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April 7, 2014 Trade Events No Comments Email Email

It’s been more than a decade since IPW was last in Chicago and the Illinois Office of Tourism welcomes media and trade representatives where it will reintroduce many of the state’s unique and new travel experiences during and after this year’s show.

In the Illinois aisle, starting at Booth 814, IPW attendees will hear from destination teams throughout the state, including Quad Cities, Champaign, Aurora, DuPage County, Chicago’s North Shore, Lake County, Heritage Corridor, Land of Lincoln, Route 66 Association, Alton, Great Rivers Country, Rockford and Springfield.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the world to Chicago, Illinois to show off what we have always known: Illinois is a destination with unforgettable experiences and friendly people,” said Jen Hoelzle, State Travel Director with the Illinois Office of Tourism. “Many of this year’s attendees will experience that first-hand in Chicago and throughout the state during the post FAM trips.”

On display in the Illinois aisle:

Excitement in Chicago and Beyond

Escape the hustle and bustle of Chicago and enjoy world-class golfing, shopping and family-friendly attractions in the greater Chicago area. AuroraChicago’s North ShoreDuPage CountyLake County and Heritage Corridor are a quick day trip or peaceful overnight stay from the city.

Just 73 miles (123 kilometers) from O’Hare International Airport is Rockford. This vibrant town brings together family fun, a historic village and outdoor activities like the renowned and peaceful Anderson Japanese Gardens, voted the top Japanese garden in North America by Sukiya Living Magazine. 

Scenic Gems in Great Rivers Country

Along the western edge of Illinois, following the mighty Mississippi River, the Great River Road National Scenic Byway meanders along quaint towns and sites of great exploration, both past and present.

Quad Cities, located two hours south of picturesque, small town Galena, is home to John Deere, longtime creator of heavy farming machinery. Explore the John Deere Pavilion, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the huge factory and visit the historic site to see where the company got its start.

Alton visitors can stand in awe of the Mississippi River at the National Great Rivers Museum at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, which is the center of commerce and transportation along the Mississippi.

History Comes Alive in the Land of Lincoln

About 174 miles (280 kilometers) south of Chicago is Springfield, the state capital and home of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. Explore Lincoln’s home, his law office, the state-of-the-art Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and Lincoln’s Tomb and final resting place.

At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum visitors can trace Honest Abe’s footsteps through adolescence to the White House and his untimely death, which brought him home to Illinois. Become immersed in exhibits including a holographic performance, the treasury gallery filled with original Lincoln artifacts, a full-scale representation of Lincoln’s boyhood home and the museum’s newest exhibit ‘Lincoln: History to Hollywood,’ where key props and costumes from award-winning Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ will be on display for years to come.

In easy travel distance of Springfield is Champaign, where scholars from all over the world converge at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The university is a well-known leader in the field of agriculture technology research. AG Tours Illinois provides an inside look at the National Soybean Research Laboratory on campus as well as a new robotics tour at the university showcasing cutting edge farming technology.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation’s history, and it lives on today in Illinois’ many roadside attractions, museums, restaurants and the shining ribbon of blacktop we call The Mother Road.

Stretching more than 301 miles (484 kilometers) across Illinois, Route 66 reveals gems like Bill Shea’s Gas Station Museum or the Cozy Dog Drive-In, birthplace of the corn dog on a stick. In Atlanta, the town recently revived a historic diner, the Palm’s Grill, and now visitors come from all over strictly for the award-winning pie. 

Discover More about Illinois

For the last two years, Illinois has broken international visitor records, welcoming more than two million visitors in 2012. This new record was an 11.8 percent increase from 2011, and visitors from Canada increased 9.9 percent in 2012. Domestic and international travelers directly spent $33.5 billion in Illinois in 2012, up 5.7 percent from 2011.

Visit the Illinois aisle and Booth 814 to learn more about Illinois. The latest brochures are offered in seven languages and can all be downloaded from

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