Welcome to Illinois
Illinois is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States.
Illinois rich prairie has some of the world´s most productive and valuable farmland and the state of Illinois has the nickname “Prairie State” Illinois is also called “Land of Lincoln” to honor Abraham Lincoln.
The capital city of Illinois is Springfield and the largest city and the third most populous city is Chicago. In 2014 the Chicago airport O’Hare was the busiest airport in the world by the number of takeoffs and landings.
Three presidents have been elected while they were living in Illinois.
Illinois is bordering to Indiana to the east, Iowa and Missouri to the west, Kentucky to the south east, Wisconsin to the north and Michigan via a water boundary in Lake Michigan to the north east.
The climate in Illinois varies throughout the year but most of Illinois has a humid continental climate with cold winters and hot, humid summers. The most southern part of the Illinois state has a humid subtropical climate and more moderate winters.
Chicago has a normal annual snowfall while the southern part of the state has less snowfall.
Illinois have above average thunderstorms for the United States with approximately 51 days of thunderstorm activity per year.
Illinois also have tornadoes, and even though the tornados are not that powerful in Illinois they have had some of the deadliest tornadoes recorded in the state.
Illinois is an agricultural state with production of corn , hogs, cattle, soybeans and dairy products. Most years Illinois is first or second state for the highest production of soybeans. Illinois is also one of the top producers of ethanol in the United States.
Illinois also produces wine.
For tourists there are a lot to see and do in Illinois. They have a lot of museums, many of them in the Chicago area. Some of the museums in Chicago are considered as the best museums in the world.
You will also find a number of parks, wildlife and recreational areas in the state.
Chicago has more than 54 million visitors per year.
Cities in Illinois
Quick facts about Illinois
- Nickname: Land of Lincoln, Prairie State
- Capital city: Springfield
- Largest city: Chicago
- Area: 57,953 sq mi (149 967 km²) (ranked 25th of 50)
- Population: Est, 12 802 023 (ranked 6 of 50)
- Highest point: Charles Mound
- Lowest point: Confluence of Mississippi River and Ohio River
- Latitude: 36° 58′ N to 42°30′ N
- Longitude: 87° 30′ W to 91° 100′ W
- Bordering states: Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan