8 Ways Illinois Got The Nickname ‘The Prairie State’

Illinois has been known as the Prairie State since at least 1842, and it’s for obvious reasons. The northern portion of our state was once completely covered in this sort of environment, but now, it’s a rare sight.

Never fear! There are still a few places in Illinois where you can enjoy prairie land. Check them out:

For more like this, check out these 12 off-the-grid destinations in Illinois that will take you away from it all.

Where else can you enjoy prairies in the prairie state? Share your favorite spots with us below in the comments.