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As one of the US federal states, Illinois is disposed in the Midwest and has a population of approximately 13 million inhabitants, with its capital in Springfield. Territory of the state can be divided into three areas for a more convenient visit: the first will be Northern Illinois, which includes Chicago, which is the key city of Illinois and almost immortalized in various films telling incredible stories about gangsters. Further, no less important region, where the city of Peoria is located, and the third region to visit is the area of southern Illinois, featuring a warm climate and hills with rich vegetation. The economy is mainly based on agriculture, and here are the largest farms of corn and soybeans, which is a prerequisite for the existence of an advanced food industry.
The obvious fact is that the main city is the capital of the state of Springfield, disposed in Sangamon County. The city was founded in 1818, and became the capital in 1837, when the first republican president Abraham Lincoln moved here, where he lived for more than twenty years. Therefore, it is obvious that most of the city’s attractions are dedicated to President Lincoln, among which undoubtedly deserves a lot of attention the Lincoln Center and Lincoln-Herndon Law Office. In addition, it is worth a visit Dana-Thomas House and the Museum of Illinois, where you can learn more about the history of the region.
It should be noted that Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois, in the terms of the number of population coming after Big Apple and Los Angeles. Chicago is among the most influential cities in the world, and its horizon is dotted with grandiose bridges and skyscrapers.
Lake Michigan, placed in the vicinity of Chicago, can be considered more than a lake. Given its scale, it can safely be called a real sea. Even climbing the highest skyscraper in Chicago, you cannot see the end and edge of this huge lake. It is of glacial origin and is the only fully enclosed lake in the United States, also part of the five Great Lakes of North America.
Lake Michigan allows to develop a variety of activities here, where you can do everything from kayaking to fishing, both in winter and in the warmer months. It is the presence of a lake with its many possibilities that makes Chicago a real seaside resort. Many here are also fond of windsurfing, which is possible only in winter. Just walking along the shore of the lake, you can see a lot of people involved in jugging and riding bicycles.
Other city centers include Rockford, located northwest of Chicago on Rock River and others.