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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

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Illinois has spring fever! Warmer weather has finally arrived and that means we’re all looking for ways to maximize time outside. Lucky for us, Illinois is home to more gardens and arboretums than we can count. With Arbor Day on April 29, we’ve rounded up statewide events and gorgeous garden spots where you can appreciate nature’s beauty and celebrate our native trees and plant life!

Morton Arboretum Arbor Day Celebrations

It’s the Morton Arboretum’s signature holiday and it is pulling out all the stops for its celebrations! From April 29- May 1, head out to Lisle to take part in the Children’s Garden Celebration, where kids get the chance to plant tree seeds, investigate tree cookies, and go on a hunt for unique trees. While in Lisle, be sure to take advantage of a special Arbor Day biking and walking tour of the Arboretum. In fact, on the 29th, if you dress like a tree, you get in free! If you’re looking to try out your green thumb, stop by Daley Plaza in Downtown Chicago, on April 29, for a special pop-up plant clinic!

Morton Arbroretum

The Morton Arboretum has a ton of events planned to celebrate its signature holiday! (Photo courtesy of Morton Arboretum)

Arbor Day Celebration in Godfrey

Join the Village of Godfrey as they celebrate the environment and all things trees at its Arbor Day Celebrations on April 29!  The festivities begin at 4pm in Glazebrook Park with a youth fishing derby followed by a special Memorial Tree Dedication. Kids will also get the chance to enjoy a wide range of environmental crafts, games and more. To top it off, the first 300 visitors will get a free redbud tree seedling to plant in their own backyards!

Godfrey Arbor Day Celebration

Godfrey’s Arbor Day Celebrations give residents of all ages a chance to give back! (Photo courtesy of Village of Godfrey)

University of Illinois Arboretum

There is a garden for everyone at the University of Illinois Arboretum! From the peaceful ponds to the Sen Cherry Tree Alley, you can choose your own adventure as you explore the 160 acres of this living laboratory. The Arboretum is also home to the Idea Garden, an ongoing project of the Master Gardeners of the Champaign County Extension Unit, which showcases the latest trends in botanical design. The Idea Garden is the perfect place to take a walk, get ideas for your own garden, or just to relax in the gazebo with a friend!

Univ Illinois- Idea Garden

The University of Illinois Idea Garden is the perfect learning environment for both novices and advanced gardeners! (Photo courtesy of University of Illinois Arboretum)

Quad City Botanical Center

Escape to Rock Island’s Quad City Botanical Center to experience indoor and outdoor gardens, including exotic tropical flowers, a 14-foot waterfall and a butterfly garden! The Botanical Center also hosts a one-of-a-kind Physically Enabling Garden, specially designed with raised flower beds to ensure that all guests are able to take in the beauty of the Center’s plant life.

Quad City Botanical Center

Open 360 days a year, the Quad City Botanical Center is always a great place to visit! (Photo courtesy of Quad City Botanical Center)

Chicago Botanic Gardens

Plan a day to get back in touch with nature at the Chicago Botanic Gardens! Set on nearly 400 acres of Chicago’s shoreline, the botanic garden is home to 26 gardens and four natural areas, each with its own unique theme. Sit under the canopy of native oak trees in McDonald Woods or the gold ginkgo trees of the Japanese Garden. For a truly unique experience, hurry in to catch a glimpse of the Botanic Garden’s giant titan arum, better known as the corpse flower, while its in bloom! It’s one of the plant kingdom’s rarest events and it is happening right now in the Semitropical Greenhouse.

Japanese Garden (at) cle_chi

The Japanese Gardens offer a peaceful place to spend an afternoon! (Photo by (at) cle_chi)

– Illinois Office of Tourism


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

The Secret Beach - Lake Forest - (at) katiegoingplaces

To kick off our “blue” challenge this week, we shared this beautiful photo taken in Lake Forest by @katiegoingplaces.

Fox River at Carpenter Dam - (at) tonycolts

We love how the colors blend together in this photo taken at Fox River. Thanks for sharing @tonycolts!

Alta Vista Terrance District - (at) cyndydehmer

Great photo taken in the historic Alta Vista Terrance District in Chicago! (Photo by @cyndydehmer)

Garfield Park Conservatory - (at)leidy_photography

The Garfield Park Conservatory is a gorgeous place to visit all year round. Gorgeous photo @leidy_photography!

Lakefront Trail in Lincoln Park - (at) biz_marchi

How excited does this photo of Lake Michigan make you for summer? (Photo by @biz_marchi)

General Ulysses S. Grant's house - (at) c.kopeckyck1

Beautiful shot of General Ulysses S. Grant’s house by @c.kopeckyck1!

Montrose Beach - (at) migltellez

What a gorgeous view at Montrose Beach! Thanks for sharing @migltellez!

Fox River Trail - (at) yoga.gal

Great find by @yoga.gal on the Fox River Trail!

Sag Quarries Forest Preserve - (at) chadii1

How many of you have driven over this bridge at Sag Quarries Forest Preserve? (Photo by @chadii1)

The Pink Elephant Antique Mall - (at) jenniferlynn_a

Awesome photo taken at The Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston by (at) jenniferlynn_a!

Waukegan Harbor - (at) shirleygirly5

Loving all of the blue at Waukegan Harbor! (Photo by @shirleygirly5)

Blue Car - (at) Mandelcandle

What a cool capture in Chicago by @Mandelcandle!

-Illinois Office of Tourism

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As the old saying goes, we only have one Earth, so we all need to do our part to take care of it! Illinoisans are always looking for ways to bring their communities together to help take care of the environment.  Earth Day, on April 22, gives us the chance to take time out from our busy schedules and appreciate how incredible this place we all call home truly is. We’ve rounded up a few of the Earth Day events happening around the state to help you celebrate and give back!

Free Divvy Rides

An easy way to make a difference, Divvy is partnering with Naked Juice to offer Chicago residents a free 24-hour pass, allowing you to take unlimited 30-minute trips throughout the day. You can find the many Divvy locations across the city here, just remember to bring your helmet. Happy Biking!

Divvy Bikes - (at) myers15533

Divvy bikes are found all throughout the city for easy access and return. (Photo by @myers15533)

Earth Day 5K Fun/Run Super Hero Race

Want to help save the planet? Grab your latest Super Hero gear and head over to Millennium Park in Lindenhurst to participate in the Earth Day 5K on April 23. This event is free for all ages and starts at 9am, beginning and ending right in the Park.

Brookfield Zoo’s Party for the Planet

Take a trip to Brookfield Zoo for Party for the Planet on Sunday, April 24 to learn more about the steps you can take to make a difference for animals across the globe. There will be an Eco Expo featuring over 40 environmentally focused vendors, a recycling drop off point, opportunities to plant a tree, and special Zoo chats on conservation. These family fun activities go from 9:30-3:30pm, so you can make a day of it!

Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo’s “Party for the Planet” is a great way for kids of all ages to give back! (Photo courtesy of brookfieldzoo.org)

Twin City Farmer’s Market Earth Day Bash

Mark April 23 on your calendar for the Earth Day Bash at the Twin City Farmer’s Market in Sterling! From 8am-noon, you can head down to the Market to learn how to start your own “greenhouse in a bag” with Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension and make seed bombs. A variety of Earth Day themed games and giveaways will also be held, in addition to a special menu by Chef Myra. Don’t forget to leave some time to explore the locally sourced offerings from the markets dozens of vendors!

Twin City Farmer's Market

Kids will get the chance to start their own “greenhouse in a bag” at the Twin City Farmer’s Market Earth Bash! (Photo courtesy of Twin City Farmer’s Market)

Earth Day 50K

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than spending some time in the great outdoors! Join MUDD as they host the 5th annual Earth Day 50K, 15 mile and 5 mile run in Crystal Lake on Saturday, April 23.  Throughout the race, you’ll get to experience the beautiful rolling hills, blossoming spring flowers, open prairie, and pine forest of Veteran Acres and Sternes Woods. This year’s race is already sold out, but you can still join in the fun as a race-day volunteer!

Earth Day 50K Crystal Lake

Spend the morning outdoors at the Earth Day Trail Runs in Crystal Lake! (Photo courtesy of Earth Day 50K)

Earth Day Faire

Although celebrated a week after Earth Day, Oak Lawn’s Earth Day Faire on April 30 offers family fun activities from 10am-2pm including scavenger hunts, tree climbing demonstrations, bike tune-ups, gardening, composting, and Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures.

Homer Glen’s Earth Day – Arbor Day

If you are a little late to the celebration or need a way to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day all in one, The Village of Homer Glen is having its 9th annual festival on May 21, offering a variety of activities for the whole family. Whether you are looking for to meet alligators and monkeys, purchase arts and crafts, participate in demonstrations, or have opportunities to recycle, this festival has it all!

Homer Glen Earth Day

Homer Glen’s Earth Day and Arbor Day offers many fun activities for the whole family. (Photo courtesy of Village of Homer Glen)

– Illinois Office of Tourism