7 Quirky Facts About Illinois That Sound Made Up, But Are 100% Accurate
By Linze Rice|Published March 02, 2023
Ope! From the rural cornfields of DeKalb County, Linze is an Illinois native and true Midwestern gal who can make a mean bonfire and whip up a perfect marshmallow salad. Since 2014, her bylines and photography have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, and Block Club Chicago/DNAinfo Chicago, Only in Your State, and more. She has interviewed Dolly Parton, written about beloved diners along historic Route 66, visited the last Rainforest Cafe in the Illinois, and reviewed luxurious English manor-inspired hotels. Whether it's writing about a local gem or world-renowned establishment, Linze brings a heartwarming and historical perspective to each story, using facts, wit, and personal experience to impress upon readers the importance of culture, food, travel, and all things local. Her favorite destinations in Illinois include Starved Rock State Park, Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, the charming small town of Sycamore, and historic Rosehill Cemetery. When she's not writing or photographing, Linze enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband and pets, cooking, baking, and grilling, and relaxing with trashy TV.
Aside from the handful of large cities in Illinois, the vast majority of the state is farmland. Sounds pretty boring, right? Well, it may shock you to learn that the Prairie State actually likes to keep things pretty interesting when it comes to quirky facts, history, and laws that sometimes are just downright strange. From Eureka to Chicago, we discovered some seriously weird facts about Illinois.