Enjoy Illinois Summer 2012 Print
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Written by Illinois Office of Tourism   
Monday, 25 June 2012 07:40
Enjoy Illinois Summer 2012
Nothing says summer like a getaway together, whether it's with the family or just the two of you. In Illinois, you'll find getaways filled with everything from zoos and music festivals to charming vineyards and superheroes. Discover even more ways to make unforgettable memories, along with exclusive deals that make getting away even more tempting.
Best Bets for Summer
History Comes Alive History Comes Alive
Journey back to the Springfield Lincoln knew and loved as costumed re-enactors give free performances on downtown streets and at nearby attractions.
Music Festivals Music Festivals
Enjoy the sweet sounds of summer at music festivals throughout Illinois, including Lollapalooza, Ravinia, On the Waterfront and more.

Top Fests Top Fests
Whether you like food on a stick or Shakespeare in the park, there’s a festival for you. Top fests include Taste of Chicago, DuQuoin State Fair and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
Illinois Fan Favorites Illinois Fan Favorites
Starved Rock State Park has been voted the favorite attraction by our Facebook followers. The finalists include: Museum of Science and Industry, Galena’s Historic Main Street and Brookfield Zoo.

175 Days to Love Chicago Zoos
Explore wildlife from around the world when you spend time with polar bears, dolphins, giraffes and more at the Brookfield, Lincoln Park, Scovill and Niabi zoos.
Millennium Park, Chicago
Don't Miss...
Illinois State Fair, August 9-19
Experience a summer tradition like no other, where you’ll find everything from carnival rides and tasty treats to live concerts and rodeos.
Grafton Zipline Adventures
Get your adrenaline rush on nearly two miles of ziplines that whisk you through a lush forest during a two-hour tour.

What Else Is New?
Explore the charm and fun of Illinois Wine Country in a new section featuring more than 90 wineries throughout the state.

Discover places we have pinned throughout the state on our new Pinterest boards for Illinois tourism.

Did You Know?
Tempel Lipizzan
The Tempel Lipizzan horses are back with performances featuring the graceful beauty and poetic maneuvers of these royal steeds.

American Girls dinner and private cruise
Photo: © 2012 American Girl
You can enjoy an American Girl dinner and private cruise on the Chicago River July 15 & 29; August 5 & 12.

Smallville Superfest
The new Superman movie, Man of Steel, was filmed in Plano. Can’t wait for the movie? Get your superhero fix in Plano at Smallville Superfest August 17-19.

Illinois Summer Deals

From $149/night
Holiday Inn

Raging Rivers Package
• Overnight accommodations for four
• Raging Rivers Waterpark tickets
• Breakfast buffet

From $131/night
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel

Presidential Package
• One night in a newly renovated guestroom
• Breakfast buffet for two in Lindsay's
• Tickets to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library & Museum
From $154/night
Residence Inn Chicago Downtown

Water Tower Place Shopping Package
• $50 American Express gift card
• Water Tower Place Premier Perks Coupons
• Water Tower Place gift/tote bag
• Complimentary hot breakfast buffet

From $100/night *
Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins

Tree House & Cabin Package
• Stay in a private treehouse or log cabin
• Free 30-minute archery lesson
* Three-night minimum

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