There is no shortage of incredible food options in Illinois — but sometimes nothing quite hits the spot like a favorite meal from a tried-and-true chain restaurant. And, if you’re like me, discovering a fun fact about Illinois behind a beloved diner is always the cherry on top. Though it may not come as a huge shock, I recently found out that a classic farm animal actually inspired the name of an iconic restaurant chain in Illinois.

Did you know the dairy cow was the inspiration behind the name of this iconic restaurant chain in Illinois (and the country)? What’s your favorite thing to order from Dairy Queen? Do you know any other fun facts about Illinois? Tell us in the comments! Start planning your next quick bite by checking out the Dairy Queen website and the Dairy Queen Facebook page. And if you head out to Joliet, Illinois, make sure to stop by this old (and possibly haunted) prison for a tour!

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