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Adams, Alexander

Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau

Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Cook, Crawford, Cumberland

Dane, DeKalb, DeWitt, Douglas, DuPage

Edgar, Edwards, Effingham

Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton

Gallatin, Greene, Grundy

Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Henry


Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, JoDaviess, Johnson

Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox

Lake, LaSalle, Lawrence, Lee, Livingston, Logan

Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Massac, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie Ogle

Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Putnam

Randolph, Richland, Rock Island

Saline, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, St. Clair, Stephenson




Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Whiteside, Will, Williamson, Winnebago, Woodford

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Regional Areas of Illinois*

As the name implies, this area of Illinois encompasses not just the city of Chicago but the surrounding area as well, offering a wealth of traveler services and attractions. Located in the Northeastern corner of the state, Chicagoland is also home to such notable cities as Joliet, Des Plaines, Schaumburg, Skokie and many other small towns that help to give the area its distinct flavor.

Addison, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Brookfield, Chicago, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Evanston, Glenview, Joliet, Lincolnshire, Lisle, Lombard, Marengo, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, Park Forest, Rosemont, Schaumburg, Skokie, Union, Waukegan

East St. Louis

East St. Louis is located just across the river from the city of St. Louis, Missouri. This unique border location provides a good base for travelers in the area, opening a wealth of amenities, services and attractions in both Illinois and Missouri. The area around East St. Louis includes towns such as Edwardsville and O'Fallon, each with its own allure for visitors.

Alton, Cahokia, Collinsville, Granite City

Eastern Illinois

Champaign is the largest city in the Eastern part of Illinois, a land known for its history and natural beauty. The University of Illinois is located in Champaign and is one of the Big Ten schools in the United States. Another school, Eastern Illinois University, can be found in nearby Charleston, giving the area a distinct, academic feel. Charleston is also home to several historical attractions that deal with Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, whose parents were one-time residents of the area.

Bloomington, Casey, Champaign, Chebanse, Danville, Kankakee, Normal, Urbana


Greater Peoria

Peoria is located in the heart of the Illinois River Country, an area that features a number of exciting activities and adventures. Peoria itself offers all the amenities, services, restaurants and shops that travelers expect from major centers. The Steamboat Festival is a popular Peorian event for families, and includes several children's activities and entertainment that revolves around this old-time mode of transportation.

Armington, Bartonville, Bay View Gardens, Bellevue, Bradford, Brimfield, Chillicothe, Congerville, Creve Coeur, Deer Creek. Delavan, Dunlap, East Peoria, El Paso, Elmwood, Eureka, Germantown Hills, Glasford, Goodfield, Green Valley, Hanna City, Henry, Hopedale, Hopewell, Kappa, Kingston Mines, La Fayette, La Rose, Lacon, Mackinaw, Mapleton, Marquette Heights, Metamora, Minier, Minonk, Morton, North Pekin, Norwood, Panola, Pekin, Peoria, Peoria Heights, Princeville, Roanoke, Secor, South Pekin, Sparland, Spring Bay, Toluca, Toulon, Tremont, Varna, Washburn, Washington, Wenona, West Peoria, Wyoming

Greater Springfield

The area surrounding Springfield features a number of Illinois attractions that are not to be missed. History is well represented in the area, with different museums dedicated to everything from funeral customs to gas stations. The Illinois State Museum can be found in Springfield and offers visitors a comprehensive look at the history and people of Illinois

Decatur, Rochester, Springfield


Northern Illinois

Choice is not limited when in Northern Illinois, where visitors can pick from visiting a wide variety of attractions to visit. Those interested in American history can visit sites such as the Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site in Galena and the Ronald Reagan Home and Visitor Center in Dixon. The largest city in the area, Rockford presents the Burpee Museum of Natural History as well as a downtown River District with arts, entertainment, dining and shopping.

DeKalb, Freeport,Galena, La Salle,Lena,Rockford, Utica


Quad Cities

Located on the northwestern border of the Illinois, the Quad Cities area consists of Rock Island, Moline and East Moline in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa. Although the area was originally an amalgam of four towns, growth has bolstered the population of Moline and in turn raised the number of local attractions and traveler services available.

Aledo, Alpha,Andalusia, Andover,Annawan,Athens,Bishop Hill,Cambridge,Carbon Cliff, Cleveland,Coal Valley, Colona, Cordova, Cowden, East Moline, Galva, Geneseo, Hampton,Hillsdale,Hooppole, Joy,Keithsburg,Kewanee, Matherville,Milan, Moline,New Boston, North Henderson, Oak Grove,Orion,Port Byron,Rapids City,Reynolds, Rock Island, Seaton,Sherrard,Silvis, Taylor Ridge,Viola, Woodhull,

Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois beckons travelers with a number of attractions, from the larger than life statue of comicbook hero Superman in Metropolis, to several parks and recreation areas that dot the region. Carbondale is home to one of the Southern Illinois University campuses, an institution that was founded in 1869 and today is the city's largest employer. A public beach and boat dock is maintained by the city at Cedar Park, a local haven for picnicking and a variety of outdoor activities during the summer months.

Benton, Carbondale,Effingham,Marion, Mount Vernon

Western Illinois

The towns of Macomb, Quincy, Galesburg and Jacksonville offer a number of attractions that prove Western Illinois to be an area steeped in history. When in Macomb, visitors can tour the McDonough County Courthouse and the Museum of Geology or take a quick trip to the country to discover the area's historic barns. Quincy, located on the banks of the Mississippi River, features examples of 19th-century architecture as well as Indian Mounds Park, the site of preserved American Indian burial mounds.

Galesburg, Jacksonville,Macomb, Nauvoo, Quincy

*This list of regions and communities is not all-inclusive.

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