Direct Energy loves all our customers across our wide service area, so we decided to take a gander at many of the places where you live! With each stop in our Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series, we’ll highlight some of the best things to do and see in many of the major locales we provide service. It’s a way for us to get to know your city and inform anyone else who may be interested in visiting.
Welcome to the Land of Lincoln!
Illinois has a diverse economy rooted in industrial, agriculture, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum. In addition, the state is considered a major transportation hub by air and sea, thanks to O’Hare International Airport and Port of Chicago. While most folks equate Chicago with Illinois, there is much more to this great state than the 3rd largest city in the country. With that in mind, let’s explore what I consider to be the three top attractions in Illinois.
1) All Things Lincoln
For fans of Abraham Lincoln (or just history buffs in general), make plans to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum in Springfield. You can learn about the lives of both Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln’s through exhibits and displays of original artifacts, guest speakers, and theatrical presentations. In addition to learning about Lincoln’s life and legacy, you can learn about the history of the state of Illinois, too. Continuing your tour of Springfield, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site preserves Lincoln’s home as well as the historic district he called home from 1844 to 1861.
2) Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Looking for something a little unique to Illinois? If so, then head to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Located a few miles from Collinsville, this historic site marks the location of the largest and most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico. From 700 to 1400 CE, the Mississippians Indians created and lived in this ancient settlement filled with over 120 “mounds” spread over 2,200 acres ranging from a few feet high to 100-foot high. With 68 preserved mounds, visitors can see how people lived in this hundreds of years ago!
3) Magnificent Mile in Chicago
But let’s face it – if you’re traveling to Illinous, you probably want to visit Chicago. The question is – With so much to do, where do you start? We recommend The Magnificent Mile! Dating back to 1871, this historic stretch of Michigan Avenue offers a multitude of shopping, fantastic museums, award-winning restaurants,and lavish hotels as well as famous buildings like the John Hancock Building, Wrigley Building, the Old Water Tower, and Tribune Tower.
What do you love to do when you visit Illinois? Share with us in the comments!
Up Next in Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series, we’ll visit Massachusetts.