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The Seven Wonders of Illinois

From Historic Wrigley Field to Stunning Rend Lake


Chicago Cub Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field, Chicago

It's well known the Prairie State offers a multitude of attractions from the famed features of Chicagoland to the breath-taking natural sites throughout the Land of Lincoln.

So whether visiting Illinois, or just exploring your own backyard, it’s hard to know where to begin. However, in 2007 the Illinois Bureau of Tourism made that easy for us by declaring the Seven Wonders of Illinois.

Those visiting the Windy City may cross two wonders off their itinerary while exploring the Chicago metropolitan area.

You would have gone there anyway, but Chicago’s own legendary landmark, Wrigley Field, is another of Illinois’ Seven Wonders. Constructed in 1914 and home to MLB’s Chicago Cubs, the field encourages all guests to enjoy the “Friendly Confines" of Wrigley Field.

Then head to Wilmette in northern Chicago near Evanston for the Baha'i House of Worship – found on Lake Michigan and the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors may grab one of 1,192 seats, or explore the bookstore, library, research center, or small movie theater.

Outdoor enthusiasts are sure to enjoy a multitude of Illinois’ natural wonders. Check out Starved Rock State Park near Oglesby in northern Illinois, or head south for the Rend Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area – just north of Marion on Interstate 57. Both sites offer great fishing and boating, plus hiking, hunting, and history.

Speaking of, history buffs will certainly enjoy Illinois’ several historic sites doubling as wonders. Check out Black Hawk State Historic Site on Rock Island near Moline for lessons on the Sauk warrior Black Hawk, or explore the onsite John Hauberg Museum of Native American Life.

Set in central Illinois near Monticello, the Allerton Park & Retreat Center features quirky attractions like the Chinese Maze Garden, House of the Golden Buddha, and Allerton House – better known as The Farms.

And if you’re the roadtripping type, don’t miss the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway – set along the Mississippi River, Missouri River, and Illinois River. Connecting the Pere Marquette State Park and the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site with a 33-mile stretch of scenic roadway, this National Scenic Byway passes through Illinois towns like Alton, Grafton, Hartford, and Elsah.

No matter which wonder you prefer, Illinois is sure to show you a good time thanks to the parks, historic sites, and Chicago landmarks of the Prairie State.

Best Western Hotels near Illinois' Seven Wonders:

1

Best Western Plus Parkway Hotel

1900 Homer Adams Pkwy, Alton IL 62002-5607
Phone: (618) 433-9900  |  Fax: (618) 433-9996  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western River North Hotel

125 W Ohio Street, Chicago IL 60654-7168
Phone: (312) 467-0800  |  Fax: (312) 467-1665  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Grant Park Hotel

1100 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605-2301
Phone: (312) 922-2900  |  Fax: (312) 347-2828  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel

3434 N Broadway Avenue, Chicago IL 60657-2516
Phone: (773) 244-3434  |  Fax: (773) 244-3435  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Marion Hotel

400 Comfort Drive, Marion IL 62959-4969
Phone: (618) 998-1220  |  Fax: (618) 998-0212  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Airport Inn

2550 52nd Avenue, Moline IL 61265-6375
Phone: (309) 762-9191  |  Fax: (815) 219-7444  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Monticello Gateway Inn

805 Iron Horse Place, Monticello IL 61856-8145
Phone: (217) 762-9436  |  Fax: (217) 762-9436  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Oglesby Inn

900 Holiday Street, Oglesby IL 61348-9697
Phone: (815) 883-3535  |  Fax: (815) 883-8050  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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