9 am – This once-a-year spectacle draws nearly 400,000 people to see the Chicago River erupt into a sea of green. Boats release 45 pounds of eco-friendly vegetable dye into the water to amp up the holiday spirit. The dye only lasts about five hours, so make sure to see it at its brightest!
  • Downtown Parade, Saturday, March 12 at 12 pm – Chicago celebrates St. Patty’s Day with one of the largest parades in the country. This free event features floats, Irish dancers, bands, bagpipers and of course, plenty of green.
  • South Side Irish Parade, Sunday, March 13 at 12 pm – Continue the Irish festivities all weekend with 150,000 people at the South Side Irish Parade on Sunday. Floats, music, dancers and the Emerald Isle Mile make this event memorable for all.
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See the Chicago River light up as it transforms into a sea of green! (Photo credit: Choose Chicago)

Springfield

This year marks Springfield’s 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting Saturday, March 12 at noon. This parade is a great opportunity for families to celebrate the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day and explore downtown Springfield.

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The theme of Springfield’s 2016 parade is “Family is Thee Pot O’Gold”!

Peoria

Most St. Patty’s celebrations are during the weekend before the holiday, but if you’re looking to sham-rock out on the actual day, make sure to join Peoria’s 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Party on Thursday, March 17. The parade starts at 11 am followed by the party at the Peoria Civic Center from 11:30 am-3 pm. Parade winners will be announced at the party, and partygoers can enjoy traditional Irish music from the band Goiste.

Peoria St. Patrick's Day

There’s no shortage of festive floats at the Peoria parade! (Photo credit: St. Patrick’s Society of Peoria)

Rock Island

In Western Illinois, the Quad Cities go all out for St. Patrick’s Day. The weekend of festivities kicks off with Irish music from The Greenmore Irish Duo at the Moline Library on Friday, March 11 from 12-1 pm. The following day features the 31st annual Quad Cities Grand Parade at 11:30 am, named one of the top ten St. Patty’s parades in North America! What makes this parade so unique? It’s the only interstate St. Patrick’s Day parade in the nation.

After the parade, make your way to Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Tap party for plenty of beer or take advantage of one of the 22 holiday specials in downtown Rock Island.

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The Quad Cities parade draws thousands of spectators! (Photo credit: Visit Quad Cities)

Be sure to share your St. Patrick’s Day photos with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois on social. For more ways to celebrate, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.

-Illinois Office of Tourism

3.4 FEATURE IMAGE

This week, we asked our Instagram followers to share photos that surround the theme “night.” 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 - Chicago lights - (at)the_longcut

This week, we kicked off our “night” challenge with this beautiful photo of downtown Chicago by @the_longcut.

Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park - (at) evan_mcclintock

What a cool shot taken at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park by @evan_mcclintock!

Chicago Streets - (at) manishotz

Love this photo taken by @manishotz in Chicago!

St. Charles Public Library - (at) tomgalante7257

Great shot of the St. Charles Public Library by @tomgalante7257!

Gorgeous capture by @razdood of Lake Shore Drive!

Carbondale - (at)ashleenicole123

We love the way the night sky looks in this photo from Carbondale by @ashleenicole123!

Allerton Park - (at) brandtpence

Awesome photo of the pillars at the Sunken Garden in Allerton Park by @brandtpence!

St Charles Municipal Building - (at) mandyringephotography

Love the way the St. Charles Municipal Building reflects on the Fox River! (Photo taken by @mandyringephotography)

 

-Illinois Office of Tourism