This Ride Through An Old Coal Mine In Illinois Will Take You Back In Time

Mining used to be a huge part of Illinois’ economy. It was the way a lot of people made their livelihood. In a lot of ways, it put Illinois on the map. But people don’t really understand what mining is like, or what miners’ lives were like. But you can experience just what mining life is like in an unlikely place: the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Want a preview of an underground abandoned mine in Illinois? Check out this video.