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1 THING TO DO IN ILLINOIS (AUGUST 05 - AUGUST 15)

Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park

all year round • nature

Witness the fascinating rock formations brought to the surface after being deposited in a huge shallow inland sea around 425 million years ago

10 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Windy City Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout

July 09–11, 2021 • event

Starting as a local barbecue get-together, the Smokeout has become one of the best festivals in town!

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

April 08, 2024 • event

Some spots on Earth wait for the moment of solar totality for hundreds or even thousands of years. To capture a spectacle, you have to be truly lucky

East Peoria Festival of Lights

East Peoria Festival of Lights

November 23–December 31, 2019 • event

One of the biggest and brightest holiday events in Illinois

Illinois State Fair

Illinois State Fair

August 12–22, 2021 • event

Nothing can beat a good ol' fair in the Midwest

Ice Shards on the Great Lakes

Ice Shards on the Great Lakes

mid–February–late March • nature

The ice cover gets shattered to knife-sharp pieces as spring takes over winter

Morton Pumpkin Festival

Morton Pumpkin Festival

September 16–19, 2020 • event

The "Pumpkin capital of the world" celebrates the harvest season

Naperville Ale Fest

Naperville Ale Fest

July 11, 2020 • event

The only outdoor winter and summer beer festival of Midwest

Centralia Balloon Fest

Centralia Balloon Fest

August 21–23, 2020 • event

Save a full weekend in late August to enjoy the unforgettable ballooning experience

Balloons Over Vermilion

Balloons Over Vermilion

July 09–10, 2021 • event

A popular ballooning gathering in Illinois

Great Galena Balloon Race

Great Galena Balloon Race

June 18–20, 2021 • event

Enjoy the full weekend of balloon rides, live music, and other entertainment

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