Winter Crossing by Brian Crissie
On behalf of the Illinois Office of Tourism, I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our winter photo contest! We received so many beautiful images and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your unique perspective of Illinois with us. Over the past week, the contest received nearly 500 votes from people across the country, and today we are delighted to announce Brian Crissie as the winner for his photo “Winter Crossing.” Congratulations, Brian!
If you weren’t able to participate in this contest, stay tuned for details about our spring photo contest.
If you wake up this Saturday morning feeling lost with a need to be around a bunch of folks in green, get dressed and get moving. Springfield’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at noon in Downtown Springfield.
To learn more about Scott, check out his bio.
Plainfield’s Hometown Irish Parade
What’s not to love about St. Patrick’s Day? Especially in Illinois. Chicago has a nearly 200-year relationship with the Irish, which has brought a bounty of traditions and celebrations to the city and extended across the state. No matter where you are in Illinois, there’s no shortage of ways to spend your St. Patty’s Day and weekend. Here are a few of our favorites.
March Madness is an exciting time of year for almost everyone. I don’t particularly love sports, but each year I participate in a bracket or two and find myself watching unusual amounts of basketball. I bet you’ll be as surprised as I am (or maybe not) to learn that it originated in Illinois with a high school tournament.
March Madness dates back to 1939 when it first appeared in Illinois Interscholastic, the Illinois High School Association’s magazine, where it was described as an exciting tribute to high school basketball. In the 1940’s legendary teams such as the 1944 Taylorville squad and Mt. Vernon’s champions frequented the tournaments and continued to amaze fans. March Madness has spread throughout the country but the original tournament continues to take place in central Illinois.
Returning this year is the March Madness Experience. The tournament dates are March 11 – 13, and the 18 – 20, 2010. The event will be held at the Peoria Civic Center in Carver Arena. There will also be 3-point and slam-dunk contests for additional bragging rights.
Where will you go to watch March Madness this year?