Many people who visit Illinois for the first time visit Chicago and tend to stay around the loop. But there is so much more to Illinois than that small area! Between small towns, state forests and parks, and both natural and architectural wonders, here are ten hidden gems in Illinois that you’ll want to explore:

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What other hidden gems in Illinois lay undiscovered? What are some of your favorite places? Let us know in the comments.

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Hidden Gems In Illinois

Are there any hidden caves in Illinois?

Aside from Cave-in-Rock, you can trek through the Shawnee National Forest to find Sand Cave. This historic cave is large, yet tucked away and was used as a hiding spot along the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. Indian Caves in Bourbonnais is located at Perry Farm Park, an area worthy of a visit. Explore the fascinating rocks, ravines, waterfall, and small caves for a wonderful adventure!

What are some of the most unique day trips in Illinois?

If you’re looking for a unique day trip, why not try one on a train that leads to some incredible scenery around the state? If you’re into all things creepy, try one of our creepy day trips through some of the spookiest places in the state.

What other little-known attractions can you find in Illinois?

Illinois has so many hidden gems it’s hard to know which ones to explore first. But don’t worry cuz we’re here to help! Visit our post on our Ultimate Hidden Gems Road Trip to see 10 little-known spots around the state, such as Joliet Iron Works, Giant Oak Park and the Pink Elephant Antique Mall.