I live in Illinois and even though we do have more than our fair share of corrupt politicians, we also have a lot of nice places to visit. Chicago has the Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium and Navy Pier.
Further away from the city we have Starved Rock State Park which is a beautiful park on the Illinois River. We have Rock Cut State Park near Rockford and we have the Shawnee National Forest way down south.
We have the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois just outside of Chicago.
We have several water parks including the Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort near Starved Rock. We have Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.
We have the Woodfield Shopping Mall for those who might want to shop. It features a very cool Lego Land Discovery Center.
We have several casinos scattered across the state for those who might want to try their luck at Black Jack, Poker or whatever.
We have tons of golf courses and don't forget our 2005 World Series Winners the Chicago White Sox, The Chicago Cubs, The Chicago Bulls basketball and the Stanley Cup Winning Chicago Blackhawks.
Here's a link to all the fun stuff to do in Illinois.
EnjoyIllinois.com - The Official Web Site of the Illinois Office of Tourism