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Welcome to Illinois

Illinois

The mid-Western American state of Illinois offers on one hand the giant, bustling city of Chicago, and on the other the experience of small-town America. Most of the state is covered in rich farmlands, dotted with agricultural communities and half a million acres of state parks. Tucked away in the rolling hills are some Amish communities carrying on their traditional rural way of life without modern conveniences.

The metropolis of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan in the north is the focus for most visitors, with its amazing collection of museums and high class shopping areas. Travellers who venture downstate, however, can find plenty of diversions, particularly those interested in history or outdoor activities.

The state capital, Springfield, 200 miles (322km) south of Chicago, is a city with a small-town atmosphere, revelling in its fame as having being the home of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President, who practised law here and was laid to rest in the local Oak Ridge Cemetery after his assassination.

Visitors seeking life in the open air are drawn to the expanse of natural beauty in south Illinois where the Shawnee National Forest offers hiking, biking, camping, and fishing opportunities in serene woodlands.


Information & Facts

Climate

The weather in Illinois can be fairly extreme, in summer (June to August) temperatures rise to between 80-90°F (27-32°C) and there is high humidity, while in winter (January to March) it can be wet and cold, between 12°F and 29°F (-11°C and -2°C) with icy winds whipping off Lake Michigan and regular snow. May and September are the most pleasant months with reliably warm days.

Language
English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.
Money

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

Time
GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).
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