Some People Don’t Know That Illinois Was The First To Do These 10 Things
Illinois firsts are all around us. Just one look at the Chicago skyline or our booming farmland down south, and you will immediately realize how much innovation has come out of Illinois. But there are a lot of amazing things that Illinois was first at that you might not even realize. So we’re counting down ten first things in Illinois:
Those are a lot of Illinois firsts–and that list doesn’t even include the LONG list of things that we perfected here in Illinois!
How many of these first things in Illinois did you know about? Did we miss any things that Illinois was first at? Tell us your thoughts in the comments! You can also nominate your suggestions for a chance to see them featured in an upcoming article. Don’t forget to check out our previous article for even more inventions from Illinois.
As if Illinois didn’t have enough going for it already, our state is home to some of the most charming small towns in the country. Explore the historic river town of Galena in this video by us at OnlyInYourState:
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What are the best small towns in Illinois?
Some of the best small towns in Illinois are:
This historic small town of just under 10,000 features beautiful surroundings, unique architecture, and tons of charm. Both history buffs and nature lovers will have a wonderful time here.
If you enjoy old-fashioned town squares brimming with quaint shops and restaurants, a slow-paced lifestyle, and friendly locals, you'll adore Lebanon.
One of the most peaceful places in Illinois, Princeton is a lovely little farm town situated about two hours southwest of Chicago. You just may want to pack up and move here after your visit, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of city life.
What are the most popular foods in Illinois?
When I visit a new state, one of the first things I do is try its most iconic foods - and I must say, Illinois has some of the best food in the U.S. The most popular foods in Illinois include:
If it isn't on a poppy seed bun, we don't want it.
Chicago has the best pizza in the country (sorry, New York City!). Deep dish all the way!
This Illinois staple is an open-faced sandwich featuring a hamburger patty topped with fries and cheese sauce.