Illinois is not a super old state, but it is full of tons of history. There are many historical sites in Illinois where you can get connected to the past. These are the historical sites everyone should see.
1. Pullman (Chicago)
Pullman was a town where Pullman train employees lived. They were charged rent by George Pullman. Eventually, the town was sold to Chicago, but residents here really try to preserve their homes as they were.
2. Dana Thomas House (Springfield)
This is the best example of Frank Lloyd Wright's "prairie period" dwellings. The home has organic architecture, but also has a Japanese flair. Tours are available.
3. International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago)
Surgery has come a long way, thankfully. See how surgery used to be performed. This museum is cool not only for those obsessed with medical stuff but with those generally interested in history.
4. Morrow Plots (Champaign)
This is an experimental corn field. It is the oldest in the United States, and it is the second oldest in the world. It was designated as a national landmark in 1968.
5. Cahokia Mounds (Collinsville)
This place was once home to one of the most sophisticated pre-Columbian civilizations north of Mexico. They built these massive mounds, which you can walk over.
6. Grosse Point Lighthouse (Evanston)
This lighthouse did not get built until 1873, following several shipping disasters. Some say that Father Jacques Marquette landed at this spot. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
7. Hull House Museum (Chicago)
Jane Addams helped Chicago's poor with her innovative settlement house programs. This museum highlights her work, and educates people about life in Chicago during those times.
8. Lincoln Home (Springfield)
This is the only place that President Lincoln lived in Illinois. He lived here from 1844-1861, before serving as President. You can tour the home.
9. Modoc Rock Shelter
This is a rock cliff on the edge of the Mississippi River Valley. Its claim to fame is that it has evidence of four separate periods of archaic occupation. There are 28 feet of sediments containing artifacts from different periods.
Nauvoo was the home of Mormons trying to escape religious persecution. Come see some of the old structures. There are also some historical reenactments so you can truly get the feel of what this town was like.
11. Old State Capitol (Springfield)
This capitol was built in the Greek revival style. It was the old state capitol while Abraham Lincoln was in town, which is also why it is revered.
12. Cave in Rock
This cave has a 55 foot mouth and is right off of the Ohio River. It has been home to numerous pirates and bandits throughout the years.
13. Unity Temple (Oak Park)
Unity Temple was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is considered one of his most important designs. Many architects consider it to be the first modern building in the world.