STATEHOOD: 1818; 21st state
ATTRACTIONS: Museum of Science and Industry; Millennium Park
FUN FACT: Abraham Lincoln practiced law in central Illinois and was a state legislator before becoming president.
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Photo credits: Guassian Blur, iStockphoto (quarter); FrankvandenBergh, iStockphoto (flag); Jeffrey Palm, Dreamstime (deer); Steve Byland, Dreamstime (cardinal); Merrymoonmary, iStockphoto (violet)
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